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- Smart electronics are playing an increasingly large role in our daily lives, it makes sense to extend their usefulness into our homes.
- With Crestron home automation and Control4 home automation control systems (4ward’s preferred products), you can do exactly that.
- Turn your home in to an intelligent space that understands your preferences.
- Control your environment via a variety of linked devices.
How does Home Automation Work?
Home automation, at its most basic, is an exchange of information between end point devices and a central control system. Simply put, the central control system receives status information from your lights, dimmers, thermostat, alarms system, AV systems and any other devices that you’ve chosen to automate. This enables it to know what’s on, what’s off, what time it is, how much light there is, audio volumes, and a plethora of other information at any point in time. Using this information, it can then send information back to the devices telling them how to behave based on your pre-set preferences, thus automating your environment using intelligent technology.
We like to think of the central control system as the brains of the home automation operation, receiving information from all the parts of the “body” that make up your home. The brain then analyses this information individually and as a whole, and comes up with the best big picture solution to achieve the desired result. It then sends messages back to the parts of the “body” it needs to act, telling them exactly what to do.
Home Automation and User Controls
Of course, just because your home automation system can function intelligently without user input doesn’t mean it’s not important to cater for it anyway. 4ward specialises in user-friendly control systems, designed to be flexible and intuitive, putting you in complete control. Using a combination of traditional switches, touch panels, linked mobile devices and even internet-enabled computer interfaces, 4ward ensures that you’re never out of touch with your home automation system.
Home Automation and Energy Management
Home automation can go a long way towards making your home as energy efficient as possible by eliminating energy wastage through intelligent design. Using home automation to ensure your HVAC, lighting, shades, AV, voice and data, security, and room scheduling are all working together for maximum efficiency can result in significant reductions in overall energy consumption.
Ask the 4ward design team about Crestron and Lutron Energy Management Systems during the design phase of your Home Automation project.
Home Automated Living
The 4Ward Approach to Home Automation
4ward strives to create the ultimate living environment through home automation. Smart design, user-friendly controls, and top quality components all play a vital role in making this a reality.
Lighting Control Systems
Our lighting control systems create the perfect ambiance in every room and regulate overall energy management throughout your home. Lighting Control is a priority when considering your new automated home.
Heating & Cooling Systems
It’s easy to take advantage of intelligent automation that contributes to a more comfortable home—and a more efficient planet. This facility is another crucial part of any automated home to ensure that you enjoy the overall comfort of your home throughout the year.
Security Systems Home Automation
A little peace of mind goes a long way. Let us enhance the safety and security of your home using locally-supported security systems, with either standalone functionality or seamless integration into your automation systems.
Video Distribution Home Automation
Whether home theatre means a cosy corner of your living room or a dedicated room with cinema-style seating, you’ll love the flexibility of our HD solutions when it comes to enjoying your favourite entertainment throughout the house.
Distributed Music Home Automation
Enjoy superior audio throughout your home and play music from multiple formats and sources, including radio, streaming music services, your iPod/MP3 player, an external hard drive or computer.
Additional Features Home Automation
Our home automation solutions are as varied as our customers. Using Crestron or Control4 gives us the choice and flexibility to meet our clients’ needs now and in the near future.
Cestron Home Automation User Interfaces
Visit the Crestron website for more information about the available user interfaces.
Control4 Home Automation User Interfaces
Visit the Control4 website for more information about the available user interfaces.
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Home Automation Consultation and Design
For a successful and effective home automation system, the design phase is a crucial step that cannot be overlooked. It’s imperative to explore the best options for not only your present but future needs as well, and lay the proper foundations for a solution that will fulfil your needs for years to come.
- Current requirements
- Projected usage
- Potential growth/future requirements
- Spatial or infrastructural limitations
- Integration with architectural elements
Remember: A well-designed home automation system is not just faster and more efficient to install, but more cost-effective in the long term. After all, the most expensive cable to run is the one you forgot to lay in the first place!
Home Automation Design Services
The 4ward-design team, based in Cape Town, have successfully designed hundreds of high-quality automation systems for a range of applications, both residential and commercial. Why not take advantage of our extensive experience and let our specialists guide you through the essential planning phase.
4ward’s design service is available to all our sectors (residential, commercial, hospitality and education) – it’s the easiest way to ensure you get the best solution for your needs, and that your home automation installation goes smoothly from day one.
The design service is comprehensive, covering all the planning and specifications required for your custom Home Automation setup. Detailed drawings and documentation are provided in industry-standard formats, for effortless integration into larger construction projects.
Keep your Architect happy: All 4Ward’s design documentation is created using industry-standard software (AutoCAD, D-Tools and Visio), making integration into architectural schematics quick and easy.
