Lighting Keypads and Systems for Your Home

Is your home a maze of light switches? Do you keep constantly forgetting what each switch controls? Lighting controls make your life much easier by integrating all parts of your home, and allowing you to have the control of your entire home at your fingertips. Whether it’s lighting keypads on your wall, or an app on your phone, you can keep your entire home lit the exact way you want it. For example, with a push of a button, you can set each room to specific lighting levels for night time. Lutron and Crestron do a great job at providing quality lighting keypads with customizable engravings, allowing them to fit perfectly into your home.

Energy-saving systems give you the ability to adjust the amount of daylight and electric light in a single room. Furthermore, you can control the light and temperature throughout your whole home. The system also turns off standby power to small appliances when they’re not in use. Instantly set the mood with controls all at the touch of a button. You can make a reception area feel more inviting, an outdoor area feel safer, or a living room feel cozier. Crestron can connect commercial or residential lighting systems to provide greater control and lower energy usage. Whether it’s for a meeting room, a home, or an entire campus, you are in full control!

Check out Bri-Tech’s residential lighting control options on our website for more!

Emphasizing the Importance of Home Security Automation

Security and home automation products manage household safety, reduce energy consumption, and provide seamless entertainment options, with a line of scalable options that fit every income level and lifestyle. More advanced technology systems are still easy to use! Whether you are locking your garage, or checking your video cameras, you can control your automation devices from the comfort of your phone. Leviton systems may be installed in new or existing structures, and offer control through your smart phone or tablet.

Home security is more important today than ever. In New York, there has been a significant increase in crime since the reopening of the state post-COVID-19. According to a CNN article, “It’s not just US cities seeing a rise in murders. ‘This is an American problem,’ said Jeff Asher, a Louisiana-based data analyst for AH Datalytics. He tracks murder rates in 72 cities and has seen a rise almost everywhere.” Installing up to date home security technology should be a priority for your home. Almost 50% of homes burglarized do not have a security system, and according to the FBI, 83% of potential burglars check for security systems in the homes they plan on targeting.

Bri-Tech Solutions

Bri-Tech installs the best home security technology to ensure your home is safe. Bri-Tech’s technicians are trained to install the best systems to fit specifically into your home. The most important part of our business is keeping you and your loved ones safe. Bri-Tech installs luxury security features for those who know that security is a necessity. From Bosch to Honeywell, we only trust the most premium brands to protect our clients.

The Necessity of Efficient Fire Alarm Systems

Ineffective fire alarm systems can have major negative impacts on your business’s workplace environment. False alarms waste your assets and your employee’s time. However, this inefficiency is not even the worst part. These false alarms can desensitize your employees and cause them to not react when there is an actual danger. Obviously, you would not put the safety of your family in the hands of someone you do not trust. Why would you protect your business’s assets with a fire alarm system that you do not trust? In essence, there is no longer any call for cheap and faulty fire alarms.

Bri-Tech’s Emphasis on Quality Alarms

Bri-Tech ensures that your business and its assets will be protected by superior fire alarm systems, and are always installed by professionals. With Bosch fire alarm systems and Bri-Tech installation, you can feel completely safe knowing your business is protected. Due to our design staff and CAD drafting, we are able to take the weight off of your shoulders and do one hundred percent of the job. Many clients have told us they appreciate Bri-Tech’s start-to-finish responsibility and turnkey service.

Get Used to Virtual Events Continuing in the Future

As more and more people become vaccinated for COVID-19 and restrictions on public gatherings start to be lifted, obviously people are going to want to do everything in person this summer. Many people are going to want to take advantage of finally being able to meet face to face. It would be reasonable to think that this would mean virtual events and sites such as Zoom would become irrelevant. However, the accessibility and ease that virtual gatherings offer will soon become very noticeable as difficulties arise with in-person meetings.

An example of a town board can be used to explain the superior accessibility of virtual conferencing. Before COVID-19 caused the entire United States to quarantine, this board would have in person meetings. For multiple weeks, they tried to change the bylaws of their group, but were always unsuccessful due to the lack of members at the meetings to vote. Then, when everything went online, the town board’s virtual events had hundreds of participants! They were easily able to vote on and discuss important matters with this level of participation. According to MinuteSolutions, virtual events are much more efficient than in person meetings. “Virtual interaction has become so commonplace in the past year for both the personal and business realms that online work meetings now tend to cut right to the chase.” People can now join these meetings, conduct their business, and then spend time with their families.

Tips on how to make your Zoom meetings more efficient

There are some keyboard shortcuts you can take to make your life easier when running Zoom meetings. Here are three different tips to improve your virtual experiences!

