ELAN Powers Smart Home Oasis for Gary Sinise Foundation

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. 

When designing the home, contractors 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 entertainment 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.”

Home and Away

When ‘away’ is clicked, the thermostat drops; every audio and video zone is turned off; and all of the security systems are armed, completely shutting down the home with only one button press.

– Scott Ruzich, Epic AV Automation