DES completed a fully integrated Crestron home automation system for a client more than a year ago and recently returned to integrate the Apple iPad using its own customized mobile app. The 14,500 square foot Mediterranean-style home sits on a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River, and features 191 lighting loads, 33 audio zones, 19 video zones, 10 HVAC zones, 12 intercom zones, and 24 paging zones, all controlled by Crestron integrated home technology.

With the popularity of the iPadand emerging apps that offer remote home control, DES clients started requesting an iPad app to control their Crestron homes. DES was already in development of an app that could provide all the necessary features that a homeowner expects from an automated home system, such as controlling lights and thermostats from their iPhone and iPad. The flexibility of the Crestron open platform allowed DES to develop the ideal custom app and maximize the client experience through intuitive graphics and navigation tools.

“Crestron provides a much bigger tool box for us to work with,” says DES Director of Business Development, Kevin Lambidonis. Shortly thereafter, HomeSuite was launched and deployed in the new luxury home.

Featuring drag-and-drop functionality on a floor plan-based interface, the app controls audio, HVAC, lighting, paging, intercom, security and surveillance. HomeSuite provides the client with similar look and feel across all control devices.

The new homeowners enjoyed their Crestron system for months and didn’t want to learn an entirely new operating system to control the system with the iPad.

From the iPad®, the audio control feature provides access to any of the distributed sources in any room. The homeowner simply drags the source icon to a room and then controls the music content. With a double tap, music can be played throughout the home. Each zone has independent controls for
volume, mute and source selection.

The lighting control program allows the homeowner to see every lighting load on the floor plan. Once selected, an image of the room’s lighting keypad appears onscreen to control lights and fans. A rolling slider allows precise dimming of any or all lights.

The main HVAC page shows a snapshot view of the temperature within each heating/cooling zone. Local weather information is displayed on the side of the screen so the homeowner can
adjust and schedule temperature settings depending on the forecast. The feature uses an on-screen thermostat with sliders to adjust heat, AC and humidity to desired levels with a few finger swipes.

Intercom & Paging
Using the built-in iPad microphone, the homeowner can page any zone on the multi-room audio system, and the message is relayed to the room speakers. The intercom uses any device with a SIP client on the home’s network including iPad to iPad, iPad to Crestron touch screen, iPad to door or gate station, or iPadto telephone for two-way communications.

The security feature provides a graphic overview of each security device on the network including window and door contacts, motion sensors, smoke detectors and more. The user
can arm and disarm the system, receive notifications if the system is triggered, and view streaming video from surveillance cameras in real-time. For example, when there is a delivery and the client isn’t home, the iPad receives an audible alert. The homeowner can view the security camera to see who is at the gate, and open the gate to allow for the package to be delivered. Another button press closes the gate and secures the home, all from the owner’s iPad.

The DVR for the surveillance system allows snapshots to be taken and stored for later use. HomeSuite allows the homeowner to take a snapshot of live footage and store it locally in
the iPad’s photo album, whether at home or away.

Background – DES
With offices in Rogers and Little Rock, AR, Austin, TX and Trinidad, Crestron dealer, DES specializes in the development of custom electronic systems that enhance daily life without the clutter of modern electronics.