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NTW Group Appoints Stampede To Distribute Its Wide Range Of Connectivity Solutions Throughout North America

Stampede Presentation Products Inc., the industry’s oldest and largest high value added ProAV distributor, today announced that it has been appointed by the NTW (Network the World) Group (www.ntwgroup.net), based in Dayton, New Jersey, to serve as a strategic distributor for the company’s rapidly expanding line of specialty telecommunication and audiovisual connectivity solutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America.

“NTW is very excited to partner with Stampede, as we further expand our efforts to bring our high-performance connectivity products to every dealer, integrator and end-user throughout the United States and Canada,” said Paul Fenster, NTW Director of New Business Development. “Our mission is to work together with our customers and Strategic Partners to develop versatile and flexible solutions for telecom/datacom/AV industries through our innovative products, unique warranty systems and unsurpassed support and service. This strategic partnership with Stampede will significantly strengthen our ability to more completely customize our solution offerings to meet individual dealer requirements.”

NTW offers advanced and unique solutions that deliver versatility, power and performance for every IT and AV network. Stampede will distribute NTW’s wide selection of connectivity products, which includes the XXL Series HDMI Cable, ClarityPro Plenum Copper/Fiber HDMI Cable, Quick Connect TwistLock 2.0 AV Cable, HD-Base T Wall Plate, the UNI-Media Series of wall plates and inserts, and much more.

“The NTW Group has been a pioneer of cutting-edge connection solutions for more than 25 years now and their pace of innovation continues to grow at a dramatic rate,” Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly said today. “The addition of the NTW line of product and solutions to our portfolio promises to bring immediate new benefits to our dealers who are absolutely committed to offering their customers the latest developments in connectivity. We are proud to now represent this amazing company!”

Since 1987, Networking The World (NTW) has been a premier connectivity solutions provider serving the IT/AV industry for the past two decades. NTW, its engineers and OEM/ODM group has maintained an unparalleled reputation and an industry leadership position for the design and manufacturing of new and emerging technologies. A few examples include the design and introduction of IDC style keystone audiovisual connectivity solutions, 110-Style HDMI modules/wall plates and the widely accepted locking RJ45 and LC fiber connector/cabling solutions.

NTW is supported by cutting edge manufacturing facilities, strong industry relationships, unrivaled service and support staff. NTW sets new standards through its superior design and manufacturing capabilities in building a smarter, better and more powerful communications and business infrastructural network of tomorrow.

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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Renaissance In Content Creation Spurs Greater Need For Comprehensive Insurance Protection

The evolution of online media sites like YouTube and Hulu as fully developed, mainstream entertainment platforms is spawning an infinite audience for engaging entertainment content that is resulting in a renaissance in content creation, be it a web series, feature-length or short films, tutorials or music videos, according to Scott Carroll, Executive Vice President & Program Director of Take 1 Entertainment Insurance.

“Thanks to this demand for entertainment, the production industry is in the midst of a content creation renaissance in which anyone with a unique idea or perspective and a desire to turn their vision into content can share that vision with the world,” Carroll said today. “Due in large part to the decreasing cost of production equipment, and the increasing number of free or low-cost sharing platforms, the number of production companies creating content will continue to grow in the years to come. All of these new companies need to be aware of the necessity of working with an insurance provider who specializes in production insurance and offers up-to-date policies that meet all of their needs, including protecting their equipment and physical media where they store their content.”

According to Carroll, production companies need to look to insurance providers who recognize that production is no longer limited to big-budget projects, and that smaller-budget endeavors require the same level of insurance protection for equipment, and more importantly, content, as do blockbuster films. Less-experienced production companies cannot afford to underestimate the importance of being covered by an insurance provider that understands the unique nuances and differences between content produced for YouTube and content produced for television or films.

“That said, insurance providers must adapt their coverage programs to accommodate this evolving industry as traditional methods of developing coverage plans like studying a client’s prior insurance experience through loss runs, analyzing their industry resume or checking their IMDB biography may not be viable options in this new community of production companies,” Carroll explained. “It’s essential that content creators look for insurance providers that are as creative as the content they themselves produce, and that their chosen provider is doing everything in their power to provide the most comprehensive, customized coverage plan possible.”

Many insurance companies provide a suite of products that many production companies and content creators need, but they don’t go the distance to make sure that they provide every product. Production companies need to be presented with a wide menu of coverage options that are specific to their content and how it’s distributed, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach. For instance, do all content creators need coverage for props, sets or wardrobes? If certain coverage lines aren’t an issue, perhaps they should be excluded.

