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For eight years, the family who lived in this elegant Boston brownstone had dealt with an inconsistent indoor climate, troublesome light switches and poor communication between six floors. Finally, after deciding to update the décor, they turned to the custom electronics (CE) pros at Advanced Communication Technologies (ACT), Rockland, Mass., to integrate modern home automation systems into a home that was in bad need of a technology overhaul.
“Even though the owner had a fair amount of knowledge about technology, he hadn’t really implemented it in his home yet,” says ACT senior project manager Bill Gerber. “It was very minimal as far as infrastructure and products.” After lengthy discussions with Gerber about the high-tech possibilities, though, the homeowners fully embraced the notion of having a home automation system that would afford their family the convenience of being able to operate the lights, security devices and several thermostats, as well as distribute high definition video and music throughout the house—all from their current stash of iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Mac computers. The Savant automation system chosen for the project ties everything together; a companion mobile app puts the controls on the family’s mobile devices.
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