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Life's Better When Everything Works Together!

on Wednesday, 08 June 2016. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

All About An Automation Leader: Control4

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What is a Smart Home?

While there are many smart products available today, it isn’t until these devices work together in orchestration, that you experience the magic of a smart home. From homes small to large, new and old, Control4 delivers power and performance on one platform that coordinates the technology in your house into complete, brilliant experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy. With one touch, dim the lights, stream high-resolution music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Or, check in on your home no matter where you are. It’s a smarter living experience that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. We call it, the New Normal.

WHAT CAN CONTROL4 DO FOR YOU? GET READY TO BE AMAZED!

HOME THEATER: 

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A high-end home theater experience is more than just a nice TV with surround sound. With a home theater system from Control4, you’ll be the envy of every movie theater goer in town. Turn the lights off, turn on the surround sound and start the movie all with the touch of a button.

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CLIMATE:

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Forget about ever touching that thermostat again, in fact, forget about the thermostat all together. With our automated climate control, your thermostat is anywhere you are. Curb your monthly bills and ease your eco-conscience. Advanced temperature control is a simple and affordable addition to any home with Control4.

 

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CALL ISS TODAY TO LEARN MORE TO DESIGN YOUR CONTROL4 SMARTER LIVING EXPERIENCE!

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Time to Rack It Up!

on Thursday, 19 May 2016. Posted in Knoxville Audio, Knoxville Organized Wiring, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Automation

Lets Learn about Rack Enclosures & Why you need them!

Did You Know

There are many reasons that people use rack enclosures now a days to help tidy up their automated world. While TVs continue to get thinner and more beautiful and soundbars are making surround sound more discreet, the components we connect to them, such as our Blu-ray players, cable boxes, game consoles etc...have largely remained dull black or silver boxes. And there are still all those ugly wires to manage! So now we have these neat and tidy solutions to all these issues, and putting them on display can have lots of great advantages as well! Lets learn more...

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What is a Rack?

Racks are frame structures designed for mounting standard 19" rack-mount equipment-servers, routers, UPS systems, switches, audio/video-regardless of vendor. They provide rack equipment organization, security and cable management while enabling airflow. There are two basic types: rack enclosures (also called rack cabinets) and open-frame racks.

Where are Racks used?

  • Server rooms and data centers
  • Audio/video installations
  • Closets housing telecommunications equipment
  • Industrial environments such as a factory floor

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Types of racks:

Floor Standing

Wall Mount

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If access control and equipment protection are important to you, we recommend a Rack Enclosure.

If you simply need an economical way to organize IT equipment, we suggest an Open-Frame Rack.

Wall Mount Racks are ideal for securely housing IT equipment in classrooms or sites with limited floor space.

In small but secure locations, a wall mount open frame rack provides excellent airflow and easy access to wiring.

What size rack do you need?

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The height of a rack, and the height of equipment in it, is expressed in "rack units" (a rack unit is 1.75 inches, or 44.45mm). The actual height of a 42U rack is therefore 42 x 1.75 = 73.5 inches. A 2U server would occupy two of the available 42 rack units.

Be sure to make an accurate assessment of the amount of rack space you currently need, and allow for future growth.

Rack Depth

Determine the maximum rack depth required to mount your equipment in a floor-standing or wall-mount rack enclosure cabinet.

Floor-Standing Rack Depth Designations
Rack Depth (in.) Ideal for...
Shallow 27 A/V equipment, limited space
Mid-depth 31 Limited space
Standard 37 Servers
Deep 42 Extra cables, improved airflow
Wall-Mount Rack Depth Designations
Rack Depth (in.) Ideal for...
Patch-depth < 16 Patch panels
Switch-depth 16 - 23.99 Switches
UPS-depth 24 - 31.99 UPS systems
Server-depth > 32 Servers

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More info on our Rack & Roll Blog last year! Check it out: http://isstenn.com/blog/item/are-you-read-to-rack-and-roll 

CALL 865-690-0154 to get yours or to learn more!

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Set Sail & Vacation with Intelligence!

on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Knoxville Organized Wiring, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Your Vacation should be Smart too!

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Home automation has become all the rage these days and if you have experienced it yourself then you will most likely agree that is has become a convenience you just don't want to live without! Well great news! Now when you vacation or even when you take the boat out, you don't have to be without the automation luxuries you have grown so accustomed to!

 

AUTOMATION IN YOUR VACATION HOME:

What?: It would be easier to tell you what you cant have because the possibilities are truely endless. 

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  • Audio & Video
  • Home Theaters
  • Media Rooms
  • Outdoor Automation
  • Lighting control
  • Shade Control
  • Temperature Control
  • Music in Every Room
  • Entry Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Scenes & More!

