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Crestron launches NFC home automation solution

The company’s new AirConnect platform enables customers to use an NFC phone to trigger personal settings on a room-by-room basis for lighting, temperature, window blinds, entertainment systems and more.

Crestron AirConnect

CRESTRON: Home automation with a mobile app and NFC tags

Home and office automation supplier Crestron has unveiled an NFC-based home automation system at the Cedia Expo in Indianapolis.

Creston’s new AirConnect technology uses NFC tags to enable customers to use their Android phone to trigger personal settings on a room-by-room basis for lighting, temperature, window blinds, entertainment systems or any other devices connected to the control system.

“The paper-thin tags, approximately one square inch in size, can easily be embedded in convenient and multiple locations, such as behind wall keypads and faceplates,” Creston explains. “Crestron AirConnect also makes it possible to instantaneously know who a user is, where they are, the device they are interacting with, and take automatic action accordingly, opening up a wide array of options in personalised control that were not previously feasible.”

“With minimal additional programming and simple modifications to current procedures, Crestron integrators will be able to personalise control based on the NFC technology,” says Fred Bargetzi, the company’s VP of technology. “For existing customers, implementing AirConnect requires no system reprogramming, just programming of the NFC tags, which can be done in minutes. And homeowners will be able to easily program their own settings on their smart devices.”

The AirConnect system forms part of a range of home automation solutions supplied by Creston and a new video shows how the company envisages NFC being integrated into a wider mix of home management solutions:

  • Jeff

    Interesting how the video shows the guy unlock his front door by waving his iPhone in front of the doorbell considering iPhones do not have NFC.

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