InnerSpace Electronics Wins Coveted 10th Annual Electronic House Home of the Year Award

Leading NY custom electronics pros snag gold for one-of-a-kind smart home installation.

 Innerspace Electronics, Inc., New York’s leading resource for premium home technology solutions, is proud to announce the company’s latest award win, the CI industry-driven Electronic House Home of the Year Award.

The Electronic House Home of the Year Awards showcase technologies and systems for the whole home and each year honor the best installed spaces, submitted for judging by professional home automation and home theater integrators. Showcasing Innerspace Electronics’ creativity and meticulous system engineering, the firm was honored with the Gold Award in the category of Whole Home, Over $50k. The award-winning Orange County, NY home boasts an array of custom smart home technology solutions including: twenty-nine surveillance cameras that capture images of wildlife around the property (and also provide class-leading security); elegant colored lighting which accentuates the architecture of the home; and commercial-grade systems that pair with residential nuances and control to deliver uber-smart home automation effects.

“At Innerspace Electronics, we don’t believe there is any singular template or cookie-cutter layout when it comes to designing, installing and maintaining a smart home,” said co-founder and president Barry Reiner. “We pride ourselves on thinking outside of the box to deliver an experience that not only ‘wows’ but adds real value, convenience and innovation to our clients’ projects.”

Upon completion, the impressive 14,000 square-foot home now features a Savant home automation system, which allows the homeowners to actively monitor and manage every aspect of the home environment including commercial-grade lighting, heating and cooling and networking which unite with residential electronic door locks, audio/video components, motorized shading, surveillance cameras and more. Collaborating with a host of premium consumer electronics brands ranging from Savant, Lutron, Samsung and Seura to Bowers & Wilkins, JBL, Leon Speakers, Sonance and IC Realtime, among others, the Innerspace Electronics team worked diligently, delivering a custom whole-home system that offers unparalleled convenience, efficiency and enjoyment – not to mention priceless peace of mind.

“Being recognized by a leading consumer electronics publication like Electronic House is an incredible honor and something we are undoubtedly proud of,” said InnerSpace Electronics co-founder and vice president Andrea Reiner. To be recognized as one of the top custom installation projects across the country is something every home tech pro and system designer strives for. Most importantly, to be honored for one of our most demanding and creative projects yet, speaks volumes for the commitment we bestow on our craft and to our clientele.”

“Interest in the smart home continues to grow,” added Barry. “We embrace this opportunity and are leveraging consumer interest to push ourselves further, implementing exciting new market trends and applications into the services we offer. We look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence and serving our East Coast community for years to come.”

 

InnerSpace Electronics Wins Houzz Awards!

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. of Port Chester, NY Receives

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

 

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Port Chester, NY, January 28, 2015 – Innerspace Electronics, Inc. of Port Chester, NY has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 26 year-old home automation company was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

"We are thrilled to have been selected for both the Design and the Custom Satisfaction awards. While winning in both categories is an honor, we are especially excited about winning in the Custom Satisfaction category since we pride ourselves on our customer service," said Gina Romanello, sales and marketing manager at InnerSpace Electronics. "We love that we're able to showcase some of our favorite installations on Houzz!"

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. on Houzz at http://www.houzz.com/pro/innerspaceelectronics/__public  

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Andrea Reiner is Named a Leading Woman in Technology

We are thrilled to announce that Andrea Reiner, Vice President and co-owner of InnerSpace Electronics, Inc., has been featured as a Leading Woman in Technology by Consumer Electronics. Below is the link to the published article. Congratulations Andrea!

Leading Women in Technology

December 03, 2014 on www.ce.org

It’s not easy writing a story about women as a subset of an industry, as the women in this story prove. These women are not unique because of their gender, they are innovators, leaders and creators who are changing the tech landscape for the better, whether honing complex worlds of smart home technology and distribution for efficiency, for profit and for style or developing apps that allow smartphones to deliver vital medical data. 

 

These leaders have important stories to tell about how they rose in the ranks at their own companies, inspiring not just other women, but a new generation of innovators who are building on their ideas.

 

Andrea Reiner

Vice President of Innerspace Electronics Inc.
Port Chester, NY

What inspired you to found Innerspace?
I was on vacation with the man I knew would be my life partner, and we were discussing how we both wanted to create our own business and not work for someone else.