Carroll stressed that insurance providers have to understand exactly what type of coverage their clients need in order to offer the best protection. “Take 1 Insurance, for instance, has offerings that accommodate current trends in technology and production, as evidenced by a recent change to its policies on software, media and data storage devices to include all reusable media that is part of or attached to photographic, video and sound recording equipment.”

The production industry continues to expand, and with this expansion comes new, young and extremely creative companies who may not have experience in considering insurance priorities. Before it is too late, they need to be aware of the necessity of protecting their company’s content, equipment and business assets with policies that best suit their unique needs. The bottom line is that new production companies must make sure that the language and line items in their insurance policies are current with the technologies in play, relevant to what needs to be covered, and supported by insurance providers who understand that nuances of the exposures faced by content creators every day.

About U.S. Risk Insurance Group
U. S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. is a specialty lines underwriting manager and wholesale broker headquartered in Dallas. Operating 12 domestic and international branches, it offers a broad range of products and services through its affiliate companies, which include U.S. Risk Underwriters, U.S. Risk Brokers, Lighthouse Underwriters, LLC, Professional Claims Managers, Omnisure Consulting Group, Oxford Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (London), Goss Reinsurance Brokers, LLC, and NovaPro Risk Solutions, LP. Its entertainment division, Take1, has served as the official endorsed insurance provider for the last 15 years INFOCOMM, the leading association of A/V communications industry professionals.

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Stampede Announces New Sony Mobile Connect Bundle Using SURF’s Orion-MCU

Stampede today announced a new partnership between itself, Sony and Surf Communications Solutions, Inc. that gives Stampede dealers an easy solution to implement low-cost video conferencing systems that can utilize mobile devices. The announcement was made by SURF NA President & VP of Sales Ilan Bluvstein and Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.

“We are pleased to have Stampede expand the exposure of our proven video conferencing solution in the growing U.S., Canadian and Latin American markets,” Bluvstein said today. “SURF’s Orion-MCU provides high-quality and reliable connectivity between remote offices, traveling and work-at-home employees, as well as partners, providing great value to enterprises as they reduce expenses and increase productivity.”

The new Stampede bundle couples SURF’s Orion-MCU with two Sony PCS-XG80/9DS HD Visual Communications Systems to provide high definition video conferencing that is affordable for any size business. The Orion-MCU video conferencing bridge provides access from standard-SIP or H.323 based room systems as well as soft clients on desktops, smartphones, and tablets, making a BYOD strategy possible for any business that saves time and money, while making it easy to conference from around the globe!

According to Kevin Kelly, “No one has more experience in making high quality, affordably-priced video conferencing solutions available to the mass business community than Stampede. As such, we recognize the unique value proposition that the SURF Orion-MCU video conferencing solution offers our dealer network, and we’ve bundled it with the best Sony video conferencing hardware to provide a simple setup solution that allows any size business to dive into high definition video conferencing. The Orion-MCU also provides an easy way to attend VC meetings from mobile platforms, so it can greatly expand the flexibility of a company’s new or existing Sony video conferencing room system.”

SURF’s Orion-MCU video conferencing solution will be available with Sony’s best-in-class video conferencing room systems starting July 1, 2013.

About SURF Communication Solutions
SURF Communication Solutions (SURF) is an industry leader in high-capacity processing solutions for real-time multimedia communication systems and applications. Since 1996, SURF’s products have delivered the integral technology behind many leading vendors’ multimedia servers and gateways and have been deployed with operators and service providers worldwide. SURF-powered multimedia applications deliver next-gen services to millions of end-users every day. SURF offers a fully converged multimedia processing subsystem available in various form factors, DSP chips or end-to-end solutions, affording unmatched density and optimal performance. For more info visit www.surfsolutions.com and www.orionmcu.com.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede (www.stampedeglobal.com) 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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Era of Touchscreen Devices Demands New Focus on Tech Hygiene

The world is a dirty place, but our electronic devices don’t have to be! That’s the idea behind “Tech Hygiene”, a new movement introduced by WHOOSH!, maker of WHOOSH! Screen Shine, the most advanced non-toxic, streak-free screen cleaning solution that keeps screens shining like new and resistant to fingerprints and smudges. It’s also the only screen cleaner that is guaranteed* to be safe for every device screen.

So how dirty are our mobile devices? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Dr. Jeffrey Cain, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said, “People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom.” The article also states that even some cleaners marketed specifically for mobile devices can damage the screen coating, which isn’t an issue with WHOOSH! Screen Shine.

