Niles Auriel Expands from Multi-Room Audio to Home Control Core Brands has released Auriel 2.0, a major platform update that adds streaming audio, climate and lighting control, plus remote access features, to the multi-room audio control platform.RS Staff ⋅ Sep 9, 2016 Core Brands has released Auriel 2.0, a major platform update that adds streaming audio, climate and lighting control, plus remote access features, to the multi-room audio control platform. “Auriel 2.0 is a huge leap forward from the original multi-room audio platform that we introduced in 2014,” explained Core Brands software product manager, Tom McKeon. “It’s built on the ELAN Control Platform, so it’s a natural progression for Auriel to expand into smart home control. And, conveniently, the new software update enables any existing Auriel system to easily upgrade to the additional control features, so everyone wins.” Lighting control devices and wireless thermostats now connect to the Auriel Controller, making the Niles Auriel MRC-6430 a complete home automation controller. Creating a high-value foundation for any smart home project, Auriel 2.0 delivers simple access to lighting scenes and climate scheduling with a few simple clicks on a Niles handheld remote (nHR200), wall-mounted touch panel (nTP4, nTP7), or the Auriel app for Android and iOS mobile devices. Auriel 2.0 updates the Auriel Wizard, which cuts configuration time to just minutes instead of hours. With a tablet or PC, the installer is whisked through simple decisions that quickly configure the system for lighting scenes and thermostat programming, plus sources, zone preferences, home theater control, and user interface customization. Providing more options for integrators and their clients, Auriel 2.0 now has Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and other internet radio services built into the MRC-6430 chassis. One chassis delivers audio to six zones through seven distinct input sources. For larger homes, two chassis can be linked together to create a 12-zone system. “We’re continuing to refine the Auriel home entertainment experience, expanding from the ‘one touch to music’ philosophy that made it an industry favorite,” McKeon added. “With the ELAN engine under the hood, Auriel delivers an easy-to-install, entertainment-centric solution that is ideal for entry-level control and multi-unit installations.” See the new Auriel 2.0 in action at CEDIA 2016 in Core Brands Booth 4100.