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The Crestron Huddle Room

Posted by Dan Jackson on Jul 23, 2015 11:00:00 AM

huddle roomThe 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.

Crestron Connect It™ (TT-100)

TT-100

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.

 

Huddle Room Presentation Switchers

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.

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AirMedia (AM-100)

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.

 

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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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4K: The New Digital Standard

Posted by Kevin Iselli on Jul 7, 2015 12:30:00 PM

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?

What is 4K?

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.

crestron infocomm booth 

The Switch

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 and 4K


crestron 4k certified jpgCrestron 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.

 

ISE 2014: 4K Products from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo

Tags: Crestron, display, streaming services, technology, hd, DigitalMedia, 4k, tech, 4k products

Crestron at InfoComm Part 2

Posted by Dina Khiry on Jun 26, 2015 10:20:00 AM

InfoCommPost2InfoComm15 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.

 

Quick tour of the Crestron Booth from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

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:

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  • HD video adoption
  • Mobility
  • Lower cost technologies
  • Cloud services
  • Margin pressure
  • Complexity of the solution
  • Increased competition

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.

 

Unified Communications from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

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# Pro to program an entire campus and Active Directory to authenticate instructors, so Capture HD® can instantly deliver files to Blackboard®.  

AV Framework – the new Crestron OS from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

BeTerrific with Vincent Bruno

Vin Bruno BeTerrificCrestron 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.

Awards

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

Tags: infocomm, AV, enterprise, technology, IoT, digital media, 4k

Crestron and HDCP 2.x: A Product Priority

Posted by Dan Jackson on Jun 9, 2015 9:29:00 AM

crestron4k certifiedWhen 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). 

 

Tags: HDCP, 4k, high-bandwidth digital content protection, hdmi