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Digital Vision and MTI Film form Strategic Partnership to Create Grading and Control Dailies Workflow


(Los Angeles, CA) Digital Vision and MTI Film have formed a strategic technology partnership to develop a new digital dailies software solution, built upon Digital Vision’s Nucoda colour grading system and the MTI’s Cortex::ControlDailies solution. Introduced this morning at IBC in Amsterdam, the announcement marks the development of a previously unavailable dailies product in the marketplace, built upon two powerful technologies.

Nucoda Look with Cortex::ControlDailies will soon be available as a software package that offers a unique set of integrated features to enable users to seamlessly move the Cortex grades into the Nucoda Look for more precise and controlled “near-set” grading and preparation for final grade. The new package pushes the boundaries of the digital dailies process by offering a simple and powerful production process from set to final colour grading.

In addition to their on-set dailies offering, MTI Film Los Angeles is a leading post production facility serving motion pictures and television projects for major studios and networks, with multiple Nucoda Film Master systems at the center of their colour operations. Recently, they provided remote control dailies for Warner Horizon Televisions’ reboot Dallas. It was during that project, where dailies were moved into Nucoda for final ultimate grading, that MTI Film and Digital Vision were propelled to form the new alliance.

Larry Chernoff, CEO of MTI Film commented, “We have worked closely with the team at Digital Vision for many years, and have found them to consistently bring creative ideas to every project. This partnership is a continuation of our successful collaboration, and we see it as an important service and product for anyone that hopes for powerful colour coherency from day one of dailies to the final delivery.”

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision says, “Our intention is to provide a cost effective high-end solution for on-set and near-set dailies that benefit our clients by combining the best experience with MTI’s dailies processing and the industry’s best colour correction solution.”

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies

About MTI Film
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. With strong ties to our customers and an in-house services arm providing real-world, real-time development experience, MTI Film offers the most advanced, efficient and user-friendly applications on the market. MTI Film products include
Correct DRS(tm) Control Dailies and Convey, and introducing the Cortex family – a simple, powerful and coherent digital workflow solution from pre-production through post-production.

For more information visit www.digitalvision.tv and www.mtifilm.com

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Alexa Maza | alexa.maza@digitalvision.se | Tel: +1 (818) 769-8111

Digital Vision USA PR Contact:
Ignite | Christine Purse | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 303 8088
Mobile: +1 323 806 9696

Digital Vision EMEA & Asia PR Contact:
Jump PR | Kate Ford | kate@jumppr.tv | Tel: +44 (0) 1932 240001
Mobile: +44 (0) 7740 948 065

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MKE 600 shotgun microphone for video journalists

The new MKE 600 shotgun microphone from audio specialist Sennheiser provides video journalists with a microphone that can master even the toughest video sound challenges. Its high level of directivity ensures that it picks up sound from the camera direction with minimal background noise. The switchable low-cut filter makes sure that handling and wind noise is also minimized. Users can expect a very lifelike, full-bodied sound with good bass response, as well as pleasant speech reproduction with high intelligibility.

“Reporting and media productions have an increasingly broad base nowadays, with information needing to be transmitted extremely quickly. This means that the technology used has to be as uncomplicated as possible,” explained Kai Lange, Product Manager Wired Microphones at Sennheiser. “With the MKE 600, we are presenting the ideal microphone for video journalists who want to produce a report or a film in perfect video and audio quality but do not wish to resort to highly professional shotgun microphones or a separate wireless link. In developing the MKE 600, we paid particular attention to achieving a high level of directivity and a balanced sound.”

A shock mount with an integral flashmount adapter is included to enable the sturdy MKE 600 to be fixed to a video camera without difficulties. The special design of the shock mount prevents handling noise from being transmitted to the microphone. Like any other shotgun microphone, the MKE 600 can also be used on a microphone boom.

Independent of phantom powering
For cameras that do not provide phantom power, the MKE 600 can be powered by a standard AA battery. A switch is provided to deactivate the battery power when the camera is not in use, thus preventing the battery from being discharged. An LED on the battery switch (“Low Batt”) indicates when the battery voltage is low, at which point the video journalist still has a reserve of around eight hours – “built-in recording security,” as Kai Lange explained.

