September 2019 Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Laura Arick and submitted Who are the local experts in smart home automation technology? Fishers-based Technology Interiors is one of the nation’s top 100 companies for integration. Rick Goren, owner of Technology Interiors, and his team have specialized in the integration of home theaters, smart home automation, home networking, home security and commercial applications since 1998. Goren and his team are recognized by Angie’s List and have the highest rating on Google out of all audio/video companies currently listed. Technology Interiors designs top-quality home theater audio and video systems, surround sound systems and more, all professionally installed at the most reasonable rate in town. Technology Interiors’ certified installers provide optimal solutions and service that its customers can count on. With 100 years of combined experience, the team at Technology Interiors provides its customers the comfort and convenience of smart home automation with award-winning service. They install home theaters, security systems, automated lighting, automated HV/AC and many other applications, all of which are smartphone controlled. Its satisfied customers include homeowners, builders and businesses in the Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Geist, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield and Greenwood, Indiana areas The Technology Interiors Difference Goren explained what differentiates his company from others in the industry and why homeowners should consider working with a certified and experienced brick-and-mortar store versus a big-box store or an e-commerce company. “We are in the Top 100 in the United States out of about 40,000 dealers,” Goren shared. “We integrate all of the devices that are made by different manufacturers—all together—so that they work on one app. Technology Interiors has had the same 10 employees for the past 15 years. Combined we have over 100 years of experience between all of us, and we have some guys who have been in the industry for over 35 years of field experience.” Building a New Home or Wanting to Update Your Existing Home’s System? “If you’re building a house, we can help you design the home automation, and we can retrofit any house with the same technology,” Goren said. “Home automation encompasses anything involving your electronics. It controls the lights so that they automatically turn on when the doorbell rings. It allows you to control your alarm system, audio/video from your smartphone or handheld device.” Goren explained that home automation enables the homeowner to control all aspects of the HVAC, security and camera systems, along with internal/external audio/video, from apps on their smartphones that are tied to a sophisticated—yet user-friendly—network. “It all ties into a very robust network, and we can monitor that network so that when you need to reset your Apple TV, for example, we can reset it from our office,” Goren said. “When you think about the world today, we have three main utilities that we cannot live without: electricity, water and internet. We’re so dependent on internet and Wi-Fi that we can’t operate any home or business without them.” Improvements that Have Been Made to Automation “Home automation is easier to deliver, and it’s more economical in terms of implementation, costs of the cameras and systems,” Goren said. “A camera system used to be $5–$10,000, and today you can get a quality surveillance system for under $1,000. You can get a multi-camera system in your residence or commercial facility for around $2–3,000.” Goren shared that the apps on the smartphone provide instant notifications when somebody enters your property and when they ring your doorbell. The homeowner is alerted and informed immediately. “You can control the locks on your doors and let a service person in who is there to repair something in your house,” Goren said. “You can let them in your home, watch them and talk with them as they perform the work.” What’s New with Home Theater Products? “Projectors have become twice as good and last twice as long,” Goren said. “The bulb used to last about 2,000 hours, and now they last between 4,000–6,000 hours. Also, the projectors were 1080p and now they are 4K. The resolution is four times as good.” Technology interiors sell high quality Sony, LG, and Epson projectors that reproduce more tones and textures than a standard projector system using Triluminos color. Hard-to-reproduce crimson reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better too, with skin tones more faithfully reproduced. “We sell an LG projector that is pretty nice-looking, and you can stick it on the credenza or piece of furniture, and it projects up to a 120-inch screen,” Goren stated. “It doesn’t matter how light is in the room because the screens are ambient light-rejecting screens. They work really well and reject all other lights that are being shined onto the screen.” Music enthusiasts love their iPods and cherish the ability to pocket and listen to their favorite artists whenever and wherever they may be. Technology Interiors can easily integrate your iPod into your home so you can receive your favorite playlists throughout your whole-house audio system. Recent Innovations and Improvements in Home Automation The doorbell security camera has revolutionized the way we monitor the main entrance of our homes. Goren agreed that with technological advances such as this, people are more proactive in monitoring their homes and neighborhoods than ever before. “We are a lot more observant to what’s going on in our own yards and streets,” he said. “We are immediately alerted through our smartphones when there’s an incident involving our homes.” Do you experience “dead spots” in your home’s Wi-Fi service and are getting nowhere with your internet provider? “We build robust networks, so you have broad coverage of Wi-Fi throughout your house,” Goren said. “We expand the signal into multiple access points so that you don’t have the frustration of not having service throughout your house.” If you’re shopping for the best in home automation products, professionally installed by local industry experts, then contact or visit Technology Interiors at their showroom, located at 8977 E. 116th St. in Fishers, Indiana, or visit the website at technologyinteriors.com.