Crestron created a technology to solve complicated challenges of integrating digital AV systems into homes and commercial facilities. Now, the manufacturer wants to help guarantee that design, installation, and commissioning of these systems is performed in a reliable and repeatable way.
To accomplish this goal, Crestron has created a new HD Digital Transport and Distribution System Specification (HD-DTDS) and DigitalMedia Certification (DMC) program.
According to Crestron, HD-DTDS is a “roadmap” that defines the critical aspects of system design and installation that must be followed to assure reliable system performance. Written into the specification, only dealers with a DMC-E on staff will be qualified to bid on projects designed using the HD-DTDS. Earning a DMC-D and DMC-E, Crestron says, provides instant credibility for clients and value to design and installation companies.
If a project follows the DM-DTDS spec, then Crestron will guarantee its performance and fully support it for free. Anyone else who works on a DM system and needs support will have to pay for it.
“As an industry, we have a responsibility to the client. Crestron has invested tremendous resources–time and expense–to develop the technology and products to meet the new challenges of the digital era,” Crestron executive VP Randy Klein said. “Now we need to educate and certify our industry partners to make sure that these digital systems perform to the highest standards, so clients have the confidence to rely on all of us to deliver reliable solutions.”
There are two levels of DMC certification, Crestron says. The DMC-D track is a free one-day course that concludes with an exam that must be passed to earn certification, and is the prerequisite for DMC-E. A DM certified designer understands the fundamental differences between analog and digital systems and the unique design considerations needed to ensure reliable operation.
DMC-E continues for two more days building upon the DMC-D class. This three-day program details every aspect of system installation and commissioning. DM certified engineers demonstrate proficiency in system setup, diagnostics, testing and reporting. Only a DMC-E is equipped to fully execute and support a DM project.
For more information about Crestron DigitalMedia Certification, go to www.crestron.com/dmcertification.