Crestron, a global provider and manufacturer of AV technology joined forces with Zoom, a fast-emerging software based VC and web VC service provider. It has only been two months since we wrote about Crestron Mercury and how this device could be a small revolution for Huddle rooms and small meeting room spaces.
Nowadays we see a need to increase the flexibility of collaboration facilities required in a Huddle Room or small Meeting Room which include conferencing solutions. This association between Crestron and Zoom comes as an answer to this need.
In a standard Zoom Room deployment, a camera and speakerphone will be required. To provide users with an additional point of control, it is possible to use a tablet with the Zoom control app which facilitates the VC sessions wirelessly.
Crestron Mercury natively runs the Zoom UX ensuring a perfect match with the Zoom VC application. This will enable users to control the Zoom from the Crestron Mercury Touch Screen instead of a tablet as with any standard Zoom Room deployment. Also, Mercury has built-in microphones and speaker which replace the standard speakerphone.
Zoom allows users to schedule VC meetings online, where participants can join from many different platforms like hard codec systems (Polycom, Cisco), Laptop/PCs or even mobile devices and tablets. Through this, the host and participants will be able to share content for discussion and collaborate effectively regardless of their location.
At the same time, we can use Crestron Mercury as speakerphone and control point for the VC session via its touch screen panel. Also, as standalone, we will be able to use it as a wireless and BYOD presentation system. It can be also be linked to the Crestron Room booking system and room occupancy sensor for a more complete solution in an environment with heavy usage of meeting spaces.
We, as Zoom distributors and Crestron partners, are very excited with this news and look forward positively to this association for the benefit of our clients. If you are interested or want to know further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.