Welcome to the Cantara Blog

Welcome to the Cantara Blog. Here we’ll post and discuss topics that relate to A/V, Cinema and Control System technology that we find interesting or important. We live and breathe this technology, so we’re always thinking, seeing or working on something interesting and cutting edge.


HTA designates Cantara as "Estate" tier Integrator

The Home Technology Association (HTA) Certification system is the new industry standard of excellence for home technology installation companies. Cantara is the first integrator in the country to be certified and has also been designated as the top tier, Estate. Jason Voorhees, President of Cantara says, “Ou

Cantara's Work Showcased in AMX Case Study Spotlight Series

Thank you AMX for including Cantara in your monthly Case Study Series. The Honda Smart Home US project has been a huge success and the capabilities of an AMX system made this experimental home with sustainable technologies a reality.

Cantara wins at 2015 CES- Las Vegas

We are incredibly proud to announce that Cantara was awarded Sustainable Project of the Year at The International CES Mark of Excellence Awards in Las Vegas, NV for our project, the Honda Smart Home US (HSHus). This follows our Gold Award for CEDIA’s Best Integrated Home in September and multiple features in such publications as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Robb Report. As the largest trade show event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the consumer electronics industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. We were extremely honored to receive this award. HSHus’s goal is to create an experimental home that was not just “Net Zero Energy” or “Zero Carbon Footprint” but to build a home that creates more energy than it consumes, to a level that allows nightly charging of an electric vehicle, and still produces an excess of 2Mwh that could be sold back to the grid. Of course the home has to also allow modern comforts and luxuries, such as multi-zone music and enterprise grade networking, but it also needs to raise the bar for the very definition of automation. To achieve this, it was required to integrate “automatic” lighting control, HVAC control and energy utilization that balanced comfort with the efficiency goals. Cantara was responsible for all the engineering, programming and binding the multiple technology providers together within the home. In 2014 Cantara had work that was recognized in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Electronic House Magazine and received 5 industry awards. We’re so proud to include Honda Smart House US, in our growing roster of amazing projects, many of which are featured on our website.  From professional arenas, to Hollywood screening rooms, and amazing applications in private homes, Cantara is focused on creating projects that are truly special.?Thank you to everyone that has been a part of our team and supported us in our efforts to be an award winning technology integrator!

CANTARA receives top awards at Electronic Lifestyles Awards

Each year CEDIA (Consumer Electronics Design Installation Association) hosts the Electronic Lifestyles Awards dinner at the CEDIA Expo and recognizes the best projects and products in the audio/video and home integration industry. CANTARA was awarded three awards at the evening's celebration.  Honda Smart Home was recognized in the Custom User Interface Category and won Best Original Graphic User Interface. In the Level V category of Best Integrated Home $450,001 and above, CANTARA's Honda Smart Home was awarded Gold and recognized as the top integrated home project in the world. Additionally, in the same category our Provencal Farmhouse project was awarded Bronze. The Expo is the connecting point for manufacturers, home technology professionals, media, and industry partners. With three full days of networking, brand exposure, and product launches, Expo is the largest and most respected industry tradeshow. This year the event was held in Denver, CO at the Hyatt Regency where the who's who of manufacturers and integrators from all over the world were in attendance. Congratulations to all our fellow award winners. Each year the caliber of projects and technology being showcased at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards is increasingly inspiring.  Project submissions were received from all over the world, we are very proud to have been recognized. Thank you CEDIA for these incredible honors.  


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