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The AirMedia 2.0: Crestron’s Touchless Video Conferencing Solution

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Crestron’s New Product Makes the “New Normal” a Smarter Way to Manage Meetings

The “new normal” for your business can mean new opportunities. With Crestron’s AirMedia 2.0, you’ll meet with new clients, host meetings (onsite and offsite), and collaborate with business partners in more productive ways. Pacific Audio & Communications offers state-of-the-art video conferencing solutions for your business in Honolulu, HI, that help you stay on the competitive edge in your industry.

Instead of settling for “business as usual” or scaling back on operations, expand your horizons. In this blog, we’ll discuss how AirMedia 2.0 helps you achieve your goals by improving how you communicate with B2B partners, clients, potential customers, and employees.

 

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Let Lutron Lights Add Ambiance to Your Smart Home

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Update the Look and Feel of Your Rooms with These Home Lighting Solutions

Take control of the lights throughout your home with smart lighting from Lutron. Due to their sophisticated and stylish design, they not only elevate the ambiance of your interior spaces, but you seamlessly control them with a smart tablet, phone app, or a sleek wall panel. Offering thousands of lighting products – lamps, bulbs, and control options – Lutron helps you achieve the perfect lighting scene in every room.

Do away with your old lighting design and get ready for something new. Whether you want a modern look or a classic feel, you’re sure to find the right home lighting solutions for your home in Hawaii. Keep reading to discover how Lutron lighting control is the right choice for your home or property management company.

 

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Enhance Guest Experience with a Hotel Room Control System

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Smart Hotel Upgrades for Your Guests and Business

Positive first impressions mean everything, which invariably translates to repeat business. When guests enjoy their stay at your hotel, they keep coming back for more. Still, even if you have a well-appointed room, luxurious amenities, and a beautifully manicured property, your competitors in Honolulu, HI, may boast the same features. Rise about the rest by adding a state-of-the-art hotel room control system.

Your guests enjoy a 5-star experience every time. That’s because they have complete control of every technology in their rooms – the lights, motorized shades, whole-room audio, entertainment, and much more. Keep reading to see how you can fill every vacancy in your hotel by upgrading to a smart room automation system.

 

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Outdoor Living Solutions That Enhance Your Experience

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Do You Want an Outdoor Media Room or Home Theater? Here’s What to Do.

Expand your home entertainment experience by taking the fun outside. Home theaters and media rooms don’t have to stay inside. Bring them outside to enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and songs in the great outdoors! Add 4K TVs, luxury outdoor seating, a surround-sound system in your backyard, and smart landscape lighting, and you’ll transform your outdoor space into party central.

Whether you like hosting big parties or spending special times outside with a few friends, your new outdoor area is the perfect place to entertain. For custom outdoor living solutions, depend on Pacific Audio & Communications in Kailua-Kona, HI. Keep reading for creative and state-of-the-art technologies that make it happen for you.

 

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Keep Your Budget in Check with Energy-Saving Commercial Lighting

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How LED Lights and Occupancy Sensors Provide Effective Energy Management for Classrooms

As students return to college and your classrooms start to fill up again, it’s time to consider ways to improve the lighting throughout your property. A robust, automated lighting system is one of the most effective ways to cut costs, save energy, and keep your budget in check. For instance, LED bulbs alone use 75% less energy than incandescent. If you haven’t made the switch, now is the time.

In addition, by adding occupancy sensors, lighting schedules, and timers, you’ll enjoy real monthly savings – money you can put to good use in other areas. Read more to learn how updated commercial lighting control for your educational institution in Hawaii is a smart choice.

 

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Home Lighting Solutions That Improve Your Life

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Learn How Circadian Lighting Normalizes Your Sleep-Wake Cycle

If you exercise, eat the right type of foods, and manage your stress, you’re likely to lead a very healthy and happy life. But did you know that the amount of light you get each day affects your wellness too? For many years, scientists have studied the effect that lighting has on our natural circadian rhythms. They found that the correct amount and color of light has a direct impact on our wellbeing.

