What are Smart Warehouses?

A smart warehouse comprises of a variety of measures put in place to ensure maximum operation of the facility while keeping the costs in check.

Automation refers to the remote control of equipment and appliances such as lighting and air conditioning in the warehouse. The security and flow of goods in the warehouse also calls for well approved automated security and resource management systems.


The two common types of lights used in warehouses include the traditional (400W, mercury vapor) high bay lights and 36W fluorescent tubes in the offices. The high bay lights can be replaced by more efficient 250W (mercury halide) with an improved energy efficiency of 30% to 40%.

The latest T5 fluorescent tubes improve the energy efficiency of 60% to 67%. To minimize the amount spent on lighting, first, take advantage of ambient light from skylights (and windows if available) also schedule lights to turn off after the last shift leaves.

Air Conditioning

Heating and cooling systems and appliances can account for a great percentage of energy consumption in the warehouse. The choice of a highly efficient heating or cooling system both in energy consumption and effectiveness can cut you a great deal on your energy bill.

Simple actions like opening and closing windows/ blinds to allow for heat transfer or reducing draft cost nothing at all yet remain valuable.


The safety of warehouses involves an integration of security services such as intrusion detectors, burglar alarms, access control, video surveillance, fire detection and fire alarms. In addition to this, remotely managed services may be required for efficient business operations.

PSA system

PSA is a “business intelligence solution.”These systems are designed with flexibility to meet the specific business needs. Since this is a product of automation, it functions to optimally coordinate jobs performed by automated material handling systems as well as other manual tasks. Intelligent and flexible software incorporated at the core of the warehouse is essential if investments have to be maximized.

Energy saving and management

A well-designed energy saving system can improve passive solar heating and passive cooling through control of vents, blinds, windows and fans. It should also control heaters and air conditioners so as to be only used at the appropriate place and time by use of centralized AC controls.

Lights can be operated only when needed through simple motion timers and sensors or via centralized lighting controls. The energy management policy typically refers to the use of a computer software system that enables one to visualize, report on and ultimately fine-tune energy usage. Centralized energy management software gears provide the capability to measure and manage energy.


Smart warehouses all over the world are always on the high end of benefiting from energy efficient programs as well as automation. Whereas automation in such environments can be centralized and programmable alternatively, it may consist of decentralized and isolated controls and sensors. The system may encompass the use of sophisticated electronic programmable heating, cooling and lighting controls which include special wiring or wireless controls or a few automated isolated systems.

To be considered as energy saving, these automated systems must save more energy than they actually consume. The bulk of the energy saving task lies in designing and installing high efficient appliances. Automated warehouse systems aim to reduce the equipment operating time so as to minimize energy used.


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How The Amazon Alexa Can Automate Your Home From Your Voice

For decades, people have watched movies and television shows about technology and its impact on the future. From flying cars to friendly robots, we can all observe the ways in which the future is quickly becoming the present. Over the last few years, home automation has emerged and taken over the mainstream market; bringing sophisticated skill sets to our homes. Leading the way in this new era of home automation is Amazon’s Echo. Known by most as Amazon Alexa, The Echo is a voice-controlled speaker, home automation device and personal assistant. Most importantly, Amazon Alexa is smart. Over 4,000 skills have been added in just the past 90 days, and Amazon Alexa continues to expand its knowledge daily. Amazon allows other companies and individuals to integrate with the Amazon Alexa. Home automation company Crestron has integrated its systems with Amazon Alexa to create the home of the future.


Crestron is a company that provides integrated systems for audio and video, shades and blinds, lighting, temperature control and other components for home automation. Crestron provides complete solutions for full home automation by providing an assortment of products ranging from speakers and audio receivers to lighting and shade controls. By combining the voice control of Amazon Alexa with Crestron’s total integration system, homeowners can now control their home automation setup completely hands-free.


At its core, Amazon Alexa is a personal assistant. Alexa can perform basic tasks such as searching for information, adding products to a shopping list and playing music upon request. What makes Amazon Alexa so special is the ability to speak naturally to the device without having to stop and press a button. Amazon Alexa is always listening, so there’s no need to interact with the speaker itself before talking to Alexa. Beyond the typical commands of any virtual personal assistant, Amazon Alexa can integrate with websites, applications and appliances to provide additional functionality. These integrations are known as “skills”, and Amazon Alexa learns new skills daily. Skills are customizable, and can be added via the Amazon Alexa application available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.


The possibilities for what Amazon Alexa can learn are endless. Currently you can ask Alexa to perform tasks such as ordering pizza, reading audio books, providing facts on specific topics, ordering products from Amazon and even dimming your lights to a setting that suits your mood. Speaking to Alexa is very natural. You can say things like, “Alexa, dim my bedroom lights”, “Alexa order more toothpaste”, or “Alexa, ask Automatic if I need gas”. All the skills available in the Amazon Alexa application have made the Echo a perfect companion to total home automation. On its own, the Amazon Alexa can perform basic home automation tasks; adding Crestron as a partner enhances Alexa’s abilities far beyond what was imaginable even 3 years ago. With Crestron integration, Amazon Alexa can control your television, sound system, thermostat, security system, smoke detectors, lighting and a variety of appliances. Imagine arriving to a home that knows exactly what you want. You can have Amazon Alexa close the garage door, turn on the lights and start your favorite music as soon as you enter your home; all with the sound of your voice. You can find a recipe, preheat the oven, start the tea kettle, hear step by step instructions from your recipe and set timers for each dish you’re preparing. The power is no longer in your hands, it’s in your voice.


