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Love Zoom Web Conferencing?

Make it Easy With A Crestron Mercury System

Love Zoom Web Conferencing?

Zoom web conferencing is taking the collaboration world by storm. As an intuitive platform for video conferencing and sharing information, anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop can use it for free. Of course, companies like Zoom do need to make money, and the paid plans for business allow the unlimited meetings and large numbers of participants necessary for business collaboration.

The ease-of-use for anyone on any device, plus the flexibility to support business with scalable and economical options, has made Zoom increasingly popular with companies from the smallest to the largest. That has also prompted some of the biggest names in conference room technology to partner with Zoom to enable conference room systems to take advantage of Zoom’s ease of use and flexibility.

Crestron has always been one of the biggest players in home and commercial automation. Their conference room systems have long been staples in Fortune 500 boardrooms, managing AV, lighting, and video conferencing capabilities to make running meetings easy. In 2017 Crestron partnered with Zoom to marry Crestron’s conference room technology with Zoom’s easy to use collaboration platform, and the result was Crestron Mercury.

Read on to learn more about how Creston Mercury makes Zoom web conferences even easier for your organization in Dallas.

TAGS: Collaboration Technology | Conference Room Automation | Crestron Mercury | Crestron Zoom Room | Video Conferencing

The Best Smart Home Devices

The Best Devices Are Ones That Work Better Together

The Best Smart Home Devices

We are sure you know all about smart devices. You may be reading this on one right now, such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, those devices are smart; at their core they are computers.

When it comes to smart home devices, it seems like a new one is announced every day. You might be thinking – just how useful are these things? Yes, they may be cool, and it might be interesting to control it from my smartphone. But is it useful on a daily basis? Is it something I’m going to benefit from after the novelty wears off? 

We think that smart devices are everyday useful when they’re part of the same ecosystem, so they work well together. What’s an ecosystem? In technology, it means an interconnected set of products and services that interact and work well with each other, making for solutions that are greater than the sum of the parts.

In the smart home device world, that means that there is a smart home automation system that can help derive even more value out of a smart device. For example, a smart thermostat is great in part because it can be remotely controlled by a smartphone. But what it if works in concert with automated lights and window treatments to better manage energy use? Then you have something delivering more value through the ecosystem.

With that in mind, let’s talk about a couple of smart home devices that bring real value to your Plano home when plugged into the right smart home automation ecosystem. Read on to learn more.

TAGS: Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Smart Locks | Smart Thermostats | Video Doorbell

Design for Digital Menu Boards

Creating A Menu Is Easier Than You Think

Design for Digital Menu Boards

We have discussed before the benefits of menu boards for different types of restaurants.  Digital technology offers obvious advantages over paper and regular signage, as it’s much easier to update quickly and to integrate digital information with other systems in your restaurant. 


But you might be thinking that you have to learn some complicated new tools for this new digital menu board technology.  Don’t you have enough to worry about running your fast-casual concept in Frisco’s Legacy West Hall?  Do not fear, just as when the original personal computer came out in the 1980’s and revolutionized business, easy to use software solutions quickly emerged that regular people could use.  The spreadsheet comes to mind, and we’re reasonably sure you use that software to analyze your business metrics.  Similarly, specific software solutions have evolved for digital signage like menu boards that make creating a menu at a taco concept at Frisco’s Star almost as easy as using a smartphone app. 

Intrigued?  Read on to learn more.

TAGS: Digital Signage | Restaurant Technology | Screencloud

The Latest High-End Audio Trend

Escape to the Listening Room

The Latest High-End Audio Trend

In out content-rich world, music is everywhere.  From the elevator music in your office tower to the background world music tunes at Whole Foods market, it seems like there’s always something on.  But that music may not be what you necessarily want to hear. And even though you may have a great sound system in your car, you may not be able to always enjoy it as you fight the Dallas traffic.

So where do you go to let yourself relax and immerse yourself in your favorite music?  If you’re a headphone aficionado, that’s one option.  But not everyone likes to have headphones on for extended listening.  The latest trend for enjoying high-end audio in Dallas is to set up a comfortable listening room.

What is a listening room? It can be anywhere in your home that makes sense for you and your lifestyle, but as always, some places will be better than others.  In general, we are talking about a stereo (2-channel) music-oriented setup - but not necessarily - as we will explain. 

Ready for some ideas about how to set up your listening room?  Read on to learn more.

TAGS: Focal Audio | Home Audio | Two-Channel Audio