5 Spaces that Benefit from Hotel Lighting Control

CytexOne Combines Technology and Luxury to Equal Energy Savings

Some dramatic changes have occurred within the hotel industry in recent years. One of the most notable is the transformation of the hotel environment from a place to sleep to a place that also includes gathering, entertaining, and work spaces. Other industry trends include additional focus on the overall guest experience, creation of social gathering spaces in bars and restaurants, and inclusion of spas and business traveler features. That being said, how does hotel lighting control play a role in your Washington D.C. hospitality facility?

IoT Evolution: The IoT Comes to Hospitality with First Smart Hotels

Written by Ken Briodagh

The Connected Home is becoming a thing of the present, and, thanks to a new project from CytexOne, so is the Connected Home-away-from-home.

CytexOne is a developer of intelligent, connected environments, and it has launched a new initiative called CytexOne Hospitality, which is said to be the first and only company dedicated to creating and managing smart hotel environments. The goal is to deploy IoT solutions for hospitality businesses that will improve staff productivity, guest comfort and building energy efficiency and security while maintaining a connected environment.

Press Coverage: Barron’s – New TVs, New Advisors

by Glenn Kenny

The world of home entertainment technology is evolving at breakneck speed. In the same way flat-screen televisions made the tube television as quaint as a rotary phone virtually overnight, the once familiar plasma display panels are now on the way out.

They are being replaced by 4K display, which delivers 4,000 pixels of resolution, a huge leap over the current home high-definition format, which maxes out at 1,080 pixels. The 4K display televisions range in size from 39 to 85 inches and prices, accordingly, range from $500 to $40,000.

The Baby Steps Approach to Home Technology

Having a smart house needn’t be an all of nothing proposition. There’s no need to drain your bank account to buy all the bells and whistles or to hand over the keys for a week as custom electronics professionals overhaul every nook and cranny of your house.

These days, even the bigger, more expensive systems can be installed in a modular fashion, which means you can start with just a few basic features then add more later as your tastes demand or your budget allows. You’ll still be able to have the sophisticated, super-smart home you’ve always envisioned; it just may take you a little longer to get there. For many homeowners, taking slower, smaller doses of technology offers many benefits. Beyond the obvious financial reasons of being able stretch your budget, you’ll have the chance to get acclimated with some of the more basic features of an automation system before moving into more sophisticated setups. If you’re at all apprehensive about new technology, this is a great way to test the waters, get comfortable, and move on with confidence.

There are two basic approaches to modular integration of home technology. You can incorporate a few basic types of technology, such as automated lighting, motorized shading and A/V equipment, into just a few rooms, like the family room and the master bedroom; or select one feature, like distributed music and video, which will impact the entire house. You can then either add rooms or add features, as you see fit. Just make sure you discuss your plans for eventual upgrades with your custom electronics professional up front. He’ll be able to install the infrastructure to support additional products and features right away, which is always easier and less expensive than doing it later.

Going Pro

Visit any electronics superstore and you’ll see a bevy of products just begging you to take them home and install them yourself. It’s tempting, certainly, to tackle the setup of a music system, programmable light switches and a basic automation package, and in many cases, it’s the most affordable way to add technology to your home.

But take note: No matter how handy you happen to be nothing beats the results you’ll reap from hiring a professional integrator to design and install your home’s electronic systems. He has the training and experience to select the right type of system for your family and to install it in a way that fits your lifestyle perfectly. He’ll be able to optimize the capabilities of the system, ensuring that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are five other reasons it’s worth hiring a pro, especially if you’re thinking about home automation

1. Customization: The magic behind any home automation system is in the programming, and this is the forte of a professional integrator. They have the tools and the training to customize an automation system’s software so that the operation of lights, A/V equipment, motorized shading and other equipment is synched perfectly, and to personalize the system’s user interface (the menu of commands that is displayed on the screens of tablets, smartphones and touchpanels) to be easy for everyone in your family to understand and navigate.

2. Integration: An automation system’s job is to tie various products together so that they operate as one: the lights dim while the gas fireplace activates and the shades lower, for example. Getting these products on speaking terms, or integrated, often requires special equipment and the programming skills of a professional.

3. Project Management: The integration of electronics into your home will often involve professionals besides the systems integrator. Interior designers, builders, cabinet makers and other trades can play a crucial role. A systems integrator can ensure that all the various trades are communicating and working together to achieve a common goal.

4. Maintenance: Technology moves at a fast pace. A systems integrator will ensure that your home’s electronic systems stay fresh by updating the software when necessary and notifying you of new products as they become available.

5. Peace of Mind: System snafus are bound to happen when there’s technology in your house. A systems integrator can remedy the problem—the fix is usually a simple reboot which he can issue remotely.