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STEWART FILMSCREEN® APPOINTS THE ENRIGHT COMPANY AS COMMERCIAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOUTHWEST REGIONS

For Southwest territory including Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, Stewart Filmscreen® signs experienced and respected commercial AV rep firm to deploy new dealer education and training programs, sales strategies, and strategic marketing initiatives

TORRANCE, CA – NOVEMBER 3, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications, today named The Enright Company as its independent commercial sales rep firm for the Southwest stewart_logo_sfc08region, including Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The Enright Group has been building its reputation as the commercial industry’s rep firm of choice since 1985 when principal Logan Enright started the company.

“We’ve been aggressively adding rep firms in key markets to ensure that Stewart Filmscreen’s highly differentiated product offering is brought to the forefront. This is critical, as Stewart’s US-based manufacturing facilities cater to seamless, large-format, complex screen solutions for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. Now, with The Enright Company on board as our commercial reps, those serving the commercial AV markets in the Southwest region will have access to the most extensive offering in the projection screen category,” says Peter Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Stewart Filmscreen. “We rely on those who represent us in the field to not only raise awareness of Stewart Filmscreen’s unique attributes but to deliver world-class service and support, and The Enright Company is just the firm to do that.”

With a Buying Power Index (BPI) of 15% for its territory, The Enright Company is poised to boost Stewart’s sales by deploying key programs to integrators in the area. These initiatives include Stewart’s renewed and streamlined approach to education and training, focus on successful sales strategies and programs, and strategic marketing initiatives. In addition, the firm will provide considerable assistance and support for local Stewart integrators in the region.

“We are thrilled to represent Stewart Filmscreen—the market leader in 4K+ projection screens since 1947,” says Logan Enright, of The Enright Company. “Stewart is uniquely suited for the Pro AV channel with a complete offering of handcrafted, high-performance projection screens that can be customized for any application. The attention to detail inherent in Stewart Filmscreen products is unparalleled, and it shows in every aspect of its product line.”

Stewart Filmscreen products will be showcased during The Enright Company Roadshow, taking place November 5, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. Those interested in learning more about Stewart Filmscreen, its differentiated product offering, and the undisputable benefits of integrating projection screens into installations large and small, are encouraged to contact request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

The Enright Company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with sales associates in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Northern California. For more information about The Enright Company, visit the company’s website, www.enrightcompany.com or e-mail logan@enrightcompany.com.

About Stewart Filmscreen Corp.
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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For High-Profile Events Where Huge Screens, Image Quality, and Precision Are Top Priorities, WorldStage Relies on Stewart Filmscreen

WorldStage, the well-known rental and staging company, purchases two gigantic projection screens, adding to an ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory and recommitting to Stewart as its projection screen supplier of choice

TORRANCE, CA, USA – October 27, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen, world leader in built-to-order, high-performance, extra-large, projection screens for the commercial, rental, and residential markets, and WorldStage, a premiere technical rental and staging company in event and entertainment technology, stewart_logo_sfc08_webannounced today their ongoing mutual support, with WorldStage buying two gigantic new ‘Stewart Large’ category screens,adding to its extensive and ever-growing Stewart Filmscreen inventory.

“While Stewart screens can sometimes cost more than the alternatives and require special care when being used, they are unparalleled in terms of image quality,” says Richard Bevan, VP and General Manager at WorldStage-LA. “No matter where the viewer is seated, they will see the same image quality as those seated front-row center, no matter the projector configuration. With the very large shows we cater to, that is critical.” 

For more than thirty years, display technology engineers at WorldStage have relied on Stewart Filmscreen, going back to WorldStage CEO Gary Standard’s early days in the industry in the mid-1980s. As WorldStage evolved in to an AV staging company in the early 1990s, the company began to purchase Stewart screens for rental inventory. Now, the company uses large high-performance Stewart screens ranging in size anywhere from 10-feet x 17-feet to 24-feet x 91.5-feet, with a large number of Stewart AeroView 100 rear-projection surfaces, specialty screens including GrayHawk front-projection surfaces, UltraMatte 150 front-projection curved surfaces, and a variety of other screen surfaces in inventory.

WorldStage chooses Stewart Filmscreen projection screens for their unmatched color-accuracy and brightness uniformity, attributes that allow the screens to be used very successfully in applications where other screens would exhibit hot spots and color-shift. With the added advantage of being the only screen company that can create seamless projection screens up to 40-feet by 90-feet wide, Stewart Filmscreen offers the uninterrupted, larger-than-life images that live events in large venues require. The Stewart ‘Difference’ means WorldStage can offer the biggest and best seamless image, while providing the durability that the rental market requires. Stewart’s unrivaled build-to-order custom manufacturing capabilities also means WorldStage has the versatility necessary to service any live event, no matter how big, unique, or demanding.

