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ELAN Increases Control and Integration Capability With Another New VIA! TOOLS Software Release

ELAN Home Systems, a leading manufacturer of award-winning Multi-Room audio/video and home control systems, today announced that the newest version of VIA!TOOLS, the industry’s easiest setup software for multi-room home systems, will debut at CEDIA 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The announcement was made by Bob Farinelli, ELAN’s President and Chief Technology Officer.

The newest version of VIA!TOOLS features the ability to link up to eight ELAN SS1 System Stations together for a total of 32 RS-232 Com Ports – even further expanding whole-home control options for ELAN Dealers and their Clients. The update also features an expanded library of the newest 2-way serial drivers for enhanced lighting, security, pool and spa control as well as support for ELAN’s new 10″ tabletop / under-cabinet widescreen control panel with enhanced graphics.

This latest software update gives Dealers almost unlimited freedom in system design at the most sophisticated levels. RS-232 serial communications is the standard in Whole Home control because of its precision and reliability, so being able to have access to up to 32 RS-232 Com Ports brings extreme flexibility to Architects, Designers, Dealers and Installers. The upgrade also includes brand new two-way drivers for Lutron’s popular Homeworks lighting control systems and Jandy’s AquaLink RS for total pool and spa temperature and chlorine control.

“Our latest VIA!TOOLS update was developed in direct response to our Dealer’s single most requested feature to date — expanded RS-232 Com Port capability. Our engineers met the challenge in a way that offers a creative control solution allowing designers to “grow” systems as users’ control demands increase,” stated Mr. Farinelli.

VIA!TOOLS version 9.0 will debut at CEDIA 2008 and will be available to Dealers as a completely free download shortly thereafter.

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

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ELAN is a trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC, Lexington, Kentucky. VIA! is a registered trademark of ELAN Home Systems, LLC. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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