Precise Systems has had a great Year in 2010. We have worked with many existing and new clients on commercial and residential installations. As a team we have installed some great audio visual and lighting designs as well as overcome many design and budget restrictions. We have adjusted well to the economic climate by carefully designing our installs and hand picking equipment out of hundreds of choices- to ensure that our clients can have amazing systems on their budget.
Our Residential Year:
In the residential installs we have seen an increase in wireless solutions for existing homes. A wireless solution eliminates messy channeling jobs, reduces costs and equals a faster install. We have become very familiar with the newer Crestron Prodigy line which is completely wireless. It has proven to be a great alternative to the hard wired solutions for existing homes where hard wiring is not an economical solution.
We have also seen an increased interest from our clients for media servers and media solutions. We brought the Kaleidescape into our product line in 2009 and it is the media work horse! We have found that once it is introduced to clients who have many DVDs they never turn back. It has also been the answer to the question “Now that I have renovated and updated my family room- where do I store all of these DVDs so that they are out of sight and still easy to access?”
Along with our DVD based clients we have many clients that have movie and music libraries on their computers. We have worked hard this year to explore and test out solutions for them. One of the more popular solutions has been the Apple TV. We have installed quite a few Apple TVs for clients this year and we have invested in one to tests and continue to push the limits with. We don’t stop at Apple we are currently reviewing, researching and testing other devices so that we can find the perfect match for every custom install.
Our Commercial Year:
We have completed quite a number of Commercial installs this year. We have helped companies save thousands of dollars by installing conference boardrooms with displays, cameras, projectors and touchscreens. This way we have given companies the ability to meet with overseas clients and partners, in person- without having to leave the island.
We have also installed integrated lighting control systems which have helped reduce energy bills with time out programming and motion sensors.
We have definitely noticed that in 2010 many commercial building on the island are aware of energy reduction and we have been happy to be the installers to help companies go Green.
Listing of some of our commercial jobs in 2011:
Thank you clients for 2010
We want to thank all of our residential and commercial clients for inviting us onto your projects this year, we had the opportunity to do quite a few exciting installs and we look forward to continuously providing you service and additions in 2011.
New Authorized Dealers of in 2010:
We are excited to have become Authorized Dealers of LiteTouch in 2010. We have been certified installers of the product line for years. Now that we have secured our dealership we can offer clients designs, installs, programming and continued service support.
Crestron, our #1 control system, has embraced the Apple movement- and so have we! We have used iPhone, iTouch and the new iPad as additional touchscreens for Creston controlled installs in both residential and commercial installs. By replacing some touchscreens with Apple we have helped many clients reduce their install costs by thousands of dollars! We can still create beautiful custom screens on the Apple device, just as you would see on a touchscreen!
Along with Crestron, LiteTouch one of our lighting control systems, is launching an Apple app for control of their systems! We look forward to adding this feature to our LiteTouch clients in 2011.
We will continue to push the limits with Apple and its products and also keep on the lookout for other up and coming consumer items (Driod, Google phones, and other web enables devices) which can easily integrate and control our custom systems.
Although we market ourselves as Audio Visual and Lighting Control installations we are very active commercial fire alarm installers. Antoine Lambert is our head Fire Technician and since his joining in the company in 2008 we have grown our fire service and maintenance contracts and have created many new relationships within the commercial Fire and Suppression industries.
We have worked on a number of large commercial buildings this year and we would like to thank our clients for a very busy year in 2010. We would also like to especially thank P&M Electric who has continually hired us for many of their commercial fire jobs.
Listing of some of our New Install Commercial Fire Alarm Jobs 2010:
Certifications and Education:
The only way to continuously grow and provide our clients with the best service and installs is to continuously grow by educating ourselves in the industry.
Precise Systems in the Community
We have always stayed active in the community and have given back. Our main charity that we continue to donate time and money to is the Bermuda Rugby Football Union U19 Squad, who call themselves the “Young Byes”. This year we have helped them put on their annual Golf Classic in March and sponsored a hole, which we will be supporting again in 2011. We also assisted them with hosting a visiting Team from Wales this summer over Cupmatch. We will always continue to support them in admin, coaching, and fundraising assistance. We believe it is very important to keep youth sports on the island alive and well and give the young men opportunities to excel in something that they love.
