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Crestron at InfoComm Part 2

 

InfoCommPost2InfoComm15 was a huge success for Crestron! Our 9,000-square-foot-booth was surrounded by people interested in our new products and solutions. We won many prestigious awards, wowed tradeshow goers, and impressed attendees with how quickly we’re shaping the AV industry with the best solutions on the market.

The excitement continued off the showroom floor as we celebrated the first successful day at InfoComm with our annual customer appreciation party at the Hard Rock Live® Orlando. We believe our customers who help shape the Crestron community deserve only the best. What better way to honor them than providing a rocking good time with great food, drinks, and live music from Sammy Hagar and The Circle?

Crestron Media Booth Tour

Kicking off day two at InfoComm15, we held a media booth tour before the show officially opened to everyone. During this tour, members of the press experienced an exclusive showing and presentation of all the new products and solutions, some including Fusion InSite™, the PinPoint™ Mobile App, Crestron .AV Framework™, and DM® 3.0. To see everything at our booth, check out the video below for a full tour.

 

Quick tour of the Crestron Booth from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

Merging AV and IT

New trends in social computing and technology are pushing the merge of AV systems and IT organizations to become a unified communications infrastructure. Robert Haley, Director of Marketing at Compunetix, moderated an IMCCA panel that featured Crestron Technology Manager of Unified Communications, Joe Sarrasin, who addressed the driving forces of our industry today:

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  • HD video adoption
  • Mobility
  • Lower cost technologies
  • Cloud services
  • Margin pressure
  • Complexity of the solution
  • Increased competition

He also spoke about three Crestron turnkey unified communication solution packages. Each package is meant for different sized rooms, from huddle spaces to large conference rooms. Driven by the Crestron RL™ 2 System Codec, the packages include the TS-1051-C touch screen, cables and mounting hardware, a camera, a sound bar and a USB mic or an all-in-one speakerphone. As for replacing existing systems or custom building a new one, Crestron offers an Integrator Kit driven by the Crestron RL 2 System Codec and includes the TS-1051-C touch screen and mounting brackets. For these solutions, Crestron hardware is combined with Skype® for Business for a flawless videoconferencing experience.

 

Unified Communications from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

A+ Partner Summit

Crestron hosted an A+ Partner Summit uniting Crestron experts and professionals from colleges and universities to talk about campus-wide digital integration to create the ‘modern classroom.’ Crestron talked about DM 3.0 and the requirements you should have when designing and purchasing a system, as well as Crestron Fusion®, which manages the technology and environments across the campus. Crestron Senior Product Manager, Robert Carter, spoke about and demonstrated Crestron .AV Framework, the new operating system to standardize AV on a single IP-based platform. College and university representatives spoke about the transformation of classrooms using SIMPL# Pro to program an entire campus and Active Directory to authenticate instructors, so Capture HD® can instantly deliver files to Blackboard®.  

AV Framework – the new Crestron OS from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

BeTerrific with Vincent Bruno

Vin Bruno BeTerrificCrestron Director of Customer Experience, Vincent Bruno, joined BeTerrific for a live interview on digital signage and Crestron. During the interview, he talks about how Crestron switchers, distribution amplifiers, scalers, and control processors allow flexibility and control by routing sources from a smart phone or tablet to display digital signage. He also mentions the Crestron HQ Experience Center, which displays a 3x3 video wall routed simultaneously in different formats, such as 4K and 1080p. One amazing digital signage feature at InfoComm, an 8.3 million pixel 4K display, was driven entirely by Crestron DigitalMedia™ 4K products.

Preparing for the Changing Workplace

The IMCCA hosted a panel with presentations about how to prepare for the changing workplace. Going from paper to digital, IT, HR, and facilities are collaborating to enable employee productivity and interaction. To do so, managers need to reconfigure the workplace by providing employees with easy-to-use tools. The panel included Crestron Director of Unified Communications, Michael Goldman, as well as representatives from Cisco®, Polycom®, and others. They addressed audience concerns, such as how to make workplace technology easy to use and reliable.  Michael explained the relevance of workspace technology and how solutions like DM 3.0, .AV Framework, and Crestron Fusion are intuitive, reliable, and easy to use. Crestron presentation switchers are ready to go right out of the box with no training or manuals necessary. .AV Framework ensures the same user experience everywhere in the building and communicates with Crestron Fusion, so the people responsible for managing the software can keep it running smoothly.

Awards

Throughout the years, we put in endless hard work and dedication to provide the best solutions on the market. All of our hard work paid off at InfoComm15 after we won more awards than we have in previous years, a grand total of fifteen by the show’s closing! We are thrilled that our DM products and solutions were the big winners, including winning three ‘Best of Show’ awards:

Sound & Video Contractor Best of Show InfoComm Awards

AV Technology Best of Show Awards

Government Video Best of Show Awards

The Government Video Best of Show Award recognizes outstanding products exhibited at InfoComm. This year, Crestron received accolades for the following product:

For the complete list of awards, click here

Crestron at InfoComm15

 

describe the imageInfoComm15 is finally here and Crestron is proud to showcase its latest and greatest technology. We’ve been exhibiting at InfoComm since it began.  We are a Platinum Sponsor and an integral part of the show -- driving technology in 19 partner booths, including Microsoft®, participating in the keynote address and UC discussion panels, as well as demonstrating the most innovative and cutting edge technology. For those who couldn’t attend this year’s InfoComm in Orlando, FL, get frequent updates on our Facebook® and Twitter® and check out our live feed here.


