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Nortek Showcases New GoControl Z-Wave Home Control Devices at ISE 2015

Nortek Security & Control will demonstrate new GoControl smart home lighting, security, and control devices and its market leading 2GIG smart home system in the Z-Wave Alliance booth.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 12-A74 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek, Inc. company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, today announced it will be exhibiting at ISE for the first time in company history, and showcasing a range of smart home products available in the EU market.

The company’s GoControl smart home products are the choice of many security and control system providers around the world, and the company is the top provider of Z-Wave® compatible devices to the industry, according to the Z-Wave alliance. In addition, its 2GIG® home control system is the most widely installed home control platform, according to Park Associates, as of December 2014. At ISE 2015, Nortek Security & Control will be unveiling the following GoControl and 2GIG products to the EU market:

GoControl Bulbz Z-Wave Dimmable LED Smart Light Bulb - A Z-Wave® enabled LED smart bulb that’s dimmable up to 100 levels. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available.

GoControl Wireless 3-Way Z-Wave Light Switch - Allows remote ON/OFF control and dimming of as many as five other Z-Wave controlled lights. DIY consumer and installer friendly, it can serve as a virtual 3-way switch and be wired anywhere power is available, without the need for a traveler wire.

2GIG Home Control System – A fully contained 2GIG security and home control panel that supports 433MHz devices will be demonstrated along with standard Z-Wave door/window transmitter and 4-button key ring remote to show what an entry level smart home security system looks like.

In addition to the booth display, Nortek Security & Control vice president of security and control, Avi Rosenthal, will participate in one of the most highly anticipated panels at the show, “The Internet of Things: Where’s the Opportunity.” The panel will take place on February 9 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the Smart Building Conference and explore various IoT segments experiencing rapid growth and what the future holds for connected products.

Strongly positioned with product portfolio synergies and the ability to cross-pollinate technology across the broader Nortek family, Nortek Security & Control provides a broad range of smart home solutions to OEMs, telecoms, major retailers, managed service providers, security dealers, custom installers and DIY consumers.

About Nortek Security & Control

Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control supplies its technology solutions to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Nortek Security & Control is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Nortek Security & Control LLC. All rights reserved. The Linear, 2GIG and GoControl logos are registered trademarks of Nortek Security & Control LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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SurgeX Stamps Out Surges at ISE 2015

Advanced Series Mode surge elimination technology offers significant advantages over traditional MOV-based surge suppressors and is primed for distribution to systems integrators in the global market.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 7-T180 –

At ISE 2015, ESP/SurgeX, the only manufacturer with surge elimination technology, will showcase a variety of mains protection products to the European market at ISE. The SurgeX portfolio features patented Advanced Series Mode surge elimination technology implemented across a range of form factors, including: rack mount, space saver, standalone, low-profile and branch circuits.

The SurgeX philosophy originated from the idea that simply suppressing a surge is not enough. To fully protect valuable equipment, surges must be eliminated. Traditional surge suppression units, such as the conventional MOV-based technologies, pass through some of the surge energy to the equipment. This let-through produces harmful side effects such as earth contamination or common-mode disturbances. To deal with this, SurgeX developed its patented Advanced Series Mode® Surge Elimination Technology to properly protect A/V equipment from AC surges and electrical transients that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance. This, along with other proprietary technologies such as Impedance Tolerant® EMI/RFI filtering, SurgeX ICE® inrush current elimination, and COVUS® Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown, differentiate SurgeX products from all other power conditioning products.

While many believe surges come from events like lightening or blown fuses, more commonly they originate from inside a building from HVAC units, office equipment or other electronics cycling on. The surges happen repeatedly over the course of a day and often flow unchecked because traditional power suppression products suppress and then shunt surges to the neutral or ground using an MOV derivative. The voltage they allow to pass on to the connected equipment—known as let-through voltage—can be in excess of 600 volts, and causes the attached diode to fail dramatically when hit with a surge. While those levels may not be catastrophic, they will produce heat in the equipment. Heat buildup accelerates wear, degrades performance and shortens the lifespan of electronics.

“We’ve built a product portfolio that gives integrators a logical solution to properly protect audio video equipment,” said Shannon Townley, president of SurgeX. “We understand that dealers, installers, and business owners need a product that’s going to provide non-sacrificial protection and flexible compatibility to offer the confidence that they’re always protected, and that’s what they receive with SurgeX products.”

Dealers who want to experience SurgeX’s surge elimination technology can visit ISE 2015 Stand 7-T180. SurgeX will also be conducting interviews for potential distributors at the show.