The takeaway? Your home lighting solutions should address more than the aesthetics of your rooms. By installing attractive, tunable circadian lighting in your Oahu, HI, home, you elevate your home décor and even improve your health. Read more to discover the benefits of circadian lights.

 

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Enterprise Networking Solutions Protect You From Cyber Attacks

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How a Certified DOD Cybersecurity Company Keeps Your Data Secure

How safe is your company from cyber-attacks? Unless you have a robust, secure, and up-to-date network in place, your business is vulnerable to cyber thieves. Today’s attackers are always looking for ways to exploit vulnerabilities in a computer network to steal data, money, or wreak havoc on your business. What may seem like a secure network to you is an open invitation to others.

Safeguard your data with state-of-the-art enterprise networking solutions that mount a powerful defense against cyber-attacks. Pacific Audio & Communications in Honolulu, HI, is certified by the Department of Defense to provide cybersecurity. Read our blog to learn how a strong commercial network protects your sensitive data.

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Boost the Overall Wellness in Your Home Today

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Check Out These Smart Solutions to Benefit Your Health & Wellbeing

Right now, health and wellness seem to be all that occupy everyone’s mind daily. It can be hard to find ways to protect yourself and give your physical and mental health a boost – even within your own home. But as you’re finding yourself staying indoors more lately, your home is the perfect place to start.

In this blog, we’ll explore various smart home solutions you can bring to your Kailua-Kona, HI living space in order to elevate its overall wellness and environment. Work with a trusted home automation company like Pacific Audio & Communications for every installation.

If you’re a concerned homeowner or property manager, keep reading below to find out more about why integrating these smart components into the home is a necessity for wellness.

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3 Video Conferencing Solutions For Your Business

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Improve communication with superior technology

No matter where you are – in your office or at your home in Hawaii – you need video conferencing solutions that work well. The problem is they usually don’t. Pixelated video, poor audio, and frustrating lag times create problems as you try to meet with colleagues, clients, or potential customers. Since teleconferencing technology has become the cornerstone of business nowadays, it’s vital to have a robust video conferencing system in place.

In this blog, we outline three ways to improve the video experience in your conference room and at your home office. Read more to see how these powerful yet easy-to-use technologies can turn a problematic video conference into a productive meeting.

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Liven Up Your Yard with Outdoor Audio

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The Right Setup Delivers Optimum Sound Performance

Your backyard entertainment shouldn’t suffer simply because it’s located outdoors. Luckily, the difference between your indoor audio and your outdoor sound system is that you’ll feel a fresh breeze with the latter.

But to optimize your outdoor audio design, you’ll need to take your entire setup into consideration. With the right outdoor living solutions and professional installation from our team, you can start enjoying music and media in your Oahu, HI yard today.

Want to find out more about outdoor audio and sound? Keep reading on below.

 

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How A Hotel Room Control System Improves Your Image

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Give Your Guests Complete Control in Their Rooms with a Robust Hospitality Interface by Crestron.

Your guests want more than merely a place to lay their heads. They want to be treated like royalty. Think about it. Where would you rather stay: a hotel suite that meets your basic needs (a bed, TV, and bathroom) or one that caters to your every need? A standard TV with remote is par for the course. Every hotel room has that. And keyless entry has become standard now.

Go above and beyond to make your hotel stand out. Install a state-of-the-art hotel room control system at your hotel in Oahu, HI. An advanced smart automation system by Crestron elevates a guest’s experience to a new level. And why wouldn’t it? With hospitality interface controls in their suite, you put everything at their fingertips. Read more to see how hotel smart controls can improve your brand image and the experience of your guests.

