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The workplace is constantly reinventing itself, demanding new technology to make enterprise collaboration and sharing much easier. In a hectic work environment, space can be limited and hooking up technology can be time consuming. That’s why growing businesses need more convenient and technology packed spaces accessible for conferencing and presenting.
Huddle rooms are small, interactive rooms that help increase productivity through state-of-the-art technology, and unite coworkers for presenting, collaborating, and decision making. With Crestron solutions, these small spaces become powerful, and can make any meeting or presentation easier than ever before.
One amazing Crestron solution for a huddle room is the Crestron Connect It Cable Caddy, TT-100. When you’re in a huddle room with other coworkers and you need to show them a spread sheet or presentation, you want to be able to connect devices fast and hassle-free. The TT-100 is easy to set up and allows you to connect devices through HDMI®, VGA, Audio, and Ethernet. Each connector cable is stored in the TT-100, so you can pull out the cable and simply plug it in to your device. After it’s plugged in, press the button on the interface and your content is instantly shown on the display. You can toggle between connected devices by pressing the button on the caddy. The TT-100 integrates seamlessly with DigitalMedia™, is 4K compatible, and comes in four different models.
At the heart of every huddle room is a system that controls it all. The Crestron 3-Series® 4K DigitaMedia Presentation System 150 (DMPS3-4K-150-C), as well as the 4K Scaling Presentation Switcher (HD-MD8X1-4K) and the 4K Scaling Presentation Switcher with HDBaseT® Output (DM-MD8X1-4K-C), are nothing short of perfection with the ability to easily and seamlessly connect and control any device in the room, as well as manage and switch between multiple AV sources. They support resolutions up to 4096x2160 and have a built-in Crestron Connect It functionality, so you can connect up to four TT-100 interfaces. These systems can be mounted under a table or in an equipment rack, making the huddle room look clean and tech-free and are already integrated with Crestron Fusion® software so even simple huddle spaces can be managed on the network. These systems are ready to go right out of the box with no necessary programming thanks to .AV Framework™, the grounding breaking OS and plug-and-play solution that allows for easy setup straight from an iPad®, laptop, or the preloaded 7” touch screen (TSW-752-B-DMPS3_PAK). Adding more power and convenience to your huddle room, these switchers automatically know when a source is connected to AirMedia™, making wireless BYOD presentation fast and simple. Simply turn it on, connect a device, and present.
As you enter the huddle room you take out your smartphone, which you always have on you, open your email with the presentation in it, and seamlessly display the content from your phone to the room display through the Crestron AirMedia app.
With AirMedia, you can share content wirelessly via iOS® or Android™ mobile device, any Mac® or Windows® notebook, and tablets. AirMedia can connect up to 32 devices and features ‘moderator mode,’ which allows a host to keep meetings productive and control whose content is being displayed, whether from a web page or huddle room touch screen. The AirMedia app can also be silently deployed to computers across the enterprise, saving a tremendous amount of time and ensuring everyone in your organization is able to connect and present with a single mouse click.
Crestron offers many solutions to provide the ultimate huddle room. Crestron offers Unified Communications solutions specifically designed for huddle rooms or smaller conference rooms. Driven by the new Crestron RL™ 2 Codec, Crestron UC Package 1 includes the TS-1051-C touch screen, a camera, an all-in-one speakerphone, as well as cables and under-table mounting hardware. This package enables video group collaboration, connecting people from across the room or around the world. With Crestron, it’s easy.
Stay tuned for the Crestron PinPoint™ Mobile App for the office, where you can schedule meetings, check room availability, control a room, and do so much more right from your phone!
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Crestron was chosen by Microsoft® to participate at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 12-16. The WPC welcomed Microsoft partners from around the world and provided the opportunity for partners and customers to learn about the future of the company, hear from industry thought-leaders, attend presentations, and network with top tech executives from all over the world.
Crestron helped kick off the WPC with a pre-show event discussing and demonstrating Microsoft Surface™ Hub with integrated Crestron solutions. With more than two years of collaboration between Microsoft and Crestron, the Surface hub unlocks the power of the group, while Crestron control and automation products, and enterprise AV technologies unlock the full power of the meeting space. With the new .AV Framework™, integrated Surface Hub solutions require no programming and are ready to use right out of the box.
