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Crestron App for Apple Watch™: Home Automation at Your Wrist


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Imagine you’ve just finished your typical morning run. As you approach your front steps, you realize you forgot to take your keys with you. What’s worse, you have a mandatory appointment in just 45 minutes. A wave of panic sets in. In that same moment, you remember that you just recently downloaded the Crestron app for your new Apple Watch™, which you’re wearing to track how many calories you burned on your run. Crisis over. You unlock the front door by navigating through your ‘home’ preset and adjust the house settings with ease.

The Crestron app for iPhone® now supports Apple Watch and is currently available in the App Store™. The app helps simplify home automation in many ways and makes forgetting your house keys a stress-free experience. The app provides you with convenience and comfort, giving you:

The best part about the app? Like all your other Crestron solutions, it allows for smooth and easy integration with your Crestron home control system, offering you a flawless, personalized experience, with the ability to monitor and control everything in your home, such as door locks, lights, and temperature.

What makes the Crestron App for Apple Watch different from using the Crestron app on your iPhone or Android™? Instead of having to get out of your seat to grab your phone or search through the couch cushions for your handheld remote, you can do everything from the watch that fits comfortably on your wrist. Easily change TV channels, adjust the volume, and more with the perfect hands-free device right there on your wrist, whenever you need it.

Simplify your life with the Crestron app that now supports Apple Watch, making ’easy’ your only option. Check out a short clip of the new app, below.

The Green Light - Summer 2014 Edition

The Green Light - Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Table of Contents

  1. Time to Show What We Can Do
  2. Product Highlight - DALI Expansion Modules for Switching and Dimming
  3. Product Highlight - Advanced Occupancy Sensor
  4. Product Highlight - Wireless Daylight Sensor
  5. Product Highlight - Universal Dimming Module
  6. LightFair Quote
  7. Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!
  8. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  9. Greenbuild® Expo
  10. Resources

Trending Topic

Time to Show What We Can Do

LightFair 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s LightFair in Las Vegas! By all accounts, this year was an especially great conference and exposition.

But we also know that it’s tough to make it to every event in our industry and that you have to pick and choose where you can go – usually based on what you can really get out of it. Believe it or not, manufacturers also have this same quandary. While we exhibit at a lot of lighting shows, conferences and events; sometimes it is just as important for us to experience the show as attendees. We were lucky to have this opportunity at this year’s Light + Building Expo in Frankfurt, where Crestron was both an exhibitor and an attendee.

LightFair Welcome

This event is by far the largest in our industry – from expansive displays of unique lighting fixtures to integrated building technologies featuring the latest in conservation and energy reduction. There was tremendous interest in the Crestron booth, where we showcased how integrated control systems are invaluable in getting the most out of lighting design and building automation.

Crestron Booth 1  Crestron Booth 2 Crestron Booth 3

But we were also able to experience the show as attendees, taking in nine different halls of lighting innovation from around the world. From the industry’s drive to use renewable resources more efficiently, to the flexibility afforded by open standards, it was clear exhibitors were focused on solutions that leverage integrated and scalable building control solutions. And of course there was a universe of amazing LED fixtures to explore!

LED Fixture Example 1  LED Fixture Example 4

LED Fixture Example 2    LED Fixture Example 3

Artistic use of LED from Light Building 2014 from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

What I quickly realized as an “attendee” at the show, was that the array of products and different solutions available is really overwhelming. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “how do specifiers sort through all the options available and make sense of it all?” I really took it as my charge to learn what Crestron can do better as an “exhibitor” to make sure attendees walk away knowing why Crestron “makes sense” for them for every application—from technology, to product selection, to specification tools, to world-class support. 

The answer I arrived at is actually pretty simple. We need to be a better partner for lighting specifiers. That means:

  • Provide better education for specifiers: such as with our training coursesand hand's-on demonstrations in our experience centers and showrooms

  • Develop easier tools to navigate the selection and design of lighting control systems such as with Autodesk Revit® or AutoCAD® software 

  • Speed the design of lighting control systems with a professional hotline for all specifier questions - whether all you need is a quick one-line, a full submittal package, or a BOM and quote quickly.