What were your main goals for creating a company focused on smart home technology?
Life passion and vocation.

What was the install industry like when you first got started?
In its infancy. Scott Struthers was just introducing in-wall speakers, and manufacturers were just starting to “think” about creating audio control systems. Mostly we were soldering and creating our own products.

What was your first experience with technology?

I started in 1982 with IBM as a systems engineer. My passion was never for the technology, but for the people I was working with. Thus, I moved into a marketing representative position after two years. Besides strategy and direction for the firm, I now mostly run the financial department and the marketing lead generation/close department. I can still remember my difficulties at college trying to program punch cards.

What challenges do you face being your own boss?

The largest challenge has always been to find motivated, caring, hardworking employees. It’s much easier to find the clients.

Have you ever faced any challenges being a woman in CE?
No. I can’t think of one time. Possibly because I am an owner of a company I never felt discriminated against.

What’s something people may be surprised to find out about you? 

That I was a horticulture major at the University of Maryland. I thought I would spend my days in a greenhouse planting flowers.

Has anyone inspired you in the industry over the years?

There are a lot of wonderful people in this industry, but the first three people that come to mind are Carol Campbell, for creating Woman in CE and always being such a wonderful enthusiastic presence in the industry, Doug Weinstein, for creating the ELF Organization and Maureen Jenson. She was the first person we worked with in publishing, and has always showed us such kindness and professionalism.

Favorite gadget?

My sailboat—does that count? After that it would be my Kindle, because I love to read!


https://www.ce.org/i3/Move/2014/November-December/Leading-Women-in-Technology

Savant Releases their Brand New App

On Thursday, November 6th, Savant officially re-opened their "loft" space in their NYC showroom to showcase their new app. A week later, we held our annual Continuing Education event for architects, designers, builders and other industry partners. We were thrilled to be one of the first integrators to not only learn about and see the app hands on but to tell everyone else too! The event was a great success and we received lots of positive feedback from attendees on both the new app and the AIA accredited continuing education class entitled "From Vision to Reality; Where Technology Meets Design."

Click below for the article Residential Systems wrote about us and the event itself.

http://www.residentialsystems.com/news/0003/innerspace-electronics-debuts-savant-app-in-nyc/86389

 

Savant's New Personalized Home Control App is Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen

This year at CEDIA, Savant debuted their new App which has the whole audio/video industry talking! Read the article below from HD Living for more details about Savant's products and the App in particular. We feel privileged to be one of the integrators that Savant has chosen to Beta test the new software. Stay tuned for our feedback!

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Published Sep 17, 2014 by Dennis Burger, Editor in Chief

Continuing our roundup of home automation innovations on display at this year’s CEDIA Expo, next up on my tour of the show was the booth of Savant Systems, whose presence in the home control space has positively exploded in the past few years.

Savant had a lot to announce at the Expo—including new WiFi and Ethernet controllers; new pricing, with the one-room Savant Host controller starting at $799; a new Pro line of controllers that enables access to adaptive phase dimmers and more advanced lighting control; and a new premium subscription service dubbed Savant Plus, which gives the homeowners complete remote access to their Savant systems for $150 per year (after a 90-day free trial).

But the biggest news by far was the new Savant App, which delivers unified, personalized control of lighting, entertainment, security, and comfort all from one slick, intuitive, completely personalized interface that boils down the control interface to its barest essentials without losing a bit of functionality.

And I do mean personalized. The first thing you see when you fire up the new Savant App is a screen containing every room in your house. And not merely a simple list; I mean you’re literally looking at an image of your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom, your dining room. Or it could be stylized images that represent each of those rooms. Or you can get really whacky with it, if you wanted to, take a photo of each member of the family, and quickly assign that headshot to his or her room, with a family photo representing the communal living area.

From that home screen, no matter how it’s graphically represented, you can quickly see the state of each room, including which AV source is playing, the state of the lights, the temperature, security settings, what have you, without pressing another button.

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Touch the button for any of those rooms and you’ll start to dig into a deeper level of control. Tap the little light bulb at the bottom of the screen, for example, and the lighting control sliders for that room pop up. If the Apple TV icon appears onscreen, you’ll know that it’s currently playing, but give it a poke and you can easily change to a different source—your satellite receiver, TiVo, Blu-ray player, music server.

