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2019 Tech Trends:  FLEX-ibility & Innovation from Crestron
2019 Tech Trends: FLEX-ibility & Innovation from Crestron

Sleek, smart, simple, stunning, solutions…these are just a few ways to describe Crestron’s new products for 2019. From innovative – to problem-solving, they’ve got your AV Integration wish-list checked & covered! We at Captus Systems are proud to partner with Crestron, & are excited to be able to offer these state-of-the-art tools to you. Below is an introduction to some of Crestron’s new products for 2019, that are already generating buzz in the AV industry: Crestron FLEX: What Crestron itself says about its new One-Touch UC Platform: “One Touch. One Experience. Any Communication. Anywhere.” The simplicity of this product characterization says it all, as it echoes the purity of functionality of this user-friendly UC Platform. The Crestron Flex delivers native software for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, & Zoom Rooms, which allows for a more seamless experience between organizations & their customers. The Flex is available in four models, allowing you to choose which will best suit your needs: P100 Series – VoIP Desk Phone; M100 Series – Table Conferencing System; B100 Series – Wall-Mount Smart Soundbar; C100 Series – Flexible Integrated US Kit. Crestron UC Video Conference Smart Sound Bar & Camera: This is where the “sleek” comes-in. The UC-SB1-CAM is not only eye-catching - with its slender, modern design – but it sounds GREAT as well! This Smart Sound Bar can be placed either on a credenza under the main room display - or mounted on a wall. Either way, the UC-SB1-CAM will do its job well – performing like any USB Audio or USB Video class device, enabling use as a speaker, microphone, & camera - for a variety of multimedia applications running on a computer. Whether on an actual call or not – this (very) Smart Sound Bar can be used to share content with everyone in the room. It can also be used to make recordings, with results that are both professional & outstanding. Crestron Digital Media NVX-350: The latest in AV over IP encoder/decoder design, this compact unit functions as either a transmitter or receiver. Both reliable & high-performing, the DM-NVX-350 transports 4K60 4:4:4 video over standard Gigabit Ethernet with no perceptible latency or loss of quality. Along with built-in scaling & video wall processing, USB & KVM routing, & optional fiber connectivity - it supports both HDR10 & HDCP 2.2. The DM-NVX-350 features simple & secure web-based control & management, & offers a one-stop solution for network AV installation of any size. FT2 FlipTop Cable Management Solution: Tired of having to deal with that hard-to-see, hard-to-reach tangle of cables in order to connect your media presentation to the table? Crestron has a brand-new solution for that! The FT2 FlipTop models all feature a wide variety of modular connections, power outlets, & additional accessories. Other characteristics include stunning industrial design, along with backlit international icons that make connection identification unmistakable. The FT2s are mounted flush with the table & are available in both black & aluminum finishes, with a one-touch fully retractable lid. Design & utility meet to make a modular-connection marriage-made-in-heaven – which will ultimately make your media presentation experience uncomplicated & effortless! For more information about these or any other Crestron products, you can visit their website at Crestron.com. Captus Systems is always available to help you reach your 2019 AV Integration Goals, so please contact calling 212-400-1616. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


