Integration & Automation

Overview

Integration involves connecting devices to a universal control system so that all devices can be controlled from the user interfaces provided by the control system. Integration systems allow custom control, monitoring, and automation of virtually any electrical, electronic, or mechanical device. Integrated devices can be controlled and monitored from a variety of user interfaces, house scenes, and automated functions. Features can be password protected to prevent unauthorized or unintentional operation. Advanced Electronics Integration (AEI) will consult with you to ensure that your control system is designed and programmed with the appropriate features to suit the needs for your home or office.

Your touch panel, remote control, or computer can display status feedback and metadata information provided by integrated devices. Internet data can be integrated to allow weather forecasts, RSS feeds, and other data to be displayed on user interfaces. Touch panels can also include web browsing capability to allow internet surfing directly from your handheld touch panel.


Virtually any integrated devices can be automated as desired. Lighting, motorized shades, and climate control can be automated for convenience, comfort, and energy conservation. Devices can be automated to turn on and off based on a schedule or based on dynamic conditions. The system can also be automated to alert you if an integrated device malfunctions.

Integrated control systems can be scaled to any size, from single room applications to whole home solutions. A simple remote control can integrate basic audio visual components in a single room, eliminating clutter from the pile of remote controls on your table. A full featured control system can include a variety of strategically placed touch panels, keypads, and handheld remote controls for the ultimate experience in home living technology.

Benefits 

An integrated control system produced by Advanced Electronics Integration (AEI) will provide intuitive control, monitoring, and automation of integrated devices. Automation makes functionality effortless and can automatically reduce energy consumption. Integrated control systems offer many solutions to suit projects of any size and complexity. An internet connection can also allow control and monitoring of your home remotely over the internet.

Custom macros and house scenes control multiple devices simultaneously with a single button push. Comfort, convenience, and ambience are achieved quickly and easily. The DVD source selection button will send the proper commands to send the TV and surround receiver to the correct inputs and to begin DVD playback. House scenes such as Home, Away, Entertain, and Vacation can be programmed to adjust lighting, shades, climate, and audio visual components as desired. Virtually any integrated functionality can be included in macros and House scenes.

Status feedback and metadata are provided by many integrated devices and can be displayed on RTI remote controls, touch panels, and keypads. Feedback allows you to monitor the status of integrated devices, such as lights, shades, audio visual zones, and water features. Metadata is dynamic data such as the volume level of a surround sound receiver, iPod playlists and song titles, satellite radio channels and song titles, lighting levels, climate settings, and much more. Metadata allows you to peruse your iPod menus, satellite radio stations, news reports, weather reports, and airport flight data right on your touchpanel or remote control.

Automation includes programming a system to perform certain functions under certain conditions. Lights can be automated to turn on or off according to the time of day, sunset, sunrise, or motion to increase the security and convenience of your property at night. Motorized devices, such as shades, windows, and water pumps can be automated to turn on and off on a schedule or based on dynamic conditions. Climate settings can be adjusted automatically based on a schedule and based on house occupancy.



Wall, table top, and cabinet clutter can be eliminated with an integrated control system. An in-wall touch panel can clean up wall space by replacing lighting switches, thermostats, volume controls, and various other wall-mounted devices. A handheld remote control will replace the stack of remote controls cluttering your table top. Electronic components that don’t require direct interaction can be hidden remotely to clean up shelves and cabinets in living spaces. Other electronic components, such as a DVD player, can also be concealed inside a cabinet or other accessible location to preserve aesthetics throughout your home.

Go Green! Energy savings can be achieved through systems integration and automation. Convenient controls allow simple adjustment of lighting and climate settings to reduce energy consumption at your discretion. Integrated systems can automatically reduce energy consumption according to your daily schedule. Your home can also proactively save energy based on dynamic conditions such as room occupancy and ambient lighting levels.

Remote access enables control and monitoring over the internet. From any internet connection, you can activate house scenes, monitor the status of integrated systems, and adjust climate settings. Activate the Away or Vacation scene from the office or airport, monitor surveillance cameras, or check on the status of your systems from anywhere. Passwords will ensure that only authorized persons can access your system remotely.

