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How Does Lighting Impact Circadian Rhythm? Light, Darkness, and Your Sleep Cycle

You want a seamless morning routine.

From the moment your head hits the pillow until you wake up, you want a home system that fits into the start of your day.

Perhaps you wake up to an alarm. But that’s a jarring start to your day, even for those of us who are morning people.

And, it’s an unnatural start to your day, morning person or not.

The best way to naturally start your day is by using the connection between lighting and circadian rhythm.

Lighting and Circadian Rhythm: How Are They Related?

We all have a biological cycle, called a circadian rhythm, which affects our sleep patterns through a series of factors. Some affected aspects of our natural cycle are explained below, and how you can make your morning routine fit with your sleep cycle, using the science of in-home technology.

Exposure

The more we are exposed to light, the more alert we become–to a certain extent.

Eventually, prolonged exposure to any form of light will not be enough to suppress melatonin release, a neurochemical which encourages sleepiness.

Our bodies need rest, even with light exposure, but certain forms of light disrupt our natural processes.

Artificial light, which we expose ourselves to most during our the most light-sensitive portion of our circadian rhythm in the evening, is suspected to interfere with our natural cycle.

Mostly, existing data concludes that too much artificial light makes it harder to fall asleep, rest well, and wake up the next morning.

If you haven’t experienced this, consider yourself one of the lucky few.

If you’re like most of us and have experienced this, you’re probably wondering if there’s a solution.

There is! Your answer to a good night’s sleep lies in…

Smart Home Technology Trends

Home automation ideas are cutting edge and are a great solution to today’s ever-customizable culture. Smart home automation incorporates technology into various aspects of your home.

Who doesn’t want a home built for their specific needs?

SmartHouse Integration can meet those needs. They offer top of the line service for smart home technology trends, including a solution for your sleep and morning wake up.

If You Want Some Shut Eye…

Look no further than SmartHouse Integration’s various solutions for solving your lighting and circadian rhythm problems.

We offer all sorts of services and products, including automatic shades which you can program to open and close at variable times.

Of course, there’s a gradual turning on of lights to the optimal brightness to send your body the right signals and have you performing at your best throughout the day.

By the day’s end, you’ll want lighting adjusted to the right warmth. With blue light filtered out so that you have no trouble falling asleep–and getting a good night’s rest.

You can customize all of these and more if you turn to SmartHome Integration. They’ll be sure to take care of all your smart home automation, simply and with great service.

You’ll have a good night’s sleep sooner than you think!

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Diving Into Some Of Today’s Top Home Automation Products

When was the last time you switched on the kettle or the oven with your own hands? probably very recently but all that could be about to change. The future is here. Many home automation products are changing the way we live our lives for the better.

From the comfort of our smartphones or even our voice assistants, we can control our entire homes and now even our kitchens to make our lives that little bit easier.

Here are some of the smart home products you should look out for.

Smart Ovens

Did you know it’s now possible to set your oven from the palm of your hand? Ovens are now app-based appliances. You can amend the temperature, setting and get notified when your food is cooked.

Some more expensive smart ovens also include internal cameras so you don’t even have to enter the kitchen and poke your head in to check up on your food. Many machines can sit on the counter but if you want a full-size oven then you may need to have it professionally installed into your kitchen cabinet.

Smart Locks

In 10 years traditional locks will be a thing of the past. There is no need to worry about losing your keys any longer, now smart locks enable you to use your smartphone or fingerprint to access your front door or even the individual rooms in your house.

This means if you are ever away from your house and someone needs to get in you can temporarily grant them access from further afield.

If you combine a smart lock with a smart camera system you can also check who is entering your house and if you see it’s a neighbor or someone you trust, you can let them in, wherever you are in the world.

Smart Kettles

Do you get bored of having to continuously wait for your kettle to boil? Then don’t despair you can now boil your kettle when you know you are five minutes from home so that it’s ready and waiting for you when you get in.

You can use either an app your smartphone or if you have a smart home system integrated into your smart assistant and everything set up you can ask it to boil your kettle for you.

Smart Light Bulbs

Have you ever left the house and worried that you’ve left some of the lights on? You don’t need to look like a madman to all of your neighbors now as you lock-up and then have to unlock your front door to double-check you’ve turned everything off.