Professional accessories
The MKE 600 comes fully equipped with a foam windshield that reduces wind noise by around 25 dB; the shock mount and a carrying case are also included. For outside broadcasting, a ‘blimp’ basket windshield (MZH 600) – a combined foam windshield and hairy cover that reduces wind noise more effectively than a foam windshield – is available as an optional accessory. A further option is a coiled connecting cable (KA 600) from an XLR-3 connector to a 3.5 mm jack plug.

The MKE 600 will be available in the U.S. at B&H Photo / Video in late September.

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Runco Brings Cinema-Quality Digital 3D Home with New Signature Cinema Projectors

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 6-8, 2012 – Booth #3531 – Runco International, the leading brand in luxury display solutions and part of the global leader in specialty display solutions Planar Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: PLNR) today announced two new models in the award-winning Signature Cinema™ series: the SC-30d and SC-35d.
The new SC-30d and SC-35d both utilize a Runco-patented technology to enable the use of digital cinema lenses in a proprietary optical system. The digital cinema optics deliver the crispest and truest digital projection imagery available on the market today, starting at prices under $40,000 – making them the most affordable projectors in the Signature Cinema portfolio in the history of Runco.

These new projection systems provide an unparalleled range of brightness and features for creating immersive entertainment experiences with digital cinema quality video. The SC-30d boasts 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness uncalibrated, and when calibrated to Runco’s CSMS™ standards delivers a dazzling 87 Foot-Lamberts (fL) of brightness.
Signature Cinema projectors come equipped with three pairs of active 3D glasses, and rely on frame sequential 3D technology to ensure that users are able to enjoy 2D and 3D content on the same screen, with full 1080p HD resolution delivered to both eyes.
The SC-30d and SC-35d are also available with Runco’s optional and exclusive CineWide™ and CineWide with AutoScope™, utilizing the highest performance McKinley anamorphic lens. Since its pioneering introduction, CineWide has since been adopted industry-wide to properly deliver a stunning recreation of the theatrical experience with 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies by removing the black bars from letterboxed content. All video aspect ratios are supported without any loss of image integrity for the best possible imagery from all video sources.

“We are proud to add these two stunning new models to the Signature Cinema line, which has exemplified Runco quality and performance for a generation of enthusiasts,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Runco. “The patented optical system and proprietary Runco processing bring true digital cinema performance into the home and with the SC-30d and SC-35d, we’ve brought the barrier of entry into this level of performance down to amazingly affordable levels, without compromising on quality.”

The SC-30d and SC-35d models ship complete with Runco’s new Dimension Digital Controller™ (DC-300), which has been engineered to enhance 3D performance, while providing the leading video processing technology, calibration tools, and source compatibility on the market. As a rack-mounted external processor, the DC-300 offers advanced connectivity options, as well as installation flexibility. It is designed to be located next to, and connect directly to, all other source components, with a single-wire connection from the processor to the projector, which makes it an ideal solution for retrofit installations.

In addition to their stunning performance, the sleek, stylish chassis of the SC-30d and SC-35d can also be customized with Runco’s ColourPalette™ design options, in Signature colors or custom shade matched to the clients’ taste.

Shipping in October 2012, retail pricing for the Runco SC-30d starts at $39,995 and the Runco SC-35d at $44,995. The SC series also features the standard two-year RuncoCare™ standard warranty. Runco RedCarpet™ and PremierCare™ extended service options are also available. Runco’s new Signature Cinema projectors are available exclusively through Runco’s authorized dealer network.

For more information about Runco or to find a local dealer in your area, please visit www.Runco.com.

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Professional sound for video filming: the MKE 600 camera microphone from Sennheiser

Whether it is an afternoon at the zoo, a special holiday video or your very own video documentary, a video camera is always a treasured companion on such special occasions and creative projects. And discerning video enthusiasts often have the highest demands when it comes to sound quality in particular. To meet these demands, audio specialist Sennheiser just unveiled a new camera microphone at IBC in Amsterdam: the MKE 600 shotgun microphone.

“The MKE 600 was developed for video journalists who want superior sound quality coupled with uncomplicated handling – benefits that amateur video enthusiasts will also appreciate,” said Kai Lange, product manager wired microphones at Sennheiser. “In developing the MKE 600, we paid particular attention to achieving a high level of directivity and a balanced sound.”

