Press Coverage

20 Feb 2015

Source: HiddenWires

hiddenwires award 2015 feature

Smart homes technology specialist Cyberhomes received the Control4 2015 Award for ‘Most Professional AV Rack’ at the Integrated Systems Europe Show, Amsterdam.

The award recognises work related to a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes in a 12,000-square-foot Surrey house. Cyberhomes Director Andy Mack was at the Amsterdam show on 10th February to receive the award and commented: “We are delighted by this award which acknowledges the company’s ethos of consistent quality, as well as the skill and dedication of our engineers.”

The Cyberhomes founders have a background in outside-broadcasting technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. The AV racks were built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created in a controlled environment before installation.

Careful consideration was given to how all parts of the racks and cabling infrastructure could be accessed for maintenance and future upgrades within the space available at the Surrey house. The plant room houses two full-height equipment racks for the audio and video systems, and two low racks for CCTV and networking. To avoid having to move racks for access, front-mounted power breakers were installed for all equipment and made easily available at the top of the two main racks. This project was also a finalist for ‘Best Dressed Rack’ at the 2014 CEDIA awards.

hiddenwires.co.uk

18 Feb 2015

Source: SVI

SVI award 2015 feature

Congratulations from Team SVI to smart home technology specialist Cyberhomes who scooped the Control4 2015 Award for ‘Most professional AV rack’ at this year’s ISE overly in a suspiciously mild Amsterdam.

The award recognises work related to a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes in a 12,000 ft2 Surrey house. Cyberhomes’ Director, Andy Mack, was at the Amsterdam show on February 20th to receive the award, commenting: “We are delighted by this award which acknowledges the company’s ethos of consistent quality, as well as the skill and dedication of our engineers.”

The Cyberhomes founders have a background in outside-broadcasting technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. The AV racks were built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created in a controlled environment before installation.

Careful consideration was given to how all parts of the racks and cabling infrastructure could be accessed for maintenance and future upgrades within the space available at the Surrey house. The plant room houses two full-height equipment racks for the audio and video systems, and two low racks for CCTV and networking. To avoid having to move racks for access, front-mounted power breakers were installed for all equipment and made easily available at the top of the two main racks.

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17 Nov 2014
03 Jun 2014

Source: CultOfMac

Craig Federighi talks up Apple's home automation plans

Craig Federighi talks up Apple’s home automation plans.
Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

In the not-so-distant future, we’ll use smartphones to control nearly everything around our homes. We already have smart light bulbs, thermostats, locks and appliances, but we lack a central platform for all these devices.

That’s all going to change this fall when Apple releases iOS 8 with HomeKit, an important new protocol for developers. This will create the kind of universal platform that could revolutionize home automation.

“Apple is creating a tighter and tighter cross-device ecosystem between computer, phone, TV, tablet, and ‘the internet of things,’” Aaron Watkins, CEO of app marketing company Appency, told Cult of Mac.

The rapidly expanding home-automation business is expected to hit $48 billion by 2018, according to a recent estimate. HomeKit is Apple’s bold bid to place itself at the center of that market by changing the way we interact with all smart devices, from security cameras to refrigerators.

Currently, if you have connected lights from Philips, a thermostat from Honeywell and a SmartKey from Kwikset, they all require their own apps and protocols. You cannot turn down your lights and turn up the heat with just one app.

HomeKit will change that. Apple is already working with leading makers of home-automation devices — including the companies mentioned above — to develop a centralized platform for home automation. HomeKit brings the same protocols and security measures to all your connected devices and allows you to control them all with just one app.

And it won’t simply mimic the way traditional remote controls work: HomeKit will work alongside Siri to give iOS users the opportunity to control connected devices using voice commands. Moreover, HomeKit will allow grouping of devices, allowing us to control multiple things at the same time.

When you arrive home from work, for instance, you could tell your iPhone “I’m home” and HomeKit could automatically open your garage door, unlock your front door and turn on your living room lights. A “get ready for bed” command could lock the doors, turn down the thermostat and activate your alarm.

Making home automation easier could help boost the adoption of connected devices — at least that’s what some hardware providers are hoping for.

“Apple’s entry into the smart home market will undoubtedly raise awareness with consumers, which will be advantageous for Revolv and other startups in the market,” said Mike Soucie, co-founder of Revolv, creator of a smart home hub. In a statement to Cult of Mac, Soucie said he thinks Revolv will be complementary to Apple’s offering and his company looks forward to working with Cupertino to “enhance the smart home user experience.”

Others see HomeKit as an opportunity to take home automation further and introduce new technologies that may not have been possible without such as platform.

“Any initiative that brings the concept of home automation to a wider audience has to be welcomed,” said Tennant of Cyberhomes, a home-automation company based in the U.K. “It took longer than many expected for the iPad to be adopted as a recognized interface by major brands such as Control4 and Crestron, but now they are fully embracing it. HomeKit should allow these and other manufacturers to bring new technologies and features to the market.”

While HomeKit is Apple’s first foray into home automation, it isn’t an attempt to compete with Google and Samsung for a share of the home-automation hardware market. That could happen in the future, but right now, it’s all about improving the experience for those with existing devices.


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Source: www.automatedhome.co.uk

oxford home cinema cedia awardThe guys from UK home automation specialists Cyberhomes recently undertook a project to transform a little used snug into a luxurious home cinema in the Oxfordshire countryside.  This is a project which has been shortlisted in the upcoming CEDIA awards.  Read on for all the details photos and the equipment used in this Control4 setup.

