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Interior Designer To The Stars Discovers The Beauty of Sound That Is “Heard But Not Seen” With the Niles Intellicontrol ICS System

For Neal Wagner, co-owner of the Hollywood, Los Angeles interior design retail store MOGUL, visual appeal is everything. From his personal paintings hanging in the homes of major celebrities to the highly dramatic and sexy look of the MOGUL store interior, everything in his life must measure up to his exacting standard of aesthetic beauty. That’s why when he was looking for a hi-tech, hi-fidelity music system for his new home, he found the Niles® IntelliControl® ICS System was the perfect merger of form and function, giving him an audiophile quality music experience that is heard, but not seen.

According to Wagner, “I’m the complete opposite of a techie, so I never really got excited about technology—until I used the Niles ICS System for my home audio. I own a retail interior design store and have designed homes for some of the world’s biggest celebrities, so when it comes to my home, I wanted a premium quality audio system that blends right into the background—a clunky obtrusive stereo system just wasn’t an option. With the ICS System the stereo equipment is located in a separate room, so all we see are the fantastic Niles Contact color touch screens on the wall. And the best part from a design standpoint is the Niles CM Architectural speakers are flush-mounted in the ceiling so we were able to paint right over them, and now they are nearly invisible.”

By integrating all of his music sources, including Pandora® Internet Radio, his iPod, PC, CD player and DirecTV® music channels, which can be played through 37 speakers in 12 distinct audio zones, the ICS System has given Wagner reigning dominion over his entire home’s musical atmosphere.

“My friends and I can’t believe everything it can do, and how easy it is to use the touch screens or the Niles iRemote® to pick and choose from all of our music on the computer, Pandora, my iPod or the DirecTV music stations,” Wagner continued. “When we host parties or fundraisers it’s really important for us to have good music playing through high-quality speakers, and the Niles ICS System makes it simple so we don’t have to worry about it. All of the Niles rock speakers and other Niles outdoor speakers give us amazing sound quality while outdoors, and we can even play different music sources in different rooms or outside!”

According to Niles President Mike Detmer, “Niles is the leader in designing and engineering architectural audio systems and speakers. The Niles ICS System blends in with any home décor and provides audiophile sonic performance that is controlled through elegant touch panels and centralized equipment. Niles CM Architectural Loudspeakers become ingrained in the home’s architecture, with magnetically attached grilles that can be completely painted over to match the color or any wall or ceiling. Our systems and speakers allow homeowners to experience music like never before without affecting their design aesthetic for the room and the home.”

Utilizing two Niles GXR2s to play up to six simultaneous music sources in 12 separate zones of audio throughout the home, including five distinct outdoor zones, there isn’t a single spot in the house out of range of hi-fidelity music. The attractive Niles Contact touch panels were a natural choice for the designer, as were the nearly invisible, fully paintable Niles CM Ceiling Mount Architectural Loudspeakers throughout the home. The hi-fidelity ambience is maintained outdoors by three pairs of mounted box speakers and four pairs of cleverly hidden rock speakers, providing an amazing outdoor musical experience. With a Niles iRemote providing quick, easy control for outdoor music selection, the owner is never more than a click away from his favorite song or station.

The systems integrator, Moni of Moni Inc., said, “The best thing about the Niles ICS System is that it’s dead simple for the user to control and get to their favorite music quickly. And as an integrator, there’s an amazing level of comfort knowing that the components are extremely reliable and can be upgraded in the future as new music sources arise, such as the Internet sources becoming available today. I’ve been installing Niles systems for 20 years, and the very first system I installed is still working with no problems! When I install a system and turn it on, 99.9 percent of the time it works on the first try with no issues, and that makes my job easier and keeps my clients very happy.”

