LOUD Secures, Automates Former Footballer’s Home
LOUD Security’s home automation and security system installed in David Pollack’s house earned a 2020 SSI Installation of the Year runner-up honor.
It was another incredibly impressive showing for SSI’s Integrated Installation and Installer of the Year Awards. Read about the winners and runners-up throughout the month of July by visiting the Best of the Best page.
It’s not every day integrators finds themselves in the home of a professional athlete. However, that’s exactly where Kennesaw, Ga.-based LOUD Security found itself when ESPN Gameday Commentator David Pollack, also a former University of Georgia and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, was in need of a home automation and security system for his new house.
Because Pollack is frequently on the road, he wanted to make sure the new system would be simple enough for his wife and kids to use while he is gone. Their previous home automation system was found to be too cumbersome.
“In this home, they wanted to integrate security, life-safety, audio, video and HVAC in a way that made sense, and was simple to use for everyone, including their younger children,” explains LOUD Security GM Eric Widner. “It was clear that they were OK with multiple apps this time around in an effort to keep everything working simply, but that they didn’t want to spare luxury or comfort in doing so.”
Pollack also wanted a “video game LAN-party alcove” installed in the basement for his son and friends, as well as a video matrix wall in the basement sports bar area and A/V that could be integrated with or without the video throughput.
LOUD would end up utilizing a DMP security system, consisting of an XT50 panel with color touchscreen keypads, with door/windows contacted and backed up with a series of motion detectors and glass-break detectors throughout the home. Wireless monitored smoke detectors and heat detectors were also installed.
For video surveillance, LOUD utilized a Honeywell IP camera system with 16 devices monitoring the exterior perimeter of the home and detached buildings. The HVAC system includes Honeywell central-vac and Resideo thermostats.
Sonos audio was installed throughout the home and paired with Origin Acoustics in-ceiling speakers.
LOUD installed about $80,000-$85,000 worth of equipment and labor at the home.
“When you travel several days a week, all the time, your wife is the one it means the most to,” says Pollack. “In the past when our alarm system would go in and out, she would get nervous and I would have to worry about it. Now, I don’t have to worry about that. I have cameras that worry about that. She feels very safe and comfortable because we have a system that works and covers the whole house.”
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