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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

 Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a good start for all of you. 

I wanted to share a quick personal story with you…
I recently updated my kitchen and although the footprint hasn’t changed, it really does look completely different. My family came over during the holidays and they were very complimentary of the new look. However, I was surprised that the change that sparked the most conversation was a new dual USB receptacle (OK, now you know I’m not the only tech geek in my family). Please read on for details.

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 


   

This Lutron 15A dual USB tamper resistant receptacle is one of those small changes that makes a big difference.  You can charge 2 devices simultaneously, without an adaptor. 

Minimalists will love the simplicity and decorators will love that it comes in a variety of colors and finishes to coordinate with your other Lutron wallplates.

Although these do need to be installed by an electrician, it only takes about 15 minutes and this receptacle can replace any outlet in your home. 

 

 


 January Trivia  
In what year was the all-time coldest temperature in the state of Connecticut recorded?
If you think you know the answer, send me an email: gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com.


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Has your bill increased, without noticeable improvements? 

 


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Davco Special Edition Newsletter

 

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Special Issue – Introducing DavConnect!

Dear Friends of DAVCO,

Over the past few months we have been looking at ways to better serve our clients, and I think we are on to something. Leveraging our expertise around home networks, we built DavConnect, where we can monitor and potentially resolve issues remotely.  What does this mean, exactly? Well…

With DavConnect we can:
1.  Monitor issues so we can see the health and speed of your network, 
2.  Get status updates from devices, and reboot remotely for you if they seem hung up,
3.  Update firmware on devices without having to bother you at home.

DavConnect is available in 2 plans, which you can check out below.  Important to note that an initial purchase of equipment is needed.  Feel free to ask us any questions! 

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 
 


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Client satisfaction and system dependability are the foundation of our business plan at DAVCO. Providing fun, long-lasting and reliable home systems is our goal, and to achieve it we offer DavConnect, the ultimate experience in personalized service for your Smart Home.
 
Dav
Connect Essentials includes:

  • Remote Support:  A guaranteed reply within 24 hours of a reported issue, during normal business hours. We will log into your system from our Operations Center to diagnose and attempt to resolve the issue, without an on-site visit. We take the severity of the issue into consideration.

DavConnect Premiere includes all Essentials services AND:

  • Extended Remote Support:  A guaranteed reply and remote diagnosis within 2 Hours of a reported issue from 7AM – 7PM. Outside of these hours we will respond and attempt to diagnose and/or resolve the issue within 12 Hours.  We take the severity of the issue into consideration.
  • Network Monitoring:   Your home network and the devices connected to it are the backbone of your Smart Home. Network Monitoring diagnoses problems automatically and alerts our Operations Center before a failed device becomes a major problem.
  • Notifications:  New product updates, service announcements and other valuable information.
  • Scheduled maintenance:  Once per year in-home system check of all equipment. We will perform any necessary firmware updates on your equipment, as well as ensure equipment racks are free of potentially damaging dust and debris build-up.

 DavConnect Essentials – Free with purchase of equipment
 
 Dav
Connect Premiere –  $999 per year with purchase of equipment

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Davco May Newsletter

 

May 2017 Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

I am very happy to introduce our new Systems Engineer, Nick Lauria.  Nick comes to us with a strong background in home automation. His impressive resume also includes experience as an Apple specialist, a client support technician, and a systems trainer. Nick is a Connecticut native and an avid cyclist who spends his free time playing trumpet in the Black Rock Brass Quintet. Welcome, Nick!

Please read on for information about Coastal Source outdoor lighting, Séura’s Spring TV promotion, and Nick’s Notes.

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 


 

In April, we had the opportunity to attend a  training event  that was considerably different and more exciting than our typical – sit in a classroom behind our laptops learning about the new software changes and product updates.  This was an outdoor experience that included impressive outdoor audio equipment demonstrations by day and gorgeous lighting techniques by night.  It was a real hands-on training and we learned so much about how a couple of 3-watt energy efficient LED lamps can illuminate impressive size trees, sculptures, facades or other exterior features and spaces.  Coastal Source products are built to withstand the elements and if you give us the opportunity to put one of their fixtures in your hands or better yet demo them for you, I’m confident you will be as impressed as we are.

 

 

 

 
Ryan, Nick, Jim & Greg at Coastal Source training


Lip lights for accent lighting on outdoor bars, patio features or pools.

  

   
 
Bullet lights
create a cascading affect on a group of   Evergreens.  A nice way to accent natural foliage or architectural features.

