On July 25, 2012, during his third deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Cedric King’s platoon conducted a reconnaissance of a possible explosive distributor in an Afghan village. As they approached the target, they fell under machine gun fire. Once the firefight ended, Cedric proceeded forward, only to step on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). The blast lifted him from his feet, resulting in the loss of both of his legs and disfigurement of his right hand.
When the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) learned about King’s service, they decided to honor his bravery with a newly built, completely customized specially adapted smart home. The residence, based in Atlanta, relies on an ELAN Entertainment & Control System to enable control and automation of the home’s audio, video, lighting, and security.
“Core Brands’ regional sales manager Jason Davis asked us if we could provide our services to Gary Sinise Foundation for this project, and we were honored to do so,” said Phillip Ampel of Atlanta Audio and Automation (AAA), the integration firm responsible for the project. “We built a sophisticated smart home that is highly functional, and jam-packed with exciting entertainment features. It truly offers Cedric and his family an elevated level of freedom and fun.”
One ELAN gSC10 controller serves as the core of the system, and is accessible through two ELAN TP7 touchpanels in the master suite and living room, as well as an ELAN HR200 remote, which they use for controlling the home’s surround sound audio system. King can also use the ELAN App on his smartphone to make any adjustments throughout the home.
AAA integrated an extensive Lutron lighting and climate system into the ELAN platform, enabling the King family to control the lighting or automate its functionality. “The Lutron system includes lighting control through 24 dimmers and two Lutron thermostats,” AAA explained. “It is so much easier to access all of three systems from the easy-to-use ELAN interface. King does not need to physically walk into each room to turn the lights on or off. It’s as simple as a tap on a screen.”
AAA also integrated a security system with six IP cameras placed throughout the property to be accessed through ELAN.
In addition to its customized convenience, AAA tricked out the home with an entertainment system for the King family to enjoy. The firm designed an extensive multiroom audio and video system, enabled through an ELAN S1616A Multi-Room Controller, that distributes music and video to six different locations throughout the home. The entertainment system includes a surround sound system including Niles DS7HD and DS7FX in-ceiling speakers and three Sunfire HRS10 subwoofers. For the King family’s outdoor enjoyment, AAA installed a waterproof Séura television on the patio.
Since King relies heavily on his home’s technology for independence, AAA made sure to protect the equipment with a Panamax M4315-PRO Power Power Conditioner with key components protected by a Furman F1500 Uninterruptible Power Supply. Both feature BlueBOLT remote energy management. “Aside from the danger of catastrophic surges, ‘dirty power’ can interrupt high-end electronics so they won’t work as they should,” AAA commented. “The Furman and Panamax products ensure that we can guarantee clean power, and as an integrator, I can check in on it or troubleshoot it remotely.”
According to Judy Otter, executive director of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the home checks off all of the boxes for the King family. “We are honored to recognize Cedric’s service with this customized specially adapted smart home that really does give him a new level of independence,” she said. “Since his injury, Cedric has persevered, earning numerous medals and awards, he’s run marathons, and even climbed mountains. Cedric is a true inspiration and an American hero.”