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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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Crestron Talks IoT and Collaborative Solutions at Microsoft® Worldwide Partner Conference 2015

Posted by Joseph Sarrasin on Jul 17, 2015 3:39:00 PM

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.

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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.

 

Kor Baydurcan, Crestron’s Director of Software Products and Enterprise Solutions, joined a panel of Microsoft partners, including Linda Morant and Allan Young, to present the best practices for designing solutions that leverage Microsoft Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology. Throughout the panel, he discussed Crestron Pyng™, the revolutionary home automation app and how IoT changes the way people interact with their residential or commercial settings through dynamic system learning, which shapes to the user’s life style and improves performance while remaining energy efficient.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 at InfoComm15

Posted by Dina Khiry on Jun 18, 2015 3:47:00 PM

describe the imageInfoComm15 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. 

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Day One, June 17

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:

InfoComm 2015 Booth Build from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

Crestron Consultant Summit

crestron consultant summitThe 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.

 

Awards

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

  • Favorite Systems Product: Crestron DigitalMedia™
  • Favorite Control System Manufacturer: Crestron

rAVe Top-10 New Products to See at InfoComm

  • Crestron Digital Graphics Engine 200/Crestron Digital Graphics Engine 100

SCN/InfoComm Installation Product Awards

  • Most Innovative Video Processing: Switching, routing, transport, image management and control: Crestron 4K Input Card for DM® Switchers
  • Most Innovative Commercial AV Automation/Show Control: Crestron 3-Series® 4K DigitalMedia Presentation System 150 with .AV Framework™

Commercial Integrator® BEST Awards

  • Matrix Switchers: 3-Series DigitalMedia Presentation System 300
  • Specialty AV Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders: DM Ultra Cable
  • Touch Screens: 5.7’ Wireless Touch Screen
  • Universal Remote Controls: Handheld Touch Screen Remote
  • Video Scalers: 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & room Controller w/Scaler
  • Video Wall Solutions: 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & room Controller w/Scaler

Government Video Best of Show Award

  • DM-RMC-4K-100-C

 

 

 

 

Tags: Crestron, AV, enterprise, infocomm 2015, infocomm international, audiovisual

Evan’s Observations: Crestron App Now for Apple Watch™

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jun 3, 2015 2:24:00 PM

 

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.  

Pairing

Crestron Apple Watch Active Web2The 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 First Hours

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. 

 

Notifications/Reminders

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.

 

Crestron and the Watch

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:

  • It looks like you’re headed home, do you want me to turn the lights on? <Welcome Home!/Dismiss>
  • You left without turning off the AC, should I take care of it? <Do it!/Dismiss>
  • Its bedtime, turn down the heat? <Cool me off/Dismiss>
  • Your son just got home. <Dismiss>
  • The basement light has been on for 3 days. <Turn it off./Dismiss>

Final Notes

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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Crestron App for Apple Watch™: Home Automation at Your Wrist

Posted by Evan Ackmann on May 18, 2015 5:05:00 PM

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Imagine you’ve just finished your typical morning run. As you approach your front steps, you realize you forgot to take your keys with you. What’s worse, you have a mandatory appointment in just 45 minutes. A wave of panic sets in. In that same moment, you remember that you just recently downloaded the Crestron app for your new Apple Watch™, which you’re wearing to track how many calories you burned on your run. Crisis over. You unlock the front door by navigating through your ‘home’ preset and adjust the house settings with ease.

The Crestron app for iPhone® now supports Apple Watch and is currently available in the App Store™. The app helps simplify home automation in many ways and makes forgetting your house keys a stress-free experience. The app provides you with convenience and comfort, giving you:

The best part about the app? Like all your other Crestron solutions, it allows for smooth and easy integration with your Crestron home control system, offering you a flawless, personalized experience, with the ability to monitor and control everything in your home, such as door locks, lights, and temperature.

What makes the Crestron App for Apple Watch different from using the Crestron app on your iPhone or Android™? Instead of having to get out of your seat to grab your phone or search through the couch cushions for your handheld remote, you can do everything from the watch that fits comfortably on your wrist. Easily change TV channels, adjust the volume, and more with the perfect hands-free device right there on your wrist, whenever you need it.

Simplify your life with the Crestron app that now supports Apple Watch, making ’easy’ your only option. Check out a short clip of the new app, below.

Tags: Crestron, Home Automation, crestron app, home automation apps, AV, apple watch, wearable technology, apple watch apps, Audio, technology, Automation & Control, iphone apps