Cybersecurity and you! Cybersecurity, this term has been thrown around a lot in recent years. Especially following mass cyber-attacks on a corporate or even national scale. Now while many of us have heard the phrase countless times, we may not know what it is. Or more importantly, we may not know what actions can be taken to improve our cybersecurity. What is cybersecurity: So, what actually is it? Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data, from attack, damage, or unauthorised access. This involves implementing a variety of digital security measures that you are most likely already familiar with such as firewalls, encryption, and secure passwords to safeguard against cyber threats such as hacking, malware, and phishing. What Lairds can do for you: Lairds is the only company that will conduct security audits and maintain networks for home users. We can install systems that monitor your networks, update you on issues and we can even provide remote support indefinitely. This will give you a chance of peace and security for the you and your family. Why you should invest: Investing in cybersecurity is important because it helps protect the sensitive information and assets of yourself or your business from these cyber threats. Attacks like these can result in data breaches, loss of sensitive information, and subsequent damage to your organisation's reputation.
From a business standpoint, improving your cybersecurity can also provide a competitive advantage, as customers and partners may prefer to do business with organisations that can demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting their data. By investing in cybersecurity, you can reduce the risk of a successful attack, minimise the potential damage from an attack, and improve your organisation's overall security infrastructure.
When did it become so important: Cybersecurity has always been important, but it has gained increased attention in the public eye over recent years due to the growing number of high-profile cyber-attacks and data breaches. With individuals using so many internet-connected devices and having sensitive information stored and shared electronically, it has become easier for cyber-criminals to target individuals and organisations.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote work and online activities. This has also increased the attack surface for cyber-criminals to exploit, making cyber security even more crucial for not just organisations but for individuals as well.
There have been many high-profile cyber-attacks and data breaches involving major companies over the years:
• Yahoo: In 2013 and 2014, a data breach led to stolen email addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates of all 3 billion of its user accounts. • Marriott International: In 2018, the hotel chain suffered a data breach in which the personal information of around 500 million customers was compromised. • Sony: In 2011, Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming services suffered a data breach, leading to the personal information of 77 million customers being compromised. • Uber: In 2016, the ride-sharing company suffered a data breach, meaning the information of 57 million customers and 600,000 drivers was compromised. These are just a few examples of the many major companies that have been victims of cyber-attacks and data breaches. Even the most well-protected companies can fall victim to a cyber-attack, so it's crucial for all organisations and individuals to take cybersecurity seriously and take the necessary steps to protect sensitive information. Actionable steps you can take right now: So, what can be done about this in the here and now? 1. Use strong and unique passwords for all accounts and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. 2. Keep all software and operating systems up to date with the latest security patches and updates. 3. Educate yourself and your co-workers about common cyber threats, such as phishing scams and social engineering, and how to recognize and avoid them. 4. Use anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect your devices and networks. 5. Use a firewall to protect your network and limit access to only authorised users. 6. Consider hiring a cyber security professional to conduct a security audit and identify vulnerabilities in your systems. And that last step is where the team here at Lairds can be of assistance. Our technicians are cybersecurity specialists with a great knowledge of computer networks and systems, as well as a range of security technologies and best practices to keep you or your business secure.
If you are interested in our cybersecurity services, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call or drop us an email and take the steps to improve your cybersecurity today.
One of the most common asked questions to our employees when they tell their friends and family that they work for us is “What is an AV Company?”. We’ve realised this is a question that more than just family and friends hold. Therefore, in this article, we are going to tell you all about what an AV company is and does.
What is an AV Company?
An AV Company is responsible for supply and installation, and in some cases, operation of equipment that directly or indirectly process sound or visual media. When we talk about audio-visual technology, we’re referring to the synchronisation of audio equipment such as speakers and visual equipment or video walls, controllers, processors, and matrix switchers. Therefore, it is responsible for all things motion picture, radio, presentations, tv programs, conferencing, live performance, and more.
Some AV companies will focus exclusively on providing specific pieces of AV equipment to venues and people, whereas other larger outfits provide AV hire services as part of their broader spectrum. In other words, an AV company often wears many hats.
What Services Do AV Companies Offer?
