The Creston EMEA Integration Awards are a celebration of the finest projects featuring Crestron technologies. The 2019 edition – the competition’s 12th instalment – saw 147 entries come in from 71 integrators representing 19 countries from around the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Reflecting on this year’s awards, which were granted in 15 different categories (both commercial and residential), CEO of Technical Innovations Group, Robin van Meeuwen, said: “Every year, the quality of the entries increases, and this is a testament to the network of leading partners and service providers that choose Crestron to deliver exciting and forward-thinking projects.”

Best Corporate Application: Agemar SA in Greece by Avidex SA

This year’s judging panel consisted of four industry experts with extensive experience in commercial and residential technology. Owen Ellis, chairman of the AV User Group; Rob Scott, founder and publisher of UC Today; Karen Stylianides, editor of Grand Designs magazine; and award-winning freelance writer Zoe Dare Hall were entrusted with making the difficult selection. As Ellis commented, the judges were looking “for more than just the innovative use of Crestron technologies, but projects that exceeded client expectations and requirements.”

Meanwhile, the award for Best Educational Project was scooped by Visavvi for their University of the West of Scotland (UWS) installation. In this “closely-contested category,” the award was eventually given to the £110M campus project, which features “the largest single deployment of DM NVX in Europe, and perfectly [showcases] the art of the possible with AV over IP.” Discussing the range of Crestron technologies that Visavvi implemented, David Johnston – assistant director of ICT at UWS – said: “Visavvi … delivered our vision using an extensive array of Crestron technologies. Reliability and support are vital to the reputation of a leading university.”

The award for Best Application of DM NVX – Crestron’s revolutionary AV over IP encoder/decoder technology – went to Langard s.r.o. for the Czech Republic’s National Museum Prague, where an extensive reconstruction project was completed by the 28th of October 2018: the country’s 100th anniversary. Featuring 192 AV sources in overhead spaces and a further 192 displays in each room of the building, Martin Soucek information systems designer at the National Museum, said about the project: “An exhibition to mark the anniversary of our country was a great challenge and a matter of prestige. I especially appreciate the great ease of installation of Crestron.”

Best Educational Project: University of the West of Scotland by Visavvi

 The award for Best Application of DM NVX – Crestron’s revolutionary AV over IP encoder/decoder technology – went to Langard s.r.o. for the Czech Republic’s National Museum Prague, where an extensive reconstruction project was completed by the 28th of October 2018: the country’s 100th anniversary. Featuring 192 AV sources in overhead spaces and a further 192 displays in each room of the building, Martin Soucek information systems designer at the National Museum, said about the project: “An exhibition to mark the anniversary of our country was a great challenge and a matter of prestige. I especially appreciate the great ease of installation of Crestron.”

Fast food brand Nando’s is known for its cheeky corporate personality and provocative advertising campaigns – and so it is, perhaps, not surprising that the collaboration between Triac and the South African company earned the prize for Most Unique Application at the 2019 Crestron EMEA Integration Awards. Read all about this exciting project in our exclusive feature on pages 24-27.

Best Hospitality Project went to HENRI for their automation installation at the five-star Lutetia Rive Gauche, an iconic Parisian Art Deco hotel. During a recent renovation, HENRI undertook to automate every one of the hotel’s 184 rooms, designing a comprehensive system for lighting management and control of motorised curtains, temperature and in-room AV options. Furthermore, every room in the hotel is equipped with no less than five Crestron TSW-560 touch screens, integrating regular hotel room amenities like “Do Not Disturb” messages and wake-up calls. The managing director of HENRI, Michael Sherman, commented: “The Lutetia Hotel is one of the very few in the world to implement such a high level of technology in their rooms, replacing keypads with touch screens and really pushing forward this technology to improve the client’s experience and comfort during their stay.” Finally, the gong for Best User Experience went to MK2 Audiovisueel, a Dutch company entrusted with the recent integration of the KLM International (ICA) Business Class Lounge. In this category, the KLM lounge was declared “the clear winner … as the solution is future-proof, highly flexible, cost-effective and infinitely scalable, fitting the look and objectives of the ICA Lounge.” These thoughts were further underscored by Boet Kreiken, executive vice president of customer experience at KLM, who said: “KLM aims to offer the most attractive lounge in the world; a destination in itself. The new lounge concept ties in seamlessly with KLM’s strategy, centring on providing the ultimate hospitality experience, innovation and perfect customer service.”

AV Integration would like to congratulate all the winners, whose projects – in the words of Robin van Meeuwen – are “confirmation of how innovation, excellence and creativity in using Crestron technology can enhance lives.”

For a complete list of winners, and to learn more about Crestron’s exciting AV integration solutions, visit www.crestron.com.

Best Educational Project: University of the West of Scotland by Visavvi