  • Provide comprehensive testing of new LED fixtures to ensure they will dim properly

But the great part of industry events — it isn’t all work! We also got to have some fun in downtown Frankfurt as we checked out many of the Luminale installations. Throughout the city – inside churches, in public spaces, buildings and bridges – light is used as a medium to bring sculptures, installations and demonstrations by artists, architects and designers to life. Our camera was overloaded with images and videos of these “light happenings,” such as this one:

Orkhestra Luminale Day & Night

Luminale light installation from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

This piece transformed LED lights into something organic and alive. Between the shapes and the movement of light, the interplay of moving color with changing intensity, the experience was not only hypnotic, but also strangely soothing. Seeing inspiring installations such as this helped us realize that our luminaire partners are such a big part of what we do at Crestron. And it’s why we decided to bring working fixtures to our future events to allow attendees to experience what lighting control offers.

This is the thought process that led us to our booth at LightFair this year. While we have many new products that help round out a lighting control solution, we presented them in really easy to understand demonstrations. We grouped products together so that a specifier could quickly see that, while there are many different technologies that could be used in one type of application, the simplest solution is often the best.

Visitors were able to see everything from how to put together a simple switching solution, to the seemingly unlimited ways to group and control open floor plans with DALI. We worked with a variety of fixture partners to ensure that we had unique and appropriate fixtures working live as part of each of our demonstrations. Across the booth, attendees were able to interact with our systems and interfaces on their own—a feature which garnered excellent feedback from all.

Keep reading to see what else we did and learn about the key technologies and products we showcased this year!

LightFair Booth 1 LightFair Booth 2
Simple Switching Solutions LightFair Booth 3 Distributed Solutions

Didn’t make it to LightFair this year? Take a quick tour of our booth.

Product Spotlight

New Product Highlights from LightFair

 LightFair Booth 2014                          

One of our new series of expansion modules that makes DALI systems even more flexible to include a non-DALI load, eliminating the need for long wire runs and large modules just to connect a non DALI load with a distant control source. The series includes models for universal dimming, 3-wire dimming, 0-10V dimming, and switching.   GL-EXP-SW-DALI     
One of two new advanced sensors that deliver accurate and reliable sensing that can be easily set up and adjusted from the floor with an IR remote the perfect accessory for our single or multiple room lighting control systems. Learn more about these sensors and how they make a simple, single room lighting control system even better.    GLS-ODT-C-NS    
Wireless, battery powered photocell that complements our commercial wireless portfolio designed not only to avoid control wires, but also eliminate the need for electrical wires.    GLS-LDL-EX-BATT    
As part of a complete Crestron® lighting system, the 8 channel universal dimmer module, CLX-2DIMU8, provides 8 channels of dimming for both forward and reverse phase type loads.    CLX-2DIMU8    

Read more about our announcements at LightFair

Learn how these products help you meet new code requirements as part of a lighting control system in our Commercial Lighting Control Specifier class or we'll come to you! Schedule a lunch and learn with one of our representatives by calling 855-644-7643.

LightFair Quote

"At Crestron, we understand the design challenges inherent in every project from a basic, single room switching solution to campus-wide integrated energy management and demand response systems. Our goal is to make life easier for lighting specifiers and to help them meet code requirements by providing user-friendly systems that can be easily commissioned and installed."

- Brian Daley, Crestron Vice President Sales, Commercial Lighting

People & Places

Lumen IESNYC 2014 Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!

We especially want to congratulate Arup for winning the Lumen Award of Excellence - the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural applications - for their lighting design in the Parrish Art Museum. Crestron technology was used to provide curators with the sophisticated lighting, HVAC and AV controls necessary in each gallery to showcase and preserve the museum's stunning collection of art.

"It's beautiful, simple, well executed and plays against light and dark. It solves the concerns of seeing art in natural light and makes you feel as if you are viewing works of art in an outside setting." 
- Lumen Awards Jury

Read the full story about the lighting integration and see a video tour of the museum

CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

Our revamped 2-day specifier training course makes it even easier to learn what makes Crestron Commercial Lighting Control different and how to start specifying immediately. Based on an application approach, you’ll learn how Crestron products outperform in any situation, from a single room to a fully networked solution. At the end, you’ll walk away with skills and tools you need to start designing your own systems.

We invite all lighting specifiers, lighting designers, architects and electrical engineers to email for more information and to sign up for this course.

Get the brochure with the full agenda and class schedule

Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild® Expo

Oct. 22 - Oct. 24, 2014
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Booth #807

Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in New Orleans, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.

With so much to see and do, you can't miss the excitement and energy of Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans.