In addition to the U19 Squad we have also donated to the following organizations this year:
3D Buying Tips
Is 3D TV right for you? Are you considering it? Shopping around? Waiting for the right deal or the right movies? A couple exceptions notwithstanding, 3D TV is brand new to the home theater world, and understandably, a lot of people are confused over the whole category. To help you in your search for the perfect 3DTV solution, we sought out a couple video experts willing to share their insights regarding the latest development in home entertainment.
Meet the Experts:
Bob Cole, owner and founder of World Wide Stereo & Joel Silver, founder of the Imaging Science Foundation (See below for more information on the Experts)
Glasses Half Full
Yes, we’re stuck with wearing glasses for TVs for at least the next five years, probably longer. But it’s important to understand that not all 3D TV glasses are alike. Some displays use passive, polarized glasses, while others, most in fact, use battery-powered glasses with active LCD shutters. Even more, the glasses for one brand of TV may not be compatible with another brand, and this year’s glasses for brand X may not be compatible with next year’s TV for band X. What does that mean to you?
“People need to understand that they’re buying into a whole system,” says Cole. If you purchase a Panasonic TV, you probably need to purchase Panasonic glasses. “If you’ve got four or five people in your family, you’re going to need four or five pairs of glasses unless you want to have a fight.”
The glasses also make a difference if you decide to upgrade to a larger screen or get a second 3D TV for another room. Make sure all your glasses are compatible. Luckily a couple of manufacturers, namely Monster and Xpand are now offering universal glasses that work with most formats and are firmware upgradeable.
Tip: If you plan on eventually buying more than one 3D TV, stick with one brand or buy universal glasses.
If Bigger is Better, in 3D Bigger is a Lot Better
“Whatever TV size you’re thinking of, go up two sizes,” says Silver. 3D opens up a whole new level of involvement in the video, explains Silver, and that requires a big picture. He suggests that a 50-inch screen is about the minimum size someone should consider. This is an area where DLP systems and front projection have an advantage, because they can make a much bigger picture—front projection in particular. He also describes Panasonic’s 85-inch 3D plasma as “awesome.”
Tip: This one’s easy—get the biggest TV your space can accommodate, or get a bigger space.
What’s Your Angle?
Off angle viewing has always been an issue with some home theater gear. In 3D, it’s even more important. “In some products, if you go too far off axis [from the center of the screen], the picture pretty much disappears. Active shutter glasses make it even more difficult,” says Cole.
Silver concurs. “You don’t want to be too far off axis, and that’s more important with LCDs. It’s not only important what position you’re in, but also what angle your head is tilted at—tilted too far and the image will collapse.” Horizontal reclining on a sofa is probably out.
Tip: Look for a TV with the widest viewing angle possible, and demo it in the store at the same distance and angle you’ll experience in your home.
Speed Kills, but Not in 3D
Some TVs are faster than others, or at least some technology can react faster than others. If you heard that 120Hz refresh rates are important for LCD—it’s even more important for 3D. With 3D, you’re getting that 120Hz image spit in two—60Hz per eye, which can make artifacts much more apparent. “I wouldn’t get an LED LCD unless it’s 240Hz,” says Cole. This is not a problem for plasma and DLP, which are inherently faster technologies. Newer LED-based LCD TVs feature 480Hz and even 600Hz refresh rates, which goes a long way in correcting artifacts and crosstalk errors.
Tip: Either buy a faster technology such as plasma or look for the fastest refresh rates on LCDs.
Two HDMIs Are Better Than One
How much does the 3D Blu-ray player matter in picture quality? Not as much as you’d think, says Cole. “I have yet to see any significant difference from one Blu-ray player to the next. They all seem to handle 3D as well as it can be handled,” he says. However, audio is another story. When 3D hit the ground in 2010, it reveiled an issue that many people hadn’t anticipated—audio problems. The problem was that most surround sound processors couldn’t handle both the 3D video signal and the high resolution surround sound signal though the HDMI inputs. Many users ended up plugging their Blu-ray players into their TVs via HDMI and connected the player to the receiver with optical or coax cables—but that’s hardly ideal. Now more players are including two HDMI outputs—one for video and one for audio. As more receivers become available with HDMI 1.4a compatibility, this will be less of an issue. Sure, this isn’t the one-cable world we envisioned when HDMI first came on the scene, but this is still a transition period. Have patience kids.