For more information about SurgeX, please visit www.surgexinternational.com.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 42 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit www.espei.com.

ESP/SurgeX products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

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SurgeX Introduces Axess Elite with International Electrical Standards for Smart Energy and Power Management

The IP-enabled Axess Elite is a surge eliminating, mains management system that enables users to monitor and control power distribution platforms.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 7-T180 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in surge elimination and energy intelligence, introduces its Axess Elite web-enabled mains conditioning and energy management system for the 16 amp CEE7/7 and 10 amp AS3112 international electrical standards. Available in Q2 2015, the Axess Elite is one of the first IP-enabled smart energy solutions to carry these standards and it addresses a growing demand for connected power products internationally.

Combining surge elimination with advanced mains management capabilities, the SurgeX Axess Elite also provides remote monitoring and control of power distribution platforms across multiple sites simultaneously. Custom settings, scheduling and on/off controls can be configured on individual outlets and custom sequences can be created across the entire network with e-mail notifications sent about different issues, based on user-defined conditions.

This unique device gives integrators the ability to manage customer’s systems more efficiently and reduce costs through fewer service calls. One of the most common service calls is for locked gear; a simple fix, but typically requiring an onsite visit to correct the problem. With Axess Elite, integrators can hard reboot locked up equipment remotely via the outlet reboot command. Utilizing AutoPing, a trigger can be set to automatically fire if the Axess Elite fails to get a ping response from the device that has locked up, thus eliminating the time and costs associated with sending an integrator onsite for a simple reboot.

Beyond monitoring and management, Axess Elite measures system energy usage collecting temperature, voltage and current draw measurements. Data is recorded and reported back via a user-friendly GUI. Energy usage data is displayed per outlet to provide a detailed report of the system’s energy consumption by each connected device. The Axess Elite also compiles an internal history log file for advanced monitoring of the system and user access.

“SurgeX has engineered the most comprehensive remote energy management and power protection solution available for the global market,” said Shannon Townley, president, SurgeX. “Axess Elite consolidates energy monitoring, power management, and consumption while providing surge protection from a single, rack-mountable device. This solves a big problem for integrators and their customers.”

The Axess Elite features the core technology behind the SurgeX brand: Advanced Series Mode® (ASM) Surge Elimination Technology. The SurgeX patented Advanced Series Mode Surge Elimination Technology is completely non-sacrificial and eliminates surge energy without producing harmful side effects such as ground contamination or common-mode disturbances. This proprietary technology protects AV equipment from power disturbances that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance, and provides a professional grade power protection product line that is more robust than traditional surge suppression products.

The Axess Elite also comes equipped with the Axess Manager and Axess Manager Mobile, new desktop and mobile apps designed to let users monitor power conditions and control power functions of multiple installations from a single location. Integrators using Axess Manager in multiple locations will appreciate the single interface and the ability to uniquely classify and manage each installation. The streamlined approach makes it easy to identify power-related issues quickly and allows for simple navigation and management of existing installs, especially when new devices and systems are constantly being added to the network.

SurgeX will be demoing the Axess Elite at Stand 7-T180 at the Integrated Systems Europe Show.

To learn more about SurgeX, please visitwww.surgexinternational.com.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 42 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit www.espei.com.

ESP/SurgeX products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

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Beale Street Audio Shipping Nine New In-Ceiling Speakers Powered by Sonic Vortex Technology

Primed to disrupt existing performance expectations for in-ceiling speakers, new Beale models include patented Sonic Vortex Technology, the most significant architectural speaker innovation since the category’s inception.

Amsterdam, NL – ISE Stand 1-P85 – February 10-12, 2015 – Beale Street Audio is making major sound waves at ISE 2015 with the launch of an initial group of nine new in-ceiling speakers powered by Sonic Vortex Technology™, a “twist” on traditional ported enclosure designs that brings true performance innovation to a growing but technologically stale category. Six new in-ceiling models are available with 6.5 and 8-inch woofers as well as three angled in-ceiling models with 6.5-inch woofers. All models feature 1-inch tweeters, an integrated retrofit enclosure and flexible industrial design options.

Beale Street Audio’s patented Sonic Vortex Technology reimagines the traditional ported enclosed speaker design to deliver significantly more bass and a flatter frequency response. This audible improvement is achieved by separating the main port of the enclosure into multiple sections called “fins” that are tuned to ideal listening specifications. The fins compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise and also add to the cabinet’s rigidity. Compared to sealed models, the Sonic Vortex design provides a 6 to 9 db boost in the mid-lower bass ranges and a flatter frequency response across the audio spectrum.