InfoComm kicked off on Tuesday with an opening keynote on the Internet of Things, which was led by noted journalist and author Nick Bilton of The New York Times.  The keynote featured a group of thought leaders in technology, including our CTO Fred Bargetzi, and they discussed the impact of IoT for the commercial AV industry. 

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Day One, June 17

At this year’s InfoComm, we are welcoming attendees with an array of featured new products ranging from the Crestron PinPoint™ Mobile App, to the DGE-100 and DM-DGE-200-C multi-format video processors, and Fusion InSite™ 3D visualization, among many others.  Covered wall-to-wall in all of our new products, Crestron’s booth is ready for attendees to learn what it means to be in complete control of your enterprise.  Check out the video below and watch our booth transform for InfoComm:

InfoComm 2015 Booth Build from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

Crestron Consultant Summit

crestron consultant summitThe Crestron Consultant Summit was an event held exclusively for AV consultants to learn about new solutions and what’s trending among new IT clients. Hosted by Crestron’s CTO, Fred Bargetzi covers new concepts and products being presented at InfoComm. He discussed the industry changing solutions such as the Internet of Things, the fast paced environment of the AV industry, and enterprise management solutions. 

Chris Morning, Director of Client Technologies Global IT at Coca-Cola® Company, was a guest speaker at the summit and presented about how technology changed the way the company does business.

 

Awards

During the first day of InfoComm, Crestron and its products were recognized and presented with 12 awards. These prestigious awards include:

rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards

  • Favorite Systems Product: Crestron DigitalMedia™
  • Favorite Control System Manufacturer: Crestron

rAVe Top-10 New Products to See at InfoComm

  • Crestron Digital Graphics Engine 200/Crestron Digital Graphics Engine 100

SCN/InfoComm Installation Product Awards

  • Most Innovative Video Processing: Switching, routing, transport, image management and control: Crestron 4K Input Card for DM® Switchers
  • Most Innovative Commercial AV Automation/Show Control: Crestron 3-Series® 4K DigitalMedia Presentation System 150 with .AV Framework™

Commercial Integrator® BEST Awards

  • Matrix Switchers: 3-Series DigitalMedia Presentation System 300
  • Specialty AV Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders: DM Ultra Cable
  • Touch Screens: 5.7’ Wireless Touch Screen
  • Universal Remote Controls: Handheld Touch Screen Remote
  • Video Scalers: 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & room Controller w/Scaler
  • Video Wall Solutions: 4K DigitalMedia Receiver & room Controller w/Scaler

Government Video Best of Show Award

  • DM-RMC-4K-100-C

 

 

 

 

Crestron and HDCP 2.x: A Product Priority

 

crestron4k certifiedWhen HDMI® hit the market, we were all introduced to the trials and tribulations of dealing with HDCP. 2K video and HDCP have been smooth sailing for a while, and along comes 4K and HDCP 2.2.

What does this mean for professional distributed video systems? So far, nothing just yet. There’s very little content that is protected by 2.2, but Crestron isn’t waiting. We are implementing HDCP 2.2 in all of our new 4K products.


The Low Down

To protect digital media, Intel® created HDCP, high-bandwidth digital content protection. With digital media constantly changing, content providers decided to step it up a notch with the latest form of copy protection, HDCP 2.2. It is designed to provide better copy protection mechanisms than HDCP 1.x (which wasn’t very strong) and is intended to be used for 4K content.

Licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC, HDCP 2.2 is backwards compatible so you can run HDCP 1.x content over a link that supports HDCP 2.2. The version only matters if you have high value content that requires 2.2 for the entire signal path. If 2.2 isn’t present for the entire signal path, you won’t get a picture.

In today’s world, we are really talking about theory, not reality. There is only one AV source on the market that requires HDCP 2.2, the Sony FMP-X10 media player (which is built by a company that runs movie studios). 4K Blu-Ray™ displays are in the works, but aren’t expected to be ready until Christmas time this year, at the earliest. Many of the early 4K displays (especially those sold in 2013) lack HDCP 2.2 support so they will not be able to access any content that requires HDCP 2.2 protection.

Crestron Adheres to 2.2

In order to distribute HDCP 2.2 protected content, the entire signal chain from source to display must support it, including any transmitters, input and output cards, and receivers. All of Crestron’s current and latest 4K endpoints, card-based switchers, and cables support HDCP 2.2. Because the modular DigitalMedia™ switchers (8x8, 16x16 and higher) have all been designed for future proofing, the chassis already supports HDCP 2.2.

If you already own DigitalMedia™ 2K products, Crestron makes it easy to upgrade to HDCP 2.2 compatible products by simply swapping input and output cards.

With the constant evolution of technology, Crestron is ready and able to support our customers and product installations in the field. Crestron will do whatever it takes to support 4K viewing with the most complete line of 2.2 compatible Crestron products and solutions for the ultimate media viewing experience.

