ELAN® HOME SYSTEMS DEBUTS ENHANCED ONLINE TECH FORUM TO ACCELERATE PEER-TO-PEER COMMUNICATION AND RESOURCE SHARING

Significantly enhanced service is password protected and designed to allow dealers to showcase projects to one another, obtain real-time answers to questions, search through a database of productinformation and receive feedback from ELAN technical support team members.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, February 27, 2012 - In a move designed to accelerate the sharing of product, installation, and service related information among its growing and expanding dealer base, ELAN® Home Systems today announced the launch of a new online Tech Forum. The launch closely coincides with the introduction of the brand's new, state-of-the-art consumer facing web site at www.elanhomesystems.com.


According to Joe Lautner, Manager of Business Development and Project Management at ELAN Home Systems, the new Tech Forum is available exclusively to authorized ELAN dealers, who can now access the forum 24/7/365 after entering into the password-protected dealer section of the new web site. "Coincident with the launch of our totally new web site, we are taking our dealer support programs to a whole new level and the round-the-clock availability of this new Tech Forum is one example of our commitment to accelerate the distribution and sharing of information that will help our dealers to sell and install ELAN g! systems to every type of residential and commercial customer they serve."

Indeed, the new ELAN Tech Forum takes the old-fashioned idea of a bulletin board and redefines it for a new generation of dealers. Anchored by carefully pre-selected subject matter information threads, as well as a new search engine that allows dealers to instantaneously comb through product information to find the exact information they need when they need it most, the new Tech Forum is actively monitored by trained ELAN technical support specialists who respond to every dealer question.

"We are very excited to offer ELAN dealers an online community, where they can come together and get the answers they need in the simplest way possible. With our fantastic new search engine, finding specific answers to dealer issues is no longer like finding a needle in a haystack. Instead of having to search through extensive documents and manuals, dealers can now simply run a search for the issue they are having and find an answer right away."

Thanks to the informal nature of the forum, which is available to dealers at all hours of the day, the members of the ELAN team are not the only ones who can help solve problems. Dealers are also encouraged to provide advice when knowledgeable about an issue that a fellow dealer posts. Though all answers offered by dealers are monitored byELAN for complete accuracy, the peer-to-peer assistance has been beneficial in establishing a welcoming online venue where dealers can comfortably seek help.

"Not only is this a great resource for problem solving and 3rd party integration tips, butdealers can also inspire each other and network with one another," said Eric Wieland, Technical Services Manager. "The tech forum is another way for dealers to get the information they need when they need it. Different people like different resources. The more options available to solve problems and build a concrete knowledge base, the better."

Since its initial Beta launch this past October, there has been a steady increase of dealers joining the forum and getting in on the undeniable resourcefulness of the site. The forum averages five new members and 30 posts a day, and is sure to grow even larger as word-of-mouth spreads about the benefits of this collective online community for ELAN dealers.

About ELAN Home Systems:

Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use "whole-house" solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. ELAN Home Systems is part of The AVC Group. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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 AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.'s Home Technology Group.

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