The Niles IntelliControl ICS System is a unique whole-house audio/video distribution system that incorporates high definition video, iPods, Sirius|XM® Satellite Radio, Pandora® Internet Radio, Rhapsody®, am/fm radio, HD Radio, TV, CD and DVD sources. Users can access their personal music libraries and terrestrial, satellite and Internet radio sources through intuitive, easy-to-use in-wall touchscreens and touchpads, handheld remotes and tabletop touch screens that provide full source, song, station and playlist information.

The heart of the IntelliControl ICS System is the GXR2 Modular MultiZone Receiver, an innovative receiver that uses interchangeable input modules to accommodate any input sources and support up to 30 distinct zones of audio. Listeners can experience the multitude of audio sources through Niles’ award-winning ICS Rear Wave Control Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers, which are backed by a lifetime guarantee, or the ICS Classic Series Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers, which are water-resistant and ideal for covered outdoor installations.

About Niles®:
California-based Niles® is a 33-year-old brand recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. Niles is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users that enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, Internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s (www.nortek-inc.com) Home Technology Group.

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Xantech Comes To The Rescue Of Plainfield, Indiana’s Largest Fire Station

Residents of Plainfield, Indiana can rest easier now, knowing that the firefighters at the Plainfield Fire Territory #123 station and training facility now have access to a state-of-the-art AV system that provides them with a number of connectivity solutions that enhance training, fitness and recreation. AV systems integrator Circle City Audio installed and integrated the Xantech®-controlled system, which is managed by a combination of the Xantech CSPLCD64G touchpanel and WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller.

The network-based Xantech components provide full control over the station’s new AV systems, which include 8 LG® plasma monitors and seven zones of audio including a Biamp Nexia managing four 70v zones (Training Room, Engine Bay, Kitchen and Patio), a Sony consumer AV receiver in the fitness room and two Onkyo consumer surround sound systems for the living areas. The Xantech system functions throughout the facility, including in the recreation area and the training room, which now includes a Sony EVI-D70 camera, a BenQ MX764 projector and a Samsung SDP-860 document camera with content recording and streaming via an NCast PR720R. Circle City Audio also added an LV control to an existing Draper motorized projection screen and wired it to the WIC1200, allowing the firefighters to get the most out of their training sessions.

“These guys put their lives on the line everyday, so they don’t have time to learn how to use a complicated system,” said Andrew Van Veld of Circle City Audio. “We knew they needed a control solution that would give them everything they need, while being cost-effective, reliable, and easy to use. With the WIC1200 controller, which connects to the touchpanel via the Xantech RS422232, they can control everything from the TVs in the training room to speakers on the outside patio with little effort.”

Van Veld installed 10 Xantech IPRS232 XtraLink IP™ units that enable network control of the RS232-based displays, and a SMAUD01 and CBCSM1 combo, which works as a ducking sensor to the building alarm, so when a call comes in, any sound emitting from the television or speakers is automatically muted. The site-wide DVD player even pauses then restarts when the announcement is finished. Ducking was one of the key requirements of the system as the firefighters normally bring boom boxes to listen to their favorite radio stations in the Engine Bay or when working out, and had to be able to clearly hear the critical alarm codes. The system even supports radio station changes via a Biamp RED-1 wall control by the Engine Bay so the firefighters don’t have to take an axe to the equipment room door to change the radio station.

“With their reliable product selection and easy-to-use interface, we knew Xantech was the right choice for this project,” Van Veld continued. “And it turns out we were right. Everyone at the station is loving it.”

Xantech’s WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller is a stand-alone room controller for Networked/Web-based control featuring 2 IR Ports, 2 Serial Ports, 2 Contact Closure ports, and 2 Digital i/o ports as well as 2 Ethernet ports (one with Power over Ethernet [POE]) for TCP/IP telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. On its own, the Web Intelligent Controller is an event-driven component with two RS232 ports (configurable for RS422 and RS232) and a single IP port. The Event Manager is capable of Timed Events, Calendar Events, Telnet and Serial Events as well a full FTP site, Web Server and Email Server.

