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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

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.

Magnetism and Sound

Many people may not think to question how the sound comes out of their home theater systems and speakers. The key to generating sound through a speaker, however, can be relatively simple once one knows how magnetism relates to sound. Watch the video for a better look.

Every speaker—from wireless surround sound speakers to small ear buds—uses a small magnet and electromagnetic coil. The sound generates an electric current with the coil and magnet, which then moves the speaker’s fabric housing. This movement generates the soundwaves that everyone hears while listening to music or watching a movie.

Want to know more about how home theater speakers work? Call TVTI at (312) 265-3760 to learn about our home theater systems and wireless surround sound near Chicago.

Automated Climate Control: The Energy Efficient Choice

Home automation is quickly becoming a trend in older and new homes around the country. Home automation can apply to your lighting, entertainment, and energy. In addition to increased comfort, home automation systems can help you save energy through your climate systems, which will also have a positive impact on the environment. Let’s look at how automated climate control is more energy efficient.

Smart Operations

With smart home technology used in your climate control, your system can change the temperature based on the different actions of you and your family. For example, an automated climate control system can project—based on trending data taken of your home—when someone will be in the house and when no one is home. By using this type of data, the system can change the temperature to suit a full or empty house which will better regulate your energy use throughout the day.

Efficient Appliances

Even though your automated climate control system can be used with any heating and cooling appliances, they are best used with the latest and most efficient models. Furnaces and air conditioners can change in energy efficiency in a matter of years, so pairing your automated climate control system with the latest appliances will greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency. Your newer appliances will require less energy to cool or heat better than your past appliances, and your automated system will regulate the amount of energy used to deliver you greater energy savings.

Informative Trends

Your new automated climate control system uses advanced technology to understand and project your family’s temperature trends, but it can also communicate those trends to you. With this type of smart technology, you can analyze and track your trends of energy consumption; if you notice problems, then you can quickly change them to create a more energy efficient home.

Make your home more efficient in all areas with TVTI's home automation systems. With our smart home technology near Chicago, we can help you leave a better impact on the environment and save money in the process. Please call us at (312) 265-3760 to learn more.

How Does Surround Sound Work?

Part of a complete home theater system is the surround sound. With surround sound, you can experience a movie or television show as if you are on set and a part of the action. If you are curious how surround sound works—and how it can benefit your movie-watching experience—continue reading below.

Split Audio

One of the most important aspects of surround sound comes from splitting the audio for whatever television show or movie you are watching. With the right media, the audio can be split in several ways that are then placed around you. These splices of audio help to fully immerse you in the movie-watching experience. For example, a Western movie may split the audio so that horses’ hooves come out of one speaker while actor dialogue, musical score, and other audio come out of three other speakers.

Strategically-Placed Speakers

In addition to split audio, your surround sound and home theater system works best when you place speakers in a strategic manner around the room. Most speaker and surround sound design will have two large speakers next to the television and then three smaller speakers spaced evenly behind your seats. By placing these home theater speakers around your theater system and media room, you can experience all of the sounds at once and in a fully-immersed manner.

Correctly-Formatted Media

The only way that your surround sound system will work properly is if you use the right media. You can turn on your advanced home theater system every time you watch a movie, but if the movie is not formatted to surround sound you will not have the true experience. To utilize your surround sound in the correct manner, you must use the DVDs, Blu-rays, or digital copies that have been formatted for surround sound systems.

Learn more about wireless surround sound and other home theater systems near Chicago with the experts at TVTI. We can help you choose and set up a theater-quality sound system once you call us at (312) 265-3760.

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