The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Crestron Rolls Out New Features to the XiO Cloud

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Crestron has debuted new features in the latest version of Crestron XiO Cloud. Crestron XiO Cloud supports a direct device-to-cloud connection via an Azure IoT Hub, with no additional hardware. You register your devices at the time of purchase and everything needed to manage your devices is available in the cloud portal. Azure services provide […]

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Crestron Adds Microsoft Teams to Flex Line

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Crestron’s Flex platform grew this month, adding the M-Series and B-Series single display kits designed to integrate Microsoft Teams in UCC applications. The new Crestron Flex M-Series MX models combine BYOD connectivity and a native Microsoft Teams experience, providing users with multiple ways to collaborate within their space. They can either access Microsoft Teams with […]

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Crestron Updates Room Scheduling Platform

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At InfoComm 2019, Crestron updated its room scheduling platform. Ad Astra, CollegeNET, New Wave Apps and SpaceIQ now run on Crestron room scheduling touch screens. Crestron is also debuting the latest additions to its family of room scheduling touch screens with the TSW-560 and TSW-560P, both of which support direct connect scheduling. Crestron touch screens […]

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Elo Now Has 65-Inch 4K Interactive Signage and Collaboration Products

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Elo today announced the launch of its 6553L touchscreen and fourth-generation Elo computer module (ECMG4). The 6553L touchscreen provides a platform for what the company says is captivating digital signage experiences in public spaces, as well as engaging and collaborative communication within enterprises. The 6553L touchscreen is part of Elo’s new IDS 3 Series, which […]

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Crestron Debuts an NVX Receiver in an OPS slot for Monitors and Projectors

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Crestron is debuting DM-NVX-D80-IoAV at InfoComm. Basically it’s an OPS slot box with an integrated NVX AV-over-IP receiver (1G) for monitors and projectors with OPS inputs like LG, NEC, Philips, Avocor and Smart. The DM NVX decoder plugs into the OPS port and is powered by the display. This eliminates the need for cables and […]

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Crestron UCC-Based Mic and SpeakerBar with Built-in 4K Camera at InfoComm

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Crestron just launched three new SpeakerBars for the UCC market; the UC-SB1, the UC-SB1-AV and the UC-SB1-CAM. All three are SpeakerBars with built-in beamforming mic arrays that are designed for huddle rooms, UCC spaces and small meeting rooms — and use the same form-factor, 43″ wide, 3″ deep and 5″ high. The difference is: UC-SB1: […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part One)

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For all of the massive technology improvements and innovations within the AV industry, there is irony in the faster obsolescence of digital equipment compared to the analog age of AV, leaving customers vulnerable to unexpected end-of-life notifications of planned obsolescence at the discretion of the manufacturer and reducing the life-span of digital AV gear. In […]

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Even Crestron Has Partnered With Domotz for Remote Monitoring and Management

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Following Lutron, Lulu, Nuvo, Global Cache, Wyrestorm, StormAudio and a handful of others, Crestron today announced a partnership with Domotz. The seamless integration of the Domotz suite of products with Crestron smart home systems will empower Crestron residential systems integrators to remotely monitor their customers’ systems and better assist them, while reducing support costs and […]

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Crestron Partners with Black Nova for Keypads & Touch Panels

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Crestron announced a partnership with Black Nova to make the ARIA, ALBA and ANY keypads and touch panel Crestron Connected products. Crestron residential dealers can now integrate them in their system designs using the Cresnet bus for custom control features and functionality. Crestron Connected technology enables interoperability among independently manufactured products. Black Nova keypads and […]

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New Crestron DIN-RAIL Climate Controls Debut

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Crestron is now shipping its new DIN-THSTAT DIN Rail Mountable thermostat. Used with Crestron CHV-RTS, CHV-RTHS or CHV-RSS temperature sensors, the DIN-THSTAT provides three-stage heating and cooling, support for three independent remote sensor inputs, a full color LCD display for easy setup and diagnostics and flexible Cresnet communications. The DIN-THSTAT can be installed in an […]

