Connected Home January 2017

Welcome to The Connected Home.

And welcome to our first issue of 2017. ELAN is off to a fast start in the new year, led by the award-winning ELAN 8 release. Lot's to talk about, including new HDMI. Let's go!


ELAN 8 - The 2017 Human Interface of the Year


We weren't exhibiting at CES earlier this month, but nonetheless, ELAN was the distruptive force in Control at the show. The new ELAN 8 was named 2017 Human Interface Product of the Year by the Consumer Technology Association’s Mark of Excellence Award Program Committee. 

ELAN 8 simplifies operation with the most intuitive user interface yet, plus voice control integrating  Amazon Alexa, new dynamic zone grouping, and new integrations with DISH and the Denon Heos wireless sound system. 


New in ELAN 8

  • Updated User Interface
  • Voice control through Amazon Alexa integration
  • DISH and Denon Heos Drivers
  • New Media Tab and Streaming Interface
  • Dynamic Zone Grouping

If you haven't fully dived into ELAN 8, let's get started. Click here to learn some of the new functions.

The latest ELAN software - 8.0.295 designed for the gSC10, gSC2 and g1 controllers - is now available on the ELAN dealer website. Please see release notes for details.


New ELAN HDMI Solutions

ELAN is back in video distribution in a big way. In addition to the 4K update to the UltraMatrix line, we are launching a full line of 4K HDMI products, including matrix switchers, HDBaseT receivers and transmitters, a Video over IP receiver and transmitter, and a Video over IP control module.  Together, these new solutions will expand options for end-to-end home control and automation solutions. The new line will begin shipping in late Q1, with a 4K Video-over-IP solution right behind.

Details to follow, but here's a sneak peak at the items in the line. We will let you know as soon as these are ready for pre-order.

Platinum Series

8x8 HDBaseT AV Matrix - 100m (4K @ 60 up to 70m), Built-In Audio Matrix 24x16, Bi-directional IR, PoH (PoE), Simultaneous HDMI Outputs,  Audio Breakout, ARC enabled (2 x HDBaseT Input), Line Level Volume Control, Web GUI

6x6 HDBaseT AV Matrix - 100m (4K @ 60 up to 70m), Bi-directional IR, Built-In Audio Matrix 18x12, PoH (PoE), Simultaneous HDMI Outputs,  Audio Breakout, ARC enabled (1x HDBaseT Input), Line Level Volume Control, Web GUI

IP Multicast UHD Video Transmitter over 1GB Network , Bi-directional IR & RS-232, PoE, Analogue audio embedding and supports HDCP 2.2

IP Multicast UHD Video Receiver over 1GB Network, Built-in video scaler, Video-wall mode, Bi-directional IR & RS-232, PoE, Analogue audio breakout and supports HDCP 2.2

IP Multicast Control module for TCP/IP, RS-232 and IR control of ELAN Multicast systems, PoE

HDBaseT Extenders

HDBaseT Receiver - 70m (4K up to 40m), Bi-directional IR, PoH (PoE), Compatible with HMXL88 & HSP14AB

HDBaseT Extender transmitter - 70m (4K up to 40m), RS-232 Pass through, Bi-directional IR, Bi-directional PoH (PoE)

HDBaseT Receiver - 100m (4K up to 70m), Bi-directional IR, PoH (PoE), Optical input, ARC, RS-232, 3 x Ethernet Switch

HDBaseT Extender Set - 70m (4K up to 40m), Bi-directional IR, RS-232 Pass Thru, Bi-directional PoH (PoE), HDMI Loop Out, HDCP 2.2

HDBaseT Extender Set - 100m (4K up to 70m), Bi-directional IR, Bi-directional PoH (PoE), Audio Breakout, ARC, RS-232, 3 x LAN switch, HDMI Loop Out, HDCP 2.2

Video Matrix

8x8 HDBaseT Matrix - 6 x 70m (4K @60 up tp 40m) HDCP 2.2, 6 x HDBaseT Outputs & 2 x HDMI Outputs, Bi-directional IR, PoH (PoE), RS-232 & IP Control, Line Level Volume Control, Web GUI

4x4 HDBaseT Matrix Kit - 70m (4K @60 up to 40m), HDCP 2.2, Bi-directional IR, PoH (PoE), Simultaneous HDMI Outputs, Audio Breakout, RS-232 & IP Control, Web GUI

4x4 4K Seamless Switching HDMI/VGA Matrix with Video Wall and Multi-viewer feature, IR routing,  RS-232, IR & TCP/IP Control

Again, we will let you know as soon as these are available to oder and listed on the Core Brands Dealer Portal.


Bret Jacob, Director of Builder Sales 

Now this is pretty exciting! Earlier this month, Bret Jacob was promoted to Director of Builder Sales, with responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s channel programs in the home and commercial building segments. In this new position, Bret reports directly to Core Brands Vice President of Sales Jeff Costello. 

Those of you who know Bret will agree that there are two words that describe him pretty well:

Rock. Star.

Bret recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary with ELAN and Core Brands and will now be working with Joe Lautner in developing ELAN-centric solutions for builders that will create opportunities for ELAN Dealers. Read our press release here and learn more about Bret and his new role.

Congratulations Bret!



