So Much More than Just a Piece of Paper…

Every industry has its share of certifications. In our industry, we have them for best of class installation, building networks, designing acoustically-accurate rooms and home theaters, and more. While these certifications typically stay with an individual, until recently, there hasn’t been a certification for an entire company.

Enter the Home Technology Association, or HTA.

This Home Technology Association certification is no quick or easy thing to attain. It’s arduous. It involves a deep dive into design practices, implementation, insurance, service policies, employment manuals, and overall — how business is conducted. In fact, HTA-certified home technology professionals have a seal of approval that is in many ways much more significant than a Better Business Bureau “A+” rating — although that’s important too. The Home Technology Association fact checks every response and piece of information a prospective dealer submits when seeking certification, so that when a business carries that designation, you can be sure it’s well-deserved and hard-earned.

Integration Controls is the only HTA Luxury-certified dealer in the St. Louis area.

Design diagrams like this might seem dry, but it’s this attention to detail that is considered during the HTA dealer application process.

Needless to say, we are quite proud of this certification and the recognition we have received across the industry.

Having this designation is more than just a piece of paper. The HTA designation also speaks to something arguably more important than the ability to design and install a complex system: aftercare. Technology doesn’t always play nice. Everyday devices like your Roku, AppleTV or cable box might lock up or glitch during a routine update preventing you from streaming the next episode of your favorite show. Smart home systems require a broadband connection: what happens when things don’t work? HTA members carry a proven track record of servicing clients after the job is done. The old adage of ‘service after the sale’ isn’t so old with us: we take it very seriously. So much so, in fact, that we have invested in a dedicated service department with guaranteed response times to answer your calls when things go bump in the night — a fact that should be considered when something just won’t work and time is of the essence.

And time is always of the essence, because it’s the one asset we can’t get back once it’s gone.

HTA-certified integrators have proven track     records for aftercare.

We are incredibly thankful to have achieved the HTA designation and encourage you to desire more from your home technology professional. When you work with a pro, they should be able to help you hone in on potential costs, understand your wants/needs/priorities and how to budget for them, and more importantly – they should be someone you WANT to work with for years to come. Your technology will need updates and you will want a home technology manager. Perhaps that’s us! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Great Gift Ideas for 2018!

It’s that time of year again, when turkey sandwiches are being distributed daily in lunchboxes, and Black Friday seems to extend through December. Instead of being overwhelmed by big box retailers and high-pressure sales, Integration Controls offers you a tailored approach to your home technology needs, ensuring Santa gets the right gift for the lucky person on your holiday list.

Our suggestions will enhance the life of any lucky recipient, whether that means a killer audio-visual experience, smoking fast Wi-Fi or app control of their home! Best of all, we will wrap and deliver any of these items to your door, ready for the holidays!

Interested in custom installation? Oh yes, we do that too.  (Read on for an exclusive offer!)

Sony Bravia A9F OLED TV

There are TVs, and there are stunning windows into the world. This Sony OLED TV certainly fits into the latter category. Enhancing everything you throw at it, the Master Reference Series panel is not your typical big box special.  Sony’s best televisions have long been favorites of movie and television professionals, due to their uncanny ability to reproduce images as accurately as possible. Call us to discuss how this amazing flat panel can best fit into your entertainment space!

Savant Remote Control

Universal remote controls have been a staple of electronics stores in various iterations for over 20 years. The ability to have one remote over a coffee table-full is certainly appealing. If you’ve never thought a remote could be fun to use, take a look at Savant. This amazing remote uses a function-based touchscreen that is tailored to how YOU watch TV. Best of all, the remote is only part of the picture.  With Savant, you have a powerful home automation platform, allowing for you to add on lighting control, shades, or more – all with a single touch. Conceived by a former Apple designer, the Savant home automation platform is as beautiful to interact with as it is easy to use.

Want to learn more?  Call 314.475.3080 or email Integration Controls — St. Louis’ ONLY Savant Ambassador — for details on gifting Savant this holiday season!

Whole-house Wi-Fi

A strong and robust Wi-Fi network is absolutely essential for operating the vast array of devices today. Whether your smartphone, tablet, gaming system or Alexa device, weak Wi-Fi is a recipe for frustration. Instead of relying on the wireless router your service provider offers, look at mesh-network technologies for home networks. One solution we offer is through Ubiquiti: the Instant is a kit that ensures strong wireless coverage almost anywhere in your home. The kit comes with the router and another access point, enough to cover approximately 4,000 square feet. If you need more, additional access points are available for less than $100, making expansion painless and quick. The best part is, this system can be set up in a few minutes from its own app.

Call us today to learn how you can brighten anyone’s holiday with the gift of fast Wi-Fi!

Sonos Amp

New for 2018, the Sonos Amp takes all the appeal of anything Sonos — ease of use and great sound quality — and stuffs it all into a sleek and discrete form factor. Why use one of these rather than a Sonos speaker you can just drop into any room in five minutes? With this solution, you can have a more discreet install (in-ceiling or in-wall speakers) or use your bookshelf speakers, which will outperform a small, tabletop speaker! The new Amp is more powerful, runs more efficiently, and you can stream your favorite content just as you do with any Sonos system. Want to plug in your turntable? You can do that too, merging old school with new.

As St. Louis’ FIRST Sonos dealer, we got our hands on these early, so get a leg up on your shopping today by grabbing one for every music lover in your family! Contact us today!

TiVo BOLT with Voice Control

It’s no big secret that the biggest thing people hate about cable television is the actual box they have to use to watch it. TiVo has a solution. The BOLT VOX records your favorite content on your terms and offers a universal search engine to make finding your favorite show, easy as pie. Simply name a show and the TiVo service will scan every possible streaming, cable and antenna channel to find it — how’s that for ‘simple’?! By adding another smaller remote TiVo box multi-room device in each space you want to view content, you can avoid paying additional cable box rental fees to your service provider. Cable TV is actually less expensive over time with a TiVo system! All of this on a fast, responsive device with a fantastic menu system makes watching TV fun again. Let us know how we can solve your cable TV woes using a proven solution today! Call 314.475.3080

 

Thank you for your time and interest!  If you have read this far and are interested in purchasing holiday gifts for your loved ones, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Our team offers a curated technology experience, guiding you in your purchase so you are comfortable with the gift you give… even if it’s for yourself!  When you contact us, use the phrase JINGLEBELLS to receive $500 off custom installation services this holiday season!*

* not valid for retail purchase / custom install only in St. Louis metro areas