Crestron Electronics, a global home automation company, announced that its Crestron Home OS 4, an intuitive new home automation system, will debut at CEDIA Expo 2023. Crestron will showcase all the updates to Crestron Home in booth #1901.
Crestron Home OS 4 offers interoperability and control of both Crestron and third-party smart devices, delivering user-friendliness, functionality, customization, and whole home control from a remote, touch screen, keypad, or mobile device for everyone, including residents, children, and even house guests.
Crestron’s Latest Digital Lighting Platform
OS 4 unifies multiple lighting protocols and devices within a single home automation platform. The user experience delivered via Crestron DMX-C fixtures is now extended to additional lighting devices.
Dealers can add most lighting devices into a Crestron Home system running the new OS 4 by writing a new driver or downloading the recently added drivers from the Crestron library. The company has launched Philips Hue smart lighting as its first example driver and released new easy-to-use APIs to the driver development community. This allows for an expansive range of third-party integration possibilities alongside Crestron’s lighting update.
This new feature replicates the experience of Crestron tunable light fixtures. Through the Crestron Home platform, homeowners have full control of the color of their lights, including hue, saturation, color temperature, and light intensity. Alternatively, homeowners can opt to synchronize lights with their natural circadian rhythm or match the natural light outside.
“Lighting affects everything: mood, concentration, creativity. As increased awareness of circadian rhythm, biophilia, and wellness is putting a focus on how lighting impacts personal health, homeowners are looking to designers and technology providers for tunable lighting control solutions. Crestron Home OS 4 uniquely expands the functionality of nearly any lighting fixture added to a Crestron system,” said Michael Short, Senior Director, Residential & Hospitality Marketing at Crestron, in a press release.
Crestron OS 4 Features
The OS 4 has a new user interface for a fluid and intuitive experience. Updated graphics and icons coupled with filters and room lists make the Crestron Home platform simple to navigate. The addition of more filters on a single screen allows the homeowner to find functionality in any room or zone with fewer taps. “Compact” views within room lists enable the user to see multiple rooms at once, and a quick toggle function can switch the view from a “grid” to a “list” layout.
OS 4 also considers homeowner preferences by offering system customization. The updated end-user schedule feature allows homeowners to schedule events and automate tasks themselves without a call to the dealer.
Additional Crestron Home OS 4 upgrades include new voice control functionality for Xfinity systems. Crestron touch screens running OS 4 can now also provide whole-home paging to make announcements to the entire household or a select group of rooms.