Category AV Events

Looking Back at Crestron Masters 2017

This post on the 2017 Crestron Masters event (U.S.) is written by Tim Johnson, programmer for AVI-SPL. Tim attended last week’s event, the annual gathering of elite Crestron programmers for training classes and networking events.

The Crestron Roadmap discussed at the event focused on building a standards-based implementation of AV systems and programming in order to enable broader adoption of AV technology. That technology would be applied across a wider range of locations, with differing levels of sophistication depending on the needs of the end-user.  Some products and product features that are most prominent in this push toward standards-based AV are security, cloud functionality, and AirMedia, with Fusion being used for monitoring.

The keynote by Crestron President & CEO Randy Klein urged programmers to help create this ecosystem of standards by seeing themselves as technologists rather than just programmers. To Klein, Crestron Master Programmers typically have a much broader skill set than their job descriptions may indicate, and the roles that Crestron Master Programmers play within their organizations are much more diverse than just writing code.  Klein urged the use of Master Programmers’ broad skill sets to guide the industry to standards-based solutions similar to how Cisco has led the networking industry to standards based on Cisco best practices and products.

Crestron Chief Technology Officer Fred Bargetzi went through the lengthy list of new product lines and noted that Crestron’s focus is going to be on security that enables them to be placed in nearly any high security environment without having to rely solely on the IT departments of the customer.  This will be a benefit to the dealers since IT departments typically see AV equipment as a burden rather than a part of their responsibilities.  Bargetzi said that new products will all have native 802.1x authentication.  In addition, AirMedia and PinPoint functionality will be embedded in a wide range of products after a redesign of the AirMedia platform to implement authentication.

When asked about possible privacy issues, Bargetzi explained that a PinPoint beacon is simply an ID from a Bluetooth beacon that is received by an app that does not have to be used unless desired.  If the app is used, then the data is sent to Crestron Fusion, where it is associated to an actual location so the data from the PinPoint beacon is not valuable on its own, thus preserving the privacy of the app user.

In describing Crestron’s newest version of DigitalMedia 4K distribution, Bargetzi touted the continued ability to use a single CAT5 cable to send 4K signals.  This will allow dealers to retain the ability to work with existing infrastructure and will also keep cabling costs lower for DM implementation when distributing 4K signals.

On the issues of “frontline” support personnel inferior knowledge levels relative to Master Programmers, and Crestron Studio’s soft release strategy, which was seen as an incomplete product, Bargetzi acknowledged the validity some of the criticisms made on these two subjects.

When asked about the absence of any mention of Simpl or VTPro, Bargetzi said that Crestron is not going to stop using Simpl, but the continued development of Crestron Studio may someday warrant a change when Studio is ready.  I suggested that if Crestron Studio had all the same functionality as Simpl and VTPro, then moving to Studio would not be considered an issue.

Other items on the Crestron Roadmap

  • Transition from Windows CE to Linux
  • Transition from Smart Graphics to HTML 5
  • Power conditioners that will allow remote reboots
  • The use of AI (Alexa) with control systems
  • An HTML 5 version of the Crestron App that will be freely available
  • AirMedia embedded in most DM products in the future
  • Pinpoint beacons embedded in most products in the future
  • Full USB implementation with the DM-NVX products
  • Making commercial versions of Pyng and My Crestron products
  • Implementing Dynamic Drivers for equipment
  • Self-contained Unified Communications + AV + Management in Mercury conferencing products
  • Next Generation Touchpanel scheduling with scheduling natively built-in and the ability to connect directly to Exchange without Fusion implementation

The Registration for ISE 2017 Is On Us

ISE 2017, the latest edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show, takes place February 7-10 in Amsterdam. AVI-SPL will be there in the RAI at booth 11-A115 to showcase the managed services and integration capabilities that are helping businesses throughout Europe collaborate and communicate better than ever.

We will be in the Unified Communications section of the hall, near industry heavyweights like Polycom, Cisco, and Pexip. When you visit the AVI-SPL booth, ask about:

  • Demos of our managed services (including our Symphony platform and help desk)
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demonstrations
  • Our expansion with our new office in Frankfurt

Register before February 6 with code 912672 and get in the show free (a savings of €150).

Win When You See AVI-SPL at FETC

Join AVI-SPL in two weeks at FETC, the world’s largest expo of education technology products and services. We will be exhibiting there January 24 – 27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and we want to see you as well.

One of the highlights will be our SMART giveaway. Stop by our booth 242 for a demo of the SMART Board 6065 interactive flat panel enabled with kapp iQ™, and register to win one for your school.

We’ll also feature an Epson BrightLink interactive projector and a Copernicus 3-in-1 interactive easel, which is appropriate for PreK-3 students, including those with special needs.

Use promo code VND17 to save on your registration. Register here and we’ll see you in Orlando!

Improve Collaborative Workflows and Business Outcomes

You know Frost & Sullivan as the experts in industry analysis and consulting. This September 29, they are bringing their knowledge and clout to an online forum.

Join Frost & Sullivan and AVI SPL on September 29 at 11 am EST for a complimentary eBroadcast, as you will be one of the first to hear new research around enhanced visibility and actionable analytics that improve the Quality of Experience (QoE) across your conferencing and collaboration environment.

Join us and learn:

  • Frost & Sullivan market data on tactical benefits of conferencing features
  • How to monitor your entire conferencing domain from a single dashboard
  • Ways to collect actionable data to assess your collaboration technology performance

Two AVI-SPL experts will be on hand to share their insights and industry knowledge:

  • Joe Laezza, SVP of UCC and Service Solutions
  • Tim Riek, SVP of Service Operations

Visit www.frost.com/collaborativeworkflows for more details on this event. Don’t miss out on a great chance to learn and improve collaboration in your company.

Come to AVI-SPL Seattle Technology Day

Make plans to be in Seattle this September 21, 2016, because that’s where you’ll discover the latest developments in collaboration technology for businesses like yours.

We have a day of valuable information lined up for you, including:

  • Expert presentations on the Internet of Things and digital signage
  • Microsoft Surface Hub demos
  • Q&A session for your business challenges
  • Representatives from Christie, Cisco, Crestron, Milestone, NEC, Polycom, Samsung, and Sony
  • Prize drawings

If you’re an IT executive, chief technology or information officer, facility manager, or a director of operations, we think you’ll bring back a lot of great information insight to your company after attending this event.

Lunch will be provided.

Register for the Seattle Technology Day >