Learn more


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©2014 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

The Green Light - Tapping the Full Potential of LEDs

The Green Light - Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Table of Contents

  1. Tapping the full potential of LEDs
  2. Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors
  3. Customer Quote
  4. Greenbuild® Expo
  5. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  6. LED Specifier Summit
  7. Strategies in Light 2014
  8. Resources

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Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Thanks to their excellent illumination, long life, white light quality, safety, and energy efficiency, most experts agree that LEDs will be the dominant lighting technology moving forward. But, I think designers, architects, and engineers will be surprised to learn how much more LEDs can do for their clients when paired with the right drivers, dimmers, and controls.

  • MORE Energy Savings
    LEDs are infinitely dimmable and controllable, offering even more energy savings. When you utilize dimming and controls, you ensure fixtures emit less heat over time, increasing energy savings and prolonging the lifecycle of LED lamps. 


Great primer of LED Lighting Terminology

  • MORE Intelligent Automation
    When LED controls are integrated with sensing controls, the result is a daylight harvesting solution that automatically optimizes light levels throughout the day with no adverse impact on the comfort of users within a space.

  • MORE Lighting Customization
    More is learned everyday about the science and application of adjusting light sources to enhance people’s moods, improve productivity, regulate Circadian rhythms and more. LEDs provide the unprecedented ability to dynamically adjust the temperature (or color) of the light in a space, significantly enhancing the designer’s ability to tune the mood of a room for different times of day.


What to know about LED dimmers, drivers, and controls
Not all dimmers, drivers, and controls are created equal. Here's a little background on the different components:

New 277V dimmers can provide superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources in commercial buildings. With wireless dimmers, you can substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs of traditional wired systems, making them perfect for new and retrofit applications. Using the right dimmers helps fill the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures allowing specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.

LED Driver Dimming
LEDs dim down easily using either a current dimming or PWM dimming method.  But, LEDs are extremely ‘fast’ devices. Any disturbance on the dimming line will be seen as flicker or instability.

Ideally, dimming with LEDs provides incandescent-like performance such smoothly dimming down to the lowest spec possible without “steps” or flickers. Dimmers should also allow for color temperature shifts to enhance ambiance and user comfort. 

What is an LED driver and what does it do?
The driver is the “ballast” for an LED system. It transforms the system voltage and the fundamental purpose is to drive the LED array at a specific voltage or current to allow for précised dimming. Proper current/voltage/power is critical for maintaining proper light levels and life of the LED. The driver also regulates power to counter system fluctuations and it allows the isolation of the LED system from the high voltage system to reduce shock hazard and increase safety.

Where is the driver located?
Depending upon the fixture style, a driver may be an integral part of the fixture or mounted nearby or remotely.

Integrated in the light fixture
- Close to the LEDs
- Power wiring to fixture is 120-277 VAC

In the ceiling
Benefit for small fixtures if no space for driver available
- Approx. 10 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture 

All drivers installed on central location of the building
- Max 300 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture
- Easy maintenance of LED drivers 
- Low voltage grid
- DC-DC driver in fixture, and powered from a low voltage grid 

LED Driver Control Technologies
LED drivers should be robust enough to work flawlessly with standard controls in the market to make the design of the lighting system easier. Here are the main technologies to be aware of: 

  • Phase Cut - Typically not available in Commercial LED Drivers
  • 0-10-V - Available, but may have low end cut off at 3-5% depending upon manufacturer

  • DALI - Available, offers best controlability (such as independently controllable channels for white light tuning) and feedback (for power metering and more)

  • DMX - Available, best utilized on color changing performance applications

Crestron controls LEDs
At Crestron, we know a lot about lighting control systems and have worked hard to complement our solutions with a range of best-in-class LED drivers and dimmers to help you get the most out of your investment.

The Crestron LED driver family provides high-power LED lighting with deep dimming to below 1%. Available in 50W and 100W models with DALI® or 0-10-V control, Crestron GLD-LED drivers offer superior, smooth dimming technology using a combination of duty-cycle and current dimming. But there are even greater cost-savings possible with DALI LED drivers. 

DALI models feature added cost-savings for end users and superior design versatility for lighting specifiers. DALI controlled models are available in versions that allow output channels to be independently controlled for multiple LED sources. The 50W DALI models feature two independently controlled outputs. The 100W DALI models feature two sets of two independently controlled outputs.

For fixtures featuring direct and indirect lighting strategies, independent output channel control capability in a single driver reduces the LED driver requirement by half. It also reduces the cost of installation. And, we open the way for the economical delivery of tunable white light applications without resorting to DMX or more costly and proprietary driver module combinations. Finally, because it’s based on the DALI open standard rather than a proprietary system, you’re not tied to any one vendor.

