Our mainstream platform of choice is Elan Home Systems. In this space, there are many players including Control 4, URC Total Control, RTI and others. All have a similar premise: provide a terrific-looking interface that will work for 90% of the consumers out there at a lower price than a fully customizable luxury automation system such as Crestron. In our estimation, there are several factors that make an automation platform “good”: human interfaces, compatibility with 3rd party devices and overall value.
Let’s start with the human interface. Elan has a terrific lineup of handheld remotes, both with and without touchscreens, a lineup of small, medium and large dedicated in-wall touchpanels and compatibility with iOS and Android devices with the Elan Home System app. But beyond the actual hardware devices, the user interface is terrific – intuitive, powerful yet easy to navigate. Other companies do some of this well but few can match the top to bottom lineup of hardware + interface that Elan offers.
Next, let’s look at compatibility. Elan doesn’t work with every device out there, but they do a good job with keeping up with many of the best 3rd party devices out there such as Nest, Lutron, Sony and Sonos to name a few. More importantly, integration is not rolled out until it’s ready, when it really works well. Whether you start with a simple Lutron Caseta lighting and shading system or an Alarm.com home security system, we have thoroughly tested Elan upgrade paths to enable whole-home audio/video controls and video intercom capabilities, all controlled within the same Elan app or touchpanel or handheld remote control.
Lastly, Elan provides excellent value. While hardware is a bit less expensive across the board than a luxury system, the real cost savings come from the faster programming implementation. Using a smaller sandbox of tested equipment, we can quickly deliver a fantastic user experience which results in lessened overall costs. iOS and Android apps are free to download and remote access from these apps are free as well.
After extensive testing, we are confident that the overall quality and value of Elan compares favorably against any other mainstream automation ecosystem out there.