For more information on 4K products and DigitalMedia, contact Crestron’s True Blue support and sales offices located all around the world at 1-888-CRESTRON (273-7876). 

 

Microsoft® Showcases Crestron Pyng™ at Computex Taipei 2015 Keynote Address

 

crestron pyng during microsoft keynote at computex taipeiCrestron Pyng among connected devices applauded for enhancing lifestyle and increasing productivity

This week during the Microsoft keynote address at Computex Taipei 2015, the largest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trade show in Asia, Microsoft Vice President of Worldwide OEM, Nick Parker featured Crestron Pyng in his presentation about the Internet of Things (IoT). Parker discussed the benefits of connected devices and solutions like these to help make our lives easier and more productive, and help both individuals and businesses save time and money.

Parker went on to outline Microsoft’s strategy and business opportunities the Windows® platform creates for partners, such as Crestron, and showcased a range of the latest innovations of hardware on stage during the keynote.crestron pyng during microsoft keynote at computex taipei

Parker noted in a Microsoft blog post, “We also featured Crestron Pyng, elegant home automation technology that utilizes Azure™ IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems, so that everything works together intelligently to make life easier.”

Crestron Pyng was released in late 2014 and has been wildly popular among residential integrators and homeowners. It's the innovative new home automation platform that enables set up and control in just a few easy steps right from the iPad®.

crestron pyng at computex taipei

Technology integrators can rapidly create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more without ever opening a laptop. Crestron Pyng also empowers homeowners to confidently make changes to their scenes, settings, and even system schedules right from the app. Pyng makes your smart home even smarter by learning how technology is used so the system can be tailored to seamlessly blend with any lifestyle and save energy.


Computex Taipei 2015 welcomed the top ICT innovators and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world who gathered to showcase the most advanced and innovative products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.

Read more about the Microsoft keynote event here.

To learn more about Crestron Pyng, visit www.crestron.com/crestronpyng.  

Evan’s Observations: Crestron App Now for Apple Watch™

 

 

After spending a long weekend with a 38MM stainless steel Apple Watch™, I started off a little skeptical about how a device like this might fit into life, either as a cool gadget, or functional tool. Based off of my personal use of the watch, here is my experience and reaction to wearable technology.  

Pairing

Crestron Apple Watch Active Web2The initial sync doesn’t make it clear what’s happening, and took about 30 minutes to get all of my relevant data over to the watch.As usual, the packaging was perfect and the watch came about 85 percent charged. When I started the pairing process, I noticed the watch has a “point cloud” floating around on the screen. All you do is point the iPhone® camera at the watch and voila, it’s paired.  Whether or not the point cloud conveys some sort of information to the device, it appears amazing.

 

The First Hours

The watch is constantly off and it was a little awkward getting used to the gesture to wake it up.  This is especially noticeable when I’m sitting at my desk reading a document and want to see the time. With a regular watch, it’s easy. With the Apple Watch, I have to do some strange wrist gesture to turn the display on. Driving home, I realized that the same motion that I used to turn my car to the right is the gesture that the watch is looking for to turn on, resulting in the watch being on for most my ride home.  It didn’t appear to impact the battery too severely.

The battery is a special concern for me and I can’t help but worry if it will last for a full day.  My first few days of testing this device resulted in using it far more than I normally would.  I recognize my abnormally high use right now, but I still can’t help but monitor the draining battery life. The good news is that the watch charges remarkably fast and I was able to go from about 35 percent to 95 percent in under an hour. 

 

Notifications/Reminders

Unless you cull the list of notifications going to the watch, your wrist will feel like everyone who walks by is tapping it.  Because I went through the effort of picking the things that could get to my wrist, I know it’s something important I want to see quickly; the watch allows me to do that – quick wrist flip, I have an appointment in 15 minutes, wrist down, done.

 

Crestron and the Watch

This is where we get to what it means for Crestron.  I won’t be hyperbolic and say that our watch solution will define the future of the company, but I would go as far to say, the kinds of things I want to show up on my watch are the kinds of things that will shape the future of our business.  This is an opportunity for us to leverage our technology and make homeowners feel more connected to their homes:

  • It looks like you’re headed home, do you want me to turn the lights on? <Welcome Home!/Dismiss>
  • You left without turning off the AC, should I take care of it? <Do it!/Dismiss>
  • Its bedtime, turn down the heat? <Cool me off/Dismiss>
  • Your son just got home. <Dismiss>
  • The basement light has been on for 3 days. <Turn it off./Dismiss>

Final Notes

Apple® sold millions of these devices and people are going to expect that we do something smart with them so that their watch can have value.  I believe it’s up to us to make devices like this valuable through higher level intelligence that we gather through our technology.  Highly personal devices like the watch are the future of smart homes and connected home-owners.

THE GREEN LIGHT: LightFair® 2015 Overview

 

We at Crestron extend a special thank you to all those who visited and spent time at our booth during LightFair International 2015 in New York City. We had an amazing time meeting everyone and sharing information.  


Throughout the conference, a full curriculum of lighting and design education, from lighting basics to advanced lighting control system designs, was presented. The expo showcased more new and exciting lighting products and technologies than ever before! Many attendees told us they are focused on getting the most out of LED fixtures, such as energy efficiency, proper dimming, and color temperature adjustments. Of course, this led to a lot of questions about how to navigate all the different types of lighting control systems. 

