We’ve always been big fans of Elan’s affordable home automation systems, but news from the company has been relatively sparse as the company’s g! platform has sort of been on autopilot. Today, however, the company announced a new Linux-based platform that, according to Elan, delivers better performance, easier installation, broader device compatibility, and greater scalability.
“This is the most significant engineering effort in ELAN’s 25 year history. Our team has invested heavily to re-architect the ELAN Control Platform and make it the preeminent platform for the next-generation connected home,” said Joe Roberts, Vice President of Products and Marketing, Core Brands.
The platform is designed to allow integrators and homeowners to expand the breadth of Elan products and applications in their space and add IoT devices to the Elan ecosystem. According to the company IoT devices–speakers, multi-room audio, power conditioners, smart plugs, cameras, access products, etc–can be controlled, automated, and monitored by ELAN.
New products built for the new v7 Platform include the gSC2 and gSC10 system controllers. The hardware is based on the Freescale IMX Processor for speed, efficiency, and scalability. According to Elan, you can power these products over Ethernet alone because they both draw less than 5W of power.
One way Elan keeps costs down for the homeowner is by offering the integrator/homeowner the capability to personalize, rather than program, the system.
Look for the new gSC2 and gSC10 controllers at your local dealer in July, and expect more products on the v7 Platform soon.