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Crestron Brings Professional Videoconferencing Home

Leverages its enterprise-AV tech and residential automation experience to the home office.

In today’s work-from-home and learn-from-home environment, everyone in the family needs their own space to work, learn, and socialize. People want a streamlined experience that naturally blends with the way they live. Crestron leverages its expertise in both enterprise AV technology and home automation to help dealers deliver professional-grade home conferencing experiences.

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In May, the company introduced HomeTime, which is a unification of the Logitech MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine that seamlessly integrates with Crestron control to deliver the optimal Zoom Rooms experience.

Crestron also has the Home Desktop solution, which brings enterprise UC technology to the home office as an all-in-one conferencing solution that fits on a desk. It includes a four-microphone array, speaker, touch screen, wireless hub, USB/HDM, and Bluetooth. The system offers universal web conferencing — it works with Microsoft Teams, Zoom Rooms, Slack, Google meet, or whatever is running on the laptop or mobile device.

A very cool feature of Home Desktop is the Indicator, which is a light that mounts on the wall and can tell everyone in your home when you are on a videoconference. A wireless, two-button switch sits discreetly on the desk. When the light is turned on, it illuminates in red to let the family know you’re on a call, then it turns off when the call ends. This solution can be an add-on to an existing 3-Series Crestron Home system, or it can be added as a standalone system with a simple processor.

On the resimerical side, Crestron has announced Crestron Flex MM, a compact audio- and videoconferencing solution and tabletop meeting and collaboration system. With native Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms software, Crestron Flex MM is ideal for newly converted or dedicated small workspaces both in the corporate office and the home office.

Organizations must be flexible and agile when addressing evolving workplace needs in the Covid-19 work era. Crestron Flex MM brings quality tabletop videoconferencing to small spaces while delivering one-touch connectivity in a compact footprint. The device features a sleek design with a 40 percent reduction in size.

Work from anywhere has become a widely accepted concept and even those returning to an office are redefining collaboration and finding new ways to connect with colleagues, partners, and customers — whether hours away or simply in the office next door. The new office perk is access to videoconferencing and collaboration technology, as employers seek ways to encourage interaction and support productivity. Crestron forecasts that as companies migrate former huddle spaces into hotel spaces for workers and convert conference rooms into dedicated small team workspaces or management offices, investment in smaller footprint but high-performance UC devices that bring enterprise-level professional audio and video conferencing solutions to all working environments will increase.

“The pandemic has dramatically shifted the way we work and the spaces we work in,” says Andrew Gross, director, UC Enterprise at Crestron. “Microsoft Teams and Zoom are household names, huddle rooms and conference spaces are being redefined to team units, and our desks are overrun with migratory devices that are never ready for the next video call. Crestron is quickly engineering products to solve these problems. The future of work is in Crestron’s DNA and solutions such as Crestron Flex MM demonstrate our continuous innovation in enterprise technology that allows people to work efficiently and effectively from anywhere.”

The system features:

  • Native support for Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms
  • A simple, consistent user experience with one-touch to join meetings
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • 10-foot/3 meters mic pick-up range
  • Ultra wide-angle HD camera with 150-degree diagonal field of view
  • Enterprise-grade network security
  • Remotely provision, control, and manage

A certified partner of both Microsoft Teams and Zoom, Crestron features a range of enterprise grade UC solutions for the evolving work from anywhere workforce.

The Crestron Flex MM 30 will be available on August 31, 2020 with three different options, including the audioconference-only for Microsoft Teams (UC-MM30-TA) with an advertised price of $750; the videoconferencing models for Microsoft Teams (UC-MM30-T); and Zoom Rooms (UC-MM30-Z) with an advertised price of $3000.

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