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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

Ways to Update Your Dated Conference Room

Are you attempting to run a modern business from a conference room that is a blast from the past? Updating your conference room will not only communicate to your customers that you’re ready to do business in today’s marketplace, but it will also help your business run more efficiently. If you’re wondering what kind of updates you should make to your conference room for the maximum benefits, consider these upgrades.

Light Automation

Being able to easily adjust the lighting in your conference room is a game changer. With a click, dim your lights for a presentation and then bring them back up for discussion, with precision every time. Easily make a change if there is a glare on a screen or to develop the perfect backlighting for a video conference. With light automation integrated into your overall conference room design, you won’t lose valuable time or break up the conversation with awkward light adjustments.

Video Conference Technology

Lighting automation will make it easy to make video conferencing part of your business. When you use video conferencing tools, your clients and coworkers are never more than a few clicks away, no matter the actual distance between you. With modern video conferencing technology in your conference room, you can slash your travel budget and avoid the inefficiencies of long distance travel by having meetings virtually rather than in person.

Motorized Window Treatments

Allowing natural light into your conference room can boost your employees’ mood and efficiency, but too much of it can cause glares on computer screens, presentation screens, and personal devices. Motorized window treatments allow you to adjust your shades and blinds remotely, instead of trying to get up and down to raise and lower them.

Let a TVTI consultant come to your workplace to evaluate your current conference room and make suggestions for changes that can help you get the most out of your space. Set up an appointment with an office automation expert in Chicago today by calling (312) 265-3760.

Tour a Smart Condo in NYC

Smart home systems aren’t about installing buttons everywhere in your home. They’re about making your home more livable. Find out how an NYC condo owner adopted home automation to improve the functionality of her space without compromising the design aesthetic in this video.

Because minimalist design is so important to this homeowner, she was reluctant to have a system installed that would leave her with multiple buttons and control panels all over the walls. Thanks to the Control 4 system, she can control her music, lights, blinds, and temperature without giving up any of her design aesthetic.

Find out how home automation in Chicago can work for you by talking to an expert at TVTI. We can listen to your needs and design a smart home system that fits into the way you live. Call us today at (312) 265-3760.

Transform Your Home with Whole House Solutions by Lutron

Turning your home into a smart home with home automation will revolutionize your lifestyle. With Lutron, you can use whole house solutions to get the exact features you want to be included in your automation design in every room of your house. Are you considering adopting Lutron home automation as your smart home system? Here is a look at the whole house solution options available from Lutron.

Caséta

The Caséta whole home system makes it easy to control the lighting throughout your home. It features a range of dimmer styles and wireless remotes and is available in gloss finishes. Caséta can support up to 50 devices and offers easy integration with other automation systems, including Nest Home/Away, Sonos, Serena, Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa, and Honeywell home security systems. Use this connectivity and integration to adapt your Caséta system to your needs.

RadioRA 2

RadioRA 2 take wireless whole home lighting control to a new level. This Lutron system supports up to 200 different devices and easily lets you start in one room and expand to others. RadioRA 2 works with both wired and wireless Lutron occupancy/vacancy sensors so that your system can adapt to how you live. The custom-engraved keypads, which are backlit, and customized scene control give you the flexibility you need to tweak settings as you see fit. RadioRA 2 also offers the same easy integration with a range of other smart home products.

HomeWorks QS

HomeWorks QS is Lutron’s most advanced whole home system, thanks to its ability to support up to 10,000 devices. It is available in the widest range of keyboards and color options of any Lutron system and can also be designed with customized keypads. You won’t need dimmers or switches on your walls anymore, as HomeWorks QS comes with hidden panels.

Let TVTI help you choose the right Lutron system for your home as we build a smart home in Chicago for you. You can start the design process today by calling (312) 265-3760 to speak to one of our professionals.

Hit the Greens Inside This Winter with a Full Swing Golf Simulator

Winter can be rough on golf fans, when courses are too cold and snow-covered to let you get a round in. Fortunately, with a smart home system, you could get the thrill of being on the greens without having to brave the elements. The Full Swing Golf Simulator, used by PGA professionals and golf training schools, can now be yours with your home automation system, so your swing doesn’t fall off track in the winter months. Here is a look at what you need to know:

What is the Full Swing Golf Simulator?

The Full Swing Golf Simulator brings the experience of playing at the world-renowned St. Andrews Golf and Country Club to your home. The simulator combines a strikingly realistic visual experience with information about your swing to help you hone your game. This system is used by professionals and top training schools but has traditionally been out of the price range of home users. Now, you can include the simulator in your smart home system, so you can use the same tools as professional players to hone your skills.

What information can the simulator provide about my swing?

The Full Swing Golf Simulator includes an internal infrared tracking system and a propriety, high-speed camera system that allows it to read information about your swing more accurately than any other golf simulator on the market. With each swing, you will receive a detailed report on the ball’s flight, speed, direction, and launch angle. You can use this information to experiment with different types of swings and identify where your strokes are going wrong so you can improve your game.

What other benefits does the simulator offer?

You don’t only get information about how effective your swings are, but you can actually see them fly over different areas of the course to get a realistic perspective of how your game looks in real life. You can also make the grounds of the course undulate to simulate inclines that you are likely to encounter on a real course.