The CSPLCD64G touchpanel is part of Xantech’s Commercial LCD Touchscreen Controller series that consists of two interactive touchpanels — a 3.9″ and 6.4″ diagonal color graphic touchpanel. All functionality and screen graphics are fully programmable using Xantech’s intuitive and easy to use Dragon Drop-IRTM programming software using either the RS232 or USB ports located behind the detachable faceplate. Each touchpanel comes with an extensive library of built-in IR codes and the ability to learn IR codes via the Learning Eye or from Dragon Drop-IRTM software. As with the other SmartPads, these new touch panels are designed to be stand-alone controllers with the ability to output IR commands onto the standard Xantech four-wire IR bus. These new touchpanels also have the ability to transmit and receive RS232 commands utilizing the optional RS422 to RS232 Module (model RS422232).

Visit www.xantech.com for more information.

About Circle City Audio:
Circle City Audio is a full service design-build A/V integrator based in Indianapolis/IN with staff in Fort Wayne as well. Founded in 1995, CCA serves many house-of-worship customers as well as educational, courtroom and retail facilities in the Midwest. They provide sound, lighting, projection, camera, acoustic treatment and other industry related products and services. They also operate as a regional event production house. Contact: 877.706.7383 or www.ccaudio.com.

About Xantech:
Xantech designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools.

Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Xantech is a part of The AVC Group in Carlsbad, California. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: Niles®, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON® and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.

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Dr. Donald E. Panoz Appointed Chairman of the Board at NanoLumens

Moving strategically to prepare for the next critically important stage of its growth, NanoLumens® today announced the appointment of Dr. Donald E. Panoz to the position of Chairman of the Board, according to Rick Cope, President & CEO of the Norcross, Georgia-based manufacturer and marketer of the revolutionary NanoLumens flexible and fixed LED displays.

Starting in 1960 when he co-founded Mylan Laboratories, one of the world’s leading producers of generic drugs, Dr. Panoz has had an extraordinary 50-year career of major entrepreneurial successes in fields as far ranging as pharmaceuticals, resorts, motorsports and wine. After establishing Mylan Laboratories, Dr. Panoz went on to found Elan Pharmaceuticals, the company that created the transdermal method of medication delivery — the technology that led directly to the development of the nicotine patch. In 1985 Dr. Panoz took Elan Pharmaceuticals public and thereafter set Wall Street records with three consecutive years of 100 percent profit growth.

Following his success in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Panoz turned his attention, and considerable talents, to developing a number of very successful world-class resorts including the five-star Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Atlanta, Georgia; the St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland; and the Diablo Grand Winery & Resort, Patterson, California.

Not content with revolutionizing two major industries, Dr. Panoz next turned to motorsports, joining forces with his son Daniel to create Panoz Auto Development, developer of the critically acclaimed Panoz Esperante high-performance sports car—a winner at Sebring and American Le Mans in 2006. Their success on the racetrack led to Panoz’s founding of the American Le Mans Series, now the leading sports car series in the world.

“We are very pleased to welcome Don, an early investor and board member, as our new Chairman of The Board,” Cope said today, “His 50 years of success in taking start up companies in multiple industries to positions of global market success is one of the great track records in American business history. We are honored to have Don take a leadership role at this critically important juncture in our history. His experience, vision and acute business acumen will play a major role in helping us to achieve our long-term growth objectives.”

For his part, Dr. Panoz noted that, “Every once in a great while, a truly unique company with groundbreaking technology comes to market with the opportunity to forever change the rules of the game. NanoLumens is that company in the field of 21st century digital signage solutions. Their core technology, coupled with their innovative design and engineering teams, is rapidly redefining how people communicate with one another. I am proud to be a part of this young American business success story.”

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap, and NanoFlex Ribbon flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The Company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was 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 Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, 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, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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NanoLumens Expands U.S. Production Capacity To Meet Rapidly Growing Market Demand

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that introduced the world’s first large format flexible LED display technology, today announced that it has entered into a manufacturing agreement with a Georgia based company that will enable it to cost-effectively meet the rapidly growing market demand for its revolutionary line of flexible and fixed LED displays.

