Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota is a systems integrator in northern California. He writes for rAVe [Publications] as a member of the BlogSquad, as well as SF New Tech, Geek Beat TV, Lust Gadget and other places. He also acts as the social media manager for a few AV and automation companies. He loves art, technology and lamp. Don’t make it weird. You can reach him at johnnymota3@gmail.com.

Take Control Of Your Landscape: A Guide To The Connected Outdoor Environment

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Some of the most impressive properties that I’ve helped design and create into smart controlled experiences for their occupants all included a healthy mix of controlled and zoned lighting, with audio and video as well, in order to shape some truly incredible experiences in the residential, commercial and industrial spaces. The truly impressive ones, however, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 156: Stewart Filmscreen: 70 Years of Innovation & Delivering the Highest Quality, Future-Proof Projection Screens Available

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Robert Keeler, VP of sales at Stewart Filmscreen and I speak about new product announcements at CEDIA, Rob’s background, the future roadmap for Stewart Filmscreen, a more consumer friendly approach online, and a few hidden gems that you can only hear on this episode of AV Insider. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android […]

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AV Insider — Episode 155: One Vision Resources: The Art and Science of Service

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Joey Kolchinsky, Founder & CEO at OneVision Resources, & Jason Griffing, Partner Development at OneVision, speak with me about the art and science of service, and what exactly “Service. Solved.” means. What it means for the integrator, the client, and more importantly, what it means for that relationship. Joey & Jason both provide crucial knowledge […]

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AV Insider — Episode 154: Home Technology Association: Home Technology Certification Defined

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Josh Christian and I discuss the growth, & expansion of HTA Certified dealers across the united states; we also talk interest in other countries as well, and what that means for better designed and built homes. If your’e not familiar with the Home Technology Association, go back and listen to AV Insider episode 126, where […]

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AV Insider — Episode 153: Videxio: Simple, Productive Video Calls and Meetings From Anywhere

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Karl Hantho, President of The Americas at Videxio, speaks with me about all things Videxio, and how they are changing the way business and communication is done in the modern world. What does that mean you integrators, and the end users, find out the answers to these questions along with finding all about universal communication […]

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AV Insider — Episode 152: Envisage Sales Inc: A Passionate AV Manufacturers Rep Firm

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Jay Reitz, Principal at ESI Manufacturers Representatives, speaks with me about his passion for high-quality audio, how he uses passion to represent the finest SV & Technology brands, and educates his dealer base to be successful & knowledgeable AV Professionals. We cover everything form hi-res audio to actual audio trends in today’s market places, in […]

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AV Insider — Episode 151: Simplify Your Home, Office, Business, & World with RTI; A Pioneer In Control & Automation Technology.

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Ed McConaghy, CEO at RTI. speaks with me about all things automation from handheld remotes and single-room applications, to full fledge switching and controls of entire commercial and high-end residential applications. If you are unfamiliar with the terms home tech, home automation, automation in general, this episode of AV Insider is for you. As always, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 150: Former B&W President Creates New Life At JL Audio’s Home Audio Division

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JL Audio is planning some big things in their home audio division, & I for one, am excited. Doug Henderson, Senior VP of Home Audio at JL Audio, speaks with me about the future of JL’s Audio’s past, current offerings, and it’s future. We cover everything from Doug’s past experience as the former President of […]

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AV Insider — Episode 149: TierPM: Technology Solutions Delivered

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Marika Aquino, managing partner at TierPM, speaks with me about a concern I we both understand, and try to help with; our industry’s need for more AV/IT/Technology workforce. We discuss how TierPM is not just a staffing firm, that specializes in the AV/IT space, but rather industry professionals who provide profession based solutions for a […]

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AV Insider —Episode 148: SurgeX: The Only Technology That Eliminates Surge Energy To Safeguard AV Equipment

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Rick Komendera, Vice President, Global Accounts at SurgeX, speaks with me about Surge elimination from AV systems, for the residential, & commercial spaces. We cover everything from prepping a job walk with their envision series product, so that we can understand what power issues may be waiting for your next install, and how to completely […]