  1. To record your meetings, press Command+Shift+R (On a PC, press alt+R).
  2. To share your screen with your participants, press Command+Shift+S (PC, press Alt+Shift+S)
  3. Finally, to mute everyone in your meeting at the same time press Command+Control+M (PC, press Alt+M)

Schedule your next virtual event!

Check out Inspirence Studios, a division of Bri-Tech. With our superior technology, service, and sets, you can impress your business peers at your next corporate event. Do not wait until everyone else moves back into this market. Be a first mover and maintain your advantage over your competition!

The Potential of Technology with a Human Touch

It is easy enough to be a technology company and provide general solutions to general problems. Different from the rest, Bri-Tech goes above and beyond by providing specific solutions for each of our clients. At Bri-Tech, we believe that to unleash the potential of technology, it requires a human touch to fully understand and execute a user’s vision. In fact, all Bri-Tech employees believe in this and use their skills to cater to each client.

No matter what the industry is, every company needs a key component that separates them from their competition. For example, Wayfair is one of the largest online sellers of home goods and furniture. The way Wayfair differentiated itself from a powerhouse like Amazon was by “taking its own pictures of and measurements for the furniture and home furnishings that it sold. This additional detail helped consumers visualize the home decor they were planning, and it helped Wayfair to differentiate itself and get traction.” This worked for Wayfair because they offer only 14 million products for sale. Wayfair has less products, however, they are able to make each order more personable.

Client Testimonial

“I just wanted to send a note of thanks for getting our projector up and running for the Super Bowl. Gary was thoughtful and thorough in his approach to identifying and correcting the problem… What could have been a hatchet job with holes in the basement ceiling and costly taping/painting was avoided with Gary’s expertise…. No one would have known he was there and the projector is running well. By now, you know us and the importance we place on punctuality and delivering what is expected. Gary came through on both counts. He arrived from Long Island at 8:24AM for the 8:30AM appointment and solved the problem in the easiest and most effective way possible. Thanks again for your help.”

Bri-Tech’s Promise

At Bri-Tech, we want to unleash the potential of your technology with a human touch. This means we make all of our services personalized to your desires. In addition, we pride ourselves in giving our clients an exceptional experience. Not only will we provide you with superior technological solutions, but we will do it with the personalization that only Bri-Tech can provide. Bri-Tech’s commitment to customer service is like no other, especially when it makes our clients’ visions come to life.

Tech Update: Leviton Smart Panels

This is the future of power distribution. Smart breakers tell you how much electricity they are using and if they trip. We believe these home automation devices will be in the majority of homes within the next couple of years. Another great feature of the Smart panels is the ability to access and control them from your cellular device! With Bri-Tech’s help, you can maintain your home even when you’re away! These Leviton smart panels were made to fit into what any type of person would need for their home. Not only are they safe for the environment and your home, they will also look good! For more like this, our residential page will have the perfect products for you.

How to Modernize TV Integration

So you’ve create a beautiful living space, but don’t want to see a black glass rectangle on the wall when you not watching. Bri-Tech’s TV Integration technology allows you to put it away with a motorized lift. The options are many, whether it is a wall or cabinet, floor, ceiling even under your bed! We offer the best options of Samsung TV’s and other fantastic electronics companies televisions, whether it is indoor or outdoor. You can find the best package for you at Bri-Tech’s residential home theater page.

Acoustic Solutions – Del Vino Vineyards

Providing Technological Solutions with a Human Touch

Del Vino is a new Vineyard in Northport, NY that gained much fanfare and praise for the design and level of construction detail. Their grounds, exterior design and interior design are of the highest level. However, the interior was reverberant and bright, making it difficult to hear when crowds or live musicians were present. Rather than leaving this be, as most hospitality environments do, the owners sought a solution and were referred to Bri-Tech. With 30 years of experience, our company has learned to provide acoustic solutions by bridging the gap between sound and aesthetic. The challenge was to reduce the acoustic issues without deadening the room.

We pride ourselves in being reliable, responsive, and resourceful. Our team listened to what the owners wanted to do and provided them with a solution that fit their goals. Any technology company can fix sound problems, but Bri-Tech has the skills and knowledge to do so while maintaining the aesthetic that Del Vino has captured in their vineyard.

Bri-Tech selected a percentage of space to be covered by a specific type of sound panel. The Client provided silk fabric to wrap these sound panels and custom fit into the coffers to appear like they were always there. Bri-Tech’s engineering shop designed and fabricated 3D modeled transitions to allow the recessed down light and sprinklers to fit properly.