According to Jason Greenspan, President of WHOOSH!, “We’ve all been taught to wash our hands when we leave the bathroom and before we eat, but until now no one thought much about cleaning their device screens before using them. We take them to bed, touch them right after we eat, and some people even use them in the bathroom. WHOOSH! Screen Shine leaves any device screen clean and shining like new, with the added bonus of leaving an invisible nano-thin protective layer that resists fingerprints while improving the smoothness of the screen.”

WHOOSH! Screen Shine was specifically engineered to make it easy and safe to clean the screen of any device without worrying about damaging the glass, another concern that was raised in the Wall Street Journal article. The story noted that even cleaning products marketed specifically for mobile phones can damage the screen’s coating and render it unusable. WHOOSH! Screen Shine advanced proprietary formula cleans the screen without the use of alcohol, acids, ammonia, chlorine, solvents, petroleum distillates, phosphates, or VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). It is guaranteed to be safe for any screen, and the company backs up their claim with a “Safe for your Screen” repair or replacement guarantee*.

In addition to being safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly, WHOOSH! Screen Shine is odorless, streak free, haze-free and anti-static. There’s no harmful residue left behind to transfer to your fingers to worry about. WHOOSH! Screen Shine is also a perfect solution for gamers who are looking to breeze their fingers across the screen faster for improved gameplay.

The WHOOSH! Screen Shine product line will be available for purchase in early July at www.whooshscreenshine.com and across fine wireless, consumer electronics and general merchandise retailers this fall.

About WHOOSH!
WHOOSH!® is defining the next generation of clean – a Super Natural Clean. Leveraging the latest advancements in nano- and biology-based technologies, WHOOSH! is focused on creating powerful, non-toxic & safe specialty-purpose cleaning products that simply outperform other traditional and natural cleaning products. What started as a single product in 2011 has grown into a new and exciting brand that is revolutionizing the way consumers clean, polish and protect their mobile devices, displays and consumer electronics, Use it. See it. Believe it. For more information, please call 1-866-631-1116 or visit http://whooshscreenshine.com/. WHOOSH! Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

*”SAFE FOR YOUR SCREEN” GUARANTEE. The WHOOSH!® screen cleaner product is guaranteed to not harm any screen of an electronic device that uses a screen of a type and nature that was commercially available on or before January 1, 2013 (including and limited to Apple Retina® displays, TFT, Glass, LCD, Plasma, LCD, OLED, UltraHD, CRT, Eink, and Ultra HD screens), so long as used properly. If you feel the WHOOSH!® screen cleaner product, when used properly and according to the instructions provided with the product or on our website www.whooshscreenshine.com, has harmed the screen of your electronic device, WHOOSH! will either repair or replace the device. Please see the complete Safe For Your Screen Guarantee at WHOOSHSCREENSHINE.COM.

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Samsung Appoints Advanced Education To Serve As Its Canadian Partner In The Samsung School Initiative

Advanced Education, Canada’s premier classroom technology provider for the K-12 education market, today announced that it has been appointed by Samsung to serve as the company’s Canadian partner in the deployment of the newly launched Samsung School initiative. The partnership was announced today by David Weatherhead, Co-President of Advanced Education, at the Samsung School debut at ISTE 2013.

Samsung School creates a cohesive BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment for K-12 classrooms, with its integration of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets for each student and dedicated Samsung School software that facilitates collaborative learning while providing a variety of classroom management tools for teachers.

“Advanced Education is honored to partner with Samsung to provide the newly launched Samsung School initiative to districts and students across Canada,” Weatherhead said today. “Our deep knowledge of the Canadian education market, in combination with Samsung’s dedication to making cutting edge technology available to all teachers and students, will truly revolutionize the way technology is used in every classroom across the country.”

According to Weatherhead, effective immediately all K-12 school districts in Canada will be able to purchase the specially configured and priced Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets either through direct purchase order to Advanced Education or through purchases made at a specially created online store located at www.advanced-education.com/samsung. Advanced Education and Samsung are offering a special package on GALAXY Note 10.1 Tablets that includes a $50 instant rebate, a free Samsung case (a $65 value), and free shipping. This offer is available to Schools, Parents and Students across Canada.

Samsung School is an integrated digital education solution for K-12 classrooms, combining Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet with learning management and interactive teaching software. The easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) helps teachers with course administration and content management. In class, interactive teaching tools include: screen sharing; student screen monitoring, screen lock, instant quizzes, group collaboration, dynamic access to content as well as controls to track student progress and lesson plans, all the while making use of the GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet and the sophisticated S Pen.

