WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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How can you make your house "smart"? The online site www.howstuffworks.com says, "Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give the command by voice, remote control, tablet, or smartphone, the home reacts. Most applications relate to lighting, home security, home theater and entertainment, and thermostat regulation." McInerney adds that it's not quite that simple and easy. He notes you need to add a specific box or device to any item, such as a lamp, that plugs in or you need to install new appliances that are specifically made for smart homes. While you can purchase individual components to install yourself, such as devices that control lighting or thermostats, if you want a fully automated smart home, it requires a certain amount of technological savvy to install these systems. McInerney says he thinks of having a smart home system as similar to a heating system. You wouldn't set up eight separate space heaters. Instead, you would have the whole system professionally installed. Brian Gibson, president of Elite Media Solutions, which he founded in 1986, says he offers customers "custom home integration," the ability to program their whole house with a simple touch of an iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch. This can start as low as $1,000 for a main processor. This lets people install a couple of devices and allows them to build on their system as more technology becomes available at a reasonable price. Gibson, who has smart home technology installed throughout his store and showroom — including an amazing system that can turn a mirror into a television — says he does a fair number of basic installa- 48 The Smart Home W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 C O U R T E S Y O F E L I T E M E D I A S O L U T I O N S / P H O T O B Y A L E X H A Y D E N "It shouldn't be hard or complicated… one app talking to a central control system." B r i a n G i b s o n , p r e s i d e n t o f E l i t e M e d i a S o l u t i o n s

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