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Why Have Your Security Professionally Monitored?

Why Have Your Security Professionally Monitored?

There is no point in having a security system if no one knows when it goes off. That is why, for years, companies have offered remote monitoring of those systems for you. But with every doorbell manufacture offering cheap ‘professional’ monitoring of your security systems, why should you come to a professional like Bravas for that service? Partly the answer is, like everything, you get what you pay for, but there are three questions you should be asking yourself. 1.     What am I protecting? If you live in a condo in a secure building with 24-hour security and someone on the front desk, then you are probably already pretty safe. In condos like this, you are probably less worried about a robbery and are more concerned about knowing who is coming in and out of your space. Basic online services might work well to watch a feed from a small number of cameras online. Also, in these sorts of multi-family units, the space probably came with sophisticated fire and safety systems, so you probably have no choice on these anyway. There are many other things to consider in a larger house, and most of them are about scale. Here are some of them: Home many entrances and exits are there? How many cameras do I need to cover the whole property? Do I want to monitor specific rooms, safe or other secure areas? Do I have a pool or attached facilities or buildings to monitor? What will I do about fire and water damage? How much network do I need to manage all these devices, and how should it... read more
14 Things To Consider When You Prewire A Home

14 Things To Consider When You Prewire A Home

Bob Knight once said, “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in preparation.” My guess is that he was talking about basketball, but he could also have been talking about pre-wiring your home. By pre-wiring, we mean all those low-power cables that are going to control light, shades, audio, video, security and other home automation systems. If you get the prewire wrong, it can be both frustrating and expensive. Frustrating because you will find there are elements of home technology that may not be possible in your home and expensive because, well, fixing a bad prewire means taking down walls. In this blog, we thought we would review the 14 things to think about when discussing pre-wiring a home with your builder, or, even better, a Technology Integrator like Bravas. Think of this as a check list you should go through with whomever is doing the work. Wiring Backbone: The wiring backbone is the infrastructure from which all additional electronics will be integrated and consists of high-quality cable run throughout the house to serve each subsystem. All wiring should be color-coded, bundled, zip-tied, toned and labeled.  The prewire includes all cabling for TV Locations, Speaker Locations, Telephone and Data Outlets, Thermostat Control, Pool/Spa Control, Automated Shades & Drapes, WiFi Access Points, and Security Cameras and Security System components. Lighting Control: Bravas can design a complete, hardwired, Lighting Control System with custom engraved, LED backlit keypads. The Lighting Control System will be programmed with customized scenes and timers based your input and requirements in the Finish and Customization stage. Automated Shade and Drape Prewire: Windows and doors should be wired... read more
3 ways to use Bravas Solution Guide to pick the right technology

3 ways to use Bravas Solution Guide to pick the right technology

At Bravas, we recently published our 70-plus page Solution Guide – which you can download here. In this blog, we will review three different ways you can use it to help you make better decisions about how smart you want your smart home to be. The first way will be ‘short and sweet’ – designed for someone who just has a few minutes and wants to make sure they are not missing anything. The second approach will be more ‘focused’ on specific areas you might be interested in. The final way, which we call Cover-to-Cover, will be the most thorough look at what you should be considering. Whichever way works for you, if you want someone to help you work through our Solution Guide with you, let us know, and we would love to help. Short and Sweet If you only have a few minutes, we recommend that you spend it on Page 5 – the Index page. While not the prettiest page in the book, it’s the one that shows you all that we have to offer.  The rest of the Solution Guide is an expansion of each of these subjects. If you have the digital version of the Solution Guide in front of you, if you click on any of the items in the index, it will jump you to the page where the solution is outlined. If you have a few extra minutes, check out pages 7 and 8 where you will find useful information on Healthy Homes and why every smart home should have a single, intelligent home automation platform and the right infrastructure.  ... read more
7 Tips to getting the best from your luxury technology integration team

7 Tips to getting the best from your luxury technology integration team

The latest Bravas Luxury Living podcast (available on YouTube) explores working with a company like Bravas. We didn’t mean it to be an advert for Bravas but a resource for anyone working with a technology provider for their luxury home. In the podcast, we interview Ryan Anderson, the CEO of Bravas, and he explored several key learnings from his time in the industry. The podcast is about 30 minutes long and is worth watching if you are about to build or remodel your home. If you don’t have the time, here are some quick read ideas. The best experience is not possible when you DIY. Of course, if this is your hobby, you will have fun playing with smart home technologies. If, however, you have a large home with lots of rooms, getting this right as a DIYer can almost be a full-time job. The benefit of using a custom technology integrator (or CI) becomes apparent when you remember no two homes are the same. The technology, while it is easier to use than it was, is still complicated. When done right, the technology all but disappears; if you have to be smart to use your smart home, something went wrong.   The answer is not more apps. When your builder or A/V supplier says, “oh, we have an app for that,” you need to say, “oh no!” A well-designed smart home should have a single, integrated software platform that runs all the technology in your home, so you only ever need to use one app or one remote control to do everything. If you pick the right platform,... read more
Getting Power Right in Your Smart Home

Getting Power Right in Your Smart Home

On the Bravas Luxury Living Podcast, we were recently joined by Jimmy Paschke, Sales Manager at SurgeX Residential. We discussed many issues around getting the power systems right for your luxury smart home. You can listen to the podcast here. A couple of the ideas we discussed may be worth a deeper dive – Surge Protection and Power Conditioning.

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The Truth About Cutting the Cord (or Cable)

The Truth About Cutting the Cord (or Cable)

If, like most people, you have been watching more Netflix and Amazon Prime than regular TV, you may be wondering about ‘cutting the cord.’ It seems like a good idea and could even promise to save you money, but there are risks and problems. While there are thousands of blogs covering how to get rid of your cable and satellite TV services, few explain the complexities and downsides. In this blog, we will discuss some of the pros and cons of going without regular TV service.

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6 Home Automation Scenes Every Smart Home Should Have

6 Home Automation Scenes Every Smart Home Should Have

One of the most significant differences between a well-designed home automation system and a poorly designed one is scenes. Worse, you maybe have no scenes set up at all. In this blog, we will review what scenes are, pick the top 6 every home should have, and talk about getting them right for you. If you think we have missed some, let us know.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Next Video Conference Call

4 Ways to Improve Your Next Video Conference Call

The new reality is that many of our meetings going forward are going to be from our laptops. While Zoom calls aren’t the same as in-person meetings, it is still important to put your best foot forward. The person on the other end of the call may not get to appreciate your minty fresh breath or fancy new shoes, but below are some ways you can look great when your meetings can’t be in person.

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The need for thermal camera monitoring in a post-COVID world

The need for thermal camera monitoring in a post-COVID world

We are all quickly realizing that we may have to adjust to this new world we live in, not just locally, but globally. With high traffic locations such as office buildings, sports complexes, retail locations, grocery stores, casinos, and more being the riskiest, they are also crowded for a reason; most of these places are essential to live life, to break away from the everyday.

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A Client´s Take on Bravas

A Client´s Take on Bravas

3 years ago, my husband and I completed an 18-month build of what would be considered our primary residence off Florida’s southeast coast on a corner alcove with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. We hired a dream team of experts in the fields of custom mid-century modern building, architecture & interior design — with an emphasis on sustainable materials throughout. Taking a nod from Architectural Digest, (as well as a few raving colleagues) we consulted with a lighting designer on how to incorporate human-centric lighting (more commonly referred by its buzzword, circadian rhythm lighting) into our primary bedroom & the kids’ adjacent bedrooms — along with our large, albeit, shared office space downstairs.

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