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September & October 2017

Through September and October, Liquid Automation had a team of 5 working in Valletta, Malta, on the world's largest sailing catamaran. The team did a refit of a system that was installed in 2007, which includes upgrades of the entire AV System, CCTV, Network and Lighting Control.

2017 CEDIA ASIA PACIFIC AWARD WINNERS!

Liquid Automation is proud to announce that we won 5 awards at the 2017 Asia Pacific Cedia Awards held in Melbourne, Australia. The 5 awards were for the following categories:

Thanks to all the staff involved in these projects. Click each award category above to take you to the project we won the award for!

Cedia Professionals: Liquid Automation

See the CEDIA Asia Pacific Award winner’s page here.

Residential Project

Melbourne Residence

Melbourne, Australia

THE SYSTEM:

Control

30 iPad’s in the house and one remote iPhone offer control of their local area and friendly zones (the adjoined areas to the local zone). All iPad’s have the ability to control areas outside of their local zone. As this is a privileged feature, a code is required. Once the code is entered, the iPad can become any other iPad in the house.

The iPad design allows the user to navigate to any floor in house. Once a floor is selected a highly detailed 3D floor plan is displayed with options to view Cameras, AV, Windows, Doors and other Security features, HVAC and Lighting.

At the client’s request, a completely separate iPad and iPhone program was written and deployed, allowing the client to use either device in the home or remotely from anywhere in the world.

Party mode – When entertaining and party-mode is active, a welcome message and a custom image is displayed on all iPad’s. Party mode also triggers sound and lighting presets, as well as locking certain areas of the house off and restricting elevator access.

For some of the smaller areas and where tactile remotes were more beneficial, we implemented Crestron TSR302 remotes that work in tandem with the local iPad.

Audio Visual

Audio distribution and Amplification is predominantly Crestron Sonnex with over 26 stereo audio sources distributed to 39 audio zones. The myriad of speakers around the house consists of in-ceiling, in-wall DT, in-wall invisibles, in-wall & in ceiling sub-woofers, large format outdoor JBL speakers, small profile outdoor speakers, sonarray outdoor speakers and professional audio speakers for the Dolby ATMOS 10 seated cinema.

Video distribution is Crestron Digital Media 32x 32 Matrix which provides high definition video distribution to all displays. All TV zones have access to all Crestron Digital Media sources. If a source is currently being watched by another user, you are notified via text beside the selectable source button, which is handy to know what is currently in use as well as watching sources together in different rooms.

Home Cinema

This Wavetrain Home Cinema creates a space to escape and become immersed, with the perfect combination of spectacular sound, video and comfort.

The Cinema not only has a variety of local sources, but it is also fed off the main Crestron Digital Media frame allowing it to see all the house sources as well.

With such a high SPL, considerations were made to make sure that nothing in the room rattled; racks, cabling, components, glass panels and wall fixings.
On multiple occasions during the build, “shake down” tests were carried out by sweeping various tones through the room using one of the large sub-woofers.

Pre-wiring for D-Box should the client wish to implement this at a later stage.

Network

The network in this home is very comprehensive, that feeds almost every device in the system.

  • 30+ Ruckus wireless access points
  • HP switch equipment with a fibre backbone

Security & Access Control

There are many examples of how the Security and Access Control system works in this house; For example – Certain key controlled access paths onto the property and their statuses are displayed on the home page of all iPads in a logical property shaped layout. A status for controllable doors is displayed via a small padlock graphic on the iPad. Simply pressing the padlock changes the state. Locked or unlocked, this gives the client important perimeter information at a quick glance.

Another example are the SIP Intercoms on the exterior of the property, which allows the user to communicate with visitors and grant access. A simple button press on the intercom rings all iPads, which changes the page on the iPad to the HD intercom camera page which has push to talk and gate control. When granted access, the entry gate unlocks and users then have the ability to flip to the front door intercom page and communicate further and grant/deny access.

A last example of the multitude of Security and Access Control features this home has, is upon a disarm of the alarm system, sensors track the path of entry and call the lift to the corresponding floor (either the car garage or ground level). As the lift doors would normally automatically open then close, custom programming and door monitoring allows us to trigger the Lift doors at the same time as the lift lobby door is opened.

CCTV

There are over 30 HD IP cameras in the surveillance system. Selecting CCTV on the iPad brings up locations of all CCTV cameras, and by selecting a camera, it is previewed in a small window on the iPad. Double tapping the image makes it full screen, discretely switching to a higher res stream from the camera. The cameras are also dual purpose motion sensors with feedback into the Crestron Lighting system.

Lighting Control / Window Treatments

Local Lighting, Blind & Sheers – users are presented on the iPad with a Crestron keypad graphic identical to the keypad mounted on the wall of the room. Users can simply press a button on the virtual keypad mimicking a press of the real keypad.

All iPad’s also offer what we term “Global features” which allows any user to make certain changes to the house. Sheers & Blinds – Global East and West blind control allows users to open or close the entire East and/or West facing Sheers & Blinds of the house.

Security and Lighting are linked to illuminate granted access paths or alert emergency services upon activation.

Other features of the Lighting Control System include:

  • All house lighting ON trigger is staggered per floor to alleviate the rush in current.
  • Push to exit button back-lighting turns off when the areas they are in are armed.
  • 70+ internal / external Lighting PIR triggers.
  • 200+ Dimmed circuits of Lighting Control.
  • 180+ Switched circuits of Lighting Control.
  • 180+ combinations of automated single and dual internal Sheers / Blinds / External
  • Venetians / External Louvretec / Fly screens.

Pool Control

Temperature monitoring, temp set points, swimming pool jets and blower control over three separate internal / external pools.