SEE ALSO: Building Automation Solutions Positively Impact Hotel Operating Budgets

Simple Yet Sophisticated Controls

Are you giving your guests an excellent first impression? Smart automation does it from the moment they step in their rooms: automated lighting and shades, seamless control of the AC and heat, touchscreen interfaces, and much, much more. In fact, you’ll impress them so much, they may never want to leave! With Crestron automation technology, your guests are sure to enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and pampering.

For instance, they’ll have complete and customizable control over the audio-visual system: 4K TVs, streaming video, and high-definition speakers. They’ll have a cinematic theater experience in their own suites. Or, if your guests are having a gathering in their rooms, it’s the perfect place for a dance party or spending time with friends. Hotel room automation not only improves the experience of your guests, but it’s smart business sense because it makes your hotel much more appealing.

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An Architect’s Introduction to Circadian Home Lighting Benefits

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Why Tunable Lighting is So Important for Your Next Project

As an architect, you know that how a home looks and feels has everything to do with what potential buyers see in it. A home’s appearance can be a make or break factor – and you make it your goal to create a space that is both inviting and aesthetically pleasing.

Lighting can play an important role in a home’s design and architecture. One fixture can change the entire mood of a room or exterior! So it’s imperative that you bring only the best home lighting solutions to your Honolulu, HI home projects. But what about lighting that goes beyond creating a bright and beautiful atmosphere?

Circadian lighting aims to bolster homeowners’ physical and mental health, while still illuminating your space’s décor. In this blog, we’ll dive into what this circadian lighting is exactly – and how it can benefit your next project by setting up a space any homeowner would like to call their own.

What is Circadian Lighting?

Circadian lighting’s definition starts in its name! The purpose of circadian lighting is to help balance the homeowner’s circadian rhythm day in and day out. Your circadian rhythm keeps you feeling good and ready to face the day, both mentally and physically. When it’s thrown off balance, you’ll notice that you start to feel sluggish and run down.

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Save Money on Energy Costs While Adding Appeal to your Business

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How Commercial Lighting Control Is an Eco-Friendly & Eye-Catching Choice

Upgrade your lights and save money. It is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption. By installing an energy-efficient commercial lighting control system at your business in Honolulu, HI, you improve the appearance of your property – inside and out – and give your budget a boost. 

Want to discover all the benefits of integrating new lighting with a commercial automation system? Read more to learn how a controlled lighting system offers many options, including the ability to manually and automatically adjust any number of lights throughout your building.

Money-Saving and Energy-Saving

How would you like to reduce your company’s energy usage by 20%? With a state-of-the-art commercial lighting system, you control every aspect of the lighting on your property. This helps you remotely adjust lights in areas that aren’t in use. In fact, it can be done automatically by programming scenes or using motion sensor lights. Also, LED lights are 80% more energy efficient compared to incandescent bulbs. That means big savings for your business.

That’s what Pacific Audio & Communications achieved after installing a building automation and commercial lighting control system for Del Dotto Winery. We received the CEDIA award for “Best Innovative System or Solution” for the project. From integrated security to smart lighting, we brought every technology together under one centralized system for Del Dotto Winery.

Lights That Are Easy to Operate

You may think that an innovative lighting system is complicated to use, but it’s just the opposite.

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An Introduction to Outdoor Lighting

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Create the Ultimate Outdoor Living Setup with Lighting

Lighting has a way of transforming our surroundings completely, both indoors and outside. As you find yourself at home these days, you shouldn’t have to stay cooped up inside. With incredible outdoor living solutions for your Hawaii backyard and patio area, you can elevate your outside spaces in new and aesthetically pleasing ways.

In this blog, we’ll take you through the outdoor lighting basics and what they can do to brighten up your home’s exteriors. Want to find out more?

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SEE ALSO: Want to Enjoy the Summer Nights? Landscape Lighting Can Help

Set the Mood

If you want to catch up on a book on the patio, enjoy a movie night with family, or splash around in the pool in the evening, your lighting has a significant impact on the atmosphere of it all. And in the future, when you once again host parties and events – lighting can make or break the mood!

