We enable our residential and business clients to enjoy the many benefits of the intelligent home and office.

Avoiding Family Conflicts About the Remote Control

In today’s age of home automation, your remote might control your television, your lighting systems, or your thermostat. If you and your family tend to get into heated debates about who gets to use the remote, home automation has an answer for that as well. Continue on and avoid family conflicts about the remote control.

It can be difficult to keep things under control if your entire family has to call dibs on the same television to watch their favorite programs. The good news is that the right home automation and video integration systems can completely change the dynamic of your household. You’ll be able to watch your shows on any TV in the house, and you can catch up on the programs that you recorded in the same fashion. Now you won’t have to hide the remote so your kids don’t find it before the game.

If you’ve had enough of family conflicts over the remote, call TVTI at (312) 265-3760. Thanks to our home automation systems in Chicago, you can keep the peace in your family room. Head over to our website or stop by and see us for more on our automation technologies and home theater installations.

The Role of Video Walls in Academia

Video walls have been embraced as a digital signage solution for business, but their usefulness exceeds the confines of simply selling products. In the academic setting, universities have uses for video walls across campus. Here is a look at some of the ways video walls are being put to use in academia.

Creating Dynamic Learning Experiences

For instructors, one common challenge with today’s students is that they have been raised with digital technology. A dry lecture or text-only outline presentation do not keep the attention of students, no matter the subject. Video walls are an ideal way to change the learning environment and engage students in the course material. By using video walls during lectures and classroom discussions, professors can create opportunities for active learning, facilitate classroom interaction, and create a more collaborative learning environment.

Recruit New Students

Businesses often use video walls to market their products and services, and universities can use them to market their schools. For students and parents touring campuses, video walls can be used to convey important information about the school and to provide a glimpse of what campus life is like. Some video walls contain technology that recognizes people on campus tours thanks to embedded chips in visitor badges. Upon registering that a visitor is nearby, the wall could automatically begin a presentation designed to attract new students and parents. Showing this kind of technological capability makes schools attractive to prospective students and parents.

Boosting Sports Revenue

Sports can be an important income generator for many schools, and video walls can make athletics even more profitable. Schools can sell digital signage space on their video walls to advertisers, who are willing to pay top dollar to get their name in front of the huge audience of people who college sports games. This money can be reinvested into academic research, faculty salaries, and university facilities.

To learn how digital signage and video walls can work for your business or school, contact TVTI. We’ll walk you through the designs that work for your needs and your budget. Contact our digital signage company in Chicago by calling (312) 265-3760.

Control4: The Future of Automation

Home automation is one of the amenities many people have come to expect when they are looking for a new house. With Control4 automation, homeowners can control all aspects of their home from their couch to the other side of the world. In this video, find out why builders love the Control4 system.

Builders praise the straightforward Control4 installation process and the ease of use for customers. The ability to customize smart home tools with Control4 means that the system is easily adaptable to fit the lifestyle and preferences of each homeowner who uses it.

If you’re ready to make home automation work for you in Chicago, let TVTI help you explore your options and choose the best smart home technology for your needs. Talk to one of our reps today by calling (312) 265-3760.

Spotlight on Lutron Lighting

One of the leading benefits of home or office automation is lighting control. With Lutron Lighting, customers don’t have to sacrifice style to reap the rewards of smart home design or automated offices. A wide selection of styles, coupled with unmatched technological capabilities, make Lutron a clear choice for smart home automation.

With Lutron, you can cut energy costs by controlling your lights from anywhere, while boosting comfort and convenience. You can ensure your lights are turned off when you leave the office and turn on your lights before you get home, all with a few clicks on your smartphone device. Because Lutron fixtures are available in a range of styles, incorporating this modern technology into your décor won’t be a challenge, no matter how traditional your look.

Let TVTI help you choose the right Lutron fixtures for your home or business. Call (312) 265-3760 to find out more about Lutron Lighting and all of our smart home and business automation solutions.

Common Questions About Intelligent Office Design

Intelligent office design puts advanced technology to work for your business to increase productivity and minimize costs. If you’re thinking about incorporating office automation into your company’s workplace, here are the answers to some questions that may be on your mind as you make your decision.

What is intelligent office design?

An intelligent office incorporates office automation technology to improve your company’s processes. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution that works for every business. Rather, an intelligent office is one that has been specifically designed around the way you do business. Your design can include many different components, including lighting systems, heating and cooling, window treatments, signage, and much more.

What are the benefits of adopting an intelligent office?

Intelligent office design can make your workplace more productive and secure and can save your business money. Simple but crucial parts of creating a productive work environment, such as managing the lighting and maintaining a comfortable temperature makes it easier for employees to focus on their work. With office automation, controlling lighting, video, and audio in conference rooms requires just a few clicks. Locks and security systems can be controlled from anywhere, so you can always feel confident that your workspace is secured. If you incorporate electronic signs and video walks, you can also use automation to market services and products to boost your sales.

How can I design an intelligent office?

Because your design should be personalized to work for your company’s specific needs, consult with an office automation specialist. An expert can evaluate your company’s needs and help you choose the right automation system to maximize your business’ potential.

TVTI can help your business make technology work for you, with specialized intelligent office designs built around your needs. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts to find out more about office automation services in Chicago. Contact us today at (312) 265-3760 to speak to a team member and make an appointment to discuss your needs.

