Amidst numerous product introductions at CEDIA Expo last week, Crestron demonstrated its application of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which it is calling airConnect.
Once specially programmed thin tags are affixed behind wall keypads and faceplates, homeowners, without launching an app, can trigger personalized lighting, shading, entertainment system and temperature control commands by putting their smartphones close to the embedded NFC tag to activate it.
Setting up a phone to work with NFC tags requires minimal integrator programming, the company said. Right now, NFC technology is Android-device compatible, but Crestron will add iPhone and iPad support when those devices are enabled for NFC, according to Jeff Singer, director of global marketing.
Other highlights at the Crestron booth included:
• The introduction of Crestron Studio Home Designer software, which enables touchscreen GUI creation and system design while substantially cutting down programming time; further, it is backward-compatible to support existing programs. Feature highlights include: Smart Sizing, which automatically scales graphics across all types of screens with no loss of resolution on larger screens; Universal Upload, which sends one touchscreen program all at once to all screens in a project; and Smart Object, whereby programmers can drag and drop controls, presets and metadata interfaces from a library into a project and have that element automatically populate everywhere it is required.
• The debut of Crestron’s Shading Solutions lineup. Around 400 fabric choices are available as well as three hardware series. The launch is happening along with a Crestron Design Tool dealer support program.
• The Sonnex multi-room HD audio system, which supports Apple AirPlay.