World Champion golfer Lee Westwood deploys whole-home entertainment system

A PGA Tour icon, and a Ryder Cup mainstay, golfer Lee Westwood recently deployed an extensive entertainment and control system anchored by ELAN in his new home in Newcastle, UK.

One of a handful of golfers to have won tournaments across five continents, British golfer Lee Westwood was on the hunt for a high quality system suited to playing music and a films when unwinding in his new home in the northeast of England.

Plans were fairly simple at the start of the project, yet on discovering the potential of a wider system from Graeme Henderson, director at Hidden Home Cinema, the home now boasts a no-fuss, whole-home entertainment system controlled via ELAN. “The initial specification of the project was to simply install a television and some speakers into the cinema room, but over a period of a few months, we began adding in other audio and video solutions to heighten the experience,” said Henderson.

“The initial specification of the project was to simply install a television and some speakers into the cinema room, but we decided to heighten the experience.”

He added: “As the scope grew, I knew that a control system, and ELAN in particular, would help to integrate all of the technology into one easy app.” Originally commissioned to install a “future-proofed wiring infrastructure,” as the scope of the project changed throughout the build process, wiring would become essential for the backbone of the system.

As Henderson had little experience with ELAN technology, he called upon Indigo Distribution to support him with design and planning of the project. After discussing at-length what Westwood was looking for from the new technology for his home, Henderson specified an ELAN gSC2 system controller accessible through eight ELAN HR200 remotes. Critically for Westwood, the system can also be controlled via the ELAN Mobile app on Westwood’s personal Apple iPad when he is travelling the world for golf events.

The house features two zones of audio – one in the kitchen and another in the cinema room which benefits from a surround sound 7.1 system. “Lee was looking for a simple yet sophisticated audio system that would integrate with popular streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. And that’s precisely what we were able to deliver,” stated Henderson. “Now, he can play any song from any streaming service instantly.”

The home’s video system is controlled by an 8x8 matrix with 4K functionality, which enabled the addition of a 4K satellite receiver, a 4K Blu-ray Disc player, and an Xbox. “We installed five satellite receivers to distribute 4K content to eight new televisions throughout the residence,” explained Henderson. “Since the system is integrated with ELAN, Lee can change the channels on any television from a single remote or the smartphone in his pocket. It’s as easy as can be.” golfer lee westwood using elan app on iphone to control entertainment system in new homeAs Westwood travels frequently, Henderson installed a remotely-accessible CCTV security system, with eight IP cameras that incorporate a 4TB NAS drive for recording. The security system is also integrated into the ELAN system allowing him to check footage from anywhere in the world on the ELAN app.

Aside from getting to grips with ELAN technology, working alongside the team of interior designers from Dickinsons Commercial to create a contemporary and relaxing yet technologically-advanced space proved to be a significant task for the team at Hidden Home Cinema.

“Sometimes working to accommodate technology elements in the space could be intimidating, but we were put at ease once Graeme showed us how sleek the system is and how it helps to consolidate all of Lee’s media into one means of control,” said Rachel McCluskey, senior interior designer at Dickinsons Commercial.

According to Indigo Distribution’s managing director, Matthew Booth, feedback from the client has so far been overwhelming positive. “Lee is really satisfied with ELAN and the entertainment system in his new home, and the great thing about ELAN is that it’s always expandable. If he ever wants to add climate, irrigation or security control, he can do so easily.”


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BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND, September 28th, 2015 –Global electronics giant Sony, names leading AV distributors, Indigo Distribution as a new distributor for Sony´s Home Cinema projectors   in Ireland. The announcement has been made following the launch of three new Sony Native 4K Home Cinema Projectors at IFA 2015 in Berlin.

Indigo Managing Director, Matthew Booth states, “At Indigo we pride ourselves on providing industry leading brands, and are very pleased and proud to add Sony to our brand portfolio. Our product range will benefit in this area, and Sony’s leading range with 4K resolution provided the perfect solution for us.”

