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SVS Expands Retail Presence with Electronics Expo

The complete award-winning line up of SVS subwoofers will now be available via the New Jersey-based home theater retailer.

Girard, OH – September 2, 2014SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, announces that New Jersey-based Electronics Expo is the latest retailer to carry the high-performance audio brand.

Meticulously constructed and sonically designed in-store demonstration rooms outfitted with the latest and greatest in in-home audio products has solidified Electronics Expo as the premiere destination for New Jersey-based home theater enthusiasts. Experts in home theater design and installation, customers in the tri-state area looking to elevate their system’s performance with the hard-hitting and accurate low frequency reproduction only a dedicated subwoofer can provide will be able to demo and purchase the full line up of legendary SVS subwoofers through Electronics Expo, a New Jersey-based specialty audio products and audio/video accessories retailer.

“Not only does Electronics Expo share our passion for great audio experiences, their mastery of customer service and prowess in the online market space make them a retailer we’re very excited to be partnering with,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS President. “In a space where other specialty retailers may be experiencing difficulties, Electronics Expo understands the needs of their customers and has played their part in the resurgence of high performance audio.”

“The level of attention SVS pays to every single sonic detail of the products coupled with the remarkable advancements they make with each newly launched product is just one of the reasons why we’re excited for what the future of this partnership holds,” said Leon Temiz, CEO at Electronics Expo. “It’s always been our goal to offer customers the best of the best when it comes to in-home entertainment choices. With the unparalleled performance SVS subwoofers are renowned for, we know our customers will be thrilled with this incredible addition to our product line.”

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company’s hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy have proven to be a profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it’s needed.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about Electronics Expo, please visit www.electronicsexpo.com

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

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AVnu Alliance Continues to Expand Global Membership

Membership growth leads to more AVB products in the AVnu certification pipeline.

 Beaverton, OR – September 2, 2014AVnu Alliance, the only industry consortium driving open standards-based time sensitive networking through certification, welcomes new technology industry leaders to its membership roster. Each is a frontrunner in its space, dedicated to driving AVB and creating a new ecosystem of interoperable AVnu-certified devices. The eight new member companies include:

  • Coveloz, a technology provider of embedded and fully programmable media transport solutions;
  • Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia, processor, communication and cloud technologies;
  • intoPIX, who provide compression, cryptographic, and video transport FPGA IP-cores, reference design and software tools to build smarter, networked and future-proof media workflows;
  • Ixia, a networking company with a passion for developing products that allow their customers to be connected to the world around them;
  • MIPRO, a manufacturer of wireless microphone and wireless PA systems;
  • NXP Semiconductors, a global market leader in car entertainment, car, access, and in-vehicle communication networks for the automotive industry, as well as solutions for the RF identification, mobile, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer and computing industries;
  • Pivitec, a producer of personal audio mixers and professional networked audio solutions;
  • Xavtel, the makers of modern high definition video, audio, conference and VoIP applications and products.

As AVnu Alliance grows to nearly 80 members, these new members represent continued momentum for the alliance. This year, the Alliance has added more than a dozen members across multiple market segments. This progression speaks to the industry’s increasing recognition of the benefits of open standards and AVnu certification.

“AVB standards are the future of the A/V networking industry and we are excited to be a part of this strong alliance to bring solutions to our customers,” said Eugene Chen, vice president of international sales for MIPRO.

“It’s important that Imagination supports the standards that enable our customers to build high-quality products utilizing our broad range of multimedia processor IP including our PowerVR video, MIPS-based audio and Ensigma Wi-Fi & Bluetooth,” said Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination. “As the audio and video markets continue to expand, AVnu-certified solutions will become an important driver in ensuring the best possible consumer experiences in global markets. We believe that our expertise in all forms of multimedia and networking will ensure we play a valuable role in the AVnu Alliance.”

“Pivitec has a four-year track record in AVB development and after a successful launch of its e64i/o-MADI 64-channel AVB network interface at InfoComm 2014, has chosen to join AVnu Alliance with the express intention of pursuing AVnu certification,” said Pivitec’s Co-Founder Tom Knesel.