Kizoa slideshow: LIGHTFAIR 15 SLIDESHOW - Slideshow

We know it was a lot to see and learn, so with LightFair all wrapped up, we’d like to share some highlights.  We showcased a game-changing approach to lighting control system design, where all you need to know are the needs of the space, nothing more. No more wading through technical specifications or dealing with complex programming!


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This breakthrough solution is Crestron SpaceBuilder and the reaction from attendees was overwhelming!  We demonstrated how SpaceBuilder dramatically reduces the time required to complete each phase of a lighting control project. Attendees were wowed that a lighting control system could be designed so easily, and in the same way that fixtures are specified – for any size space.
Here are just a few of the SpaceBuilder advantages:

  • Quotes and submittals are complete in record time
  • Each system ships complete in one box
  • Pre-programmed for fast commissioning and startup
  • Each space can be networked for seamless integration

 

 

We also showed our simple to use online filter  that allows you to select the optimal SpaceBuilder system for your lighting design. These systems were all on display at our booth – here are a few highlighted system video demos from the show floor:

  • GLPYNG: Wireless lighting control system for small and medium spaces that is perfect for retrofit spaces
  • GLDALI: Ideal for medium to large spaces that need flexibility to reconfigure zones, adjust color temperature, or control ambient and task lighting within the same space
  • GLDMX: Ideal for controlling both DMX and architectural lighting scenarios in applications such as lobbies, exteriors, banquet halls, restaurants and entertainment venues. This is also designed for small to medium sized theaters or auditoriums.
  • GLPAC: Ideal for medium sized spaces needing switching and dimming that require expansion modules, touch screens, additional sensors, shade, and AV integration.
Crestron Fusion® Site View
We also unveiled our latest advancement in Crestron Fusion Enterprise Management Software. Site View  provides multi-layered, 360-degree 3D visualization of a building and all the spaces within. You can easily monitor the status of any space and quickly take control if necessary. From a web browser you can:
  • View the entire structure or spaces floor by floor – even adjacent spaces, such as parking lots
  • View based on status, occupancy, lights on or off, and more
  • Pan, rotate, and zoom structures and spaces
  • Take action based on live data collected by Crestron Fusion
  • Take immediate control of spaces  - turn lights on or off, or enable/disable occupancy sensors and photocells
Check out the video of Crestron Fusion Site View from our show, below.

Free Training Course
With the overall success of the Crestron booth at LightFair International 2015, Crestron wants to make LightFair last all year long by providing you with the opportunity to register for a free, two day Specifier Training Course at our headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ. These courses are given all year long to help you learn how to design lighting control systems quickly and easily. Crestron is always ready to help you design the right control system based on the needs of the space you are designing and luminaires you have selected. Contact cls@crestron.com to find out how you can get enrolled.

Crestron App for Apple Watch™: Home Automation at Your Wrist

 

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Imagine you’ve just finished your typical morning run. As you approach your front steps, you realize you forgot to take your keys with you. What’s worse, you have a mandatory appointment in just 45 minutes. A wave of panic sets in. In that same moment, you remember that you just recently downloaded the Crestron app for your new Apple Watch™, which you’re wearing to track how many calories you burned on your run. Crisis over. You unlock the front door by navigating through your ‘home’ preset and adjust the house settings with ease.

The Crestron app for iPhone® now supports Apple Watch and is currently available in the App Store™. The app helps simplify home automation in many ways and makes forgetting your house keys a stress-free experience. The app provides you with convenience and comfort, giving you:

The best part about the app? Like all your other Crestron solutions, it allows for smooth and easy integration with your Crestron home control system, offering you a flawless, personalized experience, with the ability to monitor and control everything in your home, such as door locks, lights, and temperature.

What makes the Crestron App for Apple Watch different from using the Crestron app on your iPhone or Android™? Instead of having to get out of your seat to grab your phone or search through the couch cushions for your handheld remote, you can do everything from the watch that fits comfortably on your wrist. Easily change TV channels, adjust the volume, and more with the perfect hands-free device right there on your wrist, whenever you need it.

Simplify your life with the Crestron app that now supports Apple Watch, making ’easy’ your only option. Check out a short clip of the new app, below.

The Green Light - Summer 2014 Edition

 
The Green Light - Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Table of Contents

  1. Time to Show What We Can Do
  2. Product Highlight - DALI Expansion Modules for Switching and Dimming
  3. Product Highlight - Advanced Occupancy Sensor
  4. Product Highlight - Wireless Daylight Sensor
  5. Product Highlight - Universal Dimming Module
  6. LightFair Quote
  7. Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!
  8. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  9. Greenbuild® Expo
  10. Resources

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LightFair 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s LightFair in Las Vegas! By all accounts, this year was an especially great conference and exposition.

But we also know that it’s tough to make it to every event in our industry and that you have to pick and choose where you can go – usually based on what you can really get out of it. Believe it or not, manufacturers also have this same quandary. While we exhibit at a lot of lighting shows, conferences and events; sometimes it is just as important for us to experience the show as attendees. We were lucky to have this opportunity at this year’s Light + Building Expo in Frankfurt, where Crestron was both an exhibitor and an attendee.

