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D-TOOLS SELECTS DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 27, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the 2013 D-Tools Design Awards winners have been selected. Sponsored by MVP Program partners Vaddio, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Zektor, Vidabox, and Core Brands, the contest categories included Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall.

Selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users, the winning entries were chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will be held during CEDIA EXPO 2013 in D-Tools booth #922 on Friday, September 27th at 3:00pm.

“The D-Tools Design Awards are designed to seek out and celebrate the industry’s top system designers that are utilizing our platform to reach great heights,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The entries we received were not only impressive but insanely creative. I’m proud, honestly, to see how far the winning designs have come over the years.”

Winning submissions were awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners.

2013 D-Tools Design Awards Winners & Finalists

  • Best Commercial:

Atea AS – Rica Hall – Submitted by Christian Brondo

Project overview: Conference hotel /conference hall AV system upgrade to expand system’s use for traditional conferences, events, concerts and performances.

Quote: “With the precision and power of D-Tools SIX, we were able to be very precise in all purchases as well as keeping both in-house and hired technicians on the same page throughout the whole process. In 4 weeks, we delivered 640 man-hours and a finished install.”

  • Honorable Mention Commercial:

CRC Audio Video – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Submitted by Jay Nichols

Project overview: Museum project incorporating a live venue (auditorium) with multiple microphones, monitors and digital surround sound, a classroom that can be divided into two separate rooms, a conference room and 12 other audio/video zones.

Quote: “Without D-Tools I would not have been able to determine and show to the customer the deficiencies in their existing design let alone create a new one that took care of all of their needs (including the ones they didn’t know they needed).”

  • Best Residential:

It’s done! Technology – New Wave House – Submitted by Ryan Ovens

Project overview: A four-story renovation in Hampstead, London that was fitted with a Savant system incorporating Audio and Video distribution, CCTV and HVAC integration.

Quote: “By using D-Tools alongside Visio, it was possible to accurately design and plan a method for dressing cables into the system in the correct order, with the correct labels. Multiple custom reports were designed to aide with both the design and management process. Overall, the client has expressed her delight at working with us as her favourite sub-contractor. Although she was not aware, this was all made easy due to D-Tools’ design and management.”

  • 2nd Place Residential:

Hausba Smarthomes Limited – Thompson Project – Submitted by Toochukwu Onyemelukwe

Project overview: High-end home automation system with access and security plus Audio/Video distribution for nine rooms, three living rooms, a dedicated home cinema, two outdoor suspended pools and a roof garden with a total of 109 speakers on the project.

Quote: “D-tools has allowed us maintain a professional design and project management approach which has been a critical success factor to this ongoing project. I can’t imagine dealing with such an enormous amount of data using traditional methods without D-tools.”

  • Honorable Mention Residential:

Keith Jones Design – European Residential Tower – Submitted by Keith Jones

Project overview: AV, control and private cinema for the communal floors of one of Europe’s tallest residential buildings.

  • Most Unique:

Service Tech AV – Single-Mast Sail Boat M5 – Submitted by Tim McKelvey

Project overview: Audio/Video design for the world’s largest single-mast sailboat M5, formerly known as Mirabella V

  • Honorable Mention Most Unique:

Encore Custom A/V/Firefly Creative – Bahamas Project – Submitted by James Fredrick

Project overview: Consulting, design documentation and installation of a project in the Bahamas.

  • Best Overall:

Media Connections – MKSPK – Submitted by Duane Smith

Project overview: Design and install nine interactive Smart Conference Rooms with wiring outsourced to the local NYC union

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Those interested in learning more about D-Tools are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Cleerline to Showcase IAV LightSpeaker Wireless Speaker Systems for Indoor and Outdoor Use at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning IAV LightSpeaker® and AudioRock® speaker systems are available now throughout the United States and Mexico

MISSOULA, MT and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO – Booth #2518) – September 25, 2013 — Cleerline, a US distributor of IAV LightSpeaker® products today announced that the company will showcase both the IAV LS5.2.2 LightSpeaker® System and the IAV RS5.2.0 Wireless AudioRock® System at CEDIA EXPO 2013, in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013.