The future is even brighter with LEDs
By specifying the right drivers and controls, you get more reliability, energy savings, and creative possibilities from your LED lighting design, as well as flexibility for the future.

Product Spotlight

Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors


The new GLS-OIR-C-CN is a highly accurate occupancy sensor designed to reduce energy costs and enhance the automation capabilities of Crestron lighting and environmental systems.

Accurate technology
Powered by Passive Infrared (PIR) technology, GLS-OIR-C-CN sensors are not susceptible to vibrations in the environment, reducing false occupancy activations due to nearby foot traffic, HVAC systems, or other local activity.

These new sensors provide the most cost-effective solution for customers to realize the energy-saving benefits of lighting and environmental automation.

Sleek design
At less than 1-inch high when installed, the GLS-OIR-C-CN is one of the thinnest ceiling-mount sensors on the market. It effortlessly blends into any ceiling helping you deliver enhanced automation systems that keep a low-profile.

Point and shoot configuration
Thanks to the available IR Remote, there’s no need for a laptop or programmer to setup and adjust each sensor. Just aim the remote at the GLS-OIR-C-CN to adjust sensitivity for vacancy and occupancy states, timeout, and Cresnet ID.

Advanced occupancy sensing
Our advanced GLS-ODT-C-CN Occupancy Sensor with dual technology is perfect for a wide range of applications, including fine motion detection in large spaces.

Crestron occupancy sensors bring a new layer of intelligent automation to your customers and improve the energy-saving capabilities of any complete energy management solution from Crestron.

Learn more


Customer Quote

“A technique that can greatly reduce lighting power density, is to apply effective lighting design. An example of this deploys layers of light for ambient, accent, and task. Another concept is to light surfaces versus volumes. The most energy efficient light source for accent, task, and surface lighting is LED, with its beam directionality. In addition, dimmability provides designers with greater lighting control options, further reducing energy usage.” 

- Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED Fellow, President, Clanton & Associates, Inc.

People & Places

Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild® Expo

It was really exciting for us to meet so many people at the frontline who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday business at Greenbuild. We had some great discussions and really enjoyed learning how many of you are using Crestron as part of your sustainable and energy efficient designs. For those of you that didn’t make it this year, we focused on the importance of a fully integrated building in order to lower operational costs and increase productivity and efficiency for customers. By building on open standards like DALI, Ethernet, and BACnet, Crestron solutions offer customers competitive choices without locking them into costly proprietary systems. We’ll have a full write up next month to share the observations of attendees and visitors to our booth, as well as provide insights from our research and development team on the sessions and seminars.


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions. 

Visit to learn more about CLC-S training.

LED Specifier Summit

LED Specifier Summit

The LED Specifier Summit was a one-day immersion in LED lighting education and solutions. This event is dedicated to educating specifiers about the latest commercial, architectural and decorative LED lighting solutions and we were excited to be a part of it, presenting the latest in LED drivers, controls, and dimming solutions.


Strategies in Light

Strategies in Light 2014

We will be showcasing unique lighting control and light driver technology at Strategies in Light 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. We invite attendees to visit us to experience the latest in DALI and LED technologies from dimming and drivers to integration with daylight harvesting, sensing, and complete building control.



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The Green Light - Is the world ready for wireless?

The Green Light - Are we ready for Wireless?

Table of Contents

  1. Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?
  2. New Cameo® infiNET EX 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches
  3. New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor
  4. Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®
  5. The LED Show
  6. LightShow West
  7. Greenbuild® Expo
  8. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  9. Resources

Trending Topic

Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?

Trend Topic 2

The recent launch of our 277V wireless wall box dimmer and switches, wireless GLPP room controller, and wireless sensors has compelled us to look back at the history of our wireless control solutions.

When we initiated our infiNET EX product line of wireless wall box dimmers, switches, and thermostats seven years ago, they were intended to be retrofit residential products. We never even considered a completely wireless commercial building, at that time. Even considering the obvious benefits – reduced costs of wiring and labor, simplified growth strategy, flexibility, and “retrofitability” – most commercial lighting professionals feel that wired systems are best for complex facilities because wireless just isn’t as reliable. But is that true still?

Over the last few years we’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about wireless networks and how to get them to perform consistently – and with the same reliable operation and performance that customers expect from wired systems. We used our experience to build a better protocol so that we could control the performance of our network. This protocol, infiNET EX, is a mesh-based, 2.4 GHz network that automatically reconfigures to optimize performance. It actually becomes more reliable as more devices are added to the network.

