As AV continues to grow in the world of IT, not only are more devices on the network and more control taking place using network protocols, the traditional control system processor is now migrating to other forms like server and cloud-based solutions. This is a significant change in the approach to control and will not only cause manufacturers, designers, programmers, and technology managers to think differently, but it will also introduce new areas of value and concern.
Driving certification demand
State of Control 45: Crestron, AMX, and other programming companies have several levels of certification. A year ago Crestron introduced their “Diamond” level programmer. Today’s panel is three of those Diamonds talking about what these certifications mean to customers and those outside the audiovisual industry.
When Amazon becomes your distributor
ResiWeek 115: In February of this year Amazon purchased Ring for a reported $1 billion. Recently the online retailer dropped the price of the first generation doorbell to below what residential audiovisual dealers can buy them through distribution. Our discussion today focuses on what this move, and Amazon in general, will do to the dealer/distributor relationship.
The value of Crestron Masters
A State of Control 45: Each year Crestron Electronics invites their certified programmers to the Northeast for training, networking, and furthering their careers. It’s called Crestron Masters. Host Steve Greenblatt who’s attended nearly every Masters talks with those who attended and have attained the “Diamond” level certification; the highest Crestron offers.
An accomplice to data breach
Best Buy rolls out a yearly service plan for customers. At $200, the plan gained the box store $46 million in revenue last year. Amazon confirmed the recording and transmission of a family’s conversation. What that means to the smart speaker market. Continuing innovation as CI legends pass and retire.
Focusing on the User Experience
Audiovisual Programming Peer learning
Each year a gathering of Crestron Certified programmers takes place. It’s called Masters and the gathering is a chance for those who have earned at least a basic Crestron certification to get deep dive into what’s coming next from the control and video distribution giant. Now they have added Diamond Level certification and that entails teaching your peers. On this episode of A State of Control we talk with three Diamond Certified Crestron programmers