The new in-ceiling speakers are grouped into three different classes differentiated by price and driver materials: B (Better), MB (More Better) and BB (Better than their Best). B models feature injected poly woofers and silk dome tweeters to provide smooth sound at a great value. MB models feature ribbed injected poly woofers and aluminum tweeters for broader sound with deeper bass. BB models are the premium solution and feature extremely rigid and accurate carbon fiber woofers and titanium tweeters for maximum detail and power handling.

“I was a custom integrator for many years so I know how tired the architectural speaker category has become. Bezel-less designs and pivoting tweeters have aesthetic and marketing appeal, but do not represent any great technological achievement,” said Jim Murray, founder of Beale Street Audio. “Architectural speakers aren’t known for producing extreme low frequency effects and effortless clarity, but our Sonic Vortex Technology optimizes air movement within the cabinet enclosure to produce astonishing sound levels from such a small speaker.”

Beale Street Audio in-ceiling speakers are also highly scalable. Infinite variable designs for both cabinet air volume and port dimensions allows for flexible industrial design options. The depth and width of the integrated enclosure can vary based on the models, while still providing enhanced bass and better overall performance compared to similar products. The new speakers are also amplifier-friendly since they sound and perform like a sealed speaker cabinet with the same impedance curve.

Murray continued, “We are not just another flash-in-the-pan speaker manufacturer. Beale Street Audio is backed by a 95-year-old multimillion-dollar company with a nearly 50-year history in the audio business. We are shipping product today, we have an aggressive product development strategy and we are pursuing dealers and partners who want a speaker line that differentiates them in a crowded market now.”

Get Reale. Get Beale. To learn more about Beale Street Audio and Sonic Vortex Technology, visit www.getbeale.com.

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About Beale Street Audio

Beale Street Audio is redefining the performance standard for architectural speakers and amplifiers by introducing real innovation to a category that has not seen anything fresh for a long time. All Beale Street Audio speakers feature patented Sonic Vortex™ Technology, a unique enclosure design that produces unprecedented levels of bass output and room energizing dynamics from in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. Backed by customer-friendly policies, and first class operational support, Beale Street Audio prides itself on delivering unsurpassed value to the residential and commercial markets, while being easy to do business with. Learn more at: www.getbeale.com 

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H-P Products Dual-Motor Power Units Are Quiet Dirt Terminators

Louisville, OH – December 30, 2014 – H-P Products is proud to announce the launch of a new dual-motor power unit for the Element®,Dirt Devil® and VACUFLO® central vacuum lines. The DB9000/Maxum 9 are part of the H-P Products Disposable Bag power unit family and feature innovations to dampen motor noise, reduce a user’s exposure to dirt and maximize power for cleaning the largest homes and light commercial spaces.

The Maxum 9/DB9000 unit is unique in that the 240V motors are arranged in a series configuration, rather than the usual side-by-side dual motor configuration found in other H-P models. This configuration results in greater suction power, better long-term performance and more effective dirt-free cleaning. The unit is fitted with a carbon capture filter, which dampens motor sounds for quieter cleaning and drastically reduces carbon dust emissions. The new model also comes standard with a sound dampening acoustic foam that is permanently adhered to the top of the barrier plate for even quieter operation.

CleanShielddisposable filter bags eliminate Maxum 9/DB9000 owner’s exposure to dirt since there is no recirculation of vacuumed particles, dust or allergens or need to empty the canister. Two to three times a year, the homeowner simply removes, seals and replaces the bag without releasing any accumulated dirt or debris. Both models are shipped with two filter bags that are fitted with reorder tags for easy replacement and recurring filter bag revenue. A secondary filter protects the power unit’s motors if the unit is accidentally run without a filter bag.

“The new DB9000 and Maxum 9 offer the perfect combination of cleaning power and convenience for people in large homes,” said Amy Wesely, H-P Products Marketing Manager. “With five times the suction power of uprights and six gallons of bag capacity, users enjoy peak performance all the time, minimal upkeep, and no secondary exposure to dirt and fine dust particles.”

Both the DB9000 and Maxum 9 also come with a lifetime limited warranty to the original homeowner and original installation location. The central vacuum power units also feature quick-connect, low-voltage connectors. Installers simply insert and secure stranded or solid low-voltage wire without any special tools or crimping.

