New Crestron Zūm Is Aimed at App-Based Control Systems  

Crestron announced today it is now shipping Zūm (pronounced “ZOOM”), an app-based (uses a network bridge, instead of a controller) lighting controller. Crestron says the “building block” devices (wireless dimmers, switches, sensors, etc.) needed for dimming and automation work together wirelessly and you set it up on the keypad, dimmer, or mobile app itself. Scaling from standalone systems to centralized building-wide control and network management is capable using traditional control systems. The Zūm Network Bridge simply snaps onto the Zūm Load Controller to add remote setup, daylighting, time clock scheduling, temporary overrides and other capabilities.

A single Zūm load controller can support up to 32 devices. Each device has a wireless communication range of 150 feet in every direction. Communication hops from one device to the other to create a mesh network of up to 2.25 million square feet. There’s no need for interface boxes or exposed antenna hanging from the ceiling. Centralized building-wide lighting control can be deployed using the same devices as standalone systems.

All Zūm devices offer standard mounting and consist of:

  • a choice of four Load Controllers (0-10v, relay, plug load and universal phase), which enable all system devices to communicate with each other
  • wireless wall box dimmer and keypads
  • battery-powered keypads, which allows placement anywhere – even on glass or brick
  • occupancy sensors for automation and data collection
  • a daylight sensor

The Network Bridge simply snaps onto the Load Controller already installed in spaces throughout the building to enable remote Bluetooth setup from the iPhone app. The Network Bridge pairs with the Zūm Hub to communicate wirelessly with traditional Crestron centralized lighting control systems, AV, shades and HVAC for a complete enterprise solution.

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The Zūm Network Bridge enables remote management, including time clock scheduling, executing temporary overrides, daylighting and building-wide on/off. Direct communication with Zūm Cloud services centralized network management. For example, it can easily identify all vacant rooms with the lights turned on and then those lights can all be turned off remotely. Zūm Cloud also provides instant alert notifications for remote support and room usage data collection and reporting.

Crestron seems to be aiming the Zūm system to both home and small businesses. Here are the detailed specs.