The Sony range includes the new VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ES Native 4K resolution Home Cinema models. Both new models deliver native 4K resolution for a truly immersive viewing experience. Sony is unrivalled in its ability to offer breath-taking image quality through native 4K resolution, and, for the first time ever in-home cinema projection, the VPL-VW520ES is compatible with HDMI input of HDR (High Dynamic Range) content with a 300,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. HDR imagery comes closest to the reality our eyes see every day, with higher contrast, deeper blacks, and exceptional dynamic range. Sony is developing HDR support across its portfolio, and the VPL-VW520ES gives home cinema enthusiasts the opportunity to experience total immersion in whatever they are watching.

Indigo will also provide Sony BRAVIA LED Professional 4K Displays, available in sizes 43”, 49”, 55”, 65”, 75” and an impressive 85” screen. The Professional Displays are ideal for custom installation environments, thanks to their range of sizes and put content control in users’ hands. In addition to dynamic, cost-effective features such as built-in HTML5 digital signage, Hotel Mode and IP features, the new BRAVIA Professional 4K Displays are the first in the B2B market to include AndroidTM*and Google CastTM* technology to enable  users to easily share content from an Android or iOSTM device or laptop direct to the BRAVIA display. The Sony Professional Displays also come with a next working day replacement warranty for 3 years.

Eamonn Halligan, Sales Manager for UK & Ireland at Sony Europe, said, “ Indigo Distribution have a proven track record of success in Ireland and an exceptional reputation for customer service and technical support and I am looking forward to working with them to build a dealer network with Sony in Ireland”

Indigo will be holding Sony Launch Days in October, featuring live product demonstrations, product training and will feature special discounts for those who attend the event. The launch days will be on 21st and 22nd October in Dublin and Bangor. Details below.

Based in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Indigo Distribution is a trade-only provider of smart home automation, home cinema, and AV solutions for both the residential and commercial markets.  The Indigo team possesses a strong background in systems design and installation and, as a result, they bring a professional perspective to every project that helps dealers and installers to sell more effectively and profitably while exceeding the expectations of all of their end-user customers.  Indigo maintains a true state-of-the-art headquarters that features a warehouse/distribution facility, interactive training centre, and demonstration showroom, all controlled by an Elan g! System.


Wednesday 21st October

Red Cow Moran Hotel

Naas Road

Dublin 22

10:00 – 16:00


Thursday 22nd October

Indigo Distribution

79 Dunlop Commercial Park

Bangor, BT19 7HJ

10:00 – 16:00

T. 02891 455 565


About Sony

Sony is the leading supplier of AV/IT solutions to businesses across a wide variety of sectors including, Media and Broadcast, Video Security, Medical, Digital Cinema and Displays. It delivers products, systems and applications to enable the creation, manipulation and distribution of digital audio-visual content that add value to businesses and their customers.  With over 25 years’ experience in delivering innovative market-leading products, Sony is ideally placed to deliver exceptional quality and value to its customers. Collaborating with a network of established technology partners, Sony delivers end-to-end solutions that address the customer's needs, integrating software and systems to achieve each organisation’s individual business goals. For more information please visit   


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ELAN Powers Smart Home Oasis for Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Home Recipient Jason Ross 

Advanced technologies, including remote intercom for the home, were installed by eHome Lifestyle

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, September 28, 2015 – After United States Marine Corps veteran Jason Ross returned from his first tour in Japan, he reenlisted in a new field – explosive ordinance disposal (EOD). Through vigorous training, Ross became an EOD specialist and was deployed to Afghanistan twice, putting his life on the line every day to protect his country’s freedom. In March 2011, Ross stepped on an improvised explosive device, losing both of his legs and part of his pelvic bone. The Gary Sinise Foundation learned about Ross’ misfortune and honored him and his two daughters with a customized smart home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program.

“Working with the entire Ross family was a great experience,” said Judith Otter, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “The level of excitement we received from the entire multi-generational family while we went through the process from design to turnover was amazing.” 

The Fallbrook, California home was developed with Ross’ mobility and usability at the forefront of the design. “The goal was to give Jason accessibility to his entire house, making sure that there was plenty of room for him to move about in his Paramobile while allowing his service dogs to always travel by his side,” Otter added. 

