Crestron Tackles $37 Billion Challenge: The Cost and Frustration of Bad Meetings

New PinPoint™ Mobile App and Crestron Fusion® Cloud Platform Remove Bottlenecks and Improve Workforce Productivity

Rockleigh, NJ -Today's global enterprises are increasingly collaborative, requiring employees to work in teams, locally and remotely. Organizations are investing in more group spaces and tools to give employees the environment they need to work productively. But, providing an infrastructure is not enough to ensure success; unproductive meetings have been estimated to cost U.S. organizations $37 billion annually. Problems with reserving and using the meeting rooms themselves are big contributors. With employees spending up to 85 percent of their time in these spaces, any obstacles with scheduling, audiovisual equipment and setup can all impede their success.


Today, Crestron, a leading global technology company, announced two new solutions to fill this critical gap. Having Crestron Fusion® enterprise management technology in the building and the Crestron PinPoint™ mobile app on employees' smart devices clears a path for them to work smarter, faster and more efficiently.

First-of-its-Kind Productivity App
Crestron PinPoint™ is the first personal, mobile, dynamic scheduling tool that lets employees take control of every aspect of their meetings, including scheduling, setup, execution and completion. The app acts like a personal assistant: with an awareness of an employee's location, it identifies nearby meeting rooms with the right technology and devices to meet their needs, and ensures a personalized, automated meeting experience.

"Bottlenecks commuting to work are bad enough, but bottlenecks at work pile on more frustration and wasted time," said Fred Bargetzi, Chief Technology Officer at Crestron. "In fact, there's an average 10-minute delay between the scheduled start time of meetings and the actual start time. In a large organization, multiply that by the number of employees and meetings, then add in all the unused, underused, and misused meeting rooms, and you can see why lost productivity and wasted resources can cost organizations billions of dollars every year."

With Crestron, advanced room search capability ensures there is no more wandering the halls looking for an available meeting room or booking the wrong type of room. There's no more waiting to get back to a desk to schedule a follow-up meeting. No more typing in IP addresses, manually dialing, or fumbling around trying to connect different devices to display a presentation. Once employees are in a space, they can seamlessly share content from their smartphones or tablets.

"Bad meetings can not only crush employee productivity, but can also leave attendees with a lingering sense of discomfort and dissatisfaction that affects them for several hours," said Nic Milani, Executive Director Cloud Solutions at Crestron. "Our solutions help them focus on their work, instead of trying to get things to work."

New Crestron Fusion® Cloud Platform Enables Data-Driven Decisions through Global Device Management

Also being announced today, the Crestron Fusion® Cloud platform provides real-time visibility into enterprises' meeting spaces and building technology around the globe, down to the individual room and device levels. Crestron Fusion® Cloud empowers enterprises to fully optimize their three largest investments—employees, real estate and technology. They can easily monitor all their sites from a centralized location without the need for additional IT infrastructure. In addition to improving meetings, companies can use Crestron Fusion® Cloud to save energy, increase security, and broadcast emergency messages to any Crestron connected display.

"Part of the beauty of this system is that in the Internet of Things, we sit in between the scheduling system, the technology, the AV, the video conferencing and the building management system," said Milani. "We take all of that data and put it into a single database, which organizations can then use to extract information for better decision-making now and in the future."

PinPoint™ is only available to companies that have Crestron Fusion® Cloud or the on-premise version of this enterprise management platform, which is already in use by leading enterprises. For more information, go to Crestron.com/PinPoint™ or Crestron.com/Fusion.

About Crestron
At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform.

Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

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