Featured Installation

NFL Green Bay Packers Hall-of-Famer Nick Collins Turns to ELAN

After sustaining a neck injury and retiring from the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers football team at the age of 28, All-American Safety Nick Collins returned to his home state of Florida with his wife and children to begin the next stage of his career as a personal trainer. When Nick and Andrea Collins began building their all-new 10,000-square foot ranch in Winter Garden, they envisioned as a simple yet sophisticated smart home that would satisfy all of their entertainment, control and safety needs. In particular, they wanted to be able to control their home’s lighting, security, climate, audio and video systems from the touch of a button— regardless of their physical location inside the sprawling new home.

To make this dream a reality, they turned to local technology integrator Mike Barry of Millennium Systems Design, who they had worked with in the past on a previous home. “The Collins family needed total home control in the simplest way possible,” Barry explained. “I knew that the ELAN Entertainment and Control System would offer secure and instant remote control that could be relied upon for years to come as they went about their busy schedule. That’s why I chose to design the entire A/V system around it.”

With Nick and Andrea’s go-ahead on the game-plan, Millennium Systems Design installed an ELAN gSC10 System Controller, three ELAN g1 Systems Controllers, and two ELAN S1616A Multi-Room Audio Amplifiers to span the entire home. To control the system, Millennium Systems Design installed ten ELAN in-wall touch panels and connected three ELAN remotes, and with the ELAN mobile app Nick and Andrea Collins can control any technology within the home from anywhere in the world.

“We love having a touch panel in every room of the house,” Nick Collins said. “Regardless of what room I am in, I can adjust anything I need to, whether it be the music playing or the lighting levels. Even when I am out training, I can check in on the security camera footage from the ELAN App on my phone.” With five children living in the single-floored ranch, the Collins family also required simple face-to-face communications enabled by the system. ELAN’s Intercom feature, Andrea Collins said, is an extremely useful tool that the family can use to communicate throughout the house. “I can call the kids from the living room using the ELAN touchpanel and it’s so much easier than yelling!” she added.

High-end audio was also a crucial component of the family’s new smart home. To build an extensive audio system that would allow Nick and Andrea to listen to whatever they wanted in any room of the house, Millennium Systems Design divided the extensive system into 19 different zones of audio. “Every single room has its own audio zone, and each can be controlled through the ELAN system,” Barry explained. “It’s one of the biggest audio systems I have ever built.”

To ensure that the audio was felt and heard, Millennium Systems Design installed SpeakerCraft Profile Cinema in-ceiling subwoofers to produce targeted sound in the large spaces, like the Grand Hall. “The whole home audio system is hidden but heard,” Barry stated. “For example, to fill the outside courtyard with quality sound, I installed multiple SpeakerCraft RUCUKUS 6 One rock speakers that blend right into the landscape. The speakers look subtle, but they don’t sound subtle.”

The Collins’ in-home theater has its own standalone Dolby Atmos audio system that is also controlled through the ELAN App. Creating an environment that embodies a cinema-like experience, Millennium Systems Design installed a 120” 1 Stewart Filmscreen Luxus Deluxe 123" 16:9 Soundscreen paired with a SIM2 projector that can play films and video games in 3D.  Additionally, Millennium Systems Design installed six ELAN-controlled reclining theater chairs with three big bean bag chairs for the kids. “We often host movie nights with our family and friends,” Nick Collins continued. “We pop in any movie we want, right at home. I also play video games with the kids in the theater, which is really awesome.”

Since Winter Garden, Florida experiences a fair share of thunderstorms, Millennium Systems Design made sure to protect all of the home’s technology with a Panamax M4320-Pro power conditioner. “Power protection is extremely important,” Barry said. “The BlueBOLT remote energy management in the M4320-Pro makes it really easy to reset the network after a storm. I get a notification in my office and I can easily reset the Wi-Fi, cable boxes, and more.”

According to Barry, the home is in an isolated area at the end of a power line, so they get some ‘dirty power’ coming into their house that may result in some of the devices acting ‘spotty’ or faulty. “Through Panamax, we were able to clean up that power to ensure a better performance for their devices,” Barry added. “With this much high-end technology, it’d be a shame if they didn’t work correctly just because of the power grid.”

According to Nick and Andrea, the family is happy, and the ELAN system gives them everything they’ve ever wanted in a smart home. “This system is basic but sophisticated; we really like that,” Nick Collins concluded. “We use it every single day. There is so much you can do with ELAN, it’s like an open book that we can keep adding to.”


Off to Mexico!

We close this issue with a very special thanks for a great 2016!

If there has ever been an event we are looking forward to, it's this one. The top ELAN Dealers from 2016 are joining us next month in Cancun, where we’ll mix a little business with a lot of fun. Competition for the limited number of spots was fierce and we thank all our dealers who turned 2016 into a great year for ELAN.

Congratulations and thanks to the winning dealers (listed alphabetically below) and to their Core Brands Sales Reps who serve them daily:

Audio Video Innovations (TX)
ComWare (TX)
Digit-All Technologies (SD)
Digital Living  (IL)
Electronic Environments (TN)
EOC Audio (IL)
Executive Electronics (FL)
Hooked Up Installs (IL)
Main Line Sound & Video (PA)
Pyramid Sound & Light (FL)
Saber Security Systems (TX)
Smart Systems Technologies (CA)
SmartSystems (TX)
Sound Concepts (AR)
Tri-Phase Technologies (IN)


Again, congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the ELAN Dealers who helped make 2016 a great year. 2017 is already shaping up to be even stronger.

I’m a bit of an energy nerd...

So I love the idea that I can go into my ELAN home automation system and see how efficiently our energy systems are working. 

– Kim Erle, Homeowner and Energy Professional