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Synopsis - Hallow, Worcestershire - 12 Zone Audio & 8 Zones of 1080pHDMI distribution including 8 in-Wall Ipad Docking units, cinema room solution and CCTV.

Case study 1

Greenhill Farm is a luxurious five bedroom property in Hallow, Worcestershire. Set on three floors and a wonderful basement, the house is light and spacious. The developers, Carl Douglas Contracts Ltd, approached Home IQ to provide an affordable whole-house entertainment solution which was in keeping with the feel of the property. The project features a dedicated home cinema room, HDMI DVD server/player with upscaling, 5.1 speaker set-up, and multiroom audio for 12 zones. The developers also required an automated gate entrance with Gsm intercom system. A CCTV system was also required to protect the property with the ability to view remotely, on the Tvs and Ipads.

The brief
A number of key considerations factored in the selection of the multiroom system. It had to complement the standard and particular cosmetics of the property, provide high-quality audio, future-proof the home for audio/video distribution, and be competitively priced. After careful consideration, Home IQ decided to specify a Bitwise Controls system which includes four BC4 Units, 2 x Speakercraft amplifiers, 8 x 8 HD connectivity HDMI matrix system and idocx in wall ipad docking units. Home IQ settled on the Bitwisecontrols system because it met all of the above criteria, plus it was felt that the bitwise system allowed for many other future automation possibilities.

Welcome Zones page, choose a room to control

 

Planning
Microsoft CAD and custom graphics were used to create wiring diagrams, layout schematics and patch drawings to plan the installation. As with any installation, planning was critical, especially in ensuring that the correct amount of cable was included within the first fix. Long runs can degrade signal quality, so optimum usage was essential. To this end, Home IQ gained access to the property at an early stage to ensure their cabling had priority and was not compromised by other installations that could have lengthened the cables.

Careful consideration was given to ipad placement so as to blend in with existing decor, and appropriate speakers were selected for the sauna/cellar complex to cope with differing degrees of humidity.

Party mode, a favourite with the client

 

Installation
Aldous systems run a Certified Installer Programme to which Home IQ is signed up, and this training ensured that the Greenhill Farm project was undertaken to a professional standard, with the minimum of disruption.

The property required 12 main zones of audio, so two Speakercraft Control Units were used, each capable of supporting up to 6 main zones each.

The building was existing and going through a full renovation, so careful planning and consideration was undertaken with the building contractor to ensure that the multiroom entertainment system was sympathetically incorporated and not too intrusive. The AV hub was positioned on the 1st floor in the centre of the building since this enabled us to cut down on any unnecessary long cable runs.

Sky hd fave channels, one press and the channel is selected

 

The first task was to run all of the necessary cabling out of the AV hub and through the property to the appropriate rooms. This consisted of Cat5 cabling for the Ipad charging to the in wall docks and Wifi access points, Cat6 cabling for the HDMI distribution system and a good quality ICE 4 core speaker cable for the ceiling speakers .

Once the cabling was installed and tested, the rest of the home automation equipment could be installed, such as the CCTV and access systems, the home cinema room, and video distribution. Speakers, wifi access points and the ipad docks were then fitted. A Dvd/Bluray cd music server was also included to allow the client to watch DVDs in the cinema room whilst the children could listen to their favourite music via the second output. Then finally the 8 Ipads were programmed using the bitwise controls programming software, the iPads allow the client to view CCTV and control ptz presets, open and "keep open" the gates, open and close the three garage doors, navigate and watch Sky+, Sky HD, listen to FM radio and DAB radio. The client also requested a detection device be fitted to alert of a visitor near the gates. This was achieved via the iPad biwise control app, when the "alerts" button is pressed, a visitor approaching the gates triggers a chain of commands ( macro ), this automatically pauses sky hd, mutes the audio, switches the tvs to cctv, the ptz camera zooms into the gate area, this happens for 20 seconds, when no more activity is detected at the gate the tvs switch back to sky hd, audio unmutes and sky plays, so no tv is missed!!

All rooms with Tvs were cabled with Cat6 cable allowing for any future upgrades with minimal fuss, all rooms also feature GET screwless faceplates consisting of telephone and data outlets meeting all of the clients requirements.

Shutdown screen offers a choice of functions

 

Experience from the project
The project highlighted the importance of a wide range of magnetic interchangeable faceplates that can be used for different rooms and decor. It also demonstrated that integration with third party products is essential if seamless design and operation are required. Indeed Bitwise controls are constantly increasing the number of third party products they can integrate with.

Conclusion
The property now has a bespoke multiroom entertainment system which controls all source equipment and third party automation solutions, from attractive wall-mounted iPads. The system is simple to use, requiring no technical know-how to operate, and at handover, the set-up is explained with the option of customising iPads by uploading personalised images and artwork. The system is also upgradeable thanks to USB and RS232 ports, ensuring that it is as attractive when the time comes to resell the property, as it is today.

Equipment list

2 x Speakercraft 6 source 6 zone amplifiers.
8 x iDocx inwall Ipad docking units.
8 x iPad2 tablets.
4 x Bitwise controls BC4 control units.
24 x In-ceiling speakers.
1 x HD connectivity 8 x 8 hdmi matrix with POE.
1 x Netgear 24 port gigablt data switch.
1 x Bluray/DVD server.
Home cinema
Bitwise controls iPad system control over cinema room.
Denon AV receiver.
Samsung 55" Smart Tv
Kef Ci200.in wall flush speakers x5
Kef subwoofer

Other equipment
8 input Adata CCTV Dvr server and 4 x Sony dome cameras
Level one Network system
Kinetic Labs infra red distribution systems
Triax UHF and Freeview distribution system

More pictures available in the gallery area.

other projects

We will shortly update this page with details and images of numerous projects we currently have in process, these include:

Groby Rd, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire - 6 Zone Bitwise controls system including HD connectivity hdmi matrix and cinema room solution, CCTV and Automated Gates.

Barnt Green, Birmingham - 6 Zone Bitwise controls system including HD connectivity hdmi matrix, CCTV and a cinema room solution.

Barnt Green, Birmingham - 6 Zone Bitwise controls system including HD connectivity hdmi matrix, CCTV and a Gate automation solution.

Cinema Room @ The Roundings, Hertford Heath - Bitwise controls system, Rako lighting throughout, 3D projector and electric screen.

 

The Old Rectory, Great Casterton

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