A simple tap on your smartphone app will ensure that all of your smart light bulbs are off. Equally, if you also have a smart camera system set up you can activate the lights in your home to make it look as if someone is home if you spot someone suspicious lurking.

Smart lighting that mimics sunlight is set to be one of the key smart home trends in 2020.

Home Automation Products Are The Future

From smart light bulbs to smart kettles that you can fill up remotely, smart home products will soon be present in everyone’s homes. It’s even possible to turn 500-year-old homes into smart homes

If you are interested in having your entire house wired up with the greatest and latest home automation products, hassle-free, then be sure to contact us today.

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Facial Recognition is Emerging (SRQ Magazine Feature)

We recently had a tip included in the 2020 Spring Home Portfolio guide from SRQ Magazine. Check it out online here…

While voice control has had a steady growth in popularity, facial recognition is an emerging technology that goes one step further.

If you’re interested in implementing facial recognition into your home automation project, then let us know. We’d love to discuss whether this approach works for your lifestyle.

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How to Optimize a Smart Home Thermostat for Comfort and Energy Savings

Don’t you hate those moments when you first come home and have to wait for your heat or AC to kick in? You’re paying for it, so why can’t you enjoy it the entire time you’re at home? A smart home thermostat might just be the solution you’re looking for.

From motion sensors to designating zones, optimizing a smart thermostat for your home will make a huge difference in your energy bill and daily comfort level.

A smart thermostat gives you the flexibility to reduce costs and always feel comfortable without wasting time messing with the settings.

Optimize your thermostat and see for yourself the difference it makes in your life.

Adjust on the Go With a Smart Home Thermostat

With a smart home thermostat, you don’t have to worry about adjusting every setting before you begin your day. You can adjust on the go, based on your own schedule and needs.

With an app that connects your remote thermostat to your phone, you can change the temperature any time you want from any location. No need to wait until you’re standing in front of the device!

Whether you’re rushing out the door in the morning or away on vacation, you don’t have to worry about wasting energy because you didn’t adjust your thermostat at home.

Create Programs Based on Your Lifestyle

Want an even more hands-off approach? A programmable thermostat allows you to create unique systems based on your schedule and preferences.

The thermostat sensor can track your habits and provide you with data to help you create the perfect program that makes sense for your lifestyle.

These thermostats have room occupancy sensors to adjust the temperature throughout your home. With this info, you won’t waste energy in a room you’re not in.

Designate Zones for Each Room in Your Home

You’re on your way to getting the most out of your whole home when you utilize every aspect of your smart home thermostat.

Creating zones for your floor plan is one of the easiest ways to cut back on energy costs and keep every part of your home comfortable.

You don’t even have to agree on a single temperature for the whole house. Based on your usage and each family member’s preference, you can set an individual temperature for each zone and make everyone happy.

Whether you have problem spots or are simply rarely in a certain part of your home, you don’t have to waste money on unnecessary heating or cooling!

Don’t Be Intimidated

Introducing a smart home thermostat can sound complicated but our services are designed to help you every step of the way.

From picking the right device to programming the settings, we’ll help your home become the most energy-efficient without losing any comfort.

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Great Home Technology Trends to Look out for in 2020

In 1999, the Disney Channel released a movie called Smart House.

The forward-thinking kids’ movie featured a home outfitted with futuristic technologies. This included an interactive home computer capable of making meals, cleaning up messes, and playing with the family dog.

20 years later as we head into 2020, the concept of a smart home is no longer just a plot point in a kid’s movie. Smart home technology is changing the way we live and interact with our families.

Keep reading to learn more about the newest home technology trends to watch out for in 2020 below.

Advanced Sensory Tech

Smart home tech innovations can only improve if scientists develop more advanced sensory technology.

Recently we’ve seen improvements in sensors for safety equipment associated with water heaters, HVAC systems, and electrical boxes. The sensors monitor the equipment to ensure all works properly and send out an alert to the homeowner when it doesn’t.

In 2020, homeowners can expect even better sensory tech that applies to more parts of their home. Imagine sensors installed in your walls to alert you if there’s a termite infestation starting or issues with the foundation.

The goal of advanced sensory tech is to monitor and prevent expensive and dangerous issues by catching them before they happen.

Security Systems

Integrating smart technology into security systems is another advancement consumers can look forward to in 2020.

Home security providers were one of the first industries to adopt smart technology. The expensive tech started out letting you know when something moved by your front door.

