HydraConnect LLC has introduced a software module that will enable its HSS family of HDMI matrix processors to interface with Crestron home automation systems.
Crestron custom installers will now be able to use a HydraConnect LLC HSS matrix processor for whole house audio, video, and control distribution in a Crestron home automation system environment.
The new HSS software includes the ability to connect eight AV media sources to up to eight AV display and sixteen sound locations, control those AV devices in response to Crestron user interface interactions, and provide AV device state feedback to the Crestron automation system for a richer consumer experience. This new software module was developed and will be supported by HydraConnect LLC.
The unique features of HSS Matrix Processors include video and control distribution via 8x8 HDMI and independent 8x16 audio matrix switches. The HSS system provides auto-configuration of detected AV media devices, automatic EDID and HDCP key management, and patented CEC control and status of AV devices (including Blu-Ray players, AV receivers, and TVs) that eliminate the need for IR flashers and other cabling. An on screen display (OSD) is provided to indicate source media sharing status changes to eliminate consumer confusion that can occur in multi-source/multi-room environments. It is also used to indicate stereo muting and 3D video state and supports the dealer during installation.
HydraConnect LLC also provides automatic, cloud-based software updates for new features and software improvements, remote access without the need for security weakening port forwarding, and a web administration interface that is accessible locally and remotely using PCs, tablets, and other mobile devices.
HydraConnect LLC's support for several home automation brands, such as Crestron, comes in the form of software components included with its HSS matrix processors. As with all of HydraConnect LLC's ongoing support upgrades, this new technology will be added automatically to all fielded HSS-2 systems in use worldwide during Q4 without customer or dealer intervention.