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For observations about the latest advancements in home and business entertainment and automated control systems, iST's take on the latest music releases, or movies just auditioned in commercial and home theaters, please visit here often.

Plan Ahead For Home Automation With Your Next Remodel

home automation
11/20/2017

Full home automation is within reach even without the luxury of building your own home. If you are planning a major renovation in a kitchen, basement, or recreation area, it's a great time to map out home automation for your entire home. Even if you don't have the funds to complete the entire project, visualizing the big picture will help you consolidate ideas for your smart home.

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Designing A Home Theater: When You Love The Kid's Toys As Much As They Do

Home Theaters Are Great For Family Time
10/25/2017

As kids grow up we're reminded that the time together passes quickly, and a home theater is a great place to bring everyone together. Make a space for quality time where you can introduce them to the classics, like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Take movie night to a whole new level when you transform a TV room into a home theater.

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Restaurant Automation: Designed To Be As Smart As You

restaurant automation at your fingertips
9/25/2017

At its best, a restaurant is like a home away from home, except more fun for your visitors. While you and your staff do the entertaining, the customers get to kick back and have a great time. When iST installs smart technology everyone benefits - your staff, your clientele, and especially you. 

Tags: commercial automation, restaurant automation

Get Ready For A Win In The Conference Room

smart conference room
8/9/2017

When we gather to work, we want our technology to work for us, not against us. Businesses frequently come to us to upgrade their conference rooms so that their technology is accessible to employees, clients, and visiting consultants. You can set a powerful scene with control of viewing screens, lights, shades, and your sound systems all from a touch panel mounted on the wall. We can install a system that takes your conference room to the next level.

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Smart Homes Make Life Easier While You’re In Them – And When You’re Not

7/13/2017

Control4 smart home users love the convenience of controlling their home with their mobile phone or keypad. When you're returning home it's great to be able to unlock doors and light up your space. What's also great is that you can take that luxury with you on vacation. Your home can appear to be lived in with "mockupancy" and you can monitor and control access to your house remotely. Take advantage of all of the security and savings your smart home provides even when you're not in it.

Tags: automated lighting, smart home security

A Brief Guide to High Definition TV Terminology

Home Theater Installation
6/12/2017

Understanding the terms used to describe modern televisions - whether they're HD, UltraHD, 3D or otherwise - is crucial to finding the perfect TV for your home theater. While it can be difficult to learn every term, there are several that, once learned, will give you a firmer grasp of the technology. In this post, we're going to discuss a few of these key terms and, hopefully, help you find the perfect television for your home theater.

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Smart Lighting Solutions From Integrated Smart Technologies & Control 4

Smart Lighting
5/10/2017

As technology has advanced over the years so have the issues caused by artificial light. The good news is that through research and advances in smart home lighting these issues caused by interference of our circadian rhythms can be minimized. In this post, we will look at how different types of light have different effects on our mind and body. 

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Alarm Clocks are Bad: How to Wake Up Feeling Great with iST Bedroom Automation

Home Automation
3/20/2017

Alarms are generally harmful for your sleep cycle. Being woken up suddenly by the noise of your alarm clock is an inherently unnatural experience. Have you ever noticed how you can be woken up after 8 hours of sleep and feel awful and groggy or wake up after 6 hours feeling great and completely refreshed? A lot of that has to do with what your mind is doing when you're abruptly awoken from your slumber.

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Automated Technology Increases Marketability of Homes

Home Automation
2/10/2017

According to a study done by the Consumer Electronic Association, over 85 percent of builders said that smart homes and other automated technology features greatly improves marketability of homes. Builders are always looking for a way to differentiate themselves from the competition, and technology is a great way to do just that. In this post we will look at what makes smart homes such a hot commodity.

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Five Reasons to Get a Home Theater System

Home Theater
1/12/2017

There is nothing better than watching your favorite movie on the big screen, with your food and drink in-hand. What if you could get that same experience, but without the lines, loud people, expensive refreshments, and hefty ticket price? Many people feel that having a theater at their home is just too luxurious for them. That kind of thing is only for athletes and movie stars - well, those people are wrong. In this post we will look at five reasons why you need your own home theater. 

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