29.10.08

Crestron sets sights on education with new range

Crestron has targeted the education market, releasing the Media Presentation Control (MPC) line of control solutions. The range will connect, control and route audiovisual presentation equipment in small one-projector applications.

The range is claimed to have a simple interface and push-button layout. Each MPC features a Cresnet port to add keypads and other Crestron control devices.

For larger rooms or higher levels of control, an MPC can be connected directly to an external 2-Series controller for audio processing, mic mixing or touchpanel control. Streamlined "button-only" MPC models are available for presentation rooms that utilise an external processor.

Each model features Ethernet communications and a built-in web server. Integration with Crestron RoomView software is designed to allow IT/AV managers to remotely monitor, manage and control every room on the network. Ethernet connectivity also provides a secondary web-based interface, so web-enabled devices can become virtual Crestron touchpanels. SSL encryption is claimed to provide a totally secure network connection at all times preventing students from tapping into the system.

All MPCs feature two-way communication and transport control for DVD players. Some models feature a five-button thumb-pad for navigation of onscreen menus.