IAV LightSpeaker® is a patented speaker system that combines efficient LED lighting and wireless sound into a single unit that installs like a light bulb. A unique product utilizing patented AudioLight® Technology, LightSpeaker® combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that installs like a light bulb. Designed to fit into most 5” and 6” (R30 or R40) recessed lighting fixtures. They also can be used in common lamps, by adding an optional LampKit®. Utilizing a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless technology that is discreet from the home network, LightSpeaker serves as a robust audio network. The full range driver has been customized to maximize the available air volume and digital signal processing to deliver the best possible sound, with depth, clarity and range.

The Wireless AudioRock® System is intended to easily install in any outdoor location without any expensive and complicated wiring. A typical system can be installed in just a few minutes without running any additional wires. The system includes a Wireless transmitter with two (2) Source Inputs and two (2) Separate Zone Outputs. Additional AudioRocks or LightSpeakers can be added to the transmitter or system as desired.

Cleerline will be demonstrating IAV LightSpeaker products for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees September 26-28, 2013 in booth #2518. Interested parties are encouraged to connect with IAV LightSpeaker by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com, calling (877) 591-2491, or emailing info@iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Twitter at twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

About Cleerline

Cleerline Technology Group is a Missoula, MT based distributor of unique technology solutions for Commercial and Residential Integrators that maximize efficiency, complete system installations, and increase their bottom line. www.pwcis.com

About IAV LightSpeaker

In an age where multi-room audio is accessible to almost anyone, IAV LightSpeaker® sparked the beginning of both a new era and a new category. Utilizing patented AudioLight® technology, the LightSpeaker® line combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that delivers a simplified audio experience unlike any other. Designed to install like a light bulb and constructed to fit into most 5” and 6” recessed lighting fixtures, LightSpeaker also serves as a robust yet discreet audio network that provides rich sound that is full of clarity and range. Using only 10 watts to produce light bright enough to replace up to a 65-watt bulb, LightSpeaker is highly efficient and capable of lasting up to 15 years. Evolving to meet the needs of a varied consumer audience, the Company added AudioRock® speakers to the lineup for portable outdoor use during the summer of 2013.

More information about IAV LightSpeaker can be obtained by calling (877) 591-2491, e-mailing info@iavlightspeaker.com, or by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/IAVLightspeaker/279480795490860 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

IAV LightSpeaker Press Contacts: 

Krista Bergman

IAV LightSpeaker

(877) 591-2491

krista@iavlightspeaker.com

www.iavlightspeaker.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Screen Innovations Announces Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film; a Proprietary Projection Screen Solution for Commercial and Residential Installations

 

New adhesive-based screen lineup to be unveiled at CEDIA EXPO Being Held September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 25, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that a new film-based projection screen material aptly named Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film has been added to the acclaimed Black Diamond™ line. Known for being the first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting screen technology on the market, Black Diamond by Screen Innovations has forever changed the way the world watches television, movies and other video-based content. Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film takes the experience to a new level, providing integrators a highly versatile solution for both residential and commercial environments. A light-diffusing rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface to create a dynamic digital display, it has unmatched light rejection and creates contrast levels ideal for retail and in-window displays, exhibits and tradeshows, corporate lobbies, boardrooms, houses of worship, and even home cinema.

Sold as a viable alternative to flat panel TVs and other displays, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is available in 60”x99’ rolls that ship on a 2” core or it can be purchased laminated to glass or acrylic as a finished solution. Highly versatile, it can be deployed in many residential locations that would otherwise be deemed unusable for a home cinema.  A typical installation might be on an attic wall or even a garage wall for a unique outdoor movie experience, but the options are extensive. Delivering a large-format home cinema with a superior picture quality and a price point that is much lower than available flat panel offerings even when the projector price is factored in. For commercial applications, the options are profound; retail stores; restaurants and bars; event centers; houses of worship; digital signage; and more. The options and opportunities that Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film delivers are virtually limitless.

