November 13, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
The USO is known for its shows, but this one has a geeky headliner—via Crestron. The high-end manufacturer recently donated some of its goods to create a high-tech home away from home for thousands at the Liberty USO Visitors Center at the Philadelphia International Airport.
While waiting for connecting flights home, servicemen and women are treated to the comforts of home, which includes beds, showers and web access—as well as the DVD player, stereo receiver, television projector and satellite receiver of a 20-seat theater. All of this is pulled together by Crestron’s CP2 control system and a TPS-4L Isys 3.6-inch wall-mount touchpanel. The Visitors Center is the first domestic stop for troops returning to duty overseas.
“We heard they were in need and felt strongly about making our servicemen and women feel appreciated, by giving them entertainment and comfort during their long trip home,” said Randy Klein, Crestron’s executive VP. “We have a tradition of giving back, through the Crestron Eagles Program, so we were excited to once again support our troops.”
The USO relies entirely on grants, as well as private and corporate donations.
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