Crestron will be displaying its new generation MC3 at ISE 2012, the first 3-Series control system powered by Core 3 OS. Creston says this system has been developed and engineered like an IT platform, rather than an AV system, and it’s designed to provide a foundation for powerful integrated building technology and advanced home control.
When performing upgrades to any single part of the control system, it is no longer required to take down and update the entire system. Because each module is partitioned, a restart or upload of one program does not affect the others, resulting in less programming and no downtime.
Upgrades can now be performed on any individual subsystem – AV, lighting, climate control, and security systems for example – while allowing the other programs to run seamlessly in the background, the same way IT performs upgrades. Until now, to make a change to one subsystem, the whole system had to be shut down.
This exclusive IT-based architecture enables integrators to perform system maintenance and expansion in ways never before possible, increasing run-time efficiency and stability. For corporate campuses and universities with dozens, hundreds or thousands of rooms, and organizations with facilities in cities around the world and in different time zones, maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrades and debugging can be executed quickly, securely and seamlessly.
“As an industry, we have to start thinking about AV as infrastructure, rather than as a standalone entity,” said Robin. “The decision makers are no longer the traditional AV manger, they’re IT managers, facilities managers, architects, real estate developers, and builders. They want all their systems – lighting, HVAC, AV, building management, and others – on a single platform, but until now, no one has been able to offer a solution.”
On a single 3-Series platform, fully-integrated control of entertainment, AV and environmental systems in commercial buildings, homes, schools, hotels and casinos, command centres and multi-campus environments is faster, simpler, and more efficient than previously possible or imagined.”