We are honored to be the projection screen supplier of choice for WorldStage, one of the country’s most prestigious rental and staging companies,” says Stewart Filmscreen president and CEO, Grant Stewart. “WorldStage continually amazes us with its innovative and impressive use of Stewart Filmscreen products in some of the most creative events and venues we’ve witnessed.”

WorldStage uses Stewart screens in many different configurations on the majority of its projection shows. For instance, a 24-feet x 91.5-feet Stewart screen was used for the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 in Boston, while two 20-feet x 66-feet GrayHawk front-projection screens and one 20-feet x 35.5-feet rear-projection surface were showcased in the SALT Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

Whether it’s a Fortune 500 product launch, a wildly inventive media art exhibit, or an extravagant benefit gala, WorldStage and Stewart Filmscreen are both dedicated to customer service, diverse and custom solutions, and impeccable image quality regardless of environment. To see Stewart screens in action at WorldStage events, go to www.worldstage.com/portfolio.

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About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

About WorldStage
In 2007, Scharff Weisberg merged with Video Applications to form WorldStage, a diverse technical staging company in the live event and entertainment technology field. WorldStage provides Audio-Visual Design, Engineering and Implementation Services to the corporate, artistic, and theatrical communities, and has one of the most experienced and conscientious staffs in the business. The company also has a full-service lighting division that is a market leader in quality of service. And, finally, WorldStage’s design and research division specializes in designing the systems and configurations that are the most cost-effective and innovative around. For more information, visit www.worldstage.com.

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (406) 446-1283 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

WorldStage Contacts
Josh Weisberg | President, WorldStage | (212) 582-2345

David Steinberg | Goliath Marketing | (646) 319-8255 | golmar@mac.com

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Cisco Event
Caption: “A 24-foot high by 92-foot wide rear projection screen using Stewart AeroView 100 material is flanked by two 18-foot wide by 24-foot high screens using Stewart AeroView 150 material.”

Dreamforce Event
Caption: “Multiple 92-foot, 60-foot & 24-foot wide Stewart front and rear projection screens support a Metallica appearance at Dreamforce 2011”

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D-Tools and SpringDeck Form Strategic Partnership

Collaboration Gives Manufacturer Partners and Users Seamless Control and Unprecedented Visibility Throughout the Entire Sales Process 

CONCORD, CA – OCTOBER 23, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SpringDeck, an innovative new sales presentation app provider today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that offers manufacturer partners and users the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with never before seen visibility into pipeline activity DTools_SpringDeck partnership image_orangeand success. Users of both systems will be provided the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified and installed.

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools, utilizing up-to-date product specification detail available via D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer Data Library. By reducing the complexities involved, product information will be easily shared from concept to quote, thereby expediting the time it takes to close sales.

“The D-Tools platform has significantly evolved over the years and now delivers an unprecedented 360-degree view of the design, proposal, specification and install process,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “SpringDeck compliments the D-Tools offering by simultaneously enabling a stronger, more cohesive sales presentation that shortens the sales cycle. Our collaboration will provide manufacturers even greater insight into when, where, why and how products are being presented and ultimately sold and installed. This is incredibly valuable data that’s never been offered with this much depth and integration capacity.”

SpringDeck offers D-Tools users a centralized hub that includes access to everything needed for a successful sales presentation. Product cut sheets, videos, and other content from manufacturers are readily accessible, and updated product libraries are available on the go. In-depth analytics provide valuable insights into customer interaction with product information, what products are most popular, and when to follow-up to close the deal.

“We recognized a hole in our industry and we filled it,” said Ryan Sullivan, CEO of SpringDeck. “While there are several solutions for proposals, scheduling, ordering, and system design, nothing exists to help the dealer connect with the manufacturer like SpringDeck does. Nothing is out there to help a dealer’s sales process before the quote. With our new partnership with D-Tools, we’re enabling the natural progression from presentation to proposal and through completion of the installation, with best-of-breed capabilities in all areas.”

To learn more about D-Tools, the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com. For more information about SpringDeck, visit www.springdeck.com.