According to NanoLumens President & CEO, Rick Cope, the company has entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with PartnerTech AB, the owner and operator of an ISO 9001 Certified United States manufacturing center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. PartnerTech AB, headquartered in Vellinge, Sweden, develops and manufactures products on behalf of leading businesses in the Defense and Maritime, Industry, Information Technology, MedTech & Instrumentation, CleanTech and Point of Sale industries. PartnerTech provides its clients with production expertise across the entire life cycle of a product, along with leading edge skills in electronics, mechanics and systems integration. The company employs approximately 1,300 people at plants in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, and the United States.

“PartnerTech is a world-class contract manufacturer that has a demonstrated track record of working successfully with rapidly growing technology companies,” Cope said today. “We believe that the combination of their expertise in electronics, systems integration, and manufacturing and our proprietary technology will enable NanoLumens to cost-effectively meet the growing market demand for our innovative LED flexible and fixed signage solutions. At the same, the demand for our signage solutions will ensure that more jobs are created and maintained here in the United States.”

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap, and NanoFlex Ribbon flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was 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 Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (http://www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, 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, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Stampede University Online Courses Approved For Continuing Education By CEDIA

Reinforcing its commitment to provide dealers with the highest quality of continuing education courses, Stampede Presentation Products Inc., North America’s largest and oldest dedicated ProAV distributor, today announced that all of the online courses offered by Stampede University (www.stampedeuniversity.com) have been approved for Continuing Education Units by CEDIA. Stampede is the industry’s only ProAV distributor to have its entire library of online courses approved for CEDIA CEUs.

According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, the approval by CEDIA follows a complete redesign of Stampede University that became effective in January 2012. As part of this initiative, the company introduced a completely new series of integrated online courses that allow dealers to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Each course features built-in LMS (learning management system) administrative tools that track and certify each learner’s progress through each and every course.

“What’s more,” Kelly emphasized, “Stampede University’s training programs now include more business-oriented courses, including courses on transitions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as a consulting program designed to help residential dealers develop commercial markets and vice versa. The addition of CEDIA approval now makes our course offerings even more valuable to dealers seeking to maintain their CEDIA certification. I am very proud to note that Stampede is the only ProAV distributor in North America to offer its dealers their complete catalog of courses for official CEDIA CEUs.”

The new course offerings come in addition to Stampede University’s already substantial collection of dealer and integrator learning aids found on the website. These include training materials in the form of webinars, how-to videos, white papers and other media that cover the breadth of the AV technology experience from video walls to distance-learning technology, and represent large numbers of major equipment manufacturers, including Hitachi, Sharp, VUKUNET, InFocus, NEC and Samsung.

According to CEDIA, the CEU Provider program is open to members only. Member companies wishing to become CEU providers may submit educational courses to CEDIA for pre-approved CEU awards. Companies requesting to become CEDIA CEU providers must complete and submit the CEU Provider Petition Form for approval. CEDIA evaluates each submission on its length, course description, and learning objectives.

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s website at www.cedia.org.

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,” an 816-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 Flexible LED Display Named ‘Most Creative Display Technology’ At DSE 2012 By rAVe [Publications]

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that last year introduced the world to large format flexible digital display technology today announced that it has been awarded rAVe [Publications] ‘Most Creative Display Technology’ award at DSE 2012 for its 112-inch flexible, light-weight LED display.

“In receiving this award, we are thrilled to have our breakthrough LED display technology recognized by rAVe [Publications],” said Rick Cope, President & CEO of NanoLumens. “We continue to revolutionize the digital signage industry by producing state-of-the-art flexible displays that can be utilized in an endless number of environments that rely on digital signage, including retail spaces, corporations, event venues, production companies, and out-of-home-advertisers. Our 112-inch, thin and light-weight LED displays can be placed on curved walls or wrapped around columns, allowing for digital displays to be used in ways previously thought impossible.”

