The Crestron Experience Center: See Control and Automation Systems in Action

Ever since Crestron opened its 8,000 square foot Experience Center in October, 2009, it has averaged five groups of visitors per day from all over the world, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in new business. As Vincent Bruno, Crestron Director of Marketing explains, “There is no better way to understand how effective and accessible our technology is. It’s one thing to read a spec sheet or flip through a catalog; when you can step into real-world environments and experience it firsthand, every other option pales in comparison.”

Representatives of major corporations, universities and consulting firms are finding that a visit to Crestron world headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ inspires a level of trust that simplifies purchasing decisions and closes business faster. For example, one community college placed a $1.8 million order following a Crestron tour.

These exclusive tours are scheduled in advance and tailored to each visitor’s needs and interests, which can include the multimedia presentation room, digital boardroom and Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater. An expansive design lab features more than 500 Crestron products on display; at their leisure, visitors can use, compare and evaluate working, fully programmed entertainment systems, touchpanels and remote controls, lighting and HVAC systems.

The hands-on Crestron Experience Center quickly instills confidence in product availability and performance. The Rockleigh campus is a small city dedicated to innovation, engineering and client support, and provides invaluable insight into what a real technology partner looks like. Many guests are genuinely impressed to discover that Crestron develops, manufactures and warehouses all of its 1500+ products in northern New Jersey, has high-tech technical and customer support departments, and a substantial inventory to ship product quickly.

All of this helps decision makers determine where to find the best solutions and long-term service that today’s projects require. In addition to the Experience Center, tours available on a more limited basis include the 100,000 square foot Research Center, where more than 400 engineers are developing the products and technologies of tomorrow; the 150,000 square foot manufacturing plant; the 50,000 square foot pre-production facility, and the 50,000 square foot worldwide distribution center.

The Crestron Experience Center has a digital infrastructure, wired with Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM) Cable and DM components installed throughout, giving visitors the chance to experience the only end-to-end digital solution available today. Fully functional, state-of-the-art rooms demonstrate how the latest technology looks, sounds and functions. The reception area alone features a 7.1 in-ceiling surround sound system, Digital Projection HD projector and Stewart Filmscreen StarGlas screen, Hubbell Lighting fixtures, Philips Color Kinetics three-color LED chase lights, Renaissance Lighting LED downlights, a custom made wave-shaped stainless steel counter with a quartz countertop and leather high-back stools. LED lights are installed throughout the center, and are dimmed and controlled from Crestron touchpanels to establish the desired ambiance for various occasions, such as a sales meeting or corporate event. The presentation room is fully furnished with high-tech solutions including a Digital Projection dVision projector and a Stewart Filmscreen 123″ wall screen, and the boardroom is equipped with a Pioneer 50″ HD LCD display and Hunter Douglas motorized shades. Both feature Crestron audio, video and control systems.

The Theo Kalomirakis Home Theater delivers the highest quality HD video and surround sound experience, with Crestron PROCISE™ 7.3 HD surround sound processing, ADMS Intermedia Delivery System™, Digital Projection TITAN three-chip 1080p projector, Stewart Filmscreen 143-inch CineCurve screen, Revel speakers, RPG acoustical room treatments and Acoustic Smart reclining theater seats.

“These aren’t simulated or mock application vignettes. These are actual, installed systems in fully-operational rooms,” Bruno affirms. “Check out our next-gen technology for yourself; seeing truly is believing.”

Contact your local Crestron sales representative to schedule a private Experience Center tour or meeting today – you’ll be pleased with the results.

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