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Crestron Marine Introduces Next-Generation Touch Screens

1 January 2021By Laura Shaughnessy
Pictured: Creston Marine 70 Series Touch Screens

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Laura Shaughnessy

Laura Shaughnessy has been the managing editor at Dockwalk since February 2018. Having grown up among the cornfields, she is ecstatic to be among the boats in the yachting capital of the world. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in journalism, 15 years of experience with newspapers, magazines, and the online world, Laura has joined a great crew. When not writing about superyacht crew, she’s hanging out with her husband and their German Shepherd, working on house projects, or binging on Netflix.

Pandemic or no pandemic, people need their touch screens — now more than ever since we rely so heavily on remote communication and virtual hang outs. Crestron Marine, a global leader in superyacht automation technology, recently launched their next generation 70 Series Touch Screens, ushering a new era of superyacht control, according to Daniel Kerkhof, director, Crestron Marine.

“The new touch panels are a leap forward into the possibilities for the user interface designers to create a unified and dynamic user experience across all devices the end-user is going to own to control the systems on board,” says Kerkhof. The modern design comes with fast processing, enabling a smooth, responsive experience.

Courtesy of Creston Marine

They’re Wi-Fi-enabled and available for both custom-programmed and Crestron Home™ projects where previous infrastructure requirements may not have been available.

“The new touch panels are a leap forward into the possibilities for the user interface designers to create a unified and dynamic user experience across all devices the end-user is going to own to control the systems on board,” says Daniel Kerkhof.

“A Crestron 70 Series Touch Screen can be placed anywhere throughout a superyacht for unprecedented flexibility. The addition of proximity sensors also allows for the touch screen to automatically wake when in close range without physical contact,” says Kerkhof. It came about in answer to guest demand. “Guests on board had been asking for a unified and dynamic user experience across all devices,” he says. While the exterior is beautiful, the inside shines most. The device supports the latest user interface development tools, which provides the unified, intuitive experience. The Crestron 70 Series is available in wall-mount and tabletop options.

Crestron also launched a new training portal in September, which provides ongoing education to tackle troubleshooting or learn how to maintain the technology. To access their award-winning training program, go to crestron.com/Training-Events/Training.

Additionally, since 2018, Creston offers superyacht-specific training through their partnership with SEA Certify, which combines a mix of online self-paced trainings in the Creston portal and unique instructor-led virtual trainings. A new training is set to start in February. The AV trainings cover both the basic theory and practical side of AV aboard superyachts. 

This column is taken from the January 2021 issue of Dockwalk.

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