Video: http://vimeo.com/74468069

URL: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/black-diamond-rear-pro-film-1-4/

“We developed Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film to be a blank canvas of sorts. One that integrators can creatively use to craft a unique and memorable experience for clients who have the space to accommodate a large format rear-projection screen,” said Ryan Gustafson, president and founder of Screen Innovations. “This is an inspired solution that delivers a fully immersive experience, no matter where it’s applied or used.”

Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film is 4K rated and available in .8 and 1.4 gains. Utilizing SI’s proprietary multi-directional ambient light rejecting technology, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film features a wide viewing cone and eliminates the need for a dark, dedicated entertainment space, thereby allowing two-piece projection to exist in high brightness areas anywhere, anytime.

Those interested in learning more about Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film and the family of SI screen solutions are encouraged to visit booth #3331 at CEDIA EXPO 2013.

For detailed information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com, email sales@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

Press kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS DTCONNECT FEATURE DELIVERS HIGHLY VALUABLE INTEGRATED ANALYTICS AND UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS

MVP Program Partners and D-Tools User Community Can Now Effectively Interact, Communicate, and Collaborate Within the D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 Software Environment

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 25, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will soon launch a new feature called DTConnect that provides highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. DTConnect enables timely pricing updates, special offers, and other information relevant to users of D-Tools’ award-winning SIX 2013 platform. D-Tools will unveil DTConnect during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

A highly valuable enhancement, D-Tools DTConnect provides significant benefits for MVP Program partners:

  • Download Statistics: DTConnect lets MVP Program partners (MVPs) track how many dealers are downloading product data by day, month, or year, and also which specific products are being downloaded most often.
  • Dealer Contact Information: DTConnect allows MVPs to identify integrators that are downloading product information in order to spot trends and better serve customers.
  • Direct Messaging: DTConnect gives MVP partners the ability to create and send messages directly to dealers through the D-Tools SIX 2013 Data Browser, publish dealer pricing, inform dealers of the latest product news, or post completed system designs to make dealers even more effective.
  • Product Catalog Management: DTConnect allows MVPs to review and make simple changes to their product catalog, or download their entire catalog and send detailed changes to D-Tools.
  • Update Company Profile: DTConnect enables MVPs to update their company logo, boilerplate message, and social media links. Changes made will be seen by D-Tools users across the platform, including on the D-Tools website and in SIX 2013.

DTConnect is also an effective tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners to enhance and accelerate their sales and marketing strategies in the following ways:

  • Includes MVP product data in D-Tools SIX 2013, a powerful and effective sales solution now being used by more than 4,400 system integrators worldwide.
  • MVPs can transmit accurate, up-to-date dealer pricing information to authorized dealers downloading product data to use within D-Tools.
  • MVPs can communicate directly to dealers through the D-Tools Data Browser, to help generate new business for their products.

“DTConnect is a feature we’ve been developing for some time that benefits the entire D-Tools ecosystem. It is designed to improve visibility, scope, reach, and results for MVP Program partners and integrators alike,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We’re confident that this (DTConnect) new feature set will be quickly realized as a highly valuable tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners that helps them not only expand their business through D-Tools’ ever-growing user base, but also to facilitate detailed usage reports and trend analysis to refine their approach and improve their bottom-line results. This expanded scope strategically positions D-Tools as more than a workflow-enhancing platform, but rather a business-enhancing, profit-generating software solution.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. D-Tools DTConnect will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in D-Tools booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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IHIJI ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NEARLY 100 NEW FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS FOR CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning ihiji invision system extensively updated to provide expanded remote network monitoring and management capabilities

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji announced today the addition of nearly 100 new features to its award winning cloud-based remote network monitoring and management system, ihiji invision. These extensive additions and enhancements provide even more valuable resources to technology integrators and IT professionals, further assisting them in improving efficiencies and creating a sustainable stream of recurring revenue. The newly increased versatility of the ihiji invision system facilitates remote management, monitoring and maintenance capabilities of an even wider variety of technologies deployed in the field than ever before.

