By Corey Moss
Crestron – the name is synonymous with global AV industry leadership, and at InfoComm every year the company rolls out a mass showcase of their various products and solutions lines. Attendees see everything from control and connectivity to digital media to cloud to UC&C to audio and more – and this year at InfoComm 2018, of course, was no exception.
As long as I’ve been in the industry I have worked with Crestron, in commercial integration sales, in consulting, and the rest on the media side. Sapphire Marketing was my rep company when I was in sales – Marla Suttenberg and Lainie Mataras known throughout the industry as two of the best in the business, and on the media side, I’ve had Jeff Singer on more podcasts than I can remember – the guy who has, as I like to put it, a lot to say. If you’re on a booth tour with him, you’re getting a show experience from one of the very best.
For those who did attend InfoComm 2018, they saw all that Crestron has to offer the world in terms of AV, IT and more. Of course there are other manufacturers in the industry who play in some of those same sandboxes (AV over IP, UC&C, audio, etc.) – it’s for the attendee, and the reader, who will be looking to present Crestron’s products and solutions to the end user to decide…
Strategic? Transformative? Innovation? You the attendee, and the reader – be the judge.
Control and Connectivity
Next Generation FlipTops™ – The new FlipTops are completely redesigned for quick installation, flexible configuration, and unprecedented ease of use.
Advanced 3-Series® Wall Mount Media Presentation Controllers – Featuring sleek modern design, the new MPC3-201, MPC3-301, and MPC3-302 are the first wall mount presentation controllers with an integrated control system and capacitive touch screen.
Virtual Control – Crestron Virtual Control server software provides flexible, scalable control with all the benefits of network IT infrastructure, including redundancy and enterprise-grade security.
DM® Lite – DM Lite is a new ecosystem of simple, interchangeable video extender products that deliver a winning combination of low cost, high performance, flexible form factor, and wide selection.
DM® NVX Environmental Test – Crestron showed, as stated, in a side-by-side test vs. the competition, how DM NVX protects video from environmental noise from lighting systems, elevators, vending machines, and other powered appliances.
DM® NVX Real-World Video Test – Attendees saw Crestron’s statement to how DM NVX supports the broadest range of video formats of any AV-over-IP solution in the industry.
DM® NVX System Design Comparison – Attendees were shown how DM NVX multi-layer technology saves time and money, compared to competing AV-over-IT solutions as stated by Crestron.
DM NVX Director™ – A line of secure enterprise-grade network appliances, natively running simple yet powerful software, the DM NVX Director enables organizations to centrally and simply configure, deploy, and manage large networks of DM NVX endpoints.
Digital Signage with Crestron and Appspace® – Crestron integration with Appspace enables you to author, publish, and manage digital signage content across the enterprise.
DMPS 3-Series® All-in-One Presentation Systems – Now AirMedia® 2.0 technology is built into the DMPS3-4K-350/250 to provide 4K wired and wireless presentation capability all-in-one. Provisioning and management is simple with Crestron XiO Cloud™ Service.
DM 4KZ – Need to run 4K60 4:4:4 with HDR applications on an existing DigitalMedia™ system? Use the same DM switcher chassis and DM® cabling with new DM 4KZ input and output cards, transmitters, and receivers.
Cloud Deployment, Management, and Control Platform
Crestron Cloud-Based Management – With the Crestron XiO Cloud™ Service, organizations can deploy, manage, monitor, and evolve millions of Crestron devices and spaces instantly.
Unified Communications on the Crestron XiO Cloud™ Platform – The only open UC solution, Crestron Mercury® supports all video conferencing services, is easy to provision and manage with the Crestron XiO Cloud platform and supports standard network security policies.
Crestron Workplace Technology – Ready-to-deploy Crestron meeting spaces make it easy to deliver consistent meeting, presentation, and conferencing experiences on a large scale. Built for the enterprise, they offer cloud-based provisioning and management, and support standard network security policies.
AirMedia® 2.0: Enterprise Ready – Crestron claims AirMedia 2.0 as the fastest, easiest, most manageable, and secure wireless presentation technology. Built into the standalone AM-300 and AM-200, it enables organizations to increase workflow and facilitate collaboration by turning lobbies, lounges, and other open spaces into productive meeting spaces.
Crestron AirBoard™ – Crestron states that AirBoard is the only enterprise-grade appliance of its kind. 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 Zoom Rooms – Zoom software-based video conferencing paired with world-class Crestron AV presentation, room scheduling, and control.
Crestron Enterprise Audio Solutions – Robust, easy-to-scale solution, Crestron has everything needed to deliver best-in-class audio performance in any enterprise or institutional space.
Crestron Room Scheduling – With Crestron, organizations can choose the partner scheduling provider that best meets their organizational needs. The complete solution delivers best-in-class network room scheduling.
Crestron Campus Technology – Crestron makes it simple to deliver consistent student and instructor experiences on a large scale across entire buildings and campuses.
See the Campus Technology Design Guide.
Check out the Crestron at the show video. See Crestron at www.crestron.com.
With over 20 years in audio visual integration and IT/computer sales and consulting, Corey Moss is the owner of Convergent AV. Corey writes for the publication and hosts/produces podcasts – The AV Life, Convergent Tech Talk and Convergent Week. He has written for numerous industry publications about AV, IT, unified communications and collaboration (UCC), cloud and software, IoT, cybersecurity and more. He has also conducted interviews with AV and IT executives and global influencers. Find him talking about a whole lot of things, tech and otherwise. On LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mosscorey/.