Email alerts can be sent automatically to warn you when problems arise. Integrated climate control can warn you when the temperature of a room gets too hot or cold. Sensors can warn you if water is leaking so that the leak can be addressed immediately. Alerts can be emailed when a device or system malfunctions to ensure that problems get addressed as soon as possible.

Solutions & Equipment 

Integrated control systems can be scaled to any size or desired level of control and integration. A control system can be as simple as a custom remote control to control audio visual components. A basic control processor can be added to integrate lighting and other devices along with the audio visual systems. A central control processor is used for full featured integration and automation for the ultimate experience in home living technology. Advanced Electronics Integration (AEI) will work with you to ensure that your integrated control system is designed to suit your needs and desires.


User Interfaces manufactured by Remote Technologies, Inc. (RTI) include a variety of handheld remote controls, wireless touch panels, and wall mounted touch panels and keypads. Additional user interfaces include a web control interface that simulates a touch panel. User interfaces will be programmed with intuitive controls and feedback customized for each application. For simple remote control applications, RTI’s handheld remote controls are also capable of directly replacing existing remote controls without any additional equipment. With all of these options, Advanced Electronics Integration has a control solution for any budget.

A Control Processor processes commands between the user interfaces and integrated components. A simple remote control processor allows control of equipment through walls and cabinets using RF (radio frequency) signals. A more advanced remote control processor adds advanced control and essential integration capabilities for one or two rooms. A central control processor is used for advanced, whole home integration and automation with nearly endless possibilities.

Audio / Video integration can be as simple as a single remote control to eliminate table top clutter and improve convenience with single button source selection. A whole home distributed audio visual system can be controlled easily from any user interface or house scene. The Away scene will ensure that all of your audio visual systems are shut down when you leave home.

Lighting control integration enables lighting features to be controlled and monitored from the same control system that controls other integrated systems. Remote controls can include detailed lighting and shades control allowing you to adjust lighting to any levels desired. Lighting scenes can also be included in house scenes and automated functions as desired.

Climate control can be integrated for custom heating and air conditioning functionality. Climate control settings can be controlled, monitored, and automated for convenience, comfort, and energy efficiency. Settings can be adjusted and viewed from the desired user interfaces, house scenes, or automatically. Alerts can be provided when certain rooms get too hot or too cold. Climate settings can adjust automatically based on a schedule or based on dynamic conditions such as room occupancy.

Security / Alarm systems can be integrated for convenient control and monitoring. Security zones violations can be monitored, alarms can be tripped and silenced, and emergency services such as police and ambulance can be alerted from any user interface. All while the security system continues to function normally with the control system acting only as a second method of control and monitoring for the sake of convenience. Integrated security controls can be protected by passwords to prevent unauthorized tampering.

Security cameras can be viewed not only on TV monitors, but can also be viewed directly on touch panels as well. Integration allows control of pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) motion of security cameras along with camera DVR controls. When privacy is desired, cameras can be blocked from viewing or simply turned off with ease. Security cameras can also be protected by passwords to prevent unauthorized control and viewing.

Motorized devices such as shades, windows, video display lifts, and property gates can be controlled and automated as desired. Motorized devices can be included in house scenes and hard to reach devices can be controlled easy from any user interface. Video projector, filmscreen, and TV lifts will be automated with source selection. A property gate or electronic lock can be opened quickly and conveniently when guests arrive.

Pool, spa, and water features can be integrated for control, monitoring, and automation. Water flow rates, modes of operation, temperature, and covers can all be controlled and monitored from specified user interfaces. Water pumps can be automated as desired and custom alerts can be provided for problems such as low water levels or low flow rates.

Property monitoring is a valuable feature provided by device integration. Any integrated functionality can be monitored from within the home or remotely over the internet. Doors, windows, gates, water levels, water pumps, propane tank levels, generator status, solar system status, and much more can be integrated and monitored to ensure proper operation.

Web data can be integrated with an internet connection. Web data integration allows user interfaces to display weather forecasts, news feeds, and web RSS feeds. An internet connection also enables you to browse web pages directly on your touch panels.

With an integrated control system from Advanced Electronics Integration, virtually anything is possible!

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