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SAV's Bozeman Showroom

We captured some great interior shots of our Bozeman showroom earlier this year, why not take some nice exterior shots too! If you've ever wanted to experience innovative business technologies, swing by 618 N. Wallace between 9am–5pm, M–F.

Receive an opportunity to see what it's like to work within an intelligent, modern work space, experiencing first hand automated lighting & shades, intuitive climate control, security & surveillance, audio/video systems, a seamless conference room, leading-edge network solutions, smart glass, environmental voice control, and of course all contained within an immersive audio environment... even outside. And then we can walk next door to our intelligent living space to experience innovative residential technologies. It's all within an arms reach!

Capturing the Magic

We love it when our photographer friends humor us by taking photos while the shades are in action. After being slightly puzzled at first when we ask, it quickly makes sense... shades are so important at SAV, from how they're controlled to fabric choices, and so much more, and they are always delighted to capture a little magic for us.

So what else is important?! Yes, control is HUGE, from a simple press of a button on an enhanced wall plate or remote to a slight touch on a wall panel or your smart phone – even by voice – you know, that ah-ha moment, but the beautiful fabric choices are also very important... UV control, percentage of transparency, full blackout, etc. And what about how they are installed... exposed, within valences, hidden pockets in the ceiling?

Technology, control, design, aesthetics, style, craftsmanship, reliability, precision, scalable, intuitive... In other words, we take window treatments VERY seriously.

What is Smart Glass?

If you’ve never seen it in action, it’s quite impressive. On many occasions we have clients request smart glass versus motorized shades or other window treatments, and every time we are delighted to integrate this modern technology into their environment. If you want to see it in person, we have some installed at our 618 N. Wallace showroom in Bozeman, swing by anytime and we’ll be happy show it off.

Easy to control, at a press of a button, smart glass {also known as switchable privacy glass} can be changed, instantly, from when-you-need-it privacy to a clear window, giving you comfort and peace of mind at a moments notice. From your private residence to your office, conference rooms, private rooms in restaurants, hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and banks, smart glass will transform the functionality and appearance of your space.

The Brains of the Operation

Just about a year ago we captured a couple of our technicians putting the final touches on one of our clients racks, and since then it's been a fun game of hide and seek finding these centralized "brains" of our custom technology integrations. Some are are on display... I mean why not, they are pretty impressive (on a very nerdy level, but we plead guilty), nonetheless even when they're tucked away in the basement or boiler room, they are definitely a statement piece when you come across them.

Precisely built to not only keep equipment stylish and organized, but safe and efficiently running, when it comes to racks we take them very seriously, from keeping temperatures at ideal levels to organizing the wiring so perfectly it's hard to believe someone took the time to make them so pretty.

SAV Bozeman Showroom

Without further ado, we’d like to officially present our SAV Digital Environments showroom…

Yes, we have been here since 2004, back when the doors opened as Studio AV in the early days, but a lot of people didn’t know what was inside this unique building up North Wallace in the heart of the Northeast neighborhood. Back then it was a space for growth… a place for employees to work, a place to test out the latest and greatest home and business technologies, a place to build systems that would inevitably become the central nervous system of a nearby smart home or commercial environment, figuratively speaking.

We have been very fortunate over the years and finally reached a point of growth that we needed to open a new office for all of our employees to collaboratively work within. So what better to do with our Bozeman space than create a showroom out of it. A place that provides anyone that visits a glimpse at some premier technology; audio/video systems, automated shades and lights, smart glass, security and surveillance, an intelligent conference room, and soon the latest in voice AI.

We couldn’t have done it without you… our clients, our partners, our friends and family. A big thank you to everyone that has been a part of this journey with us, and a special thank you to those who have helped us turn this environment into a very special place so near and dear to our hearts; Minarik Architects, Envi Design, Urbaine Home, Earth Elements, and so many more.

Happy New Year and here’s to a prosperous 2019!

SAV Commercial

Successful businesses are built on solid foundations, and solid foundations rely on state of the art technology and infrastructure. Our commercial technology expertise, capabilities, and years of experience will provide the speed, strength, and stability that your business requires and your employees or customers demand.

