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The MGM Grand Macau Casino Resort Uses Centralised Control Of Lighting And AV

Offering 600 guestrooms on 35 floors, a 20,000+ square metre casino, some 13 drinking and dining options and a unique, Portuguese-themed indoor shopping and entertainment mall, the MGM Grand Macau is one of the city’s landmark new hotels. Located on a prime waterfront site in Macau’s burgeoning Nam Van gaming district, the hotel’s tower soars 154 metres into

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The Grande Praca, the hotel’s centerpiece, is filled with natural light during the day. Using Crestron CNLDM-6 and CLXI-IDIM4 dimmer modules, the area’s interior lighting is programmed to adjust automatically based on the time of day. the sky and, since the hotel opened at the end of 2007, has quickly become a stylish, even iconic symbol for the once down-at-heel city.

No expense would seem to have been spared in its technical specification and, when it came to selecting a centralised automation and lighting control system, the hotel’s operators, MGM Mirage, chose Crestron as their backbone.

The centrepiece of the hotel is the Grande Praca. Modelled on the town squares of Portugal, and with a central facade modelled on that of Lisbon’s Rossio train station, this extraordinary mall has been designed to reflect the character of Macau’s former colonial rulers, and some of the architectural and design ideas they brought with them from Europe. Measuring some 25 metres high from floor to glass ceiling, the Grande Praca is filled with natural light during the day. Using Crestron CNLDM-6 and CLXIIDIM4 dimmer modules, the area’s interior lighting is programmed to adjust automatically based on the time of day. “The systems not only help to save energy, they also help to reduce the manpower normally needed for professional lighting control,” comments Judy Lam, Marketing and Communications Executive at Crestron Asia in Hong Kong.

Another key element of the MGM Grand Macau is its convention spaces, which total 1,452 square metres. These include the Grand Ballroom and pre-function areas, which total 807 square metres and can be divided into six individual meeting rooms. In total, the convention centre has five individual lighting control zones, all within the Crestron network, which can be scheduled to direct any combination of scenarios to any combination of rooms for a range of different functions, from business meetings to cocktail parties and wedding receptions.

VIP areas have become key to the operation of upscale leisure destinations, and the MGM Grand Macau is no exception. The hotel’s VIP Lobby exudes a luxurious ambiance second to none,

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Customers can control the lights and shades in their hotel rooms via Cameo keypads or iLux, in order to create any mood or scenes they choose. thanks in part to a ceiling decorated by hand with gold foil. Acting as a counterpoint to this is a series of indirect lighting fixtures intended to create a warm and inviting environment. Crestron CNLDM-6, CLXI- 1DIM4, and CLXI-2DIM2 dimmer modules are used here to ensure that the lights are dimmed to the correct levels in relation to the ambient light.

Of its many accommodation options, the MGM Grand Macau boasts 24 elegant Villas and 99 contemporary- themed Suites. The Villas are designed to be the epitome of luxury, while the Suites are varied in layout and all have high-quality furnishings. Crestron lighting and AV control systems have been installed in both Villas and Suites. Customers can control the lights and shades via Cameo keypads or iLux, in order to create any mood or scenes they choose.

All AV equipment is controlled by Adagio AESI processors and 2-series CP2E processors via Isys 3.6-inch TPS-4L wall-mount touchpanels, SmarTouch 2-way STXI-1700C wireless touchpanels, or MiniTouch MT- 1000C handheld wireless controllers.

“With so many facilities at their disposal—lighting, AV, karaoke, airconditioner, and drapes—it really helps guests to be able to control everything with a single touch on their touchpanel,” says Lam, adding that the company’s work at the MGM Grand Macau is not yet done. “Crestron integrated control systems will also be installed in the VIP casino extension, VIP gaming rooms, and Duplex Villas, which are all being planned now,” she says.

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