Several of ihiji’s newest features will be showcased at the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colo., from September 26 to 28. Included are ihiji invision’s expanded IT support tools that increase visibility and provide secure access to remote installations. Other additions include new manufacturer integrations, detailed user permissions, Power over Ethernet (PoE) reboots and robust remote management functionalities. ihiji will also be sharing new and improved ways to economically implement its services and will discuss the many benefits that can be derived through Client Care Plans, such as those that ihiji launched earlier this year.

ihiji’s NetNinjas will also be on display. The NetNinjas are a powerful set of features that allow for simple, one-click, cloud-based reboots of devices such as routers, switches, control processors, PoE devices, IP power devices, and touch panels – all from within the ihiji invision system. ConnectNinja is the newest addition to the NetNinjas suite and is used to establish a secure remote connection with any device on a customer’s network. This support mechanism will provide full remote access to integrators and eliminates the need for complex VPN connections or insecure port forwarding. The ConnectNinja also complements the ihiji invision portal’s newer features, such as fully enabled manageable user permissions across individual sites, which is used to heighten secure site access control.

Furthermore, ihiji has developed new integrations to enable cloud-based monitoring and remote reboot capabilities for DirecTV and Sonos devices as well as products from companies such as SnapAV, Panamax, Middle Atlantic, Pakedge, Planet, Control4, Crestron, Richard Gray’s Power Company and more. “At ihiji, our primary focus is to facilitate a far more robust and secure environment for integrators working in the residential, commercial, and information technology channels.” said ihiji Vice President of Technology, Michael Maniscalco. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to deliver on the promises we’ve made, providing scalable, cloud-based technologies that will best support the fully converged AV/ IT marketplace.” ihiji’s new features focus on the critical task of providing technology integrators and IT Professionals more transparency as to the status of connected devices while improving security in their system core management.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 during CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

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

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

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New ihiji ConnectNinja Simplifies Secure Remote Network Access and Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

Technology integrators and IT professionals immediately benefit from the new remote access features

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji®, a global leader in remote network management, today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals and technology integrators worldwide. Utilizing an intuitive central dashboard, ihiji invision users can detect, diagnose and resolve network issues, saving the time and cost of troubleshooting or rolling a truck.

With ihiji ConnectNinja, users can now resolve more complex issues by accessing devices through the invision portal without the need for VPNs or unsecure port forwards. Tunneling connections into the device through ihiji’s servers, ConnectNinja passes securely through firewalls, connecting users directly to the LAN devices.  The ConnectNinja functionality extends ihiji’s already powerful NetNinja Suite, which collectively serves to remotely resolve issues with networks and devices. Its counterparts include the PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.

“We’ve done the heavy-lifting by forming a secure connection from the appliance back to our server, so communications are encrypted and secure,” said ihiji CEO Stuart Rench.  “With the addition of the ConnectNinja, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for IT Professionals and technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service. The secure remote access feature cuts both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, fully complementing invision’s remote network monitoring functionality.

ConnectNinja makes its debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo where it will be launched and included as a part of the ihiji invision solution for no additional cost.  ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the dealer.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 at CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520. More information can also be found at www.ihiji.com.

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 low-cost a 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. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 50% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.
ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

 

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New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs

New Robust Series Mounts by Crimson AV Provide a Safe, Secure and Smooth-Moving Installation of Large-Format 70 to 90-inch TVs 

GLENVIEW, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #4025) – September 24, 2013 – Crimson AV, LLC, a leading manufacturer of professional-grade Audio Video mounting solutions, today announced that the Company will unveil a new line of mounts designed for large format TVs at CEDIA EXPO, taking place in Denver, Colorado September 26-28, 2013. Arriving ahead of schedule, Robust Series mounts by Crimson AV are already in stock and available for shipment to authorized dealers and retailers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.