For more information about the DB9000/Maxum 9 – visit www.elementvac.com for Element, www.dirtdevilcentral.com for Dirt Devil or www.vacuflo.com for VACUFLO.

 

About H-P Products

Since 1945, H-P Products, Inc., premier manufacturer of central vacuums and tubing-related products, has been internationally recognized for its operations developed on the genuine principles of producing high-quality products, while servicing the needs of a wide customer base. Superior service and performance practices have positioned H-P as a leader in the tubular products and central vacuum industries. With more than 60 years of manufacturing success, H-P continues to grow as a result of its diversified product line and flexible fabrication capabilities, and is committed to researching and formulating technologies while pioneering the industry.

 

 

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PRO Audio Technology Joins With Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group

Lake Forest, CA – December 17, 2014 – PRO Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group as manufacturing representatives for two separate regions. Elite 3 Pro will represent the company in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, and Digital Sales Group will cover Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and Southern Illinois.

“Elite 3 Pro and Digital Sales Group acknowledge the unique integration and performance benefits of our products and we are confident that they will do an exemplary job of conveying PRO’s advanced technology to the channel,” said PRO Audio Technology VP of Sales, Larry Reagan. “Both Representatives are veterans in the industry and are well equipped to position PRO as the premier residential audio brand in the South Central and Midwest markets.”

PRO products are comprised of professional-grade components, truly bringing a cinema-quality experience to the home. Engineered to deliver the best sound to any room, PRO’s multiple speaker series allow installers to mix models based on application demands and achieve a seamless, coherent sound field. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of software controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path.

“PRO Audio Technology’s advanced products set them apart from their competitors making them the perfect addition to our existing brands,” said Elite 3 Pro President Michael Coughlin. “PRO’s DSP amplifiers and extensive speaker options provide dealers with unmatched flexibility and an audio solution for almost any room in the home. PRO’s diverse product line paired with their proprietary SoundTools™ software makes it easy for dealers to provide an incomparable audio experience.”

For more information about PRO products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

For more information on Elite 3 Pro or Digital Sales Group, please visit www.elite3pro.com or www.digitalsalesgroup.com.

About PRO Audio Technology

Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment.The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

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AVnu Alliance Announces First Certified Audio Endpoint Reference Platform

XMOS AVB Audio Endpoint Receives AVnu Certification.

Beaverton, OR & Bristol, UK – December 9, 2014 – XMOS and AVnu Alliance®, the industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, is proud to announce the first AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) audio endpoint reference platform. The XMOS software-defined solution has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified Logo.

The newly AVnu-certified XMOS AVB hardware and software reference platform is an affordable, scalable and production-ready solution that allows customers to quickly and easily build a wide range of AVB-enabled audio products, from single speakers and microphones to complex multichannel mixing desks and multi-port conferencing systems.

“AVnu certification reinforces XMOS’s leading position in the audio market, adding AVB standards-based networked audio connectivity to our already established USB Audio 2.0 solutions,” said Paul Neil, Vice President Product Management, at XMOS. “AVB standards have huge benefits for our customers; by selecting XMOS our customers can add the enhanced functionality that AVB provides and through software development quickly create a portfolio of AVB enabled products. We chose to pursue AVnu certification to provide our customers fast time-to-market with a proven, flexible, scalable networked audio connectivity solution.”

“Thanks to XMOS and all of our members pursuing AVnu certification, we are able to offer choice, flexibility and reliability to end users looking for plug-and-play products,” said AVnu Alliance President, Rick Kreifeldt. “XMOS has made it even easier for professional audio networking manufacturers to add AVB to product lines, which in turn expands the AVnu-certified ecosystem of devices. We are excited to continue announcing AVnu-certified devices while expanding certification and interoperability testing for automotive, video and consumer electronics in 2015.”

Because the AVB functionality of the XMOS audio endpoint reference platform is defined in software, running on the company’s family of multicore microcontroller semiconductor devices, customers can create the exact feature set required for their products. Already in use by leaders in the field such as Revolabs and Pivitec, the reference platform enables transport of A/V streams across mixed-use networks with a very high quality of service. Its software-configurable nature also means that it can be used as the basis for multi-standard systems that carry a variety of data types, and interface with a variety of legacy systems, such as CANbus in the automotive and industrial markets.

AVnu Alliance has built robust and comprehensive testing requirements for products based on the market requirements. AVnu Certification is open for switches and professional audio products at its appointed testing house, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). Any member may enter a product into certification testing.

