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Tunnel Vision Technology PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: Nov 8th, 2013

This privacy policy (the "Policy") is intended to inform you of the types of information Tunnel Vision Technology ("we" or "us") collects, as well as our policies and practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of that information through the web pages at www.chicagocontrol4installer.com (the "Site").

Please read this Policy carefully, because by using the Site, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the terms of this Policy, and consent to the manner in which we may collect, use and disclose the foregoing information. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please do not use the Site.

We reserve the right to change the provisions of this Policy at any time. We will alert you that changes have been made by indicating on the Policy the date it was updated. We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to make sure that you understand how any Personal Information you provide will be used. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

This Policy applies solely to information collected by the Site. It will notify you of the following:

What Information Do We Collect?

How Do We Use Your Information?

Do We Share Your Information?

Your Privacy Rights -- Access to and Control Over Information

How to Opt-Out of Targeted Advertising

Does This Policy Apply to Other Websites Linked To Or From the Site?

Do We Collect Information From Children Under the Age of 13?

What Steps Do We Take To Protect Your Information?

What Information Do We Collect?

  • Personal Information You Provide to Us - We only have access to and collect personal information (such as your name, date of birth, social security number, credit card number, mailing or billing address, telephone number, or email address, and email preferences (collectively, "Personal Information")) that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent your Personal Information to anyone. We are the sole owners of the Personal Information collected on this Site.
  • Information Collected by Automated Means - Whenever you use the Site, we, as well as any of our third-party advertisers and/or service providers, may use a variety of technologies that automatically collect information about how the Site is accessed and used ("Usage Information"). Usage Information may include, in part, browser type, operating system, the page served, the time, how many users visited the Site, and the website you visited immediately before the Site. This statistical data provides us with information about the use of the Site, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Site, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they "click" on. Usage Information helps us to keep the Site fresh and interesting to our visitors and to tailor content to a visitor's interests. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if we associate it with you as a specific and identifiable person, we treat it as Personal Information.
  • Device Identifiers - In the course of collecting Usage Information we may also collect your IP address, MAC Address or other unique identifier (each a "Device Identifier") for the computer, mobile device, Wi-Fi card, or other technology (collectively, "Device") you use to access the Site. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device when you access a web site or its servers. Our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. When you visit the Sites, we may view your Device Identifier. We use this information to identify repeat visitors to our Site. We also may use this information to send you targeted advertisements and to enhance the Site. We may associate your Device Identifier with your Personal Information.

The technologies used on the Site, including Device Identifiers, to collect Usage Information may include, without limitation:

  • Cookies - Cookies are data files placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Site. We may use cookies to collect and store certain information about you. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them).
  • Web Beacons - We may also include web beacons (also known as web bugs, Internet tags, pixel tags, tracking pixels and clear GIFs) with the content and ads that we deliver to you, which we will use to collect information regarding your interaction with our content and ads. A web beacon is a transparent graphic image placed on a web page or in an email, which indicates that a page or email has been viewed or that an email has been forwarded. In addition, a web beacon allows third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. A web beacon may also tell your browser to get content from another server.

Cookies and web beacons (together, "Site Cookies") may enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Site, track user actions/behavior on our Site and track the effectiveness of ads.

ReachLocal

We also work with a company called ReachLocal, which assists us in advertising our products and/or services. One of the products that we may purchase from ReachLocal is a retargeting product, which enables ReachLocal to show you advertisements for our Site when you visit other sites in the ReachLocal network or in third-party networks. ReachLocal is able to do this through the use of cookies that are provided by ReachLocal through its third-party partners ("Advertising Cookies"). The sole use of the Advertising Cookies is to show you advertisements for our Site; they are not being used to target you in any other way. Moreover, ReachLocal does not link or otherwise connect the information in the Advertising Cookies to any Personal Information that you may have provided.

