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Who put’s the “Smart” in a Smart Home

What’s all the fuss about home automation?

Home automation uses technology to improve and simplify the way you use your home. It makes ordinary tasks more convenient and appliances and entertainment systems easier to use.

At S&I, we couldn’t be more proud of Control4. We have had absolute faith in it right from the beginning. Control4 is a home automation system and range of products that has been wowing the market for quite some time. And it’s not just entertainment that they’ve got automated just right – it’s everything!

Creating a smart home has a huge appeal but people don’t know where to start or how far it can extend but Control4 can offer a personalised automation solution to control any device in your home. What makes a smart home smart is a brain and thats exactly what Control4 is.

Whether it’s your entertainment system in a single room or your entire home’s lighting, security, heating or cooling, blinds and door locks – Control4 has products and tailored solutions to suit your needs.

Here’s what you can control with a Control4 system:

HOME THEATRE

A high-end home theatre experience is more than just a nice TV with surround sound. With a home theatre system controlled by your Control4 system, you’ll be the envy of every movie theatre goer in town.

Turn the lights off, choose what you want to watch – TV, Blu-ray, Apple TV – and the system turns on all of the necessary equipment so you’re ready to go in seconds. And when you’re done, a single press of the “Room Off” key will turn everything off.

VIDEO DISTRIBUTION

Control4 lets you control an 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch that can distribute eight HDMI sources (Blu-ray, Pay TV, media player, gaming console, DVR) to eight different video display locations around your home. These sources can be stored out of sight while the Control4 system offers control from anywhere in your home.

MULTIROOM AUDIO

As a music enthusiast, users can link their entire music library to the Control4 system and be able to not only control where the music is played but you can also browse your entire collection AND you can expect to enjoy streaming more music than ever before from native streaming services such as Pandora Internet Radio, Deezer and TIDAL.

COMFORT CONTROL

Your comfort is just as important as your entertainment with Control4.

Control4 home automation makes it easy to look forward to getting home. You can custom set up your smart home so that everything is handled by the system for you. You can adjust the blinds, draw the curtains, turn on your favourite music, switch off lights in unoccupied rooms and even set the air conditioning to a comfortable temperature…. whether you’re home or not! The future of true home comfort has arrived and Control4 is bringing it right to your door.

LIGHTING

There are a number of lighting options that can be configured with the Control4 system. Smart lighting adds elegance, ambiance, convenience and energy efficiency to your home.

Control4’s “mockupancy” feature also allows you to enjoy automated lighting, open and close the blinds, and even turn the music or television on and off – so it looks like you’re home, even when you’re not! You can easily create the impression that your home is still occupied even while you’re out or away on holiday.

Raise or dim any light to a desired level in the room or the entire house with a single touch. Automate your lighting to respond to your schedule without any touch at all. 

You can set different lighting modes with customised movie and music modes to adjust the lights to suit the mood of what you’re doing.

And a Goodnight mode can turn off all of the lighting in the house with one button.

SECURITY

On the security side, Control4 brings in your surveillance cameras so you can check your home from anywhere in the world. You can control your entire security system remotely from your iOS or Android device, as well as the in-home control panel.

Control4 can also respond to actions like motion detection so you can receive an alert if someone approaches your front door while you’re out.

SMART LOCKS

Control4 is compatible with most smart locks so doors throughout your home can be locked and unlocked with the touch of a button. Manage locked doors, view and access every security zone of the home, and even view a history of security events and activities from a single intuitive interface.

It’s possible to provide security codes for deliveries and service workers and also provide children and other family members with their own unique codes and then receive a text message when they come and go.

Overall, our customers have been very pleased with the ease and simplicity of Control4 systems — they love how simple and effortless it is to use.

Our clients have really liked having the control in their hands and how easily we have integrated it into their houses with little to no visible equipment or wiring.

Control4 home automation has certainly helped set us apart from our competitors – the systems are scalable, so they can choose to start small and dream big, adding more automation based on how they want to live and the level of automation they require. That’s the beauty of Control4

Looking at getting your hands on the latest Control4 home automation system? Look no further; contact us at Sound & Image for more information and advice today.

