A Technology Wake-Up Call: My Spoiler Free Review of “Leave the World Behind”

Let’s dive into “Leave the World Behind”, a Netflix film that’s more than just a story – it’s a critical examination of our readiness for technological upheavals. As a technology designer/advisor for over 40 years, I see this not just as a narrative but as a crucial lesson in advanced home preparedness.

Set against the backdrop of Long Island’s East End, the film highlights the undeniable need for comprehensive home technology solutions. I’m talking about energy storage, robust security systems, dependable communication tools, and yes, even panic rooms and or bunkers, which I have noticed the growing trend of these installations over the last few years in the homes and estates we service. These elements are vital for protecting not only your family but also invaluable assets like art, collectibles, and family heirlooms.

Amidst these crucial themes, the film poignantly addresses our reliance on technology for entertainment. One scene, where a character is unable to watch the final episode of “Friends,” echoes the frustrations my clients would avoid by owning a Kaleidescape movie server. This invaluable technology ensures uninterrupted access to your personal library of movies and TV shows, even when conventional streaming services fail.

As a musician, the record playing scene in the film resonated deeply with me. It reminded me of another growing trend among the younger generation who are embracing the timeless appeal of vinyl records. Yet, in our digital age, there’s also a significant shift towards storing music on private servers.

I enjoyed watching the film and recommend it. It realistically captures the immediate stress and disorientation caused by the loss of our tech-dependencies in just a weekend. While the idea of lighting a candle and delving into a novel may seem quaint during a blackout, we should all consider the profound dependence our essential services rely on technology, especially healthcare.

In our increasingly fragile digital world, what does being prepared really mean to you?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or email me at [email protected].


Responsive. Reliable. Ready.

Brian McAuliff



The Smart Home Gets Even Smarter

by LANA BORTOLOT on SEPTEMBER 20th, 2023, Southforker

If you ask Brian McAuliff,  CEO and founder of Bri-Tech, a home-technology design firm that works throughout Long Island, homes are not only getting smarter, they’re on the verge of genius, becoming more responsive to owner needs. 

No longer relying on seasonal infrastructure, summer homes are being built and upgraded at a higher level, McAuliff says.

“We’re seeing bigger home generators, more robust internet connectivity with more than one point of access. We’re installing a higher level of enterprise or commercial grade equipment — almost a professional network.”


McAuliff says owner occupancy into the winter holiday season or year round has caused technology upgrades in entertainment, too.

“We’re seeing an increase in entertainment equipment; more media rooms with surround sounds,” he says. But specifically, he notes a trend in immersive home cinemas — dedicated space themed aesthetically to feel the like a private cinema. His firm has been installing amped-up sound systems: 13 channels is now more typical than the five-channel system of yore. And coupled with the ability to download cinema-quality films from a server, homeowners can create a superior cinema experience in their own home, without the sticky theater floors.

“People have more appreciation of sound quality and they don’t want to go back to a movie theater,” he says. 

In tandem with such upgrades are upgrades in security, something McAuliff says used to be an afterthought. “Now clients are very eager to have more robust security” that is not satisfied by a cloud-based application he says. He’s been installing commercial-grade systems for people who want to protect valuables as well as those who “just want to know if someone is walking around on their property when they’re not home.”

In the future, McAuliff says you’ll be hearing more about wellness-driven technology such as responsive lighting and the ability to individualize air quality and temperature. And, his firm will be ready: “We are concierge technology designers,” he says. 

To read the Southforker’s full article click here.

Bri-Tech Welcomes Lula Lukas – Creative Director and an Era of Evolution

Bohemia, New York, August 22, 2023 – The rapid expansion of Bri-Tech, a pioneer in cutting-edge technology integration, is not only transforming the landscape of luxury living on Long Island’s East End but also reshaping industry dynamics. As demand rises for upscale home automation solutions, immersive home theaters, and advanced security and life safety services, respected competitors, architects, and builders alike are turning to Bri-Tech. Their expanding team of engineers and technologists within the company has highlighted their adeptness in delivering sought-after sophisticated systems with success. In this evolving landscape, the need for visionary leadership becomes paramount. To initiate this next era, Bri-Tech proudly introduces Lula Lukas as their dynamic Creative Director. 