LightFair Welcome

This event is by far the largest in our industry – from expansive displays of unique lighting fixtures to integrated building technologies featuring the latest in conservation and energy reduction. There was tremendous interest in the Crestron booth, where we showcased how integrated control systems are invaluable in getting the most out of lighting design and building automation.

Crestron Booth 1  Crestron Booth 2 Crestron Booth 3

But we were also able to experience the show as attendees, taking in nine different halls of lighting innovation from around the world. From the industry’s drive to use renewable resources more efficiently, to the flexibility afforded by open standards, it was clear exhibitors were focused on solutions that leverage integrated and scalable building control solutions. And of course there was a universe of amazing LED fixtures to explore!

LED Fixture Example 1  LED Fixture Example 4

LED Fixture Example 2    LED Fixture Example 3

Artistic use of LED from Light Building 2014 from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

What I quickly realized as an “attendee” at the show, was that the array of products and different solutions available is really overwhelming. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “how do specifiers sort through all the options available and make sense of it all?” I really took it as my charge to learn what Crestron can do better as an “exhibitor” to make sure attendees walk away knowing why Crestron “makes sense” for them for every application—from technology, to product selection, to specification tools, to world-class support. 

The answer I arrived at is actually pretty simple. We need to be a better partner for lighting specifiers. That means:

  • Provide better education for specifiers: such as with our training coursesand hand's-on demonstrations in our experience centers and showrooms

  • Develop easier tools to navigate the selection and design of lighting control systems such as with Autodesk Revit® or AutoCAD® software 

  • Speed the design of lighting control systems with a professional hotline for all specifier questions - whether all you need is a quick one-line, a full submittal package, or a BOM and quote quickly.

  • Provide comprehensive testing of new LED fixtures to ensure they will dim properly

But the great part of industry events — it isn’t all work! We also got to have some fun in downtown Frankfurt as we checked out many of the Luminale installations. Throughout the city – inside churches, in public spaces, buildings and bridges – light is used as a medium to bring sculptures, installations and demonstrations by artists, architects and designers to life. Our camera was overloaded with images and videos of these “light happenings,” such as this one:

Orkhestra Luminale Day & Night

Luminale light installation from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.

This piece transformed LED lights into something organic and alive. Between the shapes and the movement of light, the interplay of moving color with changing intensity, the experience was not only hypnotic, but also strangely soothing. Seeing inspiring installations such as this helped us realize that our luminaire partners are such a big part of what we do at Crestron. And it’s why we decided to bring working fixtures to our future events to allow attendees to experience what lighting control offers.

This is the thought process that led us to our booth at LightFair this year. While we have many new products that help round out a lighting control solution, we presented them in really easy to understand demonstrations. We grouped products together so that a specifier could quickly see that, while there are many different technologies that could be used in one type of application, the simplest solution is often the best.

Visitors were able to see everything from how to put together a simple switching solution, to the seemingly unlimited ways to group and control open floor plans with DALI. We worked with a variety of fixture partners to ensure that we had unique and appropriate fixtures working live as part of each of our demonstrations. Across the booth, attendees were able to interact with our systems and interfaces on their own—a feature which garnered excellent feedback from all.

Keep reading to see what else we did and learn about the key technologies and products we showcased this year!

LightFair Booth 1 LightFair Booth 2
Simple Switching Solutions LightFair Booth 3 Distributed Solutions

Didn’t make it to LightFair this year? Take a quick tour of our booth.



Product Spotlight

New Product Highlights from LightFair

 LightFair Booth 2014                          

One of our new series of expansion modules that makes DALI systems even more flexible to include a non-DALI load, eliminating the need for long wire runs and large modules just to connect a non DALI load with a distant control source. The series includes models for universal dimming, 3-wire dimming, 0-10V dimming, and switching.   GL-EXP-SW-DALI     
One of two new advanced sensors that deliver accurate and reliable sensing that can be easily set up and adjusted from the floor with an IR remote the perfect accessory for our single or multiple room lighting control systems. Learn more about these sensors and how they make a simple, single room lighting control system even better.    GLS-ODT-C-NS    
Wireless, battery powered photocell that complements our commercial wireless portfolio designed not only to avoid control wires, but also eliminate the need for electrical wires.    GLS-LDL-EX-BATT    
As part of a complete Crestron® lighting system, the 8 channel universal dimmer module, CLX-2DIMU8, provides 8 channels of dimming for both forward and reverse phase type loads.    CLX-2DIMU8    

Read more about our announcements at LightFair

Learn how these products help you meet new code requirements as part of a lighting control system in our Commercial Lighting Control Specifier class or we'll come to you! Schedule a lunch and learn with one of our representatives by calling 855-644-7643.
 



LightFair Quote

"At Crestron, we understand the design challenges inherent in every project from a basic, single room switching solution to campus-wide integrated energy management and demand response systems. Our goal is to make life easier for lighting specifiers and to help them meet code requirements by providing user-friendly systems that can be easily commissioned and installed."

- Brian Daley, Crestron Vice President Sales, Commercial Lighting



People & Places

Lumen IESNYC 2014 Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!

