Control4 Annual Awards Recognise International Dealers

Control4 Best UK Dealer 2018

THE 2018 AWARDS WERE GIVEN FOR DEALER OF THE YEAR BY REGION. Salt Lake City, UT – February 13, 2018 – Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, recognised 28 international dealers and distributors with awards for overall installation and business excellence, and highlighted outstanding installation projects in specific categories at its annual reception during Integrated Systems Europe 2018 in Amsterdam. Twelve dealers were recognized as Dealer of the Year, an award given to those who are exceptional in their business practices and customer relations, as well as at designing and installing Control4 automation systems, Pakedge networks, and… Read More »

Goodbye Satellite Dishes?

Proprty with multiple satellite dishes

When Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting merged back in November 1990 it was the start of the intensive growth of satellite TV in the UK. In a few short years it became commonplace for our skylines to be decorated with the silhouettes of the now familiar satellite dish. But maybe not for much longer? Last year Sky announced plans to offer Sky TV without the need for a dish, but since then there’s not been much forthcoming about the details. But with the new Sky Q service now firmly established (over two million installations in the UK and Ireland) it looks like dish-less… Read More »

2018…the year of voice control?

Apple's Siri voice control interface

Will 2018 be dominated by voice control for the connected home? It certainly looks that way. The last couple of years have seen the concept of voice control going from science fiction to the reality in many people’s homes. The phenomenal success of Amazon Echo with worldwide sales estimated to be in excess of 30 million devices has raised the public awareness of the potential for voice control. Google were quick to follow suit last year with their Google Home smart speaker and Apple’s delayed HomePod will be launching shortly. But are voice interfaces just confined to having one or more… Read More »

CEDIA 2017 award winners

CEDIA Awards Evening 2017

Friday 29th September saw the annual CEDIA awards held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London with Warwick Davis presenting. Cyberhomes were delighted that our Lutterworth Contemporary Home project was awarded Highly Commended status in the Best Integrated Home £120,000 and Under category. Congratulations to all our fellow nominees and winners. The full list of winners are: Best Media Room £20,000 and under Winner: TwentyTwo Integration (UK) Best Media Room £20,000 – £80,000 Winner: Life Emotions (Portugal) Best Media Room £80,000 and over Winner: Synergy Technologies (Pakistan) Best Home Cinema £40,000 and under Winner: Philharmonic AV (UK) Best Home Cinema £40,000 –… Read More »

Are Connected Homes Secure from Hackers?

Smart home being hacked

The recent virus attack on the computers in the NHS that hit the headlines over the last week is a timely reminder that we can never get complacent when it comes to electronic security. Hackers are continuously coming up with new ways to exploit previously unknown security vulnerabilities in all types of computer systems and technology. What might be considered a secure system today may not be tomorrow when a new exploit is found. The heart of any smart home system (including all those installed by Cyberhomes) is essentially a computer…it’s a microprocessor running software to control and automate your… Read More »

Cyberhomes shortlisted for National Technology Award

National Technology Awards 2017 logo

Cyberhomes is excited to hear that we have been shortlisted for this year’s National Technology Award in the Smart Home Solution of the Year category. Congratulations to all our fellow shortlisted companies, which are: Innovation of the Year Amicable Apps Bank of Ireland Core Systems NI EDM Group HBXL iConsult NetSupport Unify Business Solutions Worldreader Cloud Innovation of the Year entrustIT MSite Muhimbi OakNorth Bank Xero Security Innovation of the Year AU10TIX Barclaycard Darktrace Imagination Technologies Mobile Innovation of the Year—sponsored by Kirona Boosty Circle Pay Ferratum Group Mastercard Receipt Tracker SGN Worldreader Yoti Analytics Project of the Year Allstate Arup… Read More »

Is 2017 the year of the OLED?

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV

It’s less than ten years ago that, without doubt, the ultimate TV picture was achieved with a plasma TV. Reviewers marvelled at how dark the blacks were and how rich were the colours of models like the famous Pioneer Kuro. At that time the main competitor was LCD which required the whole of the screen to be lit from behind with a fluorescent white light and the LCD crystals would rotate to block or allow this light to pass through any given pixel (as opposed to plasma where each pixel was its own light source). The white light would inevitably… Read More »

GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEURIAL TALENT CELEBRATED AT THE GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS 2016

Ion Smith and Andy Mack Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards in association with NatWest took place in London last night (22nd November 2016), and celebrated the entrepreneurial successes of over 40 Great British Entrepreneurs. The gala final saw finalists from a variety of categories including innovation, retail, start-up and young, celebrated and championed at the Lancaster Hotel, London. This year for the first time we also celebrated technology entrepreneurs in a tech award segment sponsored by Kingston Smith. Categories including E-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, Digital Media, Entertainment and Gaming as well as Education Technology were all celebrated on the night. Hosted by British Broadcaster Hardeep Singh… Read More »

Almost 70% of under 45s desire a Home Cinema when looking to buy a home



A recent survey by SellingUp/Populus has shown that just under 70% of home buyers aged under 45 think that a home cinema in a property makes that home more desirable to buy: Media room pushes right buttons The presence of a home cinema/media room increased the star quality of a property for just over half (51%) of people, while turning off 13%. The survey suggests that there is a generation gap, with the age group most positive about a home cinema being the 35 – 44 year olds (69%). Perhaps this age group are the ‘settled downs’ who have left their pubbing… Read More »

Is Voice Control The Next Big Thing in Home Automation?

Control4 and Amazon Echo

Last month Amazon finally launched their ‘Amazon Echo‘ voice control device in the UK. The Echo has been popular in the US for quite a while now and responds to questions asked of it in normal spoken English. At first glance a clever multi-room music device with the ability to select tracks based on your spoken request and do simple internet searches and speak the results. However it has the potential to be so much more than that. Cleverly, Amazon have allowed third-party developers to add extra functionality to the Echo (they refer to it as ‘skills’) which means it… Read More »