Nice/Nortek Control released its software upgrade 8.7 for ELAN Control Systems. Features include direct control functionality, Bluetooth player capability, a subcategory of utility products integration, and integration with the 2GIG EDGE security panel. The 8.7 software adds complete control to important lifestyle aspects, such as home security, wellness and home integrity (i.e., water leak detection) components without additional hardware. The direct control feature allows ELAN remote controls to communicate natively with an ELAN controller, rather than using the home Wi-Fi, for instant connections even in environments where home networks may be challenging. The new Bluetooth player instantly turns every ELAN touch panel into a Bluetooth receiver, eliminating the need for any external receiver. Anyone in the home, whether family members or guests, can connect their smartphone through an ELAN touch panel to play their own music through the whole home audio system. This upgrade also provides extensive new integration with popular home wellness and security products for an easier to design, install, and enjoy total control solution. For example, a new subcategory for popular utility products, such as power management and conditioning, air quality and leak detection, has been added to bring more visibility to the wellness of the home for homeowners. Further, the 8.7 software delivers seamless integration with the 2GIG EDGE security panel.

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