We especially want to congratulate Arup for winning the Lumen Award of Excellence - the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural applications - for their lighting design in the Parrish Art Museum. Crestron technology was used to provide curators with the sophisticated lighting, HVAC and AV controls necessary in each gallery to showcase and preserve the museum's stunning collection of art.

"It's beautiful, simple, well executed and plays against light and dark. It solves the concerns of seeing art in natural light and makes you feel as if you are viewing works of art in an outside setting." 
- Lumen Awards Jury

Read the full story about the lighting integration and see a video tour of the museum


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

Our revamped 2-day specifier training course makes it even easier to learn what makes Crestron Commercial Lighting Control different and how to start specifying immediately. Based on an application approach, you’ll learn how Crestron products outperform in any situation, from a single room to a fully networked solution. At the end, you’ll walk away with skills and tools you need to start designing your own systems.

We invite all lighting specifiers, lighting designers, architects and electrical engineers to email cls@crestron.com for more information and to sign up for this course.

Get the brochure with the full agenda and class schedule


Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild® Expo

Oct. 22 - Oct. 24, 2014
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
Booth #807

Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in New Orleans, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.

With so much to see and do, you can't miss the excitement and energy of Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans.

Learn more


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©2014 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

The Green Light - Tapping the Full Potential of LEDs

 
The Green Light - Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Table of Contents

  1. Tapping the full potential of LEDs
  2. Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors
  3. Customer Quote
  4. Greenbuild® Expo
  5. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  6. LED Specifier Summit
  7. Strategies in Light 2014
  8. Resources

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Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Tapping the full potential of LEDs

Thanks to their excellent illumination, long life, white light quality, safety, and energy efficiency, most experts agree that LEDs will be the dominant lighting technology moving forward. But, I think designers, architects, and engineers will be surprised to learn how much more LEDs can do for their clients when paired with the right drivers, dimmers, and controls.

  • MORE Energy Savings
    LEDs are infinitely dimmable and controllable, offering even more energy savings. When you utilize dimming and controls, you ensure fixtures emit less heat over time, increasing energy savings and prolonging the lifecycle of LED lamps. 

   

Great primer of LED Lighting Terminology

  • MORE Intelligent Automation
    When LED controls are integrated with sensing controls, the result is a daylight harvesting solution that automatically optimizes light levels throughout the day with no adverse impact on the comfort of users within a space.
     

  • MORE Lighting Customization
    More is learned everyday about the science and application of adjusting light sources to enhance people’s moods, improve productivity, regulate Circadian rhythms and more. LEDs provide the unprecedented ability to dynamically adjust the temperature (or color) of the light in a space, significantly enhancing the designer’s ability to tune the mood of a room for different times of day.

     

What to know about LED dimmers, drivers, and controls
Not all dimmers, drivers, and controls are created equal. Here's a little background on the different components:

Dimmers
New 277V dimmers can provide superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources in commercial buildings. With wireless dimmers, you can substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs of traditional wired systems, making them perfect for new and retrofit applications. Using the right dimmers helps fill the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures allowing specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.

LED Driver Dimming
LEDs dim down easily using either a current dimming or PWM dimming method.  But, LEDs are extremely ‘fast’ devices. Any disturbance on the dimming line will be seen as flicker or instability.

Ideally, dimming with LEDs provides incandescent-like performance such smoothly dimming down to the lowest spec possible without “steps” or flickers. Dimmers should also allow for color temperature shifts to enhance ambiance and user comfort. 

What is an LED driver and what does it do?
The driver is the “ballast” for an LED system. It transforms the system voltage and the fundamental purpose is to drive the LED array at a specific voltage or current to allow for précised dimming. Proper current/voltage/power is critical for maintaining proper light levels and life of the LED. The driver also regulates power to counter system fluctuations and it allows the isolation of the LED system from the high voltage system to reduce shock hazard and increase safety.

Where is the driver located?
Depending upon the fixture style, a driver may be an integral part of the fixture or mounted nearby or remotely.

Integrated in the light fixture
- Close to the LEDs
- Power wiring to fixture is 120-277 VAC

In the ceiling
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Benefit for small fixtures if no space for driver available
- Approx. 10 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture 

Remote
All drivers installed on central location of the building
- Max 300 ft from the LEDs
- Class 2 wiring to the fixture
- Easy maintenance of LED drivers 
- Low voltage grid
- DC-DC driver in fixture, and powered from a low voltage grid 

LED Driver Control Technologies
LED drivers should be robust enough to work flawlessly with standard controls in the market to make the design of the lighting system easier. Here are the main technologies to be aware of: 

  • Phase Cut - Typically not available in Commercial LED Drivers
  • 0-10-V - Available, but may have low end cut off at 3-5% depending upon manufacturer

  • DALI - Available, offers best controlability (such as independently controllable channels for white light tuning) and feedback (for power metering and more)

  • DMX - Available, best utilized on color changing performance applications

Crestron controls LEDs
At Crestron, we know a lot about lighting control systems and have worked hard to complement our solutions with a range of best-in-class LED drivers and dimmers to help you get the most out of your investment.

The Crestron LED driver family provides high-power LED lighting with deep dimming to below 1%. Available in 50W and 100W models with DALI® or 0-10-V control, Crestron GLD-LED drivers offer superior, smooth dimming technology using a combination of duty-cycle and current dimming. But there are even greater cost-savings possible with DALI LED drivers. 

