Design for a Connected Society and Home

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Advances in communications technology have created a connected society and living environments. Today's network speed, accessibility, and the expansion of online connectivity and content allow us to access and manage our information and services around the clock from any location. This enables new approaches in home design, usability, health, energy, and entertainment. ​

Homes are now the hub of interactive technology and all manufacturers, products, and services are (or are becoming) compliant to an interactive communications standard. It is no longer just society that requires connectivity but the environments we live in as well.  ​

With the "Internet of Things" and “All Things Connected,” most products have adapted to this need for connected objects and appliances. This now makes it imperative that home network devices provide information that allow objects to interact with connected interactive homes in natural and logical ways.

Justin Allison,
Director of Special Projects, URC Automation

About the Speaker:
Justin Allison has over 35 years of experience in Integration, network design, sales, and marketing in the residential and commercial marketplace. Allison has a passion for technology and electronics, and has garnered an enormous respect from his colleagues, designers, builders, and homeowners, in the integration of smart technology.

He has seen enormous changes over the years and has been instrumental in designing systems that work and are easily understood by the end user. He can easily navigate the rapid changes and markets of home integration for designers, architects, and builders, which is often confusing and challenging on the planning, design, and installation end of things for the homeowner.

Allison built the largest network in North America for Owen Health Care and has designed home theaters for 25 years. He designs lighting control systems, along with security, audio/video, HVAC management, entertainment (theaters etc.), shades. These products work together to form the technology ecosystem of your custom-programmed smart home or business. He has worked as a consultant for many companies, including a yearlong project at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, TX. This included the design, and revamping of their entire network of 18 remotes sites, so they could migrate and interact together. This had never been done before.

Allison became a partner in a new integration company who wanted him to grow their business. He took the company from 800 thousand in sales annually to eight million within four years. They became the largest residential Lutron/Savant dealer in the South US and were then bought out by Bravas one of the largest technology companies in the US.

Currently Allison is being sent around the US to educate the actual specifiers of this technology, which are the architects, interior designers, and architectural specifiers. His mission is to break it down to easily understood language so that they can better educate their client in what is available, and how to accomplish their wish list without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on unnecessary rack rooms, equipment, and controls, instead simplifying the process, and getting the results that the end user wants and expects.

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