Project Profile: Silver Star A.G. Mercedes-Benz

Project Profile: Silver Star A.G. Mercedes-Benz

Wilshire Media Systems recently completed the installation of an audio and video system in the new 50,000 sq ft Silver Star Mercedes-Benz dealership located in the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. Silver Star Automotive Group consists of nine different dealerships. Designed by ags-ARCHITECTS, the renovation of their Mercedes-Benz showroom began in 2009 in an effort to provide a high-quality shopping and service experience for their customers.

The project consists of a Crestron control system, and multiple zones of distributed audio and video. Speakers were installed in the service department and outdoor areas to provide background music for customer enjoyment. Video displays were installed in the customer waiting area, employee lunch room, and the executive conference room.

The goal of this project was to create a simple control system that required minimal user input and simplified the start up process so anyone could operate each zone of audio and video. One button press turns on all audio and video zones to a preset volume level while switching each TV to a preset DirecTV station and each zone of audio to a preset XM music station. Music and television station presets can easily be changed throughout the day to accommodate customers, and the entire system can be shut off with a single button press.

The Crestron control system is programmed with a unique user interface, which reflects the strong Mercedes-Benz branding while being easy to operate for non-technical staff. The executive conference room is also easy to operate for any of the staff. Virtually no training is needed for a user to come in, start up the system and have a PowerPoint presentation running on the large LED LCD TV.

Despite budget and time constraints, we were able to deliver a reliable Crestron controlled system that allows for future expandability. The system was delivered on time and on budget, and has proven to be very reliable.