Crestron Adds Bluetooth Proximity Sensor

Control menus for a room automatically appear on iOS devices as user enters
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Rockleigh, N.J. – Crestron shipped its first Bluetooth proximity-detection beacon for installed home-automation systems, enabling Apple smartphones and tablets to automatically display controls for the room that a user enters.

Crestron’s PinPoint beacon plugs into a USB charging outlet to communicate with nearby mobile iOS devices.

With the beacon, integrators can also program a control system to recognize a particular person and tailor system functions to that person. When a user launches Crestron’s control app on an iOS mobile device and selects Internet radio, for example, the user’s favorite Internet radio station will follow him from room to room through an installed multiroom-audio system.

With the sensors and a free PinPoint setup app, consumers entering a living room with an iPad or iPhone will be able to see the lighting controls and audio sources in the room on the mobile devices’ displays, said marketing VP Sean Goldstein. “Move to the kitchen, and as you do the lighting scenes for the kitchen appear. PinPoint identifies your location and makes your home system smarter.”
To add proximity detection into a whole-house automation system, installers use the PinPoint setup app, install beacons in a room or rooms, and set the beacons’ range. Up to 100 rooms can be configured with PinPoint beacons.

Crestron already offers occupancy and photo-cell sensors for rooms to conduct actions based on occupancy or light levels, but the new sensor is the first Bluetooth to offer the PinPoint features outlined by the company.

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