What is IoT? Until about 8 years ago, the only things that had Ethernet jacks or Wi-Fi in them were computers, so in those days it was an “Internet of Computers”. I like to call this IoC. Now, just about every other electronic “thing” can be connected to the internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi hence the […]
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Have you noticed your LED lights flickering intermittently around the same time of day? You may be being affected by ripple control. Ripple control is when your power company is managing the electrical load on the network. Control signals are sent from the power company which switch off devices, such as hot water cylinders and […]
Find out why you might consider using a specialist AV Installer over an Electrician. Over the years, members of my sales team have come to me and said things like “I just lost this job to a sparkie who quoted it for 3/4 of our price”. I give them a cuddle, tell them its OK and […]
Voice control has been around for 20 years, but it’s always been frustrating to use. I wish it would hurry up and work because there’s some stuff I need it to do. Back in the days when your car ignition key actually went into your ignition at least you always knew where your remote control […]
Now and again I get to have a root around in the R&D labs of obscure Chinese factories. The sales manager is holding out a piece of kit “we are developing this for the (insert continent here) market, what do you think?” Most of the gear I see is a rework on an existing concept […]
We love sparkies, we do. They are great for power points and light switches and meter boards and finding why the breaker to the fridge trips from time to time but there are some things that you are better off getting an AV professional to do. The picture above is a classic example from a large […]
Dodgy imported products are being found on building sites across Auckland, including electrical wiring, toughened safety glass shower doors and roofing tiles. In the most recent cases, three homes had to be rewired and another eight were retiled after building inspectors uncovered materials that were not up to code. The problems come as a severe […]
Ray White talks to Automation Associates about seamlessly retrofitting the latest smart technology into older-style homes. RW: What’s happening in the land of technology for people renovating their bungalow or villa? AA: A lot is going on at the moment, we are asked to price an automation or AV system about once a week by […]
Kristil is no longer manufactured and parts for Kristil systems are nearly impossible to come by but we can help! We have replaced many Kristil systems with the Vantage Equinox System http://www.vantagecontrols.com/learn/product-overview.aspx which runs over the existing Kristil wiring. The keypads will get a stylish update and you will be able to control your system from […]
Virtual reality is rapidly entering the marketplace, with technological improvements over the past few years increasing quality while driving down costs. For as little as $15, someone can enjoy VR using their smartphone with the Google Cardboard. Like automated systems, virtual reality is enabling business around the world to transform their practices. The two technologies […]
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