The services that are offered by an AV company, will vary from business to business. Some businesses will specialise in hire / supply and setting up AV installations for events. Whereas, other businesses will not only offer AV equipment for hire, but they will include the supply and installation of equipment in residential or commercial buildings.
What you require from an AV company will be dependent on the nature, scale, and the location. For example, if you are a business looking to hold small conference calls, then all you may need is a small system. This includes a projector, screen and a conferencing microphone and speaker. Or, if you’re a family-man looking to provide your home with a full entertainment system and security. The equipment you’re then looking at is speakers, CCTV, projectors, lighting and much more.
Ease and Access of Audio-Visual Technology
During the pandemic, as we all withdrew into our homes, the AV industry came to the rescue. By bringing the office into the comfort of our own homes, this gave a more flexible approach to working. This ensured that everyone was able to continue working, communicating, and connecting with each other. Done via digital means never thought of before.
What are the most decisive AV industry trends?
Like all industries, an AV Company will follow trends. Trends allow for the creation of big waves in the future, and allow for expansion and more exposure. The most popular AV trends that we have in 2022 are;
Improvement in Wi-Fi Technology.
It is generally thought that Wi-Fi is pretty two-dimensional. But anyone with thick walls and slow broadband speed will tell you otherwise and that improvement is well over-due. In the most recent decade, most of us searched for the newest router for the fastest Wi-Fi speeds that we could get our hands on. But Wi-Fi is now moving into the Wifi 6 phase. These routers came into use in mid-late 2020 and now allow us to connect to even more devices in a household with far fewer delays than ever before.
Collaboration of AV and Cloud-Based Technology.
With the help of AV technology, organisations are able to take their work over to a virtual space while still working as if they’re in the same room as each other. This means that users can still work together and collaborate on tasks, even if they’re sat at opposite ends of the world! Due to the pandemic, the partnership has been supercharged as we all transferred operations between Teams, Zoom, and other conferencing platforms. The advancement in this partnership has meant that companies can increase their engagement, improve communication and continue to operate from the cloud, meaning that the morning commute to the office is no longer a total necessity.
VR and AR.
One of the best parts of the AV industry is that it has seemingly facilitated the impossible. VR and AR technology allows us to immerse ourselves into different worlds and settings. Allowing us to walk around and interact with our surroundings without leaving the comfort of our living room. VR and AR technology is looking to replicate in-person communication. By creating software that detects and replicates facial expressions and tracks eye movement. This might point to a future where we can interact with each other in almost in-person settings; even if the two participants are situated in different countries.
If you think you can incorporate an Audio Visual system into your home or business, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Lairds team, and we’ll make your dream become a reality.
We are now well on our way into August 2022, and it is finally time to announce our Featured Brand of the Month, Gallo Acoustics. With our sad news last week, we felt that it was right to delay this announcement. But to make up for lost time, today we are also featuring a product from Gallo Acoustics!
Featured Brand of the Month – Featured Products
Gallo Droplet Speakers
What better place to start than with Gallo Acoustics’ Droplet speakers?! Are the regular humdrum speakers too boxy for your liking? Do their right angles offend you somehow? Or do you just want to be a bit different? Whatever your reason, Gallo Acoustics has you covered!
Be it Micro, Micro SE, A’Diva or A’Diva SE; the Droplet Series offer a great range of speaker based on your sound wants and needs! The best part of all? These speakers can become a real fixture of your interior design, not just a box behind your couch or a disk in your ceiling. With 11 stock colours and 9 different cable finishes, the Droplet speakers give you the option best suited to your aesthetic! As Gallo Acoustics put it themselves, they bring you ‘Music From Above’ for your home and your business!
If you want to see the droplet speakers in person, why not check out Ka Pao in Glasgow, where we at Lairds have installed these sleek speakers to give the best aesthetically pleasing sound possible. Or even read our case study which covers everything on this job!
Gallo Acoustics coming out with another banger of audio equipment for today’s Featured Product! Feast your eyes and ears on the low-profile ProfileSub!
Do you want your interior design to have that sleek look without leaving you short changed in the audio department? The ProfileSub is perfect for just that! Words don’t do it justice, imagine having an orchestra under your couch, or an all-out battle in a fantasy land coming from all four walls!
