Voice-Activated Game Room with ELAN Control Helps English Homeowner Celebrate Retirement
ELAN® paired with Amazon Alexa® voice control provides the ultimate in simple and powerful home automation.
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — When one Esher, England resident recently retired, he decided that a professional-style game room and entertainment addition would be the ultimate retirement gift to himself. What he didn’t know was just how sophisticated his new space could be.
Now, through a combination of the ELAN Control System, Amazon Alexa® voice controls, and a full complement of connected equipment, he has full, simple control of multi-color LED lighting, motorized window blinds, multi-room audio and video, heating, cooling, security, a decorative water fountain and a gas-powered fireplace!
“At a fairly early stage in the process, my architect suggested I speak with a local company to help me look at home automation,” the homeowner said. “So I met with Mike Ranpura at Smart Life AV, frankly not having much idea what was possible. He took me to his showroom where I got firsthand experience with the capabilities in terms of lighting, sound, and automation in general. That opened my mind.”
With the ELAN Control System offering a single, simple interface on touchscreens, remotes and mobile devices, Ranpura and the homeowner then had to decide which systems to integrate, and how much technology the space would have. With the inclusion of an Amazon Echo® to enable Alexa® voice control, the final result is a veritable wonderland with motorized QMotion® window blinds that open when the owner says “Alexa, turn on sunshine,” and RGBW multi-color LED tape lighting that can bathe the entire game room in any color light.
“One of our favorite parts of this project was being involved with the lighting design, choosing the fittings and watching how the game room transforms into a jaw-dropping space in the evenings,” Ranpura said. “The goal was to create a bright and fun space, seamlessly blending traditional games and the latest technology whilst retaining simple control. ELAN helps bring everything together, providing a clean and easy-to-use interface for our client.”
The 10m extension uses two equipment racks to automate nearly all functions of the game room and adjoining living room, offering the owner his first taste of home automation through a mobile device or voice control. With his smartphone, the owner can now adjust the Rako® lighting system, the Heatmiser® and Coolmaster® HVAC controls, and audio and video through ELAN matrices. ELAN integrates multiple Sonos® wireless audio zones, and each of several Panasonic TVs can display video feeds from centralized Sky® cable boxes, CCTV and other media players. Switching between functions takes just a few taps in the app, with preconfigured scenes and schedules making daily operation seamless and carefree. The ELAN mobile app also offers live viewing of the home’s surveillance cameras and the option to change settings before arriving home, or from anywhere in the world.
So far, Ranpura has programmed the system to respond to several specific voice commands through the Amazon Echo, including “Alexa, turn on darts” that sets a special lighting scene for playing darts, “Alexa, turn on Sky” that turns on the TV and sets it to Sky TV, and “Alexa, turn on fountain/fireplace” which activates or deactivates those devices respectively. In addition to the voice and mobile controls, four separate TV areas (game room, living room, family room and kitchen) all have ELAN remotes, which function like traditional TV remotes with the added capability of controlling the entire ELAN automation system through the color touchscreen. Finally, a 7-inch ELAN touchpanel in the game room provides always-on, guaranteed access to the system.
“It was also important to the client that we didn’t have intrusive wires and equipment scattered throughout the rooms, and everything that was specified worked from an aesthetic point of view,” Ranpura added. “Using two equipment racks, we centralized all the main components in a dedicated rack room whilst taking into consideration future expansion of the system by having a secondary equipment rack in the loft. This included running CAT6A as standard and linking two network switches together with fiber optic cabling. From our perspective as integrators, compatibility is extremely important, which is another reason ELAN was the best choice, because the company has done a great job in keeping up with new third-party devices that cover every home function from heating to security.”
In the end, this first-time automation user was thrilled with his new high-tech capabilities and the experience of working with Smart Life AV and ELAN.
“The room is great fun, and I think having things like Alexa® control just adds to the spirit of the space,” the homeowner added. “The Smart Life AV team was easy to work with, had a good sense of humour, clearly understands what they are doing and are very attentive, particularly in project management. I would highly recommend Smart Life AV to anybody who wants to introduce home automation to their house.”
To learn how home automation and modern technologies can benefit your home, contact Smart Life AV at 0208 191 7557, visit their website at www.smartlifeav.com or find them across various social channels @smartlifeav. Smart Life AV worked with Indigo Distribution for the ELAN and related gear in the project.
A full video of this project is available to watch at www.youtube.com/smartlifeav.
About Indigo Distribution
Indigo Distribution is a trade-only distributor of Home Automation and AV Solutions for the residential and commercial markets, supplying premium hardware from such renowned suppliers as ELAN, Niles, Sunfire, Furman and Xantech throughout the UK and Ireland. Decades of combined experience ensure Indigo can provide integrators with the latest, best products for every job, plus design assistance, award-winning training and marketing knowledge, and the best technical support. For more information visit www.indigodistribution.co.uk or contact Indigo Distribution at 028 9145 5565.
ELAN, by Nortek Security & Control, develops an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and countries worldwide. The ELAN 8 update was honored with the “2017 Human Interface Product of the Year” award, and continues to expand its intuitive functionality with security, climate, surveillance and video distribution products and integrations.
About Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 4 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, ELAN®, GoControl®, Linear®, Mighty Mule® and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for security dealers, technology integrators, national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit nortekcontrol.com.
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