July Edition: Home Technology & Security


brings you the latest in security technology and the innovations which integrate into your home control system.

This issue is also packed full of events from June
Read on to find out more!

Yale Keyfree

Digital Door Lock

Yale have just released a lock which gives you smart control of your front door.

Operated by wireless remote or keypad, you gain complete and flexible control over your door entry system. Connect the lock to your home automation for further accessibility and custom reports. For example, remotely unlock your door for a visitor or receive notifications whenever the door is opened. 

With 20 programmable user codes, you can even assign one to your cleaner or contractor, granting them access at a time which you specify. This puts you in control and reduces the risk of any unwanted entries.

NYCE WirelessDoor Hinge Sensor

The upcoming wireless door hinge from NYCE is an innovative new addition to their range of door sensors.

Built-in Zigbee wireless technology allows for communication with your home control system and unlimited customisations. The hinge can be used to alert you to a door opening at night time or to operate the light scenes in the morning!

View our website for more information on installation. 

Linx and X-Touch Security Doors

80% of all burglaries occur through the front door

Incorporating secure entrances into your property should be the number one priority when thinking about home security.

The new Linx and X-Touch security doors from Torterolo & Re are not only manufactured with the capability to withstand burglary, but also incorporate the latest in start-of-the-art electronics.

Both doors can be connected to your home control system for advanced integration, feedback, and customisation options.

For more information about these doors visit Kensington Security Doors & Windows.

Beyond the surround sound systems, the automated blinds and the integrated home control, KAV London understand the requirement for safety and security in the home.Building on a wealth of experience installing security solutions, we are currently taking steps to increase our repertoire of safety and security services, to offer a complete audio, visual and security package. 

As part of our new system, Peter, our operations director, has undertaken his NICEIC fire alarm accreditation. We are now able to fully specify fire alarms.

For more information on specification or installation and live demonstrations, you can arrange to visit our showroom in London or give us a call!

All Under Control

The latest edition of in:Design magazine features KAV London at the heart of home automation. With a special focus on the current trends in lighting control and the growing popularity of integrated LED’s, read the full article here (p32-34) for the full range of benefits of intelligent lighting systems in your home.

Cedia Award NominationOur work at the Vertice Penthouse in St. John’s Wood has been nominated in the category of “Best Media Room over £10,000” at this year’s CEDIA Awards.

The room incorporated a fully automated motorized drop down projector, 100” screen, Bowers & Wilkins 5.1 surround sound system and Lutron lighting, operated by a Crestron control system.

View the project here.

Kensington Fine FishThe freshest fish in London, now available to collect in Fulham or for local delivery in SW6! Kensington Fine Fish are sourcing great fresh fish, direct from the fishing ports on the South Coast, to order through their website.

Don’t miss out!

..on the fresh Hot Smoked Salmon

You won’t find salmon like this anywhere else in London!

KAV birthdaysJune 16th was a special day for KAV London, with 3 of the team celebrating their birthday. We visited All-Star Lanes in Bayswater for a great night of bowling.

Take a look at our album to see more photos from the night.

50 Miles!On Sunday 21st June, we are proud to report that Peter completed the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation. 2015 marked the 40th year of this legendary ride!
This month we unfortunately say goodbye to our beloved office manager Rebekah, who is returning to her native Australia after her visa expires.Rebekah has been with KAV London for nearly 2 years and will be sorely missed by all. We caught up with Rebekah to ask her a few things about her time here.

Q. What have you enjoyed most at KAV?

As much as I should say I enjoyed learning about the ever-changing and developing technology in this industry (which I did!), my most enjoyable experiences were spending time really getting to know my colleagues – people who are genuinely passionate about what they do and who never failed to keep me entertained!

Q. What things will you miss?

The variety of work in my job, the people and responsibility and not least, the office banter.

Q. What have you learnt?

In a job where I often have about 5 tasks happening at once, multitasking and prioritising would definitely be something I’ve learnt a lot about as well as (hopefully) perfected!

LED vs Halogen Energy ConsumptionOur LED cost comparison study against halogen bulbs has been live for 37 days now. As you can see, the 50 Watt halogen bulbs have cost £221.38 compared to £6.43 for the LED bulbs. View the live meters here.

KAV London specialise in home energy efficiency. View our survey options here to discover how we can significantly reduce your energy bill. 

Lagos!Last month Os and Malcolm jetted out and spent a week in Lagos, Nigeria.

The trip comprised of meetings with clients and visits to a number of projects that are in the pipeline.

Bowers & Wilkins Speakers

Crestron App for the Apple Watch

Control your home from the ease of your wrist with the new Crestron App for the Apple Watch. With two-way communication and a raft of customisation options, this new app bridges the gap between the technology and the user for a more personal experience.

Sonos 5.4 Software Update

The latest software release from Sonos will have an impact on users with CR200 controllers. The CR200 will still be able to control your system, however the following features will be removed:

  • Set up a new Sonos system
  • Add new players
  • Add or remove music services
  • Adjust room settings

You will still be able to perform these functions from another Sonos controller, such as your Apple or Android device.

CEDIA Awards
| Friday 3rd July |

The CEDIA Awards celebrate excellence in home technology design, installation and integration. This year we are finalists in the ‘Best Media Room over £10,000’ category.

Miele Cook Off
| Wednesday 29th July |

The next cook off is due to take place at the end of July. We invite a new selection of contestants each time, so contact us if you’re interested in taking part.

Next CPD

| Friday 30th October |

An insight into working and designing with audio visual companies, hosted at our showroom in Fulham. Get in contact to book a place.