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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Crestron, Home Automation, home automation apps, crestron pyng, WPC, .AV Framework, cloud, AV, enterprise, Microsoft Surface, conference, microsoft, IoT, solutions, Automation & Control

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

Microsoft® Showcases Crestron Pyng™ at Computex Taipei 2015 Keynote Address

Posted by Evan Ackmann on Jun 5, 2015 4:34:00 PM

crestron pyng during microsoft keynote at computex taipeiCrestron 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.crestron pyng during microsoft keynote at computex taipei

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®.

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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.  

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