The ProfileSub gives you that powerful yet controlled bass extension in a discreet, design-conscious package. So discreet in fact that you can place it under your couch to really target your audio experience! Bringing audio mastery with your comfort in mind. If you didn’t know any better, looking at the ProfileSub you’d think it was just another part of your couch!
Not a fan of the under the couch option? Well, the ProfileSub’s versatility means it can be installed on the wall either vertically or horizontally! This subwoofer is perfect for adapting to your unique space and preferences..
You need to see it to experience it, well if you can find it that is!
“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” ― Oscar Wilde
If there was just one word to describe our Featured Brand for August 2022, it would be ambitious! Gallo Acoustics are true progressives, bringing you the Strada 2 series. Building off of the original Strada design, which despite its small size and relatively small cost, provided the audio quality of a much larger speaker.
The Strada 2 helps give you that realistic live performance quality in your home, while fitting around your interior design! Placed subtly on a shelf, fixed to a wall, floor stand; the Strada 2 is as versatile as its consumer!
Looking for some extra immersion? The Strada 2 Centre is an alternate version, utilising a horizontal layout and not compromising in performance even while using a multi-channel system!
As with all Gallo Acoustics products, they continue to push the envelope in both sound quality and aesthetic. There’s nothing quite like a speaker from Gallo Acoustics!
We are now on the penultimate day of August, if you can believe it! So that means there is just enough time for us to show off one last product from our featured brand, Gallo Acoustics! Now all the products we have shown so far from Gallo have been minimal in design and maximum in sound, so today we’d like to highlight a subwoofer that you know packs a punch!
Meet the TR-3D Subwoofer, in typical Gallo Acoustics fashion, this dynamic subwoofer has a sleek design that can blend in seamlessly or make a statement! And if the design isn’t enough to blow your socks off the sound definitely will!
But even the greatest of stallions can be tamed, Gallo Acoustics have put the reins in your hands! Boasting an array of capabilities and precise control over the smooth and powerful bass, the TR-3D is designed for both music and movies. In short, this subwoofer is a versatile powerhouse! But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at what the master craftsmen at Gallo Acoustics have to say.
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Brand of the Month – July 2022
Another month brings another featured Brand of the Month! For the month of July, the Lairds team are going to focus on Control4.
From the pool to thermostats, gates to garage doors, entertainment to security systems. And almost anything in between, Control4 allows you to control and manage your devices or systems. For the month of July, watch the Lairds page and find out what Control4 can do for you and your home!
Brand of the Month – Featured Areas
Controlled from the Simple Press of a Button
Control4’s is a household name, leading the charge in home automation systems for operating all areas of your home. They offer countless products which allow the homeowner to manage all areas of their home. Climate Control, Home Network, Home Security, Multi-Room Audio, and Smart Lighting. All these controlled through a remote or even voice commands!
There is a myriad of items that Control4 have to offer; smart doorbells, security cameras, thermostats, centralised lighting panels, motion sensors, and KNX devices. As a result, this should just about cover you every need! To give you even more control, all of these systems can be controlled from the simple press of a button in the Control4 smartphone app. Or if smartphones aren’t your thing, you can have a keypad fitted to your wall, or maybe a traditional remote, or even a portable touch screen!
The Lairds AV tech team absolutely love Control4 products, they’re like kids on Christmas morning! Keep an eye on our page for the rest of July to find out even more information on Control4 and what it can do for your home!
Home Control through Neeo Remotes
Good golly it is sweltering out! While the sun is beaming down, setting fire to the unprepared, Lairds AV clients are sat in the shade and comfort of their homes! Too warm? Turn down that thermostat! Too stuff? Turn on that fan! Too sunny? Shut those blinds!
Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of walking around your home, and it is far too warm for all that hullaballoo! So, imagine if you will, all of that being done through a single remote from the comfort of your sun lounger, sofa or ice baths!
Well our featured brand, Control4, make all of that possible thanks to their Neeo Remotes! And on top of all of that it functions as a TV remote and can even control your home security system! All this and more within the palm of your hand with Control4.