Home Automation Costs
To arrange an appointment with a 4Ward consultant, or discuss costs based on your project’s specific requirements, please contact us directly.
If a bespoke consultation and design service is not for you, consider using one of our tried and tested Standard Home Automation Systems. These pre-packed, pre-configured systems are cost-effective and simple to install. They offer our most commonly requested features in various categories and price tiers, and are built to the same, stringent quality standards as all 4Ward components.
Standard Home Automation Systems
Over the years, as bespoke audio-visual solutions and home automation specialists, we’ve noticed an increasing need for pre-designed and configured systems for various sectors. In response to this need, we’ve put together several pre-packaged solutions that encompass our most commonly requested features across all sectors.
Designed for DIY installation, and particularly well-suited to sites that are remote or difficult to access, these pre-packaged systems are convenient to ship, easy to install, and contain all the parts you’ll need to get up and running. They carry a 12 month guarantee (unless otherwise stated), and provide the same quality experience you’ll get from every 4ward solution.
Every Standard System ships with:
- All hardware
- All cabling (which is terminated, colour coded and labelled)
- Pre-configured settings
- Wiring diagrams
- Easy-to-follow set-up notes
The systems are all packaged and shipped from the 4ward Head Office in Cape Town, South Africa. To find out more about the standard home automation systems available, please contact us.
Home Automation News
6 July 2015
Superior Mobile Access Technology
The New PinPoint™ Mobile app works with the smart technology in your home, ensuring your iPhone® or iPad® always knows exactly which room it’s in. As the name suggests the new proximity device works with the app to pinpoint your device’s exact location and display all of the available technologies available in that room.
28 June 2015
Powerful Push Notifications for Your Smart Home
Know what’s going on in your home whenever you’re not around. Thanks to Control4’s new feature OS27 you can now receive alerts from your smart device about the goings-on back home.
11 June 2015
10-Button Wireless Keypad
Assess the state of all your home’s automation requirements like lighting, climate and sound—control it from one modest keypad. Suited to fit in any space, this wireless controller provides an elegant control pad to regulate all of your home’s smart technologies.
3 June 2015
Lighting Flexibility: Crestron Universal Dimmer Modules
Designing unparalleled lighting systems has become a true craftsmanship for Crestron Home Automation. The firm has recently released expertly designed dimmer modules.
26 May 2015
New Control4 Ultra HD Multi-Room Solution
Every room in your home can now stream your all-time favourite content—with the all-new 4K Ultra HD multi-room video solution. Experience multiple video sources in various areas of your home, featuring the highest quality view and sound you could possibly imagine.
24 May 2015
Crestron Now Supports Skype® for Business
Recently the home automation giant announced that its Crestron RL 2 group collaboration solution now also includes Skype for Business. Perfect for long distance and remote calls, this new system offers flexibility and ease of use to set up group collaboration calls between several people.
19 May 2015
Home Communication with Control4 Video Intercom
Control4’s Whole Home Communication Technology is not just a new product but an entirely new experience. As a tech tool, the video intercom is highly popular and was predicted to be worth an estimated $2.3 billion in 2014, upped from $100 million in 2013 according to research company IHS.
16 May 2015
Crestron Launches New AIR® Landscape Speakers
Modest and innovative new Crestron speakers enable easy control of your audio system–for a rich, all-encompassing sound experience. The AIR family of speakers can be applied anywhere and offer various weatherized installation options. This makes it ideal for outdoor installation for instance by the pool or in the garden.
11 May 2015
Maximise Your Commercial Space with SpaceBuilder™
Commercial enterprises–often high-powered, multi-storey giants–need reliable energy consumption and dedicated control thereof. Seamlessly integrated home automation technologies maximise the potential of every room in your system. Every room counts, but really it’s the overall use of space that matters. SpaceBuilder™ maximises your commercial enterprise’s spaciousness and its business potential.
8 May 2015
Experience All New and Sophisticated Climate Control
Nowadays changing up your home’s smart environment is possible in mere moments–all it takes is the swift move of your fingers and a handy device. Developed together with HVAC-experts Aprilaire, Control4 launched all new climate control in the form of a sophisticated wireless thermostat.
6 May 2015
Crestron Rolls Out New App for Apple Watch
You might have heard about Apple’s Smart Watch and how wearable technology is taking the market by storm. Crestron is a world-leader in home automation technology and was prepared for the launch of the new gadget with its own technology.
4 May 2015
Springtime: Spruce-up Your Home’s Technology
Your custom home automation might also need a technology refresh. Reduce clutter and restructure your home’s smart environment–bring back that sparkle into your space.