DALI models feature added cost-savings for end users and superior design versatility for lighting specifiers. DALI controlled models are available in versions that allow output channels to be independently controlled for multiple LED sources. The 50W DALI models feature two independently controlled outputs. The 100W DALI models feature two sets of two independently controlled outputs.

For fixtures featuring direct and indirect lighting strategies, independent output channel control capability in a single driver reduces the LED driver requirement by half. It also reduces the cost of installation. And, we open the way for the economical delivery of tunable white light applications without resorting to DMX or more costly and proprietary driver module combinations. Finally, because it’s based on the DALI open standard rather than a proprietary system, you’re not tied to any one vendor.

The future is even brighter with LEDs
By specifying the right drivers and controls, you get more reliability, energy savings, and creative possibilities from your LED lighting design, as well as flexibility for the future.



Product Spotlight

Introducing GLS-OIR-C-CN, our latest innovation for energy-saving occupancy sensors

 GLS-OIR-C-CN                          

The new GLS-OIR-C-CN is a highly accurate occupancy sensor designed to reduce energy costs and enhance the automation capabilities of Crestron lighting and environmental systems.

Accurate technology
Powered by Passive Infrared (PIR) technology, GLS-OIR-C-CN sensors are not susceptible to vibrations in the environment, reducing false occupancy activations due to nearby foot traffic, HVAC systems, or other local activity.

Cost-effective
These new sensors provide the most cost-effective solution for customers to realize the energy-saving benefits of lighting and environmental automation.

Sleek design
At less than 1-inch high when installed, the GLS-OIR-C-CN is one of the thinnest ceiling-mount sensors on the market. It effortlessly blends into any ceiling helping you deliver enhanced automation systems that keep a low-profile.

Point and shoot configuration
Thanks to the available IR Remote, there’s no need for a laptop or programmer to setup and adjust each sensor. Just aim the remote at the GLS-OIR-C-CN to adjust sensitivity for vacancy and occupancy states, timeout, and Cresnet ID.

Advanced occupancy sensing
Our advanced GLS-ODT-C-CN Occupancy Sensor with dual technology is perfect for a wide range of applications, including fine motion detection in large spaces.

Crestron occupancy sensors bring a new layer of intelligent automation to your customers and improve the energy-saving capabilities of any complete energy management solution from Crestron.

Learn more

 



Customer Quote

“A technique that can greatly reduce lighting power density, is to apply effective lighting design. An example of this deploys layers of light for ambient, accent, and task. Another concept is to light surfaces versus volumes. The most energy efficient light source for accent, task, and surface lighting is LED, with its beam directionality. In addition, dimmability provides designers with greater lighting control options, further reducing energy usage.” 

- Nancy Clanton, PE, FIES, IALD, LC, LEED Fellow, President, Clanton & Associates, Inc.



People & Places

Greenbuild Expo

Greenbuild® Expo

It was really exciting for us to meet so many people at the frontline who are dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday business at Greenbuild. We had some great discussions and really enjoyed learning how many of you are using Crestron as part of your sustainable and energy efficient designs. For those of you that didn’t make it this year, we focused on the importance of a fully integrated building in order to lower operational costs and increase productivity and efficiency for customers. By building on open standards like DALI, Ethernet, and BACnet, Crestron solutions offer customers competitive choices without locking them into costly proprietary systems. We’ll have a full write up next month to share the observations of attendees and visitors to our booth, as well as provide insights from our research and development team on the sessions and seminars.

 


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions. 

Visit http://www.crestron.com/training to learn more about CLC-S training.



LED Specifier Summit

LED Specifier Summit

The LED Specifier Summit was a one-day immersion in LED lighting education and solutions. This event is dedicated to educating specifiers about the latest commercial, architectural and decorative LED lighting solutions and we were excited to be a part of it, presenting the latest in LED drivers, controls, and dimming solutions.

 


Strategies in Light

Strategies in Light 2014

We will be showcasing unique lighting control and light driver technology at Strategies in Light 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. We invite attendees to visit us to experience the latest in DALI and LED technologies from dimming and drivers to integration with daylight harvesting, sensing, and complete building control.

 


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The Green Light - Is the world ready for wireless?

 
The Green Light - Are we ready for Wireless?

Table of Contents

  1. Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?
  2. New Cameo® infiNET EX 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches
  3. New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor
  4. Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®
  5. The LED Show
  6. LightShow West
  7. Greenbuild® Expo
  8. Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
  9. Resources

Trending Topic

Is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system?

Trend Topic 2

The recent launch of our 277V wireless wall box dimmer and switches, wireless GLPP room controller, and wireless sensors has compelled us to look back at the history of our wireless control solutions.

When we initiated our infiNET EX product line of wireless wall box dimmers, switches, and thermostats seven years ago, they were intended to be retrofit residential products. We never even considered a completely wireless commercial building, at that time. Even considering the obvious benefits – reduced costs of wiring and labor, simplified growth strategy, flexibility, and “retrofitability” – most commercial lighting professionals feel that wired systems are best for complex facilities because wireless just isn’t as reliable. But is that true still?