About SpringDeck
SpringDeck® is a connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients. With the SpringDeck app, products are available at the touch of a screen, sales teams are prepared for the pitch, and clients are impressed with a customized product experience. For more information, visit www.springdeck.com or follow SpringDeck on Twitter and Facebook.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools®, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation, project and installation management. The D-Tools platform enables residential and commercial integrators to automate business processes and eliminate redundancies while simultaneously increasing revenues by reducing the time and cost associated with the integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools software platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

D-Tools Media contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

SpringDeck Media contact
Ryan Sullivan, SpringDeck, (918) 574-6132ryan@springdeck.com

 

 

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GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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D-Tools Donates SIX Integrator Software to the Gary Sinise Foundation, Helping Injured Vets Live More Independently via Custom Smart Homes

With the help of donated gear and the support of the custom electronics community, the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program strives to give wounded soldiers back their independence

CONCORD, CA, USA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is honored to announce its participation in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program. The program, now in its third year, builds Smart Homes for physically wounded warriors that include automated amenities to ease the life challenges they face and to help restore their independence. Since its 2011 inception, the foundation has built (or is in the process of building) more than 30 smart homes for wounded American heroes. D-Tools donated its SIX DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109Integrator Software to the cause, which is used by more than 4,500 commercial and residential integrators to streamline business processes while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems.

“We are so honored to be able to help the Gary Sinise Foundation via the continued use of our D-Tools SIX Software,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “R.I.S.E. integrators are donating their time to this incredible cause, and by facilitating their workflow with our SIX software, we endeavor to make these projects run more smoothly—saving everyone time and with the ultimate goal of getting these veterans into their homes faster. It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”

The SIX software platform allows the integrators to call up product catalogs, view the project overview, manage revisions, create custom reports, manage drawings, and more. All processes associated with the installation and integration of the R.I.S.E. home’s low-voltage systems are handled by D-Tools SIX. The Gary Sinise Foundation can also use the software on future R.I.S.E. projects.

The first project the D-Tools SIX software was used on is located in Texas. Key players include Joel Berrettini of IT & Custom Media Solutions and Lead Systems Integrator for the Gary Sinise Foundation, who procured the donated gear/labor and coordinated the entire project. Local businesses, including the Builder Security Group (BSG) and Bjorn’s Audio Video, generously donated both time and labor. The R.I.S.E. project for this particular wounded warrior makes his life significantly more independent through the use of automated shades, multi-zone thermostats for the veteran’s health conditions, convenient iPad integration, wireless locks with separate codes for caregivers, a comprehensive security system, a state-of-the-art media room, and more.

“We are very proud to be part of an industry that is so willing and ready to donate time and equipment for a good cause,” says Stone. “The amount of labor, equipment, and time that went into the project is not only generous, it’s above and beyond. We are happy to associated with this group and the Gary Sinise Foundation.”

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

About The Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise inspired millions with his Academy-Award-nominated role as Ltd. Dan in the blockbuster Forrest Gump. While his moving portrayal of a wounded veteran certainly deepened his commitment, his crusade to help America’s servicemen and women actually goes back more than three decades. On June 30, 2011, he formed the Gary Sinise Foundation and launched the R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program, which builds Smart Homes for wounded warriors with automated amenities to ease the life challenges they face and to help restore their independence. In just three years, the foundation will have built more than 30 smart homes. For more information, visit www.garysinisefoundation.org

Press Contacts:  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

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LILIN’s IP video camera & recording device product library added to D-Tools System Integrator™

LILIN IP video and security recording device offering now included in D-Tools System Integrator™  product library and available free of charge to D-Tools users for use in electronic system design, documentation and management 

CONCORD, CA, USA – OCTOBER 8, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that LILIN North America has officially joined participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. LILIN is a global manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software. Now, D-Tools SIX users will be able to utilize immediate, free access to the entire database of all LILIN network surveillance solutions, enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to better specify all LILIN products. LILIN is a global manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109devices, & software, and a company that adheres to a time-tested philosophy of Creativity, Progress, & Excellence. The most recent addition to the D-Tools MVP program, LILIN joins the ranks of 150+ other MVP Program vendors in what is now the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the system integrator.

With the addition of LILIN to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools System Integrator™ for system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on all LILIN’s product offerings. This includes the company’s IP video cameras, recording devices, and associated software.

