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26
Nov

Expand your Wireless Network Range

It’s a major frustration when you can get a decent wireless signal in one part of your house, and yet experience dead zones in other parts. Most wireless routers aren’t powerful enough to cover an entire house (especially in multi-story dwellings), so some sort of extension of the wireless network is necessary.

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26
Nov

Hide your cable box and still use your remote…

Bulky electronics cluttering your living room – Cable box, stereo amplifier, CD, DVD and Blu-ray Players a dominant part of your home decor? Now it doesn’t have to…We have the answer.
Our remote control repeater kit contains all equipment necessary to forward infrared signals to operate electronic components behind closed doors. In other words, your cable box doesn’t have to be right next to your TV. Give us a call and we can arrange for a technician to install yours.

9
Jun

What is 4K TV?

4K TV is the next generation in the in HD television technology. 4K is also termed ultra-high definition (‘UHD’), but the former is usually used when describing it. To start a little history of what we have had before, since HD has been around for about a decade now. I the beginning, as far as home entertainment went, we had Standard Definition, which was about 480p/540p (ouch I know!), then came High Definition (720p); and until recently we all topped out at Full High Definition (1080p). Now we have Ultra High Definition which is counting in at a whooping 2160p!

Why is it called 4K? It’s a bit of mathematics; 4K means that the maximum resolution of the TV is 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high; meaning it is equivalent to two full high definition screens (1080p) in height, and two in length. Originally this technology was referred to as a “QuadHD” because of the doubling in length and width; but it eventually got a catchier name of 4K.

Do I want it?  The jump from standard definition to high definition toted a large payoff for home consumers. The difference was very clear across a large range of television screen sizes. Many people can’t go back to watching much more than the 7pm news on standard definition these days. With 4K, besides the lack of consumer content to watch at this time, the screen size plays a large part in if you actually get some benefit out of this technology in your own home. The bigger the screen, the larger the payoff, anything over 60′ and scaling up is where you will see the most bang for your buck in adopting 4K over full high definition.

How can Precise help? As Crestron dealers on the island, we have all the resources to help you get your system up to 4K! Crestron is a leader in the industry, and are currently rolling out systems to handle this new technology while others are scrambling to keep up.

Here is an exert from Tom Barnett, Creston’s Marketing Director, on their DigitalMedia brand that supports 4K:

“DigitalMedia is more than ‘4k ready’; it’s 4K already,” said Tom Barnett, Marketing Director. ”In fact, DM was built to handle 4K since our very first 8X8 switcher. While others are ‘getting ready,’ we’re shipping a complete 4K solution today. Now, your customers can distribute 4K and other resolutions, such as 2560×1440 output from Apple® laptops, that require more signal bandwidth than switchers designed for 1080p and 2K distribution can provide.”

See more at: http://www.crestron.com

Full press release:  http://www.crestron.com/about/press_room/press_releases/show_release.asp?press_release_id=1919

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaogyYACe8Q

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23
May

Spring Feature: Outdoor Speakers

If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining or just love working in the yard, it is time to start thinking about preparing your outdoor space. Nothing wrecks the mood like an old boom box or speakers blaring out of a window. Keep your outdoor landscaping looking beautiful and technology free with high performance audio speakers that blend right in. All-weather speakers are designed specifically for the acoustic conditions of the outside world, such as the lack of walls, ceiling, and floors to reflect sound, and will perform a whole lot better.

Terra Loudspeakers has the perfect companion for any outdoor party: LuminSound™ LS.32. The LuminSound concept is simple; offer excellent all weather outdoor sound reproduction, and flexible, attractive, efficient lighting all within a single, practical unit.

The LuminSound is 32.5-inch high, weatherproof bollard with an aluminum grille that is available in black, aluminum, or copper color. The LuminSound includes a 3-LED warm white lamp that provides 270 lumens for high efficiency illumination, and the speaker section can be rotated independently of the lighting section.

15
Sep

What does this all mean? Multi Window + Multi Source viewing on one display!

The DVPHD is the world’s only multi-window digital video processor, with native touchpanel control and annotation, that supports high-definition video and computer signals from multiple sources of virtually any type. Industry-leading support for HDCP ensures seamless compatibility-today and tomorrow-with content-protected DVD, Blu-ray Disc™, digital HDTV, and multimedia computer sources.

What does this all mean? Multi Window + Multi Source viewing on one display!

Multi window displays are great for residential, business, hospitality and educational applications.  With this technology you can have up to 8 sources simultaneously on the screen together.

