Shipping Update: ELAN’s VIA!Valet10 Touch Panel The 10-inch widescreen video touch panel also has whole-house control feaures.RS Staff ⋅ Jul 22, 2008 Lexington, KY–The newest addition to ELAN Home Systems’ VIA! touch panel family, the VIA!Valet10.0-EM, is now shipping to dealers. The announcement was made by Bob Farinelli, ELANs president and chief technical officer. VIA!Valet10.0-EM combines widescreen elegance with the traditional VIA! Touch Panel strengths of ultra-fast response, reliable execution, incredible live video and ease of programming. Offering over 60 percent more viewing area than the original VIA!Valet plus next generation esthetics, it is a finalist for Residential Systems magazines Resi Awards in the Touchscreen Control Panel Category. This slim, sleek and beautifully finished controller features a 10.2-inch diagonal color LCD with enough resolution to clearly display ELANs signature VIA! whole-home control interface while also doubling as a 15:9 widescreen video monitor. This brings added convenience and functionality to areas of the home without displays like kitchens and patios, so users can easily check security cameras, answer the door, or even watch video programming in a larger format. Ideal for any home installation, the new panel is also a great option for the senior market, due to the larger format and bigger, easier-than-ever to view function buttons. The panel controls a multitude of audio/video components, as well as lighting, security and temperature, and is compatible with all ELAN multi-room controllers. Like the VIA!Valet6.4 ELAN panel, when this model is placed under cabinet, it can fold up completely flat and hidden when not in use. The new VIA!Valet Touch Panel is easy to program with ELANs latest version of VIA!TOOLS programming software. This setup software includes new in 2008 pre-written two-way serial drivers for the VIA!Valet10.0-EM, Lutrons HomeWorks, Jandy Aqualink, and Lutron RadioRA lighting in addition to a large number of other two-way and one-way serial drivers, as well as all of the other time-tested, robust ELAN VIA! features. The VIA!Valet10.0-EM features ports for local RJ-45, power and Sense Input Triggers located on the back of the unit which not only provide added capability but also make the installers job easier, saving time and cost for all. In addition to compatibility with every ELAN multi-room controller, any VIA! panel model can also be used with most any home system, even ones offered by other audio/video manufacturers, with seamless integration. ELAN Dealers now have an even broader and more exciting range of control choices for their clients across three price points, said Farinelli. We have designed the VIA!Valet10.0-EM to be simple to program, blend in with almost any environment, and to offer more control options and surface as well as a larger viewing area than any other touch panel on the market at the same price point. ELANs VIA!Valet10.0-EM is now shipping at a MSRP of $2,000. Visit www.elanhomesystems.com.