CEDIA 2016: Crestron Adds Alexa To Its Smart-Home Roster

Voice control of residential systems coming in October
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Voice control of residential systems coming in October

Custom home automation and control supplier Crestron is the latest company to incorporate Amazon's Alexa smart voice assistant into its products.

Crestron-certified installers will be able to build voice-controlled scenes and settings that are fully customized to their clients’ needs, the company said.

The company said integration will not be limited to basic functions such as lighting and temperature, but rather it plans to offer complete voice control over all its products and systems with Crestron 3-series processors (available Oct. 1) and using the Crestron Pyng app (coming soon).

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More detailed information will be available for Crestron dealers soon as well as a comprehensive suite of training resources.  

“We’ve been collaborating very closely with Amazon Alexa engineers to make sure we offer an uncompromising voice-control experience that is every bit as seamless and satisfying as tapping a button on a beautiful Crestron touchscreen, remote control or designer keypad," said John Clancy, residential systems VP at Crestron. "You can ask Alexa to set the mood for dinner, or to play a movie in the bedroom, or let her know it’s too cold in the bathroom. Just say the word and your Crestron system responds immediately.”

The technology was shown In the Amazon Alexa booth at CEDIA. Crestron was not at the show.


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