Now, smart home security systems can tell the difference between a human and an animal. This prevents the security system from setting off an alert unnecessarily.

Smart Lighting

Thanks to smart lighting technology, you’ve probably walked into a dark public restroom only to have the lights turn without a switch.

Smart sensors identify movement in the room and turn the lights on only when necessary, which helps to save money and energy.

In 2020, you can expect bigger advances in smart lighting. Things like lights that imitate sunlight to prevent seasonal affective disorder. Even lighting that mimics the movement of the sun throughout the day for people who spend a lot of time indoors.

Home Tech Innovations for Entertainment

The introduction of voice-command televisions and smart speakers revolutionized home entertainment.

The same goes for hidden TVs, advanced home theater systems, and other home tech innovations.

In 2020, you can expect virtual and augmented reality to enter your living space. Not only will this change your television watching experience, but also any gaming experiences.

Hidden high-resolution projectors that respond to voice command will also be available in the upcoming year.

Stay Up-To-Date with the Latest Home Technology Trends

The idea of a completely-smart home isn’t just a fictional plot point anymore.

We’ve seen tons of new home technology trends hit the market in 2019 with even more to arrive in 2020 and beyond.

Want to stay up-to-date on all of these tech trends?

Check out the SmartHouse Integration blog for the latest news in Smart Home technology and how it will affect your life. Head over today to get a glimpse of the technically advanced future in your grasp!

 

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Creating the Ultimate Smart Home in 2020: New Trends to Look For

Homes that adjust the lighting depending on the time of day. Blinds that draw with a voice command. Robot house assistants.

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi cartoon. However, some of these home automation technologies are already here, and some of it is on its way.

Here are some trends to look for when you’re creating your ultimate smart home heading into the new year…

Lighting That Mimics Sunlight

There’s already lighting that knows when a person is in the room or not, and turns on accordingly. But the coming year could see a new advance in home lighting.

Specifically, experts are talking about human-centric lighting that mimics sunlight more accurately, which could benefit people with seasonal depressive disorder. But it doesn’t stop there – this high-tech indoor lighting might even follow the path of the sun throughout the day.

This could also mean lighting that has less blue in it during the evening hours, which can disrupt sleep patterns.

More Robotic Help

We already have robots that do our floor cleaning for us. But look for an extension of this heading into 2020, including lawnmowers that can navigate your property on their own.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As artificial intelligence gets more advanced, you might see more and more robots completing tasks that were once up to you to worry about.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll soon have a robotic assistant that makes breakfast for you in the morning or entertains you.

Fewer Wires, Better Wireless

On one hand, there are smart charging solutions available that don’t require you to plug in your wireless device to charge. There’s already technology that allows a device to get powered up from across the room using invisible beams.

Meanwhile, the 5G network is being rolled out to make devices communicate with each other more easily, while also speeding up the connection.

Assisting With Independence

New smart home products can possibly help seniors live independently in their homes longer. One of the technologies already on the market is an automated dispenser of medication that knows when and how much medicine to deliver.

Seniors can also benefit from the many features of a home that can be automated with voice command, such as closing blinds, turning off music or lights, and adjusting the thermostat.

Smart thermostats can also automatically adjust the temperature for the time of day while helping to save money in utilities for those on a fixed income.

Speaking of thermostats, another emerging technology is home zoning that can adjust the temperature of different rooms independently.

Create The Ultimate Smart Home in 2020

As technology increases, so does home automation. Homes of the future (and some of them now) will be able to be controlled by simple voice commands, and more devices will do things automatically thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.

If you’re looking for some ultimate smart home solutions to bring your house or apartment to the next level, be sure to contact us.

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Smart Homes of the Future: Smart Home Technology Predictions to Know

Experts believe that the smart home industry will grow from a $4.4 billion industry in 2013 to a $21 billion industry in 2020.

To understand this growth, it’s important to know what the future of home tech holds.

Let’s take a look at some predictions to see what smart homes of the future will look like.

Great Expectations For Smart Homes of the Future

Looking at where smart homes started and how far they’ve come helps us gauge their future.

So what is going to happen with the future of smart home technology?

Homeowners can see who is at their front door while they’re at work, turn lights on and off, play background music, lower and open blinds, and more.

There are already garages that start the charging process when you drive your electric vehicle in. Imagine what the future is going to hold for your smart home technology.