When it comes to IoT, this isn’t the first time Crestron has been recognized as a thought leader. At the opening keynote during InfoComm 15, CTO of Crestron, Fred Bargetzi, spoke exclusively on the opportunities IoT provides and how connecting, managing, and personalizing network solutions help us interact with our technology and push a business forward.
Meanwhile, at the Microsoft device bar on the showroom floor, both Crestron Pyng and the MC3 3-Series Control System® were displayed. These Crestron solutions leverage IoT and cloud technology and wowed conference goers with intelligent control and automation capabilities, whether in the home or across the enterprise.
Summer is officially here and everyone is enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, barbecuing, or relaxing by the pool. You want to impress everyone with the best outdoor technology on the market and have it perfectly in sync with your indoor technology, so you never have to leave the party. That’s why Crestron provides the most advanced outdoor technology solutions to keep your entire home environment running seamlessly, making life easier and summer days more enjoyable.
AIR 2-Way Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers
The AIR 2-Way Surface Mount Outdoor Speakers (AIR SR4, AIR SR6, AIR SR8) follow the party wherever it goes, indoors and outdoors. The QuickBall mounting system lets you adjust the speakers with 360 degree positioning, giving you perfect sound wherever you go. Sold in pairs, they range in size from 4” to 8”, and come with a polypropylene woofer for deep bass. What’s great about these speakers is they come in different colors and can even be painted to match the surroundings of your yard. Their flexibility and sleek, weatherproof design will l fight against any sort of weather and leave you worry-free.
AIR Landscape Speakers
AIR Landscape Speakers (LS4t and LS6T) keep your outdoor technology up to date and brings crisp soundto all corners of your yard. The landscape speakers can be mounted anywhere you want outside and are easily disguisable to keep your property looking clean and natural. These speakers are sold in pairs, but give you the ability to connect more speakers to cover all corners and sections of your property, making sure your sound is heard loud and clear for any summer activity. These speakers range in size from 4” to 6.5”, and come in a natural, earthy bronze color or can also be custom painted to blend with your backyard scenery. When combined with the AIR landscape speakers, the AIR Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer gives you the ultimate party sound that will surely impress your neighbors.
Air Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer
Let the AIR Dual 8” In-Ground Subwoofer, AIR IGS82T, deliver the smoothest bass to your backyard. This subwoofer makes the perfect addition to your outdoor sound system because it’s barely visible. The AIR IGS82T is watertight and planted in the ground, exposing only a few inches of the port tube, resembling an outdoor mushroom. Like the landscape speakers, the AIR IGS82T allows you to connect multiple subwoofers for those who like to get the party started and enjoy that solid, heavy bass. It also comes in the same natural, earthy bronze color.
Now that the temperature has gotten warmer, stormy weather is seriously threatening our prized home technologies. Our control systems give us the ability to communicate effortlessly with our homes, so protecting our solutions are extremely important. How can we protect our outdoor and indoor Crestron solutions from electrical disasters and lightning strikes? The Cresnet® lightning strike protector, CSP-LSP, is a must-have accessory for anyone who cherishes their system. It protects any Crestron control system from irreversible damage that could occur during a storm. To protect the central control system, the CSP-LSP can be installed near the main equipment cabinet or at the point of entry of an outdoor Cresnet cable. With four-stage lightning suppression, you will never have to worry about the CSP-LSP failing and frying your system.
Take control of your indoor and outdoor technology with the WPR-48, an incredible waterproof and wireless handheld remote that’s ready for any kind of outdoor or indoor activity. This remote comes with 9 to 48 available functions so you can link and control any solution you have in your home. It stays safe from bumps and drops with its durable, easy-to-grip case and is waterproof, so you don’t have to get out of the shower, hot tub, or pool to change the channel or put your favorite song on. Battery life isn’t an issue with this remote because its lithium battery promises an extremely long life and a quick charge in the docking station. The WPR-48 can communicate through RF or IR and is compatible with any Crestron control system.
