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Square 1 Bank Announces Credit Facility to NanoLumens

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, August 19, 2013 — Square 1 Bank, the premier banking partner to entrepreneurs and the venture capital community, announced today it has provided a credit facility to NanoLumens®, the rapidly growing Atlanta-based manufacturer and marketer of award-winning flexible and fixed LED displays. Proceeds from the facility will help fuel continued growth for the company.

“Square 1 Bank has a demonstrated record of success in helping entrepreneurs and their companies rapidly scale their business,” Nanolumens President and CEO Rick Cope noted. “The proceeds of this new credit facility will help us to better meet the rapidly growing demand for our solutions while we continue to develop a host of new products for both current and new markets. The strong and consistent support of our partners at Square 1 Bank is going to play an important role in our continued success.”

Peter Meath, co-founder and senior vice president in Square 1 Bank’s technology banking group added, “I was very impressed with the vision, experienced management team and long-term business plan of Nanolumens. Square 1 is excited to be a part of their continued success in the digital signage space.”

About Square 1 Bank:
Square 1 Bank is a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1’s expertise, focus, and strong capital base provide flexible resources and unmatched support to meet our client’s needs. The bank offers tailored products and solutions aided by the latest in technological innovations. Square 1 has offices coast to coast in Austin, Boston, Denver, Durham, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. For more information, visit square1bank.com.

About NanoLumens®:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens®, Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to making the era of “digital wallpaper” a practical reality for every type of business looking to engage their customers anywhere and everywhere their customers happen to be. NanoLumens flexible and fixed displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a bright, seamless, high resolution picture quality that can be viewed from any angle throughout the display horizon without color shift or image distortion.
The company’s technology is protected by a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents.

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Trident Case® Launches “Build Your Own Smartphone Case” Application

Consumers can customize almost every element of their lives, from their coffee to their sneakers to their ringtones, so why shouldn’t that same freedom of expression extend to the case that protects their most-used accessory – their smartphones?

In time for the upcoming back to school and holiday seasons, Trident Case® is offering consumers the freedom to express themselves with abandon and create a one-of-a-kind case with the new online “Build Your Own Case” designer, allowing them to represent their favorite sports team, show their school spirit or just choose a different color for each day of the week while providing maximum protection for today’s most popular smartphones.

With 81 different color combinations, the Build Your Own Case designer makes it easy to create a unique Trident A.M.S. case that matches each owner’s personal style. All they have to do is go to the Build Your Own Case designer, select their smartphone device and choose the colors for the outer and inner portions of the cases. Additionally, each buyer can select up to two accessories such as a windshield mount or bike mount. To make it even easier, the colors change in real time as users select them, and there is an Inspiration Gallery of designs that other users have purchased!

For only $49.90, the custom-colored Trident cases are available for the most popular smartphones from Apple, HTC, Motorola and Samsung. Not only do these personalized cases make the owners’ smartphone stand out from the crowd, but also help provide some serious protection from bumps, drops and vibrations. Each custom case consists of two pieces: an inner Perseus® anti-skid shell that is made of shock-absorbing silicone and a hard, rugged exoskeleton that offers superior protection from drops onto hard surfaces. Kraken A.M.S. cases include a built-in screen protector to provide 360-degree protection for today’s most popular smartphones.

As an added bonus, Kraken A.M.S. cases are actually 2 cases in 1! They consist of a Kraken A.M.S. exoskeleton on the outside and a lighter duty Perseus silicone case on the inside, so the exoskeleton can be removed should the user desire a different look or feel.

About Trident Case®
Since its founding in 2010, Ontario, California-based Trident Case® (www.tridentcase.com) designs, engineers and manufactures tough and stylish cases for mobile devices of all makes, models, shapes and sizes. With six series of protective cases that offer unparalleled protection from drops, scratches, water and dust in environments ranging from classrooms to construction sites, the company manufactures the ideal protection solution for every mobile device. Trident products are proudly designed and manufactured in California.

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NanoLumens Finds A Better Way To Engage Commuters At New York’s Penn Station

Advertisers are constantly looking for new ways to capture and hold the attention of harried and hurried daily commuters, and nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City’s Penn Station, North America’s busiest transit center. To capitalize on the massive daily audience that passes through the station, CBS Outdoor turned to NanoLumens® to provide a unique solution that can’t be missed.

