Why Everyone (Now Crestron too) Likes to Integrate with Lilin Cameras & NVRs

Lilin processes video within the cameras and NVRs themselves, making it faster and easier to create drivers, but don’t call them ‘drivers.’ New products at ISE 2015.

Lilin's Jason Hill rockin' the camo cam at ISE 2015.

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Julie Jacobson · February 11, 2015

Merit Lilin has been in the CCTV business for three decades but it’s only been in the last few years that the company has come on strong in the custom integration business.

Initially partnering with Control4 for home automation, Lilin now offers Crestron drivers for its cameras and NVRs, and the rest of the major home control companies will have them soon.

One of the most recent drivers is for Lilin’s new 360-degree camera. But don’t call it a driver. The term irks group vice president Jason Hill, who told us at ISE 2015 that integration doesn’t require laborious “drivers” to make the product work with third-party control systems.

That’s because all of the data-crunching for the camera—including some pretty complicated algorithms for video analytics and de-warping—occurs in the camera itself, meaning the technology is attached to any Lilin “driver” written for third-party controllers.

Lilin has the hooks for companies like Control4 – and most recently Crestron – to latch onto Lilin cameras and their software.

Lilin Loves the Custom Install Channel

Well established in the security industry, Lilin kind of lucked into the integration business, Hill says.

“I guess we’re really good at this but we didn’t really know it.”

While Panasonic used to dominate the CCTV category among home systems integrators, their disappearance opened the doors wide for a good surveillance company that would pay attention to the channel.

“We’re the only manufacturer really putting an effort into this sector,” Hill says. “We love it.”


At ISE 2015, Lilin is showing its new custom-finished camera housing (like camouflage), the new 360-degree product, and a pinhole camera that few others offer.

“There are only three pinhole cameras that use IP,” Hill says. “And no one else has one that supports custom integration.”

The cameras came in two parts: the head and the base, where the video is processed. One wire connects the head and base, which can be powered via PoE or standard electric.

Lilin at ISE 2015: Stand 10-N114 (Control4)
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  About the Author

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

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