Controlling your pool and outdoor entertainment systems from anywhere inside your home is the perfect summer accomplishment. The INET-IOEX-RYIO and the INET-IOEX-IRCOM are Crestron control modules about the size of a deck of cards and are simply placed on or near the device you want to control. Compatible with 2-Series and 3-Series® control systems, these modules can control anything from your garage door, to pool and spa controls, outdoor and indoor lighting, and so much more. The best part about these control modules is their convenience. There’s no need to run in the house to grab your iPad® when you can reach into your pocket and control everything straight from your smartphone or WPR-48. These low cost devices can be used at the same time, are affordable, easy to set up, and will save you tons of money by eliminating expensive labor costs.
4K is becoming one of the biggest tech terms of the year. Now that 4K product prices have dropped, people are more interested in what it is and how it’s different from full HD. So, what exactly is 4K, how is it going to change the way we watch TV, and what does it mean for Crestron?
The term 4K refers to the amount of pixels in a display and comes in two resolutions: the cinema standard and Ultra HD. The cinema standard has a display resolution of 4096x2160p, while Ultra HD, made for bigger consumer displays, consists of 3840x2160p. Even though both of these resolutions are considered 4K, the cinema standard has slightly more pixels for the larger theater screen. 4K ultimately got its name by having roughly 4,000 pixels.
A 4K display has four times the amount of pixels in a 1080p display, totaling in about 8.3 million pixels. The pixels in a 4K display are smaller than lower resolution displays, which makes the picture sharper, and gives smoother motion and tighter detail. Even 2K content being played on a 4K display shows a clearer picture.
Many people are starting to notice that more 4K products are hitting the market and at a lower price. So, is making the switch to 4K now worth it? Absolutely.
If you’re in the market for a new big-screen TV, odds are most of the displays you will see are 4K. If you walk into a Best Buy®, finding a 2K television is going to be difficult. Many companies are pushing 4K displays since prices are affordable, causing lower resolution displays to become obsolete.
While 4K content isn’t everywhere, streaming services like Netflix® will continue to offer more 4K shows and movies over time. Sources, such as UHD Blu-Ray™ players, should be released by the end of 2015. Cable services will also be joining the 4K movement by the end of the year with ‘over-the-top’ services, where they use internet streaming to a set-top box, rather than cable TV.
Business wise, many new laptops come with resolutions higher than 2K. Presenting something from a high resolution laptop to a 2K display during a business meeting will often distort what’s being presented on the screen. Hooking a laptop up to a larger display is becoming more popular, making screen compatibility extremely important.
Here at Crestron, we understand the importance of seamlessly displaying high definition content from 4K sources throughout your organization or home. Crestron DigitalMedia™ is the only fully engineered, field-proven, end-to-end solution for managing and distributing digital AV and control signals. Whether you have one room or a thousand rooms, DM® delivers pure high-definition, including 4K Ultra HD, to every display.
Crestron is always ready to handle the next big thing. In fact, Crestron DigitalMedia switchers are capable of handling 4K and have been since 2008. If you haven’t made the switch to 4K yet, get started with the complete line of 4K DM products. As the first end-to-end 4K distribution system, 4K DM ensures the highest video quality with zero latency. Along with the recent price drop in 4K displays, Crestron also lowered the price of select 4K DM products to provide you with an affordable and reliable system.
If you already have DM, you don’t need to buy a whole new system for 4K compatibility. To upgrade an existing system, simply swap in new 4K I/O cards and 4K endpoints.
To eliminate 4K compatibility issues, Crestron offers a 4K certification program where Crestron engineers test 4K sources and displays in the DigitalMedia Lab. Products that become certified work perfectly with an integrated system and have the Crestron 4K certified logo. Some companies with Crestron certified products include Apple®, Sony®, Panasonic®, and more. To learn more about Crestron 4K certification, click here.
InfoComm15 was a huge success for Crestron! Our 9,000-square-foot-booth was surrounded by people interested in our new products and solutions. We won many prestigious awards, wowed tradeshow goers, and impressed attendees with how quickly we’re shaping the AV industry with the best solutions on the market.