With more than 300,000 daily commuters, advertisers won’t find a more captivating display solution than the NanoSlim® display that hangs directly over commuters heads as they travel through the Long Island Railroad corridor of the station. The installation marks the first time that a digital advertising display has ever been suspended from the ceiling in Penn Station.

“NanoLumens’ technology is literally transforming a traditional ‘signage’ industry into a ‘customer engagement’ industry,” NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope said today. “No other company has the technology to allow clients to engage their customers in literally every and any type of environment, and our new Penn Station display underscores this ability.”

According to Cope, the ability to place the display in this location was possible because it weighs less than 700 pounds and uses less than one-third of the energy that a comparable LCD, plasma or projection setup would require. With a lifespan of 100,000 hours (more than 11 years running 24 hours a day), the NanoSlim display was not only the most eye-catching option, but also the most cost-effective. In fact, a lightweight LED display is the only viable option for a hanging display in a brightly lit environment, because LCD and plasma displays are prohibitively heavy and require immense support structures.

The 4.5-inch thick, double-sided 126” NanoSlim LED display uses NanoLumens’ 4mm pixel pitch technology to deliver bright, crisp, clear images and video on a display that is seamless and bezel-free, making it one of the most potent messaging platforms in Penn Station.

This installation comes on the heels of NanoLumens recent announcement of several large NanoSlim displays being used to provide vivid, long-life video solutions for the new Sao Paulo Metro Line 4 in Brazil.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens®, Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to making the era of “digital wallpaper” a practical reality for every type of business looking to engage their customers anywhere and everywhere their customers happen to be. NanoLumens flexible and rigid displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a bright, seamless, high resolution picture quality that can be viewed from any angle throughout the display horizon without color shift or image distortion.

The company’s technology is protected by a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents.

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Trident Case® Partners With Arkon® To Provide Superior Mobile Device Protection and Mounting Solutions

Underscoring its commitment to provide retailers and consumers with the best possible protection of and placement options for mobile devices, Trident Case®, a California-based manufacturer of tough and stylish mobile device cases, today announced a partnership with Arkon®, maker of a variety of need-specific device mounts, to provide more than 25 mounts that can be configured with Trident’s Kraken A.M.S. Series cases. When combined, the cases and mounts provide superior protection and placement options to fit any need from active outdoor lifestyles to construction sites and warehouses to police cars and classrooms.

According to Erin Luzzi, Vice President of Marketing at Trident, “Our toughest mobile device cases can now be purchased with a variety of strong, need-specific mounts. These mounts are available through Trident exclusively, and they are custom configured to work optimally with our Kraken A.M.S. Series cases with the available smartphone and tablet adapters. Now retailers and consumers can purchase everything they need to secure and protect their devices from one source and be sure that they are getting the ideal solution for every situation.”

According to Luzzi, the Trident-compatible Arkon mounts are specially designed to provide optimal mobile device viewing and placement in any setting imaginable. The mounts range from temporary to permanent, with a solution available for just about every surface type. Trident’s Kraken A.M.S. Series are custom built to work with a variety of need-specific Arkon mounts. The Kraken A.M.S. Series is Trident’s most rugged line, independently tested to withstand rain, dust, drops onto concrete and intense vibrations, and meets the Military Standard MIL-STD-810F.

With solutions for the most popular smartphones and tablets from Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Motorola and Samsung, this partnership addresses the widest range of consumers possible. The compatible Arkon mounts include eight suction-based windshield and surface mounts, 10 vehicle mounts that connect to either cup holders, seat rails, air vents, headrests, lighter sockets or sun visors, two rail mounts that are perfect for bicycles, hand trucks or carts, four clamp mounts that are ideal removable solutions for desks and workstations, and three drill base mounts that provide a more permanent solution and are perfect for wall or under-cabinet mounting.

Arkon Resources, Inc. is a manufacturer and global supplier of car, home and office mobile mounting solutions designed for use with tablet computers, smartphones, cameras, portable GPS, satellite radios and other portable devices.

Each Trident case is available in a minimum of five colors and is constructed using bio-enhanced plastic that is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. To browse the full lineup of Trident mobile device cases and Arkon mounts, visit http://www.tridentcase.com/company/arkon.

About Trident Case®
Since its founding in 2010, Ontario, California-based Trident Case® (www.tridentcase.com) designs, engineers and manufactures tough and stylish cases for mobile devices of all makes, models, shapes and sizes. With six series of protective cases that offer unparalleled protection from drops, scratches, water and dust in environments ranging from classrooms to construction sites, the company manufactures the ideal protection solution for every mobile device. Trident products are proudly designed and manufactured in California.