Xavtel is also entering products into certification testing. “We are in the process of starting our certification testing and hope to have AVnu-certified hardware very soon,” said Romano M. Cunsolo, director of marketing and business development at Xavtel, who just recently launched an AVB-enabled Senator Networked DSP Conference and Interpretation System.

“Coveloz demonstrated a customizable and scalable solution based on FPGA technology at InfoComm 2014,” said Nestor Amaya, president of Coveloz. “We’ve begun interoperability testing of our system-on-chip product in our Ottawa lab and have plans to go through AVnu-certification testing of the embeddable solution this year. Coveloz is fostering AVB interoperability by offering engineering and certification-support services to adopters of AVB technology.”

In the automotive industry, NXP Semiconductors has their sights set securely on connected cars. “As Ethernet becomes a key enabling technology for automotive applications, NXP is very pleased to join the AVnu Alliance which is building substantial momentum in the marketplace,” said Guenter Sporer, Ethernet segment director for NXP Semiconductors. “Our membership with AVnu will enable the quick deployment of the NXP Ethernet switch and PHY solutions as well as the development of new and advanced products targeted to anticipate future requests of our customers.”

In addition to certification, Alliance members have access to compliance tools, testing plans, and test suites enabling early internal testing. Members may also benefit from participating in member-only plug fests, offering a unique hands-on opportunity for engineers to test connectivity and interoperability.
“We are extremely excited by the addition of these new members to the Alliance, and by the overall growth we’ve experienced within the last year. With each new member added, we all benefit from a valuable mix of innovation and experience,” says AVnu Alliance President Rick Kreifeldt.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked AV devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional AV, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

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ESP/SurgeX Partners with RGB Communications to Distribute Growing Energy Intelligence and Power Protection Products in the UK

ESP/SurgeX Partners with RGB Communications to Distribute Growing Energy Intelligence and Power Protection Products in the UK

Knightdale, NC, USA – August 28, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, has partnered with RGB Communications, a UK distributor representing premium audio video products for residential and commercial custom installers to distribute the SurgeX brand of AC power solutions throughout the UK.

SurgeX provides professional-grade power protection and intelligence solutions for rack systems, branch circuits, and standalone equipment for mission critical electronics in audio visual solutions including residential and commercial projects ranging from digital signage displays to residential home cinema to education and houses of worship.

“At RGB we work in partnership with our manufacturing vendors to provide localized technical support, customer service and award winning training programs for their products,” said Gordon Innocent, Chairman of RGB Communications. “The SurgeX portfolio fills the growing need for specialized products that protect the significant investment both home and business owners make in their audio visual systems. We are thrilled to add such a prestigious brand to our portfolio.”

“We are proud to be the top power protection brand represented by RGB in the UK market,” said Shannon Townley, president SurgeX & energy intelligence solutions sales. “UK dealers face unique energy management challenges in their residential and commercial projects, and RGB has the experience to support that expansive market. We look forward to providing them with the very best power protection and energy intelligence solutions available.”

For more information, please visit www.surgex.com and www.rgbcomms.co.uk/.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products whose 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 over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

About RGB

Established in 1991, RGB Communications Ltd is one of the top UK technical AV distributors. Initially distributing ‘connectivity’ solutions to AV resellers, RGB have since expanded their product range to cover almost all aspects of audio visual solutions for AV resellers and custom installers. In partnership with their manufacturers and channel partners, they specialise in providing not only leading edge technology solutions, but also technical expertise and support to their resellers and installers. In order to help their channel partners grow their business, RGB offers a range of training programmes and access to their demonstration suites. For more information visit: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

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Linear Unveils QUADStor NVR 400 Series

Easy to install and use, the network video recorders are part of Linear’s complete IP video solution for mid-sized business, residential and industrial applications. 

Carlsbad, CA – August 28, 2014 – Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, health and wellness, home automation and security solutions, announced today that it has begun shipping the QUADStorNVR 400 Series Network Video Recorders, the cornerstone of Linear’s IP video ecosystem. The embedded-browser based NVRs are simple to install, cost-effective to manage and allow users to integrate, capture, and store video data, and then retrieve and view the video images remotely with the QUADView NVR mobile app or locally with a connected display monitor.  Built for speed and ease-of-use, this embedded NVR is a cost-effective choice for your video surveillance and security needs.