Top-quality sound for successful videos
The shotgun microphone offers a very lifelike, full-bodied sound with good bass reproduction, while ensuring pleasant speech reproduction with high intelligibility. Thanks to its high level of directivity, the MKE 600 will pick up sound from the camera direction while avoiding unwanted background noise – making sure that the sound is always right next to the image. Handling and wind noise is significantly reduced by a switchable low-cut filter.

Independent of phantom powering
As not all video cameras provide phantom power for a microphone, phantom power for the MKE 600 can also be supplied by a standard AA battery. A switch is provided to deactivate the battery power when the camera is not in use, thus preventing the battery from being discharged. An LED on the battery switch (“Low Batt”) indicates when the battery voltage is low, after which there is still a reserve of around eight hours – plenty of time to complete a video even if you do not have a new battery readily available.

Professional accessories
The MKE 600 comes fully equipped with a foam windshield that reduces wind noise by around 25 dB. Also included is a carrying case and an elastic shock mount with an integral flashmount adapter for fixing the sturdy MKE 600 to the video camera. The special design of the shock mount prevents handling noise from being transmitted to the microphone.

For outdoor videos, a ‘blimp’ (MZH 600) – a combined foam/hairy cover windshield – which reduces wind noise more effectively than a foam windshield – is available as an optional accessory. A further option is a coiled connecting cable (KA 600) from an XLR-3 connector to a 3.5 mm jack plug.

The MKE 600 will be available at B&H Photo / Video beginning in late September.

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DAN FITZPATRICK NAMED PRESIDENT OF ANTON/BAUER

Healthcare Technology Vet to Help Drive New Markets for Portable Power, Including Medical Industry

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012-Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce Dan Fitzpatrick as its new president, effective August 13. As the new head of the business unit, Fitzpatrick will focus on driving new markets with the latest power solutions.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Dan to our executive team,” says Matt Danilowicz, CEO, Vitec Videocom division. “His wealth of experience in healthcare technology will help us foster our aspirations to expand Anton/Bauer into ancillary markets, while his extensive background in sales, marketing and product development will ensure further strengthening of Anton/Bauer’s position as the leader in broadcast and cinematography batteries.”

With more than 25 years in the healthcare technology industry, Fitzpatrick is well-versed in the field and has a keen understanding of what’s required to ensure success. He has held leadership roles in many North American healthcare technology companies, where he gained extensive skills in building and managing sales groups.

Fitzpatrick was formerly vice president of Sales and Marketing for Flo Healthcare, an Emerson company. His vision of developing a dominating market presence for comprehensive wireless technology solutions for the healthcare market-including wireless infrastructure, support services and mobile clinical workstations-helped position Flo Healthcare as a leader in wireless mobile workstations. What’s more, under his leadership, Flo Healthcare’s business achieved significant revenue growth and increased year over year earnings, using a hybrid sales approach with best-in-class products and technology via both internal developments and external partnerships.

Additionally Fitzpatrick has held key sales, marketing, and product development positions throughout his career with companies such as Tremont, Logistix and Sprint Healthcare Systems. He has provided healthcare information technology consulting services to companies such as Anton/Bauer, Sprint Healthcare Solutions, RF Technology, OptiMed, and Vasomedical.

Fitzpatrick holds a BAS from the University of Wisconsin.

For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (203) 929-1100.

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VUE Audiotechnik’s Demo Tour Crosses the U.S. and Back Again

Be among the first to hear VUE Audiotechnik’s complete family of professional loudspeakers when the company’s U.S. demo tour passes through a city near you. 

San Diego, CA (Sept. 7, 2012) - Responding to increasing demand after a series of highly successful demos in August, VUE leadership today announced plans to expand the U.S. leg of their tour another eight weeks-hitting key demo sites throughout North America before expanding globally.

“This is very different from the typical loudspeaker demo in that we’re meeting with potential customers at their own facilities, and demonstrating our entire line,” explained VUE’s Executive Vice President, Jim Sides. “This format not only allows potential customers to audition our entire range, but it presents our team with an opportunity to better understand each customer’s unique business model. This is the type of personalized demo that I’ve always wanted to do, and we’re thrilled that people are responding so well to the format and to our products.”