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The Productivity Playlist

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By now you should now that I’m partial to music, high resolution audio and productivity. What you may not know is how much I rely on music to guide me through my day-to-day task, at work, at home and everywhere in-between. Music can set the stage, the tone and pace to any project at hand. […]

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In Defense Of The Regional Trade Show

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Last week I attended a small, regional trade show by the name of “CI Expo” in Oakland, Calif. It was one day, lasting less than eight hours, and came with a free lunch, free training and education throughout the day, and my personal favorite part of attending any size/length trade show, lots of meet and […]

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AV Insider —Episode 146: PowerHouse Alliance: Are you Utilizing the Full Potential of AV Distribution?

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Dennis Holzer speaks with me about the PowerHouse Alliance, all its members, the power of the mega buying group that spans the United States, their own products offered beyond other manufacturers, The PowerHouse difference; Why distribution can benefit your company, and much, much more. All this and more, on this episode of AV Insider. Podcast: […]

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AV Insider — Episode 144: Lutron: Experience Lighting Control

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Melissa Andresko, Communications Director at Lutron, speaks with me about the Story of Lutron, including the birth & creation of the rotary dimmer from Joel Spira, to dimming artificial lighting to 1/10 of 1%, custom colors for natural lighting applications (shading), to Light fixtures for both residential & commercial spaces, as well as a brief discussion of […]

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Music Matters

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In the soundtrack of life, music matters. As far back as I can remember, music has always been a big deal in my life. It has always provided a most excellent, or as I like to say, a “double awesome” experience in everything that I do, whether it be work, play, explore, build, create, exercise, […]

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IOT Isn’t New, It’s Just New To You

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“The Internet of things is a network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.” Each “thing” is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing internet infrastructure. If this […]

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AV Insider — Episode 141: Plum: Built For Today, Ready For Tomorrow

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Utz Baldwin, CEO at Plum, has a quick chat/recap about Plum since he was on AV Insider originally (about 4-years ago), future plans (Hardware expansions & partnerships), new features since we spoke, & plum Integrations (IOT integrations, Sonos, other areas beyond lighting). We also discuss smart Home Predictions (The future of the smart home), data […]

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AV Insider — Episode 140: Xytech Systems: Facility Management Software Solutions for Today’s Media & Broadcast Companies

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Greg Dolan, COO at Xytech Systems, speaks with me about control solutions for the media and broadcast industry, and how Xytech has a multitude of solutions, and some now that are a module-based/pick-and-choose as you go (Media Pulse). We discuss future roadmaps, solutions, their incredible product, Media Pulse, and more; and all this can be […]

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AV Insider — Episode 138: The Audio Visual Fidelity Test Bench of Consumer Electronics

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Peter Vasay, GM & SVP at THX Labs, speaks with me about the companies newly most recently launched website, THX STANDARD. Peter & I discuss everything from how their consumer electronics rating website that provides objective and data-driven evaluations of the audio and visual fidelity of consumer electronics to help consumers make informed purchase decisions, […]

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AV Insider — Episode 137: Z-Wave Products (Dot Com): Products, Knowledge, & Solutions

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Matthew Davis, VP of new product dev. and project manager for https://www.zwaveproducts.com/, speaks with me about all things Z-wave (products, knowledge, and solutions, that can all be sourced at their aforementioned website, as well as a new product/tool they just launched. Some say it’s too expensive, but I say you don’t what you have. It’s definitely […]

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Enjoy The Music

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Recently I found myself reliving a much different time in my life, from the past, while I was at my mothers house, and digging around in the garage. I went over to move around some belongings I had left in her garage years ago, and found shelves and shelves of records, amplifiers, speakers, endless cables […]

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AV Insider — Episode 136: Low Voltage/Intelligent LED Lighting Systems

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Eric Higgs, Founder and Board of Directors Member at LumaStream, speaks with me about a low-voltage lighting and controls solution directed purely at AV integrators. LumaStream offers something to the AV integrators who could only offer a control system on a project, whereas the lighting went to someone else. Enter LumaStream, a completely C-7 license […]

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