Crestron Flex R-Series Empowers Customers to Instantly Put Unified Communications Anywhere It’s Needed

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Breakthrough rapid deployment solution addresses customer needs to share knowledge and bring collaboration virtually anywhere in response to the COVID-19 workplace changes

Crestron Flex R-Series Empowers Customers to Instantly Put Unified Communications Anywhere It’s Needed | #TpromoCom #Audio #HomeAutomation #Security | Crestron, a global leader in workplace technology, announced its newest addition to the company’s award-winning line of Unified Communications (UC) conferencing technology, the Crestron Flex R-Series. A first-of-its-kind, rapid deployment solution, Crestron Flex R-Series is a mobile UC system that brings collaboration where it’s needed most, closing the distance between remote teams wherever they may be.

In today’s climate, rooms are radically changing with an exponential demand for meetings that utilize video conferencing. Crestron has remained one step ahead by developing a mobile UC solution that enables customers to quickly and easily share information and work collaboratively. Crestron Flex R-Series offers unprecedented versatility by eliminating the costly, time-consuming installation process, allowing organizations to better anticipate the evolving needs of the places people meet.

“The need to share knowledge and work collaboratively is more critical than ever,” said Andrew Gross, Director of Sales, UC Enterprise. “Our Crestron Flex R-Series delivers a rapid deployment, social distancing-friendly solution that creates a productive workplace and can be utilized anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Beyond deployment, Crestron’s suite of management tools ensure customers can manage more endpoints with the same resources, helping companies tackle the need to rapidly expand their video conferencing footprint.”

Collaboration in just a few simple steps
Crestron Flex R-Series features optional dual-mode technology based on the revolutionary Crestron Flex MX architecture. It enables organizations to run native Microsoft Teams® or Zoom Rooms™ software, or seamlessly switch to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mode for all other conferencing software. The turnkey system can be installed in minutes and can easily be moved, supporting people wherever they meet – whether in cafeterias, classrooms, manufacturing floors, or in open spaces.

Featuring exceptional audio and video quality to ensure everyone is seen and every word is heard; Crestron Flex R-Series includes the following features and options:

    • Intelligent camera with 150° field of vision that autoframes participants, enabling social distancing without compromising experience
    • 360° quad mic array with up to a 20’ range
    • Support for displays from 50” to 60”
    • Retractable Ethernet and power cables for easy connections
    • Support for Crestron AirMedia® Wireless Presentation System, enabling users to share content wirelessly from any device

“With worldwide video conferencing at an all-time high as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crestron has taken swift measures to create an easy-to-use solution that brings remote collaboration to every space”, said Joseph Sarrasin, Director of Strategy, Unified Communications at Crestron. “Our new Crestron Flex R-Series is reshaping the workplace as we know it, offering customers the ability to organize meetings on demand regardless of location or application.

Pioneering a new level of flexibility
Through the launch of Crestron Flex R-Series, Crestron has pioneered a new level of flexibility to create meetings on demand in any space, at any time. Crestron Flex R-Series is designed for an array of enterprise corporations and businesses globally, as well as in hospitals, medical centers, universities, and manufacturing facilities, among other organizations where social distancing measures are of utmost importance.

Crestron Flex R-Series availability
Crestron Flex R-Series is available now and features seven different models customers can choose from to suit their collaboration needs. For more information and to learn about options and pricing, please visit: https://www.crestron.com/Products/Featured-Solutions/Crestron-Flex-R-Series.

About Crestron
At Crestron we build technology for every way people work, everywhere in the world – from desktop to boardrooms, offices to multi-nationals. Technology that adapts to what you have and prepares you for what you’ll need. Platforms, devices, and systems designed to improve communication and collaboration. All managed by a cloud-based system for easy deployment, monitoring and upgrading. At Crestron we create faster, better, simpler solutions so people can work faster, better, and more productively.

Our products are backed by more than 90 fully staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to our World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

All brand names, product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography. ©2020 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

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67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device

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67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device | #TpromoCom #Parks #Broadband #Internet | Industry report examines device and technology platform strategies for large players Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony

New research from Parks Associates finds 67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device, either a smart TV, streaming media player, internet-connected gaming console, or connected PVR/DVR. The firm’s Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation notes that these devices get plenty of use but also have lengthening replacement cycles, which is driving manufacturers to explore new strategies, including software and service offerings, exclusive hardware-content bundles, and open ecosystems. The challenges and thin margins in the CE are also narrowing the field of competitors.