Here’s where things get really cool, though. Most professionally installed home control systems these days allow you to set up your own lighting scenes. But the new Savant App takes things one step further by allowing you to create scenes that capture the state of any and all controlled devices. So, say you’re having a dinner party and want everything in your home to be just-so when your guests arrive. With the new Savant app, you can walk around your home hours or days before, adjusting every light, turning on music sources, queuing up playlists, and when everything is set exactly how you want it, you can capture the state of your home—in one room or every room—make slight tweaks, and save it as a custom scene with your own personalized photo. Perhaps a screen shot of the evening’s main course.

I’ve seen a lot of home automation user interfaces in my day—heck, I’ve programmed a lot of them myself—but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Especially not with this level of intuitive end-user customization.

If you want to see it for yourself, you won’t have to wait much longer. All of the new Savant Systems hardware unveiled at the show, as well as the new Savant App for both iOS and Android, are scheduled to launch on November 10. For more information, check out the newly revamped Savant.com, where you’ll also find a video demonstration of the new user interface, as well as page to help you locate your local Savant Systems integrator.

Continuing our roundup of home automation innovations on display at this year’s CEDIA Expo, next up on my tour of the show was the booth of Savant Systems, whose presence in the home control space has positively exploded in the past few years.

Savant had a lot to announce at the Expo—including new WiFi and Ethernet controllers; new pricing, with the one-room Savant Host controller starting at $799; a new Pro line of controllers that enables access to adaptive phase dimmers and more advanced lighting control; and a new premium subscription service dubbed Savant Plus, which gives the homeowners complete remote access to their Savant systems for $150 per year (after a 90-day free trial).

But the biggest news by far was the new Savant App, which delivers unified, personalized control of lighting, entertainment, security, and comfort all from one slick, intuitive, completely personalized interface that boils down the control interface to its barest essentials without losing a bit of functionality.

And I do mean personalized. The first thing you see when you fire up the new Savant App is a screen containing every room in your house. And not merely a simple list; I mean you’re literally looking at an image of your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom, your dining room. Or it could be stylized images that represent each of those rooms. Or you can get really whacky with it, if you wanted to, take a photo of each member of the family, and quickly assign that headshot to his or her room, with a family photo representing the communal living area.

From that home screen, no matter how it’s graphically represented, you can quickly see the state of each room, including which AV source is playing, the state of the lights, the temperature, security settings, what have you, without pressing another button.

Touch the button for any of those rooms and you’ll start to dig into a deeper level of control. Tap the little light bulb at the bottom of the screen, for example, and the lighting control sliders for that room pop up. If the Apple TV icon appears onscreen, you’ll know that it’s currently playing, but give it a poke and you can easily change to a different source—your satellite receiver, TiVo, Blu-ray player, music server.

Here’s where things get really cool, though. Most professionally installed home control systems these days allow you to set up your own lighting scenes. But the new Savant App takes things one step further by allowing you to create scenes that capture the state of any and all controlled devices. So, say you’re having a dinner party and want everything in your home to be just-so when your guests arrive. With the new Savant app, you can walk around your home hours or days before, adjusting every light, turning on music sources, queuing up playlists, and when everything is set exactly how you want it, you can capture the state of your home—in one room or every room—make slight tweaks, and save it as a custom scene with your own personalized photo. Perhaps a screen shot of the evening’s main course.

I’ve seen a lot of home automation user interfaces in my day—heck, I’ve programmed a lot of them myself—but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Especially not with this level of intuitive end-user customization.

If you want to see it for yourself, you won’t have to wait much longer. All of the new Savant Systems hardware unveiled at the show, as well as the new Savant App for both iOS and Android, are scheduled to launch on November 10. For more information, check out the newly revamped Savant.com, where you’ll also find a video demonstration of the new user interface, as well as page to help you locate your local Savant Systems integrator.

Celebrating 25 Years in Business

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. recently celebrated a milestone anniversary, 25 years in business, with a celebration at the Savant Experience Center in NYC. The event was attended by architects, designers and builders from the Metro NY area and they had the chance to receive Continuing Education Credits as well.

We received great press on the event and below are links to two articles written about us.