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ELAN g! Gives Apple®-Enthusiast Total Control Over His 18,000-Square Foot Home

The Musil family members love using an iPad or iPhone for scheduling, playing games and staying connected to one another. So when homeowner John Musil decided he wanted simple consolidated control of the security, lighting and A/V components in his 18,000-square foot home in the Arcadia-area of Phoenix, Arizona, he had to be able to do it all from his favorite Apple devices. Now that the home has an ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System, the Musil family can easily control every major subsystem of their home with the push of a button!

Musil first hired Scottsdale-based builder Sage Luxury Homes to build his dream home that features a media room, game room, fitness area, basketball court and a guesthouse. Musil then brought Phoenix-based integrator Digital Home Lifestyles on board to install a control system that would offer complete control over every area of the home.

“When the homeowner told me that his top priority was to have total control over his home through his iPhone and iPad, I instantly thought of the ELAN g! system,” said Jeff Beall, President & CEO of Digital Home Lifestyles. “Not only is the ELAN g! system one of the most affordable control solutions on the market today, but its also one of the most capable, integrating with an endless number of third-party components and having the ability to scale to any size installation. Just as a robust wireless networking infrastructure is crucial to any new home, an easy-to-use control system like ELAN g! becomes the central nervous system that makes all the home’s technology accessible to every person who might need to use it.”

Digital Home Lifestyles equipped the home with an ELAN g! system that gives the Musil family control over lighting, surveillance, security, irrigation systems, audio, video and more. The g! system can be accessed through a variety of different interfaces including the homeowner’s iPhones and iPads, three ELAN TS10 touch screens and a whopping 25 ELAN Z100 keypads for AV functions. The installation included 10 Samsung LED LCD TVs throughout the house, three Apple TV® systems, five Apple iPod docks and two Samsung Blu-Ray Players.

Digital Home Lifestyles also installed a total of 10 Speco Technologies cameras for surveillance, and the Musil family is now able to enjoy 24 zones of high quality audio through eight Niles loudspeakers, six Monitor Audio outdoor speakers and a Source Technologies LCR flat panel speaker. The g! system controls the functions of all the major rooms in the house, including the guesthouse where visitors can use g! interfaces to control the lighting, audio and video without any instructions necessary.

“What initially made the ELAN g! system so attractive was the idea that I could easily keep an eye on the house while I’m at the office or on vacation,” said Musil. “Digital Home Lifestyles installed a number of surveillance cameras both inside and outside the house, including one on the entry gate, so it’s very simple for me to check in on the house whenever I’m away for an extended period of time. What makes the system so incredible is that the entire family is able to use the g! system without training. We’re thrilled that such an easy-to-use system can perform so many different functions throughout our house.”

Most of the technology that makes all this possible is located in a professional rack unit located in a storage closet on the lower level, which effectively hides all the unsightly black boxes typical of a home entertainment system. The rack includes an ELAN HC12 controller, three ELAN S128P AV Controller/Amplifiers, an ELAN S1616A Multi-zone Amplifier, an ELAN S86P Multi-Room A/V controller, an IC Realtime 16-Channel Security Camera DVR, a Rotel amplifier and Krell amplifier, networking components from Motorola, Netgear and Pakedge, and a networked Sony Blu-Ray player.

About ELAN® Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of Core Brands® which is part of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Nortek, Inc., is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc.

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Circle Technology Helps Horenstein Law Group Deliver On Their Promise To Offer ‘Enhanced Communication’ To Clients

The team at Horenstein Law Group PLLC understands the importance of a productive meeting better than anyone. The Vancouver-based firm, which represents clients in real estate, business and government affairs, knows that every minute spent with a client is valuable, so when they started using Circle Technology’s portable, wireless, Internet-free presentation system solution in their conference room and off-site meetings, they soon realized that the technology provides them with a groundbreaking way to increase efficiency in client meetings.

“Time is money,” said Steve Horenstein, Managing Member at Horenstein Law Group. “When clients come to our office, we’re reviewing multiple documents while taking copious notes, and it’s crucial that important information doesn’t get lost in the process. With the Circle Technology system, we’re able to ensure that there is complete collaboration between the client and us. The system eliminates errors that might occur due to forgetfulness, and allows us to work with the client in real-time, with everyone looking at the same information all at once.”