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Home Automation – The Smart Home

The Smart Home:

If you would like to :
· Control all your Hi-Fi equipment with one device.
· Automatically drop a screen when the projector switches on.
· Dim the lights when you switch the telly on.
· Control all the lights from one location; or have them switch on when you enter the room.
· Be notified about open windows and doors or someone approaching your house.
· Have the system wake you up by gently switching on the lights, opening the curtain and switching on the radio.
· See what is happening in your home or control it through the internet.
· Just generally make life easier, safer, and more luxurious.

 

We have found the perfect solution.

The home controllers from Control4 not only allow full control of the home theater and integrate music streaming throughout the home, they also allow full control of lighting, air-conditioning and more.

home automation control in your hands

4 steps to complete control.

Step 1 Control the home theater

Start with your existing home theater, including TV, receiver, amplifier, and speakers.

Add automation with the Control4 Home Theater Controller. Eliminate your current remotes and control everything with the Control4 System Remote Control, your iPhone, or tablet.

Add Control4® Wireless Dimmers and Switches and control lighting too.

Step 2. Extend your listening throughout the home.

Begin by adding automation to your home theater and existing audio system with the Control4 Home Theater Controller – up to six individual devices can be controlled with each controller.

Use the Home Theater Controller to distribute wired music from (up to) three sources to (up to) three audio zones.

Enable additional digital music zones over Wi-Fi and Ethernet  from the Home Theater Controller by adding Control4 Speaker Points, with integrated digital amplification, to other areas in the home.

Add even more audio zones to your home using the Control4 Mini Touch Screen’s audio-out feature to bring digital streams to rooms throughout the house.

Step 3 Control the whole home’s lighting

home automation control the lights and alarm with one touch

Start with the Control4 lighting products that best suit your needs: Dimmers, Switches, Outlet Switches and Outlet Dimmers.

Set a Control4 controller to automatically turn lights on and off when not needed during the day.

Motion detectors throughout the house work with a Control4 controller to turn lights on when a room is in use, or turn lights off when there is no motion in the room.

Program lighting scenes to create ambiance for entertaining, study or work.

Schedule lights to go on and off to create that ‘lived in’ look while you are away.

Step 4 Control climate

Start with a Control4 Wireless Thermostat.

Automate it with a Control4 controller.

Add motorized blinds and a Control4 Wireless Outlet Switch to set blinds to go up or down based on inside temperature, time of day or position of the sun on the horizon.

4. Add motion detectors to determine if a room is in use and then automatically adjust the temperature to a preset level.

5. Control the temperature and automated features from anywhere in the house with a Control4 Touch Screen, Keypad, System Remote Control, PC, smart phone, or Tablet (software available for Android  and ios devices)

Safety,  security, entertainment, and convenience!
What else do you need?

“Whether you are building a new home or are looking for a solution to automate your existing home… Control4 offers an affordable modular solution. You can add new products as and when you want. “
Safety,  security, entertainment, and convenience!

Frequently asked questions

Can I make my home safer with Control 4, in Gauteng?

Home automation Control-4 door Lock for control over entry security

With Control 4, you can set up the system to assist you with security,
for example:

– Receive email alerts for security-related actions, e.g. garage door left open, the security system is triggered, a window is opened, etc
– Use IP cameras to keep an eye on your home, no matter where you are.
– Lock the whole house in one touch, even from your mobile phone.
– Program your lights to mimic your usual patterns to appear as if you’re home, even when you’re not.

EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Outdoor entertaining is a way of life in South Africa, but security concerns can often hamper our enjoyment. Our smart lighting solutions know no boundaries. From under the roof of your home, to under the stars, activate stunning exterior lighting on your deck, or emphasise a water feature, swimming pool or entertainment area. These lights can be set to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise, thus saving you electricity. And, to ensure the family is safe and protected while enjoying the extent of your superbly-lit outdoor areas, you can set perimeter lights to flash if the alarm system is triggered, thereby alerting you to unusual activity. Control4’s Smart Lighting isn’t called smart for nothing.

