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Residential Tech Today

Residential Tech Today March - April 2019

Residential Tech Today merges news and best practices industry leaders need, innovator profiles, exclusive interviews, and product reviews. With Jeremy Glowacki as the Executive Editor, the award-winning editorial staff from Innovation & Tech Today, and partnerships with leading organizations, this bi-monthly publication is injecting energy into the smart home market.

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Innovative Properties Worldwide, Inc.
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2 min.
from the editor

“The power outage renewed my faith in the kindness of my fellow man and made me appreciate how much we truly depend on our electrical grid in modern life.” I was attending my company picnic in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. It was an appropriately hot and humid mid-August day in the Northeast U.S., but I was enjoying the afternoon out of the office with my colleagues and our families. Then, just after 4:00 p.m., everything changed. A co-worker with a portable radio heard the DJ break into the music broadcast to say that the city was experiencing a blackout. It was an odd juxtaposition, as we stood there within the natural surroundings of a large city park, the sun shining brightly, and the radio station still on the air. We would later…

2 min.

As a product and marketing executive at Harman International, Michael Heiss was responsible for many breakthrough audio and video products. On the entertainment side of the business, he was a promotion manager at NBC, was key to the development of hotel in-room movies, and created the first nationwide movie rental service for Beta and VHS cassettes. A part of CEDIA since its founding, he served two terms on the CEDIA Board and headed the Technology Council. He was awarded CEDIA’s “Volunteer of the Year” award and is a CEDIA Fellow. He is also a member of the TV Academy, IEEE, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and is a Life Member of SMPTE. At St. Louis-based Integration Controls, Jamie Briesemeister leads sales and marketing and is actively involved in business development, including…

1 min.
by the numbers

Clean power is the often-overlooked essential ingredient to a successfully integrated smart home. Dirty power that comes from the electric grid and feeds into our devices can damage sensitive gear, shorten the lifespan of sophisticated AV components, and wreak havoc with sound and picture quality when we settle in to enjoy our favorite media. Plus, inefficient power is also a challenge when it comes to finding ways to maintain a healthier planet. Here’s a look at some statistics about the biggest power consumers, by device and sector. U.S. RESIDENTIAL RETAIL ELECTRICITY SALES FROM 1999-2017 IN BILLION KILOWATT HOURS SHARES OF TOTAL U.S. ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY END-USE SECTORS, 2017 RESIDENTIAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION BY END USE Air Conditioning 17% Miscellaneous 12% Space Heating 15% Lighting 10% Water Heating 14% TVs and related 7% Not elsewhere classified 13% Refrigerators 7% Clothes Dryer 5% Graphic via…

4 min.
we ask industry insiders one question

I typically steer this conversation in four areas: clean power, spike or drop, total loss, and reboot. I usually start with the reboot conversation as it is the easiest. I ask a client how many times has your ISP or cable company asked you to reboot a modem or cable box? Let us manage that for you; you shouldn’t be having to do anything. I then group power loss and power drop together and explain that not all devices are completely smart. When you lose power, some devices may not restart, or may restart out of order and not function correctly. Joe Whitaker, President, The Thoughtful Home We have typically just included it in our proposals. Many do not even question it. If we do discuss it in any detail, we talk…

3 min.
throwing shade

Interacting with your patio furniture may not seem like a crucial development in the timeline of human existence, but it’s changing lives in some surprising ways. As a connoisseur of the backyard barbecue, I consider myself an authority on outdoor entertaining. From deli-style lighting twinkling in the trees to a perfectly curated party playlist, my guests know what to expect when they show up for a summertime celebration. But providing everything your guests expect isn’t always an easy feat. Assuming I have the best in outdoor waterproof bluetooth speakers, it’s still another object on my table or fake rock in my garden. I may need to charge my phone to keep the streaming music flowing, so now I need an extension cord, which is great because I’ll need one to run the…

3 min.
third-party validation

The Home Technology Association is the first independent organization to educate and empower homeowners in their technology purchases, recognize exceptional businesses, and elevate the technology integration industry’s status and stature with a rigorous third-party certification process. Since its launch in the fall of 2017, the organization has grown to 142 certified firms across the U.S. The goal of the organization, according to Director of Certification Josh Christian, is to provide “third-party validation that you’ve always wanted to share with the client that you are truly a good, reputable firm that really takes care of your clients.” Christian likes to compare HTA certification to similar designations in other businesses. Consumers buying a diamond, he says, know to look for GIA certification from the Gemological Institute of America. Those looking for a high-quality restaurant…