Remote Automation

How do you network, automate, and integrate media sources into a remote mountain yurt during a snowy Utah winter? 1/16/2007 12:48 PM Eastern

Remote Automation

Jan 16, 2007 5:48 PM

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2006 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Winner
Gold Technical Design: Special Project

How do you network, automate, and integrate media sources into a remote mountain yurt during a snowy Utah winter? Located on a high-elevation 165-acre lot, this challenging media installation needed to provide all the conveniences and benefits of an automated home with a full-performance media room, while keeping in step with the fact that the contractors were essentially working with a big tent in the wilderness.

Aurant’s clients are a sophisticated couple with adolescent children who enjoy the outdoors and want to maintain the conveniences provided in their primary residence even when they are in their remote, private yurt. Since a yurt is a tent, there are no traditional walls for wiring speakers or keypads. With this particular installation, there was no regular power or connectivity, and sometimes the only access was via snowmobile, but these were only the obvious roadblocks. The real challenge was providing an overall design that did not detract from the “yurt experience,” while still providing robust reliable performance.

The first and most important step to overcome these challenges was to quantify, in as much detail as possible, the client’s expectation. Life in a yurt is different from life in a house. Determining how control and media systems would enhance and not detract from the “remote mountain” experience was the key to a successful project. With that, Aurant developed new tactics for hiding complex structural wiring and had to develop many new installation practices such as creating false panels that imitated tent poles.

The lighting control system is probably the most used component in the completed installation. It provides ample light, keeping with the feeling of a yurt while still being automated. Due to the remoteness of the property, security was implemented into the design to control access via a distant main gate, while PTZ cameras keep the grounds secure. An intercom keeps the yurt connected to the other five buildings on the property; a user can page and speak to anyone in any of the other buildings via an IP-based phone system. Another frequently used function is the extensive distributed audio system with full control capable from both in- and outdoors.

Equipment list

  • 4 B&W CCM80 ceiling-mount speaker
  • 2 B&W Speakers, CCM65 ceiling-mount speaker
  • 2 B&W Speakers, WM6 2-way vented box system
  • 4 B&W Speakers, CCM 646S 2-way ceiling speaker
  • 1 Crestron CNX-BIPAD8 audio distribution processor
  • 2 Crestron CNRFGWA-418 Gateway RF receivers
  • 2 Crestron ML-500 MiniLCD handheld remotes
  • 1 Crestron CP2E control system
  • 1 Crestron TPMC-10 WiFi touchpanel
  • 1 Crestron TPMC-10-DS docking station
  • 2 Crestron TPS-2000L compact video touchpanels
  • 1 Crestron WPR-48 floating wireless remote
  • 2 Crestron CNPWS-75 system power supplies
  • 2 Integra DPS 5.5 DVD players
  • 2 Integra CDC 3.4 CD players
  • 1 Microsoft XBox
  • 1 Middle Atlantic MRK-4026 rack
  • 2 Middle Atlantic SPN-40-267 racks
  • 1 Middle Atlantic CBS-MRK-26 rack
  • 1 Middle Atlantic MW-10FT rack fan
  • 1 Middle Atlantic FAN-10 rack fan
  • 4 Middle Atlantic BL-2 rack blanks
  • 4 Middle Atlantic shelves
  • 1 NEC PX-42VR5HA plasma
  • 2 NEC PX-42SP1U plasmas with speakers
  • 2 NEC PX-ST1U table stands
  • 2 NEC PX-50SP1U plasmas with speakers
  • 1 Panasonic KX-TDA200 hybrid IP-enabled PBX system
  • 3 Panasonic KX-T0141 2-channel cell station
  • 1 Panasonic KX-A236 additional AC adaptor
  • 1 Panasonic KX-TDA5161 door intercom
  • 2 Panasonic KX-T7775 premium doorphones
  • 3 Panasonic KX-TD7690 wireless phones
  • 2 Panasonic KX-TD7636 speaker display phones
  • 2 Rotel RMB-1048 power amplifiers
  • 1 Samsung HL-R4266W DLP HDTV
  • 4 SpeakerCraft WH 6.2 speakers
  • 4 Transparent power conditioners

    Time and Expertise Worksheet
    Task Hours
    Client Interviews 40
    Electronic Design and Engineering: 60
    Proposal and System Documentation Preparation: 20
    Project Management: 70
    Pre-wire/Rough-in: 50
    Trim-out: 20
    Shop Time for Racking and Testing: 16
    Programming: 40
    Final Installation and Calibration: 40
    Client Instruction: 8
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by your Company: 0
    Interior Design and/or Architecture by Others: 0
    Project Management by Others: 0
    Other time: builder's interior designs, drawings done on paper: 0
    Total Hours to Complete: 364

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