The excitement continued off the showroom floor as we celebrated the first successful day at InfoComm with our annual customer appreciation party at the Hard Rock Live® Orlando. We believe our customers who help shape the Crestron community deserve only the best. What better way to honor them than providing a rocking good time with great food, drinks, and live music from Sammy Hagar and The Circle?
Crestron Media Booth Tour
Kicking off day two at InfoComm15, we held a media booth tour before the show officially opened to everyone. During this tour, members of the press experienced an exclusive showing and presentation of all the new products and solutions, some including Fusion InSite™, the PinPoint™ Mobile App, Crestron .AV Framework™, and DM® 3.0. To see everything at our booth, check out the video below for a full tour.
Merging AV and IT
New trends in social computing and technology are pushing the merge of AV systems and IT organizations to become a unified communications infrastructure. Robert Haley, Director of Marketing at Compunetix, moderated an IMCCA panel that featured Crestron Technology Manager of Unified Communications, Joe Sarrasin, who addressed the driving forces of our industry today:
He also spoke about three Crestron turnkey unified communication solution packages. Each package is meant for different sized rooms, from huddle spaces to large conference rooms. Driven by the Crestron RL™ 2 System Codec, the packages include the TS-1051-C touch screen, cables and mounting hardware, a camera, a sound bar and a USB mic or an all-in-one speakerphone. As for replacing existing systems or custom building a new one, Crestron offers an Integrator Kit driven by the Crestron RL 2 System Codec and includes the TS-1051-C touch screen and mounting brackets. For these solutions, Crestron hardware is combined with Skype® for Business for a flawless videoconferencing experience.
A+ Partner Summit
Crestron hosted an A+ Partner Summit uniting Crestron experts and professionals from colleges and universities to talk about campus-wide digital integration to create the ‘modern classroom.’ Crestron talked about DM 3.0 and the requirements you should have when designing and purchasing a system, as well as Crestron Fusion®, which manages the technology and environments across the campus. Crestron Senior Product Manager, Robert Carter, spoke about and demonstrated Crestron .AV Framework, the new operating system to standardize AV on a single IP-based platform. College and university representatives spoke about the transformation of classrooms using SIMPL#
BeTerrific with Vincent Bruno
Crestron Director of Customer Experience, Vincent Bruno, joined BeTerrific for a live interview on digital signage and Crestron. During the interview, he talks about how Crestron switchers, distribution amplifiers, scalers, and control processors allow flexibility and control by routing sources from a smart phone or tablet to display digital signage. He also mentions the Crestron HQ Experience Center, which displays a 3x3 video wall routed simultaneously in different formats, such as 4K and 1080p. One amazing digital signage feature at InfoComm, an 8.3 million pixel 4K display, was driven entirely by Crestron DigitalMedia™ 4K products.
Preparing for the Changing Workplace
The IMCCA hosted a panel with presentations about how to prepare for the changing workplace. Going from paper to digital, IT, HR, and facilities are collaborating to enable employee productivity and interaction. To do so, managers need to reconfigure the workplace by providing employees with easy-to-use tools. The panel included Crestron Director of Unified Communications, Michael Goldman, as well as representatives from Cisco®, Polycom®, and others. They addressed audience concerns, such as how to make workplace technology easy to use and reliable. Michael explained the relevance of workspace technology and how solutions like DM 3.0, .AV Framework, and Crestron Fusion are intuitive, reliable, and easy to use. Crestron presentation switchers are ready to go right out of the box with no training or manuals necessary. .AV Framework ensures the same user experience everywhere in the building and communicates with Crestron Fusion, so the people responsible for managing the software can keep it running smoothly.
Throughout the years, we put in endless hard work and dedication to provide the best solutions on the market. All of our hard work paid off at InfoComm15 after we won more awards than we have in previous years, a grand total of fifteen by the show’s closing! We are thrilled that our DM products and solutions were the big winners, including winning three ‘Best of Show’ awards:
Sound & Video Contractor Best of Show InfoComm Awards
AV Technology Best of Show Awards
Government Video Best of Show Awards
The Government Video Best of Show Award recognizes outstanding products exhibited at InfoComm. This year, Crestron received accolades for the following product:
For the complete list of awards, click here.