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InfoComm 2019 to Explore Pro AV in Hospitality and Retail; Registration Opens

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InfoComm 2019, the largest ProAV show in North America, will explore the fast-growing markets for audiovisual solutions in hospitality and retail, June 8-14 in Orlando, Fla. The show will host more than 30 education sessions focused on the ways that companies in hospitality and retail and the AV solution providers that serve them are using […]

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New Crestron TSR-310 Remote Is Better than Anything Control4, URC or Savant Have Ever Released

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Crestron used a Crestron Performance UI (user experience) design release to debut its new TSR-310 handheld touch screen remote — aimed at the HomeAV market. It integrates natively within the Crestron Home operating system (Crestron Pyng OS 2) and, literally, blows away anything Savant, Control4 or URC have ever released. Integrators will appreciate how the […]

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Crestron Expands Entry Door Security Line and Adds Two New Partnerships

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At ISE 2019, Crestron announced a partnership with 2N, a global provider of IP intercoms and ekey biometric systems GmbH, a provider of fingerprint access solutions. The latest firmware update to 2N IP-based video intercom door stations makes them Crestron Rava SIP intercom and phone technology compliant. As a result, they integrate with Crestron TSW-x60 […]

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Crestron Expands Room Scheduling Platform at ISE

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At ISE 2019, Crestron debuted its latest hardware and software additions to its room scheduling platform. Two new scheduling panels — 5″ portrait and 5″ landscape — are now available, along with an optional room availability light bar. Like all Crestron scheduling panels, they connect directly to a Microsoft Exchange Server, Office 365 and G […]

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Crestron FT2 Series FlipTops Debut at ISE 2019

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Crestron just debuted the FT2 Series of FlipTops at ISE 2019. The new FT2 FlipTops fit into almost any standard desk/table cut-out and sit flush on the surface. When presenting in a meeting, a touch of the button on the FT2 FlipTop activates its door (which retracts). All connectors and cables are revealed at table-level […]

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Crestron Expands AV-over-IP Product Line at ISE 2019

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Crestron has debuted new additions to the DigitalMedia product family at ISE 2019 this month. The new products include a DM NVX encoder and decoder with PoE+ support and DM NVX encoders/decoders with Dante audio networking. The DM-NVX-E30(C) and DM-NVX-D30(C) are encode- or decode-only units that support HDMI connectivity and analog audio. Compatible with all […]

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Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions Debuted at ISE 2019

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The Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions, which debuted at ISE 2019 this month in Hall-2, Stand C20, delivers a native Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, and Zoom Rooms software experience, including one-touch join. The Crestron Flex includes: Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone, the P100 Series delivers the Microsoft Teams or Skype for […]

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Crestron Adds “Pixel Perfect Processing Technology” to AV-over-IP DM NVX Line

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Crestron will announce the next generation of its DM NVX network AV line at ISE. Adding something they are calling “Pixel Perfect Processing” technology, to the DM NVX. Working with Intel and intoPIX (the companioning y who makes their AV-over-IP 1G processing chip, Crestron says they’ve made the image quality better — and they are […]

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Epiphan Video to Show Kaltura CMS Integration and Crestron Control Module for Pearl at ISE 2019

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Epiphan Video is showcasing full API integration with Kaltura Content Management System (CMS) and the first-ever Crestron Control Module for the Pearl family of all-in-one video production systems. The Pearl family of hardware encoders now support scheduling of multi-view VOD and webcasting events directly within the Kaltura Management Console. Pearl’s built-in touch screen and Admin […]

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2019: The Year of AV-Over-IP — But Don’t Believe the Hype!

