Crestron expands control ecosystem at ISE 2018

posted on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 by Geny Caloisi

Crestron  Home automation  lighting Design  ISE 2018 

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As it has been the case for the past few years, Crestron took a prime position at ISE 2018, showing its full range of products for the business and residential market. We had a private viewing with Doug Jacobson, director residential technology and Michael Short, global residential marketing manager.

The tour started with Crestron’s new Horizon keypads, which are customisable and open 3rd party design - including a very bling one from Swarovsky. The smooth buttons keypads can be a single, double or four columns across with four different button styles .The backlighting colour can be changed and the top and bottom trim pieces can be chosen to match any decor.

“Our line of keypads is also further extended with our CresNet solution, which allows other manufacturers such as Vitrea, Basalte or Tyba to offer products that are easily integrated on the Crestron ecosystem,” added Jacobson.

Keypads Horizon

Coming off the wall and into our hands are Crestron’s sleek looking 310-Series handheld remotes. With a nice, reassuring weight to it, the ergonomic HR 310 is a backlit push button remote and infiNET EX RF wireless technology. Nine of its buttons can be custom labelled and assigned to any function. Movement sensing wakes the remote the instant it’s picked up. To avoid the issue of misplacing the remote and not knowing what room it belonged to, its vessel can be engraved with the name of the room.

Also on the handheld remote line but a bit more sophisticated is the TSR-310, which comes with a three-inch touch screen. It’s connected to a cloud server access your favourite TV channels and services.

“This remote, which is a prototype right now, also has a microphone, so that it can use Crestron’s voice control capability,” highlights Jacobson. “ As the device is handheld and you have to press a button for the voice command, you don’t have to call out ‘Crestron, … switch on the lights’ as one usually has to do with just voice commands Also, the remote will know where in the house it is situated thanks to its room context sensors.”

Crestron keeps improving its Pyng platform for signal distribution and control, now adding video control and profiling where the preferences of the family members can be preset. Pyng will now be able to control video sources, such as TVs and AV receivers and will also support the Crestron DM product family and DM NVX video distribution product lines.

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New for EMEA is Crestron’s shading products, which have enjoyed great popularity in the US. Crestron Horizontal Sheers have an exquisite design providing light through control as well as privacy. The blinds are made out of two thin layers of fabric which contain horizontal fabric vanes that float in between. No dusting needed!

Available in sizes up to 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall, Crestron horizontal sheers can tilt open, closed, or fully roll up to provide an unobstructed view. The company has designed the roll up mechanism so that there is a manual option. Installers, designers and developers can choose these blinds and the client can later on decide if they want them automated with Crestron Digital QMT Shade Motor. To do this, you only need to add the controller, which fits inside the top tube with no need to modify anything.

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Finally, on the video distribution display, we were introduced to the DMC-4KZ-HD, an input card designed for use with any card-based Crestron DigitalMedia Switcher. It provides one HDMI input, with complementary HDMI pass-through and analogue audio outputs. A USB HID port is also provided. The HDMI input handles Full HD 1080p, Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K video signals with support for HDCP 2.2, HDR10, Deep Colour, 3D, and high-bit rate 7.1 audio. The HDMI input can also handle DVI and Dual Mode Display Port signals using an appropriate adapter or interface cable.

Jacobson concluded, “Any Crestron DM system that supports 4K can be upgraded to handle 4K60 4:4:4 and HDR by simply installing a DM 4KZ based transmitter or input card at each source connection and a DM 4KZ based receiver or output card at each display connection. The DMC-4KZ-HD is designed to replace an existing DMC-4K-HD or DMC-4K-HD-HDCP2 input card without requiring any extra configuration or programming.”

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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