Modern Home Builder - Fall 2017 - 49
The Gary Sinise Foundation and Elan came
together to create a custom home for a
military veteran in need.
On April 24, 2012, U.S. Army SSG Christopher Walker lost
his left leg and both of his arms after being struck by an IED
in Afghanistan. Walker was flown to Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in May 2012, where he remained
for more than two years. When the Gary Sinise Foundation's
Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment (RISE)
program learned about Walker's bravery, it honored him as the
recipient of a fully customized specially adapted smart home.
The donated residence in Alexandria, Va., uses an ELAN
Entertainment & Control System and other Core Brands
technologies to offer a new level of independence for Walker
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 goal is
seamlessness, and this system enables just that."
Innovative AV also built an all-encompassing, yet easily
manageable security system. "We integrated an ELK security
system into ELAN for perimeter security and Axis security
cameras so that he can access footage from anywhere at any
time," Linville explained. "Other life safety features like carbon monoxide detection are included so that U.S. Army SSG
Walker can rest assured that he and his family are safe."
Innovative AV also installed multi-room controllers to
distribute audio and video throughout the residence. "We
tied streaming music services, like Pandora and Spotify, into
the system so that he can play whichever music he wanted
throughout the house," Linville says.
Following the completion of the first stage of the project,
Linville and his team installed three Amazon Echo Dots to
integrate voice control into the system.
According to Judith Otter, executive director of the Gary
Sinise Foundation, the smart home infrastructure has significantly helped Walker transition back to residential life.
"Our goal is to provide American heroes with a completely
customized specially adapted smart home that gives them as
much independence as possible," she says. )
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