About XMOS

XMOS is an innovative fabless semiconductor company with its headquarters and main development center in Bristol, UK, and with an additional development center in Chennai, India, plus sales offices and distributors supporting customers around the globe. The company’s wide range of intelligent xCORE™ multicore microcontrollers allow engineers to create the exact hardware system needed for their application, all in software. This makes xCORE multicore microcontrollers ideal for demanding embedded applications in audio, automotive, consumer, industrial and robotics products, where other microcontrollers struggle. XMOS provides xTIMEcomposer™ Studio, a free-to-use development system that makes it simple to design complex embedded systems all in software.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is a community creating an interoperable ecosystem of low-latency, time-synchronized, highly reliable networked devices using open standards. AVnu creates comprehensive certification programs to ensure interoperability of networked devices. The foundational technology enables deterministic synchronized networking based on IEEE Audio Video Bridging (AVB) / Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) base standards. The Alliance, in conjunction with other complimentary standards bodies and alliances, develops complete solutions in professional AV, automotive, industrial control and consumer segments.

 

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ESP/SurgeX Unveils Remote Diagnostics Suite

New cloud and connectivity features with forward and backward compatibility help ESP/SurgeX assert its remote energy diagnostics leadership.

Knightdale, NC – November 18, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, is proud to announce its Remote Diagnostics Suite of products designed for use in imaging, IT, AV and small office settings. The suite includes cloud and connectivity features that simplify the monitoring, control, and management of power issues to make them more intuitive, both inside and outside of a local network. The Suite was designed to increase the productivity and profitability of service teams.

The Remote Diagnostics Suite currently consists of the following ESP/SurgeX products: the Next Gen PCS, Envision PCS, eCommandCenter, Remote Control Center, Remote Portal, Axess Elite, Axess Manager and Axess Ready lines. Each solution is designed to meet the energy monitoring, control, management, and power protection needs of connected equipment, including printers, PCs,  AV racks, servers, copiers and more. This technology can be integrated into existing OEM platforms and future ESP/SurgeX installations.

ESP/SurgeX launched its initial IP-enabled product in 2009 and developed cloud-based capabilities in 2011. The company innovated the first complete hardware and software solution in the industry that allows businesses to manage and control power proactively via a user-friendly interface and increase profitability by giving technicians a simple, convenient, and portable solution to pre-diagnose power data without a service call.

Additions to the Remote Diagnostics Suite include cellular connectivity, an embedded all-in-one Envision Remote Portal, and enhanced cloud accessibility. Diagnostics enhancements include the capture of trending data and power issues over time. ESP/SurgeX also enables system-wide, live-communication with all Remote Diagnostic Suite installations, making it easier than ever to monitor live metrics and cycle/reboot power to equipment.

“ESP/SurgeX offers the broadest and most advanced set of remote energy diagnostics solutions available and we are poised to remain the leader based on innovations we will be rolling out over the next year,” said Dave Perrotta, chief operating officer, ESP/SurgeX. “Our Energy Diagnostics Suite offers better connectivity options, more intelligent data analysis, and superior power protection over other solutions and is backed by the industry’s best warranty.”

ESP/SurgeX has manufactured premium power protection and energy management solutions for 30 years. Their award-winning portfolio helps businesses worldwide to lower service costs and improve the reliability and profitability of critical electronic equipment.

For more information, please visit www.espei.com.

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 37 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For 30 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit espei.com and surgex.com.

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.espei.com for further company and product information.

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Linear to Offer Exclusive Preview of Z-Wave Enabled Light Bulb and Other Home Control Products at CES Unveiled

The largest manufacturer of Z-Wave enabled products will highlight its growing suite of home control solutions and offer a sneak peek of the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb, available in early 2015.

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, will show a preview of its newest Z-Wave product, the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb at CES Unveiled New York. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Z-Wave products – according to the Z-Wave Alliance.

The new smart bulb is remotely controllable from any Z-Wave hub or controller, consumes only nine watts of energy, and has an estimated lifespan of 25,000 hours. The soft white LED light bulb is dimmable to 100 levels and offers a practical lighting solution for DIY and professional installers who want to bring intelligent lighting anywhere a light socket exists. Just like with other Z-Wave lighting solutions, Linear LED smart bulb users can program lifestyle scenes and trigger the bulb on or off when other events or associated devices are activated. This new product also acts as a repeater to strengthen the Z-Wave mesh network.

“Our Z-Wave Dimmable LED Bulb clears a major roadblock for lighting control adoption, the need to install high voltage switches,” said Linear senior vice president of product and market development, Duane Paulson. “The smart bulb is the easiest Z-Wave lighting control solution to install, operate and manage, it has the smoothest dimming feature on the market today, and it offers practical applications in nearly every room in a home.”