“LILIN is focused on assisting the AV integration market with video surveillance solutions matched to the end-client’s needs, providing both Analog and IP Video surveillance solutions with drivers available for leading automation manufacturers enabling deeper integration which simplifies installations,” says Joe Cook Vice President North America, LILIN USA Corp. “Now, as part of the D-Tools MVP program, LILIN’s flexible product offerings including 4ch to 108ch recorders, 360-degree view panoramic cameras, 4K Ultra HD cameras, License Plate Recognition, Retail POS Solutions, PoE+ Ethernet switches and accessories will be available for specification via the D-Tools System Integrator platform.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Homeowners and businesses alike are increasingly relying on IP video cameras and recording devices to ensure their property and people are safe and secure,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “With LILIN as a new MVP partner, D-Tools users now have the tools, stats, pricing, and promotional information they need to specify LILIN products from within the D-Tools software platform. We’re excited about the opportunities this provides our dealers and integration community at large.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About LILIN
LILIN is a global manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, & software. The company adheres to a time-tested philosophy of Creativity, Progress, & Excellence. LILIN’s spectrum of cameras and servers provide network surveillance solutions for almost any application. Established in Taipei, Taiwan more than 3 decades ago, the company now has 12 branches worldwide. LILIN is proud to have strong relationships with over 50 software and integration partners, and is recognized as the first camera company to become ONVIF-conformant. For more information on LILIN and LILIN IP video products, visit www.LILIN.US.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

D-Tools Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

D-Tools MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools to Host Webinar with Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Partner Noble Fidelity

Free “Dealer Opportunities with Noble Fidelity” webinar October 21 will give prospective Noble Fidelity dealers insight and training on the company and its product offerings

CONCORD, CA – October 8, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that it will soon host a webinar for Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner Noble Fidelity, maker of high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. The free webinar, “Dealer DTLOGO_basic logo for online use_245x109Opportunities with Noble Fidelity,” will take place Tuesday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT. Attendees will learn how partnering with Noble Fidelity can provide a protected, high-margin line of business for custom and luxury audio/video integrators, as well as insight on the company’s award-winning line of architectural speakers.

“We encourage custom integrators interested in selling top-tier quality products from companies that understand the challenges integrators face in today’s ‘get-it-anywhere’ marketplace, to attend this webinar,” says Tim Bigoness, VP Sales and Marketing for D-Tools.” “This training will show dealers how to increase profits while the selling superior sounding Noble Fidelity product line, and punctuate key points as to Noble Fidelity’s superior business plan and clearly communicate their dedication to high quality dealer relationships.”

Because Noble Fidelity is a D-Tools MVP Partner, dealers, specifiers, installers, and integrators have complete access to the most up-to-date and detailed Noble Fidelity product information available, along with current stats, pricing, and special offers in a format that can be utilized cross-functionally for maximum workflow efficiency. Users of D-Tools System Integrator receive updated MVP partner product data free of charge as part of the platform’s offering. The MVP program in turn gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program participant’s dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support. More than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process with the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

For more information on how to register for the webinar, please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/74640862

About Noble Fidelity
Performance-wise, Noble Fidelity Loudspeakers are without peer in their dealer and consumer price ranges. The Noble Fidelity Business Model embodies the classic limited distribution business model. Only genuine, licensed, Installing Dealers of Audio/Video products are eligible for Authorized Dealership. Noble Fidelity products are not available through or left to the marketing practices of wholesale distributors. Noble Fidelity products are not sold online. Noble Fidelity will set Authorized Dealers apart from others. Dealers enjoy geographic territories free of profit-eroding conflicts. There are no “Show Rooming” perils with Noble Fidelity.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact: 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Clare Controls Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools System Integrator™ software users provided free access to Clare Controls product information for designing, specifying and estimating automation and control systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – September 24, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Clare Controls has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. With the addition of Clare Controls to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools for audio, video and security system design, proposal and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information about Clare Controls products via the D-Tools product database. By virtue of the MVP program, D-Tools System Integrator™ users worldwide are able to quickly and easily specify Clare Controls products.

A leading provider of automation solutions for residences and businesses, Clare Controls is the first control system to run independently on an on-site controller while being managed entirely from the cloud. The company’s flagship ClareHome line streamlines the configuration, deployment and maintenance of powerful home automation applications, giving users simple and unified control over everything from HVAC to security to lighting to entertainment and more. Additionally, Clare Controls gives customers the power to create and deploy graphical user interfaces themselves on familiar devices, such as iOS® devices including the iPad®, and, most recently, Android® devices. Meanwhile, Clare Controls dealers and integrators can administer automation systems remotely via cloud-based technologies that maximize dealer efficiency and save both the client and installer valuable time, not to mention costly truck rolls.  

