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We are often asked to summarize what a home control system can do for a family.  The following solution using the Elan Systems control platform is a great example, this time for a wounded veteran.



Wounded U.S. Airman Honored with Voice-Controlled ELAN Smart Home from the Gary Sinise Foundation



PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, April 4, 2017 — Thanks to the robust capabilities of the ELAN Entertainment & Control System, Core Brands and the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment program presented a smart home to a wounded U.S. Airman who lost three limbs in Iraq in 2004.  The new home in Miramar Beach, Florida combines the advanced ELAN system with Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition technology to empower Senior Airman Brian Kolfage to control his home’s lights, security, HVAC, audio and video through voice commands.


This voice control greatly increases Kolfage’s independence at home and is helping him enjoy daily life with his family,

The top priority for the Kolfage family’s new home was that it was fully accessible and conducive to SrA Kolfage’s daily life and family needs. The home was designed to ADA specifications for wheelchair mobility, which means hallways, doorways and the shower are wider and accessible. The ELAN system gives him voice or iPad/iPhone control of the home’s lights, HVAC, security system and cameras, televisions and multi-room audio.


The ELAN system enables Kolfage to check on his children without getting out of bed through video feeds on the ELAN app, in addition to having full-home surveillance that stays recorded for several weeks. There is even a 4-inch touch panel mounted to the wall in each child’s bedroom, so when they are older, they can use the system’s Intercom feature to communicate through the house and to any family member’s mobile device through the ELAN App. With a video doorbell, the parents can see who is at the door and speak through the intercom from anywhere in the house, or anywhere in the world, again through the ELAN App.


One of the greatest strengths of the smart home system is the scheduling and automation it offers. Other specialized functions can include an ‘Away’ button or phrase that will turn off all lights and TVs, set the HVAC to a standard setting and arm the security system when they leave the house, configure the closet lights to turn on at 30% if it’s dark outside, and turn on specific lights guiding the family from the front door to their bedrooms when arriving home late.


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