A necessary element for every TV installation, AV mounts come in a variety of styles and configurations. The Robust Series was developed to fill a void that currently exists in the marketplace and consists of three multi-joint models that accommodate 70 to 90-inch TVs weighing less than 200 pounds. RST90 is a tilt model, RSA90 is an articulating model, and RSF90 is a flat mount model. Lateral shift and post-installation leveling facilitates perfectly positioned TVs, while an integrated cable management system preserves design and décor aesthetics. Each model comes with a 400x400mm interface and is expandable to 400x600mm when the optional AD600 VESA Adapter is used. Priced competitively, the Robust Series mounts feature Crimson’s standard 30-day money back guarantee and industry-leading 10-year warranty, while carrying MSRPs starting at $215.00.

The Robust Series includes three models:

RST90

Tilt mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation possible for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: www.crimsonav.com/products/rst90

RSF90

Flat mount with triple stud mounting that facilitates the most secure installation for heavier large-format 70 to 90″ TVs. Includes a horizontal slide mechanism that helps center the TV on the wall as well as post-installation leveling that compensates for uneven ceilings and enables a perfectly positioned TV. A unique all steel click-in-place feature simplifies the installation by eliminating the need to reach up behind the TV with a wrench or screwdriver to secure or remove it.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsf90

RSA90

Articulating mount with a heavy-duty dual arm scissor action that provides better balance and smooth movement for large-format 70 to 90-inch TVs. Post-installation leveling compensates for uneven ceilings as well as the natural sag experienced with 100lb+ TVs. Lateral and vertical adjustments facilitate precision positioning and provide needed installation flexibility for recessed applications, and integrated cable management provides a clean look.

URL: http://www.crimsonav.com/products/rsa90

Manufacturing a broad assortment of professional grade AV mounting solutions and accessories for nearly any structure or application imaginable, Crimson products are ready to ship same day to integrators, distributors, systems designers and specifiers worldwide. Every product in the comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards and sells for a fraction of the price of other competitive solutions, making it a highly compelling line that provides tangible benefits.

Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #4025 at CEDIA EXPO 2013, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on twitter.

About Crimson

Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of TV mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade TV mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com. Follow Crimson on Twitter @CrimsonAV and Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Crimson-AV-Mounting-Solutions/129843060418405.

Crimson Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: 406-446-1283

Cell: 425-328-8640

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

Twitter: @katyemcgregor

Press Kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS HOSTED SOLUTION POWERED BY AMAZON WEB SERVICES™ PROVIDES CLOUD-BASED STORAGE AND MOBILITY OF SIX 2013 SERVER DATA

Hosted Solution Enables Remote Access and Secure Offsite Storage for Global D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 User Community

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 24, 2013 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that a new Hosted Solution is now available to System Integrator users worldwide. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. This new feature set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system for use anywhere or any time it is needed. The D-Tools Hosted Solution will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, customers have their very own D-Tools Server Instance powered by the latest generation Windows Server 2012. It includes the D-Tools SIX 2013 Server Management application and comes completely configured with SQL Server 2012. With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, users now have the option to host their Server Instance in the cloud, thereby facilitating a lower cost of entry and eliminating the need for costly in-house servers and expensive IT infrastructure. Combined with D-Tools Software Assurance program, which includes Gold Support and Data Subscription, this compelling combination of features and benefits ensures that users are always on the most current version of the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services™, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. Not only does the pre-configured firewall only allow traffic from the D-Tools application, it can only be accessed from ports 9010, 1433 and 1434. For added security, the connection to those ports can be tied to a specific IP address, enabling only the computers registered on the user’s network to connect to the associated cloud server. For ease of implementation, the D-Tools technical support team performs the installation and setup for each user.

