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ISE 2018: Crestron FreeForm Turns Open Enterprise Spaces into Productive Meeting Spaces

New addition to Crestron Enterprise Room Solutions line ‘enables secure wired and wireless presentation in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces.’

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Inside Crestron's ISE 2018 stand

Crestron FreeForm (CCS-F-2) debuted at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam earlier this month.

FreeForm represents “the newest addition to its line of Enterprise Room Solutions,” according to the Crestron press release and “enables secure wired and wireless presentation in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces and integrates with popular calendaring platforms.”

“The workplace has changed dramatically, with a dispersed workforce, open floor plans, AV on the network, and reliance on mobile devices to present,” said Joe Sarrasin, technology manager for unified communications at Crestron, in the company press release.

“FreeForm gives organizations a secure, easy-to-deploy-and-manage solution that increases workflow and facilitates collaboration by turning open spaces into productive meeting spaces, while supporting the many different platforms and services employees and guests have on their personal devices,” said Sarrasin.

Here’s more on Crestron FreeForm from the press release:

 FreeForm mounts invisibly behind wall mount displays and enables wired or wireless presentation with auto-switching. No furniture, dongles, or new Wi-Fi networks needed. FreeForm features: built-in AirMedia 2.0 wireless presentation capability; DM and HDMI inputs; HDMI out to the display; keypad control from anywhere in the space; and auto-display on/off via CEC, serial, and IR.

Its built-in graphics engine displays a custom branded welcome screen on the room display, and when connected to Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 or G Suite software, space availability and meeting details appear as well. Now, even open spaces are searchable and bookable.

Enterprise-grade security, cloud-based deployment and management

FreeForm is an enterprise-grade solution that provides cloud-based management and deployment, and supports standard network security protocols, including 802.1X network access control, Active Directory authentication and AES content encryption.

Crestron Fusion room monitoring

With the addition of occupancy sensors and integration with Crestron Fusion software, FreeForm spaces and technology can be centrally monitored and managed. Spaces are automatically turned “on” and “off” and returned to inventory in the event of “no-shows,” thereby maximizing availability.

Occupancy and usage data is collected, which helps organizations optimize investments in space and technology. Instant alerts are sent to the help desk to rapidly resolve technical issues and maximize uptime and workflow.

Click here for more information about Crestron FreeForm.


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