InfoComm15 is finally here and Crestron is proud to showcase its latest and greatest technology. We’ve been exhibiting at InfoComm since it began. We are a Platinum Sponsor and an integral part of the show -- driving technology in 19 partner booths, including Microsoft®, participating in the keynote address and UC discussion panels, as well as demonstrating the most innovative and cutting edge technology. For those who couldn’t attend this year’s InfoComm in Orlando, FL, get frequent updates on our Facebook® and Twitter® and check out our live feed here.
InfoComm kicked off on Tuesday with an opening keynote on the Internet of Things, which was led by noted journalist and author Nick Bilton of The New York Times. The keynote featured a group of thought leaders in technology, including our CTO Fred Bargetzi, and they discussed the impact of IoT for the commercial AV industry.
At this year’s InfoComm, we are welcoming attendees with an array of featured new products ranging from the Crestron PinPoint™ Mobile App, to the DGE-100 and DM-DGE-200-C multi-format video processors, and Fusion InSite™ 3D visualization, among many others. Covered wall-to-wall in all of our new products, Crestron’s booth is ready for attendees to learn what it means to be in complete control of your enterprise. Check out the video below and watch our booth transform for InfoComm:
Crestron Consultant Summit
The Crestron Consultant Summit was an event held exclusively for AV consultants to learn about new solutions and what’s trending among new IT clients. Hosted by Crestron’s CTO, Fred Bargetzi covers new concepts and products being presented at InfoComm. He discussed the industry changing solutions such as the Internet of Things, the fast paced environment of the AV industry, and enterprise management solutions.
Chris Morning, Director of Client Technologies Global IT at Coca-Cola® Company, was a guest speaker at the summit and presented about how technology changed the way the company does business.
During the first day of InfoComm, Crestron and its products were recognized and presented with 12 awards. These prestigious awards include:
rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards
rAVe Top-10 New Products to See at InfoComm
SCN/InfoComm Installation Product Awards
Commercial Integrator® BEST Awards
Government Video Best of Show Award
When HDMI® hit the market, we were all introduced to the trials and tribulations of dealing with HDCP. 2K video and HDCP have been smooth sailing for a while, and along comes 4K and HDCP 2.2.
What does this mean for professional distributed video systems? So far, nothing just yet. There’s very little content that is protected by 2.2, but Crestron isn’t waiting. We are implementing HDCP 2.2 in all of our new 4K products.
The Low Down
To protect digital media, Intel® created HDCP, high-bandwidth digital content protection. With digital media constantly changing, content providers decided to step it up a notch with the latest form of copy protection, HDCP 2.2. It is designed to provide better copy protection mechanisms than HDCP 1.x (which wasn’t very strong) and is intended to be used for 4K content.
Licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC, HDCP 2.2 is backwards compatible so you can run HDCP 1.x content over a link that supports HDCP 2.2. The version only matters if you have high value content that requires 2.2 for the entire signal path. If 2.2 isn’t present for the entire signal path, you won’t get a picture.
In today’s world, we are really talking about theory, not reality. There is only one AV source on the market that requires HDCP 2.2, the Sony FMP-X10 media player (which is built by a company that runs movie studios). 4K Blu-Ray™ displays are in the works, but aren’t expected to be ready until Christmas time this year, at the earliest. Many of the early 4K displays (especially those sold in 2013) lack HDCP 2.2 support so they will not be able to access any content that requires HDCP 2.2 protection.
Crestron Adheres to 2.2
In order to distribute HDCP 2.2 protected content, the entire signal chain from source to display must support it, including any transmitters, input and output cards, and receivers. All of Crestron’s current and latest 4K endpoints, card-based switchers, and cables support HDCP 2.2. Because the modular DigitalMedia™ switchers (8x8, 16x16 and higher) have all been designed for future proofing, the chassis already supports HDCP 2.2.
If you already own DigitalMedia™ 2K products, Crestron makes it easy to upgrade to HDCP 2.2 compatible products by simply swapping input and output cards.