“By popular demand, we’ve added Clare Controls to the D-Tools MVP program,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Clare Controls helps to round out our control systems offerings and, with its addition, offers integrators one of the most unique automation products on the market. Our System Integrator software and its users benefit greatly with the addition of this innovative company’s product offerings, which are now readily available at their fingertips.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Users of D-Tools System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

About Clare Controls
Clare Controls is a provider of intelligent home automation technologies. The current product line includes ClareOS™ solutions that streamline the integration, maintenance and monitoring of sophisticated home automation systems, as well as several families of specialized point-solution components for forward-thinking integrators, regardless of automation affiliation. ClareOS products are deployed locally in customer sites and administered remotely via cloud-based technologies that maximize dealer efficiency while providing unprecedented customer control. For more information, visit www.clarecontrols.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact: 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Torus Power Delivers Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Lineup for improved audio-video performance; Showcased at CEDIA Expo 2014

TORONTO, ON, CANADA & DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO BOOTH #1066) SEPT. 10, 2014 – Torus Power, maker of uncompromising isolation transformer-based power components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at CEDIA Expo 2014, including the premier AVR2 Series and the popular entry-level TOT Series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration, whether it is a large home theater or commercial venue, significantly improving sound and video quality and performance. Shelf, rack, and wall-mount configurations are available throughout the line for added flexibility, offering a solution for most custom installation scenarios. 

The AVR Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression line. Designed for large-scale custom installations like home theater, automation, and audio installations, the AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential and commercial audio-video applications—an attractive feature set considering the ever-merging worlds of commercial and residential integration.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling highcurrent delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, TVs, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most mid-level audio-video systems and power amplifiers.

Torus Power Hour + at CEDIA Expo 2014
Torus Power VP of Sales & Marketing Kevin Main and Changing Velocity CEO David Rodarte will present the Torus Power Hour + Panel Session and Training Course at CEDIA Expo on September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM (room 605 at time of press). The CEDIA Expo MFT course provides .75 CEU and will provide the audience stimulating insight into proper grounding and power techniques for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics. All-star panelists on-deck to present at the Torus Power Hour + include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested tips, tricks, best practices and resources, followed by an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors. To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

 Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA Expo, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the show.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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D-Tools and SupplyStream Form Strategic Partnership

Joint collaboration establishes standards for Data Management and Categorization for manufacturers, distributors and integrators – future integration of respective software solutions to streamline workflow for AV integrators

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SupplyStream, the leading web based product catalog  and industry purchasing platform today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will  establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors and integrators of audio video systems. The partnership will also focus on the integration of data and workflow for future versions of the D-Tools System Integrator software platform and SupplyStream’s online catalog and purchasing platform.

The management and publishing process for manufacturer product information is often manually executed and time-consuming, riddled with duplicate efforts and void of any set standards for nomenclature, categories, and sub-categories. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients.

Furthermore, the integration of this product information into the D-Tools and SupplyStream solutions will ultimately benefit both manufacturers and dealers, as it will provide the basis for an end-to-end process for effective research, specification, design, procurement, and installation of low-voltage audio video systems.

“We’re pleased to work with the team at SupplyStream and are confident that this collaborative effort will make it easier for everyone in the industry to manage, categorize and publish product data,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As pioneers of the data management process we understand the challenges manufacturers, distributors, and integrators face with regard to standardized management and communication of ever-changing product information.”

In addition to standards for data management, the strategic partnership will pursue ways to integrate the two industry-first software platforms in ways that users of both will benefit from. The goal of integration will be to further streamline AV integrator workflow, making it easier for integrators to manage their data and run their businesses. Stone explains, “Our software platform has facilitated a more efficient process for thousands of integrators over the years and we look forward to working with the team at SupplyStream as we discuss how to further improve the industry data and integration company processes moving forward.”

“It makes so much sense for us to partner with D-Tools and work collectively to make dealers’ lives easier. Our visions and dedication to the dealer experience are perfectly aligned. Not only will we work together with manufacturers to make industry data cleaner and more consistent, but we are also discussing how best to share our technologies so the dealer experience can extend across both of our platforms,” says SupplyStream Founder and CEO, Kirk Chisholm.

D-Tools will be previewing the latest version of its award-winning solution, System Integrator 2015 at CEDIA (booth #526), featuring new Mobile installation functionality. D-Tools will also be announcing the winners of the 2014 D-Tools Design Awards at the booth on Friday, September 12th at 3:00 P.M. MT. Dealers can register to win an iPad Mini and $500 towards D-Tools software.

SupplyStream will officially launch their web-based dealer purchasing platform out of beta at CEDIA Expo (Booth #1264). Dealers who stop by the booth can get a personal, live demonstration of the SupplyStream powered product catalog and industry purchasing platform.

About SupplyStream
SupplyStream is a complete, web based industry-specific product catalog that allows AV installers to find product information and make wholesale purchases from all of their suppliers in one place. SupplyStream collects and organizes product data by category, including pricing, availability, specifications, videos, and more, then presents it in a comprehensive yet intuitive web catalog, making it easier for resellers to find what they need and purchase wholesale on the web.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact  
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

 


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