Crestron to integrate with Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit
As part of its continued focus on embracing integration with 3rd parties, Crestron has officially announced that its control systems will soon be integrated with Apple’s product line up for the home at WWDC 2018.
Crestron has revealed that homeowners will be soon be able to control Apple TV with their voice via Crestron remotes, as well as use Siri to control parts of their home.
“We are working to ensure a complete technology solution for Crestron Technology Professionals and homeowners,” said John Clancy, VP of Residential at Crestron, on the decision. “An overwhelming percentage of our residential customers use Apple products as part of their home technology ecosystems, and delivering a seamless integration between Crestron and Apple solutions will absolutely enhance the homeowner’s user experience.”
In a statement, Crestron states that the newly announced integration will “bring two important benefits to Crestron customers” – the first outlined as IP control of Apple TV (including voice commands via the TSR-310 touchscreen remote), and the second being users being able to use Siri on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or HomePod speaker to control Crestron devices in the home across entertainment, lighting, shading and temperature control.
Although exciting, don’t expect this integration to be rolled out outside of the US any time soon – especially as the home automation provider’s integration with Alexa didn’t come to the UK and Germany until 10 months after the initial launch.