When designing the home, contractors from MLA General Contractors and technology integrators from eHome Lifestyle made a variety of distinct modifications to make Ross’ daily life as easy as possible. The home comes equipped with the smoothest flooring, allowing Ross’ Paramobile to glide with ease, eliminating steps and split levels in and around the entire house. What’s more, an ELAN entrainment and control system was installed so Ross can operate the motorized shades, thermostat, security system, multi-room audio, lighting and entertainment system through two ELAN gTP7 in-wall touch panels, an ELAN gHR200 remote, plus an app on his iPhone or iPad.

“Our goal was to make it as easy as possible for Jason to operate his entire house from one location,” System Designer at eHome Lifestyle Matt Kindle stated. “It was important for us to provide Jason with this whole-home control through ELAN, so he doesn’t have to strap into his Paramobile to complete minuscule tasks like turning off lights, locking the door or changing the thermostat.”

The home comes outfitted with a 55-inch Sony LED TV in the master bedroom, keeping Ross entertained with a connected AppleTV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, all controlled by ELAN and accessible through the ELAN interfaces. Q Motion motorized window shades were also incorporated into the bedroom to allow Ross to open and close the blinds with the touch of a button. “To make it even easier, we specially programmed a ‘goodnight’ button on Ross’ ELAN system,” Kindle added. “When this button is pushed, all of the lights and electronics turn off; the main doors lock; and the bedroom shades are lowered.” 

ELAN recently released its 7.2 software upgrade, allowing Kindle and his team to install the new ELAN Intercom, further fulfilling Ross’ needs. This feature connects the home’s Holovision door station through the ELAN system, making it possible for Ross to ‘answer’ the door from the comfort of any room in the house. When the doorbell rings, Ross can see and speak with the guest, using the ELAN app on his iPad. If necessary, he can then unlock the Kwikset motorized door lock from the same application, allowing the guest into his home. 

What’s more, ELAN Intercom also allows Ross to speak to his daughters or other visitors from room to room within the home. If Ross needs to contact someone across the house, he can see and speak to them through ELAN touch panels or the iPad app prior to moving from his location.

“eHome Lifestyle did a great job working with Jason to customize the system to best fit his needs and the needs of his family,” Otter concluded. “Without the support of Core Brands and their life changing products, Jason’s home wouldn’t be nearly as functional for him. eHome Lifestyle spent time with the family customizing settings in the ELAN system and showing them how the home automation system works.”

In the family room, Ross can enjoy the cinema experience with his family on a 65-inch Sony LED TV connected to a 5.1 Sunfire Cinema Ribbon on-wall speaker system. For extra bass, a Sunfire 10-inch HRS subwoofer supplements any video being watched on AppleTV, DirectTV or BlueRay.

“We installed six zones of audio into the 3,000-square-foot home through a Niles Auriel multi-room audio controller,” Kindle stated. “Installing MRA systems into R.I.S.E. homes is one of my favorite parts about these projects. The smiles and enthusiasm I receive from the veterans after explaining that they can listen to their favorite music anywhere in their homes is just as exciting for me as it is for them.” 

This one-of-a-kind home caters specifically to Ross’ unique needs, creating an even greater sense of independence and a positive environment where he can raise his two daughters. “The subcontractors on this project did a fantastic job, going above and beyond to make this a special place for Jason and his family,” Otter concluded. “Smaller modifications were incorporated into the home, including closet access and a pull down cabinet system in the kitchen. Jason also required a trapeze system in his bedroom and bathroom to allow him to sit up in bed on his own and transfer from his bed to wheelchair and into the shower. These extraordinary modifications allow Jason to regain his independence.”

About Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, specially adapted Smart Homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war.


ELAN 7.2 Update Brings New Intercom Functionality

Core Brands has revealed the ELAN 7.2 update, complete with new intercom functionality

Core Brands has revealed the ELAN 7.2 update, complete with new intercom functionality.

Utilising the new ELAN Intercom, the 7.2 software update will allow users to link multiple ELAN systems together, including those running on different networks across multiple locations.

Core Brands says that this ability allows users to create an interconnected global communications platform, which is said to be unique to the ELAN Intercom.

The ELAN Intercom is available for purchase now; allowing users to make point-point calls globally, without any charges.

Users will be able to ‘page’ those who share the same network, using both audio and video.