Every year after the Digital Signage Expo, rAVe [Publications] gives out their Digital Signage CHAMPS awards to the products and solutions that they believe are the best of the best. NanoLumens’ award-winning product is currently being featured in the latest issue of rAVe DS, and the full line of NanoLumens displays will be shown at INFOCOMM 2012 at NanoLumens Booth #N2169 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

First introduced in 2010, NanoLumens award-winning LED displays remain the only solution of their kind. NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitches (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers indoors and out of doors in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.

NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per-square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, the NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some new NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled entirely in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap™, and NanoFlex Ribbon™ flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was 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”.

For more information about NanoLumens displays, please visit www.nanolumens.com or call (678) 421-9694.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, 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, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Leading Façade Engineering And Design Firm Turns To NanoLumens For High Impact Trade Show Display

High impact customer engagement is set to rise to a whole new level of brilliance at next month’s American Institute of Architect’s annual conference in Washington, DC, when the leading façade engineering and design consulting firm Axis Façades International unveils a specially designed LED video wall as part of its trade show exhibit. According to Josh Byrd, Director of Marketing at NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia based developer of the world’s first and only flexible LED displays, is creating a 9’ x 9’ 4.5mm pixel pitch seamless video wall that Axis Façades will use to showcase its portfolio of work to trade show attendees.

“This is exactly the kind of high impact, customer engaging environment that NanoLumens displays were designed to stand out in,” Byrd explained today. “We are very proud to be partnering with Axis Façades to showcase their award-winning projects.”

According to Byrd, the massive display will weigh only 383 pounds and is less than three-inches thick. What’s more, the display will feature easily adjustable brightness levels and a 960 Hz refresh rate that results in superior image quality, even on camera, while emitting virtually no heat or noise.

“By utilizing the NanoLumens display in their booth, Axis Façades will be able to show off, in brilliant fashion, projects in the US and around the world for the attendees of this year’s AIA show. Show attendees will be able to see with great clarity the unique features and materials of the projects,” he emphasized. Byrd also noted that the host location for the show, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is already home to a NanoFlex™ and NanoSlim™ display!

“Embracing the NanoLumens technology allows us to capture the imaginations of the highly visual professionals attending this year’s AIA show,” stated Greg Romine, Managing Director Axis Façades International.

Axis Façades is a global facade design and façade engineering consultant that focuses on embracing inventive materials and technologies. The company is often referred to as a curtain wall consultant when the focus of the project is an exterior building envelope that is not load bearing. Axis provides expert façade design and curtain wall engineering for architects, owners, and developers, and the firm’s expertise supports projects including modern facades, historic façade preservation and façade renovations. Their practice includes Axis Façade USA, Axis Façade Consulting India, Axis Façade Consulting Turkey, Axis Façade Consulting Thailand, Axis Façade Consulting China and Axis Façade Consulting Korea, all of which comprise Axis Façades International. Their website, www.facades.com, is one of the leading reference sites for architects considering inventive façade elements.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. Designed and engineered with the environment in mind, NanoLumens displays consume significantly less energy per-square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, the NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some new NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled entirely in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap, and NanoFlex Ribbon flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was 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”.

For more information about NanoLumens displays, please visit www.nanolumens.com or call (678) 421-9694.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, 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 size, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Stampede Helps Chile’s Lumina Motion Create Massive One-Of-A-Kind 3D Video Mapping Experience For Launch Of Nokia Lumia 800 Smartphone

Proving once again that it has unbeatable product selection and extensive knowledge of the ProAV market, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. recently helped Lumina Motion construct a stunning 10,000 square foot video display on the facade of a round building in Santiago, Chile by providing the ideal equipment and precise development insight needed.

