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CEDIA 2018

In the ever-changing, ever-evolving, fast-paced home and business technology industry, when opportunities present themselves such as CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association), it's not only highly beneficial but important to attend and participate in. 

This year, like last, San Diego hosted more than 20,000 technology professionals and over 500 exhibitors. We were excited and fortunate to attend again. Thoughtfully touching nearly every corner of SAV, from Sales, Design Engineering, and Operations to Project Management, Client Services, and Technical Services, we received the opportunity to see new products as well as breakthrough innovations and participate in targeted training courses. 

Seeing and learning about cutting-edge technologies, first-hand, not to forget to mention having intimate one-on-ones with partners such as Séura, Lutron, Savant, Josh.ai, Nexus 21, Sonance, and Sonos, the experience is priceless. We can't forget about spending quality time with our manufacturer reps and then seeing and participating in activities with our fellow colleagues. It was a time, and experience, to remember!


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Let there be light, or not...

Whether it's natural light intuitively controlled by automated shades, blinds and even smart glass or in-home lighting from in-ceiling fixtures and chandeliers to ambient under-lighting, we love  coming up with solutions that don't compromise the flow and integrity of any given space. We like to enhance the environment with lighting control through careful consideration while paying attention even the smallest details, which in turn allows the overall environmental design to be the focus, not the lighting. By taking this approach, we bring style to life and maximize efficiency, convenience, comfort levels, and above all, energy consumption.


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Hands-on Training

Utilizing our manufacturer partners hands-on training's is highly beneficial to not only us, but our partners as well. We learn about the best practices to design, install, program products and systems, and in turn our partners learn more about us, our clients, and what is needed to create the most fruitful partnership possible.

At this training with Lutron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of energy-saving light, shade, temperature control and automation, we looked at hardware, we look at software, we learned about, and we determined what is needed to best suit our clients.


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We train, we learn & we grow!

SAV is not only dedicated to finding & vetting the smartest & the best technologies & products available, once we do we train, we learn & we grow!

The experience gained from SAV's ongoing partner trainings is an extraordinary opportunity for professional development, not to forget to mention the introductions to advanced and new technologies we receive.

"One thing that really caught my attention is in the HCL (Human Centric Lighting) space. This emerging technology platform is amazing and has the potential to make a meaningful impact to quality of life for clients as well as potential to redefine the CI space role and responsibilities in regards to lighting packages and our involvement with these initiatives."
– Nate Dorr, SAV's Director of Security

Learning about technologies like this gives us with the ability to provide even deeper integration solutions for our clients on a more holistic (total home or business) level.

Thank you Séura, Planar SystemsLegrand, Vantage Controls and Sonance for the visit and the training's.


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Live the Legendary Performance

Though we really didn't need to find and vet a company like McIntosh, because we already know of their quality, their standards, their history, and beyond all their passion, we are absolutely thrilled to be a partner now and just loved visiting and taking part in their extensive training program on location in Binghamton, NY last week!


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Be noticed, blend in, or be fully discreet?!

Some people like their security & surveillance to be fully visible, which we do, and then some like it to be totally hidden, which we also do. So what about in-between? We decided to take our own surveillance and blend it in with the environment, but we didn't want to lose it altogether. It was great capturing Austin, one of our Security Technicians, stop by for a little painting.

As technology progresses, so do we, and we are very excited that SAV Alarm has evolved. Welcome the new SAVAlarm.com. We still maintain our core values, but we have added, we have refined, and we have updated!


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Lawn Party & Outdoor Audio Event

What a great event! Thanks to everyone who swung by and a huge thank you to James Loudspeaker, an incredible audio partner that takes pride, and they should, in coming up with innovative solutions, unprecedented customizations, and flawless sonic reproduction within residential and commercial, indoor and outdoor, applications.

To learn more about how SAV and James Loudspeaker can help minimize visual presence in your interior or landscape décor, resulting in a refined entertainment experience, call 406.586.5593


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Combining Comfort, Architecture, Technology & Elegance

As we capture some of our team in action, this soon-to-be SAV livable space will combine human-centric lighting, high-level audio, and modern sophisticated design into a simple one button solution, offering an experience that’ll bring comfort, technology, architecture and elegance together.