“The interconnectivity of separate ELAN systems across different locations provides home and business owners with an ease of communication that was previously unavailable on the market,” states Core Brands control products manager, Robert Ridenour.

“A family with multiple residences can communicate through their ELAN system across separate homes, while a business owner can use ELAN Intercom to communicate with employees across multiple locations from virtually anywhere in the world.”

The new ELAN 7.2 Software automatically refreshes compatible ELAN control interfaces – touch panels, remotes, and the ELAN g! mobile app – with the ELAN Intercom and integrates with the property’s controlled A/V technology.

This provides owners with a unified audio/ video intercom system that is globally accessible, free of charge.

“Unlike hardware-based intercom systems, the ELAN system’s new software-based feature utilises the A/V infrastructure already established in our customer’s property,” Core Brands software product manager, Tom McKeon explained.

“The ELAN Intercom supports virtually unlimited zones, and can share speakers with a multi-room audio and video system, with the home’s current televisions and IP cameras.

“It also integrates with third party door stations for audio/video monitoring, enabling communication with visitors at their door with from any ELAN interface, whether it’s wall-mounted, wireless or mobile.”

The ELAN g! mobile App also allows users to answer pages and calls from any point in the network, monitor third party door station audio and video, and control locks – all without incurring a remote access fee.

Additionally, push notifications alert mobile device users of incoming intercom communications while a ‘Do Not Disturb’ setting silences the intercom feature for users who do not wish to be interrupted.

At Home, Work, and Play: Arkansas Professional Couple Keeps It All Running Smoothly With Their ELAN Control System

Main estate, pool house, son’s house, retail business and airplane hangar are all kept in sync with ELAN.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, August 5, 2015 – When you’re the founder and president of multiple successful companies – including one involved in industrial manufacturing – you understand the importance of control. That’s why, when it came time to outfit their 10,000 square foot main home, surrounding property, and 2,000 square foot pool house with an integrated whole-home AV and control system, this Jonesboro, Arkansas, couple turned to Ryan Heringer of Sound Concepts and the ELAN entertainment and control system.

However, what started as a standalone whole-home AV and control installation, quickly expanded to include their son’s house, their retail business, and eventually, their airplane hangar.  “We often see this with clients who own multiple properties,” said Heringer. “They experience the seamless whole-home control offered by ELAN in one property and decide to extend the system to every part of their lives. This installation is a classic example of the smart home trend.”

The couple’s first priority was the main home’s AV upgrade – clearly geared towards the entertainment enthusiast – which now includes six Samsung TVs ranging from 46” to 65”; 30 speakers and subwoofers embedded in the ceilings of every room in the house; a M700 Kaleidoscape Disc Vault that can store 48 terabytes of DVD and Blu-Ray videos on a central server; a top-of-the-line Quad Window HD Digital Video Processor that allows the couple to watch up to four programs on one screen on any TV in the house; and a downstairs media room outfitted with a JVC 3D projector, a 100” Dragonfly screen with a stylish black velvet frame, an Integra 9.2 Receiver, seven flush-mounted speakers, and one Sunfire subwoofer. 

“From the home office to an enclosed patio, breakfast room and art gallery, each room in this home is highly tailored to the design preferences of the couple– it’s no cookie-cutter McMansion,” said Heringer. “However, while the themed rooms make the home a design success, it’s the seamless integration of ELAN-controlled AV technology throughout every one of these themed rooms that makes the home a functional success. The his and her master bathrooms, closets, breakfast room, art gallery and sun room, to name a few, are all outfitted with in-ceiling speakers, while the laundry room and enclosed patio feature Samsung LED TVs and in-ceiling speakers.” 

To easily control it all, including the home’s HVAC, lighting, and security, the couple uses both the ELAN g! mobile device app and an arsenal of ELAN remotes and control panels, which includes thirteen HR2 handheld remotes, twelve wall-mounted ELAN touch panels and one tabletop touchscreen controller.

