Crestron Adds Audio to Pyng at ISE 2015; Unifies Online Dashboard with 3-Series
Pyng, the simpler way to program a Crestron home automation system, now supports audio, including Autonomic servers.
Here, Crestron is demonstrating a major new feature for Pyng: audio support.
At its launch last year, Pyng supported only Crestron’s 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.
Audio support is a really big deal.
“Right now, everyone is using Pyng for environment controls only,” says Delia Hansen, solutions manager for Crestron’s Residential Control Systems. “But Pyng is a platform. It was built to grow.”
The new version of the Pyng app simplifies multiroom audio setup, with the ability to distribute Internet radio services, AM/FM radio, iTunes music (via AirPly or USB) and other sources to any room of the house —up to 72 zones.
Dealers can incorporate Crestron’s own multiroom distribution amps or Autonomic’s Mirage music servers, meaning anything available through Autonomic—which is kind of like everything—also can be configured for whole-house sound and integrated with other Pyng-supported devices.
“If you want to turn on the radio to NPR when wake up, knock yourself out,” Hansen says.”
New subsystems are being added to Pyng, but for now if you can’t Pyng it, you can certainly add any feature through Crestron’s 3-Series controllers.
“For now, you can do 72 zones of audio and 200 wireless devices, so that’s a pretty big system,” Hansen says.
One more useful Pyng addition being introduced at ISE is the unification of clients’ 3-Series dashboards within Pyng’s myCrestron cloud-based service.
Crestron at ISE 2015: Stand 2-C-24
Stay tuned for more Crestron news at ISE.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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