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Steve Crowe 08-28-2012 08:08 AM

L.A. Dodger Adrian Gonzalez Outfits Home with Savant, iPad Controls
By Steve Castle
Distributed audio, video, lighting and security all integrated in a simple interface

Editor's Note: Baseball star Adrian Gonzalez was recently traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as part of a nine-man blockbuster deal. But the new Dodger can still peek in on his Boston-area home, thanks to a Savant control system and iPad/iPhone apps.

Electronic House visited with Gonzalez and his family in their newly completed suburban Boston home that sports a game room, several surround-sound systems and an iPad-operated home control system that mirrors the interface of their residence in San Diego.

It’s a long way from San Diego to Boston. But when Major League Baseball star Adrian Gonzalez was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox in late 2010, he knew he and his family would have to make a second home nearly 3,000 miles away.

That became a reality this April when Gonzalez, his wife Betsy and 6-month-old daughter Brianna moved into their Cape Cod-style retreat in a leafy suburb of Boston. The comfortable new digs make up for the coast-to-coast move, though, thanks in part to an Apple-based Savant control system that forms a high-tech tether to their home across the continent.

The control system in Gonzalez’ Boston-area home features the same Savant system he and his family used in their San Diego home, with the same interface they’ve become accustomed to since 2010, when that system was first installed. “They’re very familiar with it, so the learning curve is the same,” says Otto Benson, president of La Jolla Home Theater & Automation in La Jolla, Calif., which equipped both of the family’s bi-coastal homes with the technology.

Perhaps even better, Gonzalez and his family can use the Savant system to check in on either home remotely. “When I’m on the road I can check on the home from my iPhone and check the system and the San Diego house,” he says.

iPad, iPods and iPhones
You won’t find a single in-wall touchpad in Gonzelez’ 9,600-square-foot East Coast residence. Nine iPads, several iPod touches and the couple’s iPhones operate a host of audio/video components, as well as thermostats, the lights and security cameras.

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