Crestron is aiming to make smart homes even smarter and personalized with the PinPoint proximity detection beacon. The small PinPoint beacon plugs into a USB charging outlet and communicates with nearby mobile devices. With PinPoint, the Crestron App solves the room default problem associated with mobile devices. PinPoint knows what room a person is in and automatically displays controls for that space on their iOS device. Homeowners are no longer inconvenienced by having to navigate to different room menus on the app as they move through their home.
PinPoint supports even more customization options for smart homes. Integrators can more precisely tailor Crestron system features to best serve individual family members according to the room they are in. For instance, when the Crestron app is launched and Internet radio is selected, a favorite station can automatically play on the audio distribution system. As that person walks throughout the house, the radio can automatically turn on in each room. The music can literally follow someone from room to room.
Integrating proximity detection into a whole-house automation system is simple using the free PinPoint setup app. Install, set the range, and name PinPoint beacons in a room. Increase coverage in a room by adding multiple beacons, and you can quickly configure beacons in up to 100 rooms. Once you pair homeowner devices to the PinPoint app, they will automatically communicate via Bluetooth with beacons throughout the home.