May 13, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
If you watch the TLC show The Cake Boss, you know how they do it in Hoboken. But at home, the Boss Buddy Valastro wants to relax a bit and let his home control system do some of the work for him.
Valastro recently had a ELAN g! home control system installed by 360 Media Innovations. The ELAN system, which cost about $97,000, integrates many of the home’s subsystems, including audio/video entertainment, lighting, security and climate. Through a variety of interface devices, including Buddy’s numerous iPads and wall-mounted touchpanels, the family can access whole house music, check the security system, control lights and even view family photos from a central server.
“In today’s world, if you don’t embrace new technology, you get left behind,” Valastro said. “I use state-of-the-art appliances in my kitchens, but had never spent much time thinking about other parts of the house. So I said to myself, ‘I want a space-age house. I want to turn off all the lights with one button before I go to bed, and I want music playing when I walk into the kitchen in the morning.’ The best thing about this system is it took no time at all to learn to use it. My family knows how to use an iPad and an iPhone, so the software feels just like any other app we use on a daily basis. Having all the systems – the heating, lighting, music, and alarms – adjust themselves throughout the day has made everyday life simpler for me and my family.”
And the system doesn’t just turn lights and music on and off. Valastro’s house is fully integrated, so he now has total mobile control over the home’s 68 light switches, four-zone HVAC system, security and surveillance system with 24 cameras, whole-house audio system with 42 ELAN Elios speakers in 17 discrete zones including the master bathroom and three-car garage, and he can even control the pool equipment.
EH was able to get inside Buddy’s home to see the system in action. We’ll have a comprehensive feature on the installation in a future issue of the magazine, but for now, check out our exclusive photos in the slide show.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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