The people behind Integration Controls…

In 2004, my husband Jeff and I co-founded Integration Controls in St. Louis, MO.

Our vision was the same then as it is now: simplify technology for our clients, using the right products and solutions to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Take a minute (and one second, to be exact) for an inside look at what motivates the people behind Integration Controls.

To get to know us even more, click on this blog for the story behind the story.

What is CEDIA, you may wonder?  It’s our industry trade association – the professional body that governs best practices and provides education to home technology providers across the world!

Jeff and I are both dedicated to our industry and consistently raise the bar for ourselves (and our competitors!)  As volunteers for CEDIA, we teach classes, participate in various committees, and work collaboratively with other audio/visual companies and smart home automation providers to ensure the highest level of success for our industry as a whole.

We thank CEDIA for asking us to be a part of the I AM CEDIA campaign.  It’s a true gift to be able to share our story with you in this way.

Thank you for watching!

Case Study: Award Winning Home Theater

The Challenge:

Our client was building a new home and wanted to integrate a home theater experience that would trump that of traditional commercial movie megaplex. There’s just one problem, there is an underwater mural in the entertainment room that absolutely cannot be changed.

The Solution:

We worked with the room’s overall design to facilitate the best acoustic properties possible. Sidewalls were angled in toward the screen and an asymmetrical ceiling was built to reduce standing waves and add an aesthetic element to the room, while the thick-pile carpet and pad were used to absorb errant sound energy. The screen floats on three custom-made quarter inch steal brackets attached to the back wall, creating a floating screen effect and furthering the ocean theme.

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The Technology:

The audio system features drivers with high sensitivity, allowing them to play with clean precision at any volume level. And the video system includes a massive 160-inch, 2.40:1, high-gain screen and anamorphic lens. Accent lighting radiates behind the screen and spills from the ceiling to the walls from dimmable LED strip lights, all controlled from the theater’s handheld remote.

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Above & Beyond:Best_Technical_Design_2010h6> We used our design expertise to make the most of the technology we were bringing into the room. We leverage the ocean theme to create a full experience in the room, leaving no piece of coral unturned when finding ways to optimize the audio and visual experience in the space. Ultimately, ElectronicLiving agreed with us and awarded us a 2011 technical design award for our efforts.

Download the full Case Study here.

CEDIA: What is it?

We’re incredibly proud to be able to say that we’ve been a member of CEDIA since 2005. It means a lot to us, to be a part of this outstanding community, but what does it mean for you? We’d like to answer some of the common questions we get about our CEDIA certification and help show you how working with a CEDIA member directly benefits you as a client.

What’s CEDIA?

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for homes. They are the leading global authority on the home technology industry and represent 3,500 member companies and 22,000 industry professionals worldwide.

What exactly does CEDIA stand for?

Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association.

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What does it mean to be a member?

Being a member of CEDIA means that we have access to a full network of professionals, training, tools, and research that aren’t available to non-members. This means we have a wider breadth of knowledge that can be leverage to create EVEN BETTER tailored solutions for our clients. The awesome thing is that we aren’t just members, we’re also CEDIA Certified.

What is CEDIA Certified?

This means we’ve taken classes and been tested on our home technology knowledge. Think of it like we’ve gotten our masters in electronic home systems and customer service. In fact, we have such an excellent reputation within our own industry that Jeff, or co-owner, currently teaches upper level CEDIA Certification classes to other professionals.

What sorts of things do you have to know to be CEDIA Certified?

All sorts of different things, but some of the highlights include: rough-in and trim-out tasks; retrofit installation; component installation and troubleshooting; selecting the appropriate products and materials to be used in integrated residential systems, including alarm, telephone, data audio, video, home theater, HVAC, and lighting control; designing, installing, and configuring a network in a home;  and residential cabling assessments.

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What certifications do you all hold at Integration Controls?

Electronic Systems Technician II (1)
Electronic Systems Technician III (1)
Residential Networking Specialist (1)
CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI) (1)

What are the benefits of working with a CEDIA Certified Professional?

There are specific standards of excellence that you have to uphold in order to be associated with CEDIA. The requirements range from customer service guidelines, to technical knowledge principles and a professional code of ethics.

How can I, personally, learn more about this stuff?

CEDIA actually has a client facing website that doubles as has a huge resource center where you can follow along with the latest news, trends, and ideas of our industry. You can check it out here.

Anything else I should know?

Actually, yes! We’re glad you asked. CEDIA also gives awards to top performing companies. We’ve won awards in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. You can check out the Case Studies section of our blog to see these awards in action.

Still have more questions? Just ask. That’s what we’re here for.