A consistent user interface between the native on-screen display from the NVR output and  remote browser make the QUADStor NVR 400’s setup and management simple and stress-free. Available with 2 to 8 terabytes of storage and support for up to 16 cameras, the NVR boasts easy-to-upgrade Audio/Video (AV) class Hard Disk Drives (HDD).

Streamlined for efficiency, QUADStor NVRs can be assigned a unique domain name (DDNS) to replace the IP address for easier mapping, with support for 2-, 3- and 5-megapixel IP cameras from Linear. The NVR can be programmed for motion detection or constant recording at different resolutions, and has a full1080p high-definition display output via HDMI or VGA. QUADStor NVRs conveniently support two independent networks, allowing IP cameras to be isolated on their own network to reduce bandwidth demands on the corporate LAN.

“Surveillance is essential to practically every security installation, so we wanted to make video integration and management as simple as possible,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development. “Dealers will appreciate how easy the NVR 400 Series is to install and configure, and once setup, customers can manage cameras and recorded video immediately, with virtually no learning curve.”

The QUADView NVR app provides remote access to any Linear IP camera connected to QUADStor units. Users can view up to four cameras simultaneously and watch live video and recorded events from either an H.264 or MJPEG video stream. The QUADView app can be downloaded for free from the Apple® App StoreSM and Google Play store and also features: low-res or high-res video streaming (bandwidth- and processor-dependent), video playback control capability, PTZ camera controls (preset, cruise), plus still image and video clip downloading.

Paulson continued, “Beyond simplicity, QUADStor offers low total-cost-of-ownership, flexible integration options and streamlined maintenance, plus it’s future-facing with easy upgrade capabilities.”

For more information about the Linear QUADStor NVR 400 Series, please visit www.linearcorp.com. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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.

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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.

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Pro Audio Technology Simplifies Advanced Audio Calibration with PRO SoundTools

Lake Forrest, CA – August 19, 2014 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leading supplier of loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems, announces the release of PRO SoundTools: a companion software suite designed to simplify even the most complicated audio calibration process. Loudspeaker programming, signal routing, and in-room system performance are all streamlined into one easy process when using PRO SoundTools in combination with PRO’s efficient and powerful DMA and PMA Amplifier/Processors.

Through simple drop-down menus, integrators can select from brand specific compensation filters to counteract the detrimental effects of speaker placement behind viewing screens. Additional pre-defined filters are provided to address loudspeaker placement in less than desirable positions near room boundaries.

“Proper audio calibration used to require an assortment of test equipment, measurements, and knowledge of complex acoustical equations,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology Founder. “When used with our companion loudspeakers and amplifiers, PRO SoundTools software allows integrators to achieve highly refined system performance without all the complications in a fraction of the time.”

Users with advanced acoustic knowledge can refine system performance even further with PRO SoundTool’s high and low shelf filters, level and delay adjustment, advanced parametric EQ, and high and low-pass filters with variable-Q. The interface was designed to make the application of advanced engineering both easy and intuitive without requiring knowledge of complex equations and measuring techniques. With software based controls for bridging and easy signal routing for bi-amplification, and the selection of amplifier power ratings ranging between 100W, 200W, 300W, 450W, and 1000W, the combination of PRO products and PRO SoundTools provides the best solution for rooms of any size or shape.

Hales continued, “PRO’s family of loudspeakers, amplifiers and PRO SoundTools software gets the best sound out of any space.”

Pro SoundTools is available now to all authorized Pro Audio Technology dealers. For more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com or check out the Pro SoundTools video.

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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Essence Electrostatic Speaker Systems Finds Subwoofer Harmony with SVS

SVS sealed subwoofers were chosen for their musicality, quickness, style, and value befitting the Model 1200 and 1600 Electrostatic Speakers and will now be available via the Essence website and through dealers worldwide.

Girard, OH – July 29, 2014SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, was chosen to be the exclusive subwoofer brand recommended and sold by Essence Electrostatic Speaker Systems. The SVS Gloss White SB-1000, SB-1000 in Black Ash, and the SB13-Ultra Gloss Black sealed subwoofers were chosen for having qualities that complement the unique sound profile of the Essence 1200 and 1600 electrostatic speakers and will be available from the Essence website and its audio/video dealers worldwide.