According to the homeowners, the idea that the pool house’s AV technology could be controlled by the same system as the main house was a substantial selling point for ELAN. “When Ryan explained that, with ELAN, the same app used to control our main home could also be used to control not just the outdoor lighting, pool settings, and speakers but also all technology within our pool house, we knew we found our control system,” the homeowner explained. “If I’m in my office late at night, and I see out the window that the pool house’s lights were left on, I can turn them off using my ELAN app; prior to going to bed, I scan my ELAN app to ensure all lights are off, the security system is engaged, the saltwater fish tank’s settings are stable, the garage doors are closed, and the thermostats are set at my desired temperatures. ELAN provides me with the control I need to ensure my home is in order both while I’m home and while on the road.”

The next step in this evolving ELAN installation was the son’s home. “After experiencing all that ELAN offers in our home, our son decided to install an ELAN system in his recently purchased home,” continued the homeowner. “The ease-of-installation, the complete control over his entertainment system, and its affordability, all made an ELAN installation an easy decision.”

Once the homeowner launched a downtown retail business, the decision to equip the space with an AV system controlled by ELAN was, once again, another easy decision. “While at the store, I’m able to control the lighting, audio, and televisions with my ELAN mobile app or wall-mounted control panel. While away from the store – at home, at my other businesses, or traveling – I’m able use the ELAN security platform to monitor the store.”

The last piece of the control puzzle is still being put into place — the installation of an ELAN system in the couple’s airplane hangar. When complete, the ELAN system will control the hangar’s four-camera security, DVR, and alarm system, its television, indoor and outdoor surround sound, garage doors, automated door locks, HVAC, and lighting. “By outfitting their hangar with an AV system controlled by ELAN, the couple now has both a secure location to store their planes and a place to host parties and events,” emphasized Heringer. “Whether it be their main house, pool house, son’s house, retail storefront, or airplane hangar, this Jonesboro couple appreciates all that’s offered by an ELAN-controlled smart home. And while my recommendation guided their initial decision to choose ELAN, its expansion to their other properties is a true testament to the performance of the ELAN system itself.”

To download additional photography, click here. All photography is courtesy of Jennifer Barakat.

About ELAN

ELAN®, from Core Brands, offers an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more,

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft®, ELAN®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire®, BlueBolt®, Xantech® and Gefen® to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit

Niles Auriel Multi-Room Audio Controller Provides Homeowner With Simple First Step Toward Whole-Home Automation

Arizona homeowner started with a Niles Auriel audio system in new residence before scaling up to whole-home automation with an ELAN entertainment and control system.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, July 29, 2015 – Like a lot of homeowners, Robert Burghart stepped into home automation as he would into unknown waters – one toe at a time. In his previous home, he started small with a basic control system but quickly learned the limits of his choice when he couldn’t connect his Sonos system and his surveillance cameras. So when he moved in to a larger home, he knew his previous control system wouldn’t cut it. His electronics integrator, Joe Abramo of Custom Automated Solutions, told him that a six-source six-zone Niles Auriel multi-room audio controller would let him use his Sonos Connect as a streaming source so he wouldn’t have to keep the Sonos system entirely separate. When Abramo described how Auriel also would integrate the Burghart’s home theater and their NAS drive with some 900 GB of their own music—and provide an easy upgrade path to automate the whole home with an ELAN entertainment and control system—his client was sold.

“With the Niles and ELAN systems in Robert’s new home, there really are no limits,” Abramo explained. “Before automating his entire home, Robert wanted to start small, so we only installed the theater and audio controls, where Niles’ Auriel system really shines. He became acclimated to the system extremely quickly and was enthusiastic about scaling up with ELAN. We’ve already integrated his climate controls, security, surveillance cameras, TV and video, lighting, garage doors and driveway gates since the initial installation.”

Working on a time crunch, the initial audio system was just as easy to install as it is to use. “Just a week prior to the homeowner’s move-in date, we began the installation process of the Niles Auriel system,” Abramo continued. “It literally took 30 minutes to install and 5 minutes to program right from my iPad. Auriel is probably the easiest whole-home audio solution to install currently on the market. That helped get the system up and running quickly, and cut down on the man-hours and installation cost. For subsequent installations, I’m confident anyone on my staff will be able to program the Auriel system.”