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Strengthen Your Home and Commercial Networks

Strengthen Your Home and Commercial Networks




Ensure that Your Network Connection Stays Well-Protected
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Now that more and more people are working from home these days in light of COVID-19, network systems both in the home and at the offices are at risk. Hackers and privacy-violations are threats you don’t want to have to deal with, but you might not be considering these issues until they’re right in front of you.




But you can avoid these security risks by having robust networking solutions at your Hawaii residential and commercial spaces. Whether it’s in your living space or your company that might not be operating as usual, you can use a professional network installation.




In this blog, we’ll dive into how this upgrade can keep your home or business safe. Read on below to learn more!








SEE ALSO: 3 Things to Look for in a Smart Home Company




Home Network Connectivity & Performance




Spending more time at home can get chaotic once your technologies start to fail you. With more people inside, your home network is more likely to become overcrowded as its bandwidth simply cannot take so many connected devices running and using the internet at once.

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Pacific Audio & Communications is Still Safely Serving Our Customers

Pacific Audio & Communications is Still Safely Serving Our Customers




PAC will stay open as a federally mandated essential business




As businesses close throughout the country to aid in social distancing and halting the spread of COVID-19, we have been designated by the government as an essential business that may remain open to support our community during this time. That being said, we’re not conducting business as usual. Your safety is greatly important to us, which is why we’ve implemented special steps to protect clients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. You can explore the steps we’ve taken here.




Technology integrators have been labeled an essential business by the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) in large part since we’re vital to homeowners setting up home offices and learning environments. Integrators are also recognized for their role in keeping a strong networking infrastructure throughout the country as other essential organizations also need support during this challenging time. 




During this critical period, we are committed to helping our clients stay connected, support remote learning for the nation’s children, and protect our clients’ properties and families. 




Though networking and communications infrastructure are the primary reasons for our essential business designation, we will also be available for any service, support, and installation of vital home technology systems including security, surveillance, lighting control, entertainment, and more. A strong network is essential for much of the country right now, and we are here to support your needs.




PAC is following and exceeding CDC and WHO guidelines to the point that we are wiping phones down. We are still going into homes but are calling prior to doing so, in order to make sure no one has been sick or quarantined. Our team wants to ensure social distancing is practiced in the house, and we will clean as we go through the house and before we leave it.

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COVID-19 and Cybersecurity

COVID-19 and Cybersecurity

COVID-19 and Cybersecurity







In today’s complex and interconnected world virtually no major event occurs without an associated cyber threat. The COVID-19 pandemic is exception. As all of us work to mitigate this threat, we should be aware of how cybersecurity impacts us in doing so.




The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.




CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.







In addition, threats may take on the form of websites providing critical information to the public. For example, according to both CISA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a malicious website pretending to be Johns Hopkins University’s live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website.

Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information-stealing program that can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.




While dedicated attacks to interfere with or slow response to this crisis remain a concern at federal and state levels, the primary cyber-related concerns for most of us related to COVID-19 include:

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Safety Precautions Taken by Pacific Audio & Communications in Response to COVID-19

Safety Precautions Taken by Pacific Audio & Communications in Response to COVID-19




The team at PAC is keeping an eye on all the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and around the world, and we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our employees, clients and community safe during this time. Health precautions and protocols in line with WHO and CDC directives are taking place throughout our organization to reduce the spread of disease. Every day our team reviews up-to-date recommendations to ensure we’re doing everything to curb the spread of COVID-19.




