When a high net worth CEO builds a 36,000-square-foot home, one of the first realizations is that such a large home can be very difficult to manage and maintain. This is why a successful South African businessman asked Cinema Synergy to design and install a home automation system that simplifies all the core processes of the house, from security and lighting to multi-room audio.
With ease-of-use and audio quality being top concerns, the ELAN Control System and Niles speakers were selected, Jonathan Clarke from Cinema Synergy said.
“In our first meeting with this client, he made it clear that simplicity was the top priority for a full automation system,” Clarke said. Since guests and young children will be using the system, it had to be intuitive for first-time users. “We agreed that Niles’ nearly invisible in-ceiling and outdoor speakers were hands-down the best choice.”
In nearly every room and outdoor area, the family and guests have complete control over their music through the ELAN mobile app and four strategically-placed ELAN gTP7 seven-inch in-wall touch panels. (Related: ELAN Introduces New 12-Inch Touch Panel at CEDIA 2016)
“We wanted to make sure it was always that simple to use, so we recommended several in-wall touch panels to be included – in the master bedroom, the study, the main hallway and near a favorite outdoor area. This way, there is no worry that a mobile device will break or get lost.” The touch panels also provide a bonus in the form of video intercoms throughout the home.
Security and surveillance were next on the list of priorities, with this home containing no less than 33 zones of security and using 30 exterior cameras to provide 360-degree views and recordings of the property. The home’s driveway gate is also tied to the system, so when a visitor rings the gate bell, a camera activates and video of the guest is displayed on all ELAN touchpanels and in the ELAN Mobile app.
The homeowners can then open the gate through the app. That door lock can be controlled through a keypad at the door or through the ELAN app.
Cinema Synergy faced one major building issue that isn’t normally encountered in homes: providing reliable WiFi through a 36,000-square-foot home with slab concrete floors. South Africa’s building codes are much different than North America and Europe, and as such, Cinema Synergy needed to use 15 enterprise-grade Pakedge wireless access points to cover every inch of the home. A normal home this size would need only four wireless access points, the company says.
Cinema Synergy also integrated a major lighting system in this home, with dozens of lighting loads providing opportunity for advanced scheduling. “This ended up being a major concern as well, because it is incredibly difficult to control energy usage in such a large building,” Clarke said. “It would take more than an hour just to walk to each room and turn off the lights! Through the ELAN Mobile app, the homeowners can shut down the house at night quickly and easily without even getting out of bed.”
“This project is proof that any size home can be completely controlled,” Clarke concluded.