Human-centric lighting, aka. HCL, can adjust people's daily lives, improving their motivation, enhance concentration, productivity, and overall well-being. Probably best described by Luminetix

"Reimagining illumination... tailor the color and character of light to every application — articulating spaces, aesthetics, comfort and purpose of every space — indeed, to heighten the entire human experience."

Our high-level audio solutions will include an architectural discreet opening system that delivers unprecedented sound quality via a revolutionary approach to distributed audio. The finished product exactly matches the footprint of small aperture downlights for minimal distraction yet maximum performance. The unique system design provides a better finished aesthetic than traditional larger loudspeakers while delivering superior sound coverage and sonic performance.

Traditionally, technology is bulky and visually obtrusive, distracting from the overall design vision. We like to provide a design solution that preserves the aesthetics of any space. Preservation of architectural finishes, trim-less and flush aesthetic, allows the overall environmental design to be the focus without compromising the flow and integrity of the space.

That's just a few of innovative solutions this space will offer, there is more to come... Look forward to additional shots as this thoughtful project progresses.

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Blending Cutting-Edge Technologies with Innovative Ideas

Imagine skiing or hiking up to your mud room and the doors slide open automatically for you. This high-end smart home brings a new meaning to the idea of ski-in, ski-out, or hike-in, hike-out, depending on the season, by blending a mix of cutting-edge technologies with innovative ideas.

Winter or summer, this home screams "entertainment" with all of its unique features, technology, and layout. Whether it's the automated sliding doors guiding you elegantly into the entertainment room downstairs that houses a home theater, pool table, and bar, or the deck above with panoramic views of the rocky mountains containing an automated fire pit, hot tub, weather proof TV and surround sound speakers, SAV's custom low-voltage integration system in this home utilizes the best of today's capabilities, all from a centralized secure IP network.

Not only are guests able to relax to streaming music that touches every corner of this home while sitting in an interior jetted tub, instantly being able to tint the windows with the press of a button, if they want, they can simultaneously watch movies, catch the game, play video games, or sing karaoke, all in surround sound from the various 4K TV’s and cosmetically matching sound-bar speakers throughout. The only thing that makes that better is doing it from the 160” projection screen that drops in front of the main TV in the downstairs entertainment room!

From all of these technologies and features, including security cameras covering the whole premises, entry point detection, and automated lighting and shades, this home packs a tech-punch that is hard to beat.


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The beginning is just as important as the end

It's always great swinging by and seeing some of the team in action at the very beginning stages of a project. The finished product is always so impressive and we never forget all of the hard work that goes into each and every one of them, from the beginning to the end.


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Gateway to the Big Sky
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Taking in the beauty of Montana’s Gallatin Gateway on the drive to Big Sky from Bozeman arguably primes ones senses for this project of SAV's we call "Wilderness Ridge." The first view of this modern home of stone and wood, contained within an elegant steel structure, presents itself as an artful fusion of unique, contemporary features with a “touch” of Western character.

As you approach this immaculate home, it seems to invitingly guide one in with illuminated down lights spotting from a wood ceiling, highlighting the entry and soft stone wall to the left, getting an overwhelming feeling of being welcomed. Entering, a visitors first “handshake” is with the lights, slowly dimming to off, as the west-facing shades reveal the gorgeous views and bright blue skies.

Although filled head to toe with technology - audio, video, security, automated lighting and shades – there is no clutter. The only visible signs of technology are well-placed keypads, decretive LED fixtures, thoughtfully placed down lights, and mid-day, down-positioned shades.

In the evening, as the sun begins to glare in from the west, the lights slowly illuminate and the strategically placed semi-transparent shades (or blackout depending on which room you are in) reveal themselves from custom pockets in the ceiling. SAV's automated programming is what makes this happen. In the moment, it was as if the lights and shades were talking to each other, congruent for the common good of creating calm. The aesthetics are uncompromising in these rooms.

