The OTHER Big Crestron News at ISE 2016

Forget the drama around CEDIA and the new PinPoint app for the workplace: Crestron had some nice new home automation goodies at ISE 2016.


It might seem there were only two stories about Crestron for ISE 2016: the company’s just-announced withdrawal from CEDIA (Expo) 2016, and its rollout of the new PinPoint app for life in the workplace.

But if you managed to get past those two dramatic developments, you saw some really useful new applications for home automation.

First, let’s get the biggies out of the way. Crestron still isn’t exhibiting at CEDIA 2016, the big U.S. trade show for the home technology channel. A couple of weeks ago, Crestron said it was leaving the big show because the event had strayed too far from the luxury market where Crestron plays.

I spoke with CEO Randy Klein during ISE and there is no other “real” story. Home technology is headed to the masses, and so is the industry. Crestron wants to continue its focus on a more discriminating dealer and customer base. So that’s where the company is spending the CEDIA money (and then some).

Now on to big ISE news No. 2: PinPoint for Fusion.

PinPoint is a Bluetooth beacon and proximity-aware framework that Crestron introduced a few years ago. In the home, it’s used mostly to tell the Crestron system which room you’re in, so if you’re standing in the living room, it pulls up the Crestron controls for that particular room.

At ISE 2016, Crestron demonstrated PinPoint with the company’s Fusion enterprise-management platform for the utmost in workplace efficiency.

Imagine a busy office where everyone has the PinPoint app on their mobile device. Meetings can be arranged on the fly based on group size, type of A/V equipment required, proposed meeting length and the proximity of the meeting space – with proximity determined via beacons placed around the facility.

The beacons furthermore can be used to help direct guests to the meeting room, much like a GPS for the building.  

When guests arrive, they can instantly share content with each other … and with colleagues around the world via video conference.

It’s all in the name of a more productive work day – workflow optimization, they call it.

Interesting New Home Automation Developments

Elsewhere around the sprawling Crestron stand at ISE was evidence that Crestron most certainly is not abandoning the residential business, as so many alarmists presumed from the CEDIA pull-out.

Here’s the interesting news in home technology, with details and images in the gallery.

View the new Crestron Home Automation Products here

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Julie Jacobson
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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