Tip: If you don’t already have a 3D-capable A/V receiver and don’t plan on buying one, make sure your 3D Blu-ray player has two HDMI outputs.
Bright Lights, Big Picture
We all love bright images, sometimes we love them too bright (and end up ruining the picture in the process—see calibration). But with 3D, some of the light (up to half) may be lost by the 3D glasses. On top of that, most glasses add a slight tint to the picture which needs to be compensated for in the picture settings—most TVs will do this automatically when in 3D mode. “Having a brighter picture has never been more important because the glasses are going to cost you light,” emphasizes Silver. He also notes that in addition to cranking up the brightness, 3D TVs need to be calibrated through the glasses in order to properly compensate for the lens color shift, so make sure your TV allows for an additional memory setting for 3D mode.
LCD TVs can be brighter than plasma and DLP so they’re not as dependent on room lighting conditions.
Tip: Go bright. Lower-end TVs may not have the light output you need to fully experience 3D in your room.
3D is a Feature, Not a TV
The most important thing to remember is that you’re not buying a 3D TV. You’re buying a very good HDTV with 3D as one of its features. Most current model 3DTVs are also top-of-the-line 2D TVs that include the best features of any 2D televisions. If you’re in the market for a premium-performance television, 3D is one of the features you’ll want on your must-have list.
Tip: Don’t panic. It’s just television after all. Buy something you like, then find something you like to watch, and enjoy it.
Meet the Experts:
Bob Cole, owner and founder of World Wide Stereo. Cole has been a leader in home theater, high-end audio and automation installation and service since the company started in 1979. He’s been the president of the Home Entertainment Source, an influential group of consumer electronics (CE) professionals. He’s also the weekly gadget guy for Philadelphia’s Fox News.
Joel Silver, founder of the Imaging Science Foundation. Silver teaches the world about high-end video and video calibration. In addition to training thousands of people to be video experts, Silver serves as a consultant to consumer electronics manufactures and video broadcasters. He also serves on several committees for the Consumer Electronics Association.
Have you been shopping for a new TV lately? Have you been directed to LED televisions by all electronic sales staff you meet? Have the words LCD and Plasma dropped out of TV ads? Well if you haven’t noticed LED televisions are starting to take over. You are going to start to notice that more and more television suppliers are going to stock and push LED more then LCD and plasma; plus LED prices are forecasted to continue to drop! (Well hopefully the trend will follow in Bermuda about pricing dropping).
So why buy LED? – The picture that can be achieved on a LED screen is just as good and better then, in premier models, then LCD. The blacks are blacker and the bights are brighter on images. Unlike LCD and Plasma displays they are hardly warm to the touch, even if they have been running for hours – making them by far the greener choice which can be seen on BELCO bills of homes and offices with high TV usage.
If you are planning on making a new TV purchase it might be worth a look to check out the new LED technology. Song and Samsung have always been our choice as integrators, but that doesn’t mean that others are not good options. When buying a television( LED or not) always ensure that you know your plans for the TV and it has the correct ports, and enough of them for all your audio attachments- such as: surround sound, cable boxes, entertainment systems, Ethernet applications, etc.
The biggest complaint we hear about 3D technology is how much people hate the glasses. Whether they’re active shutter or passive polarized, many people just don’t want an extra fashion accessory to view 3D content.
Toshiba is on track to make 3D glasses a thing of the past. In a prototype LCD displayed at the SID 2010 show in Seattle, Wash., the company demoed technology allowing glasses-free 3D viewing in nine discrete positions using “GRIN” (gradient index) lens technology. The “GRIN” lens is made up of a second LCD panel over the main 1400 x 1050 2D panel.
When activated, the GRIN lens changes the refraction index distribution and creates a 3D image. When the GRIN lens is turned off, the refraction index is unaltered and a 2D image is displayed. The 2D images retain full resolution, while 3D image resolution is cut back to 466 x 350.