Please note that ReachLocal retains the ability to access all information that is retained in the ReachLocal Platform for purposes of quality assurance and campaign assessment.

If you have any questions regarding ReachLocal and/or the Advertising Cookies, you are encouraged to contact ReachLocal at privacy@reachlocal.com.

Analytics

We use two products to analyze activity on our site. We use ReachLocal's tracking technology and/or Google Analytics to understand how users use our site so as to enhance the user experience on our Site. If you wish to opt-out of ReachLocal's tracking technologies, go to http://www.reachlocal.com/trackingopt-out, and if you wish to opt-out of Google Analytics, go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.

How Do We Use Your Information?

We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will also use your information as follows:

  • Registration - A user may need to first complete a registration form in order to use the Site. During registration, a user is required to give certain information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact you about the products/services on our Site in which you have expressed interest. At your option, you may also provide demographic information (such as gender or age) about yourself, but it is not required.
  • Orders - We may request information from you on our order form. To buy from us, you must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this contact information to contact you.
  • Surveys and contests - From time-to-time, our Site may request information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this Site.
  • Customer Service - Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this Policy.
  • Chat – Our Site may use chat functionality to enable direct communication with you through our Site. We will primarily use such information to assess your needs and to gain your contact information so that we may contact you to further discuss our products and/or services.

Do We Share Your Information?

We will not trade, rent, share or sell your Personal Information to third parties, unless you ask or authorize us to do so.

Unless you ask or provide your consent to do so, we will not share your Personal Information with any third party outside of our organization, other than with our service providers, including as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order. Only employees who need the Personal Information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to Personal Information. The computers/servers in which we store Personal Information are kept in a secure environment.

We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any Personal Information that can identify any individual person.

We will disclose Personal Information when we believe in good faith that such disclosures (a) are required by law, including, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena, or (b) will help to: enforce our policies; enforce contest, sweepstakes, promotions, and/or game rules; protect your safety or security, including the safety and security of property that belongs to you; and/or, protect the safety and security of our Site or third parties. In addition, if Tunnel Vision Technology or all of its assets are acquired, all of the data collected by us through the Site and through other means and services provided by us would be among the transferred assets.

Your Privacy Rights -- Access to and Control Over Information

We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information. If you receive promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further promotional communications from us and you will have the opportunity to "opt-out" by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional email you receive or by contacting us directly at the email address or phone number given on our Site. We do not charge for this service, and your opt-out request will be processed within 30 days of the date on which we receive it.

You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our Site:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Notify us if you do not want us to share your Personal Information for marketing and promotional purposes.

How to Opt-Out of Targeted Advertising

You can set most web browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies, though either of those actions may affect the use of our Site. If you prefer to not receive targeted advertising, you can opt out of some network advertising programs that use your information. To do so please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Opt-Out Page: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/. Please note that even if you choose to remove your information (via opting out), you will still see advertisements while you are browsing online. However the advertisements you see may be less relevant to you and your interests. Additionally, many network advertising programs allow you to view and manage the interest categories they have compiled from your online browsing activities. These interest categories help determine the types of targeted advertisements you may receive. The DAA Opt-Out Page provides a tool that identifies its member companies that have cookies on your browser and provides links to those companies' pages where you can opt-out of receiving targeted advertisements from companies.

While the Site does not currently respond to ‘Do Not Track’ signals submitted by your browser, you can opt out of any of the Advertising Cookies at any time by simply visiting http://www.reachlocal.com/opt-out to adjust your preferences on placement of Advertising Cookies currently used in connection with ReachLocal’s remarketing product. You can also find out more about your ‘Do Not Track’ options by visiting http://www.allaboutDNT.com.

Does This Policy Apply to Other Websites Linked To Or From the Site?

The Site may contain links to other websites. Any Personal Information you provide on linked pages or sites is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party's privacy policy. This Policy does not apply to such linked sites, and we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of these websites or any other sites that are linked to or from the Site. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with Personal Information.

