The Art of Hacking AV Systems

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There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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Powersoft and Crestron Announce Partnership on Vector Loudspeaker Series

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Powersoft announced that its Duecanali and Quattrocanali amplifier platforms are now available as an option to power Crestron’s new Vector Performance loudspeaker series. Crestron’s Vector Performance loudspeakers, which launched at InfoComm 2017, are for large performance spaces such as auditoriums, lecture halls and divisible rooms. Both Duecanali and Quattrocanali are one rack unit, two and […]

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A Visit to NEC Display Solutions’ Brand New Executive Briefing Center

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Today I got to check out the new Executive Briefing Center from NEC Display Solutions (that I kept calling an Experience Center), which also doubles as NEC Display’s new offices outside of Chicago, Illinois. This space was designed from scratch, taking up two floors and 6,000 square feet. See our earlier story based on NEC’s […]

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Sennheiser and Crestron Strengthen Cooperation on Conferencing Solutions

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At InfoComm, Sennheiser, a member of Crestron’s Integrated Partner Program, announced that its new TeamConnect Ceiling 2 ceiling microphone will be fully compatible with Crestron’s control system platform. The announcement represents the continued collaboration between the two companies, simplifying integration and enhancing interface control possibilities for end-users. Sennheiser’s open Sound Control Protocol (SSC) is planned […]

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Crestron Extends Collaboration with Zoom with Enterprise Solutions

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Crestron announced an extension of their relationship with Zoom Video Communications, Inc to offer an integrated solution for A/V presentation, conferencing and collaboration beyond the Crestron Mercury experience to larger, integrated spaces, with the TSW Touch Screen line. With this expanded partnership, Crestron and Zoom are able to integrate the entire Crestron ecosystem of control; […]

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Crestron DigitalMedia Now Offers “Any Content, Anywhere” via Networked Solutions

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At InfoComm 2018, Crestron will demonstrate how its DigitalMedia product line delivers any content, anywhere via the widest range of connectivity and switching options in the industry for in-room presentation, corporate messaging, digital signage, video walls, active learning and command and control. Customers can choose from networked, all-in-one, point-to-point, and standalone solutions to best meet […]

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Crestron’s XiO Cloud-Based Deployment, Management and Monitoring Platform Make North American Debut at InfoComm 2018

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Crestron announced today that Crestron XiO Cloud, its cloud-based provisioning and management solution, will make its North American debut at InfoComm. Built on the Microsoft Azure platform, Crestron says its XiO Cloud enables organizations to simultaneously configure and deploy an unlimited number of Crestron products. IT managers can then monitor and manage all devices from […]

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New Crestron AirBoard Allows Capture, Display and Sharing of Whiteboard Content with Anyone, Anywhere

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Crestron is demonstrating its new Crestron AirBoard network whiteboard capture device at InfoComm. Crestron AirBoard enables both local and remote participants to see whiteboard content on the main room display and on their personal display device, and then share it with the touch of a button. Crestron AirBoard is essentially a camera on an arm […]

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Crestron Integration with Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit Announced

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Homeowners will soon be able to control Apple TV with their voices through Crestron remotes and use Siri to control their Crestron-driven home. Announced at Apple’s WWDC 2018 conference, Crestron Technology Professionals will soon be able to leverage the power of Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit to enhance their clients’ lifestyles and user experience.  This new integration will bring two […]

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Crestron Adds VTouch Keypad Featuring Cresnet Connectivity

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Crestron announced today that, through its new partnership with Vitrea, the VTouch keypad featuring Cresnet connectivity is now a Crestron Connected devices. Crestron Connected devices can be connected to any home network using standard Ethernet cable. Crestron keypads deliver an advanced custom control solution as part of a complete Crestron smart home. The Vitrea VTouch keypad featuring Cresnet connectivity […]

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Crestron Ships DM Lite

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Crestron announced today it is now shipping DM Lite, a new set of signal extender products. DM Lite is designed to be a low cost version of their DM systems that are available in both one-gang and standalone boxes. DM Lite products are designed for basic point-to-point and small auto-switching applications. They can extend 1080p signals up to 70 meters and […]

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Rotary Keypad by Tyba Is Now a Crestron Connected

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Crestron announced a new partnership with Tyba, Turn, a new generation of rotary keypads developed by Tyba, is now a Crestron Connected device. With its uncluttered configurable interface, intuitive rotary control, and clean design, Turn adds style and finesse to any residential space. When connected to a Crestron control system, Turn performs just like any native Crestron control device. Crestron […]

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Alexa, Manage My Church AV System

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“Alexa, turn on the church audiovisual system.” Clever voice-activated connectivity? Maybe. But practical? Not really. “Alexa, show me the upcoming maintenance on all of my audiovisual components, listing them in descending order by date.” Clever? Maybe. But practical? Absolutely. In the house of worship market, convenience isn’t a key driver for upgrades or new purchases. […]

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Crestron Ships Horizon Keypads

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Crestron announced today its new line of Horizon keypads are available to order. Available in configurable single-gang models that combine up to four across, the new line offers designer aesthetics, better button feel, four different button styles, programmable multi-color backlighting, interchangeable custom top and bottom trim pieces and Cresnet wired communications. The Horizon line is available in single-gang and up to four keypads can […]

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Crestron Partners with LG Electronics for Video Integration With Its Crestron Pyng Residential Platform

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Crestron today announced its Crestron Pyng Luxury Home Automation platform now includes support for third-party A/V devices. Crestron has once again partnered with LG Electronics to extend IP control of their world-class Enterprise displays into the Luxury Residential market for LGs 2017 and 2018-series consumer OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TVs.  LG’s TVs are the first displays to be included in […]