Though these may change over time, here are the current steps we are taking to reduce the risks associated with this novel coronavirus:




  • Every technician is equipped with hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean their hands. It is also readily available at our showrooms, offices and work sites to be used by all of our employees. In addition, all employees must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F ​​[37.8° C​] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees are instructed to notify their supervisor and their healthcare provider immediately upon experiencing any symptoms.
  • Measures are in place to address employees who have recently traveled or have family members who have tested positive for COVID-19. They will go through a CDC-directed risk assessment for potential exposure and be directed to stay home if necessary. 
  • Disinfectant wipes are readily available throughout our job sites and permanent locations to wipe down frequently touched surfaces including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, remotes, and touchpanels. In the field, our installers also have wipes handy to wipe down tools and equipment before and after each use.
  • Our installers are following strict on-site health and safety guidelines including the use of disposable gloves and sterilization products. 
  • We will refrain from shaking hands with clients, and will maintain recommended distances while in your home or business.
  • Our technicians are willing to wear N95 masks in your home or business upon request, and are performing necessary sterilization methods before, during and after being on the job-site. Necessary supplies will be on them and in the vans.
  • Employees have flexible sick leave policies that offer them the ability to care for themselves and family when needed. 



We appreciate your trust during these unprecedented times, and we take the health and wellbeing of our clients and employees very seriously. To protect our staff, we also ask that our clients communicate if anyone in your home or business is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to the virus. We also ask that you follow the CDC's guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we are on-site. If you have any questions about these precautions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

3 Commercial Automation Opportunities We Deliver

3 Commercial Automation Opportunities We Deliver




Think Beyond Your Conference Room Automation!




As business owners, sometimes we inordinately focus on external factors when determining both current business success and scalability. For example, we might count the number of clients we have and how much they bring in, or how many business partners you might nab on your next trip. While these are all critical factors, it often pays to look at internal elements when you’re ready to scale.




An internal focus means ensuring that your employees have everything they need to succeed and grow your business. Is your conference room automation speedy or intuitive enough for your junior salesperson’s first video-conference presentation? Does your peer leader have a small, quiet area to start a breakout coaching session? Let’s look at three rooms that every Kailua Kona, HI, business needs to thrive in the new decade.








SEE ALSO: The Most Unexpected Commercial AV Applications We’ve Installed




Conference Room




Of course, we can’t fail to mention that we design and install conference room automation. That’s where you bring in large groups of clients to discuss important matters, host conference lunches or impress prospects. Your largest meeting spaces should handle all of your needs, and those shifting requirements might involve many moving parts. For example, you might need beamforming microphones to pick up more voices around the room, motorized shades to block ambient light from a projector screen or in-wall speakers to distribute your audio. PAC’s conference room installations have you covered when you need a room that impresses every time.




Conference rooms have their uses, but too many business owners overuse them for a lack of more suitable options. Below you’ll find a more efficient way to manage smaller groups.

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3 Unexpected Applications for Our Commercial Audio Video Systems

3 Unexpected Applications for Our Commercial Audio Video Systems




Pacific Audio & Communications Takes AV Installations to Breweries, Wineries and Beyond




If you own a business in Kaiula Kona, HI, or are interested in how other people operate theirs, we know you’ve heard about some of the benefits of commercial audio video installation. We’ve installed many corporate, restaurant and retail AV systems that have clients excited about boosting their customer base, upselling products, engaging employees and more.




But maybe you didn’t know how we could serve three markets that were untapped by AV updates for too long. Keep reading to find out some unexpected verticals we’ve reached, including the project that won us a CEDIA award.








SEE ALSO: Take a Look at Our Del Dotto Winery Project, Featuring Full Automation!




Wineries




We recently crossed the ocean to help a Napa Valley winery reach its full potential with AV systems and automation. We brought smart security, climate control, audio, video, lighting and more together as we modernized Del Dotto’s sprawling, architectural space. We’re very proud to say that our ambitious Del Dotto Winery project earned us CEDIA’s “Best Innovative System or Solution” in 2019.




As you might expect, PAC automated Del Dotto’s famous winery with tasting room AV. Wineries also allow us to help behind the scenes, too. By automating the wine caves’ temperature controls, we can ensure wines are at the perfect settings during fermentation. And if there is any change in temperature or an issue that arises, the system immediately lets the employees know so that they can tend to the wine immediately.

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