The demo tour features a full complement of VUE Audiotechnik’s current offerings. Identified by VUE’s CEO Ken Berger as the “first wave”, the current lineup was revealed at the InfoComm show in Vegas last June. It includes three product classes encompassing a broad range of systems, from the most compact contractor offerings, to VUE’s flagship h-Class Active models. Berger reports that a “second wave” is scheduled to arrive before the end of the year, and that those new products will be incorporated into the tour at that time.

“The VUE speakers clearly appeal to a diverse customer base,” explained Steve Gorski of The SG Group, VUE Audiotechnik’s representative in the Southwest U.S., and an active participant in the first six stops of the tour. “From touring sound to AV integrators, the demos we’ve conducted have generated enthusiastic feedback across the board, and the resulting ‘word of mouth’ is fueling intense interest throughout the audio community. The momentum is definitely building, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of it.”

The VUE team is conducting demos this week in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. From there, the demo tour moves to Florida and Georgia (Sept. 9-15), before heading north to New York and other northeast states. The tour will then turn west, booking additional stops throughout October.

Those interested in participating in the demo tour are encouraged to contact their local VUE Audiotechnik representative. Contact information, as well as an ever-growing list of tour stops, can be found online at: www.vueaudio.com/events/

About VUE Audiotechnik
VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

HARMAN’s AKG Miniature Camera PR4500 ENG Receiver Offers Antenna Diversity For Broadcast Technology

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s AKG proudly introduces the new PR4500 ENG Pocket Receiver to the broadcast industry during IBC 2012. The new receiver builds on AKG’s WMS4500 Series by incorporating its new camera shoe, allowing it to be positioned virtually on any camera.

After initial testing, customers have favourably commented on the robustness, reliability, ease of use and convenient mounting that comes with the compact pocket receiver. When matched with the transmitters of the WMS4500 series, the new pocket receiver delivers proven AKG sound quality. The compact bodypack transmitter and rugged finish add to the unit’s durability.

“The PR4500 was designed to provide a solution for the demanding ENG applications,” commented Wolfgang Fritz, product marketing manager, AKG. “It provides antennae diversity for unbeatable reliability, it’s durable, and it’s affordable. Coupled with the HT4500 and PT4500 wireless transmitters, the PR4500 ENG receiver delivers maximum mobility to the recording process without worrying about cables or wires getting in the way.”

The receiver can be easily and intuitively operated with its user interface, which is similar to that of the AKG PT4500 bodypack transmitter. PR4500 is extremely reliable and robust, integrating the latest RF technology, offering diversity and the lowest inter-modulation in its compact, all-metal housing. PR4500 provides a 30 MHz switching bandwidth, frequencies tuneable in steps of 25 kHz, line output for camera and separate headphone output and an operating time of 8 to 15 hours with a single Alkaline/BP4000 battery.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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New Runco XtremeProjection Series Lights Up the Big Screen Experience at Home

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 6-8, 2012 – Booth #3531 – Runco International, the leading brand in luxury display solutions and part of the global leader in specialty display solutions Planar Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: PLNR), is launching an extraordinary new family of projection systems, the XtremeProjection™ series, starting with three innovative models: the X-200i, X-400d, and X-450d.

Designed specifically for the custom installer who specializes in high-end theaters and appreciates craftsmanship and video quality, the XtremeProjection Series projector fills maximum screen sizes from 171 to 235 inches wide—the equivalent of up to a 270-inch diagonal video image—and rely on a combination of state-of-the-art DLP-based SuperOnyx™ technology and proprietary electronics, processing, and optics to deliver stunning images from both 2D and 3D sources.

“Runco’s legacy in incomparable visual experiences continues with this new XtremeProjection series,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Runco. “These new systems demonstrate our commitment to the success of dealers and the delight of their clients, with exceptional video performance, beautiful 3D performance, and the features and options that make Runco a perfect fit for any theater design, all at a great price.”

