What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

Smart Home Control Gives You Complete Command of Your Home   We’ve written some in-depth blogs in the past about various topics like specific manufacturers, home networking, and health benefits of lighting control. Just as important as these specific topics, though, is a high-level view of what exactly smart home control is capable of and what it means for your Chicago home. In this blog, we’ll look at some basic features and benefits of smart home control to give you an idea of the possibilities. Just keep reading to find out what those are.   See Also: Savant Home Automation: Power at Your Fingertips     Control  Smart home control is exactly as it sounds: complete control and management of your home and its technology. The defining feature of a smart home is the connectedness between technology and the living space. Your lights, motorized shades, and audio/video are all associated, so they can function either in sync or separately. This is where control comes in. To go from room to room manually adjusting each piece would be a great hassle. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and walking around your entire property to close the shades one room at a time, adjust the lights, and set the alarm. Then imagine doing it all over again in the morning. With smart home control, you manage all of this from one location. You can sync your devices to work with one another on a schedule, but you won’t be limited to it. Your home will also obey your commands from a single source, like your smart phone.  Say...
Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Celebrating 50 Years of Embracing Change

Innovation and Effort Have Made Us the Smart Home Company We Are Today Last night, Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ employees, partners, and clients came together to celebrate a momentous accomplishment: 50 years in business. Our Chicagoland company has grown tremendously both in staff and skill, with combined experience of personnel above 300 years! It is at times like this that it’s nice to take a step back and look out how far our smart home company has come and what the future holds. Where We Came From In 1966, the United States was on the brink of a media revolution. Music was exploding in popularity—The Beatles had just released Revolver, The Mamas & the Papas debuted their second hit album, and classic singles like Paint It Black and Good Vibrations were on every radio. On top of that, film productions were becoming more and more sophisticated, with epic films like Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music warring for Academy Awards. Between 1949 and 1969, the number of household televisions jumped from less than one million to 44 million. James R. Barrett saw an opportunity in this media revolution. With the growing popularity of color television, he started Barrett Magnavox, focusing on what was then the luxury brand for televisions and stereos. Over time, he began incorporating more notable brands, such as Mitsubishi and Bowers & Wilkins, in order to provide value for clients. By 1972, Barrett’s company was the second authorized Mitsubishi dealer in America. Where We Are Now Today, our company may use different brands, but our commitment to quality service and support has stayed constant. The business...