Crestron control intelligence is embedded into popular AV equipment such as projectors, flat panel TVs, audio/video receivers, and a variety of other wired and wireless devices.

Smart Home Interview - Crestron

Joyce Essig-Bachtler | Crestron

For more than 40 years, Crestron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems. Crestron solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, lighting, and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in corporate conference rooms, hotels, classrooms, auditoriums, and in their homes. Crestron products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

How we fit into Smart Home Industry

Integrated Home Technology enables all technology in your home to seamlessly communicate together in an intelligent way to simplify your life. It encompasses much more than just lighting and shade control. Today’s modern home must combine lighting, climate, shades, home entertainment, security, and more on a single platform.

Only Crestron provides end-to-end control solutions engineered from the ground up to deliver truly integrated home technology. By making products specifically designed to work together, we’ve eliminated the challenges of connecting a mix of disparate products from multiple vendors.  And now with Pyng, we provide a fast easy way for homeowners to make small changes to their systems without calling a professional. Rename lighting scenes, make new climate schedules in seconds, and save the perfect lighting levels for any activity.

The truly integrated home is now a reality. The result is one seamless, worry-free system that delivers an incredible user experience

Products

Crestron Pyng
Crestron Pyng is the home automation that can be re-tailored to your lifestyle. Once the initial set up is complete, anyone can easily modify settings or create new scenes right from the app. Homeowners can make changes themselves with the confidence that all their original settings are backed up in the cloud.

Crestron Pyng makes any Crestron system better; automate and control your lights, shades, thermostats, door locks, security system, and more. Best of all, you can personalize Pyng to make your smart home even more comfortable, convenient, and luxurious.

Crestron App for Mobile Devices
Your mobile device is only as powerful as the control system behind it. With Crestron mobile solutions you’re always connected to the most important things in life – your home and your family. Whether at the office, stuck in traffic, at the airport, or on the other side of the globe, reliable whole home control and monitoring are at your fingertips. Anywhere, anytime.

Keep your finger on the pulse of all your homes from wherever you are with Crestron mobile home solutions. Not only can you adjust the lights, shades, and temperature in your primary residence, but also in your vacation home, your condo in the city, and any other property you desire. All from one powerful app.

From your smart phone or Web browser, use our Crestron control app to check on the kids at home, or your elderly parents in another state. Set the perfect temperature at your ski house, or fire up the spa at the beach house.

DigitalMedia
Homeowners want to display the latest digital sources at the highest possible resolution. They want to integrate digital and analog AV signals and emerging technologies such as streaming and 4K Ultra HD. And they want it to work flawlessly every time. That’s what you get with Crestron DigitalMedia.

DigitalMedia is the only fully-engineered, field-proven, end-to-end solution for managing and distributing digital AV and control signals. Whether you have one room or a thousand, DM delivers pure high-definition - including 4K Ultra HD - to every display throughout your home.

DM utilizes a flexible, scalable architecture. It can accept analog, digital, and control signals, such as advanced EDID, CEC, and USB and then transmit them over HDMI, HDBaseT, CAT5e, multimode fiber, single-mode fiber and now H.264 streaming video over the network – all on one rock-solid integrated platform.

Crestron Shading Solutions
Crestron Shading Solutions provide precise, quiet one-touch management of daylight. Choose from motorized roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems. And with the Heritage and Designer Roller Shade Collections you have designer-relevant fabrics and hardware finishes that elegantly complement any décor or use your own fabric for a custom design. Combined with our advanced lighting, climate, AV and security controls, you have a complete home automation solution that maximizes efficiency, convenience and comfort at all times.

Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

Which technologies do your products use to communicate with each other and how does it work?

Crestron products are Integrated by Design™ to deliver complete technology solutions. We integrate all systems and devices in homes onto a single open platform so they can communicate and work together seamlessly. Our equipment is now primarily a network device or a wireless device. We offer the ability to monitor, manage and control ALL technology from one platform, from anywhere, and at anytime.

infiNET EX

Ultra-reliable infiNET EX wireless technology provides steadfast 2-way RF communications throughout a residential or commercial structure without the need for physical control wiring. Employing a 2.4 GHz mesh network topology, each infiNET EX device functions as an expander, passing command signals through to every other infiNET EX device within range (approximately 150 feet or 46 meters indoors), ensuring that every command reaches its intended destination without disruption.

Select Crestron wireless products communicate with a Crestron control system via an infiNET EX Wireless. Up to 100 infiNET EX devices, including Cameo® Wireless Keypads and In-Wall Dimmers and Switches, may coexist on a single wireless network, and every device that is added to the network effectively increases the range and stability of the entire network by providing multiple redundant signal paths. Built-in Dynamic Frequency Allocation continuously monitors RF conditions, automatically selecting the clearest channel to prevent interference from neighboring networks, cordless phones, and microwaves.

Do your products communicate with products from other manufacturers using a standard protocol?

Yes, we work with several third party manufacturers, including Yale door locks, Baldwin door locks, Sub Zero & Wolf, Panasonic, etc.

Crestron control intelligence is embedded into popular AV equipment such as projectors, flat panel TVs, audio/video receivers, and a variety of other wired and wireless devices. With Crestron Connected inside, the manufacturer's device is now part of the native Crestron network. Through development of the Crestron Connected initiative, the need for developing a software module is eliminated.

What types of devices do you manufacture or provide?

  • Hubs
  • Controllers
  • Network Devices
  • Software / Apps
  • Security Devices
  • Lighting and Automation Devices
  • HVAC / Energy Management Devices
  • Entertainment System Control Devices
  • Shading solutions
  • Speakers 
  • Amps
  • Audio distribution & Video distribution solutions

 

Can your products be installed by the homeowner or are special skills and tools required?

Our products require installation by Crestron Authorized integrators who have received certifications for our hardware and software solutions.

 

In a short paragraph or 2 please describe how your products fit into a Smart Home scenario and how they are set up to work together to perform automated tasks.

When it comes to your home and your life, you don’t settle for anything but the very best.

You want everything to be complete, easy, and worry-free. That’s what you get with Crestron.

The “movie” button can create a cinematic experience in your living room or media room: the TV turns on, lights dim, the shades lower, and the movie starts playing. The “good night” can turn off the lights, lower the shades, arm the security system, and lock the doors. This is all accomplished via a home automation system. You can also control your home settings from any location using your smartphone or tablet.

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