Does having technology installed across your house sounding quite intimidating? Are you worried that you might be faced with the control panel of a spaceship from the hit film series, Star Wars? Or even Star Trek? Well fear no longer!
Meet the Control4 app! You can control all the equipment in your home network remotely from your mobile phone!
Has a sudden chill come in, but you aren’t home to pop the heating on? You can turn up the heat with just a press of a button from your phone. Has the sun shone through the window and woken you up on your day off, but you’re too lazy to get up and close the blinds? Well, Control4’s app can integrate with your automated blinds.
As always, our featured brand for July 2022, Control4 has your back!
The internet plays an important part in our lives. We rely on it for many things; to communicate, work, learn and have fun. This makes it important that our wifi meets our needs. In an ever changing world, most people use Wi-Fi to connect devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets to our home broadband internet connection without wires.
Have you ever wanted to throw away your Wi-Fi router as it doesn’t run the way you were guaranteed? Here are the most common issues that people experience with Wi-Fi.
Your devices won’t connect to the internet.
Nothing can connect to the Wi-Fi.
Slow / no internet in specific rooms.
Slow internet in every room.
Random drop outs.
Is everyone else online? Are your family, friends or colleagues are connected, but only your devices, laptop, phone or PC, just to refuse to connect?
Are the relevant lights on the router? What colour of lights show against your broadband / internet connection?
Is there something obstructing the Wi-Fi signal? How far away are the rooms from the router?
Are all devices struggling? Is there something obstructing the Wi-Fi signal?
Are you using the internet and suddenly no one can connect, and then a few minutes later it comes back?
Some tips to help reconnect your devices to the internet; turn off the Wi-Fi on your device and then tell your device to forget the connection. Once you have done this, switch off your device and then turn it back on. As soon as the device is on, you can try to reconnect the internet. *Please note: you may need the Wi-Fi password to proceed to reconnect.
Have you checked the lights on your router? If there is a red light displaying against the broadband or internet connection, you will need to speak to your service provider. If you find that their lines are busy and there’s a long wait, then it may be an issue many people are experiencing. If this isn’t the case, then it may be a problem with your router, and you may need to consider buying a new one!
If you can, move the router to a more central location to allow the Wi-Fi to reach throughout the house. Or if the internet is used in a particular area, move the router closer to this room. Does your router have external antennas? If so, you could ensure that they are positioned correctly. This includes trying them in different positions, and ensuring they’re not obstructed by a piece of furniture or otherwise.
If the internet has dropped for everyone, then follow these steps; by using an ethernet cable, plug the laptop into the router directly and then test the internet speed using speedtest.net. If you find that the internet speed is still slow, then there is a connection issue and you need to contact your service provider. Alike to point 2, If you find that their lines are busy and there’s a long wait, then it may be an issue many people are experiencing. If this isn’t the case, then it may be a problem with your router, and you may need to consider buying a new one!
If your internet drops out more than once, try and spot a pattern. Does it drop out when a certain device is used? Or when a particular vehicle passes your house? Or it’s even an issue if you have an older microwave. Some routers are known to suffer from older microwaves. Crazy, right? It could even be your neighbours. Does it drop out when they come home from work? Keep note and notice the patterns, and try to avoid certain issues that are possible to avoid.
What Can Lairds Do?
Are you experiencing any Wi-Fi issues? Or do you want your current Wi-Fi state checked? Then contact us, and we will do our best to help. Whether we can advise you on a new router, service provider, or even just a booster, the team at Lairds always put our clients first.
Lairds Employee of the Month 2022
Brand of the Month – June 2022
The team here at Lairds are proud to announce our featured ‘Brand of the Month’ for June 2022! For the full month we will be promoting product from one of our wonderful suppliers, ProofVision! We are officially one week into June 2022! What a year it’s been from storms in January to snow in February, and not much better from March to May. But now finally… SUN! Summer truly is right around the corner so stock up on your sunscreen and ice-lollies! While you’re at it, why not get yourself an outdoor TV? Not just any TV, a ProofVision TV! Our chosen brand for June 2022 offers a range of resilient waterproof TVs, ideal for the ever-changing UK weather!
