Last week, ELAN Home Systems began deliveries of its new ELAN g1 Entertainment and Control System, the company’s most affordable, nearly mass market configured solution for custom integrators.
ELAN g1 Entertainment and Control System
Core Brands director of control Joe Lautner said that the new controller is designed for media rooms, smaller projects, secondary homes, builder packages, and as a universal remote alternative, thus bringing the benefits of the ELAN Control Platform to a significantly wider audience.
Although affordably priced, the new controller doesn’t lack flexibility, having been configured with three IR outputs, one IR input, one bi-directional RS-232 input, one sensor, one HDMI output (720p/1080p) and 1 audio output. Its built-in WiFi enables all of its functions to be IP controlled, and PoE enabled, it uses dramatically less energy than conventional controllers, according to the company. It is shipped complete with a handheld remote, IR sensor, three IR emitters, and a serial adaptor.
The g1 features integration of up to 16 zones of security; two door locks; media that that can control one AVR, 32 displays, and an unlimited number of ELAN zones; as well as controls for lighting (24 devices and up to 24 custom g! keypads), climate (three stats), video (three IP cameras), irrigation (16 groups and 256 zones), plus the ability to add on an unlimited number of ELAN and Core Brands attachments.
“The g1 utilizes the ELAN Control Platform (ECP), which we’re leveraging through different product brands and categories throughout Core Brands,” Lautner stated. “Using this one platform across Core Brands, ties together other brands elegantly.”
For instance, Lautner said, while SpeakerCraft’s MRA (multi-room audio system) has a very easy to configure system and easy user interface, it’s somewhat when compared with the ELAN g! experience. But, it can mate with the ELAN controller and now you can bring multi-room audio and a better control system together.
Plus, Lautner noted, with the new platform comes business programs for dealers, “ease of training, ease of ordering, ease of support, and really good margins, because the deeper you are in a program, dealers get 60-70 points of margin,” he said.