One of the neatest tricks is, when turning the GRIN lens partially on, the panel can simultaneously display 3D and 2D imagery. It’s not clear if this means the nine 3D zones can see 3D while the others see sharp 2D, or if there’s some other arrangement, but this a very interesting capability.
The current demo is only a 12” display and the 3D resolution isn’t much to write home about, but this technology could be what liberates 3D enthusiasts from an even nerdier existence than they (and I mean we) are in for.
From Electronichouse.com June 08, 2010 | by Stephen Hopkins
Crestron has the #1 iPad™ app in the industry, according to Apple®. Yesterday, the Crestron app was ranked 31st in the list of overall “Top Grossing iPad Apps” in the U.S on the iTunes® App Store. No other industry app has reached the top 100. The Crestron iPad app even outranked many retail apps and games on the list, including TETRIS for iPad. Similarly, the Crestron iPhone® app was selected by Apple for television commercials in Europe and Asia, showcasing the power of its new iPhone 3GS.
“Our relationship with Apple continues to grow closer and stronger,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “We embraced the iPhone very early as a cool mobile control device and led the industry with our iPad app. Apple recognizes the features, flexibility and reliability that our apps bring to these magical devices.”
The Crestron control app for the iPhone was localized in French and Chinese and was featured in 30 second ads for the new iPhone 3GS. Crestron Mobile Pro™ is the only control app that works on the latest 3G technology for true mobile control anywhere on the cellular network.
“Other companies may offer apps or even have an Apple operating system,” Bruno added. “But none offer the flexibility of customizing the GUI design and control functionality, and none have Apple’s vote of confidence like we do. We will continue to develop cool new features and push them out to all of our app customers.”
Imagine using your iPad™ as a touchpanel for your home entertainment system, or to control all the lights in your home. Crestron Mobile Pro G puts a professional-looking Crestron touchpanel user interface right on the popular Apple® iPad, enabling all kinds of customizable control capability, while utilizing the complete screen space on the iPad.
Crestron Mobile Pro G talks directly to the control system without any third-party software or external servers. With Crestron Mobile Pro G, simply tap the screen to select movies, music and TV in any room or adjust volume, light levels and room temperature with just a touch. Using the home Wi-Fi network locally or the powerful 3G networks remotely, total control is always at your fingertips.
Control multiple locations, such as a primary residence, vacation home and office, from a single, intuitive graphical interface that provides real-time status of room temperature, lighting levels, shade position, volume and digital media metadata including album, song and artist.
New locations are easily added by opening the “Connections” page on the iPad, and customized buttons, graphics and dynamic text can be added by your installer. Updates or changes to the control program are automatically sent to the iPhone when Crestron Mobile Pro G is launched.
With a Large library of built-in graphics to aid in custom designs Crestron Mobile Pro G puts a virtual Crestron touchpanel in the palm of your hand for complete mobile control.
Crestron announced today the upcoming opening of its state-of-the-art Experience Center located at its world headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ. The new multi-million dollar interactive environment celebrates the company’s 40 years of innovation and leadership. The fully immersive experience will provide integrators, architects and designers with a space to introduce clients to Crestron, meet with Crestron executives, collaborate with system designers and to demonstrate the latest state-of-the-art technology in elegantly appointed, functioning application environments. The 8,000 square foot suite features an atrium-style reception area, cutting edge multimedia presentation room, digital boardroom, Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater and an expansive interactive design lab.
The center is a compelling destination location and one of the highlights of a complete tour of the Crestron campus, a small city dedicated to innovation, engineering and client support. In addition to the Experience Center, Crestron will open its doors to business partners and guests for an inside look at the sophisticated, and until now, rarely seen 100,000 square-foot Research Center, where more than 350 engineers are developing the products and technologies of tomorrow; the 150,000 square foot manufacturing plant; the 50,000 square foot pre-production facility, and the 50,000 square foot worldwide distribution center. The appointment-only tours provide a compelling, in-depth look into the world of Crestron, to fully understand and appreciate the level of commitment, investment and expertise of Crestron, and why it’s the global leader in digital HD technology and control solutions.