But there were still challenges to overcome. With advances in technology and good old engineering, we’ve solved them. For example, on some wireless (and wired) systems, you can have an issue with multiple-light installations where each fixture’s response can be subject to lags. As a result, they don’t all respond simultaneously (with the same light level) when commanded to do so. This “popcorning” is the unintended consequence of a network that has failed to be managed for performance.

Another challenge was how to get acceptable lifetime from battery-powered devices. This has been improved with advances in technology, along with semiconductors that boast higher efficiency. We’ve taken it further with excellent power management schemes and with support of different levels of battery powered and “sleepy” devices. We can now get up to 10 years of life for a battery occupancy sensor.

Taking wireless even further, we’ve shared our technology with specific third-party partners to build and supply devices on our wireless network. Crestron Connected™ products, such as door locks, mini bars, and MUR/DND panels now natively communicate on Crestron infiNET EX.

All of these advances have fostered a much more open-minded reception to wireless solutions in commercial spaces. Facility managers are starting to not only take notice, but install completely wireless solutions in their buildings. In fact, Crestron customers have completed installations with literally tens of thousands of devices in one building.

So, is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system? The answer, with Crestron, is yes. We bring a rich set of wireless devices that are engineered to work together and perform better than any other set of products on the market. The portfolio includes wireless lighting controls, shade controls, climate controls, sensors, and human interface devices. Read more about the latest additions to our wireless solutions in this issue of The Green Light.

Product Spotlight

New Cameo infiNET EX  277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches

   New Cameo® InfiNET EX® 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches                         

We recently announced the availability of 277V-rated wallbox wireless dimmers and switches. These wireless dimmers substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs and ensure steadfast performance in even the most extreme RF environments. The CLW-DELVEX model also provides superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources.

Due to their energy saving and long-life benefits, LED lighting is the fastest growing lighting technology on the market today. As part of a complete Crestron lighting control solution, CLW-DELVEX dimmers meet the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures. CLW-DELV dimmers complement and round out our existing infiNET EX line and allow specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.


New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

Crestron Green Light® sensors deliver a powerful and cost-effective solution for reducing energy costs and enhancing the functionality of lighting and environmental systems. The recent addition to the line is the GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT battery-powered wireless occupancy sensor. This low-profile sensor is ideal for spaces that are especially difficult to wire and delivers an easy solution for small areas up to 500 square feet.

The GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT wireless sensor uses passive infrared technology to achieve dependable motion detection with superior immunity to false triggering from air currents, inanimate objects, or movement in an adjacent corridor. It is designed to achieve a discreet, nearly hidden appearance when installed on a typical drywall or drop-tile ceiling. With fast and simple mounting hardware and wireless technology, this sensor eliminates the need to homerun wires to every room in order to get sensors in and delivers 10-years of battery life.


Customer Success Stories

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel

  • Thousands of independent infiNET EX networks working concurrently in one building

  • Over 20,000 wireless devices

  • Wireless network supports 3rd-party devices, such as the mini-bar, door locks, and DND/MUR displays

  • 1,898 guest rooms, conference rooms, more than 12 restaurants and bars, lobbies, and employee lounges

  • Over $2 million in savings over the cost of installing separate, disparate systems

  • Enabled on-going energy efficiencies and cost savings

  • Integrated a variety of systems to enable a complete energy management solution


Read More  /  Watch Video

People & Places

The LED Show

The LED Show

It was exciting to meet with all of the lighting designers and specifiers at the LED Show in Las Vegas. It gave us the opportunity to talk to you about our new LED lighting and DALI® controls. Everyone that stopped by had great questions and feedback about our lighting solutions. We look forward to more dialogue!


LightShow West

LightShow West

Crestron will be participating in LightShow West at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 23-24. LightShow West is the only trade show and conference specifically created for West Coast specifiers of commercial, architectural, and high-design lighting products. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Greenbuild Expo®



® Expo

Crestron will once again participate in Greenbuild Expo, taking place this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia November 20-22. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts, and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

Visit us at booth #3813


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions.

Visit to learn more about CLC-S training.



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Optimizing a room for the flow of ideas


NCUT hero

Boosting productivity at a Chinese University

North China University of Technology (NCUT) is known for its beautiful campus and for the wealth of talent on its faculty. Located at the foot of the scenic West Mountain in the suburbs of Beijing, the school enrolls approximately 11,000 students on a 300,000 sqm campus. The core program of study is engineering, but the university also offers programs in science, literature, business, management, law, and the fine arts.