With the constant evolution of technology, Crestron is ready and able to support our customers and product installations in the field. Crestron will do whatever it takes to support 4K viewing with the most complete line of 2.2 compatible Crestron products and solutions for the ultimate media viewing experience.
For more information on 4K products and DigitalMedia, contact Crestron’s True Blue support and sales offices located all around the world at 1-888-CRESTRON (273-7876).
Crestron Pyng among connected devices applauded for enhancing lifestyle and increasing productivity
This week during the Microsoft keynote address at Computex Taipei 2015, the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trade show in Asia, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide OEM, Nick Parker featured Crestron Pyng in his presentation about the Internet of Things (IoT). Parker discussed the benefits of connected devices and solutions like these to help make our lives easier and more productive, and help both individuals and businesses save time and money.
Parker went on to outline Microsoft’s strategy and business opportunities the Windows® platform creates for partners, such as Crestron, and showcased a range of the latest innovations of hardware on stage during the keynote.
Parker noted in a Microsoft blog post, “We also featured Crestron Pyng, elegant home automation technology that utilizes Azure™ IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems, so that everything works together intelligently to make life easier.”
Crestron Pyng was released in late 2014 and has been wildly popular among residential integrators and homeowners. It's the innovative new home automation platform that enables set up and control in just a few easy steps right from the iPad®.
Technology integrators can rapidly create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more without ever opening a laptop. Crestron Pyng also empowers homeowners to confidently make changes to their scenes, settings, and even system schedules right from the app. Pyng makes your smart home even smarter by learning how technology is used so the system can be tailored to seamlessly blend with any lifestyle and save energy.
Computex Taipei 2015 welcomed the top ICT innovators and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world who gathered to showcase the most advanced and innovative products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.
Read more about the Microsoft keynote event here.
To learn more about Crestron Pyng, visit www.crestron.com/crestronpyng.
After spending a long weekend with a 38MM stainless steel Apple Watch™, I started off a little skeptical about how a device like this might fit into life, either as a cool gadget, or functional tool. Based off of my personal use of the watch, here is my experience and reaction to wearable technology.
The initial sync doesn’t make it clear what’s happening, and took about 30 minutes to get all of my relevant data over to the watch.As usual, the packaging was perfect and the watch came about 85 percent charged. When I started the pairing process, I noticed the watch has a “point cloud” floating around on the screen. All you do is point the iPhone® camera at the watch and voila, it’s paired. Whether or not the point cloud conveys some sort of information to the device, it appears amazing.
The watch is constantly off and it was a little awkward getting used to the gesture to wake it up. This is especially noticeable when I’m sitting at my desk reading a document and want to see the time. With a regular watch, it’s easy. With the Apple Watch, I have to do some strange wrist gesture to turn the display on. Driving home, I realized that the same motion that I used to turn my car to the right is the gesture that the watch is looking for to turn on, resulting in the watch being on for most my ride home. It didn’t appear to impact the battery too severely.
The battery is a special concern for me and I can’t help but worry if it will last for a full day. My first few days of testing this device resulted in using it far more than I normally would. I recognize my abnormally high use right now, but I still can’t help but monitor the draining battery life. The good news is that the watch charges remarkably fast and I was able to go from about 35 percent to 95 percent in under an hour.
Unless you cull the list of notifications going to the watch, your wrist will feel like everyone who walks by is tapping it. Because I went through the effort of picking the things that could get to my wrist, I know it’s something important I want to see quickly; the watch allows me to do that – quick wrist flip, I have an appointment in 15 minutes, wrist down, done.
This is where we get to what it means for Crestron. I won’t be hyperbolic and say that our watch solution will define the future of the company, but I would go as far to say, the kinds of things I want to show up on my watch are the kinds of things that will shape the future of our business. This is an opportunity for us to leverage our technology and make homeowners feel more connected to their homes:
Apple® sold millions of these devices and people are going to expect that we do something smart with them so that their watch can have value. I believe it’s up to us to make devices like this valuable through higher level intelligence that we gather through our technology. Highly personal devices like the watch are the future of smart homes and connected home-owners.
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