 

 


 

Nick’s Notes

Hello friends of Davco!  It’s great to be a member of the Davco team to assist you with smart home technology. You can probably guess that I am a bit of a tech junkie and have spent much of my professional and personal time learning more about this fast paced world we call tech.  As Greg mentioned I worked for Apple Inc for the better part of a decade, so I definitely know a thing or two about Mac and iOS.  I also have several years of experience in the home automation world, in both setting up and servicing systems.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling and singing with my wife, Ashley.  We are involved with a few choirs in the New Haven area. I was a certified music teacher in CT for about 4 years, and try to keep my trumpet chops in shape as best as I can.

Look forward to meeting you all!

Nick Lauria
nicklauria@davcoinc.com


    
   Outdoor TV News and Promotion!!!

   
                               Click on photos for outdoor TVs in action.
             

May not feel like it now, but warm weather is certainly coming our way.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Séura is announcing its annual outdoor TV promotion.  An outdoor TV is an easy way to liven up your patio or outdoor bar area, and add some nice entertainment features to your pool house and surrounding area.  What better way to enjoy a summer pool party with the Sunday game rolling in the background. Or watch your favorite movie under the stars.

How does a Séura outdoor TV differ from that Sony hanging in your great room? Great question! Séura TVs are specially designed to handle the tough conditions of the outdoors. These units are completely weatherproof to ensure proper functioning even when left out all year long.  This includes insulation to protect the internal components and connections from cold temperatures, snow or sleet, insects and other loose debris.  Additionally, Séura TVs are made to handle the extra brightness from the sun, for a clearer picture.

Controlling your home via an integrated system, like Crestron or Savant?  No worries! Séura TVs are designed for home control, meaning operating your outdoor TV is no different than your favorite viewing location in your home. 

Séura’s current promotions  make an outdoor TV an easy addition to your space.  Give us a call and we would be more than happy to make a visit and talk more about your needs.

$200 off Séura Storm Outdoor TV sizes: 55” and 65.” Offer good until June 30, 2017. 
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$1000 off the 84” Storm and Storm Ultra Bright through July 31st.
Click here for promotion details.


 
     
       
 

 
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Davco March Newsletter

 

March 2017 Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

Although it’s cold and snowy now, it will soon be time to think about relaxing outside. We recently became dealers for Oasis Patio Shades. These high quality shades integrate with Lutron control systems and can make your outdoor entertaining even more comfortable. Weather-defying waterfront and landscape lighting from Coastal Source also integrates with Lutron systems. Please see below for more information about these innovative products. 

  Happy 1st Day of Spring! 

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 


Congratulations!  to Ryan from Florida for submitting the correct answer to our last trivia question!

March Trivia:   What university’s men’s basketball team has won all four of the NCAA championship games it has played? 
The first trivia player to email me at gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com will win a DAVCO mug!


DAVCO is now a dealer for this great new outdoor shade system:
Insolroll Window Shading Systems is proud to introduce
Oasis Patio Shades Driven by Lutron, bringing best-in-class automated patio shades to the luxury home market. These high-end patio shades bring advanced control to outdoor spaces by controlling heat, UV rays and glare, as well as eliminating pesky insects. Until now, an outdoor shading system capable of integrating with Lutron’s HomeWorks QS and RadioRA 2 lighting control systems did not exist.

   

For more details, click here for the press release and catalog.


Coastal Source has weather-defying lighting for your waterfront and for your landscape. Coastal lighting features:
     *brass fixtures
     *fixtures sealed to keep out moisture, corrosion, debris & bugs
     *standard or LED bulbs
     *full system warranty
      click here for more features

      
   



   

Crestron has a new upgrade program, which offers a cost effective way to add the latest features to your Crestron system. Call us for more information.      
   


Tech Tip

If you’ve tried the Heos app, click here to get shortcut hints.


 
     
       

 
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Davco December Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

As we wind down our 30th Anniversary year, I am happy to say it’s been a good year here at DAVCO. We appreciate that we have been able to continue our relationships with our longtime customers and we have enjoyed meeting many new clients this year.

It’s been a pleasure working with you in 2016 and we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

Sincerely, 
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 



Congratulations!  to  Mike from Danbury for knowing that Planes, Trains, and Automobiles was the movie where Neal Page and Del Griffith spent 3 days traveling from New York to Chicago for Thanksgiving. And thanks to Dave from Weston for providing this classic image from the movie!

 

December Trivia:   Are you ready for the final trivia question of our 30th anniversary year?
One of America’s favorite New Year’s Eve traditions is watching the ball drop at One Times Square. In 1986, who hosted the televised version of this tradition?
The first trivia player to email me at gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com will win a DAVCO 30th Anniversary mug!


ILLUMINATIONS 

Here at DAVCO, we love lighting and and the holiday season provides lots of inspiration!