Having invested in and experienced home cinema in the past, the owners required both picture and sound to be of a very high standard to justify the extensive makeover. The main purpose of this room was to allow the family to get the most out of the time they spend together; therefore it was crucial for the system to be intuitive and easy to use.

The cinema system centres on a 2.8m wide motorized screen, dropping down in front the client’s existing 60 inch plasma TV. A full HD projector, complete with discrete in-ceiling lift, was chosen to match. An impressive Genelec 7.2 sound system delivers the dynamic and life-like sound as the director intended. The design is complemented by automated lighting and curtains, all of which are integrated by a central control system.

In order to meet the performance and aesthetic requirements, the Cyberhomes team went about designing a bespoke front wall, complete with cabinetry. This housed five large speakers and four equipment racks, including two for power amplifiers alone. Ventilation ports and cooling fans were also an integral cabinet feature.

A tiered floor structure was designed to suit the required seating locations, and a false ceiling was also constructed to complement the design of the room and house the acoustically transparent screen, four in-ceiling surround speakers and motorized projector lift. This bespoke ceiling structure also acted as a focal point for the unique mood lighting system where a number of LED circuits were combined around the room to provide an endless number of lighting scenes.

The style of cabinetry (including grill-cloths to hide speakers), carpet, wall coverings and motorized curtains, were all selected to compliment the character of the property.

With such an impressive and overwhelming combination of technology in one room, it was very important to select the right control system. A Control4 system was chosen as it integrates control of the home cinema, including lighting and curtains, enabling one-touch activation of all the input devices. The on-screen user interface and wireless remote are the perfect intuitive control partnership.

The curtains close, the lights dim, the widescreen drops down as the projector appears out of the ceiling, and the movie starts playing—all at the touch of a button on the wireless remote control or an iPad.

Throughout the design process the room dimensions (including seating positions), capabilities and limitations of the equipment, manufacturer recommendations and industry best practice were taken into consideration and continuously re-assessed. Although not unlimited, the substantial budget allowed for an audio system with impressive capability. The Genelec active speakers are designed specifically for high quality Home Cinema installations, capable of enormous lifelike output due to the individually matched power and drive units.

As with most rooms, compromises had to be made, but these were minimal. This near perfect canvas, combined with a high degree of trust from the customer, allowed the team of designers and engineers to follow a strict process and continuously work towards the stunning end result. An example of this was having the freedom to build the large left, centre and right active Genelec speakers into the front wall above the plasma TV, but angled down towards the listening positions to keep the set-up geometry within desired limits.

This ability to work at such levels of detail within the prescribed budget allowed for each component of the system to reach rare levels of potential.

Cyberhomes offer bespoke home automation systems using the most cutting-edge technology. Their services include home cinema installations, occupancy simulation and home security and CCTV systems.

https://www.cyberhomes.co.uk/ | Case Study Article

Source: www.installation-international.com

RGB Communications and its channel partner Cyberhomes have successfully worked together to deliver a single, integrated AV installation with all of the different elements controlled by Savant Systems’ Apple-based commercial control system. RGB is the exclusive distributor for Savant in the UK and Ireland.

Oil and gas company Atlantic Energy required an AV solution that delivered a ‘wow’ factor both from a functionality perspective and from the aesthetics of the design.

Before talking to Cyberhomes we were looking at an AV solution which involved liaison with various companies each delivering just one component,” said Hugo d’Apice, general services director for Atlantic Energy. “With its knowledge and expertise of the AV market, Cyberhomes was able to deliver the networking, telephony, lighting, blind and shade control and video conferencing elements in one integrated solution—a solution which delivers the wow factor I needed and which is simply and easily controlled by the Savant control system.

The features and functionality of Savant’s control system, with native OSX processing at its heart, means that the integration between different AV sub-systems is second to none,” said Andy Mack, Cyberhomes’ co-founder and director. “From my perspective, never before has it been possible to deploy such a slick user interface, which even the less technical user can understand.

I had to be sure that the solution would enable any of our three CEOs to walk into any of our London, Lagos or Zurich locations and immediately be able to operate the AV solution installed in their individual offices and the boardroom. Additionally the solution had to look good,” added d’Apice. “As Apple is by and large our platform choice, I was delighted when Cyberhomes recommended the Savant control system, as our senior management are completely at home with its user interface.

The Savant control system allows Atlantic Energy’s users to operate the AV solution via any iOS device, but the primary control device in the London office is the iPad.

Powerful hardware, like that of Savant’s control system, combined with its graphical user interfaces have historically been difficult and time consuming to program but with Savant’s RacePoint Blueprint software, Cyberhomes was able to deliver an attractive, powerful and fully functioning installation with the minimum of time and effort, saving time and money for both Atlantic Energy and ourselves,” continued Mack.

The RacePoint Blueprint configuration tool, which is said to greatly reduce system set-up time, allows RGB’s Savant-accredited channel partners to concentrate on the functionality of their AV project and to quickly do much more than with other touch screen control systems.

As the installation progressed, d’Apice realised that he needed additions to the AV solution. The flexibility of Savant’s control system made this easier and enabled Cyberhomes to install unexpected additions, including an increase in AV zones, with no problem.

With the installation of Atlantic Energy’s London office complete, Cyberhomes plans to prefabricate and commission the installations for the Lagos and Zurich offices, ship them out and carry out the final install on-site.

My expectations of the AV solution have not only been met, but they have been surpassed,” concluded d’Apice. “I have a single integrated solution that is easy to control and which delivers the wow factor I wanted. Any CEO or member of the senior management team will be able to walk into any of our office locations and feel completely at home.

https://www.cyberhomes.co.uk/ | www.rgbcomms.co.uk