Scott Dixon is a quadruple IndyCar Champion, leading non-U.S. driver in American Championship Cars, and one of the 33 greatest drivers in Indianapolis 500 history. He’s also a husband and father who, when he’s away from home, wants to connect with his family in any way possible.
That’s why, when building his new 7,000-square foot home in Indianapolis, he called upon Robert Haecker, Tom Wilburn, and Don Wolfe at Triphase Technologies, of Carmel, Ind., to integrate fast and responsive technology that helps Dixon feel present, even while on the road. To bridge the physical gap and bring Dixon home at a moment’s notice, the Triphase team relied on an ELAN Entertainment and Control System.
“The Dixon family has dealt with slow and finicky control systems in the past,” says Robert Haecker, president, Triphase Technologies. “We introduced them to a system that provides Dixon with the speed and reliability he needs. Now, he’s able to view security camera footage, monitor the home’s front gate, or check in on his children from literally anywhere in the world.”
Serving as the central hub to all of the smart home’s components, the ELAN gSC10 Controller allows Dixon to control his security system (including the garage doors, 24/7 access to surveillance cameras, and control over a motorized gate at the driveway), heating and cooling system, smart lighting, and multi-room audio and video systems while on-the-go. Accessible on three ELAN TP7 touchpanels in the master bathroom, loft and kitchen; four ELAN HR200 remotes; and the ELAN g! mobile app on Scott and his wife Emma’s mobile devices, control is only a touch away.
“My primary goal in building a smart home is to have automation on-the-go,” says Dixon. “Since I travel frequently, I require a fast, easy-to-use system that makes me feel like I’m right at home. So far, I’ve been using the ELAN app every day.”
To see his children while on the road, Dixon utilizes the new ELAN Intercom function, enabled through the ELAN 7.2 software upgrade, to call his property from his mobile device. “It’s so fun to check in on the family while using ELAN Intercom—even if it’s just to make sure that the girls are keeping their rooms clean and brushing their teeth!”
Full control of the home and property’s security system is a necessity for Dixon. With exterior cameras positioned at the front foyer, driveway, and rear of the home, as well as interior cameras in the two children’s bedrooms and the playroom, Dixon is able to monitor the safety of his family.
“Remote access to the security system control is one of the most important features of the system for me,” says Dixon. “I want to make sure that the home is secured and armed at all times, especially when I am not there.”
When Dixon is home, entertaining is a priority. To satisfy his love for music and film, the Triphase Technologies team built a fully functional and easy-to-use media center with high-quality acoustics and rich visuals. To provide indoor and outdoor audio distribution, Triphase Technologies system designer Tom Wilburn installed an ELAN S1616 multi-room audio controller and Autonomic MMS-2A Music Server accompanied by Niles outdoor landscape speakers in the exterior, and SpeakerCraft AIM Series 2 speakers and Sunfire HRS-10subwoofers in the interior.
To complement the audio system, the Triphase Technologies team designed a multi-room video system equipped with an AppleTV, Sony Blu-ray player, and DirecTV satellite receivers with 70-, 60- and 65-inch Vizio TVs in the basement, exercise room, and hearth room. “One of the most visually compelling elements of the home is the Future Automation motorized TV lift and custom cabinet, which was built on site,” says Wilburn. “It’s an exciting architectural element that gives the entertainment center depth and functionality.”
Since the Dixon family has come to rely on the ELAN system, the Triphase Technologies team made sure to protect the technology in the event of a power surge. To do so, they installed a Panamax M5300-PM to safeguard the home’s key technological components. “Power protection is just as important as the technology it serves,” says Triphase project manager Don Wolfe.
For the Dixon family, the ELAN system has evolved from a simple convenience to a complete lifestyle transformation. “In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s a must,” says Dixon.