Can I go Green in Gauteng and reduce my energy use with Control 4 ?

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Control 4 can assist with cutting back on energy use and energy bills, for example:

-Use dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors
to reduce energy – Go Green!
-Use motion sensors to turn lights off automatically when rooms are unoccupied.
-Set the irrigation to go on and off during low cost periods, which also reduces evaporation, and keeps the plants healthy and protects the investment in the plants.

How can Home automation or a Smart home make my life more convenient?

Once a Home is automated, there are numerous ways that life becomes more convenient. Just a few simple possibilities:

– While you’re sitting in traffic, you can turn on the A/C, crank up the hot-tub temperature and check the weather on the IP cameras.

– It’s Tuesday after school and you get a text from your daughter: She forgot her house key-again. Just sign in to your system from your iPhone and unlock the door for her.

-Turn the whole house off in one touch with a “Good Night” scene, – some lights can go completely off as the kids’ dim to 10%

 

Can I listen to the music of my choice, what ever room I’m in, and control the volume of the kids areas?

Absolutely. Keep the volume in check so that the kids and their choice of music, or repetitive watching of their favourite show, do not drive you to distraction.
 
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– Play music from multiple formats and sources, including radio, streaming music services, your iPod/mp3 player, an external hard drive or computer in any room in the house.
– Simplify your audio, video, and home theater components with one remote to control everything.
– Turn your television into an elegant interface from which you can access and control your entire home.
-Browse and access al your movies and music on your network via the Control4 interface on your iPhone, iPad, PC or Android device.

 

 

 

 

 

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S&I welcomes the Control4 Smart Home.

 
 
Control Your Home and Everything in it from Anywhere, Anytime at one Touch. Sound & Image gives you an overview of what Control4 is all about!
 
From homes small to large, new and old, Control4 delivers power and performance on one platform that coordinates the technology in your house into complete, brilliant experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy. With one touch, dim the lights, stream high-resolution music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Or, check in on your home no matter where you are. It’s a smarter living experience that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
 
 
HOME THEATre
 
A high-end home theatre experience is more than just a nice TV with surround sound. With a home theatre system from Control4, you’ll be the envy of every movie theatre goer in town. Turn the lights off, turn on the surround sound and start the movie all with the touch of a button.

WHOLE-HOME AUDIO

 
Fill your entire home with music or listen to a specific playlist in just one room. Display bold, beautiful cover art on your smartphone, touch screen or TV.
 
 

LIGHTING

 
Create lighting scenes to set the perfect mood, whether you are entertaining or just cooking family dinner, our smart lighting.ll be sure to create the right atmosphere.
 

CLIMATE

 
Forget about ever touching that thermostat again, in fact, forget about the thermostat all together. With our automated climate control, your thermostat is anywhere you are. Curb your monthly bills and ease your eco-conscience. Advanced temperature control is a simple and affordable addition to any home with Control4.
 

YOUR HOME AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

 
Control every aspect of your house from wherever you are, using your smartphone, tablet, PC, touch screen, remote or keypad. Control4 has a consistent, easy-to-use interface that ensures that controlling your home will be effortless, despite the complexity that goes on behind the scenes.
 

SECURITY

 
 
 
 
Take comfort in knowing that your home and family are safe with added security solutions from Control4. Smart locks can notify you of daily ins-and-outs, scheduled lighting can fluctuate at alternating times, security cameras are accessible from your smartphone, audio and lighting can be incorporated into your alarm system, and the list goes on.
 
With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless.
 
While there are many smart products available today, it isn’t until these devices work together in orchestration, that you experience the magic of a smart home.
 
Control4 is the way forward – pop in to one of our Sound & Image stores and we will show you how to make your home ‘smarter’. It’s a smarter living experience that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
 

 

 
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Control 4 – Smart home – smart Brand

Control 4 …. our Preferred Solution for Home Automation.