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There’s no doubt in my mind that 2019 will be the year we look back on that the industry transitioned from signal routing and distribution via HDMI and so-called “digital-media” to AV-over-IP. Certainly not the entire industry — just most of it. But buyer, specifier, installer and designer beware. Not all AV-over-IP is the same, […]

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Crestron Ships All Crestron Flex UCC Solutions

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Crestron is now shipping its complete portfolio of Crestron Flex Unified Communications & Collaboration solutions. Crestron Flex provides a native Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and Zoom Rooms software experience, including one-touch join. Crestron Flex solutions come in several forms, but all deliver the same experience, regardless of the space in which they’re deployed: Crestron […]

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Crestron and 2N Design New Security at Entry Doors

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2N is now a Crestron integration partner and the latest firmware update to 2N video intercom door stations makes them compliant with Crestron Rava SIP intercom and phone technology. As a result, they integrate with Crestron TSW-x60 Series touch screens for a video intercom solution that also integrates with third-party electronic door locks. For Crestron […]

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New Crestron Performance UI Designed for TSR-310 Remote

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Crestron today announced the release of the Crestron Performance UI, a new user experience designed exclusively for the TSR-310 handheld touch screen remote. The Crestron Performance UI integrates natively with the Crestron PyngOS 2 operating system. Integrators will also appreciate how the Crestron Performance UI reduces deployment time, thanks to minimal programming requirements. Crestron integrators […]

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Crestron Partners With ekey for Fingerprint Door Entry System

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Crestron announced today that ekey biometric systems is now an official Crestron integration partner. The wall-mounted ekey finger scanners integrate with Crestron 3-Series control systems. Crestron residential integrators can now introduce one-touch door entry to their smart home designs. Fingerprint door entry also enhances security by eliminating hackable four-digit codes and the possibility of key […]

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Scheduling, Software as a Service and the Day I Sat Through the Same Presentation Four Times

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I don’t know if “As a Service” has replaced “experience” or “convergence” in the AV buzzword bingo game, but it certainly has been a hot topic as of late, opening some interesting questions as to how the business models of traditionally hardware-centric AV companies fit into a software — and software as service — based […]

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Zoom Expands Communications Platform: Zoom Voice, App Marketplace, Zoom Rooms Partnerships & More

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At Zoomtopia last week, Zoom announced new features including cloud PBX, cross-platform workflows and enterprise conference rooms. Platform enhancements announced include: Zoom Voice is a cloud phone system that will be available as an add-on to Zoom’s video communications suite. Support for inbound and outbound calling through the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and seamlessly […]

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New Crestron Flex Communication & Collaboration Solutions Debut Integrated with Microsoft Teams

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Crestron just debuted the Crestron Flex portfolio, the company’s new line of Communications & Collaboration (UCC) solutions for Microsoft Teams. Crestron Flex P100 Series: Crestron’s first voice-over-IP desk phones, the P100 Series includes Microsoft Teams in a desktop phone and enables businesses to take advantage of Cortana skills. Also available for Skype for Business, the P100 Series features a touchscreen. […]

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Josh.ai Is a Crestron Integration Partner

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Crestron announced today that Josh.ai is now an official Crestron integration partner. The Josh Micro device and app are easily set up and deployed via the Crestron Pyng operating system, enabling Crestron residential integrators to add voice control to their smart home designs. The Crestron Pyng operating system enables simple integration with the Josh.ai modules […]

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Crestron Now Accepting North American Entries for 2018 Global Home Technology Awards

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Crestron announced today it is now accepting North American entries for the 2018 Global Home Technology Awards. The annual competition recognizes the most innovative and spectacular achievements in residential system design that feature Crestron home automation and control technology. Crestron Technology Professionals, Crestron dealers, designers, architects, Crestron Service Providers, and partners are all eligible to […]

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Basalte Deseo Line of Room Controllers Is Now Crestron Connected

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Crestron announced today that through its partnership with Basalte, the Deseo line of room controllers are now Crestron Connected devices. That means Crestron residential dealers can now integrate them in their system designs to control lights, temperature, shades, and more in luxury homes, condos and yachts. Discrete and minimalistic, the handmade Deseo line provides an […]

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