“Lula brings an unparalleled blend of creativity and technological acumen to our team,” notes Brian McAuliff, Founder and CEO of Bri-Tech, “she will not only narrate the evolution but also become the catalyst for our continued growth. We are witnessing a surge in talented creative individuals like Lula. All driven by a shared desire to be part of something much larger and to align their personal goals with our collective mission. Their creative synergy to invent and deliver the next generation of technology is what drives us forward.” 

Drawing on her extensive experience in studio production, as the former CMO of Tiedin Studios and an accomplished artist, Lula possesses an innate mastery of visual storytelling. Her artistic vision will encapsulate the very essence of Bri-Tech’s mission – to enrich lives through cutting-edge technology and elevate spaces with sophistication and elegance. Her role as Creative Director will be to intricately weave the tapestry of Bri-Tech’s exceptional projects, casting a spotlight on the remarkable individuals who bring them to life. Moreover, she will curate statement projects for awards, further elevating not only Bri-Tech but also the esteemed architects and developers with whom they closely collaborate. 

Lula Lukas assumes a pivotal role in driving Bri-Tech’s internal evolution and geographical expansion, spearheading a new era of growth. Along the company’s journey, Bri-Tech has consistently provided a foundation of “peace of mind” to their clients for over three decades.  Notably, Bri-Tech has extended this commitment to esteemed brands such as Guild Hall, Parrish Museum, Nature’s Bounty, LeSportsac, Northwell Health, Clare Rose, and Dime Bank

Lula Lukas’ love for creativity extends beyond her professional realm. She’s an accomplished artist often found donating her artwork or time to various Long Island charities underscoring her commitment to the community. 


About Bri-Tech: 

Bri-Tech is a pioneering technology integration company that breathes life into innovation. With a history rooted in cutting-edge services, Bri-Tech collaborates with esteemed brands to redefine modern living through technology integration, Symbiant automation solutions, and the captivating experiences of immersa home cinema. For more information, please visit www.bri-tech.com. 

About immersa Home Cinema: 

Immersa Home Cinema, a trailblazer in immersive entertainment, has been redefining the cinematic experience for more than three decades. From conceptual brilliance to real-world marvels, we specialize in crafting personalized cinematic environments that transport audiences to extraordinary realms. As the foremost authority in Long Island home theaters, our unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence continues to set new standards for unparalleled entertainment. Discover more at immersacinema.com. 

Acoustic Solutions – Acoustic Paneling

Acoustic paneling is one of the most useful acoustic control options that can help your business. It can provide increased audio clarity in numerous environments. Oftentimes panels are used in conferencing spaces to ensure clear discussions, but they can be equally if not more important for businesses with crowded spaces like a restaurant. Let’s take a look at our short case study on Del Vino Vineyards.

When we first evaluated their property there was a noticeable echo in the space. With a full house, their stereo system was drowned out by all the commotion. This was even a larger issue when they had live music. People struggled to have a conversation and if they did it came at the cost of drowning out the live music performance.

So what was our solution? We used acoustic panel inserts in their conference ceiling which was able to neutralize the echo. The paneling was integrated seamlessly into the space so it matched and enhanced the environment. It was a pleasure to work with the Giachetti Family and deliver the finely tuned experience they desired.

Visit Del Vino Vinyards: https://www.delvinovineyards.com/delvinohome

Bri-Tech Acoustic Treatments: https://bri-tech.com/commercial/corporate-av/acoustic-treatments.php

Premier Smart EV Charging

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. has been rapid. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Electric car sales have increased from 0.2 percent in 2011 to 4.6 percent in 2021, that’s an increase of 2400%! So, even if you don’t have one it’s likely you know someone who does. With this rise in EVs there is an increased demand for charging stations. Let us introduce you to Leviton and their smart EV charging stations. Leviton has been a leading manufacturer of electrical products for decades. Let’s outline some of the benefits of a Leviton charging station.

Faster EV charging

Leviton offers Level 2 charging stations that can charge an EV faster than Level 1 stations. These charging stations can charge your EV up to 9 times faster than a standard changing station, which can take up to 20 hours to fully charge a vehicle

Versatile compatibility

Leviton smart charging stations are compatible with most electric car models and can charge both plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. This means that you can use a Leviton charging station regardless of the make and model including Teslas.

Smart EV charging features

Leviton’s charging stations come with smart charging features that allow you to monitor and control your charging sessions remotely. With the Leviton app, you can track your charging history, set charging schedules, and receive alerts when your are fully charged. The stations also have RFID and wifi controls to restrict who has access to the stations. 