As you continue through the home, the use of subtle, ambient lighting enhances the space, from under bathroom counter tops, to the impressive stairway, offering soft-lit safety. Once in the downstairs, lighting and shades are manipulated by simple, custom-labeled buttons to enhance the environment. “Rec Room” brought everything to life, while individuals like “Entertain” lit only select features – the pool table, bar and wine cellar. The room simply transformed per your request, whether you just want to relax and watch a movie or chill with music streaming from all angles.

SAV Digital Environments orchestrates various technologies to work in concert. Though the structure itself, the materials used, the design elements throughout, and the attention to detail were very intentional and impressive, the customized integration of environmental enhancements brings this home to life. The lighting, the shades, the control, the feeling... This home is perfectly fit for an enhanced lifestyle, designed to work seamlessly with advanced technologies, bringing intuitive control to the environments throughout. 


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Our President & Lead Technology Advisor Doing a Little Training

It’s always great capturing our president and lead technology advisor doing some hands-on training. Get ready for something new coming soon from SAV.

No, we’re not going to give it away, but we will give you hints… It’s technology that is forward-thinking, built to be seen, not heard. There will be precision in workmanship, engineered and designed to be beautiful, inside and out.

Sign up for our newsletter so you can be the first to know when it arrives… https://lnkd.in/erfqec


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Case Study: A Safe Environment for Patients, Staff & Visitors
 
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According to the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) the healthcare industry was the largest employer in the world as of 2004 with over 13.5 million people employed. Additionally, every person in the civilized world will enter a health care facility on numerous occasions in just a typical year.

"Healthcare security departments create a sense of security so that patients and visitors find the facility to be open and inviting and choose it for their healthcare. As well, security focuses on the needs and concerns of workers so the workforce finds the institution to be an employer/workplace of choice." – Source IAHSS fact sheet

With so many people involved in this industry (patients, health care providers, employees), it's important that a surveillance solution be powerful and yet easy to use for the masses. The exacqVision video management system takes advantage of today's state-of-the art, high definition megapixel network cameras to reveal stunning detail. In addition, exacqVision incorporates video from existing analog cameras—all in one place (i.e. a single exacqVision server).

Multiple servers can be accessed simultaneously from the free client software, available for Windows, Macintosh or Linux based computers. The client software is instantly familiar. Users with minimal computer experience can typically view live video and recorded video with little to no training. Furthermore, specific audio and video can be exported to a CD or DVD with the push of a single button or mouse click via the exacqRecall feature.

SAV, provided complete design and installation services of the exacqVision VMS software, IP cameras, switches and servers for the Montana State Hospital.

 
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exacqVision video management software (VMS) was installed to help Montana State Hospital’s staff monitor patient behavior and to provide a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. exacqVision was installed on three industry standard server that manage a total of 135 IP cameras located throughout the Main hospital facility and the Sprat building to provide an orderly environment in which all patients have an opportunity to realize their potential. The exacqVision client software is installed on a PC in the Administration building and on six (6) nurse stations located through each wing of the hospital. When an incident is reported the staff will search for the video recorded on the server to investigate and support their findings. Video can be easily exported to a DVD or USB flash.

Software Configuration:

  • exacqVision client & server software
  • Microsoft XP Pro

Hardware Configuration:

  • 3 Commercial Servers
  • 137 IP Cameras (13 ACTi ACM7411 outdoor, 26 ACTi ACM741 indoor and 96 Vivotek MD7560)
  • Hospital buildings are connected with fiber optic cable and PoE switches
  • Client PC’s

Purpose/Benefits of the system:

  • Keep patient, staff & visitors safe
  • Identify behavior or cause of incident
  • Ensure public trust through personal and professional integrity
  • Treat people with respect, trust, and dignity
"The Montana State Hospital staff is ecstatic about the new security monitoring system. It has made patient care much more efficient and brings peace of mind to the administrators of the facility." – SAV Digital Environments, Director of Security

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From the Ground to the Sky

What's more exciting than working on the largest private hanger in the state... working on private jets within!

After installing high-level security and video surveillance, facial recognition and motion tracking, and the strongest most technologically advanced controlled access entry points, including 360° field of view cameras and pan-tilt-zooms, strategic AV solutions throughout including a VoIP conference room, and fully networking from head to toe, we then shifted our focus to the sky.

