According to US reports a new IP based stand-alone control system called Prodigy is set to be released by Crestron at the US CEDIA show.
According to US reports a new stand-alone control system called Prodigy is set to be released by Crestron at the US CEDIA show.
The move to a low cost offering will allow Crestron to compete with a new generation of IP based home automation systems.
Crestron have told dealers in the USA that they want them to have the ability to to sell low cost control products in the HomeAV market (without turning to a different control company).
According to rAVe Home the new Prodigy is designed to offer single-home control of AV systems, home theaters, HVAC and limited lighting control.
A sources inside Crestron said that that the official release will come the week before CEDIA.
The new offering will not be compatible with (or upgradeable to) current Crestron systems and that it uses its own programming language/system which means that dealers and installers will have to be retrained.
Crestron have said that they intend to target Control4 and the other IP control companies such as Switch Automation which is now being distributed by Clipdal.
eff Singer, Marketing Communications Director of Crestron told rAVe “Crestron is a well-known and respected brand that clients want. However, not everyone has been able to afford a Crestron system. As a result, there is a market segment that either decides not to purchase, or goes somewhere else… We developed Prodigy to give our dealers even more opportunities to sell to other types of customers.”