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ELAN Home Systems Releases Latest VIA! TOOLS Software Featuring New 2-Way Drivers for Lighting, Security and A/V Receivers

New Version of ELAN System Setup Software Features New 2-way Integration
for Most Requested Home Subsystems

LEXINGTON, KY — ELAN Home Systems, a leading manufacturer of award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems, announced today that the company has released its latest version of VIA!TOOLS, the industry’s easiest setup software for multi-room home systems. This version of the tried, true and familiar software that ELAN Dealers have been using for years to setup VIA! Touch Panels now features the most requested 2-way lighting and security control for five of ELAN’s VIA! Integration Partner products, along with 2-way serial drivers for all of sister Company Sunfire’s A/V receivers and preamps. The announcement was made by Bob Farinelli, ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer and President of Sunfire.

With this release, VIA!TOOLS makes it possible for VIA! Touch Panels to control and now receive must-have status information from Lutron’s RadioRA system via the Chronos system bridge and timeclock, GE Security’s NetworX NX-8, Ademco/Honeywell Security’s Vista Series, DSC Security’s PowerSeries and Elk’s M1 Security Panels as well as all of sister Company Sunfire’s A/V receivers and preamps.

Easy to use text and graphics displayed on ELAN VIA! Panels throughout the home provide homeowners with immediate feedback from these popular lighting control and security systems. Homeowners can check on the on/off status of lights house-wide, as well as control the lights in any room that is part of the Lutron RadioRA system. For security systems, VIA!TOOLS now enables VIA! Touch Panels to emulate the security keypad of each system, allowing the user to arm, disarm, and receive real time alarm status feedback from the system.

“This new 2-way control set comes as a direct result of being among our Dealer’s most frequently requested feature adds and through working closely with our long-standing VIP partners for development. The software release provides our Dealers and their clients with simple to view feedback from anywhere in the house, and, as with all ELAN product offerings and technologies, it suits the needs of a broad range of customers,” stated Mr. Farinelli.

This version of VIA!TOOLS also includes 2-way drivers that allow ELAN VIA! Panels to serially control and receive RS-232 feedback from all Sunfire A/V receivers and preamplifiers. This latest collaboration between ELAN and Sunfire is part of an ongoing effort to create synergy and, wherever appropriate and possible, offer seamless integration capabilities between the two sister companies’ products.

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About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company’s systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” experience. The company’s unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature-rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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