Crestron has introduced its Fusion enterprise management platform, which the company claims revolutionises the way organisations control their building technology.
Fusion is described as a modular platform providing the foundation for smarter buildings that save energy and enhance worker productivity. Customers can choose to deploy Fusion RV (RoomView), Fusion EM (Energy Management) or both based on organisational needs.
Fusion RV enables facility and IT managers to centrally monitor and manage room scheduling, as well as AV presentation and video conferencing resources, including CaptureLiveHD, from the help desk. It can track device and room usage to schedule routine maintenance, provide real-time remote technical support and receive instant alert notifications. Reporting features provide data to make more effective purchasing and scheduling decisions.
Fully integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server, IBM, Lotus Notes, and CollegeNet R25 for scheduling, Fusion RV enables occupants to conveniently book conference rooms from the web browser, a touch screen mounted inside or outside the room, or from Microsoft Outlook.
Fusion EM manages and monitors renewable and sustainable energy sources in real-time, and displays historical usage data for day, week, month or year. It also provides environmental control, including lighting, shades and climate, to intelligently integrate with room scheduling and occupancy for greater energy savings. Fusion EM is able to track the building’s carbon footprint while enabling facility managers to easily analyse energy consumption.
“For organisations with lots of meeting rooms, classrooms or multiple campuses, Fusion gives managers enterprise-wide control on one seamless platform,” said Robin van Meeuwen, VP of Sales and Marketing at Crestron International (pictured). “You can manage and monitor your enterprise, including all AV resources, network room scheduling, lighting and climate in every room of every building, plus track and manage energy usage. Fusion simplifies energy management - your entire AV network, and everything on it - all from one platform.”
Designed for unlimited scalability to accommodate organisational growth as a robust, scalable enterprise application, Fusion provides direct database integration with Microsoft SQL Server - from standalone server to enterprise fault-tolerant clusters. As networks and room capacity grow, additional Fusion servers can be added and fully integrated for faster performance across the enterprise. Deploying multiple Fusion servers also provides built-in fail-safe redundancy for additional reliability and uptime. In the event one server fails, any other Fusion server can take over without adversely affecting the whole system.
Enhanced reporting features in Fusion simplify planning and forecasting. Managers can view detailed reports with room usage statistics, lamp replacement schedules, AV equipment usage, and more. Quick reports can be created using simple built-in report templates. Custom reports can also be easily created. Automatic email scheduling can be used to send reports to a group of recipients on a recurring basis. Additionally, email alerts can be sent to support staff when projector lamps are nearing end-of-life, increasing the efficiency of routine maintenance tasks and preventing equipment failure during usage.