Industry insiders always know best, and insider Salvatore Carrabba, president of the award-winning AV cabinetry and furniture design company Salamander Designs®, only uses the top AV and home technology products in his home. That’s why he had C&T Systems upgrade his home control to the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System, the world’s easiest-to-install, update, and enjoy total home entertainment and control system!
“I’ve been using ELAN control systems in my home for years,” Carrabba said, “so I was excited when ELAN introduced the new g! system, and then I was amazed when it blew away my expectations! The sleek industrial design of the touch panels and its incredibly easy-to-use interface made it a welcome addition in my home and fit perfectly with my design-oriented sensibility. The entire user interface is as much a thing of beauty as it is a marvel of performance. At Salamander Designs we strive to create unique, highly functional, attractive and eco-conscious AV cabinetry and furniture that people can love for years and years, and the ELAN g! system embodies all of those characteristics.”
Carrabba’s home is controlled with a top-of-the-line ELAN HC12 Home Controller, which gives him the power to use every function of the g! system and even expand in the future to include more touch screens, lighting zones, TVs, cameras and audio zones. His fully integrated home includes one-touch control of the Lutron RadioRA® lighting system, the 16-zone audio system, all of the TVs, the four-zone Aprilaire HVAC system, GE security system, six surveillance cameras, three garage doors and even the pool and spa equipment!
“I really like the energy management features of the g! system, such as the adjustable lighting and heating schedules,” Carrabba said. “Anyone considering a home control system needs to get a demo of the g! system so they can see just how easy it is to use, especially considering it’s much more affordable than some other big name home control systems. The system is super customizable and can do anything you want, from sending an email alert when the house hits a certain temperature to giving you remote control of the garage doors from anywhere in the world.”
According to Andrew Spalla, Jr. of C&T Systems, “Because Mr. Carrabba’s home already had a control system, we were able to upgrade to ELAN g! with very little cutting or new wire pulls. We utilized all of the existing infrastructure in the home, which made for a very efficient upgrade with minimal downtime between systems. In fact, we had the new g! system controlling the TVs and whole-home audio system on the first day before they even returned home from work!”
The Carrabba family can control the ELAN g! system through a multitude of easy-to-use ELAN control interfaces, including a TS10 ten-inch touch screen in the kitchen that doubles as a TV, four TS7 seven-inch touch screens, two TS2 four-inch touch pads, four HR2 multimedia and home control remotes, two iPads and several iPhones with the ELAN g!Mobile app.
The ELAN g! Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users' televisions and mobile devices. And the system's IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room - or across the globe.
Individual "apps" for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks and PC Tablets. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle - and substantial energy savings.
C&T Systems is a division of C&T Electric, located in Vernon, CT. C&T has been in business since 1973, and became one of the first ELAN certified dealers in 1989.
Salamander Designs won three Electronic House Product of the Year Awards in 2011, adding to its long list of design and home technology industry awards. The company’s Green Operations initiative emphasizes environmentally responsible manufacturing. All of their furniture products are made from sustainable materials that will stand the test of time. Their woods are harvested from managed forestry programs, their composite materials comply with rigorous certification and air quality standards, and their furniture frames are made from energy-efficient recycled aluminum.
About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use "whole house" solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. ELAN Home Systems is part of The AVC Group. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.
About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.