The audiovisual team at Lumina Motion was tasked with creating an exciting and memorable product launch for Nokia’s new Lumia 800 smartphone, and they succeeded by working with Stampede to utilize the best technology, share industry know-how and ensure patient attention to every technical detail.

According to Lumina Motion Owner Gonzalo de la Barra, “We at Lumina Motion know that when you’re producing a live event, everything has to be perfect. Stampede knows this too, which is why they recommended the eight Christie Full HD projectors and Geffen Fiber Optic cables to produce over 10,000 square feet of HD video display with precision timing between all eight projectors. We don’t have the luxury of second chances, so having a reliable and knowledgeable equipment provider is important, and Stampede helps us deliver the first time, every time.

“With the help of Stampede’s knowledgeable sales staff and incredible selection of gear, we are consistently able to deliver beyond our clients’ expectations. Stampede actually helps us better understand this rapidly evolving market by sending us the latest product info, making recommendations, providing quotes quickly and delivering products in record time. We always want to get the best deal, and they are always very helpful regarding purchasing decisions and meeting our price expectations.”

Indeed, the project proved a phenomenal success. The Lumina Motion staff executed this highly complex 3D video mapping project with surgical precision after countless hours of testing. They painstakingly blended the 8 video signals together by hand with geometrical correction, covered the building’s glass façade with a special adhesive to make it a viable projection surface, guaranteed accurate power and data relay and timing, and accounted for all variables including ambient light and local construction.

“Our presence in Latin, Central and South America is nearly as strong as our presence in North America,” said Stampede CEO Mark Wilkins. “And our ability to provide informed engineering, design and tactical assistance on projects like this is second to none. We’re proud to have been able to work so closely with such a skilled audiovisual experience provider as Lumina Motion, and we look forward to playing a major role in their long term success.”

The 3D mapping projection setup included eight Christie DHD800 FULL HD projectors connected through Geffen’s HDTV DVI-D Fiber Optic Cables for maximum image quality, reliability and precision timing. Kramer Digital Switchers were utilized for video signal backup.

According to Mario Riveros, Territory Manager — International Sales at Stampede, “The Stampede team has all the knowledge and tools necessary to help our partners make the right purchasing decisions and ensure success on every job. We work hard to keep them informed of new technologies that can impact their business, and then help create the perfect product configurations to meet their clients’ needs. By developing close relationships with our partners, we are able to respond quickly and effectively to all requests and we strive to provide solutions that are timely, cost effective and most importantly, the ideal solution for each particular job.”

Stampede is showcasing its entire portfolio of ProAV product lines at INFOCOMM 2012 at Booth #C7525 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Lumina Motion is a development-oriented team that specializes in next generation audiovisuals and experiential marketing solutions, including Interactive, 3D Mapping, Beamvertising, 360° Indoor Projection and Monumental Projection solutions. They develop custom products for advertising, events and communication in general. They handle their own techniques that make it possible to give life to buildings and elements, producing a unique experience for viewers. As of June 2012 Lumina Motion will start operations in California to serve the U.S. market. For more info visit www.luminamotion.com.

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,” an 816-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 Display Technology To Make Its Broadcast Market Debut At NAB 2012

Underscoring its commitment to revolutionize every segment of the LED display market, NanoLumens® today announced that it will unveil a specially designed LED display at NAB 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pioneering Norcross, Georgia based company will showcase a spectacular 9’ X 9’ 4.5mm pixel pitch LED display at Vizrt Booth #SL5605, according to NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope.

According to Cope, the massive display will weigh only 383 pounds and feature a silhouette that is less than three-inches thick. What’s more, the display will feature easily adjustable brightness levels and a 960 Hz refresh rate that results in superior image quality, even on camera, while emitting virtually no heat or noise.

“By showcasing our display in the Vizrt booth, we’re introducing the broadcast industry to the future of display technology in broadcast environments. Our displays are easy to install, completely bezel free, and are available in any shape or size, thus allowing every broadcast studio the opportunity to utilize LED display technology tailored to their individual purposes.”