Do We Collect Information From Children Under the Age of 13?

The Site is not intended for use by children under the age of 13, and Tunnel Vision Technology does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from such children. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such Personal Information from our database.

What Steps Do We Take To Protect Your Information?

We take measures designed to protect your Personal Information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect Personal Information we process and maintain. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To protect the confidentiality of Personal Information maintained in your account, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Site by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused.

Miscellaneous

This Policy and the privacy practices of Tunnel Vision Technology will be subject exclusively to the laws of the State of Illinois in the United States. Tunnel Vision Technology makes no representation that this Policy and our practices comply with the laws of any other country or jurisdiction. Users of the Site who reside outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. If you reside outside of the United States, by using the Site, you consent to the transfer, processing and use of your information outside your country.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us at 1640 W Hubbard St. #200, Chicago, IL 60622, (312) 829-9145

Trust the Experts at TVTI with Your Home Security

What could be more important than the safety of your home and family? At TVTI, we help families get the right home security systems for their needs, with all of the necessary features to give you peace of mind. Read on to find out more about some of the ways we can help you boost security where it means the most to you.

Home Surveillance Cameras

Imagine being able to see exactly what is going on at your home, no matter where you are. With home surveillance systems, you can do just that. We can help you select and install wireless security cameras that allow you to monitor your home inside and out. Use the cameras to see who is at your front door, even if you’re not there, or check the exterior of your property for everything from storm damage to potential intruders. Use your interior cameras to see if your kids have arrived home from school safely, to check in on your babysitter, or simply to ensure that everything is as it should be. Live video feeds from your cameras mean you always know what’s happening in real time.

Surveillance Alerts

Your home surveillance system can also be set up to send you alerts whenever there is something on your property you need to know. You can receive an alert any time a car enters your driveway, opens a door to your home, or even stands too close to your swimming pool. Your TVTI expert can help you set up the alerts you want and help you choose a system capable of analyzing your camera footage in real time.

Remote Activation

Have you ever spent the day wondering if you locked your door or set your home alarm? With a smart home security system, you don’t have to worry. You can lock your door and set your alarm from anywhere, using your smartphone. This is also a great way to avoid handing out keys to workers in your home. Simply unlock the door when they arrive and lock it behind them when they go.

Are you ready to upgrade to a home surveillance system in Chicago? TVTI can help. Talk to one of our pros today by calling (312) 265-3760.

How Control4 Modernized This Business

The struggle many businesses face is how to create easy operating systems for complex technology set-ups. Dewey’s Indoor Golf & Sports Grill had an especially challenging design, but Control4 installation solved their issues.

Watch Control4 in action at Dewey’s in this video. Dewey’s has a huge collection of golf simulators and television screens that have to be adapted to customers’ requests quickly and without disruption. The Control4 interface puts control of these systems at employees’ fingertips, so they can control more than 60 screens with just a few clicks.

If you are struggling with issues of office automation for your business, let TVTI help. Talk to one of our experts about automation technologies in Chicago that could work for you by calling (312) 265-3760.

Is Office Automation the Secret to Attracting Top Talent?

Generation Z—people born in the mid-90s to the early 00s—are flooding the job market. Is your company ready to attract the top candidates to your business? This group of job seekers has different motivations than previous generations and are more likely to care about whether your office automation system is up to date than what kind of paycheck you’re offering. Here is a look at what these workers are looking for in a career and how your company can attract talented team members from this group.

Generation Z in the Workplace

One of the defining characteristics of this generation is that they don’t remember a life before the internet. They grew up with smart technologies at their fingertips, and the ease of access to everything these technologies offers is an expectation of this group. A survey conducted by Adecco Staffing and reported by HR Review found that only 6% of Generation Z-ers named salary as the leading thing they are looking for in their jobs. Instead, they prize software that improves their work experience and the ability to move forward in their careers quickly. They also want the ability to work from different locations, rather than sitting at a desk all day, and to collaborate with co-workers and clients in different settings. They also appreciate the ability to work remotely.

