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Comparing Crestron's Surface Hub Packages

Crestron is a strategic partner of Microsoft Surface Hub solutions and with a partnership that has lasted over 2 years Crestron has just announced the release of their brand new CrestronRL systems. They offers some exciting new hardware solutions to give the best user experience for the Microsoft Surface Hub and Skype for Business. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a large touchscreen device designed specifically for businesses and conference rooms with video conferencing and collaboration in mind. It allows more collaborative work and interactive meetings online through Skype for Business, Office 365 and just about any other video conferencing service. Crestron offers a four integration packages to complement the Surface Hub and increase user experience which we will review in this article.

CrestronRL Integrator Kits

Crestron offers two integrator kits independent of the Surface Hub. This gives users the flexibility of buying a Surface Hub display from any reseller or authorized distributor. The integrator kits includes different devices that help create a collaborative environment in the conference room. Both integrator kits come with base devices that include:

  • 1.A DigitalMedia Presentation System
  • 2.A tabletop touchscreen device
  • 3.A scheduling touchscreen
  • 4.Crestron Connect II (Crestron Fusion) Software

Integrator Kit #1

The integrator Kit 1 features Crestron's 3-series DMPS3-4K-150-C presentation system which is a 4K presentation switcher with fully automatic operation and DigitalMedia connectivity. It supports up to four Crestron's tabletop devices and ten simultaneously applications.

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Crestron RL Microsoft Surface Solution

Crestron RL Microsoft Surface Solution

At its Windows 10 event, Microsoft introduced two extraordinary devices – HoloLens and Surface Hub. Surface Hub is a large touchscreen display with integrated computer and stylus support. It is designed specifically for businesses and can be utilized in video conference meetings. The Surface Hub is an ideal solution for group collaboration during meetings allowing a more interactive session across the members.

Microsoft Surface Hub offers dozen of features to the users enhancing the virtual meeting environment. Some of its features are:

Engaging and productive meetings

The Surface Hub allow users to join a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap. Users can share meeting notes, productivity content and communicate on the work displayed.

  • Scheduled or spontaneous
  • One-touch meeting start
  • Easy to share content
  • Engaging for everyone

Best way to create and brainstorm with others

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The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

​The new pricing plan launched by Skype for Business has caught the attention of its competitors and its costumers.

Attention AV & IT professionals!

Skype recently released an improved pricing package for Skype for Business! This news may have you wondering how this change in the online video conferencing industry will affect your own business? Skype for Business is a widely used online video conferencing service for professionals invested in video communication. We will evaluate the newest features and weigh them against competing third party meeting providers such as GoToMeeting, Cisco WebExand Zoom.


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Designing Skype Room Systems

Designing Skype Room Systems

Have you ever used the CRS Room Design Tool? It's a free online tool for laying out USB based video conference set ups in any room size. In the video below, Paul Richards takes us through designing 3 Skype Room Systems. In this tutorial video Paul reviews Skype solutions for HuddleRooms, Conference Rooms and a Training Room. You can access the CRS Room Design tool anytime at http://designer.conferenceroomsystems.com

Before you use the CRS Design Tool. Take a quick look at some tips that can help your audio visual room design experience more successful. Keep in mind this tool can be used as the starting point for your next audio visual design. Your AV design might not be perfect, but it will help you convey your overall goals to a audio visual integrator or your fellow IT co-workers. 

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Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

Skype for Business Room System Review

Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems

 

Microsoft updated Lync to Skype for Business a few months ago. The software provides an all-in-one solution for video conferencing and meeting rooms. Skype for Business features the simple UI of Skype integrated with professional services of Lync. Microsoft also partnered with several hardware manufacturers to develop Skype for Business certified webcams and room systems for an optimal experience.

SMART Skype for Business certified Webcams and Room Systems
SMART is an official Microsoft partner for Skype for Business room systems. The company has introduced several video conferencing systems with single as well as dual displays. SMART is the only manufacturer that offers a massive 84-inches display and a camera with 4K resolution. It’s a perfect combination but it will require a lot of bandwidth as well. SMART systems start at the price of $17,999 and go all the way up to $40,999. They are definitely not cheap but it is a onetime investment for your ultimate meeting room.

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