San Francisco baseball superstar Barry Bonds? new company has just landed a deal with one of the US's biggest house builders to install home networking systems in a Silicon Valley housing estate.
Bonds co-founded Digital Interiors with Skip Marsh, the Silicon Valley-based firm?s president, last year, but it has just won an exclusive systems integration contract with Kaufman & Broad.
Marsh claimed the scheme would make home networks affordable and easy to use for first time buyers and would also increase the value of their homes.
"We do this by integrating a central infrastructure that has the ability to access, distribute or control voice, video, data, audio and other control systems throughout different areas of the home," he said.
Robert Freed, president of Kaufman & Broad's South Bay division, explained that Digital Interiors is providing its basic Digital Age Wiring Network with basic phone and cable wiring as standard for no additional cost at the Willows estate in Silicon Valley.
Kaufman and Broad at the Willows is a new community of approximately 550 homes, but the two firms expect to wire more than 1,500 homes in Northern California over time.
New homes are wired from the ground up using a centralised communication service that can handle a project from concept to completion. The service enables users to access audio and video capabilities in multiple rooms, control lighting, satellites, and security.
"This is an important wave of the future - the way homes are going to be wired," said Marsh, adding that home networking systems were already gaining popularity in mid-priced homes.
Such installation costs range from $750 to $1,500 in new houses, but once in place, the home owner pays only standard Internet, cable and telephone service fees.
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