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St Leonard’s Place – a Grade II-listed crescent in the centre of York, pictured – has home automation and video door entry systems fitted in many of its luxury apartments, mews homes and townhouses, a development by Rushbond.
Around 20 of the dwellings include Simple Home automation from Comelit, which features among other things connection with third-party intruder alarms; audio distribution with Bose speakers in kitchen, living areas and wet rooms; zoned climate control; and local and remote control of Simple Home via serial bridge to residents’ tablets and phone devices.
The homes are fitted with ICONA Managers, a duplex, hands-free entry monitor and system manager with a 4.3-inch 16:9 colour touch screen display. ICONA Manager can monitor and control home automation devices and door entry systems. Other services and devices can be added to the system. The monitors sit in the kitchen, living space and master bedroom and feature LED backlighting and swipe functions. They can be semi flush-mounted, wall-mounted or desk-based. Home automation functions can also be controlled directly from a tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world.
The installer at St Leonard’s Place was Dynamic Networks Group and M&E contracting was by JH Shouksmith. Each controlled living space consists of two separate dimmable lighting zones – a zone for all ceiling-mounted illumination and one for wall and table-mounted lights. A zoned audio system features concealed speakers, amplifiers and micro-server that can play MP3 stored music and streamed Internet radio stations. It also supports Internet streaming services.
Each ICONA Manager includes a temperature and humidity sensor that provides real-time and stored climate data, that can be displayed on the graphical user interface on the ICONA and Smart devices. The incoming electrical supply for each dwelling has a power-monitoring sensor that records and displays real-time power consumption. This can be displayed on the ICONA Manager and analysed using third-party software.
Nick Stevens, Comelit’s Business Development Manager for the Northeast, says: “Being a Grade II-listed building, there was limited space and potential for alterations, so the compact nature of our modules appealed to the customer. Furthermore, the customer liked the design of the ICONA monitors and we were able to suggest a more cost-effective solution than originally considered, which included remote access by tablet or smartphone to the Simple Home system.”
The IP-based system video door entry product ViP can provide simultaneous audio and video with no distance limits, the makers say, and is able to cater for an unlimited number of users. ViP uses standard Cat5 or Cat6 cabling; and can integrate with other IP devices and standard networks.