“The connected entertainment space is moving towards a smartphone model, in which a handful of platform players control the operating system, UX, and consumer access to services and features,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “These platform players stand to win big as consumers increasingly choose to sign up for their OTT service subscriptions through storefronts like Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.”

Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation profiles the product ecosystems and market strategies for Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony. It analyzes benefits and drawbacks of closed versus open device and app ecosystems and offers insights on consumer expectations for their devices as content consumption shifts toward streaming service options.

“Major changes in content distribution and consumption are affecting the CE market, notably the rise of OTT services and decline in pay-TV subscriptions,” Hanich said. “The increasing fragmentation in the content services market means there’s no single path to reach consumers. These factors, along with the consumer demand to access their content when and where they are, are pushing the connected entertainment market slowly but steadily in favor of open ecosystems where consumers can access most, if not all, of the services they want on the device they want regardless of which platform they decide to use.”

The report notes that in 2019 alone, 6.4 million US consumers cut the cord on their traditional pay-TV service, transitioning to OTT streaming and/or broadcast television, both of which continue to rise in adoption and usage.

For information about the Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

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Altronix Expands NetWay™ PoE Series with 802.3bt Midspan/Injectors & Media Converters for High Powered Devices

Altronix Expands NetWay™ PoE Series with 802.3bt Midspan/Injectors & Media Converters for High Powered Devices | #TpromoCom #Altronix #Power #POE | New Models Deliver up to 90W per port. 

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Brooklyn, NY (April 7, 2020) – Altronix, the recognized leader in power and data transmission products for the professional security industry, has expanded its popular NetWay™ Series with the addition of new 802.3bt 4PPoE Managed Midspan/Injectors and Media Converters. Designed specifically to accommodate high-powered 802.3bt compliant devices, the NetWay™ BT Series delivers up to 90W per port. New models are available in single, 4 or 8 port models and include battery charging as well as Altronix LINQ™ Technology to monitor, control, and report power and diagnostics from anywhere over the network.

The NetWay Spectrum line of 802.3bt products are also available to accommodate single/multi-mode fiber or composite cable (copper + fiber) in NEMA4/4X rated outdoor enclosures that can accommodate batteries for installations requiring back-up.

“These new additions to our 802.3bt (4PPoE) compliant NetWay Series provide a cost-efficient solution for powering the latest high-power illuminators and multi-sensor PTZ cameras, as well as commercial PoE lighting,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Our expanded NetWay and NetWay Spectrum portfolio provides system designers and installers with the best possible solution to meet a wide range of installation requirements.”

The Altronix NetWay BT Series provides PoE, PoE+ and 4PPoE up to 90W (802.3bt compliant) power per port and pass data at 10/100/1000 Mbps. Additional features include port status LEDs, auto detection and protection of legacy non-PoE cameras/devices, and a built-in battery charger.

Altronix NetWay products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and backed by a lifetime warranty.

For more information on Altronix’s extensive line of products, call toll free 1-888-258-7669, e-mail info@altronix.com or visit www.altronix.com.

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Headphones and earphones likely to experience initial sales spike with work at home, home schooling, and entertainment-in-place

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Headphones and earphones likely to experience initial sales spike with work at home, home schooling, and entertainment-in-place | #TpromoCom #Audio #ParksAssociates | Research highlights need for enhanced user experience to aid with device integration as audio market shifts from whole-room home theater system to standalone connected devices

Parks Associates research from Smart Product Market Assessment – Audio Devicesfinds that 44% of US broadband households own speakers, 37% own headphones bought separately from a phone or music player, and 33% own a separate set of earbuds. Purchase intentions were flat prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, due in large part to the emergence of smart speakers, but demand for headphones and earbuds will likely experience an initial spike with work-at-home and entertainment-in-place now the standard for many households. This new demand will not diminish consumer expectations for advanced functionality, so device manufacturers still need to prioritize app development and software enhancements to enhance the user experience.

Smart Product Market Assessment – Audio Devicesaddresses future growth in the connected audio device market, including market drivers and inhibitors, identification of key players, consumer purchasing decisions, and user experience.

“Everyone in the household now needs their own headphones and earbuds for privacy during this time of shelter-in-place orders and work-at-home mandates,” said Steve Nason, Research Director, Parks Associates. “Following this initial wave of purchases, users will look to integrate these standalone products with their smart speakers and other connected devices in the home. This trend was already underway with the gradual dissolution of the ‘home theater system’ concept, and now households feature a collection of different audio products, brands, and devices that must work together to deliver a seamless user experience.”

