Wealthy South Africans are joining their international counterparts in installing the latest in cutting-edge smart home systems.
According to BNC Technology, a Johannesburg-based specialist in state-of-the-art home technology solutions, smart homes with integrated technologies, home cinema, and acoustic solutions have been growing in popularity in the country.
Nick Caripis, founder and MD of BNC, said he foresees smart homes becoming the norm among high-end residential property owners in South Africa, especially as the number of local dollar millionaires climbs.
High net worth property owners are BNC Technology’s biggest clientele, and the company was kind enough to share some of its latest projects with MyBroadband.
Kloof Road House
The Kloof Road property in Johannesburg features an audio-visual solution by BNC, which needed to be flexible and work with iOS and Android apps.
The company was also commissioned to integrate the already-installed motorised blind units and to convert the existing lighting system into a fully-integrated system throughout the home.
A Control4 audio-video distribution system was installed, with remote controls at every TV and touch panels at high-traffic areas in the kitchen and main bedroom for control at a single location.
Approximately 70 blinds were integrated into the home automation system, with custom programming to suit each individual member of the family’s needs.
“The project incorporated numerous subsystems and was completed in phases that were not planned with no impact on the client’s home, no visible cables, and in an economical time frame,” said BNC.
The owners of the Craighall House wanted a dedicated cinema on their property, which needed to be elegant and comfortable.
“The system had to integrate into the existing lighting control system and share the satellite set-top box. We had to work with the existing tiers and we were required to design and work around these tiers,” said BNC.
The client also wanted to integrate his new mixing decks into the cinema system, which BNC did.
“The client chose the Black Diamond screen based on performance and aesthetics. The JVC projector and the anamorphic lens gave the client a phenomenal picture with no rainbow effect and suited the budget.”
This property required an integrated home technology solution and a media room.
“An existing Control 4 and Clipsal C-bus system had been installed in the residence, but the client was not happy with its functionality and reliability,” said BNC.
The solution provided was a compilation of the various products from Control4, including remotes, controllers, audio-visual distribution, and amplifiers.
The client’s desires for the media room was a simple-to-operate space, with multiple source options and gaming for the children.
“A key requirement was not to infringe on the colour-changing wall feature,” said BNC.
A motorised projector, which comes down from the ceiling, was installed, along with a Black Diamond zero-edge screen.
“Our speaker choice was Jamo which we matched with big power amplifiers from Parasound and a receiver from Integra. All the rack equipment was installed next door in the linen cupboard.”
“An on-wall subwoofer from Sunfire was mounted in the cabinet to give maximum performance within the limited space.”