The XtremeProjection series projectors come equipped with three pairs of active 3D glasses, and rely on frame sequential 3D technology to ensure that users can enjoy 2D and 3D content on the same screen, with full 1080p HD resolution delivered to both eyes.
All three new projectors in the lineup are also available with Runco’s exclusive, award-winning CineWide™ and CineWide with AutoScope™ lens technology option. The first and leading 2.35:1 projection solution, CineWide has since been adopted industry wide to deliver a stunning recreation of the theatrical experience with 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies.
In addition to supporting all video aspect ratios without any loss of image integrity, these new XtremeProjection Series projectors excel at enhancing even the most problematic digital and analog signals to near-high-definition quality, without adversely affecting the quality of native HD content. And as with all Runco projectors, the XtremeProjection Series was designed with integration options and installation flexibility in mind. With primary lens options, Runco authorized dealers can design theaters with throw distances from 0.77:1 to 6.76:1.

As for model specifics, the X-200i is a single-chip DLP projector that, uncalibrated, measures 1430 ANSI lumens and, when calibrated to Runco’s CSMS™ specifications, achieves a light output of 50 Foot-Lamberts (fL). The X-400d shines over 2100 ANSI lumens (uncalibrated), with a contrast ratio of over 10000:1, and can deliver 52 fL of brightness when calibrated. The X-450d boasts a brightness of over 3780 ANSI lumens, or a stunning 94 fL of brightness when calibrated to CSMS standards.

While the X-200i features integrated processing, the X-400d and X-450d also ship with Runco’s new Dimension Digital Controller™ (DC-300), which has been engineered to enhance 3D performance. This 2U outboard controller provides a level of flexibility and control not commonly found in integrated processors, and provides Runco installers with a full suite of calibration tools necessary to achieve a perfect picture, no matter the viewing environment. The DC-300 offers advanced connectivity options, as well as installation flexibility. With a single-wire connection from the processor to the projector, this rack mounted component is the ideal solution for retrofit installations. All three models incorporate the ISF™ (Imaging Science Foundation) calibration suite for optimal performance, including ISF Day and ISF Night presets for the ultimate video performance any time of day.

The sleek XtremeProjection Series chassis can also be customized with Runco’s ColourPalette™ design options, which provide Runco customers with a unique level of personalization and customization that reflects their own individual styles and décors. ColourPalette aids the integrator in crafting a truly one-of-a-kind design-focused alternative to the ubiquitous, commodity display products that rarely aligned with the aesthetic of the luxury home.

This new series will begin shipping in September 2012, with retail prices starting at $14,995 for the X-200i. The X-400d is $34,995 and X-450d is $39,995, including the DC-300. Additional costs apply for lens and CineWide options. As with all Runco projectors, all three XtremeProjection Series models feature a two-year RuncoCare™ standard warranty. Runco RedCarpet™ and PremierCare™ extended service options are also available. The new Runco XtremeProjection Series projectors are available exclusively through Runco’s authorized dealer network.

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Niles® Introduces New Outdoor Speakers and In-Ground Subwoofer at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Underscoring its commitment to developing superior quality, high performance speaker solutions for outdoor environments, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the CEDIA channel introduction of a new line of outdoor speakers and an in-ground subwoofer, which all feature rugged construction, long-lasting materials and deliver superior audio fidelity for all residential outdoor applications. The new GS Garden Speakers and In-Ground Subwoofer deliver Niles’ legendary high performance sound quality and the speakers’ rugged construction gives dealers an ideal, long-lasting outdoor audio solution.

The announcement was made today by Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer at Niles at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled to be showcasing our amazing outdoor speaker line to the CEDIA audience. Our new speakers allow homeowners the opportunity to have a powerful, high fidelity outdoor audio system fit into their outdoor environment with minimal visibility.” Starkey said.

Housed in UV-stabilized, long-lasting ABS plastic, the Niles GS4 4” Satellite Loudspeaker ensures years of trouble-free performance that can withstand Mother Nature’s toughest extremes, even surviving temperature extremes of -50 degrees to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The GS4, with its wide dispersion characteristics, allows users to enjoy the best outdoor audio experience with the ultimate flexibility in speaker placement.