Horenstein Law Group currently uses a deluxe Circle Technology system configuration that features, Circle Host Software, four Custom Circle Displays and Circle Display Stands, and a Circle Carrying Case, which allows the team at Horenstein Law Group to keep their displays charged at all times and provides easy transport to off-site meetings.

“We represent a number of businesses that often conduct shareholder meetings, and when you have a group of people gathered in a conference room, it’s imperative to make sure that everyone is able to follow the presentation at the same time,” added Mellissa Middleton, Paralegal at Horenstein Law Group. “The Circle Technology system allows us to do just that. One of the fundamentals at our firm is the idea of ‘enhanced communication,’ where we are connected to our clients in a way that conserves time and increases communication. Circle Technology’s system allows us to minimize the use of paper and maximize efficiency, and it has had a profoundly positive effect on our day-to-day client meetings.”

Circle Technology’s portable presentation system offers an on-the-go solution that allows a presenter to screen share any presentation or content, via the Circle Host Software, from their PC directly to the Circle Displays in the hands of their audience. The crystal clear 1280×800 HD resolution Circle Displays allow presentations to be put directly into the hands of the audience, without bulky, printed presentations or the seemingly endless distractions that could be found on their own devices. The Circle Host Software is compatible with Windows® 7 and 8, making it possible for the software to be downloaded to any PC that uses Microsoft OS.

What’s more, the Circle Host Software makes it possible to present without any connection to the Internet, thus eliminating any worries about faulty connections. The software also allows for up to 10 Circle Displays to be connected at once, giving presenters the opportunity to put their presentation into the hands of multiple people at the same time. The software works on a self-contained, encrypted WPA2 password protected network, powered by the standard wireless capabilities embedded in today’s PC’s, allowing for a secure and private connection between the presenter’s PC and the audience’s Circle Displays. The network can be adjusted on the go without the hassle of having to generate and distribute new passwords and user names, making the task as easy as possible for the presenter. Real-time sharing and collaboration is an integral element of all presentations, and the Circle Host Software allows the presenter to control the flow of their presentation.

Horenstein summarizes the firm’s experience with their Circle Technology system as, “Circle Technology provides the perfect personal presentation system for our conference room and for meetings at our clients’ sites. Having a high-tech presentation system for any meeting, regardless of location, has proved to be an invaluable professional tool.”

Circle Technology’s presentation system packages are available in a number of configurations all designed to meet a variety of presentation needs. For information on the best Circle Technology system package for your company’s needs, and to order Circle Technology’s presentation system, please call Stampede Presentation Products Inc., at 1-800-398-5652.

About Circle Technology
Circle Technology is a pioneering Vancouver, Washington-based company with a family of presentation system solutions. Our products allow you to present without the Internet, anywhere at any time. We bring a complete system to the presentation, providing the highest quality screen resolution from our Circle Displays. Our Circle Host Software allows you to screen share anything from your computer to the Circle Displays, giving you the opportunity to present anything that is viewable from your desktop. With Circle Technology, you can rely on one single solution, instead of a multitude of technologies having to somehow work together, just a simple click and you begin. For more information about Circle Technology, log onto www.TheCircleTech.com.

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ELAN® Launches Cooperative Digital Marketing Campaign

Underscoring its commitment to provide the highest level of lead-generating sales support for its dealers, ELAN Home Systems and Netsertive today announced plans to launch a one-year national digital marketing program, effective July 1, 2013.

Running on Netsertive’s proven Local Extend™ channel marketing platform, the customized program is designed to support ELAN’s network of participating dealers by serving cooperative local digital marketing that leverages ELAN’s brand and pre-approved messaging. Netsertive’s technology will deliver online ads and content that targets designers, architects & consumers, and will then connect those prospects to the nearest local ELAN dealer in their region. 36 ELITE Dealers are engaged in the initial rollout of the program, with more scheduled within 6 months.

According to Paul Starkey, ELAN’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, this new marketing initiative marks an important step forward in the continuing expansion of the company’s dealer support program. “The ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System is now recognized by dealers and consumers as the leader it deserves to be,” Starkey said today. “As a result, we are ready to make a significant investment in driving qualified sales leads to our dealers all across the country. The Netsertive platform is the vehicle that will allow us to do this quickly and efficiently.”

The program includes comprehensive local campaigns using display ads, mobile device ads, search marketing, advanced targeting techniques, and dynamic lead pages which are automatically injected into the local dealers’ websites. The lead pages are centrally controlled to maintain the most up-to-date brand content, but appear to prospects as part of the dealers’ web content, helping to drive more local leads.