Brand of the Month – Featured Products
ProofVision Lifestyle Plus
As of writing this its 20°C in London, expected to hit 31°C this Friday! Finally seems like the summer sun is on the way… hopefully it gets to Scotland soon too. Much like the Doomsday Preppers, the Lairds team are Summer Preppers stocking up on our sunscreen and shorts.
Our clients have clearly gotten the memo with a demand for outdoor technology. The most popular lately has been outdoor TVs from our featured brand of the month for June, ProofVision.
Today, we would like to shine the outdoor spotlight on the Lifestyle Plus Outdoor TV. Now we know you may have some reservations about getting an outdoor TV, and who can blame you? There’s a lot of variables. Will it be able to work rain, shine or snow? Is it going to have the same quality as an indoor TV? Could the picture be overpowered by glare from the sun?
Well, the Lifestyle Plus Outdoor TV is completely weatherproof with the ever changing UK weather in mind, from -20°C all the way up to 60°C! The screen works on 4K Ultra HD with an anti-reflective screen that is 5 times brighter than a regular TV! Glare is a thing of the past!
You can learn more about the Lifestyle Plus and all other ProofVision products here.
ProofVision TV Pod Plus
ProofVision also provide people with protective pods for their outdoor screens. Rain, shine or snow your outdoor TV will be protected! The TV Pod Plus, comes in three sizes for your screen; 43″, 55″, 65″. These pods are the perfect partners for your ProofVision outdoor TVs!
ProofVision Aire Plus
Well, we are firmly in the last week of June 2022. So, it’s time to wrap up (or rather dress down) our summer feature on ProofVision! With July rolling in, the sun rolls in with it!
For our final ProofVision featured product, we’d like to shine some (summer sun) light on their series of Aire Plus outdoor TVs! These TVs are specifically designed for outdoor use, thanks to their ultra-high brightness and 4k ultra-HD display!
The Aire Plus series range in size, starting at 43” and finishing at 86”! But should you want a smaller more affordable alternative there is the 32” Aire outdoor TV, boasting high brightness and a full HD display, all in a smaller package!
Brand of the Month – Contact Us
Have you found any of the products above, in our featured brand of the month, to be useful for your needs? Get in contact with one of the team and we will do our best to meet your requirements!
Brand of the Month – May 2022
The team here at Lairds are proud to announce our featured Brand of the Month for May 2022! For the full month we will be promoting product from one of our wonderful suppliers, Sonance!
Now what sets Sonance apart from other audio-oriented companies is that their range of speakers, woofers and subs include their ‘Invisible Series’. As we like to rattle on here at Lairds, cable management is a huge focus for us, keeping those pesky wires out of sight. Sonance take it a step further with their In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers! But we don’t want to spoil too much of what Sonance have to offer, that will come later this month as we feature a range of products from them! So, keep your eyes (and more importantly, your ears) peeled!
Despite the bad weather we’ve been having in Scotland, the summer months are just around the corner! So, what better time to start planning garden parties! Thankfully Sonance have you covered with their ‘Sonance Garden Series’. As our featured Brand of the Month for May, we know how impressive these garden sound systems are! The Garden Series even gives you the option of an 8.1 set up, or in other words an 8-speaker layout placed specifically to the size and shape of your garden! Be ready for the sun with Sonance!
Now, we featured the Garden Series from Sonance. And as amazing as they are, they don’t exactly blend in seamlessly to a vast natural garden… enter Sonance’s Rock Speakers! These durable outdoor speakers will ROCK your world! They are durable, corrosion-free, and weather-resistant in all the conditions. Everything from hot sunny days to miserable wind and rain, they are even designed to be resistant to snow! They are ROCK SOLID no matter the weather! You can even start your very own rock collection and create a setup around your garden! Needless to say, Sonance really BOULDER over the competition! They put the Rock in Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Finally, we are focusing on Sonance Mariners! The line of Mariners speakers ranges in size from small, medium, and large. But no matter the size, Sonance’s Mariners pack a punch! These speakers are perfect for outdoor use to jazz up your patio or courtyard! Holding an outdoor soirée? Imagine how much better it could be with some high-performance outdoor speakers! Got a big street party coming up? You’ll be the talk of the town with some weather resistant Sonance Mariners!