Perhaps your garage door and the front gate will recognize your vehicle as it drives up through number plate recognition technology, allowing only authorized vehicles to enter the premises.

Smart homes of the future are going to be more advanced when it comes to security.

Whole-Home Integration

High-end smart homeowners can schedule their lights to turn on and off on command via their smartphones, control their air conditioning, and more. Homeowners have this control with the simple tap of a finger, whether they’re in their home or on the other side of the world.

The idea behind a smart home of the future is to have an entire home that operates as one eco-system.

An integrated smart home will have the ability to make assumptions based on the residents’ behavior and preferences.

Future smart homes will use facial recognition on visitors who arrive on your doorstep for added security.

Each room will detect a person entering a room and switch on the heating or the cooling system. Lights will turn on or off depending on the time of day and whether someone is in the room. These features will save you money on utility bills and lower your environmental footprint.

Your home entertainment system will get to know your viewing habits and pre-download viewing preferences before you type shows in the search bar while looking for something to watch.

Smart Home Maintenance

Your smart home will soon be able to monitor your home’s maintenance. Imagine your home telling you that your air conditioning system needs maintenance before the problem arises.

Through the monitoring of sounds on certain frequencies, your smart home might be able to tell you if an appliance is drawing too much power or damaged. Your smart home will also help you keep your power bill to a minimum through appliance usage analysis and reporting.

Smarthome Integration is the Future

Smart homes of the future are right around the corner.

The one thing we’re sure of is that smart home technology is going to be fully integrated. All parts of your home will work together to create a more relaxing and convenient home life.

Head over to our total home solutions page to see how you can improve your home.

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How Can Your Smart Home’s Circadian Lighting Improve Your Sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes feel like a huge struggle. Work-related stress, physical illness, and using screens before bed affect sleep quality.

Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep-related problems. But the smart home offers a solution in the form of circadian lighting.

Wondering how circadian lighting could improve your sleep? Read on to learn more.

What Is Circadian Lighting?

Smart light bulbs offer the opportunity to control your lighting from your smartphone. But they also give you the chance to change the color of your lighting.

That’s not just switching from green to red at Halloween. It means changing the color temperature.

Ordinary white lighting can take on a blue cast to simulate daylight. Or it can mimic the golden glow of candlelight.

This circadian lighting provides the right color light at the right time of day.

Why Is This Important?

Your circadian rhythm is a natural daily cycle that takes around 24 hours. It involves functions like brain activity, body temperature, and hormone production.

It also involves the hormones in your sleep cycle. Your body notices the drop in light levels outside. In response, you produce more melatonin, the sleep hormone, to make you tired.

When this reaches the right level, you fall asleep. Melatonin production continues during the night. It stops just before you wake up.

Daylight suppresses your melatonin production. That’s why you feel more tired during the winter, when it gets dark earlier.

But with electric lighting, we don’t notice when it gets dark outside. So we find it harder to fall asleep because we’ve got less melatonin in our system.

Sleep deprivation can ultimately cause diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. They’re all preventable.

How Does Circadian Lighting Work?

Blue-toned electric light mimics the daylight that suppresses melatonin production. That makes it harder to fall asleep, and much more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

But you still need this blue light to help you wake up in the morning. The body’s ‘wake up’ hormone, cortisol, responds to this cool-toned light.

Warm-toned electric light doesn’t have the same effect on melatonin. It lets you produce the hormone so you’ll fall asleep. You can follow a more natural circadian rhythm.

Circadian lighting alters its color temperature and intensity to suit the time of day. You get all the benefits of artificial lighting but without the impact on your sleep cycle.

That means you’ll still get tired when you need to. Which leads to deeper, more natural sleep. But you’ll also wake up when you need to, more alert thanks to the boost in cortisol.

This is the same sort of technology behind sunrise alarm clocks.

Rise and Shine with Circadian Lighting

Now you know why circadian lighting can help improve your sleep. It mimics the natural cycles of daylight and darkness that govern our body clocks.

Enjoy longer concentration, a better mood, and deeper sleep.

Do you want to improve your sleep with your smart home technology? Contact us to find out how we can help.

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4 Smart Home Security Trends You Need to Know

As a homeowner, you want to protect your home. Right?

If you’ve got a nice house and a lot of valuables, there’s always the potential of a break-in. Protecting your stuff should always be a priority, but with all of the security trends out there, it can be difficult to know how to pick the right one.