Over the last few years we’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about wireless networks and how to get them to perform consistently – and with the same reliable operation and performance that customers expect from wired systems. We used our experience to build a better protocol so that we could control the performance of our network. This protocol, infiNET EX, is a mesh-based, 2.4 GHz network that automatically reconfigures to optimize performance. It actually becomes more reliable as more devices are added to the network.

But there were still challenges to overcome. With advances in technology and good old engineering, we’ve solved them. For example, on some wireless (and wired) systems, you can have an issue with multiple-light installations where each fixture’s response can be subject to lags. As a result, they don’t all respond simultaneously (with the same light level) when commanded to do so. This “popcorning” is the unintended consequence of a network that has failed to be managed for performance.

Another challenge was how to get acceptable lifetime from battery-powered devices. This has been improved with advances in technology, along with semiconductors that boast higher efficiency. We’ve taken it further with excellent power management schemes and with support of different levels of battery powered and “sleepy” devices. We can now get up to 10 years of life for a battery occupancy sensor.

Taking wireless even further, we’ve shared our technology with specific third-party partners to build and supply devices on our wireless network. Crestron Connected™ products, such as door locks, mini bars, and MUR/DND panels now natively communicate on Crestron infiNET EX.

All of these advances have fostered a much more open-minded reception to wireless solutions in commercial spaces. Facility managers are starting to not only take notice, but install completely wireless solutions in their buildings. In fact, Crestron customers have completed installations with literally tens of thousands of devices in one building.

So, is the world ready for a completely wireless lighting control system? The answer, with Crestron, is yes. We bring a rich set of wireless devices that are engineered to work together and perform better than any other set of products on the market. The portfolio includes wireless lighting controls, shade controls, climate controls, sensors, and human interface devices. Read more about the latest additions to our wireless solutions in this issue of The Green Light.




Product Spotlight

New Cameo infiNET EX  277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches

   New Cameo® InfiNET EX® 277V wireless lighting dimmers and switches                         

We recently announced the availability of 277V-rated wallbox wireless dimmers and switches. These wireless dimmers substantially reduce wiring and related labor costs and ensure steadfast performance in even the most extreme RF environments. The CLW-DELVEX model also provides superior in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage, LED, incandescent, and halogen light sources.

Due to their energy saving and long-life benefits, LED lighting is the fastest growing lighting technology on the market today. As part of a complete Crestron lighting control solution, CLW-DELVEX dimmers meet the increasing demand for wireless and flicker-free LED fixture dimming, as well as traditional incandescent and halogen light fixtures. CLW-DELV dimmers complement and round out our existing infiNET EX line and allow specifiers to deliver integrated dimming solutions in voltage options for every type of load in every type of space in any part of the world.

 


New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

New wireless battery-powered occupancy sensor

Crestron Green Light® sensors deliver a powerful and cost-effective solution for reducing energy costs and enhancing the functionality of lighting and environmental systems. The recent addition to the line is the GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT battery-powered wireless occupancy sensor. This low-profile sensor is ideal for spaces that are especially difficult to wire and delivers an easy solution for small areas up to 500 square feet.

The GLS-OIR-CSM-EX-BATT wireless sensor uses passive infrared technology to achieve dependable motion detection with superior immunity to false triggering from air currents, inanimate objects, or movement in an adjacent corridor. It is designed to achieve a discreet, nearly hidden appearance when installed on a typical drywall or drop-tile ceiling. With fast and simple mounting hardware and wireless technology, this sensor eliminates the need to homerun wires to every room in order to get sensors in and delivers 10-years of battery life.

 



Customer Success Stories

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel®

Crestron provides integrated wireless guest experience at Revel

  • Thousands of independent infiNET EX networks working concurrently in one building

  • Over 20,000 wireless devices

  • Wireless network supports 3rd-party devices, such as the mini-bar, door locks, and DND/MUR displays

  • 1,898 guest rooms, conference rooms, more than 12 restaurants and bars, lobbies, and employee lounges

  • Over $2 million in savings over the cost of installing separate, disparate systems

  • Enabled on-going energy efficiencies and cost savings

  • Integrated a variety of systems to enable a complete energy management solution

 

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People & Places


The LED Show

The LED Show

It was exciting to meet with all of the lighting designers and specifiers at the LED Show in Las Vegas. It gave us the opportunity to talk to you about our new LED lighting and DALI® controls. Everyone that stopped by had great questions and feedback about our lighting solutions. We look forward to more dialogue!

 


LightShow West











LightShow West

Crestron will be participating in LightShow West at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 23-24. LightShow West is the only trade show and conference specifically created for West Coast specifiers of commercial, architectural, and high-design lighting products. We look forward to seeing you at the show!



Greenbuild Expo®

 

 







Greenbuild
® Expo

Crestron will once again participate in Greenbuild Expo, taking place this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia November 20-22. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts, and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

Visit us at booth #3813

 


CLC-S Training

Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training

This 2-day Level I introductory class provides a general overview of the complete line of Crestron Commercial Lighting Control Systems including centralized, distributed, room, building, and enterprise solutions.

Visit www.crestron.com/training to learn more about CLC-S training.

 


Resources

www.crestron.com/training

www.crestron.com/lighting

www.lightshowwest.com

www.greenbuildexpo.org


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