The Port Chester Patch

http://portchester.patch.com/groups/small-business/p/port-chesters-innerspace-electronics-marks-25-years

 Residential Systems

http://portchester.patch.com/groups/small-business/p/port-chesters-innerspace-electronics-marks-25-years

InnerSpace Electronics Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with a National Award-Winning Home Theater Unlike Any Other

In the quarter-century since InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. opened its doors in Port Chester, New York, co-founders Andrea and Barry Reiner have designed and installed hundreds of home automation and entertainment systems, from dedicated home theaters that replicate the big-screen cinema experience, to cozy living room media systems. But for the husband-and-wife team of the premier custom electronics systems integration company, one recent award-winning room stands out, showcasing the company’s ability to combine impeccable design and innovative technology integration solutions to create a unique automated entertainment environment perfectly suited for the home and family.

The room recently won Electronic House magazine’s Gold Award for Best Home Theater Up to $25,000, not only for its stunning big screen projection system, invisible surround sound system, and advanced, touch-of-a-button control system, but also for the challenges involved in transforming an unusually shaped, oblong bonus space into an absolute technical marvel that serves as a gathering place for the entire family.

“A trend we’ve noticed among many of our clients is that when their kids start reaching those adolescent years, they want them home more,” says InnerSpace Electronics co-founder and vice president Andrea Reiner. “It’s almost as if the parents are competing with each other to see who can have the best toys, so the neighborhood kids all come to their house instead of going out.”

Granted, it may be a stretch to call a $25,000 home theater system a “toy,” but for Andrea and Barry Reiner, redesigning the room from scratch—including not only the electronics, but also the décor, from furnishings and finishes to lighting fixtures and carpeting—was certainly a lot of fun. Crafting a high-quality home theater system for a room that was relatively shallow from front-to-back and wide from side-to-side did create some technical challenges, though, especially when it came to selecting and placing the video projection system. But these are exactly the sorts of challenges that InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. thrive on.

“The simple solution would have been to rotate the home theater system ninety degrees to create a room that was deep, but not very wide,” says co-founder and president Barry Reiner. “If we went with that approach, though, when you walked into the room you’d be walking into the backs of chairs, and it would no longer be a cozy family room kind of gathering place that the owners wanted.”

To keep the operation of the room as simple as possible, the InnerSpace team designed a dual-purpose control system, with both a traditional hard-button remote control for guests and an advanced Savant control system that allows the family to control the theater, as well as the rest of the home’s, electronic systems via their iPhones and iPads over the Wi-Fi network. “When we opened this business twenty-five years ago, Wi-Fi and mobile devices weren’t even a consideration; they didn’t even exist,” Barry says. “Today, the network is the most important appliance in the house. Not only are all of our control systems completely dependent upon wireless technologies and networking, but when our clients come to us, the home network is already a sore point in their lives because of the increased traffic demands of everything from Netflix to the children’s dependence on the network for homework assignments.”

 “The reality of this business and our clients’ lives is that they are fast-paced and driven by changes in technology,” Barry continues. “Compare our industry today to when we opened our doors, and it’s like two entirely different businesses. But I think that’s what separates InnerSpace and other businesses that have been successful from those that haven’t. We have taken the opportunity to grab onto market trends and technology changes, and incorporate them into the services we offer to improve our clients’ lives at home. We treat every client interaction as a separate and new opportunity and look forward to serving our clients for years to come.”

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InnerSpace Electronics Joins the Fight Against Cancer

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Greenwich, CT was held this past weekend, June 14, 2013, at Brunswick High School in Greenwich, CT.  Innerspace Electronics participated as the "AV Royals" and helped to raise over $2,000 with company matching from Andrea and Barry Reiner. The event began at 6:00pm on June 14th with a survivor reception. Opening ceremonies started at 7:00pm with welcoming remarks and a survivor lap to kick off the Relay. The event continued until 7:00am the next morning with teams walking throughout the night. Fifty-five teams were present and with just over five hundred people participating, $139,000 was raised in total.

Innerspace Electronics, Inc. was honored to be a participant and sponsor. “Cancer is a disease that, unfortunately, has touched too many people. We decided as a group that this was something we wanted to get involved in and then it was just a matter of picking which Relay to sponsor. Innerspace Electronics has worked closely with the Greenwich community over the years. We wanted to give back and chose to support their Relay. We are grateful to those that participated in our fundraising efforts, especially Leon Speakers, ProAct Sales, Thea & Shoen and DSB,” expresses Gina Romanello, Relay for Life Coordinator at Innerspace Electronics.