In addition to the smart bulb, Linear manufactures a wide array of other Z-Wave enabled home control products, including: three-way and regular light switches, thermostats, doorbells, key fobs, door/window contacts, dimmer modules and wall outlets; all of which will be on display at CES Unveiled. Linear will also showcase its UL-certified Z-Wave Garage Door Operator Remote Controller, which has been widely adopted through popular platforms such as Lowe’s Iris, Nexia, Staples Connect and more.

Paulson continued, “With our full line of security, access control and lighting solutions, customers can now build a fully-integrated home control system using Linear products.”

Linear’s 2GIG home control platform serves the needs of more homeowners than any other installed home control platform in the world. Linear and their parent Nortek have global reach, which includes distribution and market share in every continent across a range of channels, supported by smart-tech development and manufacturing centers across Asia, North America and Europe. Linear will continue to develop innovation in integrated systems and IoT connected products, state-of-the-art product ID design and high volume manufacturing.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

To stay current with the latest activities from Linear, you can follow them on www.facebook.com/linearcorp, www.twitter.com/linearcorp,or www.linkedin.com/company/linear-corporation.

About Linear LLC

Linear LLC is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of intelligent access control, security, personal wellness and home automation products. Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Linear supplies its technology to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Linear LLC. All rights reserved. Linear and the Linear logo are registered trademarks of Linear LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others

Next AVnu-Certified Switches Hit the Market

Extreme Networks Family of X460 Switches Receives AVnu Certification.

Beaverton, Ore. – November 6, 2014Extreme Networks, Inc. EXTR and AVnu Alliance®, the only industry consortium driving open standards-based deterministic networking through certification, is proud to announce another series of AVnu-certified AVB switches. The Extreme Networks Summit® X460 Series of stackable switches has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified Logo.

“In a big step forward for adoption and scale of the AVnu-certified ecosystem, we are excited to announce the X460 family of AVnu-certified switches from Extreme Networks, creating increased choices for end users,” said AVnu Alliance President, Rick Kreifeldt. “AVnu Alliance and our members are ensuring interoperability across a broad ecosystem of devices through certification, which will bring economies of scale and drive down total costs. There are many more AVB end points and switches in the pipeline for AVnu certification, with certification and interoperability testing for automotive, video and consumer electronics expected to open in 2015.”

AVnu Alliance has built robust and comprehensive testing requirements for products based on the market requirements. The tests ensure that the product conforms to the relevant IEEE standards, as well as additional requirements that AVnu Alliance has selected as necessary for proper system interoperability.

“AVnu-certification has allowed us to go the extra step for our customers toward scalability, flexibility and reliability throughout the network. We are very proud to now have two families of AVnu-certified switches on the market and we will continue to pursue certification for more switches,” said Todd Acree, Director of Product Management at Extreme Networks, AVnu Alliance member. “AVB standards provide a dynamic infrastructure that has huge benefits for our customers. AVnu-certification of our X460 series minimizes maintenance and reduces total cost while simplifying system design and optimization of the network.”

Extreme Networks’ AVB Summit X460 Series, now AVnu-certified, is intelligent, cost effective edge switching that is highly scalable, with a small form factor. The X460 series is based on Extreme Networks® revolutionary ExtremeXOS, a highly resilient OS that provides continuous uptime, manageability, and operational efficiency. The Summit X460, with 6 ports of 10GbE ports on each switch, can also be used as a top-of-rack switch for many data center environments with features such as high-density Gigabit Ethernet for concentrated data center environments.

AVnu Certification is open for switches and professional audio products at its appointed testing house, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). Any member may enter it into certification testing.

About Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks, Inc. is setting a new standard for superior customer experience by delivering network-powered innovation and market leading service and support. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, and unified network management and control.  Our award-winning solutions include software-defined networking (SDN), cloud and high-density Wi-Fi, BYOD and enterprise mobility, identity access management and security.  Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is a community creating an interoperable ecosystem of low-latency, time-synchronized, highly reliable networked devices using open standards. AVnu creates comprehensive certification programs to ensure interoperability of networked devices. The foundational technology enables deterministic synchronized networking based on IEEE Audio Video Bridging (AVB) / Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) base standards. The Alliance, in conjunction with other complimentary standards bodies and alliances, develops complete solutions in professional AV, automotive, industrial control and consumer segments.

 

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