If you are using this technology for presentations and teaching you can also include the HD Annotation programme that allows you to virtually draw on the screen so that you can better illustrate your presentation:

HD Annotation: The DVPHD-GB provides the essential annotation tools to make your point with maximum impact – easily and intuitively. Brush sizes and colors are selectable on the fly for ultimate clarity. Moving images can be frozen on screen to allow pinpoint annotation over a still picture. You can even annotate over two or more different sources at once for easy side-by-side comparison of multiple related images. High-definition annotation processing guarantees both the presenter and the audience sees everything in crisp detail.

If you think that is cool how about this: Crestron allow you to include your audience into your presentation by allowing multiple touchscreens to connect to your display with Interactive Annotation.

Interactive Annotation: Crestron exclusive Remote Annotation capability lets up to 90 individual touchpanel users “mass annotate” over the same image, supporting efficient and effective interaction between participants in a classroom, courtroom, council chamber, business presentation etc.

Imagine the possibilities: For example in a Video Conference  incorporate other applications like Go To Meeting and you can split your display screen with your computer, their computer, your room view and theirs!  Meeting participants can have individual touchscreens at their finger tips and they can quickly and accurately illustrate their points and questions across both sources!

This technology is awesome and can become a great asset to businesses, residences and hospitality applications.

6
Jul

Crestron Lecture Capture Technology

With One Touch, New Crestron Lecture Capture Technology Makes Classroom Presentations Available to Everyone

CAPTURE-HD Provides Faculty with a Simple and Affordable Way to Record and Publish Lectures Online; Students Can Now View Classroom Presentations from Anywhere, Anytime.

At InfoComm 2011, Crestron introduced CAPTURE-HD, its new high-definition lecture capture device for college campuses and the corporate enterprise. CAPTURE-HD provides faculty and presenters with a simple one-button solution to schedule, record, publish online, and view lectures, presentations, medical procedures, seminars, and training sessions. CAPTURE-HD is smartly designed as a complete yet practical meeting and lecture capture solution that’s easy for the entire faculty to use, and budget-friendly for wide-scale deployment across any sized campus or corporate environment. With CAPTURE-HD, students and staff can now view presentations and lecture series in high-definition from wherever and whenever they choose, including from popular mobile devices such as an iPhone®, iPad® or laptop, providing more options for accessing academic content.

“Capture HD delivers a simple and efficient end-to-end solution for recording, processing, online distribution, and remote viewing of lecture and presentation content – at a fraction of the cost of other systems,” said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology. “From a user perspective it’s easy – there are record, play and pause buttons, and no training is required to learn how to use it. The result is a greater use of resources and content, and a more effective learning experience.”

Flexible enough for any college, university, teaching hospital or corporate setting, CAPTURE-HD enables instructors to teach using their choice of analog or digital media sources including high-definition videos, computers, whiteboards, and annotators. Requiring no special training or effort from the instructor, CAPTURE-HD records a complete presentation in high-definition 1080p and saves it in high-quality H.264 format.

The recorded lecture includes content and microphone audio, plus full screen, picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-by-picture (PBP) video, including from the instructor camera and any other presentation source such as a PowerPoint®, DVD, or website.

Simply insert a USB stick into the CAPTURE-HD, press the “record” button, then walk away with a complete high-definition lecture in hand at the end of the class. The recorded lecture is now ready for easy transfer to online video hosting sites, or to store on a network server for publishing to a web page or internal faculty website. Once recorded, presentations can be automatically scheduled for playback/viewing in any room on the network or from a laptop while commuting on a train or plane.

Alternatively, schedule to record any lecture in advance from a Crestron touch screen. Using Crestron RoomView® SE enterprise software, organizations can instantly add a recorded lecture for playback to any room’s Outlook® scheduled meetings. RoomView also automatically sends recorded lectures to your choice of viewing platforms such as Lecture Management Systems, RSS feeds, iTunes® University, Blackboard™, Sharepoint™, Moodle™ and other hosting services, effectively broadcasting your content out to the world.

Accessing and viewing the final content is facilitated through an intuitive Web interface, providing a powerful search engine and full-featured media player tailored to deliver a consistent user experience across all common Web browsers and computer platforms.

Featuring a compact all-in-one design, CAPTURE-HD eliminates the need for multiple components such as a video window processor, video switcher and splitter, and microphone mixer, making installation simple. Whether used as a standalone solution or as part of a larger AV network environment, CAPTURE-HD integrates seamlessly into classrooms, lecture halls, training labs, and boardrooms.

“Lecture capture devices today consist of either very expensive and complex models, which many schools cannot justify with their tightening budgets, or very low-end models that are clunky to use and don’t provide the power or flexibility large organizations require,” said Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing. “CAPTURE-HD handles the whole process for you, it’s versatile and affordable, and it provides the power to meet the digital content distribution needs for any size institution.”