During a post-installation interview, owner Frank Ghecite noted that the solution worked great! His clients have told him that they noticed a substantial difference; even with live music and a crowd, you can still have a conversation. Check out this video to see how Bri-Tech’s acoustic solutions turn out in Del Vino Vineyard!

Gadgets vs Engineered Solutions

There are more ways to turn on a light bulb now than ever. First, the pull-chain switch, next the wall button, then the toggle, the clapper, and now motion detection, via cellphone and voice. The control options are growing, and not just for lights, thermostats, shades and door locks. They all have their own apps. These standalone items are great, especially if you have a family member who is willing to play the role of tech support. The dilemma is that for these devices to work properly lots of details need to be attended to. Configuration of your router may be one of them.

Most web devices make things easy by connecting to the manufacturer and configuring themselves. Here lies the issue. Every device that connects to the internet is an open door to your network and a potential security risk. There are numerous recent hacks that use back doors of internet connected devices. Manufacturers offer security patches, but few people, even the techies do firmware upgrades on these simple devices. Most of these devices are inexpensive and have only a few years of expected life before they need to be replaced, reconfigured, and relearned, all while new security risks arise.

Engineered Solutions are very different. They are designed for reliability and security and are managed by professionals who install upgrades and security patches as needed. Better systems use a virtual network, which hides all of the devices from the outside world, by using a firewall to allow only a single point of access.

Future-Proof Your Apartment Renovations With Building Automation

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Retrofit Smart Technology to Satisfy Tenants

If you own an apartment building in Greenwich Village, New York, you know how hard it is to stand out from the crowd. Not only do you want to offer your tenants all of the amenities of living in the big city, but you want to provide them a space with personality, history and a real feeling of home. The phrase “integrated technology” often conjures up ideas of newly built homes in the suburbs, but the same components are available for urban dwellings with a more rustic appeal. We’re specialists in retrofitting building automation for 21st-century convenience with a classic charm. Read on to learn more.

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Integrating a Network

The network is the backbone of your automation system. Components can only speak to one another if they are all connected to the same robust, reliable network. Ensuring that it’s capable of handling the current strain put on it, as well as additional devices connected in the future, is essential.

With any network, you’ll have two options: wired and wireless. Retrofit upgrades often require wireless network connections – say, in a basement with thick walls that are hard to run through with wires. However, a hardwired network is almost always recommended. Not only are they more reliable, but they require less maintenance because they remain undisturbed throughout the day.

Integrated Lighting

If you want to move units quickly, you’ll need them to be “move-in ready.” That means the essentials have to be in place: oven, refrigerator, HVAC system and lighting.

If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that integrated lighting and HVAC can save you and your tenants a ton of money on their energy bills. But there are further benefits to integrated lighting control: the reduction of wall clutter. One of the least appealing aspects of home design is fixtures that protrude from the wall and take up space. Recessed lights, hidden shades and control units installed flush with the wall give even old buildings a sense of modernity.

Smart lighting can also help with staging your spaces for sale. Craft an elegant, layered look with the lighting that draws the eye to the unit’s most appealing features. Subtly highlight the most attractive aspects so your potential tenants can see themselves living there.

Are you ready to enhance your spaces with building automation? Contact us today.

Protect Your Personal Environment With a Home Security System

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When building a home security system in your Manhattan residence, the first thing you probably think about is defending against intrusion, or remotely accessing your surveillance system. But the truth is, threats aren’t always malicious – they can frequently be the product of your environment. Protecting your home against things like carbon monoxide, fire and water damage is essential to having a connected lifestyle. With an integrated security system, you gain peace of mind.

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First Step: Carbon Protection

One of the most pressing environmental dangers is carbon monoxide. While exposure is rare, it’s potentially very threatening. Because you can’t see it, hear it or smell it, you’ll need a system that candetect it without fail.

As Bri-Tech President Brian McAuliff said in an interview with the Long Island Pulse, “Life safety should be first—smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are connected to the system and dial a central station are of the utmost importance.” A system that alerts you with a push notification to your mobile phone makes it easy to know that your family is safe, even when you’re miles away from home.

Second Step: Fire Alarms

Whether you’ve lived in an apartment building all of your life, or you grew up in a suburban house, one thing you’ve always had is a smoke detecting fire alarm. In fact, unless you had to change the batteries, you probably never gave it a second thought. Today’s alarms and detectors, though, are far more advanced than you could imagine.

First, Bri-Tech’s alarm systems are designed with architects and fire safety professionals in mind. If you’re getting a custom system, you can rest assured that the design was submitted to the fire marshal for approval before it’s integrated into your space. Plus, a smart system works with the rest of your home security features – like smart locks and lighting – to create a safe pathway out of the house if a fire is detected.