Office Automation Solutions

To attract top-tier talent from Generation Z, you need more than a good salary. Your office should be outfitted with the very latest in automation solutions to make the workplace comfortable and engaging. Everything from automated climate control systems to lighting that can be adjusted from a digital control panel will make your office a better work environment. Providing employees with tools like Wi-Fi operated locks makes it easy for them to have flexible schedules. Office automation technologies can entice Generation Z workers by giving them what they want in a job.

TVTI can help you make your workplace Generation Z-ready with office automation tools in Chicago. Let one of our smart technologies experts help you select the right automation for your company’s needs. Contact us today to get started by calling (312) 265-3760.

The In-Wall Touchscreens You Never Knew You Needed

One of the benefits of using home automation is that you can control systems in your house from anywhere, right from your smartphone. When you’re at home, however, in-wall touch screens ramp up the convenience of smart home systems. Here is a look at why you should insist on in-wall touchscreens as part of your Control4 installation.

In-wall touchscreens can be mounted throughout your home so that you’re always close to a control panel for your home automation system. From your in-wall touchscreen, you can do everything from change your lighting to check on your baby and lock your doors. The touchscreens come in seven and 10-inch designs with high-resolution displays and thin profiles, so that they blend sleekly into any room.

Talk to your home automation experts at TVTI to see if Control4 in-wall touchscreens should be part of your automation design in Chicago. Get answers to your questions today by calling (312) 265-3760.

Looking at the Lutron HomeGlance Interface

When you install a new Lutron home automation system, you will be able to use the HomeGlance screen to easily control all of your home’s features. In this video, you will take a tour of some of the features that the HomeGlance interface has to offer. Using HomeGlance, you can easily select and control your favorite smart home features. HomeGlance makes it incredibly simple to identify and configure your home’s devices.

For answers to your questions about home automation in Chicago, contact TVTI. Our company specializes in building smart homes, and we can help you choose smart home technology that integrates seamlessly with your day-to-day life. Visit our website or call us at (312) 265-3760 to schedule a consultation for your upcoming smart home project.

Questions to Ask Yourself as You Create a Custom Smart Home

If you want your new home to keep pace with your digital lifestyle, consider building a custom smart home that is equipped with home automation systems. By adding smart features into your house, you will be able to control your security system, HVAC system, and other essential devices, all through the use of wireless technology. To help you create the home of your dreams, here are some questions to ask yourself as you create a custom smart home.

Which systems should I include?

As you are building a custom smart home, you will have the option of creating a fully automated residence or a home that is partially equipped with smart technology. If you are new to using smart home systems, consider starting with a smart lighting or HVAC system installation. Once you have gotten used to these systems, you can add on to the capabilities of your smart home.

What is my preferred control method?

Smart home technology has evolved to reflect the latest advances in digital design. While some smart homes use touch pads for their central controls, others now rely on innovative touchscreen systems. A touch screen will be easy to control, and this type of system will integrate seamlessly with other devices.

Who will install my smart home system?

In order to achieve the greatest benefit from your new smart home, you will need to ensure that your system is properly installed and programmed. A company that has many years of experience in the smart home industry will be able to design and install the perfect smart home system for your custom home.

At TVTI of Chicago, our team of home automation experts will be thrilled to help you build a custom smart home. With our help, you will be able to create a sleek and functional automation design in Chicago. For additional information about the products and services that we have to offer for your smart home, give us a call at (312) 265-3760.

Supersizing Your Company's Message with a Video Wall

If you are looking for office automation technology that will truly impress your prospective clients and partners, consider creating a video wall for your offices. With a video wall, you will be able to transform an entire wall of your office building into an engaging, digital environment. Using your digital wall, you can display commercials, important company information, or essential presentation data. A digital wall can also be a useful design feature in your reception area or retail space. A team of office automation experts can tailor your video wall installation to meet the specific vision of your company.