Control 4 - Smart home - smart Brand Smart electronics are playing a central role in our daily lives, and they deserve an even smarter role at home. Control4 has the solution, making it possible for virtually any appliance or device in your home to intelligently communicate with another  :  from locks to lights, doors to drapes   ;  and gives you the ability to control them, no matter where you are.

Create the perfect movie ambiance in one touch. Tell your thermostat what to do from Table Mountain. Manage music in multiple rooms. Get a text when your teenager comes home. Control4 gives you flexible solutions to design the home automation system of your dreams on a very real budget.
Life’s better when everything works together. This is your home with a brain. A genius idea, indeed.
Control 4 - Smart home - smart Brand

 

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Living life, automatically with Control4 and Sound&Image

Imagine. One touch on your tablet and the movie starts, your curtains close and the surround sound kicks in at the perfect volume. When the sun goes down, your outdoor lights turns on. And the whole house locks at 11 p.m. Automatically.
You rush out with the kids to drop them off at school. By the time you get to the office you wonder, “Did I close the garage door?” Simply check from your smartphone and relax.
Imagine living in a home that obeys your every command…where virtually every device and system can be controlled remotely and fully automated. You can use your tablet to control your home theater, dim the lights, lock the doors, turn up the heat, and arm the alarm. Or use your smartphone to do the same from not just anywhere in your house—but from anywhere in the world.
Welcome to Control4® automation, a smart automation solution for homes and businesses that makes it easy for you to intelligently control every aspect of your home—from TVs to thermostats, door locks to drapes—no matter where you are, using one simple-to-use interface. Control4® solutions make your life more comfortable, more efficient, and more secure.
Best of all, Control4® technology gives you the power to personalize your home or business with the home automation system of your dreams—all within your budget.
The brains
It all starts with a controller, the central hub of every Control4® system. The controller runs the operating system for your home, giving you the power to control and automate virtually any home function, including your home theater, music, lighting, temperature, security system, appliances and more.
Each model allows you to build anything from a basic home theater system to a whole-home automation solution. Sleek designs make them easy to either place behind a TV or mount in a rack, so they’re always out of sight. Additionally, controllers offer features such as audio streaming, intercom capability and effortless control of your favourite consumer electronic devices.
The beauty
What makes Control4 products so easy to use is their intuitive, elegant user interface, which is virtually the same on every device.
For the family room, you may prefer a remote that gives you total control of the house right from your TV. In the kitchen, you might prefer an elegant in-wall touch screen that makes it easy to monitor the house at all times. Or with the Control4 App, control everything from your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or PC.
Goodbye commercial cinema, hello Control4
You can transform your family room into a state-of-the-art home theatre—and have the foundation for what you need to ensure your smart home can keep getting smarter. Watch TV, access your Blu-ray/movie collection, or enjoy your entire music library using your smart phone, tablet, or an easy-to-use remote. All it takes is one tap to have the curtains close, the lights fade, and the receiver kick in at the perfect volume.
  • Automate your home theatre experience with one-touch control
  • Access your home control system through your TV
  • Send HD video to any room in the house
  • Watch video from multiple sources, including media players, hard drives, and portable devices—or browse through them all simultaneously
Your music, your way
With unprecedented control over your audio, Control4 technology will change the way you listen to music—forever. The intuitive user interface makes it a breeze to browse through your music collection and play any song you want, at any volume, in any room in the house.
  • Hear classical in the lounge, jazz in the kitchen, and rock on the patio — all at the same time
  • Play songs from your favourite streaming services, like Spotify® or Pandora® (service dependant) or your iTunes® music library
  • Distribute amplified music to different areas in the house with multi-zone amplifiers
  • Send music from virtually any source, including your smartphone or tablet, to any room in your house with the Control4® Wireless Music Bridge; even guests can stream music throughout your home
Smart lighting is a bright idea
Whether you want the perfect ambiance in every room, one-touch control, or just an effortless way to save energy, Control4® home automation is the simple solution: total control over every light in the house—from across the room or across the globe.
