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Building in Smart as Standard

Nortek Security & Control teams up with RC Homes to pre-install smart home automation in 27 new homes.

Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) has announced that California home builder RC Homes, Inc. is pre-installing the ELAN smart home automation system in 27 homes across three new Los Angeles communities. Irvine, California-based electronics integrator, Smart Systems Technologies, Inc., will install a standard ELAN package in each home through the ELAN New Home Program, which offers homebuyers mobile app control of a video doorbell, smart thermostat, and smart light switches.

“In this area, home automation is definitely something buyers are looking for,” says Randy Montgomery, project and marketing manager at RC Homes, Inc. “We love that the ELAN standard package gets to the heart of home automation with lighting, climate, and front door security, while house wide pre-wiring gives each buyer a multitude of personalization options. It was also important to us that it be ultra-easy to use. There’s only one app to open, not a different one for every room or every function, and anyone who can use a smartphone can learn the ELAN app in minutes.”

Each of the 27 three-story, single-family homes will be pre-wired for additional control and automation, which RC Homes and Smart Systems Technologies are offering in three personalized packages that fulfill security, access and media control needs.

  • The Peace of Mind package adds an app-controlled smart door lock, smart garage door opener, and a surveillance camera for the garage so that the homeowner can talk to a front door visitor and let them in the door or garage remotely from the app. Many new homebuyers are rightly concerned about the common occurrence of package theft, and this package alleviates any need for packages to be left outside the home.
  • The Safe & Sound package includes a 2GIG security system that can be armed and disarmed via any ELAN interface, including mobile devices. 2GiG is fully integrated into the ELAN system, so the entire home can react to specific safety and security events. For example, fire alarm activation can automatically shut off the HVAC to prevent smoke from spreading through the house while turning on key interior lights to help occupants exit the home.
  • The Media Room package option adds wiring for in-ceiling speakers, a subwoofer, and an AV receiver in the main living/entertaining space.

All three communities will be open in 2019, with Hyperion Silver Lake expected to begin sales in Fall 2018 and open its fully outfitted model home in December 2018. The model home will demonstrate all three personalization packages, allowing prospective buyers to see exactly what is available. The Griffith, an 11-home community also located in Silver Lake, will come next, followed by the eight-unit Fairfax At Sunset, located in West Hollywood.

The alignment between ELAN, RC Homes and Smart Systems Technologies was enabled by the ELAN New Home Program wherein the technology manufacturer works with home builders to promote smart home automation as a basic home function and pair them with local integration experts.

ELAN is actively working with RC Homes’ marketing and sales teams to maximize the messaging to prospective buyers and will have representatives on hand at the December open house at Hyperion Silver Lake. RC Homes is marketing the technology as a major component of the homes, as seen on the Hyperion website’s Smart Home page.

Integrators and builders who want to learn more about the new ELAN New Home Program can contact Bret Jacob by email at [email protected] or by phone at (615) 815-8333.

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