ELAN was the perfect choice to integrate all of the systems, especially the audio. “We have a guest house and a racecar garage, and I can control that alarm system separately from the main home,” Burghart explained. “The best thing about the ELAN system is that everything is on one app that I can access anywhere in the world. We have it set up so the climate controls use less power when we arm the security system upon leaving the house. Then, I can turn it back to my desired level before I leave work, so it’s ready when I get there. That’s really important in the hot Arizona climate. I’ve also used the app while away to open the gate and garage doors for repairmen and even to check the cameras. I can even check in on the dog when no one is home!”

Having access to every function from a single app was a major selling point for Burghart. With his old system, he would have to use separate apps to access his sound and security systems. This became a hassle very quickly since he was using both every day. Now, everything has the same control scheme through the ELAN g! app, making the entire system incredibly simple. According to Burghart, even his 4-year-old daughter can use it.

“She really only needs it to turn on the movie Frozen, but she can do it,” he joked. “Just as all other youngsters today, she learns technology very quickly. After always wanting our phones and tablets, we ended up giving her an old iPad. Now, she loves going into the cameras and seeing herself on the screen.”

But all of this electronics wizardry isn’t what he praises most. If you ask him what the most essential aspect of his installation was, he’ll tell you it’s the human element.

“The key is having a good AV/security expert you can trust,” he said. “Joe showed me things I never knew existed, and it really opened my eyes to all the possibilities of home automation. I used to be someone who went to Costco for security cameras and Best Buy for a Sonos system, but having Joe put everything together the right way and show me how much more can be done was a home-altering moment. He was referred to me by a friend, and now he’s worked with four or five of our friends because he really knows what he’s doing and provides great service whenever we have any trouble.”

Some special additions to the system include a strobe effect on some of the lights if there is a security incident so police can quickly identify the correct house, a timer so the gate closes after a few minutes of inactivity, an event trigger so the lights automatically turn on when they disarm the security system after entering the home, and a theater favorite where the lights dim as soon as you select a source and the video starts playing.

About ELAN® and Niles®

Celebrating 25 years, ELAN® offers an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit The Niles® brand is synonymous with audio/video custom installation products and accessories that delight installers and their customers. Additional information is at

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft®, ELAN®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, Furman®, Sunfire®, BlueBolt®, Xantech® and Korus® to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end users. For further information, visit

Nexus 21 Appoints Indigo Distribution In UK

Indigo Distribution is now the exclusive distributor of Nexus 21’s TV lifts and hidden storage solutions in the UK 

 Scottsdale, AZ (20 July, 2015) – The UK’s residential and commercial audiovisual (AV) Integrators now have ready-access to the industry’s quietest and most reliable TV lift and concealment mechanisms in the world.

 Nexus 21, the leader in precision-engineered lift technology, is expanding its global presence through its partnership with Indigo Distribution in the UK. Indigo will distribute the full Nexus 21 concealment product line in the UK starting immediately.

 “I’m delighted to announce this opportunity to work with Indigo in the UK. It’s an honor to partner with such a well-respected company,” said Nexus 21 Director of International Sales, Ryan Kosterow. 

“We’ve seen the global demand for concealment solutions climb sharply since we exhibited at ISE in Amsterdam in February,” Kosterow noted. “We need to be able to support dealers locally with great technical support and customer service. In the UK, nobody has a better reputation for this than Indigo”.  

 Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, Nexus 21 Concealment Systems is the world leader in the production of TV lifts and hidden storage solutions for use in both residential and commercial applications. Nexus products are widely used, and have become the choice of professionals worldwide for their projects in hotels, yachts, and luxury homes.

 The company already works closely with Joe Manning, of International Sales, Inc., for representation in North America, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. The new relationship with WMA means that Nexus 21 now has sales representation in every major market in the world.

T. 02891 455 565


BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND, May, 25th 2015 – AV Distribution Company Indigo Distribution today announced taking on Zigen as their supplier for HDMI Solutions in the UK. The Zigen range has hugely grown in popularity due to its reliable reputation, and will be sold exclusively in the UK by Indigo Distribution.

“Zigen was designed by installers, for installers," according to Ed Dellalyan, President of Zigencorp. "It's about reliability. No installer can afford go-backs and service calls. We were not thinking of market share when we developed our products; we just needed a product that worked right the first time. We couldn't find anything reliable, so we started a development company to find the glitches in HDMI. It wasn't easy, but we did it.”