Top notch security, uninterrupted connectivity and media entertainment mid-flight, it's a project that is second to none!


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SAV Digital Environments New Showroom

For over a dozen years SAV Digital Environments flagship office at 618 North Wallace in Bozeman has been the central hub for housing employees, meeting with partners and clients, parking the fleet, vetting and testing the latest and greatest technologies, building racks and so much more.

As SAV grew over the years, we opened 2 new locations; a showroom in Big Sky and an office space in Four Corners. Inspired by the new showroom in Big Sky, our eclectic Bozeman space was recently transformed into an additional SAV showroom where visitors are able to walk through the front door and immediately experience some incredible examples of audio/video systems, automation, lighting and shade control, security and more.

Explore Big Sky: On May 10, the innovative automation technology company SAV Digital Environments welcomed Earth Elements, a multi-faceted interior design and supply company, into their N. Wallace location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of their new Design & Technology Showroom, a collaborative space at 618 N. Wallace St. in Bozeman. 

“It just made sense,” said Cory Reistad, president of SAV. “We share some of the same clientele, and this location is convenient for the Bozeman community.”
“I’m pleased with how it all turned out,” said Steve Taylor, owner of Earth Elements. “This will end up saving our employees and our customers time and fuel.”

Audiophiles were treated to an extremely rare Steinway Lyngdorf Model B loudspeaker demonstration as they explored the new showroom and collaborative space enjoying hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and conversation.

Photography: ©SAVAlexandra GilbertsonExplore Big Sky & Bozeman Chamber of Commerce


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Collaboration & Team Work Result in Optimal Outcomes

From technology specialists and project managers to design engineering and client services, cross-functional team collaboration and team work is of the utmost importance at SAV Digital Environments, in turn helping to produce the most successful project outcomes. We greatly value this and enjoy spending time together visiting complete as well as in-progress projects as one team, witnessing not only our work come to life but seeing first-hand the results of our collaborations. 

“Primarily used as a platform to bring all of our departments together to see real results of all of the hard work we're putting in, individually and as a team, it is necessary to make sure we are putting out the best product possible and that each project, unique in their own right, receive just that." — Mike Rossmiller, Director of Operations, SAV Digital Environments

These "SAV on-site visits" are also a great reminder that behind every project there is a client, and our number one focus is the client... to deliver optimal results to each no matter the size or individuality of each. It is an intimate privilege that we're able to visit our client homes, during and after, discussing details of each unique environment we work on and what we can do to further better ourselves.


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Steinway Lyngdorf Model B Demo at SAV
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Steinway Lyngdorf unveiled two new products – the Model B loudspeaker and the new P100 processor – at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018, the largest AV and systems integration show in the world. ISE took place February 6–9 2018 at Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center.

The first free-standing speaker from Steinway Lyngdorf since the LS Concert, the Model B answers market demands for a compact full-range speaker capable of detailed reproduction and powerful performance.  The open-baffle dipole Model B not only borrows design inspiration from the flagship Model D speaker, it uses some of the same exceptional materials such as the specially designed fiberglass bass drivers.

Attendees at ISE were able to experience the Model B for the very first time paired with the new P100 processor. The P100 features three HDMI inputs and one output with 18 Gbps bandwidth allowing 4K@60Hz passthrough with HDR. As with all Steinway Lyngdorf processors, the P100 features fully digital processing, RoomPerfect™ room correction, intelligent bass management, and seamless level alignment + a custom voicing tool.

As part of our Design & Technology Showroom opening a few weeks ago, SAV is the first custom integration firms in the US to demo them. To schedule a demonstration, email marketing@savinc.net or swing by our showroom anytime.


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Summer Home Automation Trends
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Summer is around the corner which means the kids are out of school and the temperature heating up. The kids are involved in activities to keep them busy while you go to work. You may have a few family vacation trips scheduled.

Summer can sometimes be as chaotic as the rest of the year, which means that home automation can come in handy in making your family’s life easier.

