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5 Crestron Huddle Room Solutions You Need

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These days huddle rooms are the rule rather than the exception, and for good reason. Huddle rooms help mitigate one of the main downsides of open floor plans—noise and distractions—so employees can focus on productive collaboration. Huddle rooms also provide flexibility and are often a more practical use of space than large, infrequently used conference rooms.

However, huddle rooms are only as good as the audiovisual technology they are equipped with. While most huddle rooms include some standard components—a display, a camera, a microphone, a control system, as well as collaboration software and network access—the quality of those components can make or break your huddle room. And their cost can make or break your budget.

Improving Huddle Rooms with Crestron

Crestron, one of the leading AV design and engineering firms, has several low-cost, high-impact solutions that can help you design an affordable huddle room with powerful and functional technology solutions.

  1. Professional presentation solution. A small huddle space doesn’t have room for a large projector or other presentation equipment that takes up a lot of space. But the quality of huddle room presentations should match what is possible in larger conference and meeting rooms. Crestron’s HD Scaling Presentation Switcher & Extender is a high definition AV presentation solution that can connect to computers and mobile devices and route any media to your huddle room’s display. Built-in scaling means this solution can handle a variety of formats and resolutions, and the compact size means you can install the hardware inside a lectern, under a table, or behind a screen.
  2. Wireless content sharing. Struggling to get devices connected takes time, causes frustration, and is a common cause for meetings starting late. Wireless presentation means you can share content from any device, including a tablet or mobile phone, without having to plug it in. The Crestron AirMedia® App not only lets you share content wirelessly, but it can accommodate up to 32 devices so collaboration is streamlined and immediate.
  3. Cable and device management. A small huddle space can easily get cluttered with too many cables and wires. The Crestron Connect It™ Cable Caddy keeps all your connector cables in one place—including HDMI, VGA, Audio, and Ethernet cables—so you can quickly find the cable you need and connect your devices without any hassle. Once you’re connected, press the button on your interface to instantly display your content.
  4. Centralized control. You can pack a lot of technology into a small huddle room, but if each component has to be managed and controlled separately, the user experience is compromised, and people are less likely to use all available features. The Crestron Mercury® is an all-in-one tabletop solution that lets you control all your collaboration and conferencing tools regardless of the application or platform. With a single touch you can also control room scheduling, microphone and speaker volume, and web-based collaboration.
  5. Unified communications packages. If you are just starting to design or equip a new huddle room, Crestron offers UC packages that include all the technology you’ll need for a highly efficient—and effective—space, including a touch screen, camera, and speakerphone, all powered by the Crestron RL® 2 Codec.

Next Steps

Huddle room solutions are one piece of your enterprise AV system, and they should be compatible with other AV solutions for maximum effectiveness. A Level 3 Audiovisual Crestron expert engineer can help you find the right huddle room solutions and make sure they integrate effectively with your other AV solutions.

A Crestron and Zoom Partner for A New Meeting Room Solution

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 How Crestron and Zoom Have Teamed Up to Make Meetings Better

There are plenty of times when less is more, including when you are making decisions about your conference room technology. The best meeting room technology is a simple, one-stop, unified solution. But many conference rooms today are cluttered with technologies, including conference phones, USB speaker phones, flat panel displays, laptops or desktops running meeting applications, and lots and lots of cables. Some technologies might be compatible while others aren’t, and integrating personal devices such as mobile phones is complicated at best and impossible at worst. Meetings can already be a drag—a poorly equipped meeting space only makes it worse.

The Crestron Mercury was developed to address those common—and annoying—problems with the typical meeting room user experience. And Crestron’s new partnership with online meeting platform Zoom takes meeting efficiency to the next level.

What Is Crestron Mercury?

The Crestron Mercury includes the capabilities of conference phones, cables, and computers—in one tabletop box. The touch screen console includes a main conference phone and Bluetooth compatibility to support mobile phones, built-in wireless presentation capabilities, and a unique petal-shaped speaker array and integrated microphone for optimal audio quality. The Mercury is also compatible with any web-based collaboration application, so committing to the Mercury doesn’t also lock you in to a proprietary collaboration solution that might not meet your needs.

What Is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video and web conferencing service that is compatible with multiple unified communications systems and audiovisual hardware applications. It works in any environment any time. This means you don’t need to undertake a costly hardware upgrade to improve the quality and flexibility of your meetings. Unlike other video conferencing solutions that only operate with specific hardware configurations, Zoom will work with various audiovisual hardware components including desktops, laptops, projectors, microphones and digital screens. That means you can use Zoom in a large conference room with multiple participants and not sacrifice audio coverage or video quality. And the same is true for remote participants. Integrated cloud provisioning means remote employees can join meetings from wherever they are using a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone and the Zoom app or website, promising audio and video quality to be the same as if they were in the room. All of this translates into money saved on employee travel and technology upgrades, as well as time saved trying to get meetings started and/or frustrated employees dealing with poor and sometimes complicated meeting room solutions.

Crestron Mercury now integrates Zoom for an improved meeting experience.

A Match Made In Collaboration Heaven

Each of these technologies are useful on their own, but when it comes to meeting room technology, two isn’t better than one. This is why Crestron and Zoom have partnered to simplify the collaboration and meeting room experience for the user. They have integrated Zoom capabilities into the Mercury solution and called it Zoom Room. Instead of connecting a separate laptop or desktop to run the Zoom meeting app, users can run it natively through the Mercury console. And when running Zoom meetings through the Mercury console, you benefit from its superior audio capabilities, as well as wireless AV presentation, room scheduling and meeting control. Other key benefits of the integration include:

  • Single-touch meeting control
  • Content-sharing—including HD video and audio—on any device
  • Improved audio, mic mixing and noise reduction with built-in microphones and speaker
  • Meeting recording capabilities

Setting Up Your Zoom Room

An improved user experience and cost savings sound great but what about installation? If a system is expensive or cumbersome to install, the benefits can be quickly cancelled out. In the case of Zoom Room, Crestron and Zoom have done most of the heavy lifting for you by putting everything you need together in one simple-to-install kit. The Zoom Rooms Crestron Kit includes:

  • Crestron Mercury with the latest firmware update
  • Zoom Rooms license
  • Computer with Zoom Rooms for Mac or Zoom Rooms for Windows installed
  • Mac Mini or a Mini PC
  • Conference room camera

All you need is a flat-panel display, an internet connection, and you’re ready to go. And if you need a little more help getting your new system up and running, there is an AV integrator nearby to help.

 

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