Exclusive: Crestron Adds Wired Lighting, Cameras, Cresnet Devices to Pyng Home … – CEPro
Crestron continues to beef up the year-old Pyng home automation environment it launched last year. At CEDIA Expo 2015, weâ€™ll see a slew of new products added to the ecosystem including standard ONVIF-compatible IP cameras, Crestronâ€™s hardwired lighting controls and Cresnet wired devices such as keypads, thermostats, sensors and motorized shades.
Now these products can be installed, integrated and configured using nothing more than an iPad or Android tablet. Furthermore, clients can create their own scenes and schedules and otherwise personalize their systems without having to call (and pay for) a programmer.
Crestron wowed integrators last year with the launch of Pyng, which defied three decades of industry convention. Those were the days of pricey programmers driving up system costs and complexity, and customers being unable to make even the simplest changes to their systems without annoying and pricey visits from their integrators.
The original $599 Pyng hub and cloud-based SHaaS (smart home as a service) was a great start to a new paradigm. But it was just that: a start in what will become a complete and universal shift to a new Crestron framework.
Pyng Baked into Everything
At launch, Pyng applied to just a handful of subsystems: Crestronâ€™s own wireless lighting, motorized shades, thermostats and other infiNET EX devices such as sensors and I/O modules. It also worked with Yale locks and Honeywell Vista security panels.
Earlier this year Crestron added audio to the mix, supporting its own players as well as Autonomicâ€™s Mirage music servers.
â€œDealers liked Pyng so much, they were asking, â€˜Why canâ€™t you do this for everything?â€™â€ says Nick Harris, Crestronâ€™s new VP marketing appointed in July of this year. â€œNow Pyng is baked into more Crestron products, and the concept is to bake it into everything.â€
At CEDIA Expo 2015, weâ€™ll see a major expansion of supported systemsâ€”spanning more than 300 SKUsâ€”including one of the most asked-for categories: hardwired lighting control.
One big Crestron dealer told me recently he wasnâ€™t interested in Pyng unless it supported Crestronâ€™s centralized lighting control system. Well, here it is.
In addition, Pyng technology will grace other wired Cresnet- and Ethernet-communicating subsystems including motorized shades, thermostats and keypads … and industry-standard ONVIF IP cameras, of which there are hundreds.
The wired ecosystem also includes Crestronâ€™s DIN rail-mounted solutions, which bodes well for the EMEA market.
â€œThat alone is huge,â€ says Jeff Singer, international marketing manager for Crestron. â€œIt opens up the whole international market.â€
New third-party locks and security panels also are expected to join the Pyng family soon enough, but Crestron was not ready to speak in detail about those categories. Ditto on DigitalMedia, the outrageously popular video-switching line. We do know itâ€™s on the roadmap.
Eventually, everything about Crestron will be Pyng, from the devices to the cloud service to the programming environment to the user experience.
â€œItâ€™s not just for smaller homes with a few wireless dimmers and switches,â€ Harris says. â€œItâ€™s now built into wired devices for large-scale, commercial-grade installations.â€
Thereâ€™s more. Pyng now supports a brand new wireless fan controller that Crestron will introduce at CEDIA.
â€œWe never had wireless fan controls,â€ says Singer. â€œItâ€™s a whole new category for Crestron.â€
Pyng is for Everyone
Many integrators seem to think that Pyng is a limited new product line for consumers who canâ€™t afford a â€œrealâ€ Crestron system. But Pyng is a â€œrealâ€ Crestron system.
The largest, most complicated Crestron systems out there still benefit from Pyng. Simply adding a $599 Pyng hub to any system enables dealers to install and configure supported subsystems lickety-split, and then port those settings automatically to a full-blown Crestron system.
With Pyng in the mix, customers can personalize their systems, where supported subsystems are concerned.
Who wouldnâ€™t want that â€“ dealer or clientâ€”even in a six-figure install?
But, yes, Pyng does throw the doors wide open to a new customer base that would never consider Crestron in the past, either for its locked-down environment or its expensive hardware and service.
It is that capability that makes many dealers believe Pyng is a step-down product or platform. Itâ€™s not.
â€œItâ€™s still a luxury brand,â€ says Harris â€œPyng is just the technology that makes it easier to implement and deliver Crestron solutions.â€
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