Based in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Indigo Distribution is a trade-only high value added provider of smart home automation, home theatre, and AV solutions for both the residential and commercial markets.  The Indigo team possesses a strong background in systems design and installation and, as a result, they bring a professional perspective to every project that helps dealers and installers to sell more effectively and profitably while exceeding the expectations of all of their end-user customers.  Indigo maintains a true state-of-the-art headquarters that features a warehouse/distribution facility, interactive training centre, and demonstration showroom.

“I am really proud to be able to offer our customers Zigen HDMI exclusively in the UK,” says Indigo’s Managing Director, Matthew Booth. “Zigen share Indigo’s passion for providing outstanding customer service and come from an installation and engineering background, giving them a complete understanding of the problems faced daily by our customers. This is clearly visible when looking at the build quality of their equipment. The HDMI products, when tested by the team, continued to work when pushed well past their stated capabilities. We will be showing this at our stand at Essential Install Live Show and it really is worth calling past to take a look for yourself. Zigen’s range of 4K 2.2 HDCP compliant products offer a truly unique solution in an over crowed market place and with a failure rate of less than one percent I am confident our customers will be as impressed with these products as we are.”

Indigo Distribution recently took over the exclusive distribution of Elan and Niles ranges in the UK and are renowned within the industry for their outstanding technical support and customer service.


Staff Sergeant Rusty Dunagan receives brand new smart home in Oklahoma through the Gary Sinise Foundation with support from Core Brands.

PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA, June 15, 2015 – A wounded soldier’s return to civilian life may be one of the hardest life transitions in the modern age. Today, the Gary Sinise Foundation, with the support of Core Brands, other technology manufacturers, and on-site contractors, unveiled the latest in a series of specially adapted custom “Smart Homes” built through the Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program, specifically to make everyday home life as easy as possible for severely wounded vets. 

Rusty Lee Dunagan always felt he would join the Army, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001 his resolve only grew stronger. In 2006 he enlisted and was stationed in Afghanistan. On September 21, 2010, Dunagan, who was 30 at the time, was training a group of soldiers on patrol when he encountered a roadside IED, causing him to lose both legs and his left arm. Today, after more than 30 surgeries, Dunagan and his family moved into a new Edmond, Oklahoma home that will give Rusty all the independence and comfort modern technologies and design can provide.

“In July of 2012, we received an email from Rusty’s Aunt, Susan Porter, sharing Rusty’s story and his rehabilitation process,” Gary Sinise Foundation Executive Director Judith Otter explained. “After speaking with Susan, Rusty, and his wife, Angie, we knew that we wanted to help this family heal and provide them with the home that they deserve.”

The home was built with Rusty’s mobility at the forefront of the design. “As the 23rd surviving triple amputee, Rusty needed a home that allowed him maximum mobility in his wheelchair,” Otter continued. “Due to the nature of his injuries, Rusty does not use prosthetics, so this was the key component for helping Rusty regain his independence.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation relied on individual, corporate, non-profit donors, in-kind sponsors, and the local community’s support to make this project a reality. “I worked closely with the Gary Sinise Foundation and an incredibly supportive group of manufacturers, builders, designers and contractors who donated their time, their skills and their products to make this home a reality and give Rusty as much control over his home life as possible,” said Joel Berrettini of IT and Media Solutions, who installed much of the life-simplifying electronics in the Dunagan’s new home. “The main way the family experiences these technologies is through the ELAN control system that allows them to control their lighting, heating, TV, music, security and door locks from touch panels mounted throughout the home, ELAN remotes, even their iPad.”

With everything in the home custom-considered for Dunagan’s use, it looks a bit different than your average Oklahoma home. The doorways in this single-floor residence are all four feet wide and are completely flat to making moving from room to room easy. The kitchen island and some countertops are up to 10 inches lower than standard, the master bathroom has a vanity with room underneath for his wheelchair to get up close, and the wheel-in shower has a tiled bench so he can get in and out completely on his own. But according to Dunagan, even the little things take some getting used to.

