Welcome to the first edition of ACT’s e-newsletter! We are changing our quarterly newsletter to an electronic format to make it more convenient to read and better for our planet. Our quarterly newsletter was launched in 2008 to keep our customers up-to-date on what’s happening at ACT and in the custom electronics industry. Please feel free to share any feedback on the newsletter with us – we are happy to hear it. Also please feel free to share it with others who are interested in custom home electronics. If you do not wish to receive our newsletter, there is an unsubscribe option at the end.

Internet Radio for Niles IntelliControl® is Here!

Most of ACT’s clients who use a Niles system for multi-room audio have asked (and asked, and asked) when Internet radio would be available. It’s available! Niles now offers a digital music integration module. This allows users to listen to Internet music services, like Pandora® and Rhapsody, on their multi-room audio systems. If you have a Niles IntelliControl® system and would like to listen to music from the Internet using your system, please call ACT at 781-741-5959.

The iPad™ – Believe the Hype

ACT believes that Apple’s new iPad™ is indeed a game changer, at least for the residential control industry. For $500, the iPad offers everything a touch panel that costs ten times as much does. The iPad can be used as a touch panel controller for most of the home automation and control systems on the market, including ACT’s favorites: AMX and Savant Systems.

Homeowners can use an iPad to control all of the electronic systems in their homes, including home theaters, distributed audio and video, lighting, climate control, surveillance, irrigation and more. They can run wirelessly, be plugged into a desktop cradle or be used as an in-wall device.

One great benefit of using an iPad is that it offers very easy access to downloaded content, including music, movies and more. Another benefit is that, well, it’s an iPad, and it delivers all of the fun of an iPad – access to the Web, e-mail, photos, video, books and more. If you would like to learn more, please call ACT at 781-741-5959. Also, feel free to stop by our office if you’d like to play with an iPad.

Savant PROTÉGÉ – Great Entry-Level System for Multi-Room Audio

Savant’s newest system, PROTÉGÉ, is a multi-room audio and whole-house control system that is designed and priced to be an entry-level system. PROTÉGÉ distributes music in up to eight zones and can be fully controlled by an iPhone®, an iPod touch®, or an optional 9-inch tabletop controller or in-wall touch panel.

The PROTÉGÉ system offers instant access to music in any room in a house, and includes integrated iTunes® Digital Media Server and Touch Panel Server. The system comes with an iPod® / iPhone docking station and an integrated controller with twenty-five control ports including serial, IR, relay and IP.

The system is compatible and expandable with the entire Savant product line, so customers who would like to add more zones or to control additional electronic systems at a later date can easily do so. For more information, visit www.savantav.com or call ACT at 781-741-5959.

ACT Supports Jones River Landing

ACT sponsored the Jones River Landing’s Mulliken Music Series kick-off event in May by donating a pair of outdoor speakers, Red Sox tickets and Brockton Rox Tickets. The music series supports the Robert A. Mulliken Environmental Scholarship Trust, which funds the internship program at the Landing, affording students the opportunity to work in ecology and boatbuilding.

Jones River Landing was formed in June of 2003 by the Jones River Watershed Association to be a center for the study, restoration, and stewardship of sensitive ecological systems vital to the health, habitat and species of the Jones River and Cape Cod Bay. The Landing offers unique opportunities to participate in many activities including monitoring of aquatic environments, projects to restore water quality and coastal ecosystems, and water-based recreation such as boating and fishing.

For more information, please visit www.jonesriver.org.

ACT Wins CEO’s Choice Award

ACT won top honors at the annual Savant Dealer Conference in June. Each year at the conference, Savant presents its ROSIE Red Carpet Awards to highlight the best installations using Savant products. The awards celebrate the Savant dealers that have shown the highest level of creativity, originality, vision and hard work. ACT was surprised and thrilled to receive the CEO’s Choice Award, chosen by Savant’s CEO Robert Madonna for his favorite installation from all of the categories.



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