Samsung School is a complete classroom solution, which consists of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for student and teacher use as well as Samsung School software licenses. Additional Samsung components can easily be configured, including a 55 or 65-inch digital e-Board, wireless printer, notebook PC for class curriculum management and an AllShare Cast dongle for existing in class e-boards.

Advanced Education, a division of Advanced Inc., is at the forefront of the educational revolution by introducing and supporting the integration of interactive technology into classrooms throughout Canada. The company assists with any type of integration solution from a single projector or SMART Board to technology plans for an entire school district. Advanced Education is much more than a technology provider. Their team of education consultants also work directly with teachers, school districts, colleges, and universities to develop and deliver relevant, curriculum based professional development sessions for educators.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Bryan Cranston Chooses ELAN g! To Control New LEED® Platinum Home

At a young age, Emmy® award-winning actor Bryan Cranston learned the value of recycling and prolonging the life of things he owns. Today, he has taken his eco-conscious lifestyle one step further by building a new LEED® Platinum certified beachfront home near Los Angeles, California. The home, which Cranston dubbed 3Palms, uses solar panels, radiant heat, low-energy appliances, LED lighting and natural ventilation to cut energy usage, and everything from the lights to the motorized window shutters can be controlled from anywhere in the world through the simple-to-use ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System!

“My grandparents and parents taught me about recycling when I was a boy,” Cranston reminisced. “It was just part of their lives — composting, recycling, repurposing and using things until they were of no use, not succumbing to the temptation of buying something new simply because it’s new. I’ve been of that mindset for 50 years, so when I started thinking about creating a new home on the beach, I decided I wanted to do a net-zero energy house and get LEED Platinum certification.”

After finding a suitable beachfront plot that housed a very unsuitable, inefficient 1940s home, Cranston began designing the new 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home using every energy-conscious element possible. Considerations include motorized window shutters for protection from the elements, solar panels for electricity, solar thermal units for hot water, house-wide LED lighting, high-performance insulation, wood from FSC certified sustainable forests, and the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control system to make everything easy to use, manage and monitor, including schedules for lighting, heating and security, plus worldwide access to check on the home.

“I’ve already used the ELAN system remotely with the mobile app to check on the security cameras,” Cranston said. “I was rushing out the door, and as I was driving away I had a moment of doubt where I thought ‘Did I close the garage doors?’, so I went on the system and checked the cameras. One of them lets me see the garage, and sure enough it was open! So I went into the system, pushed close, and that was that. It’s worth its weight in gold right there.”

In addition to the security cameras, garage doors and window shutters, the ELAN g! system allows Cranston to use his iPhone or iPad to control his whole-home music system and every light both indoors and outdoors. With pre-set schedules for heating, lighting and security, he never has to wonder whether his home is running at optimum efficiency. The g! system also has a history feature where he can view the past usage of each system and then easily make any adjustments he wants.

Cranston can even see which lights or speakers are on in each room, then turn them off one at a time or all at once. Justin Brees of custom electronics installation company AM House programmed a super convenient ‘Home/Away” button that sets the home up for when he leaves or returns. It’s specially programmed to shut down the house when no one is home, with actions such as turning off all the lights and speakers, arming the security system and closing the shutters. For additional “Away” mode security, some lights go on at random intervals at night to simulate that someone is home.

To show the public that eco-living can still be comfortable and stylish, Cranston is leveraging his celebrity status to share his new green home with television viewers all across the U.S. in a syndicated weekend series called “Real Green”. The series will air in late 2013 and will be broadcast on more than 100 local affiliates and cable networks. It will cover the entire project from conception to move-in and include segments with all of the experienced professionals that helped make his dream home a reality, including the builder Bryan Henson, project designer John Turturro, and custom electronics installer Justin Brees.

For more information visit www.3palmsproject.com.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right are Robert Ridenour, Brand Manager ELAN Home Systems, Bryan Cranston, and Justin Brees of AM House in Cranston’s new Los Angeles-area beachfront home.

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 the Core® Brands division 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 ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., 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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World’s First In-Wall Soundbar Makes Home Entertainment Audio a Completely Invisible Experience!

As televisions get bigger and thinner, more and more of them are being hung on the wall making the placement of traditional television soundbars a trickier and trickier challenge. Today, Niles®, the first name in custom installation audio, meets the challenge with the introduction of its theater-grade Cynema Soundfield, the world’s first in-wall soundbar that makes home entertainment audio a completely invisible experience.