If any of these products are of interest to you, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team for further information and how to buy these wonderful speakers!
Scottish Veterans Awards Finalists 2022
Lairds of Troon are proud to announce that we have were shortlisted for two Scottish Veterans Awards CIC this year. We are finalists for Veteran Business of the Year Award! Plus, Mark Laird is a finalist for The Community Award!
This is very exciting for the team and we are grateful to be receiving recognition amongst some very talented people! This event is in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Sponsored by Joint Force Alba: ex-military recruitment in Scotland.
Scottish Veterans Awards – Results 2022
We are excited to announce that Lairds have been recognised as The Veteran Owned Business of the Year, by the Scottish Veteran Awards!
As Mark put it at the ceremony, none of the achievements of our business would be possible without all of our amazing team! From top to bottom, past and present, the Lairds family strive for excellence and consistently surpass expectations!
On behalf of the Lairds staff, we would like to thank the Scottish Veteran Awards for having us and congratulate all other nominees and winners. Some of the success stories are truly inspiring and we are very grateful to be one of many amazing veteran owned businesses!
Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards Finalists 2022
We at Lairds are delighted to announce that the bossman, Mark Laird, has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ from the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards!
When the email came in Mark was ecstatic! He’s in great company with his friends from Primrose Path Tattoo Society, Andrew McGuire and Terry Lowe, who have been nominated for ‘Role Model of the Year’!
Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards – Results 2022
Mark and Jo were invited along to the third annual Scottish Ex-Forces in Business awards. Now while Mark was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, he did not win. However, as Mark puts it these awards are not about who wins or loses, they are a celebration of the achievements of the veteran community!
You could be cynical and see this as Mark being a gracious loser, but in truth this could not be more genuine. We have said it time and time again that all the nominees for these awards, and other similar ceremonies, are a testament to the veteran community. A community which Lairds are proud to belong to! Congratulations to all the winners and fellow nominees!
Brand of the Month – April 2022
We’re happy to announce that Steinway Lyngdorf are our featured Brand of the Month for April 2022! Featuring the best range of speakers that would blow away even the late great Danish composer, Carl Nielsen! Why not enjoy Nielsen’s breath taking symphonies with some brand new Steinway Lyngdorf speakers?
With this months’ featured brand focusing on Steinway Lyngdorf, we’re throwing it back to this article from last year that will tell you everything you need to know.
‘We believe that Steinway Lyngdorf’s commitment to the sound quality of their audio systems aligns with our philosophy about the cinematic experience.’
To visit our own auditorium for a demonstration of the Lyngdorf TDAI 3400 amplifier and MH2 and BW-2 speakers, get in touch with us at 01563 475033.
We are featuring the product, the Model B Audio System! This bit of kit is specifically designed to reproduce the audio quality of more expensive models but in a smaller package! Despite its size, the Model B is still incredibly powerful with true quad-amplification just like that of Steinway & Sons other products!
To top this all off the Model B is a prime example of Steinway Lyngdorf’s integrated system approach! In short, this piece of equipment is designed to work in tandem with all other Steinway & Sons, giving each system its own unique sound! This makes it so that a Steinway Lyngdorf kit can be installed in any room that you can imagine and still have that same top of the line sound that they are so famous for!
The result of this masterpiece is absolutely spectacular, and you could have it in your home! Lairds AV are a recognised dealer of Steinway Lyngdorf products and can install their equipment in your home! So, if you’re interested in products like the Model B, get in touch today!
The final featured product for the month of April, we are promoting the Head Unit Processor from Steinway Lyngdorf! Not only does this processor have the capability to centralise your entire sound setup, but it also looks like something straight out of Star Wars!
The sleek luxury design isn’t just for show, the master craftsmanship of Steinway Lyngdorf for this product incorporates precision-machined Swiss bearings and even gold plating for that extravagant feel!
How to get the most out of Integrators
A project we have been a part of this year is a full renovation to our client’s home. I have been on a bit of a rip about getting Lairds in at the design stage of a project. And this client did. He put us in touch with his interior designer before the project began. And this is how to get the most out of Integrators. We work in conjunction with both Designer and client to renovate every room in our client’s home. Read on to learn about this project including Home Automation, & a custom built media room.