The Leviton charging stations are energy-efficient and can help you save money on your energy bills. They are designed to minimize energy waste and can adjust their charging rate based on the battery level of your electric vehicle.

We recently had the opportunity to have a guest from Levitron come in and talk to us about many of the benefits of having a Leviton EV charger. Check out the brief presentation on the importance of these residential and commercial charging stations and what makes them a cut above the rest.


Bri-Tech is elated to be sponsoring Season 2 of LONG ISLAND STAGE. LONG ISLAND STAGE is a project that aims to help Long Island artists get the exposure they deserve. We bring artists into our studios for high quality audio and video recording, live virtual performance and now, live concerts at no cost to the artists. We bring together musicians who have spent decades contributing to the music and performance community as well as the up and coming creators of the future. Our role is to help them share and record their stories. LONG ISLAND STAGE shows brings together diverse artists and audiences to highlight the body of talented creators that continues to thrive on Long Island.

Our Season 2 is brought to you in partnership with The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Season 2 shows will be both on stage and streamed live on Thursday March 2nd, 9th, and 16th 2023. Video productions can be prohibitively expensive, which is why we are excited to provide free HD audio and video recording to each of our performers.  The art-deco jewel box theater with its remarkable acoustics is sure to enhance the impeccable performance from the artists for a memorable viewing experience. Join us in person or online for our shows as we continue to grow LONG ISLAND STAGE!

Bayport-Blue Point Library

Bri-Tech is proud to have provided most of the technological infrastructure for the newly constructed Bayport-Blue Point Library. The technology framework covers their life and safety systems, intrusion protection, communications, and network infrastructure. Bri-Tech’s team installed technology to protect against intruders as well as monitor smoke, CO detectors, and sprinkler systems. Additionally, the building is outfitted with a public address system with automated messaging for closing. The Wi-Fi for the building is built on a fiber optic backbone that runs underground to connect the building. Bri-tech’s audio-video division also provided the meeting and conferencing technology that enables their meeting rooms.

We also want to recognize Roger Smith and BBS Architects as well as Vito Cudia Jr. and VSC Electric. Without their remarkable work, none of this would have been possible. An additional thank you to Mike Firestone, the director of the Bayport-Blue Point Library, for all of his feedback and for permitting us to film this video.

Access Control

Access control systems allow authorized employees and visitors to enter certain areas of your business, while keeping unauthorized individuals out. Not only are Bri-Tech integrated systems highly resilient and always alert, they are also easy-to-use and easily accessible. Bri-Tech’s access control systems provide the security you need, no matter what business you’re in.

Bri-Tech offers:

  • Biometric systems
  • Swipe key cards for specific buildings and areas
  • Security systems for large facilities and multiple sites
  • Keypads

Returning to Work

As more of us return to work and many remain working virtually, reliance on effective one-touch-join conference rooms has increased. Complicated and convoluted conference systems can hinder an efficient meeting or conference, making it more difficult to connect with employees still working/attending virtually.

Bri-Tech specializes in installing easy to use or “one-touch-join” conference systems along with other smart room technology making virtual meetings, presentations and scheduling simple and effective. Call and see how easy adapting to our current work climate can be. 631-563-8000

Network Piece of Mind

Today’s computer networks require support, firmware, updates and patches for vulnerability. Active monitoring of performance and security has become an essential service. We are now wrapping service plans with network monitoring, security and AV health checks to ensure piece of mind and performance.

Call to learn more – 631-563-8000

Black Nova Keypads and Control Panels

Black Nova provides minimalist keypad designs that can complement any modern design. Black Nova keypads allow you to control your entire home through a touch of a button, or a voice command. You can design your own personal keypads with special icons and text so that they are easy as possible for you to use. In addition, you have options of the best glass materials to create the smooth minimalist design the Black Nova offers. Bri-Tech loves to install Black Nova keypads in modern homes to fit into the interior design of each specific home.

We understand that your desires are based on change. From time of day to the whims of your every mood, Bri-Tech lighting control uses the latest technologies to ensure the choice is always your own. A main part of Bri-Tech’s mission is to bring you the best and brightest products. The small details are even more important the the larger ones, because these are the aspects that complete your aesthetic. We also want to provide the ultimate user experience, so the combination of icons and text make the easiest of controls. Remove the clutter off of your walls and integrate it into one of the super Black Nova keypads. These keypads control everything in your home, including lighting, climate, music, and shading control.

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!