The design of the Dolby®-certified Niles Cynema Soundfield is truly ingenious. Put simply, it is a thin metal bracket that goes into the wall and can hold the three 100- Watt dual-speaker modules and a powerful Niles amplifier. By tapping into the empty space behind the drywall, the Niles Cynema Soundfield delivers some serious sound quality and amplification, something that other soundbar manufacturers struggle to do with on-wall or tabletop models. Nobody wants a soundbar that sticks out farther than their TV — and now they don’t have to even consider it.

Finally, TV lovers and film buffs can enjoy theater quality audio without sacrificing the room’s aesthetic. With 48-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch models, there is a virtually invisible soundbar to match any wall-mounted TV. Since this soundbar requires cutting into the drywall, it is recommended to have a professional install the Cynema Soundfield, and the same goes for mounting a large TV. And no home theater is truly complete without a subwoofer to deliver ground-shaking bass, so Niles has also introduced a wireless kit that makes it easy to connect their SW series of compact subwoofers.

What’s more, if the Cynema Soundfield is connected to a multiroom audio system, it can play music when the TV is off. It’s also a perfect addition for game rooms or dens where kids are around, because it can’t be knocked over and it has a special mode that limits the volume. Clearly, the engineers at Niles have thought of just about everything and have crafted an amazingly unique soundbar.

The retail pricing is as follows: $1,599 for the 48-inch model, $1,749 for the 55-inch model, and $1,999 for the 60-inch model. The 48-inch model is also available without an amplifier for $1,195, which allows homeowners and installers to use separate amplification.

For more information on Niles’ Cynema Soundfield system, please visit http://www.nilesaudio.com.

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. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

Niles is part of the Core® Brands division 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 ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Niles is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., 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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ELAN g! System Steals The Show In 9,000-Square Foot Calgary Show Home

In order to set his new $4.5 million Calgary, Alberta show home apart from the competition, Jason Ortt, owner of Wolf Custom Homes, decided that he needed to include a state-of-the-art home control solution that would impress and astound potential homebuyers. That’s why he hired P.J. Aucoin of Calgary-based integration firm Home Concepts Inc. to install an ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System that shows guests how their 21st century dream-home can be a reality.

“Integrated control solutions are becoming a priority in the new housing market as homeowners are eager to have all of their major home functions easily controlled,” said Ortt. “By installing an ELAN g! system in our new show home, we’re showing prospective homebuyers that it’s possible to have an easy-to-use, completely integrated control system that offers touchscreen control of the home’s lighting, security, TV and music. The g! system allows homebuyers to see first-hand the benefits that a home control system can offer.”

The g! system can be easily controlled through an iPad, an ELAN TS7 7” in-wall touchscreen or an ELAN HR2 universal remote control that is perfect for quickly changing channels on any of the six flat-panel TVs and change volume for all of the in-ceiling speakers throughout the home. Using the simple touchscreen interfaces, the Wolf Homes sales team can easily control the lighting and audio when showcasing the home to interested buyers. Home Concepts programmed the g! system so that each salesperson has his or her own button that adjusts the lighting and video differently, allowing them to pick the right mood for whenever they are showing the home.

Home Concepts also programmed a special lighting scene for the show home’s cleaning crew that turns on every light at its maximum brightness, and automatically starts playing music through the Niles in-ceiling speakers.

“Homeowners who think home automation is too expensive or too confusing can just take a tour of our show home and see how easy a system like ELAN g! can make their lives,” added Ortt. “There’s a big difference between hearing all of the benefits that a control system can provide and seeing them in action. When people walk through our show home, and see just how easy it is to control the lighting, video and audio all from a touchscreen, they’re simply amazed.”

The project was the first collaboration between Wolf Custom Homes and Home Concepts, but Ortt feels that the success of the project will lead to a long-lasting partnership.

“P.J. and the team at Home Concepts offered everything that a builder looks for in an integrator,” said Ortt. “Their excellent service, combined with their vast expertise and integrity made this project a great success and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Photos courtesy of Francis Yap Mauricio.

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 the Core® Brands division 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 ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

ELAN is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., 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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NanoLumens Redefines “Flexible” With Debut Of New DS Series Design-Specific Large-Format Displays At InfoComm 2013

Redefining the meaning of the word “flexible” for an industry rooted in “fixed” installation solutions, NanoLumens, Inc., the award-winning Georgia-based company that is revolutionizing virtually every aspect of the 21st century large-format digital signage industry, today announced the market introduction of its new NanoSlim DS and NanoFlex DS (Design-Specific) Series LED displays at INFOCOMM 2013 in Booth #4981 in the Orange County Convention Center.

