Welcome to The Connected Home.
As we head into the holiday season, let's take a look at what's now and what's new from ELAN. We'll start with ELAN 8, which is getting ready for launch; it was a big hit at CEDIA and we'll cover the highlights here Note that there are two important trainin webinars coming up (registration links are below). a reminder on the ELAN Upgrade Program, which helps you put new and updated systems in your clients' homes, helped by a generour discount. Our installation spotlight shines on a 13,000 square foot home in Mapleton, Utah complete with its own "Ninja Course." And on everyone's mind with one month left in the year is the ELAN CLub - will you be headed to Mexico? Let's go!
The New ELAN 8
The ELAN 8 demonstration rocked the floor at CEDIA, and those of you in the Beta have given us useful feedback to refine it even more. We're gearing up now for a mid-December rollout. The New ELAN 8 simplifies operation with the most intuitive user interface yet, plus voice control integrating the Amazon Echo, new dynamic zone grouping, and new integrations with DISH and the Denon Heos wireless sound system.
- New User Interface
- Voice control through Amazon Alexa integration
- DISH and Denon Heos Drivers
- New Media Tab and Streaming Interface
- Dynamic Zone Grouping
Join one of our two informative webinars to learn what's new with ELAN 8. Mark your calendars at the links below:
Here's a look at some of the new functions in ELAN 8:
New User Interface: Same intuitive user experience, only better with Custom Tabs, New Media Tab & Streaming Interface and Hundreds of new Icons
Dynamic Zone Grouping: Quickly group zones 'on the fly', toggle between standard zone view and grouping snapshot.
Calendar integration: Integrate Microsoft Outlook, Gmail and Apple iCal/iCloud calendars with the new ELAN calendar module.
Zone Sleep Timer: Select timer option to turn off your zone at predefined intervals and use it to trigger other events.
Channel Guide: For US and Canada users, station and program data can be aggregated into a new channel guide.
User-Managed TV Favorites: The new TV favorites interface lets users manage their own favorites lists.
ELAN Upgrade Program
The ELAN Upgrade Program lets you offer your clients the latest from ELAN with an offer they can’t refuse - 20% OFF. Update your clients’ ELAN HC Series, HomeLogic, or Legacy ELAN system to the latest ELAN system controllers and user interfaces. With all the latest ELAN enhancements, this offer will be hard to refuse! Plus, this makes a great opportunity to further increase sales with power and audio upgrades (speakers, amps, etc.). It all starts with your partners at ELAN.
Here's how it works:
- When you upgrade your clients’ authorized ELAN system you’ll receive 10% off your cost on System Controllers and User Interfaces.
- You offer your clients a 20% discount on those products.
Download the Program PDF to learn more about the Upgrade Program details. Plus, we have some tools to help:
- Customizable Email - HTML to mail your customers. Add your logo and info.
- Customizable PDF Flyer - PDF for your Customers. Add your logo and info.
- System Authorization Form - The form you will need to send us to authorize the system for upgrade.
Act fast. This offer is only available through 12/31/16.
Adventure Park Designer Brings the Excitement Home
Zane Hansen helps to develop extreme recreation parks throughout the country. His company connects families with clean entertainment and adrenaline-packed experiences. So, when he recently built his 13,000-square foot home in Mapleton, Utah, he sought to incorporate an indoor aerial sport obstacle gym for his family and friends to enjoy.
“We have five young kids that each have an enormous amount of energy,” Hansen said. “I thought it would be fun to create an environment that would allow for more active family time. My wife and I both agree there are too many kids sitting around these days. Recreation is a key element for a healthy lifestyle.”
Complete with a “Ninja Course”, rock climbing wall, aerial silks, custom wall murals, and a basketball court, Hansen needed a way to seamlessly control the indoor aerial sport obstacle gym’s lighting and audio to differentiate its environment from the rest of the home. To design a reliable home automation system, Hansen called on local technology integrator Luke Whatcott of Greenline Home Solutions. Whatcott relied on an ELAN as the central hub of the home’s entire technological ecosystem. Now, through an ELAN gSC10 Controller, supported by an ELAN g1 Controller, and an ELAN S1616a Multi-Room Audio Controller, Hansen and his family can control their audio, climate, security and lighting systems remotely from within the home or anywhere in the world.
