Crestron has announced Crestron HomeTime in collaboration with Logitech and Zoom to deliver a video conferencing, home control, and unified communications experience engineered for socialising, remote learning, and working from home.
Meeting the needs of our new remote reality, Crestron HomeTime is a unification of the Logitech MeetUp conference camera with the Crestron UC Engine that integrates with Crestron control to deliver the optimal Zoom Rooms experience.
Crestron HomeTime is a complete HD video and audio conferencing system with the size and scale to handle UC in any room in the home. Crestron allows users to host and join Zoom meetings without a laptop while providing the simplicity of one-touch join from a Crestron remote or mobile app.
As we consider all the options for virtual connections now and into the future, Crestron HomeTime streamlines a communications solution for the home office, remote teaching or learning, and of course, long distance socialising.
With Crestron HomeTime, homeowners can use the television in the living room to see participants in much larger video windows; and the MeetUp 4K camera with wide-angle lens captures everyone comfortably in the frame. The full range speaker delivers high-quality, intelligible audio, and the full-duplex beamforming microphone enables natural conversation among everyone in the group.
“It’s time to end the awkward conversations. No more crowding around a laptop and talking over each other because you can’t follow who is speaking. The idea for HomeTime was created from the challenges experienced by families trying to socialise, learn, and work from home. We, at Crestron, knew we had a convenient solution that every living room deserved,” says Crestron’s VP, Residential John Clancy. “By integrating Logitech MeetUp and Zoom Rooms software with the Crestron platform, we can help homeowners prepare for anything, whether that is working in the home office, remote learning in the playroom, or virtual happy hours in the family room.”
“Crestron shares our commitment to seamless collaboration with high-quality technology,” adds Jeff Smith, Head of Zoom Rooms, Zoom Video Collaboration. “Crestron HomeTime raises the bar, bringing the conference room into the living room.”
“We’ve seen an exponential increase in videoconferencing from home as people and families shelter in place, not only for business use, but for personal use as well,” says Scott Wharton, general manager and vice president, Logitech Video Collaboration. “Crestron is a leader in AV and residential systems for high end homes, so this partnership is ideal for providing quality video conferencing experiences and Logitech solutions people need right now as they continue to connect from home.”
Crestron HomeTime will be available on June 1, 2020 exclusively through Crestron residential integrators.