Introducing Crestron RL, the next step in video conferencing – collaboration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Crestron has developed a powerful new group collaboration solution for the conference room.  Crestron RL is based on Microsoft Lync 2013, a popular and powerful server-based application that many companies already use on a daily basis. Lync enables video, voice, interactive content sharing, presence, and chat from a personal device, such as a tablet or laptop. Crestron brings Lync from the desktop to the meeting room. In addition, Crestron RL links to all systems in the room and gives users control of the entire room from the same touch screen. 

With just one touch of a button, anyone can walk into a conference room and instantly start a collaboration session. Share your desktop with local and remote participants; view and annotate over Microsoft PowerPoint or interactive whiteboard remotely or locally using the 65” touch display supplied. Remote participants can join via Lync on their desktop, and adding attendees on the fly in the conference room is just as simple and fast as typing in their names. Share ideas and notes collaboratively with colleagues, clients, and partners anytime, anywhere with any device.

There are other Lync Room Systems (LRS) on the market, but Crestron RL offers a host of exciting features. Only Crestron RL links to all other systems in the room to offer a complete room solution. Simply, press the “RL” button to instantly access lighting, shades, thermostats, DigitalMedia, AV distribution, and much more – all from the same touch screen. Crestron RL also communicates with Crestron Fusion software. Crestron Fusion collects and reports valuable usage data about all systems and activities to intelligently manage the room, and provide remote help desk support from any web-enabled device. 

“We are pleased that Crestron will bring a Lync Room System product to market,” said Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager for Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft. “Crestron’s strong experiences in providing great conference room solutions across the world, combined with Microsoft Lync’s powerful software capabilities, produce a groundbreaking solution that takes collaboration and communication to a new level.” 

Crestron RL is a complete packaged solution, including the Crestron UC Codec for Lync, HD camera, microphone, 65" touch display(s), 10" tabletop touch screen and more. Crestron RL connects over the corporate LAN, so implementation is easy and hassle-free. Simply mount the display, connect Crestron RL to the network, and authenticate. No additional infrastructure expenses such as MCUs or gateways are needed. No system design or programming is required. 

“As a scalable, appliance grade, turnkey solution, Crestron RL can be implemented in practically every conference room across the global enterprise,” says Fred Bargetzi, Vice President of Technology, Crestron. “Adding room control of other devices and systems, such as lights, shades and thermostats, is easy. Add Crestron Fusion software and remotely manage resources and collect data.”

All Crestron dealers can purchase Crestron RL directly if they meet minimum requirements. If they don’t meet the requirements Crestron dealers can still purchase Crestron RL through qualified IT distribution partners.  

Crestron RL is scheduled to ship on July 1st. Orders are now being accepted.

To schedule a demonstration at select Microsoft or Crestron offices, or for more information about Crestron RL contact crestronrl@crestron.com.

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