“After conducting exhaustive research on every subwoofer brand we could think of, it became clear that SVS sealed subs were more articulate, musical and transparent than any others we tested,” said Bob Rapoport, vice president sales and marketing for Essence Electrostatic. “We call the Essence Electrostatic speakers the “ultimate listening experience” because they are capable of producing a palpably realistic stereo image, something that’s easy to hear and gives you the goosies. SVS sealed subwoofers will only enhance this experience.”

Unlike traditional speakers with magnets and woofers, electrostatic speakers use an ultra low-mass thin-film Mylar diaphragm suspended in an electrostatic field between two perforated acrylic panels called “stators” to propagate sound out the front and back of the panel. Electrostats are known for rendering astonishing clarity, resolution, transient response, and image specificity in the mid to high frequency ranges. As a result of this design, electrostatic speakers don’t generally move enough air to fill a listening room with visceral bass output. Knowing its strength is in electrostatic speakers, Essence chose SVS to fill in the low frequencies, the bottom two octaves of bass.

SVS sealed subwoofers feature sophisticated Class D amplifiers with custom DSP (digital signal processing) for effortless performance and refinement at all volume levels. Sealed subwoofers are known for providing cleaner, tighter bass than ported models with heightened musicality, articulation and transient response. SVS sealed subwoofers integrate with both electrostatic and traditional speakers.

“Essence Electrostatic speakers provide a sense of realism and transparency that is unique in the world of audio and there’s no doubt the new models are an impressive achievement,” said Gary Yacoubian, president and CEO of SVS. “Most subwoofers would muddy the experience of listening to electrostatic speakers, so we’re flattered to be chosen and consider it a real validation of the engineering we put into our sealed subwoofer designs.”

Essence loudspeakers and SVS sealed subwoofers are available now from www.Essenceelectrostatic.com and from select specialty AV retailers.

For more information about SVS, please visit www.svsound.com  or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

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Pro Audio Technology Subwoofer Offers Deep Bass from Shallow Cabinet

The LFC-12v is the most affordable PRO subwoofer and an ideal performer in rooms where multiple subwoofers are desired or where space is at a premium.

 

Lake Forest, CA – July 17, 2014 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the LFC-12v subwoofer. PRO’s new high-sensitivity architectural subwoofer is equipped with a 12-inch, 700W driver and achieves a maximum output of 117dB from a 6-inch deep cabinet.

The professional-grade 12-inch driver employed in PRO’s LFC-12v includes a high-powered motor system designed with the most demanding music and movie soundtracks in mind. Its over-sized, four-inch voice coil aids with heat dissipation, greatly improving the thermal stability of the driver, allowing the LFC-12v to handle long periods of high output playback without over-heating and with no threat of sonic compression or damage.  The subwoofer’s four front-firing free-flow ports enhance the LFC-12v’s low-frequency extension and output, resulting in a highly dynamic listening experience.

At 14-inches wide, the LFC-12v’s enclosure is designed to fit into a standard stud bay.  Its shallow 6-inch depth lets it function as a primary subwoofer in media and multi-purpose rooms with limited space, or as an in-wall solution for side and rear wall placement in elaborate multi-subwoofer home theaters.  Designed for use with PRO’s DSP driven amplifier / processors, integrators can select between power levels of 300, 450, and 1000 watts per channel to drive the subwoofer.  Rated at a sensitivity of 96dB with one watt of input power, this subwoofer is quick to provide dynamic, visceral bass power in every installation.

“The advantages of using multiple subwoofers in a home theater or media room are well known, but the floor space they require can be a real issue. Our LFC-12v addresses space constraints while maintaining the high-output performance and visceral slam that customers and integrators expect from PRO subwoofers,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder.

PRO’s DMA and PMA amplifiers provide power to the LFC-12v while enabling in-room performance calibration via PRO SoundTools, a proprietary software program that makes it easy for integrators to attain optimized audio performance in a matter of minutes. For advanced users, PRO SoundTools provides parametric EQ and delay capabilities so installers can address in-room low-frequency modal problems and precisely tune sophisticated multi-subwoofer systems.

The LFC-12v is Pro Audio Technology’s most affordable subwoofer available, for more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.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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H-P Products Element 2300 Central Vac Cleans up to 12,000 sq. ft

A convenient dual-filtration design and a powerful new engine make the Element 2300 ideal for large homes and light commercial applications.


