At ISE 2019 in Amsterdam this week, Nortek Security & Control (NSC) has introduced a pair of new Elan Intelligent Touch Panels that use face recognition and voice control technology to control media, lighting, climate, shares, security, and more.
"With the control enhanced by face recognition and voice, these new interfaces go way beyond what we'd normally call a ‘touch' panel," says Elan Product Manager Jeff Shaw. "They are fully interactive control panels that redefine what smart home control can be."
Each new itouch panel has a high-resolution touch screen interface, and face recognition analytics from NSC's IntelliVision that enables the panel to respond to individual users with a personalized menu, and to automatically create scenes - such as media, climate lighting - personalized for the user. The dual digital MEMS microphone-array provides voice control for the ELAN system, allowing users to choose their preferred voice interface, including Amazon Alexa, without needing separate voice assistant hardware.
The intelligent touch panels display high-resolution video, including monitoring and playback from Elan Surveillance cameras and NVR. Two-way audio and video enable communication with a video doorbell, paging, and Elan Intercom.
Elan Discovery simplifies installation by auto-discovering the intelligent touch panels on the network and configuring them with a click. Each panel mounts using a standard two-gang (US) box, which means no custom bracket is required. The interactive panels can be powered locally using a 12VDC power supply (not included) or PoE, and connect to the controller over Wi-Fi or using power over Ethernet and with a single wire hookup.
"Our goal," says Shaw, "is to make the Elan smart home more than just smart, and more than just connected. With these new intelligent and interactive panels, we're making the smart home experience more intuitive as well."