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  • 18 June 2018 14:30

Crestron Alexa skill launches in Australia

Sydney, Australia – 18 June, 2018 – Crestron, the global leader in home automation and control technology, has today announced that the Crestron Alexa skill is available in Australia. With Alexa connected to a Crestron home automation system, your voice has the power to command the world around you.

Crestron home automation systems are not limited to basic functions such as control of temperature and lighting, but also extend to motorised shades, whole-home audio, home theatre, video distribution, security and much more. Now with the Crestron Alexa skill available locally, Australian homeowners can interact with the Crestron technology in their residences through voice command, with the system able to identify specific nuance customisations.

Amazon Alexa, in-sync with Crestron, connects with Alexa Voice Service – allowing your wish to become a command. Just ask, ”Alexa, turn on/off the kitchen light” or “Alexa, raise the family room temperature by two degrees” and the system will adjust accordingly. You can also control multiple devices concurrently through convenient pre-set scenes, now with a simple voice command. As the day begins, simply say: “Alexa, tell Crestron to activate Morning Theme,” for the blinds to slowly open and lights to switch on, with a warm shower running and waiting for you to start your day. If you want to set the mood for an intimate dinner simply say: “Alexa, tell Crestron to activate Intimate Dinner,” for the dining room lights to dim instantly, shades to adjust slightly and soothing music to play from your speakers. It’s your home, responding to your voice.

“We are delighted to confirm that our Australian customers can now integrate their Crestron solution with Amazon Alexa,” said Stuart Craig, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Crestron. “We are experiencing significant and growing interest among Australian homeowners who seek best-in-class home technology. With Crestron automation at the heart of a smart home, clients experience the true meaning of luxury, as our technology seamlessly and effortlessly creates an environment that responds to their needs, getting to know them and ultimately making life simpler. With one utterance, many devices can adjust simultaneously to reflect the commanded scene. Our integration with Amazon Alexa in Australia takes our offering to a new level, providing another layer of in-home luxury.”

With Crestron Pyng, which makes it simpler and quicker to set up and control your Crestron smart home from your mobile device, Crestron partners can connect Alexa to home systems without any programming. All that’s required is to follow some simple configuration steps. Once connected, Amazon Alexa automatically recognises rooms and scene names from Crestron Pyng for immediate voice control. The strength of the Amazon Alexa collaboration allows Crestron to offer a market leading level of voice control integrated with end-to-end home automation.

From today, Crestron-partnered system integrators and resellers in Australia can leverage the Crestron Alexa skill to enable voice controlled scenes and settings in Crestron environments, that are fully customised to their clients’ lifestyles.

Trevor Rooney, National Sales Manager for Residential ANZ, Crestron, said: “Crestron has been at the forefront of the technology evolution for nearly 50 years, and embracing voice control is a natural progression.

“Working closely alongside the Alexa team both globally and locally has allowed us to offer a truly intuitive experience. Lighting, music, HVAC, shading solutions and more can all now be controlled simply by your voice.”

Amazon Alexa devices are available in JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra, and Myer. The Crestron Alexa skill in Australia is compatible with Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Echo Spot devices.


About Crestron

Crestron is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, IT, lighting, audio and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in Education, Corporate, Government and Defense, Hospitality, Retail and their homes.

Crestron’s leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best product solutions, programs and services in the industry. This culmination of loyalty, devotion and innovation is what our dealers refer to as “The Crestron Experience.” Our product solutions are backed by over 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support around the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin, New Zealand and United States.

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