At InfoComm 2013, Crestron is showing its latest collaboration solution for conference rooms, the Crestron RL, which integrates Microsoft Lync 2013. Crestron RL enables users to collaborate using the features of Microsoft Lync 2013 – which offers video, voice, interactive content sharing, presence, and chat from a personal device, such as a tablet or laptop. The scalable solution also links to all systems in the meeting room, giving users control of the entire room from the same touch screen. The solution includes the Crestron UC Codec for Lync, HD camera, microphone, 65in touch display(s), 10in tabletop touch screen and some other necessary components. It connects over a corporate LAN. Users just have to mount the display, connect Crestron RL to the network, and authenticate. By pushing a button, users can share their desktop with local and remote participants; view and annotate over Microsoft PowerPoint or interactive whiteboard remotely or locally using the 65in touch display. Remote participants can join via Lync on their desktop, and attendees can be added as ‘a fly in the conference room’ by typing in their names. Exclusive features for the RL system include links to all other systems in the room to offer a complete room solution: users can press the “RL” button to instantly access lighting, shades, thermostats, DigitalMedia, AV distribution, and more – all from the same touch screen. Crestron RL also communicates with Crestron Fusion software. Crestron Fusion collects and reports valuable usage data about all systems and activities to intelligently manage the room, and provide remote help desk support from any web-enabled device. No additional infrastructure requirements – such as MCUs or gateways – are needed for RL. More over no system design or programming is required.