Design Innovation uses state of the art technology to put you in control of every aspect of your home, including lighting, audio, TV’s, heating, blinds and curtains. Working with home owners, builders, architects, M & E consultants and property developers we bring together products from many different manufacturers to enhance your home and lifestyle.
Our service can include full design and specification, installation and commissioning, whether it’s just one room, one aspect of technology or the complete house. We ensure all our systems blend seamlessly with your home or lifestyle no matter how old or new your home is.
Work with the experts
Design Innovation is an independent home automation specialist that works closely with Control4 to provide our customers with smart home solutions that meet their every need. With an engineering approach, Design Innovation have been trained and certified by Control4 and KNX to bring you the best in automation control that include; Audio, Video, Lighting, Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Blinds, Irrigation, Security, Access Control and more.
How We Work
We prefer to get involved in your projects as early as possible and be part of The design team, ensuring the Technology can be integrated into your project as discretely as possible.
That said we can get involved at any stage, so if you’re already building or want to install technology into an existing house then that’s no problem. We can also offer a lighting design service. We produce designs that specify every cable that needs to be installed. We use AutoCAD to produce drawings and have in house plan printing up to A0. Once the design is complete, we can produce programming accurate equipment lists with pricing.
What You Can Expect
We work quite differently to many other companies, in that we pre-build all control panels and AV racks in our workshops prior to delivering them To site. The system is also pre-programmed in our offices and tested before we arrive on site to commission. This means we won’t need to spend months on site installing and programming the system. Full documentation is provided of handover and files are included. We don’t force you into using us for support by holding onto the programming but we hope you will do so as a result of our excellent installation service.
Technical Details – KNX and Control 4 Systems
On one hand, you have the essential elements that must be robust, including lighting and heating control and for this a non-centralised “distributed intelligence” system is used. This does not rely on a central processor, but instead consists of many different devices all with microprocessors in them communicating with each other. The removal of a common point of failure ensures the essential services in the house are protected against failure as much as possible. On the other side you have the entertainment system which is generally central processor based. importantly the two systems talk to each other and link into security, CCTV and access control.
We recommend a KNX based system for the control of lighting, heating, HVAC, windows, blinds, curtains and ventilation. KNX is not a company or a product, it is an open protocol that defines the communication between the various devices that make up the system: switches, sensors, dimmers, heating actuators, etc. There are over 300 different manufacturers making KNX compatible equipment including Siemens, ABB, Hager, Jung and Gira. By not tying your system into one manufacturer, you truly future proof your home as the system installed will not be made obsolete by one manufacturer going out of business. KNX systems work on a communications bus principle with a single cable around the house connecting switches, etc. together. This is a very versatile system, allowing for modifications to be made in later years without major infrastructure changes. The function of each switch or push button can be changed by programming at any time.
For the control and distribution of an entertainment system we generally use Control 4. We are a Control 4 Gold dealer, which confirms our technical expertise and abilities to specify and program a Control 4 system. Control 4 is a central processor based system that can fully integrate with The KNX system and forms the main day to day interface that you would use to control everything in your home. Control can be via in-wall or wireless touch screens (which can also be video intercoms), iPad, iPhone, remote control and on screen menus on each TV.
CCTV, Intruder alarms and door/gate entry systems can also be incorporated in the Control 4 system.