Crestron Sets New Standards for Digital System Design and Installation

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ROCKLEIGH, NJ--Crestron announces its new HD Digital Transport and Distribution System Specification (HD-DTDS) and DigitalMedia Certification (DMC) program. Digital technologies have transformed the way we live, learn and work; Crestron DigitalMedia was developed to meet the challenges of this new era. Now, Crestron is providing the definitive design, installation and commissioning specification to guarantee reliable performance of digital AV systems. The HD-DTDS establishes an industry standard, and the DMC program ensures that AV professionals are fully educated and adhere to that standard. The new specification and certification gives clients the confidence that our industry remains a trusted and valued technology resource.

HD-DTDS is a comprehensive roadmap that clearly defines the critical aspects of system design and installation that must be followed to assure reliable system performance. Consultants are quickly adopting the HD-DTDS specification and earning DMC-D certification. Written into the specification, only dealers with a DMC-E on staff will be qualified to bid on projects designed using the HD-DTDS. Clients are becoming educated about the benefits of using only DMC-E installers. Earning a DMC-D and DMC-E provides instant credibility for clients and value to design and installation companies.

“As an industry, we have a responsibility to the client. Crestron has invested tremendous resources –- time and expense –- to develop the technology and products to meet the new challenges of the digital era,” explains Randy Klein, Crestron executive vice president. “Now we need to educate and certify our industry partners to make sure that these digital systems perform to the highest standards, so clients have the confidence to rely on all of us to deliver reliable solutions.”

There are two levels of DMC certification. The DMC-D track is a free one-day course that concludes with an exam that must be passed to earn certification, and is the prerequisite for DMC-E. A DM certified designer understands the fundamental differences between analog and digital systems and the unique design considerations needed to ensure reliable operation. DMC-E continues for two more days building upon the DMC-D class. This rigorous three-day program details every aspect of system installation and commissioning. DM certified engineers demonstrate proficiency in system setup, diagnostics, testing and reporting. Only a DMC-E is equipped to fully execute and support a DM project.

"We just finished the installation of a large, distributed DM system in our new Biosciences Research Collaborative building. Even though we have been using various digital solutions for years, we have learned so much through this process. This training and certification program should help streamline both design and installation phases of a DM system deployment,” says Terry Graham, instructional systems developer with Rice Universities Educational Technologies Group. “There can be many pitfalls working with digital signals, because device manufacturers do not always play by the same rules. DM helps solve many of the issues by allowing switching and distribution of digital signals in a unified format."

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