Louisville, OH – July 8, 2014 – H-P Products, a leading manufacturer of central vacuums and custom tubing-related products, is proud to announce the Element 2300, its most powerful Element Series central vacuum power unit, designed for large homes and businesses up to 12,000 sq. ft.

The Element 2300 offers several innovations for a cleaner home with less hassle. The cyclonic, dual-filtration system deflects heavy particles with a filter shroud, depositing them directly into the dirt canister to reduce wear and tear of the inverted filter. Smaller dust particles are captured by the self-cleaning, permanent CleanShield inverted filter that eliminates the need for an outdoor exhaust, improves air quality, and never needs to be replaced. A simple, yet effective, carbon dust filtration system on the powerful Ametek motor protects walls and reduces carbon dust emissions.

About that motor, H-P Products partnered with Ametek/Lamb to design a completely new 8.4″ high-performance motor with 707 max air watts of power and 136 CFM of airflow to pick up pebbles, crumbs, hair, grass and other debris. The Element 2300 also features an on-board inlet which allows for easy vacuuming from the power unit location.

“Convenience, power and efficiency are the key factors driving central vacuum adoption these days,” said Amy Wesely, marketing manager, H-P Products. “The Element 2300 is about as low-maintenance as it comes for a central vacuum system since the filter never needs replacing, there’s no exhaust required, and the dirt canister only needs to be emptied three or four times a year.” Wesely added, “The 2300 is also backed by a powerful Lifetime Limited Warranty to the original homeowner.”

According to the 11th Annual State of the Builder Market Study done jointly by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), 18 percent of all new homes included central vacuum. That is a 64 percent increase since 2007, making it the second-fastest growing technology product category installed in new homes behind only home theater. It is also one of the most profitable categories for installers, frequently earning 50-point margins.

Wesely continued, “Central vacuum presents a great opportunity for residential dealers to expand into light commercial segments like hair salons, dog groomers, workshops, etc. There’s not a lot of competition and it’s easy to sell the benefits of central vac to someone who’s always cleaning the floors as part of his or her business.”

For more information about the Element 2300 central vacuum power unit, please visit www.elementvac.com or follow H-P Products on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Element 2300 Power Unit

Element 2300 Filtration Diagram 

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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Linear Launches Intelligent Three-Way Z-Wave Light Switch

Unlike most three-way switches that require a traveler wire, this smart switch can be installed just about anywhere there’s AC power

Carlsbad, CA – June 23, 2014 – Leading security and home automation, access control, and health and wellness manufacturer for residential and commercial markets, Linear LLC today announced the launch of its 3-way Z-Wave® smart switch, model WT00Z™.   The new Z-Wave smart switch allows remote ON/OFF control and dimming of as many as five other Z-Wave controlled lights, and adds another intelligent control solution to Linear’s Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio.  Linear, including its 2GIG® brand of products, is the largest user of Z-Wave chipsets in the world.

The Linear® WT00Z™ smart switch gives professional security and home automation installers an invaluable tool by offering a desirable home control lighting function that previously was either not possible or practical.  Because the Linear 3-way smart switch does not directly control a load, it can serve as a virtual 3-way switch and be wired anywhere power is available, without the need for a traveler wire.  When paired with a 2GIG® Go!Control® system, or other brand of home automation controller, the 3-way Z-Wave smart switch offers simple control of one, two or as many as five other lights, making it easy for consumers to quickly illuminate or extinguish lights with a simple flip of a nearby wall switch.

“This new 3-way Z-Wave switch is extremely important to our portfolio of connected devices.  It solves a vexing problem for installers, while bolstering the capabilities and value of the Go!Control® automation panels they install.  Controlling a light from two locations is a convenience most people have come to expect, but anyone who’s done electrical wiring knows it’s not always that simple,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear.  “This new Z-Wave smart switch makes it easy.  This is another example of our commitment to bring smarter products to market that add convenience, while enhancing the value of our 2GIG® home control platform, which continues to accelerate in popularity.”

Linear is also a principal member of the Z-Wave Alliance.  “Z-Wave is at the heart of the world’s largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products, and it will continue to grow. Our partnership is stronger than ever and we remain committed to bringing innovative, intelligent Z-Wave control solutions to the residential and commercial markets,” continued Paulson.