“I was left-handed,” Dunagan said, “so when I was doing rehabilitation I was almost starting from scratch with my right hand. I’m a righty shooter and I used a computer mouse with my right hand, but not much else. I spent time each day in rehab writing out of a textbook just like I did in grade school, and it was really important to me. As of this January I’m working for a local Oklahoma Congressman as his military liaison, attending functions on his behalf and handling a lot of veterans affairs, which keeps me busy. It’s good to be working and helping other vets acclimate to civilian life and get their deserved medical care and benefits.” 

To minimize obstacles in the new home, builder Jim Bowers designed it with six exterior doors, four to the backyard and two to the front. Dunagan and the family can get to the backyard from the master bedroom, the great room, a hallway near the main living area, and the kids play room. All six of these doors, plus the interior garage door, have Qwikset electronic door locks that automatically lock and can be accessed through the ELAN system, and can send alerts to the owners by email or text message when a door is opened. 

Dunagan continued, “Adapting to civilian life is challenging, because you lose some of the camaraderie, structure and support the military provides, so any little thing that makes our lives easier and gives me more time to spend with the family, or not worrying about the house, is a big bonus. Plus, now that I work with the Congressman I get to be involved in a lot of military events again, so I’m thrilled to be able to contribute as a member of the community.”“The first thing I did when the Gary Sinise Foundation told me the home would have smart home tech was check it out on YouTube,” Dunagan said. “My wife and I were amazed at what modern technology can do in homes, and it was even more surprising in person. Something like electronic door locks is a huge deal, because it means I don’t have to go check each door at night to make sure the house is safe. I can just open the app, and if any doors aren’t locked, I can lock them wirelessly from anywhere.”

If Dunagan wants to see what his kids are doing while he’s at work, he can view the five-acre property on the ELAN mobile app thanks to eight outdoor surveillance cameras and an Interlogix Concord4 security system. Berrettini actually took the covers off the cameras because they were white and stood out so much, and hand painted them to match the home’s exterior brick. The final safety measure in the home is a first for the Gary Sinise Foundation – a safe room designed to withstand Oklahoma’s notorious tornadoes. Built completely from concrete and connected to the home’s generator and ELAN system, this room provides the family an escape from the elements in the most dire situations.

“We wanted to ensure that Rusty had maximum mobility and independence when he was home,” Gary Sinise Foundation Senior Construction Project Manager Scott Schaeperkoetter stated. “In order to do this, we had to properly identify each adaptation that needed to be included in the home. For example, there is a possibility of extreme weather in Oklahoma, so we had to make sure that all of the necessary safety precautions were taken and that they were all accessible to Rusty.”

Berrettini added, “Another challenge we faced was the remote location of the home. That’s why a generator was an absolute necessity, and why we chose to install satellite TV and satellite internet service for the family. This way they have the knowledge that they will always have power and always be connected, no matter what the weather or circumstances might be. There are little things like this that we take for granted, and out here in Oklahoma some extra things have to be considered.”

With three Lutron thermostats, 67 light switches and nearly 30 motorized QMotion window shades throughout the home, the family can customize their environment to be the most comfortable at any given time. Programmed schedules provide a daily balance of lighting and heating, while any room or light can be adjusted with just a few taps in the ELAN mobile app. This convenient control scheme extends to the home’s four TVs and multi-room audio system as well. Even when the family is in the backyard, Dunagan can use his iPad to play his favorite music on the outdoor audio system while he monitors the yard’s sprinkler system through the app to ensure his lawn gets enough water. 

The backyard will be a haven of sorts for Dunagan, with two ponds that will be stocked with fish and a large swath of area for his kids to grow up in the great outdoors. The five kids will inhabit three bedrooms, with the oldest in her own room, the two middle-aged boys sharing a room and the two youngest sharing a room. Everyone can use the audio and video components of the ELAN system, and it’s easy enough for even the 5-year-old to choose his movies and music.

“A big part of what we do at the Gary Sinise Foundation is raise awareness for the issues that our servicemen and women face while engaging communities to support their hometown heroes,” Otter concluded. “We were so thrilled with the incredible support from the local Edmond community and thankful that many national partners, such as Core Brands, provided key technology to help us complete this project. Rusty now has as much independence as possible in his home, which is a huge success for everyone involved.”  

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