Case Study : Pharmacy Owners Learn Value of ELAN G! Control System
These owner/operators of five regional pharmacies in northeastern Arkansas, remotely view live surveillance cameras while controlling the lighting, heating, air conditioning and security systems, right from the owner’s iPhone or PC.By Eric GroMay 2011
The Lomax family is no stranger to running a successful business. Founded in 1973, the family's pharmacy business is experiencing rapid growth and now includes five northeastern Arkansas pharmacies.
In 2009, their then newest pharmacy suffered, in a two-month period, two break-in attempts and several false alarms from the store's security system. And every time an incident occurred someone had to get up, even at 2 a.m., and drive 50 miles to reset the alarm and survey the situation. The family realized this was an extremely inefficient and inconvenient way to manage security for multiple stores, so they went in search of a solution, and found it – the ELAN g! Control System.
The Lomax's introduction to the ELAN g! Control System occurred in the fall of 2010 when they were getting ready to open their newest of five pharmacies. They met with Ryan Heringer, president of Jonesboro, Ark.-based Sound Concepts, who suggested and installed the ELAN g! Control System to give them remote control over the store's surveillance cameras, security system, heating, air conditioning and lighting.
"I knew the ELAN g! Control System was what they needed for the pharmacy," said Heringer. "And once they saw how simple it is to control their whole store from the iPhone app, they knew it too. Now they can monitor surveillance cameras and the alarm system from home, and also control lighting, heating, audio and video, so it was the perfect solution."
Now, instead of waking up to drive 50 miles when an alarm is triggered, Kyle Lomax can open the g! mobile app on his iPhone and instantly view the live surveillance cameras, and turn off or reset the alarm.
"On Saturday we close at noon, and one Saturday I got a call from our alarm company at 2 p.m. that the alarm tripped, and they asked if they should dispatch the police," said Lomax. "I said yes, and then immediately logged in to the g! iPhone app to view the surveillance system. Before the police even got there I knew it was a false alarm. If I didn't have the g! mobile app, I would have had to go all the way back to the store right after I got home."
The owners know that pharmacies are a potential target for criminal activity, so security and surveillance are very important to them.