As security measures get more and more technologically advanced, some of the smart home security trends are pretty mindblowing in what they can do. Today, we’re going to go over 4 of the best trends that are going to keep your home and property safe at all times.

Life’s too short to be worrying about things like theft and violence. Get a good security system and feel your concerns float away.

The Best Smart Home Security Trends

Automation and remote monitoring are taking over the home security market. Nowadays, you can make sure your home is safe when you’re on the other side of the world. Go wireless and follow some of these security trends to keep tabs on your property at all times.

1. Voice Control

Being able to arm and disarm your security system with your voice might feel like more of a breach of security than an increase in security. Actually, voice control is already dominating the smart home market with things like Google Home and Alexa.

Voice-controlled security systems would involve voice recognition, so your system would only arm/disarm when they hear your voice.

2. In the Cloud

The future of security is most likely going to be based in the cloud. This remote storage system already allows us to access most of our information without the need for any physical drives or specific computers.

In terms of security, it would eliminate any software complications and prevent a burglar from being able to hack into anything. It would also store images captured by the surveillance system, making the perpetrators easier to find.

3. Attack Of The Drones

Drones aren’t just for annoying airport employees and spying on unsuspecting people, they can be used for good. They work wonders as a smart home security device. Pocket-sized drones can fly up to 20 feet and you can operate them from your smartphone.

Many home security calls end up being false alarms. A drone system can help you decipher a burglar from a raccoon with biometric scanning. In the future, they’ll also be able to obtain high-quality images of the perpetrators.

4. Remote Security

Expect to see more advancements with remote security in the future. You can already get notifications when motion sensors go off and do video check-ins when cameras detect something odd.

Soon we’ll likely see more things that allow you to control security features from your phone. You’ll be able to arm and disarm your system, control drones, and prevent the perpetrators from operating certain objects in your home.

A New Level of Safety

These incredible new security trends are just the beginning of the technology integration that we’ll surely see in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for the next great advancement in smart home security trends so that you can feel safe when you’re at home and comfortable when you’re away.

To turn your home into a secure smart home, visit us at SmartHouse Integration. We’ll work with you to figure out the best way to turn your house into a smart home with incredible security, entertainment, and practical features.

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Sarasota’s SmartHouse Integration creates user-friendly, integrated home networks

Note: This article was originally published at Herald Tribune.

State-of-the-art system features intuitive, accessible controls

One in an occasional series about the region’s growing technology sector.

Smart homes have graduated from a collection of complicated remote controls for each device, cluttering tables and frustrating residents. Today, homes are far more intelligent.

Voice control, preset programs and a central command gadget such as an iPad raise the bar on homes equipped with automated shades, lighting, temperature, security, video and indoor/outdoor audio. Speaker volume can be increased with the wave of a hand.

This is the high-end stuff of dreams.

Mark van den Broek, the founder and chief executive of SmartHouse Integration, located in Sarasota’s Rosemary District, installs the ELAN Entertainment and Control System for his clients here and elsewhere in the country.

SmartHouse is off to a bang-up year on revenue. “This quarter we’ve already done more than we did last year and last year was a record year,” van den Broek said, declining to cite specific gross-income figures. “I don’t want my competition to know exactly what we’re going. But it’s delicious.”

Van den Broek and his seven employees do not lack for work. “We don’t sell anymore. We don’t market anymore. Clients come to us,” van den Broek said. “All of the manufacturers’ websites have our projects on them as examples of what it’s supposed to be.”

So how many clients do you have? “I don’t know. Seriously.”

Award-winning technology

His home-automation and systems-integration company has won more than a dozen national awards from the Consumer Technology Association. The association’s TechHome Division has given 11 Mark of Excellence awards to van den Broek’s company. He recently added to that collection with the 2018 Mark of Excellence Award for Home of the Year up to $50,000 for a custom ELAN installation in a local island home.

The trophies that adorn his office solidified his reputation for high-quality technology and installation.

Robert Archer, the publisher of ElectronicHouse.com, an information center on integrated home technology, said the TechHome honors “mean more than any other industry association award, and they represent the best the technology and installation professional industry has to offer.”

Nick Melone, a Sarasota homebuilder, real estate investor and restaurant owner, works on high-end commercial and residential projects. “We were just really looking for a good operating, smart home system,” he said. He found one in ELAN, which has been in the home-technology business since 1989 and is based in Petaluma, California.