“Control at the touch of a button is really important for Zane to create a unique environment within the gym than in the rest of the home,” Whatcott said. “Whether he’s traveling for business or working in his home office, the ELAN system offers seamless control of every element.” Beyond enabling total control, Whatcott and his team were tasked with designing a powerful audio system that delivers a deep bass. With 21-foot high ceilings in a room that Whatcott describes as an “enormous box”, generating crystal clear sound was a challenge. “Their company is used to having elaborate audio systems in their parks, so audio was an extremely important component of this installation,” Whatcott continued. “We had to use high-end speakers and subwoofers to truly deliver.”
To make sure that the music was really felt and not just heard, Whatcott mounted two Sunfire XTEQ subwoofers in the upper corners of the gym, with SpeakerCraft CRS in-ceiling speakers installed throughout. “The Sunfire and SpeakerCraft products make a great pair,” Whatcott emphasized. “Together, they create the sound that we were looking for; the in-ceiling speakers direct the sound while the subwoofers really deliver the power.”
The gym’s audio system is tied into the lighting system; the black lights and LED lights can “listen” to the beat of the music and “dance” in different arrangements. “We wanted to do something really cool by marrying the lighting and the audio, and we were able to do that pretty easily,” Whatcott added. “Zane is also able to control the lighting and the music together with one of his two gHR200 remotes or with the ELAN app on his smartphone.”
Beyond the recreational space, Hansen also wanted the best security system possible to make sure that his family would be protected. With 11 cameras on-site both indoors and outdoors, he wanted to consult in one centralized location to ensure that his house is secure. “Through the ELAN app, I am able to view the security cameras from anywhere in the world,” he said. “It gives me peace of mind to check-in on my family and make sure that they are well!”
Additionally, Whatcott and his team installed a powerful audio system in the home’s custom-built theater. The theater boasts a 145” screen with a high quality projector, both of which are controlled through the home’s central ELAN system. He also incorporated two Sunfire XTEQ subwoofers to guarantee a dramatic and sensory sound experience.
Although Hansen and his family officially moved into the home a few months ago, they had time to watch the ELAN system in action while the home was showcased in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes. “I have never used a home automation system before,” Hansen concluded. “Through the showcase, I was able to get a grasp on what it does and what it will do for my family. I am so excited to continue to use it for entertainment, security and beyond.”
There's that Hammock Again
The ELAN Club
Picture yourself right here. There is still plenty of time to earn your spot on the Mexico trip. Well OK, it's not that much time, but the standings are really tight and it's anyone's guess which ELAN dealers will be going. This trip is an opportunity to rub shoulders with other top performing ELAN Dealers, while finding a few quiet moment for this special hammock! If you haven't recently checked your performance with your Core Brands Sales Rep, now is the time. Remember - all your Core Brands purchases count toward the contest criteria:
- Criteria # 1: First, you must be one of the top 30 ELAN dealers based on your 2016 ELAN product purchase volume from Core Brands.
- Criteria # 2: Within this group we will select the top 15 based on your overall purchases from Core Brands – that’s across ALL brands, not just ELAN.
Remember, the ELAN Upgrade Program gives you added opportunities to increase your business, and that increase of course can help in your Club standings. Need to stock up a bit for some January projects? Yep, you get the idea. Good luck everyone.
Rock 'n' Roll!
Many of you are connecting the great sound of SpeakerCraft to your ELAN systems. And if you are a US SpeakerCraft dealer, you are most likely already aware of our Guitar contest.
Here's a look at our custom SpeakerCraft "Strat." That's right, the SpeakerCraft logo on a Fender® American Special Stratocaster®. Doesn't get much cooler than that. Talk to your Sales Rep to see how to win one.