   
       

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Davco November Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

In the spirit of the season, our DAVCO team would like to thank you for being such great customers! We appreciate having a forward-thinking group of “early-adopters” to work with and we are thankful for all of your referrals.

Best wishes for a Thanksgiving that is full of good food and plenty of time to relax!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
Greg DellaCorte, Principal


November Trivia:  
Can you name the 1987 movie, where Neal Page and Del Griffith spend 3 days traveling from NY to Chicago for Thanksgiving?
The first trivia player to email me at
gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com will win a DAVCO 30th anniversary mug. (A recent mug recipient told us his coffee tastes better in a DAVCO mug – thanks Phil!)


   Just a reminder – it’s never too early to schedule a service call for pre-party adjustments to your home entertainment system!
Common holiday alterations include: updating lighting scenes and music distribution, checking outdoor pathway lighting, and getting TVs ready for holiday movies & football.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Jim & I recently attended a very informative D-tools seminar at the Savant Training Facility in Cape Cod.

 

 

 

 


ILLUMINATIONS 

New from Lutron:

Sivoia QS Triathlon Architectural Fascia
This contemporary, metal fascia option will be available in white, black, bronze, and silver/gray.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sony has an array of holiday specials. If you are thinking about new TVs,  projectors, or Blu-ray players, this is a great time to order!

 

 

 

 


   
       

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Davco October Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

New England’s fall foliage is just one of the reasons why this is my favorite time of year. I also enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. In fact, we’re getting a new doorbell for our home and I thought, “This is a great opportunity to get a doorbell that plays custom holiday music.”  I’m thinking “Monster Mash” or “Thriller” or “Ghostbusters” for Halloween.

On a more serious note, this time of year often brings bad weather and the devastation of disasters like Hurricane Matthew reminds me of the importance of emergency preparedness. This is a complex issue, with many levels, and below is some information for homeowners regarding safe-guarding home electronics and basic emergency preparedness.

Also, please read on for information about new, award-winning products from Sony and Autonomic.

Happy Halloween!

Sincerely,
Greg DellaCorte, Principal


Congratulations!  to Chris from Coopersburg for knowing that most of the Grand Lakes University scenes in “Back to School” were filmed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

October Trivia:  
Several of the movie sequels released in 1986 were Halloween/horror movies. How many Halloween/horror movie sequels, from 1986, can you name?
The first trivia player to email me at
gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com will win a DAVCO 30th anniversary mug!


Emergency Preparedness
The wide range in nature and severity of natural disasters in our area makes preparation challenging, but there are some basics steps that can help most homeowners:
For home electronics:
Before a storm hits, disconnect electronic devices from wall sockets.
Protect irreplaceable data such as photos, by regularly performing backups with offsite backup recommended.
Install surge protectors to protect electronics from spikes of power
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Click
here for a diagram from TPD, illustrating areas of your home that need surge protection.
General:
*Many of our clients have automatic home generators. Aside from the obvious benefits, these are great for situations where people are away from home or want to leave their homes during a storm because this allows them to continue the remote home automation/monitoring they have established.
*A portable, hand-crank-battery powered emergency radio is helpful for backup communication.
*Click the links to see Emergency Preparedness suggestions from the
Red Cross, OSHA, CDC, and DHS.


Industry News
CEDIA’s 2016 Best New Product Winners include:

Sony’s 4K Home Theater Projector
VPL-VW5000ES


This high-end projector, from Sony’s Premium Home Entertainment line, boasts 5,000 lumens of brightness, HDR compatibility, and the ability to upscale your Full HD Blu-ray™ or DVD movie collection to 4K.
For more details, click
here.
To learn about other SONY projectors,  click here for their Home Cinema Projector brochure.

Autonomic eSeries MMS-1e Music Streamer

Autonomic’s MMS-1e music server enables homeowners to stream music from popular streaming services, throughout their homes. Mirage Music Streamers can be integrated with Lutron, Crestron & Savant automation systems.
Please click
here for additional information on the MMS-1e.


   
       

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Davco September Newsletter

 

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Dear Friends of DAVCO,

Over the summer, I visited several colleges with my daughter. Since the topic of college visits is worthy of its own newsletter, I’ll stick to my technology observations.
At each school we signed up for the standard 1-hour information session and 1-hour tour and it was interesting to me how much that 2-hour experience varied.
Some colleges were obviously using technology to the fullest: online appointments for tours, tour confirmation emails, admissions lobbies with interactive video walls, student representatives wielding iPads to check-in visitors, and information sessions with power point presentations.
At other colleges the use of technology was more subtle.  One college had a low-tech info session (an admissions officer and a panel of students gave a casual talk in a classroom), but I noticed the classroom had a high-tech Crestron control system for the audio, visual, lights, & shades. (Doesn’t everyone peek into the equipment closet, if the door is open?)
Then there were colleges where we felt like we stepped back in time: confusing maps, vague directions, not enough tour guides for tours (despite reservations), and not enough seating at the information session which consisted of an admissions officer, standing in front a chalkboard, giving an informal speech about college life.
Don’t worry, I know the quality of a college education is not based solely on the technology that may or may not be obvious during a 2-hour college visit.
However, it does make me think about technology as a tool. We are fortunate to have the tools to create a lifestyle that was once just a vision.  SONOS is maximizing technology to enhance your home audio experience, by partnering with several integration companies. Please read on, for details about this recent collaboration.