Initial Site Survey
Our client has a lovely home, even before the renovation, with many rooms. He got in contact with us and explained his plans for refurbishment, and that he was interested in a few of our services. Namely, our Audio-Visual work, installing media rooms, and audio zones throughout homes. And also Smart Home features.
We visited his home and saw the potential right away to create a wonderful set-up in every room. We noticed too, that the client had lots of tech already in his home. However, we found behind his tech, and sticking out of outlets everywhere, horrible tangles of wires and cables.
Therefore we resolved to install the tech for the client, and to create for the client an infrastructure of cabling that would be behind his walls, and therefore, be hidden, tidy and discreet.
Working with Interior Designers
Once the survey was completed, we provided a quote for the client, to which he agreed, and then introduced us to the Interior designer working on his renovation.
Those who diligently read our case studies will know by know that we are rarely involved this early in a project. We are, more often than not, working out ways to insert ourselves into a concrete schedule decided on way before we get that first phone call.
Therefore it’s a real treat to be included in the design phase, and we were able to inform the Interior Designer’s plans and work with them on how best to proceed.
As you can imagine, the Interior designer was thrilled to learn about our plan to hide all the wires behind walls, and to install discreet tech that blended with the design of the room.
I speak about what Cabling Infrastructure is in more detail here. For now, all I’ll say is that a Cabling Infrastructure is a series of cables, running throughout a home to whatever room or outlet required. This allows you to power them, connect them to the same network, and allow everything to work as part of one system. It’s helpful to picture it as a central nervous system for your home.
Working with the designer, we informed them that installing the cabling infrastructure first was the best way to begin. Cabling Infrastructures can be installed behind walls, floors and ceilings. Doing this as a first step means we don’t ruin any paintwork or plastering.
So we installed the cabling infrastructure, which means all wiring is hidden and discreet. Next we got to work on the technology in each room.
The crown jewels of this renovation was to be a custom built Home Cinema/Media Room complete with full surround sound, and a 100″ 4K TV. We worked with the designer and learned how the room should look, and we incorporated the technology into their vision. Integrators pride themselves on their ability to blend technology in with the interior of a room, as it gives that clean finish, that makes a project… muah! *chef’s kiss*
We enlisted the help our our resident joiner who built a structure to securely hold the 100″ screen. Next, we installed a wall mount and then the screen itself, and connected it to the infrastructure, keeping cables secured and out of sight. We then set up surround sound speakers. This large screen and surround sound set-up creates the perfect cinematic experience.
As we were working closely with the designer, we planned a lot of this ahead, and so we were get in and get out with minimal fuss. We effectively shave days off our clients project.
Next we installed Sonance in-ceiling speakers, and connected them to the infrastructure to create an audio zone. Sonance speakers blend perfectly with the design of the room and often go unnoticed. Why Lairds go for them though, is because of their sound quality. Our client now enjoys a relaxing atmosphere, that oozes from the walls and ceiling. And with a simple to use Smart Home interface, he can set the mood for the dining table.
We installed another audio zone in the gymnasium. We also included Home Automation features, giving our client easy control. When you’re trying to keep your heart rate up, or sticking to strict intervals, you want to keep pumping. You don’t want to be stopping and starting, to control music, heating, air conditioning via a clunky set-up. That’s why, we chose an automation software that would allow for a click-and-go interface.
So that’s how to get the most out of Integrators. We’ve spoken many times about installations of Smart Home Features, Media Room set-ups, and audio visual installations. It’s great though to explore the benefits of getting Integrators in at the design stage of your renovation or new build project.
We left this client satisfied and with a cabling infrastructure in place that he can expand, or upgrade in the future.
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The truth is that we spend the bulk of each project working behind the scenes. In this article I’m going to explain a little bit about an overlooked part of our work, and how you as a client can get the most out of our services.
If you have a new project or renovation on the horizon, then this article could be a huge timesaver for you!