“Some people know us, and think of us as a big company and industry leader. Others may not have heard of us at all,” explains Crestron Executive Vice President, Randy Klein. “But to come here and see it all firsthand is always an eye-opening experience. It’s hard to imagine what we have and what we’re doing. You really have to come and see for yourself.”
The expansive new Experience Center was designed by world-renowned interior designer Andres Escobar. Fashionably appointed with the finest fixtures and furnishings, the center elegantly blends chic design with cutting-edge technology. Guests walk through the terrazzo entrance way and are transported from a typical corporate reception area into a bright, open grand atrium with rounded walls and a high ceiling that features geometric skylights.
“When you walk through the doors you immediately know this is not a typical showroom or demo area,” observes Klein. “We didn’t rent or move into a generic commercial space. We started with a clean slate and challenged Andres to design a modern space and unique atmosphere that would facilitate creativity and collaboration, and where we could also host events and showcase technology.”
The reception area features a 7.1 in-ceiling surround sound system, Digital Projection HD projector and Stewart Filmscreen StarGlas screen, Hubbell Lighting fixtures, Philips Color Kinetics three-color LED chase lights, Renaissance Lighting LED downlights, a custom made wave-shaped stainless steel counter with a quartz countertop and leather high-back stools. LED lights are installed throughout the center, and are dimmed and controlled from Crestron touchpanels to establish the desired ambiance for various occasions, such as a sales meeting or corporate event.
After welcoming guests and understanding their unique interests and needs, the Crestron Experience Center features several fully functional, state-of-the-art rooms in which to demonstrate how the latest technology looks, sounds and functions in a real-world environment. The p
resentation room and executive boardroom are completely furnished, and feature the latest solutions including a Digital Projection dVision projector and a Pioneer HD display, Hunter Douglas motorized shades and Crestron audio, video and control systems.
Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing adds, “These aren’t simulated or mock application vignettes. These are actual installed systems in real fully-operational rooms.” Bruno continues, “No cost was spared and no detail was overlooked, right down to the modern designer bathroom, which is also Crestron controlled.”
The Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater, designed by the father of home theater himself, delivers the highest quality HD video and surround sound experience. Featuring Crestron PROCISE™ 7.3 HD surround sound processing, ADMS Intermedia Delivery System, Digital Projection TITAN three-chip 1080p projector, Stewart Filmscreen 143-inch CineCurve screen, Revel speakers, RPG acoustical room treatments and CinemaTech theater seats, guests are treated to nothing short of media euphoria.
Finally, the interactive design lab features more than 500 Crestron products on display. At their leisure, clients can peruse, compare and evaluate working, fully programmed entertainment systems, touchpanels and remote controls, lighting and HVAC systems. The entire facility has a digital infrastructure, fully wired with Crestron’s revolutionary DigitalMedia™ (DM) Cable and DM components installed throughout, allowing visitors to experience the only end-to-end digital solution available today.
“It’s one thing to read a spec sheet online or flip through a catalog,” says Bruno. “But step into an environment like this and actually push buttons and watch magic happen is the best way to understand the benefits and value of our solutions.”
The Crestron Experience Center officially opened October 20th.
Crestron, the world leader in touchpanel control, announces its new iPad™ app, a seamless merging of iPad resolution and Crestron innovation. Exciting interactive features include browsing your Blu-ray collection, adjusting the lights and checking to see who’s at the door while you’re walking from the fridge to the home theater. Crestron introduced wireless, Web-based and mobile control before most of its competitors were in business, perfecting the ability to re-create personalized touchpanel control and user-defined backgrounds on virtually any device from any location. Now users can enjoy the magical iPad experience with the power of Crestron control.
“iPad is the hottest new thing right now, and Crestron is out in front with the most flexible and feature-rich control app available,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “Crestron fully embraces the iPad and Apple® integration, and we have lots of cool new features coming next, including landscape view and gestures navigation.”