Happy First Day of Fall!

Sincerely,
Greg DellaCorte, Principal 


Congratulations!  to Jim from New Canaan for being the first trivia responder! Van Halen played in New Haven in August, 1986. As our readers pointed out, many famous rockers, such as Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, and Jim Morrison have also played in New Haven.

September Trivia:  
What university provided the backdrop for most of the outdoor scenes in the 1986 hit comedy, Back to School? The first trivia player to email me at gregdellacorte@davcoinc.com will win a DAVCO 30th anniversary mug!



Sonos recently announced new partnerships with several home automation companies, including Lutron, Crestron, Savant, and iPort, that will allow connected homeowners to play their music even more effortlessly.
According to Sonos President Patrick Spence, “Custom installers are at the vanguard of making the connected home a reality. For years they have worked tirelessly to bring disparate technologies together, and are pushing hard to make smart homes both accessible and ubiquitous. Our work together ensures our sound platform integrates well with their systems now and in the future.”


 partners with
Lutron and Sonos are Changing the Way People Listen to Music at Home
The balance of light and music creates harmony and has the power to transform and transport us. Starting this month, music lovers can control their home’s sights and sounds in a simple and personalized way, as lighting control leader Lutron Electronics ushers in the future of light and music with Sonos integration and a new Pico remote control for audio.
The collaboration with Sonos, the sound platform for the connected home, gives consumers direct, one-touch control of any Sonos speaker alongside lights, shades and temperature, when used with Lutron’s  RadioRA 2, HomeWorks QS and Caséta Wireless smart home systems. Play, pause, skip tracks, and adjust volume, in exactly the same way that you control lights and shades from your nightstand or from the wall.  Read more…

Lutron press release COOPERSBURG, PA (August 30, 2016)

partners with
According to John Clancy, VP of Residential Systems at Crestron, “Our new collaboration with Sonos is a big win for Crestron dealers and the upscale homeowners they serve. It is now easy to integrate Sonos on any scale, from a single room to an entire estate, into a custom Crestron home automation system.The new collaboration enables the Sonos app to be seamlessly integrated with Crestron home automation systems. Homeowners can now search and stream all of their favorite music on their Sonos home sound system right from Crestron touch screens, handheld remotes, keypads, and from the Crestron app on popular mobile devices.
The Sonos
brochure and video illustrate this new collaboration
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Crestron Press Release Rockleigh, NJ, August 30, 2016


 partners with  Savant and Sonos have worked toward a common goal of delivering the best music experience in connected homes. Homeowners can play music through any of their Sonos speakers, use voice commands to cue up a playlist, and even combine music and lighting into a scene that can be scheduled to set the mood automatically at any moment.
“Together with Savant, we are defining new and innovative connected home experiences that are making it even easier for customers to listen to their favorite music out loud in any room of their home,” states Andrew Vloyanetes, Global Business Development Manager at Sonos. “Savant’s unique scene functionality gives music lovers new ways to easily incorporate their favorite music into everyday moments, helping them get even more out of their smart home experience.”
Savant Press Release HYANNIS, MASS. — September 15, 2016

partners with  

 iPort announced that its xPRESS Audio Keypad will be “the world’s first WiFi direct remote control for Sonos. It is designed to be set up in just minutes via an iOS app to control any Sonos device directly. The Keypad enables direct access to key music functions like Play/Pause, Track Forward, Volume Control and toggle capability through Sonos Favorites. Because the Keypad is wireless, battery powered, and is a decora form factor, it can be installed on any wall by itself or alongside other decora-sized devices. Provided xPRESS Magnetic Wall Adapters also allow a user to grab a Keypad off the wall or any surface and use it as a handheld remote.”
iPort press release 08.30.2016 San Clemente, CA

On a lighter note, click here to watch the Sonos video “Listening Gone Wrong.”


On August 19th, the high-end movie server manufacturing company Kaleidescape closed it doors because of financial difficulties. But they are back in business and according to our rep. they are “bigger & better than ever and the K-scape store remains open and more content is being added on daily basis.” Click here for more details.


  

   
       

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