Cabling Infrastructure – Brief Introduction
Whether we are installing a TV, in-ceiling speakers, a Home Automation system, or CCTV, something somewhere is going to have a wire sticking out of it and that wire is going to be plugged in somewhere. And even in an increasingly wireless world, this is still the case. Wire connections are still more robust and reliable than wireless connections, and in some cases, your tech will need to be powered via an outlet. This is true for your more powerful speakers, almost every television screen, etc (plus, I imagine clients would not be impressed with having to climb a ladder to change batteries on their security cameras, every couple of months!)
And with the necessity of wires, comes the necessity of another consideration. How to make these wires neat, and without disruption to the interior design of the home. A simple solution to this is by hiding the cables behind the walls, under floorboards, and in the ceiling. However, as you might imagine, this means cutting into walls, and ceilings, and lifting floorboards, and this might seem counter-intuitive if the goal is to minimise disruption to the interior design.
Therefore, this article will explain why Cabling Infrastructures can be beneficial for those looking to renovate, or creating a new-build. But what exactly is it?
What is a Cabling Infrastructure?
A cabling Infrastructure is quite simply, many wires running through the walls and ceiling of a home or business that can eventually be used to set-up your WiFi, your entertainment and your Smart Home features. Homes are already kitted out with circuits in the walls for lights and power outlets, however, the Cabling Infrastructure will allow for you to install improvements to your home for increased comfortability, and convenience.
Your Cabling Infrastructure will also include the ability for upgrades and future expansions on your networks. As you may have noticed in your own home, the amount of electronic devices per household has increased dramatically over a short amount of time. If this trend continues, your cabling infrastructure can handle new features being added into your home, preventing your systems from becoming redundant.
The very best time to install a cabling infrastructure is when the building is still bare and skeleton-like, before the plastering and painting begins. The ideal time, however, to include integrators, such as ourselves, is during the design phase of the project. Way before any ground is broken, or renovations have started, Lairds can design a comprehensive Cabling Infrastructure for your home. This design, will not only allow for features to be included, but also allow for the features to be arranged according to your lifestyle.
An example of a Cabling Infrastructure design
Whether you like to relax and tuck yourself away in your home, or you like to be active and sociable, The design of your cabling infrastructure can include adjustments to complement this.
Every project has unforeseen issues that arise, and call for rethinking, however, getting an integrator in at the design phase is a huge timesaver!
Once the design phase had been decided and signed off, Lairds work with other tradesmen to devise a schedule. One of the features of Lairds’ service that we take pride in, is our ability to work around other tradesmen. We can often be the last that a client calls in, and so we have had plenty of practice figuring out how to complete our jobs around the project that’s already in progress. Even if we are included at the design phase, Lairds still make sure to work tidily and efficiently to ensure we don’t hold up any other portion of the project.
Cabling Infrastructures will link up all the tech in your house in a discreet way. Hidden in the bones of your building, your wires will be quietly working to give you a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.
Typically, your wires will all run towards a neat and compact AV Rack, stored in your attic, basement, or cupboard. The rack will house all of your important devices such as your video matrix for your television screens, your AV amplifier to control the speaker system, and various other devices.
The benefits of the Rack are multitudinous, and help to achieve that neat and tidy finish that our projects strive for.
We have recently completed installing a Cabling Infrastructure for a client who is completing a New-Build Project. The client brought us in at and we liaised with the architects, the electricians and the construction team, to get the Cabling in and up in running. We worked tirelessly to get in everything done on time and we managed to work around the other tradesmen’s schedule completely to ensure no unwanted stress was caused.
When we have completed installation, we go through a rigorous testing, to make sure the connections are sound,
Now that the project is done, we have a maintenance contract in place so that if any issues arise with elements of the AV Rack, or the Cabling Infrastructure itself, then Lairds will be back on site to make fix any problems.
The Wiring will be robust and unlikely to cause any issues.
Cabling Infrastructure – To Summarise
I’d like to stress in this article that achieving that high quality finish that we strive for in every project, a lot is done “behind the scenes”. And by scenes I mean walls and ceilings. It’s still largely unavoidable, and more often than not, beneficial.
If you have new project on the horizon for you home or business, get in touch with Lairds to find out how we can help to improve your project ten-fold!