Apple Annouce HomeKit for iOS8

 

 

Apple HomeKit

 

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote 2014 had some interesting (yet somewhat expected) news for our Industry in the form of HomeKit.  Apple HomeKit was definitely the buzz before the event began and Apple didn’t leave fans waiting. Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering showed off Apple HomeKit.

Essentially it will allow users to connect their iPhone/iPad and control items like garage-door openers, lights, and security cameras, even thermostats and switches.  Whilst this is something that has been possible through existing control systems to date, this latest addition to iOS will allow iPhone users to control individual smart home devices.  There are currently a wide range of devices that are iPhone enabled and have their own app to control, but what Apple is introducing with HomeKit is a way of pulling together all of those apps in to one place, allowing a better level of control.  The exmaple used by Craig Federighi was simply saying to Siri “Get ready for bed” and the house lights will dim and the garage door will close. Of course you’ll need to have products that are certified for the HomeKit.

This is a brilliant announcement for our industry and brings Home Control and Smart Homes to the masses.  There has always been a perception that this sort of technology is the preserve of the rich and famous and that is something we are always trying to battle.  This latest annoucement from Apple compliments the existing offerings we have from companies such as Control4, but doesn't replace them.  Control4 for example, is still far more capable and control is extended to Audio, Video and Lighting - something that the offering from Apple doesn't quite achieve.  But exciting times none the less.

 

If you would like to know more about the technologies, how they work and how you could incorporate them in to your home then get in touch.

 

Azro Featured on Control4 Website

 

You can now find out more information about us on the Control4 website.  Azro are now featured on the Control4 website with our own microsite - if you would like to see more then why not click on the link below to take a look at the new site...

 

 

 

Control4 Microsite

 

 

 

 

 

RIBA and BIID Approved CPD Training Now Available

 

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As a member and approved installer for CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) we are now able to offer both a RIBA and BIID accredited CPD training course.  Called "Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes" this CPD session has been structured to help educate architects, specifiers, interior designers and developers on both the benefits of integrating custom installation technology and engineering into a project, as well as to demonstrate the advantages of working with a CEDIA member to ensure that every homeowner gets the most from their living environment.

The CPD session is generally about an hour long and can usually be run in a lunch break.  It also carries valuable RIBA points and we are confident is significantly more interesting and informative than certain other CPD sessions you may have attended!

For more information about the sessions, including how to book a slot please contact us on 0845 805 2740

 

 

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Azro awarded Control4 MVP 2014

 

 

Control4 MVP 2014 Award

 

We're absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been awarded Control4 Most Valued Professional 2014 at the ISE Trade Show in Amsterdam.  The prize was completely unexpected and is not only a reflection of our commitment and dedication to delivering superb Control4 projects, but also our help and support of Control4 as a registered Beta Tester for new software and hardware releases.

 

Receiving the Control4 MVP Award 2014

 

It was a great night at the Awards party and receiving this prestigious award topped off the evening.  Above is Chris Harrill from Azro receiving the Award from (Left to Right) Jason Girardier - Control4 Area Sales Manager, Troy Holtby - Control4 Director of International Sales and Jim Arnold - Control4 Senior Vice President of Sales.

 

 

Now featuring on Houzz

 

We're please to announce that we are now featured on Houzz under the 'Home Media Design & Installation' section.  So why not head over there and take a look at our profile.  We have uploaded some photos of our past projects and will continue to add more over the next few weeks.

 

Remodeling and Home Design
Azro Limited

 

Why not head over to the site and comment on some of our previous work.