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Eytan Vestin Appointed to Jewish National Fund Board 09/14/2011 | Leave a Comment

Eytan Vestin of Certified Connection was recently appointed to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) New England Board of Directors. The JNF, founded in 1901, is an organization involved in supporting Israel through education, community activism, and ecology. Over the past century, the organization has worked to educate people about Israel and the environment. It also is proud that it has planted 250 million trees, built more than 200 reservoirs and dams, developed more than 250,000 acres of land, and created more than 1,000 parks. All of these projects have helped more than 1,000 different communities.  

 Eytan is proud to be part of this organization and is excited to further its cause as a member of the board.

Certified Connection is the premier provider of custom-designed home control systems and home theaters to residential and commercial customers. For more than 10 years, Certified Connection has served homeowners and businesses in and around Boston, throughout the South Shore, and the entire Cape.

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Certified Connection becomes a Crestron DigitalMedia Design firm. 03/23/2011 | Leave a Comment

Certified Connection’s Eytan Vestin has received the Crestron DigitalMedia™ Certified Designer (DMC-D) certification.

The DMC-D course and exam were held on March,22nd, 2011. As an authorized Crestron Dealer – the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced audio visual control and automation systems – Certified Connection is fully trained and qualified to design and configure Crestron DigitalMedia™ systems. Crestron DigitalMedia™ is the solution for the digital age, able to distribute all analog and uncompressed HD digital signals as well as manage embedded data.

The DigitalMedia™ Certified Designer course is intended for industry professionals. This course provides all the skills necessary for designing and configuring a Crestron DigitalMedia™ system.

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Certified Connection Project Spotlighted 08/18/2010 | Leave a Comment

Certified Connection frequently relies on the automation products of Control4 when designing custom systems for both homes and offices. Certified Connection recently had the honor of having a project highlighted on Control4’s project gallery website. 

Certified Connection was engaged by Jackrabbit Design, a Massachusetts-based marketing firm, to design an office automation solution. Jackrabbit’s offices are in an interesting architectural space, and the company wanted a solution that would not only reflect the modern space, but emphasize the company’s cutting-edge reputation. Jackrabbit sought a solution that would streamline the technical aspects of the space by incorporating high-tech audio/visual systems and building automation equipment. 

Certified Connection designed a solution that met all of Jackrabbit’s requirements. The system is easy to use, inconspicuously integrated, and allows for automated control of all audio/visual systems, lighting systems, climate control systems, the alarm system, and security cameras from multiple access points, including iPhone control.

Certified Connection’s technicians transformed complex technical components and systems into a simple and elegant customized solution for Jackrabbit’s unique physical environment, and even the most non-tech-savvy employees at Jackrabbit are able to use the most complicated of systems.

Some of the Control4 components used for this project were the Portable 7-inch Touch Screen, the Home Controller HC-200, and the SR-250 Remote Control. Click here to see photos of this project: http://certifiedconnection.com/portfolio/.

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Restaurant Automation Makes Pizza Place Hum 08/05/2010 | Leave a Comment

The owner of a pizza place in Cincinnati was very sure about two things: he wanted to automate multiple systems within his restaurant, and he wanted an extremely easy-to-use system. He got both.

The solution was the installation of a Control4 automation system to manage the audio and video systems. There are 10 TVs that are on a set program coordinated with opening, closing, and shift changes. The TVs can be preset to tune to a specific source, such as one of the three DirecTV receivers. In addition to managing video, the Control4 system also handles the restaurant’s audio.

There are a total of 34 speakers throughout the interior and exterior of the restaurant that are run through the Control4 system and are connected to an iPod dock. Through these speakers, the restaurant can run audio of a big game, a terrestrial or satellite radio station, or even an iPod playlist. The owner can easily switch between audio options and choose the one that best matches the time of day and the dining crowd.

The main system management is handled through a series of seven-inch touchscreens, and the owner even has mobile access through his iPhone. For parties or business meetings, two touchscreens were installed in private rooms so guests can customize their audio and video during a private event. Automation has allowed this pizza place to step boldly into the future!

Do you own a business that could benefit from this type of automation? Contact the professionals at Certified Connection today and let us hook you up!

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The Energy Detective (TED) 06/13/2009 | Leave a Comment

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is talk about living more efficiently with less waste. However, it is hard to know how to really maintain a green lifestyle and decrease your carbon footprint besides separating your recyclables and bringing your own bags to the grocery store. And now, coupled with the economy, everyone is seeking ways to save money. As we discussed in our previous blog post, “Home Automation: Cool and Cost Effective,” new home automation technologies are helping consumers to both save money and green their homes.

Monitoring electricity consumption has been proven as one of the best ways to save money on utility bills, which consequently decreases individual energy usage. One of the coolest new products on the market that can help consumers do this is The Energy Detective (TED), a real-time energy monitor designed by Peak Software. Although there are other products out there that can tell you how much electricity an appliance is using, with TED you can monitor all of the energy usage of all your appliances at the same time.

TED can provide daily, weekly, and monthly usage reports in addition to making recommendations on ways to decrease your energy usage. It can even tell you what your electric bill will be before you get it.

TED is designed to work with Control4 home automation systems. Used in conjunction with Control4 systems, you can program your appliances and climate control systems to operate during non-peak (when electricity costs are lower) times of the day. You can also monitor electricity usage from a mobile device like an iPhone.

It is estimated that the average consumer could save between $400 and $500 per year, and move you one step forward in minimizing your carbon footprint.

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