Crestron Technology Enables Orbis’s Mission to Prevent Blindness

        Jun 02, 2016

        Crestron Technology Enables Orbis’s Mission to Prevent Blindness

        A/V and Automation Solutions on Flying Eye Hospital Facilitate Next-Generation Medical Training

        Rockleigh, NJ, June 02, 2016 – Crestron, a global technology company, today announced that it has teamed up with Orbis International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in developing countries to fight blindness. Donated by the company, Crestron’s state-of-the-art technology is embedded throughout Orbis’ next-generation Flying Eye Hospital, and will play an instrumental role in training eye care professionals across the globe. The new Flying Eye Hospital, on board an MD-10 aircraft will be unveiled June 2nd at an exclusive press event at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the first leg of a month-long tour of the United States, including stops in Sacramento, Memphis, Newark, Washington, D.C., and Dallas-Fort Worth.

        The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital® travels to underserved areas to treat patients at risk of losing their sight, while also offering local doctors the chance to be trained from the plane. The mobile teaching hospital features an onboard ophthalmic training center, which hosts a 46-seat classroom, full surgical suite, operating theater, laser treatment room, communications center, recovery room, and audiovisual/IT room. As an Orbis partner, Crestron has provided over $300,000 in A/V and automation solutions, in addition to integration services, to enable the medical staff to operate on their patients, while allowing other local doctors to observe procedures from the classroom.

        Crestron touch screens located throughout the aircraft create a fully integrated solution, including audio and visual distribution systems, multimedia processors, cameras and monitors. All of the inputs and monitor outputs are connected using Crestron DigitalMedia™ technology allowing for any camera picture to be routed to any display. This provides total flexibility in the communication from room to room all over the aircraft. In addition, a Crestron Sonnex® multi-room audio system and Crestron speakers provide audio throughout the plane. From switchers to video systems, everything can be seamlessly controlled through a single, user-friendly, Crestron touch screen.

        “It is estimated that up to 80 percent of blindness is preventable and 90% of those who are affected live in developing countries where they can't get the treatment they need,” said Bob Ranck, President & CEO of Orbis. “The Orbis model is to train local doctors, nurses and medical technicians to manage blindness in their own communities long after the Flying Eye Hospital has departed. Through Crestron’s incredibly generous donation we are able to enhance the teaching capabilities on our plane. Their technology enables a level of collaboration, communication, and learning that we would never have thought possible.”

        “We are proud that Crestron’s technology is at the backbone of this extraordinary teaching facility, and that we are able to make a difference in so many lives,” added Randy Klein, CEO of Crestron.

        Continuing a partnership that began back in 2013, Crestron’s work with Orbis was the passion project of the late George Feldstein, its founder and former Chairman, whose intense interest in both aviation and philanthropy made the Flying Eye Hospital a natural fit. A team from Crestron Services Provider, ControlWorks Consulting, led by Lincoln King-Cliby, provided programming, user interface design, consulting and commissioning services.

        Crestron’s advanced and scalable solutions make the world’s top enterprises and luxury homes even more extraordinary. Media who would like more information, or a chance to see the technology behind the Flying Eye Hospital firsthand, should contact Dina Khiry, Creston, at (201)367-1048 or

        About Crestron

        At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology to deliver exceptional environments and experiences. 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

        About Orbis

        Orbis is an international non-profit that brings the world together to fight blindness and equip developing nations with the skills, resources and knowledge they need to deliver quality eye care to all their people.

        Orbis® spans the globe to bring people together—expert surgeons and village doctors, community nurses and traditional healers, health ministers and community activists, global foundations and individual donors—so that we can work as one to make sure no one loses their sight to a preventable, treatable disease. For more information visit