Extron Debuts Industry’s First Conferencing, Collaboration and Control Interface

Extron’s new CCI Pro 700 is marketed as the industry’s first control system user interface optimized for conferencing, collaboration and AV control.

Right off the bat, when you look at the CCI Pro 700, you see it’s different than any other control system on the market. In fact, it reminds us of a speakerphone — and, in a way, it is because when you pair it with Extron’s MP 200 introduced yesterday, it becomes a controller and phone interface for a Skype, Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync, Skype, WebEx call and it’s integrated with a Pro Series touch panel to control the entire room.

The CCI Pro 700 supports many of the functions needed in a conferencing environment, while providing a room control user interface. The design includes a 3.5” color information display, a numeric keypad and backlit buttons. The information display may be used to show contact information, call directories, and call status — in fact, it allows you to import your contacts from any of the cloud-codec systems like Skype, Lync and WebEx. Buttons directly below the display may be used to navigate custom lists and menus. The information display is customized using GUI Designer, and all buttons can be configured and customized using Global Configurator Plus and Pro and Custom Button Builder. This flexible design affords countless conferencing and control possibilities.

The CCI Pro 700 is configured using Extron Global Configurator Plus or Global Configurator Professional software and works in conjunction with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor. The CCI Pro 700 operates using standard network infrastructure and is easy to install as the only connection required is Ethernet as it includes PoE (Power over Ethernet). Extron told rAVe it will ship in October. The link on Extron’s website with all the specs will be here, but won’t be activate until August 3.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..