Crestron Helps Push Home Automation to the Masses with Pyng
Crestron's new app-based Pyng programming platform leverages the company's existing line of products to provide dealers the flexibility of using products they already know with its streamlined five-step programming options.
Robert Archer · September 10, 2014
Crestron, a company synonymous with high-end home automation is helping to push the category into the mainstream.
With the introduction of its iOS-app based Pyng system, installers now have a turnkey, Sonos-like setup process that eliminates the “who owns the code” debate and empowers dealers to have complete autonomy over their system installs.
Sitting through a preview of the platform prior to the CEDIA show this past August in the company’s Rockleigh, N.J. headquarters, it is easy to think that dealers like Nick Tamburri of Newark, N.J.-based AHA & Design, who has had more battles with his programmer than Jon “Bones” Jones has had matches as a UFC champion, will be happily informing his programmer that he will no longer be in need of his or her services thanks to Pyng.
Going into the development of Pyng, Crestron had several areas of design it wanted to address to ensure the system’s ease of use and programming. They boiled it down to five steps:
1. Build house (define rooms: bedrooms for example)
2. Pair devices
3. Shade groups
5. System configuration and scheduling
“We tried to get away from industry jargon. It’s designed to be human readable,” explains Evan Ackmann, technology manager, lighting and energy management, Crestron Electronics, Inc. “People shouldn’t have to figure out the blink patterns on LEDs. Everywhere you will see a question mark on the app. What this does is provide descriptions on why you need to do this or that and it will include links to videos explaining what to do, ‘pro tips.’”
Arguably, beyond the expedited programming process of Pyng, the most important part of the system is the ability of the platform to integrate with Crestron’s existing product line. This means that dealers can use products they are already comfortable with, including lighting dimmers, shade products and other devices. Ackmann points out that through the use of mapping technologies installers can easily locate devices installed throughout a home to define and pair them correctly.
Crestron also backs Pyng with pure custom options such as keypad engraving and color-specific backlighting to coordinate with interior design schemes.
Summing up Crestron’s approach Ackmann notes the company’s ultimate goal with the Pyng platform is to provide dealers and their home owning clients enough choices to design personalized solutions without having to wade through too many options that could make the design process too challenging.
“If we limit options in a good way, we can give people what they want, without having to worry about it being screwed up,” he says.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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