Crestron Mercury Unified Communications InterfaceThere is so much talk in the press and online about the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), ‘smart homes’ and ‘intelligent buildings’, but what technology do you need and where do you go to achieve the nirvana of seamless integration of the many technologies and systems capable of controlling and automating your offices or school or hospital or shop or home, etc., etc.?


Well, from our experience; some of the best integration solutions on the market at the moment come from the team at Crestron, where their wall mounted touchscreens, push button keypads or smart phone or tablet apps can control a wealth of technologies from one place.

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Whether you are looking to share one, or numerous screens in a huddle space, classroom, lecture hall, boardroom or even across multiple screens in different rooms via wired or wireless connections, whilst controlling the security systems, lighting, audio, window blinds, heating and ventilation from one place, Crestron have the solution.


The programmable controller even allows you to set multiple systems to your preferred combination of levels with one touch – for example, a ‘meeting start’ programme can switch the display screens on, dim the lights to 40%, close the blinds and more.


But why stop at your door? With the latest integration opportunities, Crestron offer the only native Skype for Business dual display solution or can link to a full open SIP conference phone – allowing for professional quality video or phone conferencing with any suitably equipped location in the world.

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Of course, with so much technological simplicity on offer, there will always be the battle of who gets to use the room first. Well the advanced capabilities of Crestron’s systems allows full integration with Google Calendar, Exchange 2010 or 2013 or Office 365, allowing centralised room booking from your desk or even your phone.

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Of course, if your meeting runs over and you are going to be late back to your Crestron controlled home, you can switch some lights on, close the window blinds and put the heating on from your phone as you are leaving the office – and with the latest Sonos and Amazon Alexa integrations, you will be able to voice control your music and more on a room by room basis once you arrive.


If you would like to learn more about seamlessly integrating the technology across your site(s), give the Thompson AVC team a call on 01902 658822 as approved dealers and installers for Crestron and many other related technologies, we can provide the simplest solution to the most complex of requirements.