Wounded U.S. Army CPT Nick Vogt Receives Custom R.I.S.E. Smart Home Empowered with Technology from Nice North America

Matthew Bail | November 12, 2018
Press Release

ELAN® control and surveillance, SpeakerCraft® audio, and Panamax® power protection from Nice North America give Afghanistan veteran and his family mobile control of lighting, AV, surveillance and door locks

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA — On November 12, 2011 while deployed in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Captain Nick Vogt and his team were investigating a newly discovered weapons cache when Vogt stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Six years later, after two leg amputations, during which he met his future wife — a nurse at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — Vogt was selected to receive a 100% mortgage-free, brand new custom smart home from the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) featuring Nice/ELAN technology.

Nick VogtThe Vogt’s new single-story home offers the family every advantage a house can provide for a veteran with limited-mobility, including mobile control of lighting, security, multi-room audio and video, and even the exterior door locks, all made possible by the Nice/ELAN Entertainment and Control System from Nice North America.

According to Nick Fabrick, Vice President of integration firm Xtend Technologies, designer and installer of the smart home system, the mobile-device control is a game-changer for Vogt and his family.

“This is my second home project with the Gary Sinise Foundation, and one thing I’ve learned is that these veterans are some of the strongest people in the world,” Fabrick said. “Many everyday tasks require relearning when mobility is limited, and the Xtend AV team is more than proud to help Nick Vogt simplify as many daily activities as possible. Through smartphones, an iPad and Nice/ELAN remotes and touchscreens, Nick can now control almost the entire home with one finger, from anywhere.”

Some daily tasks, such as checking the surveillance system, locking doors, playing music or turning off lights can be prohibitively difficult for limited-mobility homeowners like Vogt. Thanks to Xtend Technologies, the home’s Nice/ELAN system integrates all of the Lutron lighting and ceiling fans, three Schlage electronic door locks, multi-room audio and video distribution, and a security and surveillance system with five Nice/ELAN cameras.

kitchen“Designing these homes is all about maximizing utility and access for the injured veteran,” Fabrick added. “In this home, we included three video zones, in the master bedroom, great room and outdoor patio, which each have their audio zone as well. With this design, Vogt and his family can use a variety of devices to control any TV or any room’s audio, even when they are in different rooms.

“No matter where the family is, they have full control. If they want to lock all the doors, it takes just a few taps. If they want to turn on the kitchen lights and patio TV, that’s also just a few taps away. They can easily check the five security camera feeds or answer the front door with the Doorbird video doorbell, which plays audio through the home’s speakers while delivering a live video feed to the Nice/ELAN mobile app, enabling Vogt to unlock the electronic locks and let guests in through the app.”

The home’s technology relies on a Nice/ELAN gSC10 and Nice/ELAN g1 to connect all the sub-systems, allowing consolidated control through the Nice/ELAN mobile app. They can also control the system through two seven-inch Nice/ELAN wall-mounted touchpanels, two Nice/ELAN remotes, and a tabletop iPad kept in a LaunchPort dock. The home’s video uses Nice/ELAN 4K over IP for distribution, while an Nice/ELAN S86A distributes six zones of audio. Five Nice/ELAN dome cameras provide exterior surveillance, which is recorded to the 2 terabyte Nice/ELAN EL-NVR-2TB rack-mount hard drive.

living room15 SpeakerCraft AIM285 in-ceiling speakers deliver exceptional audio thought the home, and a Panamax M4315-Pro power conditioner keeps the electronics in the system rack safe and in top working order 24/7. The home’s great room features a media center with a 5.1 SpeakerCraft surround sound system, including a Profile Cinema Sub in-wall subwoofer.

The home was also designed specifically with Nick’s needs in mind and includes features such as a   raised shower platform that he can easily access by himself from his wheelchair, lower kitchen counters and oven, wide hallways, and touchscreens mounted at lower, easier-to-access heights as well as much more.

According to Judith Otter, Chief Operating Officer of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Vogt family’s new home was carefully designed to provide the most useful layout and technologies available. “Working with our valued partners, we’ve provided Vogt with a fully navigable home and empowering technologies to help him regain his daily independence,” she said.

About Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, First Responders Outreach, and Soaring Valor. Its latest program, Snowball Express, serves the children of our fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and Gold Star families. To donate or learn more, please visit

About Nice/ELAN

ELAN®, from Nice North America, develops an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and countries worldwide. The Nice/ELAN 8 update was honored with the “2017 Human Interface Product of the Year” award and continues to expand its intuitive functionality with security, climate, surveillance and video distribution products and integrations.

About Nice North America

Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 4 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, Nice/ELAN®, Linear®, IntelliVision®, GoControl®, Mighty Mule® and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security dealers, technology integrators and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit

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