Tablet/TouchScreen controllers?

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What alternatives are there to 40-button remotes or expensive Crestron controllers?

In the room, Crestron can glue together AV systems. Or Cisco/Lifesize/Polycom offer their own tablet controllers.  But if a room has both a codec and a pc system, how are you presenting the use profiles to the end user?
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Jesse McKneely

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I'm interested in this as well.  We have no room control systems at this point, but I have started looking at the FrontRow product.  
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This is an area of intense interest for us.

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Hi Tom

We're using an extron touchscreen and controller here in Newcastle University to control ours, we went through other variants and nothing was very successful. Its a reasonably expensive solution, but everyone seems to be able to control everything easily and has made the support much easier for ourselves, can upload some screen shots if anyone's interested?
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Ian thank you for your input. Screen shots would be great when you get a moment.
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As promised ages ago - sorry!!

So this is the system I implemented here at Newcastle, based on an extron touch screen and controller.

This is thestart screen, that the user touches to turn on the screens, codec etc.

Then they can choose the call type, here we do around 90% of calls through BlueJeans, but the odd direct IP call, and occasionally use an education system in the UK called JVCS. Pressing the BlueJeans button auto dials the IP ready for the meeting ID to be entered.

Then they have the screen below to do all the VC stuff, enter meeting id's, muting mics, presentation etc.

Then pressing camera controls at the top, brings up all the camera controls

Then when they're finished they press system off and it asks them to confirm, then hangs up the call and switches everything off. Or they can press the red handset to end the call (after confirmation) and then make another call.

Everything is feedback based, so if the end site sends data then the presentation light comes on, mic mute is displayed etc.

Hopefully this helps someone out, any questions just ask!
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For dialing room systems without using a clunky remote, the Blue Jeans Relay platform can integrate with your room calendar to list meetings on a tablet. Tap the meeting to join the Blue Jeans call, no IP addresses/meeting IDs/pairing codes to type in with the remote.