Crestron Joins Zigbee; Develops Wireless Mesh Networking

Crestron Joins Zigbee Alliance - Delivers Wireless Mesh Network

ROCKLEIGH, NJ, January 11, 2005 - Crestron announces its new Wireless Mesh Networking solution that employs the ZigBee™ -ready IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networking platform. This exciting new innovation brings tremendous opportunities for a host of new cost -saving products and system solutions. Crestron plans to launch the Zigbee compatible Wireless Mesh Network solution at EHX booth #1400 with the introduction of a line of wireless dimmers.


"Lighting control will be the first area we'll launch the Crestron Mesh Network Technology," says VP of Technology, Fred Bargetzi. "We've also found that the technology also lends itself very nicely to products such as thermostats and keypads, so you can look forward to seeing those developments in the near future as well."

Crestron's mesh networking technology uses an embedded 2.4 GHz RF wireless network, eliminating the need for physical control wiring. Each control device features an on -board RF transceiver chip that acts as a repeater, supporting multiple redundant signal paths within a mesh network topology.

Mesh networks offer a reliable solution because there is no single point of failure and they provide built -in redundancy. This new robust technology makes system design, installation, and upgrade extremely simple. Adding, removing or relocating devices in an existing installation is simplified and a wide range of addressable devices can be supported. The introduction of the Zigbee compatible wireless mesh network makes retrofit installations and historical landmark installations more practical and cost -effective.

For more information visit www.crestron.com or call 1 -800 -237 -2041.

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