Contact us or visit our showroom to try out an Alexa enabled automation system, and gain control over your home or office through the power of your voice.

Automation Systems – The Future of Homes in Dubai

Smart homes are futuristic dream homes of most of the people who live in the city of Dubai as well as the country. Many of today’s household products are becoming “smart” and a part of the automation systems that can be set up. Products in the bathroom such as showers, electric razors and kitchens such as microwaves, refrigerators, and stoves are utilizing this technology. This technology seems to be new, but it uses existing technology. For example, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC are just some of the many different technologies used. These technologies are used together to make the electronic devices around a house automated, and function on a certain schedule or event.

When you hear the term “smart home”, you may visualize an expensive futuristic house or brand new mansion. However, with today’s new technologies and innovations, any homeowner can take advantage of either a few or multiple home automation services. Furthermore, these technologies are affordable for many homeowners. Whether you are building a new house or looking to simplify daily life in your current home, with smart home integration, your options are nearly limitless. Once your home automation system is installed, you can relax knowing your security system, lighting, heating, and entertainment features will run like clockwork.

How does it work? You choose the areas and appliances you wish to be “smart”, and our team will figure out the equipment necessary for automation. Our team will equip the systems with timers, settings, and control panels, conveniently located throughout your home. For example, you may have your lighting automated so that with one remote control you can turn on, off, and dim any light fixture inside or outside your home. Also, you may set timers on the house’s lighting so that porch or living room lights turn on at a specific time and you walk into a safe and welcoming home. No longer will you get up out of bed to turn off lights that were forgotten. Similarly, your security system and heating and cooling can all be controlled from one location, making your family comfortable, safe. Furthermore, home automation provides you with an energy efficient home, for an environmentally friendly household.

What choices are there for controlling the automation? You can select touch screens, remote controls, and online options. Want to change the heat setting while you are out of town? There are options for controlling your home automation system from a mobile phone or laptop. Prefer one central location that stays out of the reach of children? or maybe you wish to have a touch screen installed for easy access?

What about customizing? When you take a look at today’s smart homes, you will find an entire house personalized to the family’s needs and wants. It may sound complex, but it is as simple as choosing a few custom settings. For example, simply say “Good Morning” and as chosen, the air conditioner will turn off, the lights will turn on, the alarm will turn off, and your coffee will brew. All before you’ve gotten out of bed.

Entertainment systems also fall under the list of items that can be controlled with a home automation system. With Crestron’s powerful audio and video system integration, you can control almost any brand of TV, projector or speaker to function how you want it. You can also have home theaters complete with surround sound and multi-room speakers installed at the same time. Once your house is automated for practicality, you can look into investing in high-quality entertainment and sound systems as you may please.


The beauty of Crestron home automation systems is that it can function with almost any device whether it is old or new, making it a cost-effective option for a home automation system. Take some time to look into home automation options. You are sure to find at least one feature that will make your family’s life simpler and safer. Customize your smart homes to fit you and your family’s needs.


Contact us today to get a free estimate on deploying your future dream home automation in your household.

The true benefits of an AV (audio and video) distribution system

Audio and video distribution systems can be used in many places, but often they are not and this produces an economic and efficiency issue. As AV distribution systems are developed, more features are integrated, such as connecting to Youtube, Spotify, Rdio, and even Google Music playlists. You can also distribute video sources such as an AppleTV across multiple TV’s and projectors. This is beneficial as it makes your life simpler and error-prone in the long run.

But the question remains, what are the true benefits of an AV system?

Cost-efficient: Many speakers and TV’s often go into standby mode when unused for a long period of time. When you use an AV system, you specify which TV’s and speakers you want to activate, and thus you do not activate unrequired speakers/TVs. In the short term, this may not seem like an issue, but in the long-term, the issue becomes more apparent.

Efficient: Instead of having to manage multiple TV’s, and Speakers separately and control how you may want them to function, having an AV system will create a hub to allow you to control all AV systems from a central hub or even a tablet/mobile device (check our home automation systems for integration with tablets and other devices).

Simple: When you have a single hub to control all your AV systems, you are not left confused on which systems need to work and how to manage each single one in its own way. With an audio and video distribution system, you can control multiple different brands of systems without having to deal with each system individually.

Customizable: With an audio and video distribution system, you can control every single device and have them broadcast to multiple devices that do not necessarily have to be beside one another.  For example, screen sharing your laptop device to multiple TVs across your home.

When you use an AV system, you are simply using one system to manage all audio and video sources and targets, instead of sending staff around to each system and manually adjust settings. We use Crestron home automation systems, and Crestron has award-winning AV systems which give you the ability to broadcast 4K sources to 4K TV’s and projectors efficiently. Our audio and video distribution systems (powered by Crestron) can be connected to the home automation systems and give you complete control over your media control needs across your office and home from your Apple/Android mobile device or tablet.