To get started on a video wall installation for your office, contact TVTI by visiting our website or giving us a call at (312) 265-3760. Along with our home theater installation services, we also offer commercial automation design in Chicago. Using our extraordinary products and services, you will be able to incorporate automation technology into many aspects of your business.

Tips for Using Technology to Increase Office Security

A secure workplace is essential for your thriving business. When you lock your office doors at the end of the day, you should be able to rest assured that your office automation systems are working to protect your space from criminal activity. If you are planning a new office automation system, consider installing the latest security technologies. Here is an overview of some tips that will help you use technology to increase office security.

Create a Secure Locking Mechanism

In your office environment, you can program your automation system to manage the locks on all of your doors. By automating your physical locks, you can control who has access to certain spaces. Your automated locking system will also be incredibly secure, which will help to protect your office against break-ins and theft.

Install Security Cameras

Security cameras are among your best defense against crime. Using office automation, you can set up your security camera footage so that it can be monitored remotely by yourself or your security team. The physical presence of security cameras in a workplace is often enough to deter criminals from attempting to break in or commit other types of crimes.

Set Up an Alarm System

Your office automation company may be able to set up an alarm system that will protect your office space after business hours. If the physical security of your office environment is breached, your alarm system will automatically contact your security company. Once your office alarm system has been installed, you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your technology is protecting your workspace, throughout all hours of the day and night.

For more office automation and security tips, contact TVTI by calling (312) 265-3760. Our company specializes in automation design, and we can provide your office with a set of new wireless security cameras in Chicago. With our help, you will be able to build a smart and secure office environment that is equipped with the latest safety technologies.

See This Musical Family Reap the Benefits of Control4

For musicians and music lovers alike, Control4 makes it possible to enjoy your collection at home like never before. Using the Control4 home automation system puts control of all your music right at your fingertips.

To get a glimpse of Control4 in action, watch this video to see how a family of musicians uses this home automation system to engage with their music from anywhere in their house. They use the system to play music in different zones in their home, enjoy music outside, and more.

At TVTI, we’re proud to offer Control4 installation in Chicago, alongside our other cutting edge smart home services. To speak to a home automation specialist, call us today at (312) 265-3760.

How the Wrong Technology Can Zap Productivity in Your Conference Room

Your conference room is supposed to be one of the most active, collaborative places in your office, but if it is saddled with the wrong technology, productivity can take a nosedive. If you spend more time in your conference room fighting technology issues than actually getting your job done, then it could be time to consider an office automation system that includes a conference room overhaul. Here’s a look at some of the ways the wrong technology could impact your productivity in your conference space.

Mismatched Technology

No matter how prepared someone is with his or her presentation, if you don’t have the right cables to marry their devices with your AV system, then the work was for nothing. Many people in conference rooms with the wrong technology find themselves frantically looking for cables and trying to come up with workaround solutions for an unacceptable amount of time. When you have clients in your conference room, this wasted time can make you look disorganized and can force you to have to cut parts of the presentation to make up for lost time. Installing wireless technology and running your AV off an office automation system is a simple solution.

Bad Connections

Wi-Fi has to work in your conference room—period. A bad connection can make web conferences useless, make presentations flop, and prevent you from connecting with people who have answers you need now. Upgrading your ISP plan could be the answer. Your bad signal could also be addressed during your office automation installation.

Complicated Inputs

When your conference room is a hodge-podge of technology, then it can feel like you need to go back to school just to learn how to switch on the screen. With an automated office, instead of wasting time trying to remember how to power everything up and make it all work together, you can control your entire system with one device, with a few taps.

Don’t let outdated technology cost you a productive conference room. Talk to TVTI about office automation solutions in Chicago today. Dial (312) 265-3760 to speak to one of our experts.

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