The Crestron Mobile Pro™ G iPad app comes pre-loaded with a standard graphic template, and supports user-defined interfaces as well. If a Crestron dealer has its own, branded interface being deployed on touchpanels throughout the house, the same look and functionality can be used on the iPad. Just like the other Crestron apps, Mobile Pro G provides direct communication to the control system without any third-party software or external servers. Updates and changes to the control program are automatically sent to the iPad when the Crestron app is launched. Using the home Wi-Fi network locally or the powerful 3G and EDGE networks remotely, total control is always at your fingertips.
New Crestron features for iPad and iPhone® apps are coming soon.
It’s safe to say that LED-backlit TVs are here to stay. What form they take is the question.
LG and Sony have revealed new LCD TVs using LED technology, though four of the five models the companies have announced will be edge-lit by LEDs only on the sides of the screen. The announcements were made at this week’s CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Expo in Atlanta.
LG’s 55-inch 55LHX wireless HDTV model is the only one backlit by a full array of LEDs. The full array of LEDs is capable of local dimming, in which clusters of the energy-saving LEDs can be shut off during dark scenes, enhancing the picture’s contrast and saving even more energy. Consumers will pay for that level of performance and eco-friendliness, along with the wireless functionality.
LG’s edge-lit LED LCD TVs include the slender, 1.15-inch-thick 42- and 47-inch SL models. By edge-lighting with LEDs, manufacturers can make the sets slimmer, though features like local dimming are not available. The new TVs will also include Internet connectivity for enjoying content from Vudu and other partners.
Other green features in the LG TVs include an Intelligent Sensor that automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting conditions in the room for potential energy savings. LG says the 55LHX will be available soon, with the SL90 series models available later in the fall.
Sony’s 46- and 52-inch XBR10 LED TVs due in October are also edge-lit. The TVs will also have 1080p resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, and Internet video and widgets including Netflix streaming.
Sony says it has plans to make full-panel LED–backlit TVs in the future. Sony’s vice president of TV Jeff Goldstein said the move to edge-lit LEDs is in the interest of aesthetics, enabling the panels to be thinner than those with full LED backlights. But let’s face it: edge-lit LEDs can also be cheaper. And edge-lit models could faze out as LED pricing comes down.
Electronic House: September 10, 2009 | by Steven Castle
One of many innovations Crestron is showcasing at CEDIA is its new line of ultra-slim, low profile, high definition touchpanels. Only 2-inches deep, Crestron V-Panels are the thinnest available, and uniquely provide VESA mount installation in addition to desktop and flush wall-mount. Offered in 12″ (VESA, tilt, wall) and 15″ (VESA, tilt, wall) versions, a V-Panel can function as both a touchpanel control interface and flat panel HD display.
A choice of either the Crestron DGE-1 or DGE-2 external graphics engine enable V-Panels to display both HD (HDMI/HDCP) and analog video (VGA, component, and streaming media from online videos, digital media servers and Web cameras). V-Panels can also integrate VoIP communications, embedded PC applications, USB-HID control, onscreen annotation and whole house control, delivering a complete digital media, control and communication solution.
“Separating the graphics engine hardware from the display helps make the V-Panel so versatile and flexible,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “You can choose the most appropriate graphics engine to suit the application, and the hardware can be placed in the equipment rack, simplifying connectivity to control and other AV equipment.”
Today’s modern homes include a variety of digital HD audio and video sources, such as HD cable and satellite, Blu-ray players, iTunes®, Apple® TV, computers and more. Both Digital Graphics Engines feature a Crestron DigitalMedia™ output to provide direct connectivity with the new V-Panels, so uncompressed HD signals may be displayed on touchpanels for the first time. Using the DGE-2, two fully-scalable, full-motion video windows support standard video, HDTV, high-resolution RGB/VGA, and protected HDMI/DVI and DisplayPort multimode.
Other features of the V-Panel include built-in annotation, which gives the user the ability to draw over a moving or paused video image. The native IP intercom can be leveraged to talk panel-to-panel with someone in another room, and Crestron SIP Phone allows 2-way communication between touchpanels, as well as with traditional and SIP/VoIP phones. The USB port provides direct connection to a keyboard and mouse (or wirelessly via an RF dongle) for efficient PC/Internet navigation right from the V-Panel location
Author: Creston Blog Jeff Singer