NCUT contributes to the development of Beijing and also to the whole of Chinese society through research and innovation in science, engineering, and social policy. NCUT is also home to one of Beijing's key municipal laboratories, a city research center for university and college projects, and seven of Beijing's key construction project courses.

Optimizing a room for the flow of ideas

The generation of ideas, innovations, and discoveries at a university is driven by communication between teachers, researchers, and students. At NCUT, Crestron is making communication more effective in one of the school's key arenas for learning: the university lecture hall.

As a venue for classes, conferences, workshops, and seminars, the lecture hall seats up to 680 people and is equipped with an array of communication aids, such as video projectors, motorized projector lifts and screens, hi-def media players, microphones, speakers, and desktop computers.

Crestron's DigialMedia technology enables lecture hall presenters to easily operate and adjust all of the above devices through a single computerized touch screen located in a control room on the side of the lecture hall. Media devices can be manipulated even more conveniently through a hand-held touch screen device with Wi-Fi® or even an iPad with our mobile app installed.

The DigitalMedia solution enables lecture hall users to enjoy seamless format-independent video switching and delivery of hi-def video signals. Video and audio signals are delivered from their source and converted to an appropriate format before routing it onto the chosen display device.

The system also integrates controls of the air conditioning, heating, and lighting in the lecture hall - thus giving presenters total control of the room environment. Even the multi-camera monitoring system in the lecture hall is connected to the control system.

Prior to installing Crestron, teachers and researchers were frustrated by difficulties in configuring and operating lecture hall devices and classes, and academic exchange events were often delayed by quipment glitches. By and large, these difficulties have now been entirely eliminated.

NCUT lecture hall manager, Mr. Pan Yue, reports satisfaction with these results. "NCUT chose Crestron's DigitalMedia solution because we were convinced that DigitalMedia is the best solution for rapid switching and routing of HDMI® data. Having now used the system (for a while), we know we made the right choice."

As an added benefit, the lecture hall solution is scalable, which will make deployment in other areas of the campus quicker and more cost-effective.

Academic communication with zero impedance

Thanks to our lecture hall solution, classes and events held in the space now run smoother than ever. Teachers and presenters are able to focus on communicating knowledge without being distracted by the difficulties of operating complicated or inefficient media presentation systems. Likewise, listeners can better focus on learning since events no longer suffer from frequent equipment-related delays or media quality issues.

Another benefit for the university is the amount of resources saved by the efficiency our solution offered. Less staff hours are needed to set up and operate media and room environment devices for each event, and the savings achieved can instead be invested in activities with higher purposes.

"Having Crestron's DigitalMedia system will enable NCUT to make the most of its resources, "noted Mr. Pan Yue. "The simple and intelligent control system increases work efficiency and reduces time needed to understand and operate the lecture hall's media devices."


Is your conference room Crestron-smart?


Thanks to Crestron, the meeting space or conference room of the future is already here. But, what does it look like and what can it do?


As you walk by the conference room, you realize you forgot to reserve the room for an afternoon meeting. A quick glance at the Crestron touch screen on the wall outside the room shows you the full day of meetings taking place in the room. You notice there's a free hour between 2pm and 3pm and you quickly reserve the room straight from the touch screen.

When you get back to your desk, you receive an email from one of your meeting participants. He'd really like you to push the meeting back an hour (sound familiar?). You open up Outlook®, Google Calendar®, or Lotus Notes® (yep, we seamlessly integrate with all), see that the conference room is free at 3pm and move your meeting. The touch screen on the wall outside the conference room automatically updates and now shows your updated meeting.

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A few minutes before 3, the conference room automatically gets ready for your meeting. The projector is turned on automatically, shades lower, and lights dim. At 3pm the touch screen lights change from green to red, signifying to all that the room is yours. You start the meeting on time because the room was automatically setup just for you. Everything just works.

The meeting runs smoothly and you end up finishing 30 minutes earlier than scheduled. Your team high-fives you for the quick effective meeting and you all leave the room.

Sensing no movement in the room for at least 10 minutes, the Crestron-controlled conference room correctly assumes that the meeting is over and frees up the room in Outlook or Google Calendar. It also powers off the projector, raises the shades, and turns off the lights. The touch screen lights turn green and the room patiently waits for the next scheduled meeting.

Pretty cool, huh? Can your conference room do that?

If you'd like to learn more about Crestron office solutions, visit our office solutions page.


Making the intercom part of the modern home



The idea of an intercom system for your home is nothing new. However, as your home’s wiring and infrastructure transitions to digital, your intercom system can be used in ways it couldn’t before.

