“It used to be you have a computer sitting on your desk and your home theater equipment sitting in your family room,” said Jeremy Houck, the company’s operation manager. “That’s all integrated now with your computer so you can view photos and movies and do a lot more home automation.” It’s almost a world as imagined by 1960s futurists, now anchored to reality through technological advances. “We have the technology now, where computer integrating is allowing for automation,” Houck said. “That stuff that was introduced that was an idea 30, 40 years ago is now coming to life.” That said, the business has become more complex. “The plasmas – it’s not something that you can put on a shelf and go,” O’Connell said. “Now there is a lot of installation that’s involved.” But after installation, it’s much cleaner. “The popular thing is to have a plasma TV in the room and there is nothing else to go with it. That’s how guys convince wives to buy a 50-inch plasma and hang it on the wall – no wires, no equipment, no clutter.” The founders of the firm all came from humble beginnings. Allan Parrington, who has operated Al-ter Computers for 14 years, started by repairing computers for local grocery stores. O’Connell has dealt in consumer electronics for eight years. “I started essentially setting clocks on VCRs and installing speakers,” Cuda said. He entered the wiring business nearly 10 years ago when he met the then-general manager of STI, Stevenson Ranch’s local cable company, which later became part of Time Warner Cable. “We got that whole business from one morning at a networking breakfast at IHOP,” Cuda said. “That relationship is worth millions of dollars.” Visit www.accesstechus.com for more information. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – As the once-separate realms of television home entertainment, computing and living-room light switches converge around a single handheld remote, three local companies are joining to create a one-stop shop integrating household and online technology. Access Tech Inc. of Valencia was stitched together from CudaElectronics, Crystal Clear Audio and Video and Al-ter Computers, each with expertise in indoor wiring, home audio and video, and information technology, respectively. Brian Cuda, the joint company’s president, said building a firm around these related fields makes both marketing and financial sense. His namesake company already installs audio, video, Internet and other wiring for home builders such as Miami-based Lennar Corp., an owner of The Newhall Ranch and Farming Company. Why not provide the gizmos and services that will run on these wires? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It just seemed like a natural fit to capitalize on some of the structural wiring,” said Glenn O’Connell, owner of Crystal Clear and part of the new venture. “It seemed like a ready customer base.” It’s also where the technology is headed in this culture of iPods and smart refrigerators – of media immersion, infinite customization and total control at your fingertips. Cuda said the company expects more than $2.5 million in sales in the coming year. “For example, the universal remote control that we sell with our home theaters – it requires a laptop to program it,” he said. “When we do security camera-type jobs, people want to be able to view those remotely (which requires online networking). “Home automation systems are now also computer-based. We’ll put in lighting controls and thermostat controls so it’s automated, but it’s all IT-based. People want to be able to control it from their office.” In fact, most new homes in the area are pre-wired for surround-sound speakers and indoor networking. For example, a Platinum Collection cluster in Santa Clarita’s Robinson Ranch subdivision is built with automation standards such as touch-screen lighting in mind.