If you’re a techie who’s into the latest and greatest home automation technology, here are some summer home automation trends to be on the lookout for:

Climate Control and Efficiency

Power and electric bills can skyrocket during the heat of the summer as you’re A/C works overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. Besides setting the thermostat to an energy-saving 62 degrees during the day when no one’s home and warming up to a comfortable 70 during the chilly nights, home automation such as those installed by SAV can now do much more, making your home comfortable, while making it more energy efficient.

Some home automation systems can sense movement in different rooms. When someone leaves a room, the lights are turned off and the A/C is shut off. Similarly, there are systems where your home can prepare itself for your arrival home after a long day at work, turning on lights, opening up the blinds and shades and adjusting the inside temperature to your preference. In the morning, tiles in the bathroom heat up to take away that cold shock in the morning.

The most sophisticated systems can even show you your family’s energy consumption for the day, week, month or year including your carbon footprint and how much your family’s energy consumption is compared to the national average.

Home Security

Home security was one of the features that brought home automation onto the map. Many home automation security systems utilize an app such as Apple’s Control4 My House, whereby you can lock or unlock your home, view activity in and around your home via live video feeds and get alerts of unusual activity all remotely.

More sophisticated home automation products can be customizable and  allow you to set timers during the day whereby the home is unlocked. This is handy for when you have children coming home from school or sports practice or when the housecleaner or gardeners arrive.  These systems are especially useful for when your family is away on vacation.

Home security systems now can even save lives. Certain systems can be inserted into the flooring of the home and can recognize and detect the footsteps of the inhabitants. These foot-sensing systems can also send alerts when an irregularity in the person’s gait is detected or when there is less than normal movement or activity in the home, making these systems great for those with elderly parents living alone or with the family.

Home Theater

During the summer, trips to the pool will become routine. However, one can only be at the pool for so long  and it likely isn’t possible to go to the pool every day. It can be hard to keep children occupied and cool during the summer.

The long dog-days of summer are a great time to escape to a cool  movie theater. Even then, you can’t go see a movie every day. Movies are time-consuming and can be expensive.

With home theater technology continually advancing, watching movies in the comfort of your own home is getting closer to rivaling that of a movie theater.

Watching movies at home on a home theater can keep your kids occupied, safe and comfortable during those days when you go to work.

Home theaters are more than fancy, large TVs with excellent 4K technology. Home theater systems such as the Kaleidescape’s Terra Movie Server, can save and store thousands of your favorite movies to the cloud, making the need of keeping all those DVDs unnecessary. The system also provides movie recommendations and has parental controls, enabling you to block certain content, such as movies that are rated R or PG-13.

Lights, sound, temperature control and TV/screen projection can be controlled with a touch of a remote.

A lot has happened in home automation regarding climate control, home security and home theater. These components come in handy especially during the hot, lazy days of summer when kids aren’t in school and you take a vacation or two.


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An audio-visual experience that interacts with the passerby

SAV was hired as a consultant to install specialized AV equipment in the new Montana State University parking garage, working with a team from MSU, including the Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture, Royce Smith, to turn an art installation vision into reality. From garage audio that changes sound effects whenever someone presses their car’s key fob and stairwell displays with custom sound bars that will screen student and faculty short films to iPads displaying details about the art seen throughout the garage, technology is proving to be much more than just watching a movie or listening to music. It’s also an audio-visual experience that interacts with visitors and showcases MSU’s commitment to innovation. 

“The parking garage will be an engaging showcase of our College’s and MSU’s creative mission. We’ll reach prospective students with our message from the moment they exit their vehicles and illustrate how unique the land-grant university experience can be!"
— Royce Smith, Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture, Montana State University

During the design phase, SAV researched, tested, and demonstrated a proof of concept showing the possibilities, using software defined radio to monitor specific radio frequencies, remotely manageable. MSU wanted to be able to choose between having the same audio play though all of the speakers, or to have each sound bar play from its own dedicated source. The unique challenge here was that there wasn't any active control UI for the system. The displays are programmed to turn on in the morning and off at night. To solve this, SAV's design team came up with a solution – Biamp Tesiraforte AI DSP. This is programmed to default to the audio on input 1 if there is no signal to another, so the switching is completely automated.


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