Crestron RAVA™ helps usher the intercom into the future. It allows you to leverage your IP wiring (CAT5e) to create a whole-home communication system that ties in seamlessly with your Crestron control solution and other non-Crestron technology.

So what is RAVA and what can it do?

RAVA is a plug and play VOIP-based hardware/software solution we've developed that allows you to transform select Crestron touch screens and remote controls into fully-functioning intercom communication points. With RAVA, as long as the touch screens and remotes are on your home's local area network (LAN), delivering point-to-point communication between any or all of the devices without a third-party switcher is a breeze. RAVA even features full duplex, which means that the communicating parties can both listen and speak to each other without the need to press and hold buttons.

RAVA can also be used to incorporate other non-Crestron technology into the intercom system, such as digital or analog door stations (think fancy doorbells), and SIP telephony systems from Cisco®, Mitel®, Panasonic®, 3CX®, and others.

The RAVA intercom is an invaluable and effortless addition to the modern home. Just imagine being able to use your Crestron touch screen to alert the family that dinner is ready, or using your Crestron remote control as a baby monitor.

How would you use RAVA?

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Our Time at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show


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Here at Crestron, we're big fans of Architectural Digest magazine. So we were excited to take part in the 12th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show from March 21-24 in New York City.

At the show we provided attendees with an inside look at the seamless blending of technology in the home to achieve comfort, convenience, and energy savings. Guests experienced live demonstrations of control of motorized shading, lighting, HVAC, audio, television, and security.

Our goal at the show was to highlight our "Integrated by Design™" approach, allowing us to deliver complete technology solutions designed and engineered to work together on a single unified platform.

The Architectural Digest Home Show brings the pages of Architectural Digest to life, allowing visitors to explore the latest products for the home and to spark inspiration, new ideas, and insight from tastemakers in the industry.

If you weren't able to visit us at the show, you can experience everything we demonstrated and more at one of our Design Showrooms and Experience Centers. To schedule an appointment or to find a location closest to you, visit



Display Technology Taken to New Heights at NASA


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Every Tuesday, we'll be reposting some of our most popular posts from our old blog. This week we revisit the role that Crestron played in the launch of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity.


If the most critical part of your mission lasts only 50 seconds, the right technology can make the difference. When NASA launches a vehicle that includes a radioisotope power source, the first crucial seconds of the launch must be monitored by the NASA Radiological Control Center (RADCC), which is responsible for monitoring, and coordinating protective actions in the unlikely event of a launch accident that releases radioactive material in the launch area.

The job of RADCC scientists became a lot easier in November when the Mars Science Lab lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. This was the first mission using a newly redesigned and reconfigured RADCC, with a complicated array of new technology made simple and seamless thanks to the Crestron control system.

Mission critical

NASA does not launch payloads with radioisotope power sources every day, but their importance to a mission’s success is well recognized.

“The 2003 Mars Rovers had eight radioisotope heat sources, each about the size of a 35 mm roll of film,” says Randall Scott, Radiological Control Director for NASA. “The heat they produced kept critical components from freezing at night on the Martian surface and helped the rovers, designed to last 90 days, remain functional for over six years.”

The Mars Science Lab, with the rover “Curiosity” tucked in its belly, launched with a nuclear battery containing plutonium dioxide. Even though the likelihood of a release of radioactive material was low because the fuel was in ceramic form and encased in strong metal alloy with three layers of a heat resistant carbon fiber material, it was still necessary to establish an assessment capability should a launch mishap occur. Scott wanted the newly designed RADCC ready for that launch.

The RADCC existed in some form for nearly 40 years but was overdue for renovation. Scott and his team began by gutting and enlarging the room, then dividing it into two areas of operation: technology and management.

During a launch, representatives from a variety of government agencies sit on the management side, including FEMA, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the EPA and emergency management agencies from Brevard County and the state of Florida. NASA scientists and technical support personnel from the Department of Energy and other federal and state organizations sit in the slightly larger technical area, most at workstations positioned in a U shape to offer more efficient exchange of data. Each workstation has a custom-built console that allows RADCC personnel to plug in their laptops and provide up-to-the-minute information during launch. Operators display output from these laptops on nine plasma monitors ranging from 42 to 58 inches, plus four digital projectors with drop-down wall screens. In addition, scientists can view live video of the launch from 11 cable boxes and recorded video from two DVD players. They also have video conferencing capabilities in both areas. Multiple ceiling speakers provide zoned audio to three different areas of the room.

