Spotlight On Smart Home Technology

Jennifer Yosowitz, co-owner of Audio One, Inc., of Dania Beach, Florida, is one of the few (if any) women at the top of the smart home automation and control industry — a market that is expected to reach $12.81 billion globally by 2020. As a college student, she got in on the ground oor of the skyrocketing era of “smart” technology through the music industry in Boston, and then in Nashville and Miami. As both COO and CFO of Audio One, Inc., a leader in the home automation and A/V industry in South Florida, Yosowitz has helped guide the company’s expansion from a recording and pro-audio focus to the luxury residential technology and commercial control segment that now dominates the market.

“My passion was always music. I went from Pre-Med in college to opening an office for designing and building professional recording studios in Nashville on Music Row in 2000,” says Yosowitz. “After expanding Audio One to South Florida we became the premier recording studio installation company. Along with my business partner and company founder David Frangioni from Boston, renowned for mixing the very first surround sound record in DTS 5.1, Audio One built studios for Ricky Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Steven Tyler, the Bee Gees, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and hundreds of other celebrities.”

Eventually, Audio One’s elite clientele began asking for professional level music equipment in their homes — high end speakers, processors, and amplifiers, as well as over the top luxury home theaters. “Because we were already embedded in the technology it was a natural progression for Audio One to expand into what is now home technology,” notes Yosowitz. “When you have a technician who knows how to put a studio together with 1,000 connections, it’s not a big leap to understand the schematics of wiring and integrating a house.”

Winning over 8 CEDIA awards for best systems, Audio One is the Rolls Royce of home automation, with the average price of a system starting at $100,000 and going into the millions. It is also one of the few companies authorized to install the IMAX Private Home Theatre. “Our systems are often hardwired,” says Yosowitz.” Stability is extremely important. We are dealing with clients that need fail safe systems. Even though wireless has significantly improved, there can still be interference. We often provide military grade security for high-profile clients as well.”

In addition, Audio One is one of the only installation companies in the country that has a mechanical and engineering department and in-house programmers. They provide design and engineering using floor plans that translates from CAD drawings to low voltage http://www.achaten-suisse.com/ pre-wire, equipment installation, programming, monitoring, and maintenance, with back-up service 365 days a year. “We also specialize in retrofitting older homes into smart homes,” says Yosowitz. “This can be accomplished without tearing out walls, which is often our client’s main concern.”

Besides residential installation, Audio One has impressive relationships with developers such as Via Mizner, and is the preferred home automation company for Interiors by Steven G, Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Metropica in Sunrise, Fendi Chateau Surfside, Zilbert International Realty, Kobi Karp, Sabbia Beach, and more.

Beyond running the day to day operations of Audio One, Yosowitz has been a visionary in creating the educational segment, “What Realtors Need to Know About Home Automation,” and speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. Yosowitz loves the idea of “what we are creating in people’s lives,” women’s lives especially. “Most of the time women are the ones who are managing the home: pets, chil- dren, entertaining, security, appliances, lighting, décor,” notes Yosowitz. “Men like the luxury aspect of big TVs, surround sound, and comprehensive security. But it’s women who often deal with the day-to-day use of smart technology and reap the benefits of comfort and peace of mind, including reduction of stress that these home systems offer.”

HERE ARE STRATEGIES THAT BENEFIT WOMEN, PARTICULARLY:

• Surveillance of children and their caregivers when parents are not home, as well as surveillance when children are alone and sleeping in their own rooms.

• Live-action feed of what teenagers are up to on their own.

• Notification of an open door, window, pool gate, or breach of security in the home or anywhere on the property.

• Finder for a wandering pet.

• Controlling electronics in the home from anywhere in the world

• Music and entertainment systems with everyone in the home able to listen to their own selections.

• Mirror TVs – a gorgeous mirror that becomes a TV.

• Motorized shades that follow the time of day.

• Lighting scenes to create a “Mood” at the touch of a button.

Audio One has a stunning showroom in Sunny Isles, where they are partnered with one of the most noteworthy interior design firms in the U.S, “Interiors by Steven G.” Schedule a visit to 18288 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach by calling 305-945-1230 or visiting the website www.audio-one.com.