Home Automation

In an era when there is reputedly an ‘App’ for everything, having multiple ‘Apps’ on your phone or tablet to control various aspects of your home can quickly become very un-‘smart’. In this instance, there is an obvious requirement to rationalise and simplify and provide the capability of controlling all from a single platform or ‘App’. This might typically encompass Television (and connected sources), lights, blinds and curtains, music, heating, CCTV, door/gate entry and any other element of your home that you might wish to control. You might equally wish to perform this from a single remote control, a dedicated tablet, from your phone or even ‘Alexa’ or Google Assistant.

Control 4 fulfils our company’s requirements in this area and has a natural affinity and ease of integration with other brands in our portfolio. For us, this is an extremely important consideration. Like Lutron and Bang & Olufsen, Control 4 is a brand of global standing offering customers the peace of mind of being an innovator in its field with the support and back up to match. For us, carrying out your ‘smart’ installation is only the starting point and we need to provide ongoing support to you as your set up develops and evolves over time as different elements and technologies are introduced.

The capabilities with the Control 4 platform are virtually endless and we have successfully used it to control the likes of garage doors, garden water features and sprinkler systems, pool pumps, veluxes and garden awnings. Please get in contact to discuss your particular requirements in this regard.

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World renowned brands

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Control your whole home from a single platform

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Single ‘App’ instead of multiple ‘App’s’

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Elegant all in one remote controls

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Dedicated tablet controllers

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iPhone, iPhone or Android compatible

Blinds & Curtains

Controlling natural light has become as important as controlling artificial light in the home. Not only are living spaces becoming ever larger and more open, but large expanses of glass increasingly feature everywhere.

Lots of ambient light is always the desired aim, but a simple means also needs to be provided to control it throughout the property. In many instances, the requirement is to prevent spaces being heated to an uncomfortable level by unrestrained sunlight, not to mention the detrimental effect on furniture and artwork. This important consideration is not to be underestimated even in a relatively temperate and mild climate as in Ireland.

As with lighting control, Lutron is our brand of choice in the area of automated blinds and curtains. There are many reputed brands in the marketplace, but most fall way short in the area of control. As the global leader in controlling lights, Lutron already has a ready-made and extremely elegant means of operating its curtains and blinds. Indeed, much of our work involves delivering a combined control of both from shared Keypads.

Lutron offers a vast array of solutions from venetian, roman, ‘honeycomb’ and roller blinds to all manner of curtain rails and tracks including bespoke solutions for curved bays and more unusual requirements. Battery driven blinds solutions are also available for existing properties where a ‘first fix’ of cables isn’t possible.

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Vast array of solutions
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Roller, Roman, Venetian and ‘Honeycomb’ blinds
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Straight and curved curtain rail
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Ultra-quiet operation
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Own fabric options
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Easy control via Lutron Keypads

Lighting Control

There is a growing recognition that switching lights by conventional means is no longer the simplest and most user friendly solution available. Lots of lights controlled by regular means can translate into large banks of switches, limited functionality and a definite complexity of operation.

Cable-Smart’s solution to the restraints of conventional switching is a lighting control system such as Lutron’s ‘RA2 Select’ or ‘Homeworks QS’. Both offer the possibility of easy switching from an elegant range of discreet Keypads. These are typically the size of a standard single switch and can incorporate up to 10 buttons, offering an immediate and enhanced ability to control light in individual rooms and throughout the property. Controlling lighting in such a flexible way of course translates into savings on running costs and the consumption of energy. Both ‘RA2’ and ‘Homeworks’ can have Occupancy / Vacancy sensors connected turning lights off automatically in lesser used spaces when no presence is detected or turning them on when a person enters the room.

Keypads can control individual lights and groups of them in unison via dedicated ‘scenes’. Delivering highly practical functionality such as being to switch all lights off via a single button press when going out or retiring to bed are popular inclusions in our Lutron installs. Keypads can also be programmed to control motorised blinds and curtains and operate other aspects of your home bringing a much more integrated and contemporary feel to the spaces in which they are installed. Most importantly, of all, Keypad buttons can be custom engraved with their function or an appropriate icon bringing an immediate simplicity of operation to the user.

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World’s leading brand
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Easy to use Keypads
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Control lighting and more
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Many Keypad styles
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iPhone, iPad and Android control
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Integrate wider home automation

Security

At Cable-Smart, our approach with security is to always make it a very much integrated aspect of the overall installation as opposed to treating it as a fully separate component. Solutions can be made overt or more discreet according to the particular needs of the property and of the client.

We are long experienced in delivering cutting edge CCTV installations, many using the latest technologies such as thermal imaging and auto tracking. Live images can be distributed to Television screens via a ‘Matrix’ switch or made available via ‘App’ either while in residence or away from home. As a whole home automation specialist, providing access to camera images are also a key component in our work with Control 4,all served up from a single ‘App’ that encompasses all services within your home.

‘Smart’ based gate and door entry systems are an ever increasing part of our business. In the German made Doorbird brand, we have a range of products that ooze good looks and provide both video images and audio sound via ‘App’. This allows you talk to callers and to open gates remotely provided you have phone signal. Biometric access control from E-Key is also part of our offering as well as providing iPad driven intercom capability using in-wall and free-standing solutions from iRoom.

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CCTV
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Gate & door entry
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Access control
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Biometric solutions
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Integration with home automation
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Access via ‘App’

Comms

In larger homes, it is now the norm for all hardware such as routers and viewing boxes to be located in a single and professionally managed location or ‘Comms’ area behind the scenes.We can supply and install all shapes and sizes of specialised Racks for this purpose. Here, we can locate and organise all of ancillary hardware you don’t need to see.

For the distribution of Sky and other sources of viewing around your property, we offer ‘Matrix’ switch solutions from Atlona and Pulse Eight. Typically, this piece of hardware resides in your Rack and makes all of your viewing boxes available at all of your TV’s in full blown 4K quality. This is particularly relevant when you have more TV’s than boxes. We can also use a Matrix Switch to distribute the likes of Apple TV’s, CCTV recorders and media servers and provide remotes that allow you to switch between and control these at the front end when watching any of your TV’s.

Re-booting your router or Sky Q box on a regular basis is an unavoidable headache. We can offer remote power management capabilities within our ‘Comms’ solutions that allows you or us to perform this easily. This might be from your phone or in our case while away from your property. Providing uninterruptable power supply for your important assets is also a specialism so the likes of your Wi-Fi and Network stays up and running even when there is a power outage.

The use of technology to support you remotely post-install is always a key focus on our behalf and we always seek to include this capability in our projects particularly when they are comprised of many differing elements or located away from our Dublin or Belfast bases.

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Centralised solutions
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Managed ‘Racks’
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Matrix Switches
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Power Management
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Uninterruptible Power Supply
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Remote support