The modern house can be equipped with an interactive security system, including monitoring and surveillance, which can warn you of a wet floor, a carbon monoxide leak, and high and low temperatures. It’s something straight out of a science fiction novel, and we’re living it now.
Installing such systems is the handiwork of Jim Tuomisto, owner of Hi-Tech Installations, who says, “It is just an extension of what I did in the Navy. You have the same kind of communications on a Navy ship, so technically, I’ve been doing the same kind of thing since 1977.”
It’s a difficult line of work, in part because advances in technology are occurring so rapidly that Tuomisto must devote considerable time to taking classes and seminars just to stay current. His customers benefit not only from that up-to-the-minute technical knowledge, but also from his ability to plan for the future.
Tuomisto retrofits existing construction, but he also installs prewiring during new construction and remodeling projects. As his website indicates, you may not need all the wiring right away, but it can save you a lot of money down the road as your needs change.
In today’s economy, installing a high-definition home-theater system may be out of reach for some, but including other systems actually may save you money right now.
According to Tuomisto, monitored security systems can lower your insurance bill significantly. Now is also a great time to take advantage of discounts—like 25 percent off monitoring for the first year of a new security system.
Above all, high-tech systems are customizable. So, if you want your house to make your life easier—let’s say, monitor the temperature of your wine cellar, or make your remote control more functional and easier to use—Tuomisto can get the job done.
An initial home consultation is free. Tuomisto will travel throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, as far as Stillwater, Afton, and Shakopee. A full listing of service areas can be found on the Hi-Tech website.
Name of Company: Hi-Tech Installations
Year Founded: 1982
President/CEO: Jim Tuomisto
Number of Employees: 1, plus subcontractors as needed
Phone: (952) 938-7500