“The NanoLumens display will be a centerpiece of the booth for us at NAB,” stated Håvard Myklebust, Executive Vice President, Products and Marketing of Vizrt. “It is the perfect match for our dynamic graphics and media display systems.”

Partnering with Vizrt at NAB 2012 will provide the company with the opportunity to showcase its breakthrough LED display technology to a wider broadcast audience than ever before. Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters, publishing houses and telecom operators, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, SVT, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, Welt Online, Etisalat, and Telia Sonera. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

“We look forward to introducing our technology and our commercially available solutions to Vizrt’s customers as well as to the larger audience attending the NAB Show,” Cope emphasized. A NanoLumens representative will be present in the exhibit throughout the show to answer questions and provide additional information.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality (up to a brightness of 5,000 nits) that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. Designed and engineered with the environment in mind, NanoLumens displays consume significantly less energy per-square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, the NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50% reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some new NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible.

Designed and assembled entirely in the United States, NanoLumens displays are available in both flexible and fixed frames in five product lines: NanoFlex™, NanoFlex Wrap, and NanoFlex Ribbon flexible displays; NanoSlim™ fixed rectangular displays; and NanoShape™ fixed round, square, and triangular displays.

The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was 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 – NonLCD or Plasma”.

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and leading-edge asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Due to Vizrt’s local presence in all the major markets around the world, Vizrt installations are found in more than 80 countries, powering over 3,500 TV channels and around 600 Internet media sites. For more information, please visit www.vizrt.com.

For more information about NanoLumens displays, please visit www.nanolumens.com or call (678) 421-9694.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development and component design for unique flexible displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, 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 size, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Stampede Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor Of DynaScan LED And Ultra Bright LCD Digital Signage Displays

Once again, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. has demonstrated its digital signage market leadership with the announcement today that it has been appointed the exclusive United States distributor of DynaScan 360° cylindrical LED and ultra-bright LCD digital signage solutions. What’s more, according to Kevin Kelly, President of Stampede, the appointment by DynaScan Technology Inc. came as a direct result of DynaScan’s comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of the sales and marketing capabilities of every general and specialized distributor that claims to meet the needs of dealers and end-users in the rapidly growing digital signage market.

“The market for superior quality digital signage solutions is expanding dramatically as more companies deploy them in advertising, public information, and entertainment environments,” today stated Alan Kaufman, President of DynaScan Technology, Inc., based in Irvine, California. “However, as the demand grows so too does the need for a distributor partner who understands precisely what it takes to design, install, and maintain these solutions with initial programs that are innovative and back-up education and support initiatives that keep the installations running efficiently. That’s where Stampede excels. They offer it all.”

According to Kelly, “Stampede has played a major role in fully commercializing the market potential for our digital signage partners. We specialize in putting complete sales, engineering and support teams on the ground in every major geographic region and, just as importantly, in every end-user vertical market. As the largest North American ProAV distributor, Stampede is unique in our ability to do this — and we are looking forward to doing this on behalf of DynaScan.”

Stampede dealers will have the opportunity to see the DynaScan product line first hand on April 16, 2012 when the Stampede 2012 Big Book of AV Tour stops in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center where NAB 2012 will take place concurrently. Dealers interesting in attending can register at http://bigbookofavtour.com/.

About DynaScan Technology, Inc.

DynaScan Technology, Inc. is an innovative digital signage display manufacturer, providing a full range of high bright and narrow bezel professional LCDs as well as the award winning line of DynaScan 360° cylindrical LED video displays. DynaScan’s digital signage products have been installed in locations around the world for use in advertising, public information and entertainment. DynaScan Technology, Inc. is mainly invested by Chroma Group, a global leader in technology test and measurement instruments, automated test systems, power electronics and special materials. Chroma was founded in 1984, is headquartered in Taipei and is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under 2360. For more information, visit http://www.dynascanusa.com or follow us @DynaScan on Twitter.

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,” an 816-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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