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Crestron to Ship AirBoard Whiteboarding Solution

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Crestron will soon be shipping the Crestron AirBoard PoE electronic whiteboard technology. Crestron AirBoard enables viewing of electronic whiteboard content on any display device, thereby solving the problem of meeting participants — remote participants, especially — not being able to see the whiteboard unless they’re seated with a direct line of sight. Crestron AirBoard is essentially a camera on […]

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Crestron Ships AM-300 AirMedia 2.0 Wireless Presentation System

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Crestron announced today it is now shipping its new AirMedia Wireless Presentation System (AM-300), featuring AirMedia 2.0 technology. The AM-300 also offers a DM input, HDMI in and out, LAN port for power and communications, and full display control. Crestron says that AirMedia 2.0 sends video, keyboard and mouse commands wirelessly and is a BYOD solution that an on-screen display with connectivity instructions, room availability, and […]

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Crestron Announces an All New Master Technology Architect Course

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Crestron today announced that for the first time in 18 years the program has expanded to include the top design engineers in the industry. Proper system design and planning have become crucial in the successful deployment of enterprise AV technology solutions. To address this need, Crestron Technical Institute is now offering a new certification program, Master Technology Architect (MTA). […]

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Crestron Expands Support of Microsoft Teams

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Crestron has expanded its solution portfolio with Microsoft to include Microsoft Teams integration to equip meeting spaces of every size with innovative Intelligent Communications technology. With the newly announced capabilities, Crestron SR and the Crestron Mercury conference system will not only be able to run Microsoft Teams in spaces of all sizes: from huddle rooms and multi-purpose rooms to executive meeting rooms and large auditoriums; organizations can […]

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HTSA Adds Crestron

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Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) announced today that it has partnered with Crestron Electronics (Crestron). HTSA is an integration industry supplier of home automation and control solutions and, Crestron, as you know, makes control and AV switching systems. For HTSA members, the partnership with Crestron brings an expanded set of options for their systems design and installation thanks […]

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Crestron Unveils Cloud-Based Deployment, Provisioning and Management Platform

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Crestron just launched XiO Cloud, its cloud-based provisioning platform, in Hall-2, Stand 2-C20 at ISE 2018 today. XiO Cloud enables centralized enterprise-wide configuration, monitoring, management and control of Crestron products including Crestron Mercury, 3-Series Control Systems, DigitalMedia products (including DMPSs) and TSW touch screens. XiO Cloud provides IT managers with a centralized tool that enables them to deploy and manage thousands […]

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Crestron Unveils New Horizon Keypads at ISE 2018

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Crestron announced its new line of Horizon keypads this month at ISE 2018. Available in highly configurable single-gang models that combine up to four across, the new line offers better aesthetics, four different button styles, programmable multi-color backlighting, interchangeable custom top and bottom trim pieces and Cresnet wired communications. Crestron’s Horizon line of keypads are being launched in Hall-2, Stand 2-C20 […]

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Crestron Announces It’s Adding Video to Crestron Pyng Platform

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Crestron announced today that the upcoming release of Crestron Pyng platform will support integration of video control and all the benefits of Crestron DigitalMedia. The update represents a quantum leap forward, making it simple to configure and control the full Crestron smart home experience — control of lights, shades, audio, door locks, security systems, thermostats and now video. […]

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Crestron Debuts AirMedia 2.0

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Crestron announced today it will debut AirMedia 2.0 at ISE 2018. Built in to Crestron Mercury or as a stand-alone product, AirMedia 2.0 is a network-based wireless presentation technology that leverages the latest security protocols: 802.1x network access control; Active Directory user authentication; AES-128 content encryption; and SSH, SSL, TLS and HTTPS to send. AirMedia 2.0 allows people to sit […]

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New Crestron DM XiO Director Network Appliance Is for DM NVX AV Systems

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Crestron announced the DM XiO Director at ISE 2018. An enterprise-grade network appliance, the DM XiO Director centrally configures, manages, and controls DM NVX network AV systems. The DM XiO Director is available in three models, depending on the number of DM NVX endpoints. The software tool enables device discovery, domain configuration, endpoint mapping, multicasting management, and status monitoring. DM NVX Series […]

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Crestron Rumored to Be Starting an AV-over-IP Alliance with Microsoft and Intel

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Update: I spoke to Robin van Meeuwen, president and CEO of Crestron EMEA, at ISE 2018, where he confirmed this story to be true. I think it’s possible that Crestron is, behind the scenes, forming an “alliance” of sorts of AV-over-IP companies that focus exclusively (for now) on the 1Gig method of sending AV signals over an IT […]

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Crestron Adds Horizontal Sheers to Shading Solutions Lineup

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Crestron announced today it is now shipping its horizontal sheers, the latest addition to its line of Crestron Shading Solutions. Horizontal sheers add flexible natural lighting control to any room or space. The specialized fabric contains horizontal fabric vanes that float between two layers of soft, knitted fabric to soften the view to the outside. Available in sizes up […]

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Crestron Just Launched the Best Looking Handheld Remote, Ever, for Home Control

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Crestron just announced the introduction of the HR-310 Handheld Remote and TSR-310 Handheld Touch Screen Remote. They combine all the elements of the previous generation of Crestron remotes with a much better ergonomic design, button feel, voice control, custom engravable buttons, movement sensor, profiles settings, multi-color buttons and more.The HR-301 features: backlit tactile buttons; long battery life utilizing standard AAA batteries; […]

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