NILES® IntelliControl® ICS Audio System Now Offers Whole Home Control Via ELAN® g!

First results of a complementary product development initiative points the way to the future for The AVC Group's brand strategy - synergies through distinct brands.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, August 31, 2011 - The Niles® IntelliControl® ICS platform, the custom installation industry's leading multi -room audio system with more than 15,000 installations, will now be able to connect to the ELAN® g! control system, opening the door for Niles ICS dealers and customers to enjoy the benefits of whole home automation controlled by an iPad and iPhone. The announcement of this technology co -integration was made today by Mark Terry, President of The AVC Group, who said that this was the first step forward in the Group's long -term product development strategy.


"This initial integration of the Niles ICS system with the ELAN g! control platform makes it possible for our loyal base of Niles ICS customers to immediately access the benefits of whole home automation featured in the ELAN g! control system," Terry said today. "While this is significant in its own right, it is a more significant statement about The AVC Group's commitment to pursue a long -term complementary product development strategy while maintaining the strength and integrity of each individual brand."

According to Terry, and for the first time since its introduction in 2005, the Niles ICS system will now allow consumers to control its six streaming sources by an iPad and iPhone. Second, Niles ICS dealers who qualify to sell ELAN g! systems will now be able to offer both installed and new ICS customers an affordable bridge to the home control of television, lighting, climate, and other functions via the ELAN g! system. Third, qualified ELAN dealers will now have the opportunity to offer their customers another option for streaming content, including native Pandora® Internet Radio.

According to Niles President Mike Detmer, "Niles has always stood for the best, easiest to install architectural audio wherever consumers live, work, and play. For some time, our dealers have requested IOS control for the ICS system. Today, in conjunction with our sister brand ELAN, we are able to cost -effectively provide this capability to our dealers, enabling them to upgrade the more than 15,000 ICS systems they have installed since 2005 while offering them entry into a new revenue opportunity - home control."

According to ELAN President Paul Starkey, "This integration of the Niles ICS platform with the ELAN g! platform makes a great combination package for a lot of our dealers and the speedy installation of both systems will be immediately attractive to dealers."

The Niles IntelliControl ICS System is a unique whole -house audio distribution system that incorporates iPods, Sirius|XM Satellite Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Rhapsody, AM/FM radio, HD Radio, and TV, CD and DVD sources. Users can access their personal music libraries and terrestrial, satellite and Internet radio sources through intuitive, easy -to -use in -wall touchscreens and touchpads, handheld remotes and portable touch screens that provide full source, song, station and playlist information. The heart of the IntelliControl ICS System is the GXR2 Modular MultiZone Receiver, the first ever receiver to use interchangeable input modules to accommodate any input sources and support up to 30 distinct zones of audio.

Available starting under $2,000 for a single -room, four sub -system control solution, the ELAN g! Series Control System can be expanded quickly and cost -effectively to enable whole -home control. ELAN g! provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon -based control from their favorite devices, including TVs, touch screens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones, and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touch screens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users' televisions and mobile devices. And the system's IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room -or across the globe.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre -eminent manufacturers and marketers of state -of -the -art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: ELAN® Home Systems (www.elanhomesystems.com), Niles® (www.nilesaudio.com), Sunfire® (www.sunfire.com), ATON® (www.atonhome.com) and Xantech® (www.xantech.com).

The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (www.nortek -inc.com) and is part of Nortek's Home Technology Group, an over -arching designation for a segment of home electronics companies that includes manufacturers producing nationally -recognized brands in categories such as stereo and home theater speakers, distributed audio and video systems, lighting controls, structured wiring systems, residential and commercial security and access control equipment, and Internet connected media products. Nortek is headquartered in Providence, RI and is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of innovative, branded residential and commercial ventilation, HVAC, and home technology convenience and security products.

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