Soundbars are now a prominent standalone product category in the audio device landscape, with adoption at nearly one-fourth of US broadband households. It is the most likely audio device to be connected to the TV, so soundbars have not been as impacted by smart speakers and displays as other audio products. However, growth has remained flat. Adoption of more niche audio devices such as internet-connected audio visual receivers and multiroom music systems has remained low.

“Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the traditional audio device category was at a crossroads,” Nason said. “Adoption and usage of devices such as wired/wireless speakers without voice assistants, audio/visual receivers, home theater systems, and multiroom music systems had waned. While consumers are making purchases now to accommodate work-at-home and home schooling needs, manufacturers need to maintain their emphasis on innovation, particularly the integration with voice assistants, so that their devices can have value beyond the initial stop-gap usage.”

Parks Associates notes device manufacturers and voice assistant providers alike have to better market and communicate the value that integrated voice control brings to audio devices. Increased integration of audio devices and use of high-resolution and 3D audio with the most-used CE video device, smart TVs, will also raise the profile of the audio category.

For more information on Smart Product Market Assessments or to request an analyst interview, contact Rosey Ulpino, rosey@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0233.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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NEC Developing Facial Recognition Platform for Star Alliance Frequent Flyers

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The proposed system is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Star Alliance members will be able to let their passengers use a mobile device to enroll in the program, and the latter will only need to do so once to enable biometric authentication when flying with any Star Alliance airline at an airport that supports the biometric technology.

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Government Mandates Require Energy Consumption Reports

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Security dealers and Integration firms need to look closely at the recurring revenue opportunities that await them if they but look at their present client list. Local and state governments in some locales have or soon will pass legislation that mandates the submission of periodic energy consumption reports. It’s imperative for these clients to have the means of tracking consumption over a period of time in order to comply.

The following is an example where the city of Minneapolis now requires energy consumption reports:

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So, where can you go to integrate your CMS with smart meters in order to provide this data. In addition, you can provide real-time monitoring services so your client can be alerted to abnormal conditions that can occur in any utility, be it electrical, natural gas, heating oil, and other utilities. Real-time conditions are acted on by your CMS as well as automatic PUSH data to your client’s mobile device.

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Alarm.com and KPN Ventures keynote 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe

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Alarm.com and KPN Ventures keynote 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe | #TpromoCom #Parks #Event #SmartHome | Research firm announces topics focused on smart home solutions, security monitoring and DIY solutions, data and consumer privacy, and AI and voice innovations http://bit.ly/2x7KT1H

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Parks Associates today announced the topics and first confirmed keynote speakers for the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home, 10-11 November at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. KPN Ventures and Alarm.com will keynote the event, providing insight into the growing opportunities and challenges in the smart home, security, and controls market.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe hosts executives from the top European and international companies in the connected home ecosystems, focusing on new business models, distribution channels, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services. Alarm.com is an early sponsor of the event.

“Video and interactive services have boosted ARPU for monitored security services in Europe to nearly 6%, even though the growth rate of subscribers is much slower,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Smart home products, innovations in DIY and cloud services, and developments in AI are creating new service opportunities, and new sources of revenue, for traditional players and new entrants in the connected home space. We are excited to have Alarm.com back on stage and welcome KPN Ventures to keynote this year’s conference.”

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Samir Ahmad, Investment Manager, KPN Ventures
Anne Ferguson, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com

Event Topics

  • Marketing and Business Models
  • Smart Home Solutions: Channel Expansion
  • Business Models: A Service Driven Market
  • Independent Living: Serving Seniors and Chronically Ill
  • Monitoring: Expanding Beyond Security
  • Voice and User Interfaces: Integration and Control
  • Data Sharing: Trust-Based Models and Best Practices

Technology and Market Growth

  • AI and the Connected Home: Proactive and Predictive Intelligence
  • DIY and DIFM: Impact on Smart Home and Security
  • Interoperability: Expanding the Smart Home
  • Home Network and Wi-Fi: Connectivity Driving the Experience
  • Support: Onboarding and Ongoing Services
  • Privacy and Security: Getting it Right for Consumers

For more information, visit www.connectionseurope.com.

About CONNECTIONS™ Europe

Produced by Parks Associates, the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is an executive conference focused on innovative business models, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services, including energy management and connected health services.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe combines networking opportunities with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships and monetization opportunities.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home will take place 10-11 November 2020 in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel in Amsterdam.

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