29 April 2015
Wireless Voice Command Recognition With Crestron
Instead of pushing a button you can now use voice commands to enable smart functions in your home, like dimming the lights or playing your favourite tunes. Crestron’s new wide-screen TST-602 Wireless Touch Screen attunes to your distinct sound for sophisticated voice control of your smart home.
23 April 2015
Feel the Future with Control4’s New Touch Screens
Today pressure-sensitive technology makes up a vast array of home automation products. You’ll find them in a broad range of devices, like smart phones, tablets and now even possibly on your wall. Control4 has released its new range of gesture-controlled, multi-purpose HD Touch Screens.
16 April 2015
The Crestron Pyng Hub — Empowering Home Owners
The Crestron Pyng™ hub empowers home owners to customise their own smart living– right from their iPads®. Pyng is designed to enable complete set up and control of Crestron home automation. It’s a relatively new app that exists for control and it now incorporates distributed audio, streaming music and TSW Touch Screens.
16 April 2015
Experience Minimalist Home Automation Control
With the latest enhancements in smart technology and home automation systems, we’ve experienced that what is essential isn’t necessarily visible to the eye. People want their smart home to predict their needs and to enhance their lifestyle without constantly being reminded of it.
11 April 2015
Home Automation Control for Autism
Meet Brody, a 3-year-old boy with autism. Brody intuitively knows what to do in his home. Especially with an iPad at his hands, it’s easier for him to switch on his favourite shows or entertain himself with a game.
10 April 2015
Luxurious Control over your Home Automation System
Today seemingly everything works at the touch of a virtual button. Handling daily tasks in your home’s environment is made simple with Crestron’s latest family of touch-sensitive and lightweight remotes.
8 April 2015
Steinway Lyngdorf Sound System Craftsmanship
The home audio system market is taking flight and Steinway Lyngdorf is on the front line. The Danish professional audio system company has done it again, this time with another stunning edition to its system collection– The Model C.
2 April 2015
Keep your Automated Home Safe from Hackers with Control4
Potential security threats can loom anywhere. Now that our technology is communicating with one another, the risk of possible pretenders is greatly increased. It is important to keep uninvited people from gaining access into your private life, especially your home.
1 April 2015
Expect Superb Sound with Crestron
With the convergence of AV and IT products many home improvers are looking to further their understanding of technology to enhance their way of life. Crestron, a global leader in home automation and smart home technologies has joined forces with Meyer Sound to support and strengthen system integration.
31 March 2015
App Overload: Making Home Life More Complex
The tech life can be difficult. Although we have access to endless apps designed to make our lives less complicated, the saying” The Things You Own End Up Owning You” could not ring more true. According to Gartner Inc., the use of mobile devices will continue to soar with more than 500 smart devices set to occupy homes by the year 2022.
30 March 2015
Experience Digital Movies Like Never Before with Control4
Digital movies and series are trending. Take Game of Thrones, a series attracting no more than 6 million avid online viewers to the happenings of an Iron Throne. You have no reason to be bored ever again. With the introduction of digital cinema technology and online streaming, users can connect to massive libraries of data in the form of either entertainment or education, all at a moment’s notice.
30 March 2015
Crestron Puts the Power of the Cloud to Work
You don’t have to be tech savvy to make your technology work for you. Cloud computing for instance provides access to shared resources online which can be utilised by a specific group. Crestron is a world-class leader in integrated home automation systems and is now supporting customer experience with myCrestron.com.
29 March 2015
Seamless Technology Revolutionises Home Automation
Experience seamlessly integrated technologies with Control4’s home automation systems. These enable you to take control of every device in each room of your house or commercial building. Integrate everything from lighting control, music, home theatre, climate control, security and much more.
28 March 2015
Crestron Transforms Home Automation with Ease
Technology travels with you. It connects you to the people and places you love. It enables us to communicate with one another even when separated by vast distances. Today collaboration and presentation technologies are coming together to enhance how we communicate. Crestron is leading the way in audio/ video distribution and its busy transforming the industry yet again.
27 March 2015
Entering the Age of the Fully Automated Home
If you want to know how to cure glazed-over-eyes syndrome when talking to people about home automation, simply tell them that ‘Crestron makes homes like the Jetsons’ . The age of the fully automated home is upon us, and a new app is making it a whole lot easier to operate.
16 March 2015
AT&T adds Home Automation to Connected Car
Global AT&T Drive Platform allows you to connect your car to your home automation system. This will enable automakers to integrate home security and automation service so you can secure your home, crank up the volume on your high quality speakers or simply adjust the temperature– all on the go.