Category Control systems

At Crestron Masters, a Focus on Programming

Today’s post on the Crestron Masters event is written by David Thorson, AVI-SPL’s senior manager for programming architecture. David’s a recognized expert within the AV industry, and I think you’ll enjoy his thoughts below.

This year’s Crestron Masters took place off the beaten path in Rye Brook, NY, at the Doral Arrowwood Resort. Those that remembered the fog that descended at the start of last year’s Crestron Masters appreciated the fair weather that got us off to a good start. The highlight for me was the extra event “AVI-SPL Masters” that took place when Crestron Masters concluded, more about that later.*

I was pleased to see Crestron continue with the format they instituted last year. Attendees were free to sign up for classes that interested them or delve into topics to challenge their abilities. There were also the core sessions that everyone attends, allowing Crestron to level set important technology, such as Crestron PinPoint™ and Crestron Fusion®, and focus on areas that will improve delivery, such as network streaming and deploying narrow RF (2.4 GHz) among WiFi rich environments.

The banner topic this year was Crestron Fusion, with five individual courses to choose from. Crestron is expanding this enterprise management software to the cloud and focusing more on IoT style workflows and features. We heard again and again, “no more secrets.” This message resonates on many levels, one of which is about the features and project requirements of deployments. Another level is about the best practices to ensure that end users can reap the benefits Crestron Fusion has to offer. This will be an exciting year for Crestron Fusion as we explore the integration features and benefits with customers in much deeper ways.

This year Crestron offered a programming challenge to those that wanted to participate. It turned out to be a fun exercise and let us focus on of the primary reasons we attend: programming.

With regard to programming courses, Crestron offered a new class focused on introducing object-oriented programming concepts. There was more content diving deeper into SIMPL# and SIMPL# Pro. I commend Crestron on providing the platform and tools to enable the AV programming experts to grow their skill set. Bringing true object-oriented programming to mainstream AV will have its challenges, but the benefits are immense. I think the AV programmers are quickly approaching a crossroads where each person will need to decide if they are up for challenge of developing software or deploying configurable systems in the field.

In total, an impressive 650 certified programmers turned out for the event spanning three days. The awards ceremony for Diamond master programmers was new. Crestron also recognized Platinum, Gold, and Silver master programmers.

As Crestron concluded the event they opened the floor to hear from the attendees in an open forum. This always generates feedback, collaboration, and news about features and products that may be just around the corner. It’s hard to say how Crestron will rank the requests back at HQ, a few hot button items generated fanfare from the audience, so I hope that carries back to the develop roadmap. Attendees discussed enhancements to the DMPS-3 Series firmware and changes to the touch panel development application, known as VTPro-E.

Crestron Masters 2016 is not over yet. The EMEA event held in Amsterdam begins on May 17th.

Thank you Crestron for continually improving the Masters event each year. From the registration, logistics, courses, instructors, and everything that goes on behind the scenes, we appreciate the hard work. See you again next year!

*Stay tuned to hear about the “AVI-SPL Masters” that brought together 32 Certified Crestron Programmers.

Why You Should Listen to this Talk on Workplace Transformation

Combine changing demographics, what-I-want, when-I-want-it technology trends, and new ways of thinking about work, and you have the forces that are shaping what is being talked about as “workplace transformation.”

The term carries a considerable weight — its two words implicitly promising something better than the cubicle farms that are a shorthand for the worst of office culture.

The good news is that with a little determination, unity of focus, and technology, we don’t have to settle for that kind of culture. And even a passing familiarity with business trends will confirm that plenty of businesses have evolved.

For our recent webinar on workplace transformation, representatives from Cisco and AMX by Harman offered their thoughts on why work is changing and talked about the technologies their companies specialize in and what they do to create environments where we can collaborate with those in and outside of the office.

In less than an hour, you’ll learn about the video collaboration and networked AV technology that is making it possible to create workplaces that are responsive to your needs, and to the needs of your colleagues. Some of the topics our speakers address include:

  • Importance of video collaboration
  • What is meant by a connected workplace
  • Technology that engages visitors
  • Advantages of networked AV
  • Solutions by Cisco and AMX that make improvements possible

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Webinar Recording: Adding Value AV to Corporate IT

Crestron’s Michael Turner explains how Crestron systems like Fusion and .AV Framework are helping organizations take IT-based control of their meeting spaces so they can improve workflow, and increase productivity and efficiency.

By the end of this brief webinar you’ll have a better understanding of how Crestron helps with delivering a consistent experience that is managed, repeatable, and scalable.

On the agenda
• Crestron Certified Designs
• Huddle rooms
• The new paradigm in workspaces

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About the Presenter
Michael Turner is Crestron’s Market Development Manager for the Florida and Caribbean markets. He’s been Involved in the electronics industry since 1990, and has worked with Crestron as a dealer and directly since 1994. Michael is from New York City, and lives in Winter Garden, FL.

The New Era in AV Control

Working with our experts affords me the opportunity to appreciate how talented they are, and how dedicated they are to their profession. In this case, I’m thinking of David Thorson, AVI-SPL’s senior manager of programming architecture.

David has spoken before about what companies should expect from an AV system and how they can protect their investment. In the paper “Simpler, Automated, IT-Friendly: The New Era in AV Control,” he explores advances in AV programming and what AVI-SPL is doing to make sure users of all experience levels can easily make use of a room’s AV and video.

Find out where AV programming is today and what that means for businesses that rely on audiovisual systems.

Download David’s look at the new era in AV system control.

What to Expect From Today’s AV Control Systems

Audio-video control programming makes it possible to manage a variety of systems from a single touch panel. Simplicity remains the guiding principle as programmers expand their talents to accommodate BYOD, unified communications, and users with a range of technology comfort levels.

The following AVI-SPL tech paper explains how today’s AV control programmers are responding to the changing workplace by:

  • Helping IT staff manage AV equipment from a central location
  • Meeting the needs of network-centric environments
  • Empowering BYOD in the meeting space and beyond

This is a must-read for any organization that relies on AV and collaboration technology.

Download “Simpler, Automated, IT-Friendly: The New Era in AV Control” >