“Having served clients in the A/V and automation space for nearly five years, we are excited to be working with ELAN Home Systems to drive technology-driven marketing support for their dealers” said Brendan Morrissey, Netsertive’s CEO. “Our platform brings brands and dealers together to drive a compelling experience for prospects and create new sales opportunities in local markets”.

According to BIA/Kelsey, 97% of consumers use online research and media to decide what products to buy and where to find them locally. It’s more critical than ever for local businesses to be part of the online discovery process even when the buying occurs offline. Netsertive and ELAN have teamed up to help local dealers harvest the online demand and compete more effectively.

About Netsertive
Netsertive has moved to the forefront of the digital ad tech industry with a vision of using technology to connect local consumers with products and businesses. Based in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the company automates localized digital advertising and channel-marketing solutions, leveraging online search, online display, social media and mobile platforms. It provides standalone localized campaign automation as well as its innovative Digital Co-Op system, which combines brands and local channel partners in turnkey, cooperative online ad campaigns. Serving specific vertical industries, Netsertive helps local businesses, multi-location retailers and national brands increase sales in targeted local markets with its expert team and patent-pending technology platform. Founded in 2009, the company has a history of rapid growth, a world-class team, and the strength of venture capital funding from top firms RRE Ventures, Harbert Venture Partners and Greycroft Partners. Visit www.netsertive.com.

About ELAN® Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of Core Brands® which is part of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Nortek, Inc., is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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Stampede’s Big Book of AV Tour To Partner with InfoComm’s Dealer Roundtable Event in Vancouver on July 18th!

Dedicated to offering its dealers the absolute best in ProAV products, training and networking opportunities, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. is partnering with InfoComm International for its upcoming Big Book of AV Tour stop on Thursday, July 18th at the River Rock Casino Resort, located at 8811 River Road in Richmond, BC. The super-sized event is the first in a series of events from Stampede and InfoComm, and will be open from 9:00AM until 7:00PM. The event will feature new product offerings from select manufacturers, as well as training sessions and the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour to Vancouver, as we partner with InfoComm International to offer our ProAV dealers the absolute best in training and product offerings,” said Kevin Kelly, President & COO of Stampede. “In addition to meeting with leading AV industry manufacturers and attending CTS certified trainings, our dealers will be able to take part in the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event, an amazing networking and business education opportunity that will allow dealers to make face-to-face connections with industry colleagues, get management advice tailored specifically to AV businesses, and share insights and opinions during the open roundtable discussion. We truly have pulled out all the stops to offer our Vancouver dealers an unforgettable day!”

According to Kelly, the InfoComm Dealer Roundtable Event will take place from 4:15PM until 5:30PM. Circle Technology will also be on-site to demonstrate how to use its new portable presentation system solution from 9:45AM until 10:30 AM. From 11:00AM to 11:45AM, NEC will be showing dealers how to properly and successfully deploy a videowall solution, and each attendee of this training session will walk away with .5 CTS credits. Other exhibiting manufacturers include, Casio, Epson, TAP·it, Vidyo, Lumens, Samsung, Hall Research, Mitsubishi, Optoma, Peerless, WHOOSH!, Mustang and Vision.

What’s more, all Vancouver event attendees will receive a $100 AMEX gift card, and will be entered into a drawing to win a 42″ LG LCD HDTV! In addition, they will receive a $10 Tim Hortons gift card for every training session they attend! Participants will also receive up to $500 Stampede Credit that can be applied to any order over $5,000 that is placed with Stampede before August 18, 2013. A complimentary continental breakfast from 9:00AM – 11:30AM, and a lunch buffet from 11:45AM – 1:00PM will also be provided.

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where directions and participating manufacturer information can also be found.

Stampede’s 2013 Big Book of AV Tour will resume on August 8th, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Stampede Challenges Integrators To Be Creative When Establishing Payment Terms for Pubs & Clubs

The true secret to an integrator’s long-term success in the entertainment hospitality market lies in each integrator’s ability to extend their creativity beyond the systems they design and install to the ways they manage their customer business relationships, according to Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly.

“For an integrator to grow their business in this challenging market segment, they need to fully evaluate each individual project and pursue only those that operate on terms that keep their bottom line protected and ensure that money is coming in,” Kelly challenged today.

