Crestron Ships 4K/60 Fiber Solutions DigitalMedia

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Crestron announced that it is now shipping 4K/60 fiber solutions across its DigitalMedia product line. Comprised of 4K/60 fiber transmitter and receiver endpoints in both box and card-based options, these are all HDMI HDCP 2.2 capable. The new two-rack-space (2RU) DigitalMedia Fiber Card Chassis (DMF-CI-8) accommodates up to eight of the new 4K/60 fiber cards […]

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Crestron Partners with Sonos for Integrated Whole Home Audio Experience

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Crestron announced today a groundbreaking new partnership with Sonos, the leading home sound system. The new collaboration enables the Sonos app to be seamlessly integrated with Crestron home automation systems. Homeowners can now search and stream all of their favorite music on their Sonos home sound system right from Crestron touch screens, handheld remotes, keypads, […]

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Is the Smart Home Smart Enough?

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A recent Deloitte Consumer Review survey in the UK found that there was nearly zero growth between 2014 and 2015 in consumer purchasing of connected home products. The finding cited that, “UK consumers are aware of the potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) but perceived high prices and skepticism about the technology are […]

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New Crestron DM Finally Supports Dante Audio Networking

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Crestron announced today that DigitalMedia now supports the Dante audio networking protocol with its new input and output blades for 64×64 and 128×128 DM matrix switchers. Now shipping, the 4K HDMI (4:2:0) and Dante Input Blade for DM Switchers (DMB-4K-I-HD-DNT) provides eight HDMI inputs, while the 4K HDMI and Dante Output Blade for DM Switchers […]

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New Crestron DM-DGE-200-C Claims Simple Meeting Room Solution

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Crestron announced today it is now shipping its new DigitalMedia DM-DGE-200-C, designed to be a simple meeting room solution for multiple applications. It offers auto-switching between HDMI and 4K/60 DM input (4:2:0), auto-display on/off, and H.264 decoding, IR control and direct connectivity to Microsoft Exchange and Crestron Fusion Cloud via the LAN port. And, the […]

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New Crestron DigitalMedia Keystone Patch Panel Debuts

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Crestron announced today it is now shipping its new 24-Port Keystone Patch Panel (DM-RPP-K24), DigitalMedia ULTRA RJ 45 Keystone Jacks (DM-CONN-ULTRA-RECP) and pre-terminated DigitalMedia CAT6A cables in various lengths (DM-CBL-ULTRA-PC). Now, with color coded (blue for DM) keystone jacks in wall plates in the rooms, and in patch panels in the equipment room, field cables […]

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Crestron HD Scaler and Auto-Switcher Aimed at Huddle Rooms

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Crestron is now shipping the HD Scaling Presentation Switcher & Extender (HD-MD-400-C-E) aimed at huddle rooms, huddle spaces, and small meeting rooms applications. Integrated with a 4×1 auto-switcher and extender pair, the HD-MD-400-C-E provides signal extension up to 230 feet, a built-in scaler, automatic switching for HD resolutions up to 2K (aka 1080p), display control […]

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Two New Crestron DMPS3-4K Series Models are Designed for Small Rooms

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Crestron has expanded its line of all-in-one DigitaMedia 3-Series Presentation Systems with two new models designed specifically for single-display applications. The three DMSP3-4K models all 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. Designed for small rooms, the […]

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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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