Take your golf game to the next level this winter with the help of TVTI. Our home automation systems in Chicago can be personalized to include all of the features that mean the most to you. Find out more about automation design by calling (312) 265-3760.

Can Smart Lighting Improve Your Health?

You know the smart lighting features of your home automation system make your lights more convenient to use, but did you know that they could also make you healthier? Your interior lights have a surprisingly extensive effect on your wellbeing, and smart lighting makes it easier to harness the healing benefits.

Light temperature—the amount of blue or yellow wavelengths in lights—can impact your sleep cycle. Cool lights, which have more blue, make you more alert, while warm lights, with more yellow, stimulate melatonin production, which helps you sleep. Using color-changing bulbs that you can set to switch at different times of day lets you take advantage of lighting temperature. You can also use your smart lighting to easily adjust different lights according to your needs, such as turning up the kitchen lights while you cook and dimming them so you can relax as you eat.

At TVTI, we can help you design a smart home in Chicago that includes all of the features you want, from smart lighting to climate control. Start designing your home automation system today by calling (312) 265-3760.

Climate Control for the Frequent Traveler's Peace of Mind

If your schedule takes you out of town on a regular basis, you may want to consider investing in a new home automation system. With home automation technology, you can gain complete control over your home’s climate control system, even when you are on the other side of the globe. Using automated climate control features, you will be able to adjust the settings of your thermostat when you are away. Remote control over your HVAC system will offer you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your heating and cooling system is operating as efficiently as possible.

The team at TVTI is ready to create a home automation system that is tailored to your lifestyle. Our company specializes in automation technologies serving Chicago, and we offer many devices and features that will be perfect for your smart home. To learn all about how we can provide you with better peace of mind, give us a call at (312) 265-3760.

Is Home Automation a Solution for Seniors?

Aging in place is popular for more and more elderly people, and modern technology is making it easier. If you have an elderly relative who wishes to remain at home for as long as possible, you may want to consider installing some home automation upgrades. Far from being difficult to control or understand, your smart home features will provide safety, security, and convenience to your family member. Let’s review some home automation features that are suited for seniors.

Web Monitoring

You may not have the time in your schedule to physically check on your elderly relative in person, every single day. With web monitoring solutions, you can wirelessly check on your loved one, from the comfort of your home or office. Web monitoring systems can automatically track your relative’s activities, and can also automatically check to see whether doors and windows have been locked and secured properly.

Voice Controls

Seniors who experience limited mobility may have trouble navigating their homes after dark. The chances of slips and falls increase dramatically without proper indoor and outdoor lighting. When you install a home automation system in your loved one’s home, you can include voice controlled lighting that can be turned on from any location in the house.

IFFT Programs

IFFT stands for “If This, Then That,” and this type of programming can be used to keep your elderly loved one safe when he or she is home along. Using an IFFT system, you can receive alerts when the home’s security system is activated or an exterior door is left ajar. A home automation technician can also program an IFFT system to respond to vocal or physical cues from your family member.

For additional information about how home automation in Chicago can help your relative, contact TVTI by calling (312) 265-3760. From wireless security cameras to climate control and more, we offer a range of systems that will be perfectly suited for your home. Our team will design a customized system that meets the exact needs of your family.

Introducing the One-Touch Meeting System for Conference Rooms

If you want to enhance the productivity of your business, consider purchasing new office automation equipment. In this video from Crestron EMEA, you will take a tour of some of the features of their one-touch meeting system for conference rooms. This innovative panel will provide workers with one-touch control over lights, projectors, webcams, and more.

To learn about how office automation can benefit your business, get in touch with TVTI. Our company offers many different office automation services in Chicago, and we will be thrilled to answer any questions that you may have for your automation design project. Give us a call at (312) 265-3760 to receive an estimate for your smart home or office automation system.

Trufig: Where Cutting-Edge Tech and Minimalism Interact

When you are designing a home automation system that contains all of the latest features, you may be concerned about whether your new technology and controls will fit in with your overall aesthetic. That’s where Trufig can come to the rescue. Trufig manufactures sleek and beautiful controls and outlets that allow all of your various technologies to match seamlessly. Let’s take a look at how Trufig solutions can benefit your home or office.

Sleek Panels and Controls

If you are seeking an understated and modern look for your automated controls, you are sure to love the beautiful products that are available from Trufig. Trufig’s panels, switches, and other devices have been designed to merge with your other interior decorations. Rather than protruding from the wall and causing visual obstructions, Trufig’s switches and panels will blend into the background.

Various Colors and Finishes

Whether your interior space is decorated in bright, white hues or natural hardwoods, Trufig has a panel style to match with your interior. From drywall finishes to custom wallpaper designs, the Trufig line of panels and controls is available in many different styles. By customizing your controls, you can help to create a minimal and beautiful design aesthetic in your home.

Touch Panel and Touchscreen Solutions

If you prefer to control your automation system using an iPad or another type of touchscreen system, you will find a solution from Trufig. Their touch panel and touchscreen solutions will help your technological devices integrate with the overall look and feel of your home’s interior.

If you would like to tour your home automation options in person, contact TVTI. Our company can help you outfit your stylish smart home in Chicago with the latest devices from Trufig and other nationally recognized brands. To learn more about the automation design services that we offer to our residential and commercial customers, contact us by calling (312) 265-3760 and we will be happy to walk you through our services.

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.

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