ELAN Joins Works With Nest Program At ISE

The home automation company is collaborating with the popular manufacturer of smart thermostats and other devices.

Alice Gustafson

ELAN has unveiled three new offerings at ISE 2016.

First, ELAN Entertainment and Control System has joined the Works with Nest Program, making it possible for professional installers to now incorporate the Nest Learning Thermostat for ELAN-based entertainment and control systems. 

“Nest offers a host of amazing user benefits that can now be tracked, managed and controlled by the same ELAN system that controls every other sub-system in today’s automated living environment,” says Tom McKeon, software product manager at Core Brands.

“We expect to add further levels of integration with the Nest platform as we move forward with and deeper into the Works with Nest program.”

Through the ELAN integration with Nest, the Nest Learning Thermostat can be accessed and controlled by an ELAN system.

This includes temperature and thermostat mode control, history view and more. The integration is available as of now with the installation of the new ELAN 7.3 software release.

Intercom with Away-From-Home Functionality

ELAN has also announced the EMEA debut of the new ELAN Intercom.

Enabled in ELAN Software 7.2 and above, the new Intercom function allows users to link separate ELAN systems, including those running on different networks across multiple locations – enabling families and homeowners to be more connected.

Available now, ELAN Intercom allows users to make point-to-point calls globally, to any interface across any linked system.

For intercom zones that share the same network, users can ‘page’ to group-communicate with all intercom zones on the network.

“The interconnectivity of separate ELAN systems across different locations provides home and business owners with an ease of communication that was previously unavailable on the market,” explains Core Brands control products manager, Robert Ridenour.

“A family with multiple residences can communicate through their ELAN system across separate homes, while a business owner can use ELAN Intercom to communicate with employees across multiple locations from virtually anywhere in the world.”

ELAN Software 7.2 and 7.3 automatically refreshes compatible ELAN control interfaces – touchpanels, remotes and the ELAN g! mobile App – with the ELAN Intercom functionality and seamlessly integrates with the property’s controlled A/V technology.

This provides homeowners with an instant unified audio/video intercom system that is globally accessible.

“Unlike hardware-based intercom systems, the ELAN system’s new software-based feature utilises the A/V infrastructure already established in our customer’s property,” elaborates McKeon.

“The ELAN Intercom supports virtually unlimited zones and can share speakers with a multi-room audio and video system, with the home’s current televisions and IP cameras. It also integrates with third party door stations for audio/video monitoring, enabling communication with visitors at their door with from any ELAN interface, whether it’s wall-mounted, wireless or mobile.”

From a mobile phone or tablet anywhere in the world, the g! mobile App allows users to answer pages and calls from any point in the network, monitor third party door station audio and video, and control locks – all without incurring a remote access fee.

Additionally, push notifications alert mobile device users of incoming intercom communications while a ‘Do Not Disturb’ setting silences the intercom feature for users who do not wish to be interrupted.

What’s more, the ELAN control system’s on screen display interface doubles as a one-way audio/video receiver for pages and doorbell chimes.

Using event maps, ELAN controlled systems can activate displays to show the appropriate IP camera feeds and play chimes through multi-room audio systems when a doorbell is pressed on SIP-enabled third party audio and video door stations, or if a page is initiated from an intercom station.

“Beyond convenience, the new Intercom feature also has safety benefits,” says McKeon. “ELAN is highly customisable, allowing users to use their televisions or computer monitors, in addition to any ELAN touch panel interface or mobile device, to monitor who’s at the door without having to answer it in the conventional way. It offers convenient communication with a built-in security component.”

New Touchpanel is Cost Friendly 

Lastly, ELAN has introduced the ELAN gTP4 touch panel into the EMEA marketplace.

This value-priced addition to the ELAN entertainment and control system features an all-new proximity sensor that wakes the touch panel from sleep mode with the approach of a hand. 

“The gTP4’s function-specific interface creates an experience that is much more satisfying than using a handheld smartphone to control the home,” says Ridenour.

“Not only does it wake from sleep with the wave of the hand, but it then presents a virtual seven-button flyout keypad pre-programmed for favourite or most common commands. This offers quick access to lighting controls, automation and music presets, and a swipe of the flyout instantly presents the full ELAN control experience.”

The gTP4 touch panel utilises a 4.7in LCD screen encased behind edge-to-edge touchscreen glass.

With 540 x 960 resolution, the touch panel can display clear IP-enabled and TCP-enabled camera feeds, while for dealers, it is easy to install – mounting in a standard 1g US or UK junction box.

“The gTP4 mounts in either portrait or landscape,” adds Ridenour. “This allows the installer ample flexibility to position the touch panel accordingly when grouped near light switches or other architectural elements.”

The ELAN gTP4 is available in white or black trim and is compatible with all gSC series controllers and the g1.

Visit ELAN on the Core Brands Stand at 1-N53 at ISE 2016.

About the Author

Alice Gustafson:

Alice is an experienced CI/AV journalist. Gaining knowledge of the global install market at Pro Audio Asia, Pro Audio Middle East and Worship AVL Asia, Alice brings her considerable knowledge of the AV and install markets to CE Pro Europe and Commercial Integrator Europe.