2019 Workspace Trends…Namaste!
2019 Workspace Trends…Namaste!

Trends for the workspaces of 2019 & beyond are definitely not all about the work. Read-on to see some of the interesting, fun, & unusual things that organizations are adopting to help keep their people happy, focused, well-rested, & entertained: ABW — (Activity Based Working): More & more, organizations are providing their people with alternative work spaces — both within & outside the parameters of their brick & mortar office buildings. Top companies like Microsoft & Deloitte are using ABW spaces to help keep their people happy – which ultimately translates to increased productivity. Within the organi¬zation's actual physical framework, each ABW is designed specifically to help best facilitate different types of tasks. Examples of this include collaboration spaces that can accommodate both large & intimate gatherings, quiet areas — for when more deliberate concentration is necessary, & of course - a person’s own work¬station. Outside of the office building itself, technology brings workers together. Cloud-based applications such as Cisco Webex, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, or other UC platforms, allow staff to work from anywhere — whether it be their home, a favorite coffee house, the laundromat — or halfway across the globe! Experience-Driven Spaces: This category expands on the aforementioned ABW Spaces. According to the pundits, EDSs are a huge trend in workplace design — turning the workday into something much more than simply the time & place for staff to do their…well, "WORK." Organizations are competing to surround themselves with the finest talent available, so they can offer their clients the best & the brightest. To that end, they are sweetening the pot by creating interesting, stress-relieving, & soul-soothing “team experi¬ences" during that 9 — 5 time-slot. Some of these perks include yoga classes, indoor walking & jogging tracks, coffee bars, game rooms, rock climbing walls, meditation & massage therapy areas, & the¬aters — & that's where Captus Systems comes-in. We create innovative designs for large display walls, that make any organization’s private theater spectacular. By offering products like Planar displays, Meyer speakers. Cambridge sound-masking, & Lutron shading control, we'll design the perfect in-house theatrical experience that rivals any commercial movie house! Collaboration Spaces — Huge, Teeny, or Something In-Between: Because of the growing demand for AV-Driven Collaboration Spaces of all sizes – including open-area Town Halls that tie all video displays into 1 event space - it's not only important for an organization to get the equipment right, but also, for the style of its spaces to reflect the overall culture of the corporate environment projected throughout. After all — collaboration spaces are the place that make that initial im¬pression on potential clients - & - where most current clients gather to meet with the team. With that in mind, it is very important for organizations to put their best foot forward on all levels. From the modern technological equipment used to best showcase presentations - to the overall look of the space - we at Captus Systems combine the very best of meeting room design elements, along with a seamless experience. We do this by assem¬bling a certified engineering team that’s best suited to get your project done beautifully & effectively. We are proud to offer the most state-of-the-art AV technology available on the market today, along with dazzling & efficient design - created by working in tangent our architectural partners. All of these ele¬ments come together to bring forth a showpiece that you & your team will be proud of! Construction Administration: In order to craft the perfect collaboration workspace for any organization, it is vitally important that the AV components to be used in the build are considered at the very start of a project. For this reason, all AV integration elements should be included at the planning phase of a job, in order to provide for the best possible overall outcome of the space. Working in concert with a project's entire team — from the client, to the AV integration designers, to the architect, to the GCs, to the engineers, to the interior designers...inclusivity with all of the key players from the onset guarantees a more fluid & stable project outcome. All of these 2019 Workspace Design Trends are here & hot, & we at Captus Systems are always poised to offer the most modern solutions for any project.


Happy 2019!  What’s New on the AV Horizon?
Happy 2019! What’s New on the AV Horizon?

The AV experts have spoken! Here are some of the trends that are at the top of the list for 2019 which we, at Captus Systems, are following: AV-Over-IP (Audio Visual Over Internet Protocol): The transmission of audio-visual data over the internet is slowly but surely replacing traditional AV infrastructures. As the more advanced content of today’s 21st-century digital presentations become more & more prevalent, AV-over-IP solutions are an easy way to give audiences more engaging content. Full HD with near-zero latency & the ability to use dynamically changing content are just a few of the advantages of modern AV-over-IP appliances. With that in mind, Brian Rhatigan, Director of Business Development at Almo Professional AV, comments that the need to be on top of this technology for our clients is of vital importance, when it comes to staying relevant with the growth of the AV-over-IP method of signal distribution. (And - being on the cutting-edge & keeping-up with the ever-changing & growing AV industry is something that Captus Systems does best!) Video Walls/Signage: The days of looped content on large video displays are becoming a thing of the past. Businesses are developing new & creative ways to make their signage more interactive & engaging to collaborators & customers alike. “The need for more affordable, easy-to-use signage will continue to grow strongly,” as is predicted by Brian Rhatigan. “The demand for video walls will continue to increase, as display costs decrease,” says Devon Wright, Senior Product Line Manager of Jupiter, by InFocus. Wright also adds that “There’s a shift in video wall technology from Large Format 4K Displays to LED, because they are efficient, cost effective, & long-lasting with minimal maintenance.” AI (Artificial Intelligence): According to Scott Wharton, VP & GP of Logitech Video Collaboration, AI will become mainstream in conference rooms with “Smart Meeting” technology becoming the norm – not the exception. Adam Cuzzort, CTO of Prysm agrees that “Smart Everything” will gain traction, including tools like Voice Control & Space Identity Management – which enables an employee’s profile & preferences to automatically appear on displays & other equipment as soon as they enter or leave a conference room. Augmented/Virtual Reality: Using augmented/virtual reality for meetings brings the sharing of ideas to a whole new level. This tool enables its users to have a more immersive experience, thus greatly enhancing overall meeting participation. As is stated by Adam Cuzzort, CTO of Prysm, “Exceptional Experiences create interactive, content-centric adventures as a way to spark creativity, accelerate decisions, & propel organizational ROI.” It looks like 2019 is shaping-up to be an exciting one for the AV Industry! We hope that the New Year brings you & yours great happiness & success! Thank you! (The above quotes were shared on Twitter by “Meyer Sound” on January 1, 2019, from a 12/28/18 article by D. Craig Maccormack, Editor-at-large of “Commercial Integrator.”)


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