Crestron and Microsoft Develop New Business Collaboration and Communication Solution

Crestron’s new Flex products are designed to keep business conversations flowing no matter where they take place.

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When it comes to running a successful integration business, communication and collaboration are extremely important and can take many forms. Sometimes they happen right at employees’ desks. Other times people gather in small huddle rooms to conduct conference calls. And then there are times when presenters prefer to stroll the executive boardroom when presenting topics of discussion.

To provide a solution for all types of communication and collaboration, Crestron announced at the Microsoft Ignite conference a complete line of workplace solutions. Every product in the portfolio features Microsoft Teams.

“Crestron Flex has been developed with Microsoft to deliver a native Microsoft Teams user experience including one-touch join, in all the places people work: from the desk to meeting rooms of every shape and size including huddle rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms, auditoriums, and boardrooms,” says Fred Bargetzi, chief technology officer at Crestron Electronics.

“As the world moves to teamwork-based collaboration, delivering Microsoft Teams across the Flex portfolio hits the mark for customer needs today and well into the future of intelligent communications.”

Included in the Flex line:

C100 Series

This high-resolution touchscreen combines with a UC engine to provide an intuitive user interface. The UC engine facilitates a seamless meeting experience, no matter the type of space, number of participants type of presentation content, or number of video streams.

Equipped with an HDMI to USB Converter, the C100 lets users effortlessly display content to local and remote participants through the Crestron UC engine, making it ideal for a home office. 

P100 Series

This is Crestron’s first ever voice-over-IP desk phone. It enables users to take advantage of Cortana skills for their own specific tasks. Also available for Skype of Business, the P100 features a large touchscreen to connect to co-workers visually from the desk.

B100 Series

This wall-mount soundbar eliminates the need for devices on the desk or conference room table. A beamforming microphone array ensures clear communication; an integrated 4K high-def camera features auto-zoom, people counting and superior image quality. The B100 pairs with a 7-inch or 10-inch touchscreen.

M100 Series

This tabletop solution supports audio and video conference calls using Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business software. A built-in 4K camera is included. 

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