Next Generation, Affordable VIA!2 Provides Most Requested Features From Original Award-Winning VIA! in New Compact, Sleek, Unplugged Version
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #228 - ELAN™ Home Systems today announced the company's plans to release its eagerly awaited new VIA!2 Wireless Touch Panel in Q1, 2004. Featuring wireless convenience, affordability, and key, award -winning, tried and true VIA! features, the new VIA!2 allows users to roam about the home while controlling wgat they want - from wherever they want. ELAN's VIA!2 Wireless Touch Panel will make it's trade debut at CEDIA 2003, and will begin shipping in Q1, 2004. VIA!2 will carry a suggested retail price of $3,500 - - which also includes both the VIA!2 Server and Docking Station, making it one of the most affordable wireless control solutions available today.
Featuring the best in full control, the latest in innovative design, and 802.11b wireless transmission method, VIA!2 represents the next generation in ELAN's VIA!® line of control products. Ideal for bedrooms, home theaters, kitchens, entertainment areas, and any areas in the home where freedom of movement while controlling the system is desired, VIA!2 continues in the tradition of the original VIA! providing elegant control, and colorful and user -friendly graphics at a very affordable price point!
VIA!2 provides simple control of home theater, whole house audio, security, temperature, lighting, drapes, and more - from any location in the home, and is plug and play compatible with ELAN's VIP industry -leading products. In addition, VIA!2 can interface "out of the box" with all ELAN core A/V systems, and many existing and brand new ELAN products, such as the new DTNR Digital Dual Tuner, System12, and the VIA!dj digital music server. At less than 2 inches thick with a 7.8 inch screen size, the new VIA!2 wireless touch panel is compact in size, sports an ultra -sleek look, possesses incredible ergonomics, and features a high -resolution LCD touch screen. In addition, VIA!2's intuitive user -friendly graphics feature large, easy to read buttons and user interface screens.
In regard to the announcement Bob Farinelli, President and Chief Technical Officer of ELAN Home Systems said, "An 'unteathered' VIA! control panel has been one of our most requested next generation products since the launch and ensuing success of our original VIA!. VIA!2 benefits from all of the positive feedback we have received from our Dealers and end Customers and incorporates many of the core VIA! features, while pushing the product line a giant leap further by adding the latest in cutting -edge wireless networking technology. Delivering feature -rich products that are flexible enough to be configured to fit the specific needs and budgets of all our Customers is our mantra, and the VIA!2 is in step with this philosophy."
As with the original VIA!, multiple VIA!2 touch panels may be used in the same system through the VIA!2 Server Station. Customers who already own a VIA! may also seamlessly incorporate a VIA!2 into the same home system, adding a wireless panel in any location they desire. VIA!2 uses a transmission method of 802.11b, which allows for up to approximately 150 feet between a wireless panel and its access point.
VIA!2 comes complete with the VIA!2 Docking Station for use when the touch panel is "at rest" and for recharging the batteries. Once charged, the system boasts long life with approximately 670 hours in hibernate mode, 24 hours in standby, or 6 hours in full operation. The VIA!2 Server Station, which translates the VIA!2 commands into IR or RS232 commands for controlling other devices in the home, is also included as part of the package, making this a truly affordable solution. Because multiple wireless panels may be used in a system, additional VIA!2 Touch Panels with docking stations may be purchased separately. As a complete 'remote control' with both IR and RS -232 interfaces the VIA!2 package is the perfect, all encompassing solution for whole -house control, to run a home theater, and/or as a single room application.
Thanks to ELAN's VIA!TOOLS, the Windows -based programming software that works with the original VIA and now the VIA!2 panels, setup takes just hours - rather than days, as many control solutions require. VIA!TOOLS uses very simple point -and -click methods to automatically setup the VIA!2 and the products that it is going to control. Dealers can easily customize the way the screens look from a library of custom looks or "motifs" ELAN has created. The program saves common codes - that can be used on other jobs, and features reusable templates for panel configurations that the Dealer commonly sells, saving Dealers valuable time and money every time they sell VIA!2 as their control solution.
"We are excited to offer a product that, hands down, is one of the most requested pieces in the specialty market today," remarked Paul Starkey, ELAN's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Consumers are demanding electronics that fit into their homes easily, yet they are looking for more features and the best price. VIA!2 answers on these fronts and more. It's simple -to -use, offers a sleek design with excellent control options, and is truly affordable. ELAN prides itself on offering good, better, best options for our Customers. This new panel is a step up VIA! model, yet still has the ability to work with all of our A/V systems. In addition, we aim to simplify our Dealers lives and add to their bottom line. Part of the overwhelming success of VIA! is that it has been proven to save Dealers time, money and the hassle associated with installing advanced systems. Because VIA!2 uses the same ELAN Dealer perfected VIA!TOOLS setup software, those already trained on VIA!TOOLS and the roster of products that VIA! integrates with, will not have to spend time to master new software to program our next generation wireless VIA!2 model. It's truly a win -win for all."
VIA!2 will begin shipping in Q1, 2004 at a suggested retail price of $3,500. Additional VIA!2 Wireless Touch Panels may be purchased for XX. Also NOTE: Cat get w/Paul on how much for additional panels on their own will cost. We need to have here.
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award -winning distributed audio/video and home automation 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 28 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.
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