“The D-Tools Hosted Solution is ideally suited to companies that are just getting started or those who are migrating to a service-based model for their IT infrastructure because it offers users a flexible choice of deployment and the ability to migrate to an on-premise solution over time as their needs change,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does it (the D-Tools Hosted Solution) offer users cloud-hosted access to the D-Tools SIX 2013 server, it also provides a connection to the D-Tools SIX 2013 Client without a VPN or expensive standalone servers.”

The D-Tools Hosted Solution is available now and can be secured through a monthly hosting program that starts at $149 per month. A one-time setup fee will be charged in addition to the monthly fee.

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail sales@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

Amazon Web Services, the “Powered by Amazon Web Services” logo, and EC2 are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

  

 

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Screen Innovations Black Diamond Motorized is a Unique, Rollable Flat-Panel TV Alternative That Vanishes From Sight When Not in Use; Now Available in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio up to 138” in Size

Design and décor-friendly flush and external mount options provide integrators the ability to add a large-format television that virtually disappears when not in use to any room, environment or space

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 19, 2013 Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that the company’s highly popular and newly-updated Black Diamond™ Motorized screen will be actively displayed for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees to witness firsthand. The recent recipient of several new enhancements, Black Diamond Motorized is now available in diagonal screen sizes up to 138” and can also now be configured with either a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio with either flush or external mount, allowing integrators to specify the most appropriate screen for the job based on the type of content that will most often be viewed.

Featuring a truly unique motorized design utilizing SI’s proprietary Black Diamond award winning multi-directional ambient light rejection screen technology, Black Diamond Motorized is a sleek and sexy flat panel alternative that delivers stunning images yet disappears when not in use, making it ideal for virtually any environment, aesthetic or application. It has been installed in locations worldwide thus far, serving as a rollable TV that can enter and exit a space with ease. As such, there is no other product like Black Diamond Motorized on the market.

Utilizing one motor, four custom helixes, and a spool of slender aircraft cable, Black Diamond Motorized silently lowers a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image height, leaving only the image space in sight. Because Black Diamond screens do not require masking or any black drop material whatsoever, there is no visible material above, below, or on either side of the screen surface, allowing the images projected on Black Diamond Motorized to appear as though they are suspended in air.

Now available in either 16:9 or 2.35:1 configurations, Black Diamond Motorized screens can be effectively used with ceilings that are up to 11 feet in height. 16:9 versions are available in 80”, 92”, 100”, 106” and 110” diagonal screen sizes, whereas the 2.35:1 versions are available in 110”, 120”, 132” and 138” diagonal sizes. Custom sizes will be made available in the future.

Unlike flat panel TVs, Black Diamond Motorized delivers zero glare and reflection when used in a bright environment, and by virtue of its industry-leading Black Diamond ambient light rejecting screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses – and satisfies the needs of - a diverse audience in a variety of Commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.

Video: http://www.screeninnovations.com/projector-screens/motorized/black-diamond-motorized/

Those interested in learning how Black Diamond Motorized solves complex installation challenges and delivers next-level entertainment experiences for a wide range of residential and commercial applications are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications to schedule time to meet with SI executives during CEDIA EXPO 2013 by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling (425) 328-8640.

For more information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

 

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D-Tools Unveiling Workflow-Enhancing Native iPAD® Mobile Quoting App at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables integrators to generate bids and bring them into SIX 2013 for full project design and management

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 11, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will unveil a new IOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013. Available in Q4 for partners worldwide, this new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad then bring them into SIX 2013 for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native IOS application, the D-Tools iPad® app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. The iPad app utilizes many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools iPad® app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The iPad app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

The D-Tools SIX 2013 iPad® app will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Denver Convention Center in D-Tools booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems.

Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013) and Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts:

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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