  • Have the lights in the house turn on automatically to welcome you home
  • Use motion sensors to provide hands-free illumination in the dark
  • Turn off all lights with a single touch—except for the kids’ nightlight
  • Program the lights to shut off automatically when a room is unoccupied
Combine lighting with curtain control and the whole house looks occupied, even when you’re away. Or tie it into your home theatre system so the curtains close automatically as the lights dim. You can control lighting scenes throughout your home from a central keypad or touch screen—no more dashing through the house to flip switches. And don’t even think about construction hassles. With a Control4 system, you can turn any standard outlet into two smart outlets, ready to control just about any electrical device. It’s really that easy.
Be comfortable, save energy
With Control4 automation, it’s easy to save energy and money without compromising comfort. During summer months, you can set the air-conditioning to switch off automatically when no one is home. Come winter, a smart fireplace switch can provide additional heating to keep the house cozy even on the coldest of nights. And on the evenings you find yourself late at the office, just hop online to adjust your thermostat levels so the heat doesn’t kick on until you’re a little closer to home.
  • Replace your current thermostat with a Control4® Wireless Thermostat to keep your home at a more energy-efficient temperature while you’re out
  • Program your shades to close during the brightest hours of the day
  • Use dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors to reduce energy waste
  • In case of a fire, have sensors automatically shut down the HVAC system to contain smoke and flash lights outside your home to signal help
A little peace of mind goes a long way
If you want to know what’s happening at home when you’re away on business or just see who’s at the front door, no problem. The Control4 system incorporates your lights, locks, and more to automatically make your home more secure. And with the Control4® 4SightTM Service, “being home” is as easy as picking up your phone or hopping on your computer.
  • Lock every door and arm the alarm, all with a single touch
  • Check on the kids, whether you’re downstairs or downtown
  • View the video feeds from your security webcams—any time, anywhere
  • Receive a text alert when the Control4 system senses trouble at home, including water leaks
  • Assign temporary security codes for deliveries and service workers
  • Let yourself in when you forget your keys
  • Randomize lights and A/V equipment to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not
So, why Control4?
We’re a proven leader. We train and certify our authorized dealers to install intelligent, open, and affordable automation solutions that will work in homes, businesses, and major hotels all over the world. You can be confident we’ll be a great addition to your home too.
We believe in choice
Control4 is an open platform. That means we embrace standards and work with the industry’s most innovative third-party developers to ensure you always have choices when it comes to the devices, apps, and products you want to control. It also ensures you’ll enjoy your investment well into the future.
We think way beyond a box
We revolutionized home automation when we introduced the first affordable intelligent control solution. Every year, we innovate more with new products that speak directly to the needs of our customers. You can expect the great ideas to keep on coming.
Make your home a smart home
Control4 is not a product or technology company. We’re a lifestyle company, inspired by ideas that promise more comfort, convenience, security and fun for people just like you!
We have highly-trained system designers and installers who share Control4’s vision and passion for excellence. The combination of our professional expertise and their award-winning solutions offer more comfort, convenience and control for all.
Contact us at our Menlyn or Sandton branch for more expert Control4 advice, or drop us an e-mail and we’ll contact you.
Sandton branch – 011 884 5165 – sandton@soundandimage.co.za
Menlyn branch – 012 368 1440 – menlyn@soundandimage.co.za
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Why Conduiting is so Important

Why is it so important to put conduiting in during the building stage?

– During the building phase, it is cost effective to add conduiting.

– It creates interesting possibilities, making it more attractive and therefore easier to sell the house, making for a quicker sale and often for a higher price.

– It is fast becoming an expected feature.

Adding conduiting later, means chasing walls, which obviously is undesirable due to the expense and impacts the aestetics.]

With internet connectivity and electronic entertainment being so important today, providing the possibility to have a connected home with hidden cabling is clearly a winning choice.

You can add the equipment and have the home adapt to your changing lifestyle over the years. Without conduiting though, you are either stuck without the great benefits or have to do costly, annoying and unsightly retro-fits.

Be Smart

Speak to Sound and Image today to ensure your home offers value to you and when you sell.