“The era of one-size-fits-all display solutions is over,” NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope declared today. “In a world where no two customers and no two environments are alike, no two digital signage solutions should ever be the same. Each installation is unique and therefore each solution must be designed specifically to meet the individual needs of the customer and the application environment. Our new NanoSlim DS and NanoFlex DS Series displays allow each customer to imagine and create the ultimate digital experience in their environment for their audience.”

According to Cope, NanoLumens has developed an advanced manufacturing system, which allows them to reliably and efficiently manufacture large-format LED displays in virtually any shape, size or curvature. With this new approach to manufacturing, NanoLumens is able to deliver the ultimate flexibility to its customers. Where traditional manufacturing offers customers only a narrow range of sizes, shapes and product variations, NanoLumens new DS Series displays are limited only by the customer’s imagination, allowing them to tailor not only the content, but the actual display itself to match their creative vision.

NanoLumens DS technology is a truly remarkable innovation, designed to give customers the ultimate flexibility to utilize large-format LED display technology in ways previously thought impossible. Like all NanoLumens displays, Design-Specific displays are slim, lightweight and eco-friendly with brilliant edge-to-edge image quality to transform any space into the ultimate visual experience.

All NanoLumens displays accept input from nearly any device and/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 DS and NanoFlex DS 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 produces bright, rich, consistent color as well as superior off-axis viewing with no color shift or image distortion throughout the display horizon.

Coincident with the introduction of the new DS Series display lines today, NanoLumens also announced the launch of a completely redesigned web site, www.nanolumens.com, that features a unique specifications calculator that allows potential customers to plug in their desired model, size and pixel pitch and receive a full list of specifications for that unique display. In less than 30 seconds a visitor to the site can enter their requirements, view the specifications, and send the NanoLumens team a request for a price quote.

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.”

Be sure to follow NanoLumens on Twitter as they live-tweet from INFOCOMM 2013.

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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Surging Wave of Innovation Creates New Growth Opportunities For Pro AV Dealers, Predicts Stampede

A wave of innovation and new product introductions by a host of leading manufacturers is creating unprecedented new revenue opportunities for ProAV dealers on a scale not seen since before the start of the Great Recession in 2008, according to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, who issued a bullish sales forecast for the ProAV industry on the opening day of INFOCOMM 2013. Stampede is exhibiting a number of innovative new products and system solutions in Booth #3559 of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“I see more opportunity in this industry than ever before, as manufacturers are bringing out interesting products that need explanation, which in turn provides a great opportunity for integration,” Kelly stated today. “We’ve added a number of interesting new product lines to our portfolio during the first half of this year, and every one of them is providing our dealers with an opportunity to not only bring innovative products to existing clients, but to also attract new clients who are looking for cutting-edge ProAV solutions.”

According to Kelly, dealers and integrators can expect to see continued opportunities develop in the near future due to resurgence in the commercial market, as corporations, banking, financial and education institutions accelerate their investment in new technologies and products. What’s more, Kelly predicts that in 2013, as the consumer market sees stable growth, the commercial side will also see increased corporate investments and new growth and spending in the K-12 and higher education market. In particular, Kelly sees video conferencing systems of all levels becoming a huge long-term growth area as consumers grow increasingly comfortable with personal videoconferencing software, such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime, and they will expect easy-to-use videoconferencing technologies to be present in professional work environments.

“To fully realize their future success, dealers need to make a decision about expertise and where they’re going to invest within the marketplace,” Kelly continued. “They need to decide what types of technologies they ultimately want to work with, and which kinds of jobs they actually want to do. We have a movement with regard to the way in which the content is being delivered, and technology such as Samsung’s SMART Platform has very powerful potential, but it’s going to take an educated, focused integrator to leverage that technology, and an aware end user to recognize some of the benefits or the importance of having them explained. This wave of new and exciting technology is creating endless revenue opportunities for dealers both now and in the future.”

One example of the innovative new solutions that Kelly speaks of, and that will be showcased by Stampede at INFOCOMM, is the Circle Technology portable, wireless, paperless presentation system that allows presenters to put content into everyone’s hands without the Internet, anywhere at any time.

“Products like these represent category breaking innovation that reinvigorates the entire market,” Kelly emphasized. “In and of themselves, they offer new revenue while also pulling through sales of more traditional components that complement these new products.”

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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