What to Include in Your Home Automation

Home automation has been growing in recent years. Instead of simple timers or remote controls, smart homes can anticipate your needs and actions to ensure a more comfortable and safer home. With smart locks and smart thermostats, for example, your home will have higher security and lower energy use. Continue reading to learn the essential elements of your home automation systems.

Window Coverings

Window coverings, such as your blinds or shades, may be one of the first areas to receive home automation. With automation and motorization, your window coverings can raise or lower depending on outside temperatures or the direction of the sun. With this power, you can lower your energy bills and reduce ultraviolet damage in your house.

Climate Control

In addition to automated window coverings, your thermostat and fans can greatly benefit with automation. Many smart thermostats learn the day-to-day actions in your house and schedule heating and cooling services accordingly. You can also program your climate control system to turn on or off according to your own desires, such as cooling the house before you arrive home from work.

Security Measures

Your home’s security is vitally important to the safety of you and your family. By installing the highest levels of security, complete with home automation, you can keep your family and your belongings safe from burglars and disasters. With wireless security cameras, automated locks, and alarm systems, your home will have exceptional security.

Lighting Fixtures

You can control your lighting fixtures with a central hub, which can control most areas of your house. You can also control lighting separately with specific equipment and timing capabilities. No matter your choice, automated lighting can increase your home’s security and lower energy bills.

Learn more about home automation in Chicago with the help of TVTI. With our smart home technology, you can lower energy bills, increase security, and create an easier life for you and your family. Please visit us online and call us at (312) 265-3760 to learn more about our automation design.

How Do Speakers Work?

Speakers translate electrical signals into sound, so you can hear audio from a home theater system, a cellphone, or stereo speakers. Using an electromagnet and a permanent magnet, speakers pulse electricity into a cone of flexible material, which emits sound. To learn more about how speakers work, read on.

An electromagnet is a metal coil that generates a magnetic field every time electric currents flow through the coil. In a home theater speaker, this electromagnet is located in front of a permanent magnet. As electricity pulses through the electromagnet coil, the magnetic field vibrates back and forth in reaction to the permanent magnet. The flexible material amplifies the vibrations, which creates sound.

Get the best home theater speakers in Chicago with TVTI. With our complete home theater systems, you can enjoy wireless surround sound and the greatest visual technology there is. We are available to answer questions and start designing your home theater once you call us at (312) 265-3760.

Using Control4 and Amazon Alexa

To create a smarter, faster, and easier home life, home automation has become a sought-after addition to homes. Amazon’s groundbreaking smart home hub, known as Alexa, has quickly become a popular and useful home automation system. Watch the short video to see some easy ways to enjoy Alexa with the help of Control4.

By connecting an Alexa to various controls around the house, many tasks become simpler and hands-free. Climate control can be adjusted with one word. Lighting, music, and television can be set to any desired level without ever touching a button. With Alexa’s home automation installed, life will be easier than ever.

Work with the experts at TVTI, and we will introduce your home to the technology of the future. Smart homes in Chicago will change lives, so call us at (312) 265-3760 to get started.

Just Like the Real Thing: Your Dream Home Theater

A home theater system is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite movies and television shows from your own couch. With advancing technology, you can sit in your home theater and think you are in a real theater. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit with a home theater system.

Why You Need One

If you do not like crowds or you prefer to be in the comfort of your own home while watching a movie, then a home theater system is the perfect addition. With a home theater system in place, you can utilize the newest and best audio and visual technology. Home theater systems can be as simple or as luxurious as you want. Install comfy lounging chairs in your living room; or outfit a special room with carpeted walls for better sound and lighting quality. The options are endless to enjoy your favorite movies without leaving your house.

How to Get One

With the expert help of a home automation and technology company, you can have the best products in your new home theater. Work with designers to create and visualize the completed room to your exact specifications. If there is anything out of place or an item you wish to add, this 3-D rendering can help realize your vision. Once you are sure of how your future home theater will look, designers and installers will work tirelessly to turn your vision into reality.

Ways to Enjoy One

Enjoying a home theater should involve your favorite movies, your favorite snacks, and your brand-new equipment. This equipment should include home theater speakers, a big-screen television, and comfortable seating. Once your theater is installed, you can simply play your movie, sit back, and relax in comfort and style.

You will never want to leave the house with TVTI's home theater systems in Chicago. We will help design and realize your vision to create a beautiful home theater installation. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to speak with our design team.

How to Use a Surveillance System

There are a variety of home security systems and several ways to use them. If you install a surveillance system, then it is essential you use it correctly to keep your home and family protected. Here is a brief look at how to use a surveillance system.

Home surveillance systems—usually used with wireless security cameras—are great tools to deter would-be burglars or keep an eye on your kids while you are away. These cameras should be placed around specific areas of concern, such as entrances, pools, or family gathering rooms. To make full use of your surveillance system, pair it with smart technology on your phone so it can alert you to out-of-the ordinary activity spotted on the feed. With a smart surveillance system, you can access the camera feed from your phone to check up on your kids and the babysitter or see if there were any disturbances.

Protect your home and your family with TVTI and our state-of-the-art home surveillance systems in Chicago. Our home security systems can keep you informed about the state of your home and family. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to speak with a customer service representative.

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