Essential Install | Case Study: Core Brands Help For A Hero EI takes a look at this specially adapted smart home for injured staff sergeant, Christopher Walker, which was donated by The Gary Sinise Foundation and uses Core Brands technologies. On April 24, 2012, US Army SSG Christopher Walker lost his left leg and both of his arms after being struck by an IED in Afghanistan. Christopher was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May of 2012, where he remained for over two years. When the Gary Sinise Foundation’s RISE program (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) learned about Christopher’s situation, they honoured him as the recipient of a fully customised specially adapted smart home. Much of the tech installed is controlled via a tablet 50 | August 2017 The donated Alexandria, Virginia residence relies on an ELAN Entertainment & Control System and other Core Brands technologies to offer a new level of independence for Christopher and his family. “We were asked to install an easy-to-use smart home system that makes controlling audio, video, lighting, security, and shade control easy with just a swipe on a tablet or in-wall touch panel,” says Jon Linville of Innovative AV, the integration firm responsible for the project. “The ELAN control platform is extremely user-intuitive, which is necessary for a project of this nature. With ELAN, there is no need to go through four different pages to pull up a certain command. The goal is seamlessness, and this system enables just that.” Innovative AV installed an ELAN gSC10 Controller as the base of the system, with three ELAN 7in and one 12in in-wall touch panels, all mounted under switch height to accommodate Christopher in a wheelchair. All of the home’s sub-systems, including audio, video, lighting, climate, and security, are integrated into the system for easy access. Innovative AV was tasked with building out an all- encompassing, yet easily manageable security system — a top priority for the family.