Z-Wave® is an international wireless standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications among Z-Wave enabled devices. Linear is now manufacturing, selling and distributing Z-Wave lighting control products that include: wall dimmers, wall switches, wall outlets, lamp modules, appliance modules, 3-way switches/dimmers, fixture modules, as well as international versions of the same products plus other Z-Wave enabled security and convenience devices. Linear also has the capability to utilize its extensive OEM experience to manufacture Z-Wave products for partner companies seeking their own intelligent lighting solutions.

For more information about the WT00Z™ 3-way Z-Wave smart switch, please visit www.linearcorp.com/threeway. For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Linear LLC

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear LLC is an innovator in the health and wellness, security and access control markets. Since 1961, the company has designed and manufactured more than 2,500 products for residential and commercial use. Today, Linear is focused on wired and wireless technology serving the access control, security and connected business and home needs of its dealers, customers and OEM partners. The Go!Control® home management system and a growing range of Z-Wave automation, commercial entry and wellness products position Linear as a competitor in multiple growth industries for the long-term future.

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.nortekinc.com for more information.

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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.

 

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ESP/SurgeX Expands Their Energy Management Portfolio with Comprehensive Software Solution

Knightdale, NC – June 10, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, a leader in energy intelligence and power protection solutions, today announced a partnership with Verdiem to address the plug load energy waste problem plaguing commercial buildings. This partnership combines Verdiem’s Surveyor software that can reduce an organization’s energy and print-related operational costs by up to 30%, with ESP/SurgeX’s top-of-the-line power protection technology, which has been proven to lower service costs. It offers dealers a top-of-the-line energy management tool to drive tangible savings for their customers, differentiate themselves from competitors, and to bridge the gap to more comprehensive IT management services. The software will be bundled with the ESP Next Gen Power Conditioning System (PCS), Digital QC power filter, and future power protection products. It complements ESP/SurgeX’s other energy management offerings to provide customers with the most comprehensive solutions in the industry.

Surveyor demonstrably drives cost out of desktop computing environments by giving organizations the ability to centrally enforce energy efficiency polices and manage the power states of distributed PC fleets. The software identifies and tracks the usage and energy consumption of every desktop PC, and allows IT to control PC power consumption by department, location, device type, employee, and more. Surveyor also extends enterprise quality wake functionality to allow IT to gracefully wake up powered off devices to better manage system wide software updates, patches, and routine maintenance. In addition, Surveyor uniquely monitors end user print activity across an entire printer fleet, compiling actionable data that highlights inefficiencies directly related to how end users interact with their print environment. It provides visibility into print volumes and costs, across all equipment—networked and non-networked.

“Surveyor allows ESP/SurgeX to offer greater savings potential with another truly intelligent energy management solution that is complementary to our power protection and other sustainability offerings,” said Dave D’Agostino, vice president, ESP and energy intelligence solutions sales. “Energy and plug load management of devices over IP networks represents a vast, untapped operational savings for organizations of all size. When partnered with our power protection technology, we are opening up important new revenue streams for our partners and helping organizations save money by becoming more energy efficient.”

With the growing convergence of facilities and IT, more equipment is becoming IP-enabled making it possible for centralized management that can drive greater energy savings. Surveyor leverages the power of the IP network to measure and control energy consumption for devices including PCs, Macs, network equipment and Power-over-Ethernet devices such as IP phones, wireless access points, and security cameras.

Surveyor is currently available with ESP Next Gen PCS and Digital QC products. To learn more about Surveyor and other ESP/SurgeX products, please visit www.espei.com.

 

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products.  Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 37 patents/patents pending, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio. For further company and product information visit www.espei.com.

ABOUT VERDIEM

Verdiem helped define the PC power management market and has now extended its leadership into IT energy management & efficiency software. Verdiem helps customers lower operational costs for their IT devices including PCs, Macs, printers and other network-connected devices by centrally measuring and managing energy and other supply costs. More than 700 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions have deployed Verdiem on over 2.5 million devices. Most customers experience ROI within six to 12 months. Based in Seattle, Verdiem is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. More information is available at www.verdiem.com.

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