CEA Names 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners
The winners of the 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the CEA's TechHome Division, were announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here's a look at the winning products, installations, and top integrator of the year.
Category: Custom Home of the Year between $50,000 - $150,000 Integrator: Advanced Technologies Project: Blair House II Custom Home The owner/builder had planned to showcase this house in a local “Parade of Homes” event. And, as with most builders, the electronic budget was not too large. So the integrator was given the task to make the moderately-priced installation out-perform many higher-priced alternatives. Starting with whole house surge suppression, and a conductive floor in the control room, all cables are color-coded, trimmed with color-matching Heatshrink, and grouped together with coordinated Velcro strapping. (Future remediation work is made much easier because of this organization.) There are four surround-sound systems, fed from HD sources with an HD modulator, based in the control room. Sound is controlled by handheld touch screens, which all use the same macros in any room. The automation system incorporates the security, sound, and lighting systems by responding to sensor triggers. Anywhere in the house, security zone violations are announced over the speakers, including outdoors. Lighting is programmed to come on in halls and stairways when motion or step sensors react, and lighting scenes are programmed for family preferences.Back to article
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