Third Step: Flood Detection

While it’s rare that flooding and water damage is harmful to family members, a leaky pipe could end up costing you a lot in home repairs. It’s best to be prepared with a flood detection system that alerts you before problems can occur.

The two primary sources of water damage are weather and water systems. While we can’t prevent the rain, we can install a detector that lets you know when water levels reach a certain point. Particularly in areas that you don’t frequent, like an unused basement or closet, it’s essential that you have technology monitoring spaces so you know what’s going on in every corner of your home at all times.

Are you ready to upgrade with an integrated home security system? Contact us today!

 

Stay Safe and Comfortable With Smart Home Automation

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The spring is here, and the weather is changing. You may be spending the coming months outside enjoying the beautiful Hamptons atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean your home shouldn’t be comfortable. Smart home automation is the perfect solution for simple climate control. Whether you want your spaces to automatically adjust to your liking, or you want a system that protects you from potentially harmful environmental hazards, integrated technology can help. Read on to learn more.

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Climate Control

One of the simplest ways to stay comfortable in your home is to have an efficient heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system installed. Your HVAC system should not only keep the temperature agreeable, but it can also save you energy.

Imagine: when you hop out of bed into the cold morning air, what’s the first thing you do? Mostlikely, you change the temperature. With an integrated HVAC system, just press a button on your smartphone or tablet that adjusts the thermostat remotely. Smart technology means that you have instant remote control over your home’s settings. It also means the connected devices in your house can learn and adapt to your lifestyle.

A smart thermostat can remember your exact comfort settings and adjust automatically. Want to wake up to a warm bedroom? After your system learns your habits, you can let the system do the work for you. Do you lower the temperature before you leave in the morning? The system can remember that as well, and take one more thing off of your mind.

Staying Safe

Of course, and HVAC system can do more than just keep you comfortable – it can also keep you safe. Environmental monitors can detect when there are harmful gasses in the air and flush out the toxic fumes instantaneously.

For instance, when you’re cooking a big family dinner on Sunday night, you have a lot on your mind. If you misread the recipe, you could easily overcook items in the oven. This can lead to a smoky kitchen space. But when your HVAC system detects the smoke, it can automatically react to dispose of the potentially harmful substance and prevent your kitchen from smelling like burnt dinner.

Plus, an HVAC system can be indispensable in an area like a garage. It’s no secret that car fumes can be very hazardous, so a system that detects problems before they occur is very beneficial. Whether you’re a motorhead working on your dream car or you simply want to keep track of the occurrences in your garage with push notifications delivered to your smartphone, environmental sensors can help protect your spaces.

Are you ready to stay safe and comfortable with a smart home automation system? Contact us today!

 

The Details Can Get Confusing. This Guide Will Help.

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Many Greenwich Village homeowners contemplating their first home theater installation can quickly get lost in the confusion of the seemingly endless technologies and acronyms involved with the process. But the Immersa experience should make your life simpler, not more complicated. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand some of the things to pay attention to when choosing a video display. Read on to learn more about how 4K UHD can completely change the way you look at your home theater.

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Ultra-High Definition

What is Ultra High Definition and why does it matter? It’s a common question from many of our clients. Plenty of people still remember purchasing their last major TV or projector upgrade, when 1080p HD came on the market just a few years ago. Well, UHD offers nearly four times the resolution of the now standard HD, meaning your images are clearer and more detailed than ever before.

High Dynamic Range

One of the more compelling reasons to upgrade to Ultra HD is high dynamic range (HDR). UHD refers to the number of pixels, sort of like a high thread count sheet. It’s more densely packed, and, therefore higher quality.

HDR, however, is like the material used in each thread. It refers to the gradients of visible color between the blackest black and the whitest white. With a greater visible dynamic range, the colors in the display have a greater detail. The result is a display that looks more like a window than a digital image.

High Frame Rate

Similarly to HDR, high frame rate (HFR) is an essential part of a modern home theater’s video display. If you want action and movement that is as crisp-looking as a still life painting, you’re going to want the benefits of HFR compatibility.

Why is that important? The frame rate is all about motion. And if you’re a big fan of sports, like the upcoming MLB season or the NBA finals, you’ll need a display that can keep up.

Typically, a movie is shot and played back at 24 frames per second (fps). That’s part of what makes a film look cinematic. Alternately, sports tend to be shot and broadcast in 60 fps, because detail is pivotal and capturing motion is essential. HFR allows for even higher frame rates to be shot and played back, making the moving image much clearer.

Are you ready to enjoy your home theater display with the clarity of UHD? Contact us today.

