Crestron

The Future of the 
Specialty CE and 
Integration Markets
September 1, 2011

Convergence is
happening at lightning speed, and just how specialty dealers and custom integrators handle it will spell the difference
between a harmonious blend of legacy products with cutting-edge technologies and a train wreck.

CEDIA Names Manufacturers Excellence Award Finalists
August 2, 2011

CEDIA Tuesday announced the finalists for its 2011 Manufacturers' Excellence Awards. The finalists include 30 in the Best New Product category and two more in the Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation category.

Barrett's Technology Solutions, Naperville, Ill.
August 1, 2011

Barrett's Home Theater changed its name last May to Barrett's Technology Solutions. But for six full months after that, the name was about the only thing that had changed. Retail CE products still took center stage in the store, with design, installation and other offices relegated to the perimeter.

Crestron Debuts New V-Panel
July 14, 2011

Crestron this week announced the debut of a new 24” V-Panel. The panel, known as the V24-C 24" HD Touch Screen Display, sports full touch screen navigation, high performance graphics and HD video, the company said.

Crestron Ships iPad Docking Stations
June 30, 2011

Crestron said this week that it is shipping new docking stations for both the first iPad and the iPad 2. The IDOC-PAD and IDOC-PAD2, the company said, turn iPads into tabletop or wall-mounted touchscreens.

Crestron Countersues Savant
June 20, 2011

Crestron late last week filed a countersuit against Savant Systems, alleging "tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with prospective business relationship, and unfair and deceptive trade practices."

Savant/Crestron Suit Goes Forward
May 26, 2011

The antitrust lawsuit filed by Savant against Crestron last fall will go forward after a judge denied a motion to dismiss, Savant said Thursday.

Dealers Follow iPad Gold Rush
April 6, 2011

How dealers and custom integrators capitalize on the iPad market depends on their business model. Many larger retailers who don’t sell the device offer dozens of high-margin accessories that almost sell themselves. Integrators and specialty dealers who have signed on to the phenomenon, though, rely on other profit avenues that stem from the iPad. In other words, there’s something for everyone who rides on the iPad gravy train in the way of sales, profit and customer traffic.

iPads provide integrators and specialty dealers a means to piggyback on its simplicity, ubiquity and familiar interface. For some, it has led to the retail sale of accessories. For others who feared it would cannibalize sales of multi-thousand-dollar touch screens, it has opened up opportunities for step-up and multiple sales of the products that the iPad can control. And it has even smoothed the sales path to those much-pricier touchscreens.

Feeding the iPad Frenzy
April 1, 2011

How dealers and custom integrators capitalize on the iPad market depends on their business model. Many larger retailers who don’t sell the device offer dozens of high-margin accessories that almost sell themselves. Integrators and specialty dealers who have signed on to the phenomenon, though, rely on other profit avenues that stem from the iPad. In other words, there’s something for everyone who rides on the iPad gravy train in the way of sales, profit and customer traffic.

iPads provide integrators and specialty dealers a means to piggyback on its simplicity, ubiquity and familiar interface. For some, it has led to the retail sale of accessories. For others who feared it would cannibalize sales of multi-thousand-dollar touch screens, it has opened up opportunities for step-up and multiple sales of the products that the iPad can control. And it has even smoothed the sales path to those much-pricier touchscreens.