Team scientists use their laptops to receive data from a variety of sources including 30 Environmental Continuous Air Monitors (ECAM) spread in and around the Kennedy Space Center to monitor air quality for the presence of any radioactive material. They also view information from 16 field teams mobilized to monitor the ground and respond in the case of a positive reading from an ECAM following any launch accident. The team also receives constant updates on wind direction and velocity, weather changes, telemetry data, and animated scenarios of possible event results.

Controlling the control room

Bill Lally, president of Orlando-based independent programming company Mode:Green programmed the Crestron control system. “We needed a simple way to handle the large number of sources coming in and make them switch easily and quickly, so we created an on-screen image of the layout of the room itself with the sources and monitors included. All an operator has to do is touch the image of the console they want to display and then touch the monitor they want to send it to.”

When the RADCC is in launch mode, all component controls are accessible from a trio of Crestron touch screens, which have identical interfaces. While one remains in the equipment rack, two operators under Scott’s direction are seated at the other two, executing his orders as to what data to display on which monitor. Crestron provides an intuitive and consistent experience experience across all touch screens, including the Director's PC (running Crestron XPanel software) and Apple® iPad® (running Crestron Mobile Pro G®). The interface is so simple that there’s little chance of a mistake in an emergency situation.

Of course, emergencies are rare. In four decades of radiological launches there have only been three accidents. In 1964, the nuclear power source of a navigational satellite reentering the atmosphere burned up in the upper atmosphere, as it was designed to do. Four years later a rocket took off from California but landed in the Pacific. The power source was undamaged, salvaged and used in another vehicle.

“And then there was Apollo 13 where they had an accident on the way to the moon,” says Scott. “They had to use the Lunar Lander as their lifeboat back to earth. Since they never made it to the moon, the nuclear power source was still attached to the Lander. Ultimately the astronauts transferred back into the capsule for landing, and that power source went in to the Pacific Ocean’s Tonga Trench, which is several thousand feet down.”

The RADCC stands ready to fully support any NASA launch requiring a radioisotope power source. “We rehearse constantly before a mission,” Scott says. If there ever is a release of any radioactive material, personnel would kick in to high gear, getting the word out immediately to the public and their respective agencies through several pathways including the videoconferencing systems installed in the RADCC.

“One of the last phases of the project was to build a secondary room to facilitate information release to the media,” says Lally. “Besides public affairs representatives from several federal & state agencies, NASA added a Twitter® station and a Facebook® station and were actually blogging the whole launch procedure for the Mars mission. We were sending them feeds, which the Crestron system handled as well, and it managed the video conferencing in the event something happened.”

The launch of the Mars Science Lab went off without a hitch. The team spent their 50 seconds intensely monitoring the vehicle and the environment, but there was no need to deal with an emergency. There may not be another radioactive launch until 2016, but the RADCC will be available for other launches as well, acting as backup to the Kennedy Space Center’s Emergency Operations Center, a job it is now fully equipped to handle.

In the end, Scott got what he asked for: a simple and seamless system.The technology needs to stay out of the way,” says Lally. “And it needs to be seamless for the user, because if an emergency occurs, they won’t have time to think about how to use it.”


Introducing our newest DMPS…DMPS…DMPS…



Recently, we’ve introduced a brand new member to the DigitalMedia family. Born out of our best-selling DMPS-300-C (DigitalMedia Presentation System), the new DMPS-300-C-AEC packs all of the features you’ve grown to love but also adds more power and an amazing new feature. Care to guess what that feature is?

Here’s a hint… AEC.

Acoustic Echo Cancelation (AEC) is now available. Even better, it’s available on all six of DMPS-300-C-AEC’s microphone inputs. So, what is AEC and why do I need it?

AEC describes the process of removing echoing from amplified voice communication, creating cleaner audio and improving quality. With regards to its use in a presentation environment (where the DMPS would be used), AEC essentially removes any echoing or feedback caused by audio from conference room speakers leaking back into the microphone (you know, kind of like this...).



So, while the new DMPS-300-C-AEC will make it much harder to recreate Lou Gehrig’s famous speech, it will make your meetings, lectures, or presentations much easier on the ears of others.

The DMPS-300-C-AEC represents the first all-in-one presentation system on the market to feature AEC. It also features native control of all signal routing and audio processing functions, eliminating complex interconnections and programming of third-party DSPs.

Learn more about the new DMPS-300 with Accoustic Echo Cancelation.

Does anyone have any good stories about echo or feedback during a video conference or lecture?

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