Help Your Hospitality Spaces Grow With a Building Automation System

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Streamline Service, Empower Guests and Make Your Manhattan Hotel Memorable

Making guests feel at home when they’re staying in your Manhattan hotel is essential to creating a memorable experience – one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. But keeping guests comfortable is about more than just waiting on them hand-and-foot; you have to also empower them to take their comfort into their hands from time to time. The simplest way to this is with a building automation system. By putting user-friendly, intuitive control into your guest’s hands, you make their stay even more special, and you gain the ability to streamline service, monitor energy and protect your spaces to boot. Read on to find out more.

Save Energy in Guestrooms

According to a Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, 50% of the electricity used in hospitality and lodging spaces in the US comes from lighting and cooling. Guestroom automation solutions as simple as adding dimmers to each room can begin saving your business money – Lutron claims they can save up to 9% on energy costs – and a combination of solutions can save even more.

Simple, unobtrusive control panels can be added to the walls of your guestrooms for easy access to the light and HVAC systems. Smart shading controls can be installed as a simple solution for preventing heat gain based energy loss. And one-touch controls can be programmed to allow your guests to shut off everything as they leave while occupancy sensors can act as a back-up for preventing energy misuse. Moreover, you can enhance the guest experience even more by controlling lights, shades and HVAC systems remotely with pre-programmed “welcome” settings.

Leave a Lasting Impression

As smart technology begins to dominate our daily lives, in the form of smartphones, tablets and connected devices, potential guests begin to look for the same in lodging and hospitality services. In a survey conducted by Statista.com, the newly viable millennial market craves personalized service more than ever before. The technology in your spaces will help your hotel stand out.

Along with lighting, shading and HVAC, guests crave the feeling of safety in their spaces. Leave a lasting impression by allowing them to access their rooms with smart locks, or control electronic devices like safes with the touch of a button.

Smart locks are becoming essential for modern hotel rooms. Not only do they work to keep the room secure, but they also record the usage of the lock, like how long a tampered-with door has been open, to make gathering info easier if anything goes wrong.

Moreover, one –touch controls of the room safe will provide convenience to your guests while personalizing access for a more customizable experience. The results are a happier, safer stay and a more satisfied customer.

Are you ready to experience the future of hospitality with a building automation system? Contact us today.

Stay Safer With Smart Technology

High End Home Security System

What’s the difference between a house and a home? One is just a building, the other is a unique place that reflects your family’s lifestyle. And because it’s more than just a building, you’ll want to keep it safe from any possible harm. Bri-Tech can tailor home a security system for your residence in the Hamptons that is as unique as you are, meaning you have complete control over who gets in to your spaces. More than just a few surveillance cameras and flood lights, today’s security solutions are designed to keep you safe and fit into your lifestyle. Read on to find out more.

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Spruce up Your Surveillance

While it’s not the only way to keep your home safe, surveillance cameras are still an effective means of keeping an eye on your home at all times. Modern cameras are discreet, functional and able to stream HD footage to you wherever you are in the world.

Many homeowners are hesitant about surveillance cameras because they fear heavy wiring and construction will be necessary for installation. It’s true that plenty of CE professionals prefer the reliability of a hardwired system, but there are great wireless IP cameras available as well.

IP cameras use your existing internet connection to store footage wirelessly on a server, which can be either onsite or off. You can even utilize the cloud for extra storage space. When you need to access the footage, past or present, you can stream it directly to your smartphone. That way, you’re always aware of what’s going on at home.

Biometrics: A Personalized Key

For hundreds of years, the lock-and-key system has remained relatively static. Sure, key designs have gotten more complex, and locks have become smaller and stronger, but the basic principles remain. But now it’s time to upgrade your door locks with a key that’s literally as unique as your fingerprint: biometrics.

Biometric entry systems use your fingerprint to unlock your doors, creating a one-of-a-kind code for your home. Grant access to each member of your family, so no one has to worry about forgetting keys or locking themselves out ever again.

But nothing is foolproof, so our biometric entry systems has some failsafe features. Remote access on your smartphone or tablet will allow you to lock or unlock the doors from anywhere in the world. Personalized entry codes can be programmed into your system, as a way to track who’s coming and going at all times. If the housekeeper needs to get in while you’re out, give her a personal code and receive a notification when she uses it.

Plus, your biometric entry system ties into your alarm and smart home systems, for added security. If tampering is suspected, the alarm will go off and a signal will be sent to the authorities. Your smart home system can react by opening or closing window shades, locking down all other doors and flooding your home with light.

If you’re ready to make your home safer in 2016 with an advanced home security system, contact us today.