“I’ve been through multiple renovations where I’ve ripped out” other systems, he said. ELAN “is everything you want; it’s everything the other systems are not. … It works.

“It’s simple, easy, not complicated. Other systems I’ve found you go into it and all of a sudden you’re in five or six windows, and you forget how to get back.”

Three years ago, when he built a house for his family on Siesta Key in the Sanderling Club, Melone had SmartHouse install an ELAN system at a cost of $70,000 to $75,000. “Our whole family loves the system. … I’m very happy with it.”

Melone now has SmartHome install ELAN in his residential projects.

Lights, cameras, automatic action

SmartHouse Integration custom designs a system that fulfills a client’s desires using ELAN’s intuitive and accessible controls. Motorized window shades rise and fall with the sun. Interior lights automatically power up to preset levels as the sun sets. Blue lights illuminate the pool. The ELAN mobile app, remote or wall-mounted touchscreens allow temperature changes in any of the home’s climate zones. Speakers spread throughout the interior and exterior in one of a home’s audio zones deliver surround sound without distortion at high levels. Irrigation control and electronic door locks are other options.

Numerous cameras record video from a host of vantage points, and the scenes can be viewed on mobile devices, computers and televisions in the home or anywhere in the world. When someone rings the doorbell, all the touchscreens in the house light up and play video of the front porch.

For waterfront homes, infrared sensors on seawalls trigger outdoor lights and send alerts to the owner’s mobile devices when a boat or individual approaches from the water. Voice control is also available.

During a tour of a SmartHouse project, a 17,000-square-foot mansion on Sarasota Bay, van den Broek described what his team had accomplished there. The ELAN Entertainment and Control System serves as the home’s central network hub. The hardware includes eight 7-inch in-wall touch panels, four smaller touch panels and three HR2 remotes.The HR2 devices, like the panels, control everything in the network and features 46 hard buttons to operate the media system alone.

This project alone won three 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Van den Broek integrated Lutron Homeworks Lighting and Shades with the ELAN Entertainment and Control System so lighting could operate automatically or be set by the homeowners from anywhere in the world. Numerous security cameras alert residents to visitors with video, and homeowners can talk to arrivals from their kitchen or hotel rooms. The smart lighting highlights the art aficionado’s extensive collection and changes at specific times to best enhance the art it emphasizes.

SmartHouse also installed 15 LED fountain lights in the pool’s overflow that shine up on the overflow wall. The lights are programmed and synchronized to the outdoor music system to create an amazing light show, Van den Broek said. The homeowner has 25 buttons he can press, and each launches a unique show, from AC/DC to Alicia Keys.

The company has worked on three projects for this client for a total cost of $350,000. “He just keeps coming back for more,” van den Broek said.

Van den Broek’s most expensive job to date exceeded $500,000. “I’m still surprised at how much money people will actually pay,” he said.

The move to Sarasota

His 20 years of experience in the field began in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He sold that company to his employees and opened in Sarasota in 2005 after a client here sought his work. It was February. While sitting on a dock at a rental place on Siesta Key, the warmth convinced him to move. Plus, he was able to sign up some big clients.

“In the late ’90s and early 2000s, we really started to take off and helped the industry a little bit in terms of future proof of wiring and setting up infrastructures in homes that people would take advantage of,” van den Broek said. Today’s cable networks are stout enough to handle the coming increase in broadband speeds, from the current 4G to the launch of 5G — which is expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G.

“And that was one of the things we really sold to our early adapters was, ‘Hey, your house will be future proofed,’” he said, and can handle emerging technologies that use higher data speeds.

“Homes that were wired back then with Category 5 cable (which handles networking, Wi-Fi, high-definition video and cameras) are still legitimate today. We can still run the newest, latest technology in homes that we wired 20 years ago.”

Van den Broek is a major proponent of cabled homes since wire can pass much more data much faster than wireless systems, though the latter dominate the current buzz in the smart-home industry. Structured, wired connections afford greater stability, add flexibility for future technology and increase a home’s resale value, he said.

Complicated and outdated home-automation systems frustrated homeowners, van den Broek said. The ELAN system does everything, a very usable, reliable, simple network, he said.

“I’m jacked every day to create something really cool for my clients,” van den Broek said.

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