Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BUILDERnews Names ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System A Best Product of 2011!

The ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System today was named a Best Product of 2011 by BUILDERnews magazine, the national residential and multifamily media brand for builders, developers, contractors and designers. Each year, BUILDERnews’ editorial staff undergoes a rigid and lengthy process to choose winners based on innovation and potential impact on the builder and remodeler for ease of use, competitiveness, upsell potential and product effectiveness.

“Even in a challenging economy, there are still hundreds of products released and bought to the market every year. This year’s honorees represent some of the nation’s most innovative products in the industry and ones that our editorial team felt readers would find most useful to build better and stay competitive in 2012,” said D.C. Curry-Rothwell, CEO and publisher of BUILDERnews.

“We were impressed by the latest generation of the ELAN g! entertainment and control system, one of the most innovative products we’ve seen in years, because it lets architects and builders add in the latest in home entertainment and control technology in a whole new way,” he said. “Besides sleek good looks and the “wow” technology factor, these systems can be set up and configured by professional installers in a few hours, instead of days, via interface templates.”

According to the magazine’s editorial review staff, “ELAN promises eye-popping user interfaces that deliver unparalleled ease-of-use and control of the entire home. An intuitive and uniform navigation scheme makes using the system ultra-user-friendly, from across the room or across the globe. Individual "apps" allow for seamless control of each subsystem - such as security, climate, lighting, media and more – even while on the go from an iPhone or PC. This product delivers.”

Products were nominated for innovation, their potential for competitive differentiation in the builder marketplace, and margin potential. More than 200 products were nominated, and editors then narrowed the nominees to six products in each of 12 categories. Those products went to an independent editorial advisory panel that chose two winners for each category.

According to Joe Lautner, ELAN Product Manager and Business Development, “Builders all over the world have begun to incorporate home technology systems into their designs, and now BUILDERnews has recognized ELAN g! as an innovative Smart Home solution that is also profitable for builders to install in their projects. It has become a favorite of builders and homeowners because it is scalable for any budget and any sized home. Every homebuilder can now offer whole-home entertainment and automation to his clients with a simple, intuitive user interface that is as easy to use as an iPhone or iPad. The ELAN g! system helps builders to differentiate their homes from competitors and lets homeowners simply control every aspect of their home.”

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