posted on Wednesday, 20th June 2012 by Steve May
More than 150 industry professionals attended the official opening of Crestron's interactive design and experience centre, in Cobham. The visitors, comprising dealers, integrators, architects, end-users and consultants, turned out for a unique opportunity to get hands on with Crestron's latest control and distribution solutions, and learn more from the Crestron team in attendance.
The company said it was delighted with the response. "It was great to see so much support from the industry," declared UK PR manager Petra van Meeuwen. "It was an opportunity to help customers understand the technology on offer and there was plenty of interest in our products."
Inside CI publisher Dave Slater was one of those in attendance,
and reports that the concept is good for business. "With more and
more dealers feeling the pinch when it comes to spending money on
demo rooms I think that manufacturer experience centres like this
are a great tool to help you to close the deal. With the entire
Crestron range on show you can walk a client around the displays
giving them every option available - and with Crestron offering a
vast range, from lighting to a new speaker line, this helps you
sell the whole concept."
Dave adds: "The wealth of knowledge of product is invaluable from the Cobham team, and I have to say how impressed I was with the whole setup. If you are into CI and want to see how Crestron can help, it's well worth a visit."
Crestron System Designs Engineer Phillip Pini noted: "The launch was incredibly busy right from the start and consistently so, through to the end. The Core 3UI 55-inch touchscreen (pictured above) was a big success, and constantly in use. And I can see why, it is a great piece of kit." Core 3UI is Crestron's next generation of graphical user interface design. From it, users can move between multiple audio visual sources, run RSS news and weather feeds, control lighting, and run windows apps.
Also attracting plenty of attention, said Pini, were Crestron's DigitalMedia solutions, Fusion Energy Management software and Fusion RoomView.
Buoyed by this success, Crestron says the Experience Centre will be used for regular CEDIA accredited training courses, interdisciplinary workshops, networking events and, later this summer, the Crestron Residential Integration Awards presentation, now in its 5th year.
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various media outlets for more than 20 years.
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