The Modern Workplace

Within the Commercial Division at SAV lies smart conference rooms. Having the right conference room will boost productivity, collaboration, comfort and so much more. How often do you participate in a meeting and have a difficult time hearing people on the line, video conferencing lags or won’t even connect, it takes 10 minutes to get your presentation up on the display, you're frustrated by a mess of cords, traffic going by is distracting, there’s a ceiling light shining right in your face, or the climate is too cold or too hot?

SAV will provide the personal, experienced, touch needed to improve interactions between not only meeting-goers, but people and the environment too. Removing time-wasting barriers in conference rooms is essential to efficient meetings and we're here to help create a comfortable, intelligent environment and make it easy to connect instantly, share content seamlessly, and streamline meetings without interruption.

From 4k digital media control and display tiling, instant wireless connectivity, and room-filled clean and clear audio to lighting dimmed to perfect levels of comfort, efficient and convenient climate control, and automated shades for not only privacy but to reduce distractions, we’re here to create stress-free, consistent, positive experiences in the modern workplace with reliable technology that works for you, not the other way around.

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!

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.

Home Water Security & Safety

Another custom integration offered by SAV that a lot of people may not know about; Home Water Security & Safety. Automatic water shut-off systems provide round-the-clock indoor flood protection and work with wired and wireless flood sensors, wall switches, and most home security and home automation systems.

Recently, we were not only able to capture a few photos of one of our technicians dialing some in a new build, we received an email from one of many delighted clients the other day whom was able to avoid a potential crisis due to the water monitoring system that we integrated into their home automation system:

Just wanted to let you know that the drain line from the clothes washer came adrift the other night and was spilling water in the laundry. The sensors detected the water, sounded the alarm and closed the shut-off. Very nice, thank you! – Angela S.

We were delighted to hear and happy to have played a part this "crisis averted." To learn more about adding home water safety, or anything else we offer as part of our security, surveillance and life safety division, email our Client Service department at service@savinc.net.

Montana's Largest Private Jet Center

A superb example of one of our commercial projects: the largest private hangar in the state, with some before and after shots of one of our project managers and technology specialists discussing final touches.

We not only networked this impressive jet center, we custom installed high-level security and video surveillance with access control throughout, including 360° field of view cameras in the hangars and pan-tilt-zooms on the exterior with full analytics and motion tracking. Strategic AV solutions were integrated throughout the reception, lounge and crew lounge, and we equipped them with a VoIP phone system and a conference room with client supplied video conferencing.

SAV opens an office in Big Sky's Town Center

By Amanda Eggert
Published August 7, 2017

After 17 years of regular trips through Gallatin Canyon, SAV Digital Environments has set up shop here in Town Center, closer to the bulk of their Montana clientele.

SAV sets up integrated digital systems for homes and businesses. They design tailored audio and lighting systems, immersive video-viewing areas, and window treatments that can allow a pre-determined amount of natural light into a space. They also design climate control, security and surveillance systems.

At a July 28 ribbon cutting with the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, Cory Reistad, president of SAV, said the new space in Big Sky makes sense.

“We’ve been in Bozeman for 17 years and we’ve been serving this community almost exclusively,” Reistad said, adding that SAV has new employees living in Big Sky. “[We wanted] to be at the forefront of the growth here.”

They’ll be joined in that space by Energy 1, an 8-year-old renewable energy solutions firm.

Energy 1 owner and co-founder Leo Crane said opening a space in Big Sky with SAV makes sense given that they’re both in the design/build industry and have many overlapping clients.

“We crossed paths enough on past projects that this was a very natural fit for us to have a space up here,” Crane said. Both SAV and Energy 1 also keep offices in Bozeman and Jackson, Wyoming.

Energy 1 works on mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects with a focus on renewable energy. They design solar and solar-electric systems for clients, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling using smart thermostats and geothermal technology.

Crane said the bulk of Energy 1’s business in Big Sky focuses on geothermal systems, which take advantage of the more consistent temperature of the earth underneath a building for heating, cooling and hot water. But they also work on installations like oxygen enrichment to help people coming from lower altitudes acclimate to Big Sky’s elevation.

Crane added that Energy 1 is the only company in the state of Montana that has partnered with electric automaker and solar panel manufacturer Tesla on their charging stations. “That’s an exciting part of our business that we’ll be able to offer Montana clients—Tesla products,” he said.

Safe Environment for Patients, Staff & Visitors
 
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Case Study By exacqVision

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.

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

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