According to Kelly, it’s no secret that the entertainment and hospitality market thrives on ‘what’s hot,’ but it’s important to always remember that this idea is not solely limited to the drinks and food served or the live acts that are booked. Audio/video solutions greatly enhance the “night out experience” for guests, and because every establishment wants to stay fresh and attract guests night after night, the market reacts positively, often enthusiastically, to just about every creative and cutting-edge technology solution brought to market.

“Whether or not guests interact directly or indirectly with installed A/V solutions, their overall ‘atmospheric’ experience can be greatly influenced by the A/V system that surrounds them,” Kelly emphasized. “For example, a restaurant may elect to have audio/video control functionality at each booth, allowing each party to personalize it’s own unique atmosphere. For a large multi-level nightclub, cutting-edge CCTV surveillance systems allow the establishment to monitor and ensure guests’ safety throughout the venue. To keep business booming, entertainment hospitality providers need to integrate all traditional AV elements, such as flat panel displays, projectors and sound systems, plus take advantage of increasingly popular energy management solutions that protect their equipment and reduce their energy bills.

“When the opportunity is right,” Kelly continued, “and an integrator takes on a bar or club installation project, they may discover that the owners expect payment terms that allow them to slowly pay off their AV investment from the cash flow that comes in over the first few months of operation. But every integrator knows that the only way to guarantee you make money on a job is to be paid in full, before the new venture has time to fizzle out. Finding agreeable terms for both parties is where creativity is paramount. “

When a potential customer demands payment terms, an integrator’s suggested conditions could range from a simple solution of requiring the venue to pay a deposit, with the remaining balance to be paid in full on the first day of installation, or they could suggest a more creative payment structure, an idea that one integrator has done for projects in this unpredictable market.

“Instead of operating on a sales model, he converts the proposal to a lease with a specific payment schedule,” added Kelly. “This contract allows the integrator to remove the equipment on a Thursday or Friday afternoon unless the payments are made on schedule. Amazingly enough, this scenario can work out to the benefit of both parties. No pub or club owner wants to go into the weekend without their AV equipment, so the integrator found that venues with this term structure pay their bills promptly – and in full!”

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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NanoLumens’® First “Convertible” LED Display Goes Live For Brazil’s TV Globo Network

To captivate their viewers during coverage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, leading Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo turned to NanoLumens® to design a one-of-a-kind LED display for their on-air set. The result was the world’s first “convertible” NanoLumens® NanoFlex™ DS (Design Specific) LED display, which converts from a closed 36” column to a vibrant 138” display at the push of a button! A video of the convertible display in action can be viewed here.

“With Brazil hosting the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, millions of viewers were expected to tune in to TV Globo’s live sports news programs, so the producers knew they needed to incorporate the highest possible level of technology and design into their sets,” said Almir DeCarvalho, NanoLumens Vice President of International Sales. “They wanted technologies that would ‘wow’ their live studio audience and viewers tuning in from around the country. We immediately knew we needed to create a display that had never before been seen in a broadcast setting, and that is exactly what we did with this convertible NanoFlex display.”

During the pre-game and half-time reports on the network’s two major sports shows dedicated to Confederations Cup coverage, the in-studio host pointed to the closed NanoLumens display and announced, “Let’s go live to the stadium!” At that cue, the column opened in less than ten seconds to reveal the bright, vivid 138” display to show live on-field commentator analysis and player interviews.

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Brazil from June 15–June 30, 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The most recent winners of the six continental championships participated in this tournament, along with host country Brazil and UEFA Euro 2012 runner-up Italy. Host team Brazil defended their title for the fourth time in the Confederations Cup with a 3-0 victory over Spain in the final game.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a bright, seamless, high resolution picture quality that can be viewed from any angle throughout the display horizon without color shift or image distortion. The company’s patented display technology, promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

All NanoLumens displays accept input from nearly any device or content management system. There is no need for special software, hardware or special personnel to display content beautifully. With a profile of only a few inches, NanoSlim displays can be installed on virtually any surface without being obtrusive, adding the ‘WOW’ factor to any environment without taking up precious space. NanoLumens’ patented display technology is optimized for indoor use, operating with virtually zero heat or noise while producing bright, rich, consistent color as well as superior off-axis viewing with no color shift or image distortion throughout the display horizon.

NanoLumens’ technology has been named ‘Best Large-format LED Display’ of the year by Signage Solutions magazine in its 2012 Product of the Year awards program, as well as being recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens®, Inc. is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since introducing its initial line of NanoFlex and NanoSlim displays in 2011, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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