Crestron Enters AV over IP Network Market

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At InfoComm, Crestron demo’d it’s new video over 1Gb Ethernet infrastructure product line that allows for AV signal routing without a matrix switcher. The network allows for routing of HD signals and H. 264 sources, such as IP cameras, anywhere on the network, including Crestron touch screens, digital signage displays, remote buildings, and global offices. […]

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Crestron Intros Audio Products for Simplifying Audio

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Crestron introduced a set of products they say are aimed at simplify audio in conference rooms, lecture halls, sports and entertainment venues, courtrooms and other spaces. Headlining the new audio technology is the full line of Avia Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) featuring a DSP programming tool, as well as a selection of amplifiers that support […]

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Extron Video Targets Crestron with Side-by-Side 4K Processing Comparison

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Extron doesn’t say this in their new side-by-side comparison video explaining their Vector 4K scaling engine, but they are clearing taking aim at Crestron. This video explains how they make their Vector 4K scaling chipset and is designed as an educations tool to help you understand 4K technology and signal nuances, but is also designed […]

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Diamonds in the Rough

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I have been known to tout my bonafides by name-dropping the fact that I’m a Crestron Certified Programmer. But, if we’re going to get real about Crestron certifications, I am but a neophyte compared to the Crestron Certified Programmers who have completed further training/testing and achieved the upper levels of Silver, Gold and Platinum certification. […]

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Crestron Intros Fusion Cloud and Accompanying PinPoint App

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If you’re using Crestron’s new Fusion Cloud Platform, or the on-premise version of this enterprise management platform, then you can use the company’s new PinPoint App — a personal, mobile scheduling app that lets employees take control of every aspect of their meetings, including scheduling, setup, execution and completion. Crestron says the app acts like […]

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New Crestron DMPS3-4K Series Are Designed for Small Meeting Rooms

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Crestron said its expanding expanding its line of DigitalMedia 3-Series Presentation Systems (DMPS3) with two new models designed specifically for single-display applications. The three DMSP3-4K models feature a built-in Crestron 3-Series Control System, analog and digital AV switching, 4K scaler and direct LAN connectivity with Crestron Fusion software for network management. All three models feature […]

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So You Want to Talk Security…

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Headline: Channel Partners – 3/10/16: Network Security Incidents High Among World’s Largest Companies Story: A new survey of IT and security professionals reveals that 72 percent of organizations have experienced five or more network security incidents in the past 12 months. Regardless of region or technology, IT and security administrators revealed that their networks have significant blind […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show

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In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Worried About Security with Control Systems? We Asked Crestron’s Security Expert What to Do

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Crestron’s Toine Leerentveld is the control system security expert. I caught up with him at ISE and asked him about the industry’s current concerns with the security of control systems and what Crestron is doing to address it. He also tells me about a security guide that Crestron has to help integrators deal with this […]

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Why Crestron Stopped Exhibiting at CEDIA – The Facts and My Opinion of the Impact on CEDIA

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                  Update: So, now there’s no more guessing as to why Crestron pulled out of CEDIA as I literally got the one (and only) interview with Crestron President and CEO Randy Klein, who spends 10 minutes outlining exactly how the decision was made and why. Watch the […]

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Crestron Ships HDBaseT 4K Transmitter and Receiver

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Crestron is shipping its 4K DigitalMedia Transmitter 202 (DM-TX-4K-202-C) and 4K DigitalMedia Transmitter 302 (DM-TX-4K-302-C) which are spec’d to transmit 4K (up to 4096×2160 @ 60 Hz with color sampling of 4:2:0 or 2560×1600 @ 60Hz with color sampling of 4:4:4) and HD AV signals long distance to a room display. Both products function as […]

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Crestron Ships Huddle Room Package

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Crestron shipped a new HDMI switcher and extender pair that’s aimed at small meeting rooms, huddle rooms, and classrooms. Dubbed the HD Scaling Presentation Switcher & Extender (HD-MD-400-C-E) the package includes 3×1 switcher with an HD receiver that requires no programming. Mount the transmitter under a table or inside a podium and it hash two HDMI inputs, one VGA input (with one […]

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New Crestron DigitalMedia I/O Cards Enable Distribution of HDCP 2.2 Protected 4K Content

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Crestron is now shipping five new HDCP 2.2 compliant DigitalMedia input and output cards, making it possible to upgrade DM systems to distribute HDCP 2.2 protected 4K content (color bit depth up to 4:4:4 @ 30Hz and 4:2:0 @ 60Hz). To add HDCP 2.2 sources, systems integrators need only switch out the currently installed DM […]

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This Week (In AV and IT) 12/4

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Shure Wireless Systems Dominate American Music Awards (11/30) The 43rd Annual American Music Awards were broadcast on ABC on Sunday night, November 22. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the program presented the fan-voted honors along with a series of high-profile performances, highlighted by a vocal interpretation of the classic […]

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On Single-Source AV Systems and How We Get There

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Last summer, I discussed the tension between selecting “best in breed” components from a single manufacturer and locking oneself into a single ecosystem. As time passes, the industry is certainly moving in a direction in which a single ecosystem is not only increasingly possible, but increasingly desirable as well. We’ve all heard horror stories about […]

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A Visit with SYMCO

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AV Distributor SYMCO rolled into town today for its annual roadshow. Various other commitments kept me from the various days’ events — including an end-users’ roundtable featuring not only one of our clients from SMW, but also one with whom I’d worked personally. However, I did have the opportunity for a quick stop to chat […]

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Crestron Ships Wall-plate Tx/Rx for 4K HDMI

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Crestron is shipping a new 4K wall plate transmitter (DM-TX-4K-100-C-1G) and receiver (DM-RMC-4K-100-C-1G) pair integrated with built-in serial and IR ports control. Both are direct replacements for the DM-TX1-C-1G and DM-RX1-C-1G and are HDBaseT compliant. Available in black or white single-gang, decors-style plates, Crestron says they are low-cost 4K transmitters that can be powered using […]

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Cheaters Never Win

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Have you heard?! Volkswagen got caught cheating on emissions tests. If you don’t know the story, basically a European clean air watchdog group looking at variations in emissions tests wanted to put to bed that VW’s diesel models were a great example of clean diesel transportation. To do this they partnered with their United States […]

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Crestron Expands DigitalMedia 4K Lineup with Introduction of Copper Input Blade and HDMI Output Blade

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Crestron has expanded its DigitalMedia solutions with the introduction of two new blades designed to enable Crestron DM-MD64X64 or DM-MD128X128 switchers to deliver 4K and Ultra HD video. Each blade provides eight inputs or outputs and adds support for HDCP 2.2. Now shipping, the new 8-Channel 4K HDMI Input Blade for DM switchers (DMB-4K-I-C) provides […]

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Google Launches Smart Home Hub Called OnHub

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They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. The new Google OnHub looks, well, almost identical to the Amazon Echo — both are cylindrical towers. Google’s is a Wi-Fi hub that’s designed to be a central controller for everything Google-owned or “approved” that can keep you entertained through your TV (or Android phone […]

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DISH Integrates Hopper DVR With Control Modules for AMX, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI

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DISH has completed the integration of its Hopper DVR with control modules from leading home automation system providers, AMX by HARMAN, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI. This development allows dealers to speed the installation process by leveraging auto-discovery tools that quickly identify the presence of Hopper and Joey receivers within a customer’s home network. In […]

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