With two models to choose from, the CAPTURE-HD line offers flexibility for all popular camera types and video resolutions. CAPTURE-HD-PRO features a 3G SDI input to support SDI, HD-SDI, or 3G-SDI cameras. CAPTURE-HD provides a composite input for lower-resolution cameras.

For more information about how you can bring advanced yet affordable lecture capture technology to your school or organization, go to Crestron CAPTURE-HD or CAPTURE-HD Video.

13
Jun

Crestron DigitalMedia™ is More Than HDMI Over CAT5e


The seeds of Crestron DigitalMedia™ were planted several years ago. That’s when Crestron engineers began building on their ambitious vision to create a solution to transmit uncompressed, content protected, HD digital video long distance over a single wire that could be run through walls and conduit and terminated in the field. Actually, that was only a part of the vision.

The original goal was to transmit any mix of analog & digital AV signals, high-speed Ethernet to support streaming media and IR/Serial control up to 100 meters using standard CAT5e cable. For longer distances, a fiber solution would be developed.

During the R&D process, HDMI proved to be more multi-layered and sophisticated than originally anticipated. In addition to the audio and video signals carried on HDMI and DisplayPort, Crestron engineers had to manage several other signal paths and data streams, including HDCP content protection, CEC device control and EDID resolution management.

After years of research and engineering, which included developing new software and equipment for testing and diagnostics, Crestron DigitalMedia™ was introduced – the first solution for long distance digital transmission and distribution.

The first version of DM was truly revolutionary. No other company was working on any technology to transmit uncompressed HD digital signals combined with analog AV signals, data, control and high-speed Ethernet on a single wire. The original DM solution used chipsets from five different vendors, and while using a single jacketed cable, required three separate terminated wires.

Innovative and visionary, Crestron was the lone voice in an analog world, signaling that the digital revolution was heading our way. At this point, all the analog pioneers scoffed and denied the need for a digital solution. “Just continue to use component and VGA cable and avoid all the issues with HDMI. Crestron is just making things more complicated than they have to be,” was their mantra. One even discouraged their customers from buying Blu-ray players.

Steadfast and committed, Crestron engineers continued to work to achieve their ultimate goal of a standard UTP solution for uncompressed HD digital AV. About this time, a technology company named Valens Semiconductor approached Crestron with the idea of a new chipset that would transmit full uncompressed HD video over standard CAT5e.

Many months later, Valens delivered their very first chip. Crestron extensively evaluated the chipset in its DM Lab equipped with specially designed testing equipment. This initial chipset brought DM closer to a standard UTP solution, but the technology didn’t meet the full specification yet. The chipset was successful in reducing the cabling requirements from three wires down to just one, but still required an engineered, shielded twisted pair wire to guarantee reliable performance. DigitalMedia 8G™ was born, and Crestron was one step closer to realizing its vision.

Recognizing that there was still significant work to be done, Crestron and Valens solidified their working relationship by forming an exclusive arrangement. Valens and Crestron engineers collaborated to refine the technology and deliver a true UTP solution for full 1080p HDMI. After several months of development, a new firmware version finally passed the rigorous set of tests and demands of the Crestron engineering team.

Crestron is now introducing its third generation technology – DigitalMedia 8G+™, which enables transmission of uncompressed 1080p/60 digital video up to 330 feet using standard unshielded CAT5e wire. After years of research and engineering and three generations of technology, Crestron DigitalMedia 8G+ delivers on what seemed to be an impossible dream that started many years ago.

The collaboration between Crestron and Valens has resulted in accomplishments that are advancing an entire industry. The latest Valens chip is now publicly available, so it’s no coincidence that as InfoComm approaches, several of those analog pioneers who denied that the digital revolution was coming, are now introducing their first digital switchers. Unfortunately, a switcher alone does not make a system, and a Valens chip is only a small part of providing a reliable digital solution. As Crestron engineers learned from years of experience, a reliable system requires a complete engineered, end-to-end solution that includes all the hardware and software.

Crestron DigitalMedia is Much More Than a Chipset or a Cable

The latest chipset is just the foundation on which Crestron DigitalMedia is built. DigitalMedia is a complete, modular single platform solution. Crestron DigitalMedia distributes all analog and digital audio and video signals, plus Gigabit Ethernet, USB and control – not just HDMI – all through a single matrix (rather than a several independent switchers that require transcoding) over a single wire. DigitalMedia switches any signal to any and all displays without compression, manages all the HDCP, EDID and CEC automatically, and provides the software tools necessary for installation and troubleshooting.

