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!

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.

Case Study: Integration Controls Wins 2013 Best Integrated Home Award

It’s absolutely true what they say about loving your work: If you’re passionate about what you are doing, it’ll show in the final product.

One of our favorite projects received a silver award in technical design in 2013. You can download the full case study here or read the highlights below:

The first round of this project, technologically enhancing a 5,000-square-foot-lodge, was completed in 2011 and in 2012 the client reached back out to us for phase two.

The Challenge:

This time, our job was to turn two remote rural cabins into a technological haven for the owners who, wanted a retreat, but didn’t want to sacrifice their favorite creature comforts like music, television, and security.

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Our Solution:

The first step was security. We leveraged a fiber backbone that was the foundation of the original lodge to create a full network infrastructure that opened up a world of possibilities. We installed cameras around each individual cabin, that were able to record on the DVR in the lodge. Additionally, each cabin was also outfitted with its own alarm system that could be accessed remotely.

We also worked with the local wireless Internet service provider to enhance the bandwidth needed to support our creation.

Then came the focus on entertainment. AMX handheld MIO R4 remotes were used in each TV area for easy control. Dedicated satellite receivers fed each viewing area, as well as a dedicated Blu-ray in the master suite and shared Blu-ray in the living area. All of these sources switch through an HDMI distribution matrix and an audio matrix switcher. Audio was made available in several other areas using a Sonos Connect,  one of the satellites, or the shared Blu-ray player. The crown jewel was an iPad using AMX app that allowed for whole-house control of any area, as well as “party modes” for presets to listen to several rooms at once.

Here’s a snapshot of all the tech we packed into this wilderness respite:

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Going Above & Beyond

 

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If you take a closer look at the cabin, you’ll notice something: Even with that long list of different pieces of equipment listed above, you really don’t see any of it. All of our wires and widgets are hidden away, redirecting attention to the parts of the cabin that the inhabitants truly want to enjoy, the ambiance.

 

 

 

 

2013_HoursYou’re probably wondering what sort of time and expertise went into the finished product. Well, we’ve got an answer for that:

 

After 516.33 hours spent 3 hours away from our Rock Hill office, we completed a project that our clients, our team, and ElectronicLifestyle thought was truly award winning!