Recent News & Editorials

Below you’ll find our most recent comprehensive reporting from a variety of publications about Liquid Automation and our Projects.

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The Liquid Automation Team has won 1 CEDIA Award for our work at Auckland City Council.

The award presented was for:

  • Best Documentation

Automation AwardIt has now been 11 out of 12 years that we have received an award in this category.


The Liquid Automation Team has won 2 CEDIA 2018 awards for our work on the 145 foot Sailing Yacht Hemisphere, a 5 man refit located in Cospicua, Malta.

The awards presented were for:

  • Best Marine, Auto, Aircraft
  • Technology Meets Design

This marks a huge milestone for us, as it has now been 10 years in a row that we have won the Best Marine Category! Click on the link below to read the Article.

MAY 2018

Liquid Automation have been featured in the June 2018 Issue of “Widescreen Custom home and Theater Design” Magazine out of the USA for our work on the award winning Melbourne home theater . A special thank you to Wavetrain Theaters who we worked with on this project.  Click on the link below to read the Article.

February 2018

Liquid Automation have been featured on the CEDIA website - an article written about the project for which we won Best Integrated Home (level 4), Best Media Room (level 3) and Best Documentation in August 2017. Click here to read the article.


S/Y Zefira

49.69m (163 ft)

Fitzroy Yachts

New Plymouth, New Zealand

Lutron Lighting system, Lutron Blinds and Entertainment control for Deck & Lower Saloons, Owner’s Cabin, Aft Deck, Cockpit, Mid Deck, 3 x Guest Cabins, 3 x Crew Cabins, Captain’s Cabin, Crew Mess and Galley.

The system allows users easy access to multiple AV sources such as: Kaleidescape movie/music server, Satellite TV Decoder’s, iPod, Auxiliary inputs, Radio, 5 x CCTV cameras, Navigation, Blinds and Lighting control.



  • 10 x Crestron 4”- 8” wireless 2-way colour touch panels. These will allow feedback directly to the touch panel from the navigation system, Crestron iPod docks, Kaleidescape system, volume levels and any system startup count downs.
  • The Owner’s touch panel can also stream navigation and CCTV video feeds.

Audio/Video Server

  • Kaleidescape – 7 zones with 1080p high definition movie/music players.
  • Kaleidescape Server with 4.5 Terabytes of storage (expandable).


3 x Marantz home theatre systems combined with SpeakerCraft in-ceiling speakers and Velodyne subs are used in the Owner and Saloon areas. The remaining areas have the selection of local and distributed audio via Crestron amps and SpeakerCraft in-ceiling speakers throughout the yacht.


A variety of fold down 15” LCD TV’s in the Crew Cabins and 26-55” LCD’s and mirror LCD’s throughout the rest of the yacht.


Lutron lighting control has been used extensively throughout the yacht providing simple scene selections and global mood settings through the main common areas. Control has also been integrated with all the wireless touch panels.


Lutron Sivoia blinds have been used extensively throughout the yacht. Control has been incorporated within the lighting and entertainment system.


  • The Crestron system monitors and records the equipment rack temperatures and will shut down any area that goes over a pre-defined temperature.
  • The Crestron system will email Liquid Automation’s engineers of temperature events, as well as any faults to the Crestron amps or issues with the AV system.
  • Pre-loaded IR codes for worldwide satellite decoders. This allows for simple switching between different decoders around the world.
  • Crestron program changes can be downloaded to the boat anywhere in the world with access via satellite.
  • Single button audio muting of outside speakers from the Flybridge in times of emergency.
  • Global audio muting from the Pilothouse dash and fire alarm system.
  • Ships general alarm input – triggering this alarm will shut down all the entertainment systems throughout the yacht.
  • Crestron FM tuner – this allows for all radio broadcast text (RDS/RDBS) to be displayed on the remote controls. For example – Station name, Frequency, Track name and Artist.
    Please note: Text is only available in locations where radio info is broadcast.

Customer Reference

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to recommend the services of Liquid Automation to you. Over the last five years I have worked directly with Liquid Automation during the design, construction and operation of the Sailing Yacht Zefira, a 50-metre Dubois designed Super Yacht.

Throughout the initial design phases of Zefira, Liquid Automation understood the difficulties and constraints associated with a Super Yacht and provided positive solutions to any issues that we encountered. I feel it is important to note that all the systems, wiring and software that they installed are neatly set-out and have been documented very well; this is particularly reassuring considering the fact that Zefira is often offshore in the middle of the ocean.

On the rare occasion that I have needed technical support from Liquid Automation they have always been very helpful and worked tirelessly to solve the issue efficiently and effectively.

I am happy to recommend Liquid Automation to anyone seeking their services and I look forward to working with them again.

Yours Sincerely,

Federico Biatturi