“With the launch of DigitalMedia 8G+, our DM® technology continues to lead our industry in the digital revolution. While others are trying to figure it all out for the first time, we’re now on our third generation of DigitalMedia technology,” said Crestron Executive Vice President, Randy Klein. “Just six months ago our competition was telling dealers not to buy Blu-ray players and to keep installing component video. All of a sudden they’re jumping on the digital bandwagon and trying to catch up.”

When you design a system with DM, you get years of experience, with the support of thousands of installations and hundreds of thousands of fully-tested connection points behind it. It’s a full and ever-expanding product line. It is sophisticated, easy-to-use diagnostics software that cannot be replicated or purchased from a third party vendor.

Most importantly, Crestron DigitalMedia is proven to work. The most demanding clients in the world, including some of the most prestigious Fortune 500 companies and universities, trust and rely on Crestron DigitalMedia. As a result, Crestron has clearly established itself as the true leader of digital AV.

4
May

Coming Fall 2011: Crestron Shades

Completing the lighting control system and delivering the most effective energy management solution, Crestron shades elegantly blend designer window treatments with intelligent room control. Crestron shades are available in a choice of hundreds of fabrics, including sunscreen, privacy and blackout shades. A variety of styles and opacity ensure the perfect solution for any room. Whether you want to keep light in or out, optimize natural light in the room or reduce solar heat gain, Crestron shades are the right solution to complete your lighting control and energy management system. Automatically or manually adjust shade positions using Crestron touchpanels and keypads, or from any PC, Mac or mobile device.

Coming Fall 2011
1
Apr

myCrestron Dynamic DNS

One of the most compelling features of a Crestron system is the ability to remotely monitor and control a home’s lighting, climate, and security system from another location.

Welcome to myCrestron.com, a new Dynamic DNS service that furnishes a Crestron system with a friendly URL to enable constant remote access no matter how often an ISP changes your IP address.

Your personal myCrestron.com domain is maintained on Crestron servers to help ensure reliable, secure remote access to your Crestron system when you need it.

Once a system has been programmed and commissioned by Precise Systems, it may be accessed from any Mac®, PC, iPhone® or other mobile device anywhere in the world.1

Example:
Precise is programming a Crestron system for the Smith’s home and wants to add the ability for Joe and Meg to control their system from anywhere in the world. The systems integrator from Preicse registers the subdomain “smithhome.mycrestron.com”. He then programs that subdomain into the Smith’s control system and enables e-Control®. After the system has been commissioned, Joe and Meg can access their home control system from a web browser on a Mac®, PC, Apple® iPhone® or other mobile device from anywhere in the world by visiting http://smithhome.mycrestron.com

  1. Requires additional software and setup. For solutions for Apple devices, see www.crestron.com/apple. For other mobile solutions, please visit www.crestron.com/econtrol.
31
Mar

Crestron Debuts TPMC-9L Touchpanel

Crestron really is the industry leader in great touchpanels. The latest is the Crestron Isys TPMC-9L, a wall-mount touchpanel featuring a 9-inch widescreen that’s capable of playing both 16-bit color graphics and 24-bit video.

So when you’re not controlling everything in and around the house, there will be plenty of pretty images to look at, such as cover art and apps, as well as a personalized graphical interface that you can call your own.

Powered by Crestron’s Core 3 OS, this touchpanel allows you to whip through everything from movie libraries and TV stations to Adobe Flash and IP intercom. There’s also options for animated clocks, calendars, weather widgets, and news feeds, as well as streaming video for a peek at connected web cams.

Despite all of the goodies, the TPMC-9L is also pretty easy to control. A simple finger swipe can guide users through theater controls, lighting, thermostats, and other connected systems. If you prefer the old-school controls, the plate also features 12 programmable hard buttons. If buttons don’t work in your streamlined design plans, you can also opt for a button-free faceplate.

Key Features:

  • Stylish flush-mount design for in-wall and lectern installation
  • Generous 9″ widescreen color touch display
  • 16-bit color touchpanel graphics powered by Core 3
  • 800 x 480 WVGA resolution
  • Dynamic graphics & text capability
  • Programmable swipe gestures for page flips and other functions
  • Streaming and full-motion wired video display
  • Crestron IP intercom
  • WAV file audio feedback
  • Crestron Home® CAT5 video connectivity
  • High-speed Ethernet and Cresnet® communications
  • Built-in USB port for direct program upload
  • Includes faceplate with 12 “hard key” pushbuttons
  • Button engraving available as solid or backlit text
  • Auto-brightness control for display and button backlighting
  • No-button blank faceplate also provided
  • Wall, lectern, and rack mounting options
  • Available in matte almond, black, or white