Also included is the Niles GSS10 10” In-Ground Subwoofer, designed to bring deep, rich bass to the outdoors from an enclosure that disappears into the landscaping. The GSS10 can remain totally hidden from view, giving homeowners the opportunity to provide the powerful bass of a 10” Niles subwoofer without affecting their outdoor design. The GSS10 also features a 10” mineral-filled polypropylene woofer and can output frequencies from 25Hz to 110Hz at up to 110dB.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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ELAN® Expands g! System with an Electronic Door Lock Integration Solution That Sets A New Standard For The Industry

Furthering its commitment to provide dealers and end-users with simple, powerful tools to customize the g! System, ELAN® Home Systems today announced an electronic door lock integration solution that allows users to makes changes to pass codes and lock schedules right from the g! interface, with no technician required. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“Integrating door locks is a very risky proposition because of the security aspects, so we take it very seriously,” said Robert Ridenour, ELAN Brand Manager. “We’ve given homeowners more options to monitor and protect their homes through user-specific pass codes, email and text message alerts, the industry’s most accessible door lock history function, and the ability to easily and quickly manage user codes from within the g! interface. And we’ve partnered with the biggest electronic lock manufacturers to give dealers and homeowners the widest range of styles possible.

With a re-imagined door lock interface that is displayed in conjunction with the home’s security system information, ELAN has surpassed other control manufacturers and given homeowners the easiest-to-use door lock integration of any control system. That means that they can view and check their security system and change door locks’ status all from one screen on any g! interface device, including iPhones, iPads and Android® smartphones. Also unique to the g! interface is the ability to secure all locks at once without complicated dealer programming.

ELAN has created the industry’s most accessible history function for door locks so users can view a simple table with events for each lock, including when and how a door was locked as well as which user unlocked a door. Dealers can also configure the g! system to send outbound alerts through text or email to the homeowner, giving them instant notification when a lock jams or has a low battery, or when a lock is opened in their home.

“The integration of Yale Real Living locks into ELAN’s g! system increases the functionality of our locks exponentially,” said Jason Williams, General Manager of Yale Residential. “This new relationship fits perfectly with our plan to partner with companies whose products can significantly enhance the value of our locks.”

The new Yale Real Living deadbolt and lever locks are the first products in the Yale Real Living™ portfolio of residential access control and home security solutions. Available with either a sleek capacitive touchscreen or pushbutton keypad, these locks allow users to create personalized events or scenes triggered by the push of a button from anywhere in the home or remotely via the Internet.

When integrated with the ELAN g! System and g!Mobile app, electronic locks have the ability to communicate wirelessly with other “smart” devices in the home, such as lighting controls, thermostats and home security, making home control and personalization accessible to the average homeowner. Whether on a business trip 10,000 miles away or stuck at work when their kids get home, homeowners benefit from added convenience and peace of mind.

“According to recent research, homeowners have stated they are now looking increasingly at door locks to provide more convenience in their home automation systems,” said Larry Goldman, North American sales and business development manager of Kwikset. “Because of this enhanced desire, the popularity of Z-Wave accessories is growing steadily, especially in home security.”

The ELAN g! system is simple to use from anywhere in the world, so homeowners can easily set a temporary pass code for a maid, repairman, or so a neighbor can feed the dog while the owner is on vacation. With ELAN’s new management feature, homeowners can also decide which locks always require a passcode from g! user interfaces, further enhancing security.

ELAN g! currently integrates electronic door locks from the Kwikset and Baldwin brands of Stanley Black & Decker, as well as Yale’s Real Living series.

About Kwikset:
Kwikset’s SmartCode with Home Connect Technology products feature the revolutionary SmartKey® re-key technology with BumpGuardTM protection as the back-up keyway. Introduced in 2007, SmartKey is the first affordable residential lock that allows homeowners to quickly and easily re-key their lock(s) themselves in a matter of seconds and without removal from the door, for improved access control and home security. Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. For more information, please contact Abby Draper at abbyd@imre.com2.

About Yale:
Yale Locks & Hardware is recognized worldwide as a leader and innovator in the architectural hardware industry, with millions of Yale products used in over 125 countries. Backed by over 150 years of quality and customer-oriented service, Yale offers a complete selection of door hardware for residential and commercial applications. For more information visit www.yaleresidential.com.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more visit www.elanhomesystems.com. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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