Imagine being an hour away from your vacation home and being able to get everything ready for your arrival with the touch of a few buttons! Turn on the spa, heat up the pool, turn on the lights, raise up the shades, set the perfect tempature, start your favorite music and be vacation ready as soon as you walk through the door! Check it out for your self... VIDEO HERE

 

BOAT AUTOMATION:

Boat Automation has several options as well and of coarse as the size of the boat increases so do the options. A Control4 System can be used to manage different things throughout the vessel, access navagation equipment, make service requests for staff, Incorporate state of the art secuirty systems and several other options such as:

  • • Remotely controlling lights and heating or air conditioning to turn on shortly before arrival, ensuring everything on the vessel is set to preference yet reducing energy consumption
    • Automating exterior running lights to allow the crew to move around safely
    • Adjusting the thermostat to ensure appropriate interior cabin temperatures
    • Providing GPS and navigation data through the television or touch screens so owners and onboard guests know the current location of the vessel and anticipated arrival
    • Triggering lights to automatically turn on, off or dim, based on detected light levels or specific times of the day
    • Opening and closing blinds, according to when the sun sets or the skies become cloudy to allow for optimum levels of natural light
    • Centralizing audio and video collections from multiple sources and allowing selection of music or movies by cover art from a single library from any room on the vessel
  • • Outdoor TVs that can withstand the elements of the ocean or water as well as weather, and even theaters and media rooms!         Check it out: VIDEO HERE

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CALL iSS Today and start living the Smart life even when you are away from home! 

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Automate Mom's Life

on Monday, 09 May 2016. Posted in Knoxville Audio, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Make Mom's Life Easier This Mother's Day & Always

 
 
Mother's Day is Upon us!
 
 
 
Mom's are the best..Shouldn't they get the Best Gifts?
 
 
 
 
Perhaps you've seen the latest "gotcha video", created for American Greetings, that has gone viral. It's about a company looking for a job candidate. Here is the job description…
 
Essential Duties & Job Responsibilities:
  • Oversee overall day-to-day success & development of all associates. They are fully dependent on you.
  • Provide appropriate solutions to satisfy all associate needs, including but not limited to comfort, security, support, growth, knowledge, well-being, structure, consistency, discipline, acknowledgment, preparedness, safety, mobility, capability, facility and tranquility.
  • Track daily, weekly and monthly associate development against assigned goals and expectations.
  • Process high volumes of incoming and outgoing projects, deliveries, requests, complaints, feedback and special orders from associates and corresponding outside vendors.
  • Provide operational leadership to multiple associates at once.
 
The position goes on to say you must work 365 days a year. Oh, and it's a pro bono position. 24 people actually applied and then thought the position was "inhumane."  
At the end, the applicants learned that there was a person who had already done this job. Her name was Mom. As they thought about their own mom, they could see the truth in the job description. (See Video Below)
 
Moms are the backbone of most houses and the growing family. With so many helpful gadgets this day and age, how about using these tools to make a mom's job easier?
 
 
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Shortcut Labs Flic
Shortcut Labs' $34 Bluetooth-enabled Flic is a handy little button that you can program to do your bidding.
Flic is designed to turn lights on/off, play music and even order take out. It has over 50 possibilities!
 
 
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What Mom can't use a media streamer? Video streams are more popular than ever and Roku delivers nearly all of the key online streaming services out there including such must-haves as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Watch ESPN, HBO, Showtime and Sling TV.
 
 
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Fitbit Charge HR
has an optical heart rate tracker and is capable of measuring your heart rate throughout the day, which helps provide more accurate estimates on calorie burn and sleep. It can also track steps, distance and floors climbed, and will notify you of incoming calls.
 
 
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BOSE Soundlink Color
an attractive little Bluetooth speaker that delivers big sound for its size, is easy to tote around and recharges with a standard Micro-USB cable. Now Mom can keep the tunes going while on the go!
 
 
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Perfect Bake
There is nothing quite like mamma's cooking! So what if we can get her something that will help her in the kitchen and maybe make her want to make us all those yummy treat more often? Well Here is its! The Perfect Bake system is a great addition to creating her favorite recipes and more!
 
 
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Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden 
This enables mom to grow 3 herbs &/or spices simultaneously with zero effect. It waters, gives out the right amount of oxygen, nutrients & light to take care of each plants every need. No green thumb needed with this independent smart pot! Click and Grow is a great addition to gadgets that can help mom!
 
 
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Mom's will LOVE Home Automation too!
 
 
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Imagine a “MommyTime” button that automatically locks the bedroom and bathroom doors and queues the speakers above so she can enjoy a nice hot bath with some great music, and no interruptions! 
 
Call iSS today to learn more about how we can help that special Mom in your life enjoy her time at home more with #BetterLifeSolutions!
 
 
 
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