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New ELAN® g! 6.2 Software Expands User Interface Options, Enhances Security, Expands Global Weather and Continues To Deliver The Lowest Total Cost Of Installed Home Control

Demonstrating its commitment to provide dealers and end-users with continuous updates to the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System, ELAN Home Systems today announced the release of its new ELAN g! 6.2 Software Update, which adds a brand new native g! app for OSX, a complete On-screen-Display, several user interface enhancements, end-user system security features, expanded international weather and weather-based event triggers.

According to Core Brands Director of Control Category Joe Lautner, ELAN prides itself on providing end-users with the most consistent, easy-to-learn and easy-to-use GUI in the industry, and today it expanded that capability with its first native ELAN g! app for OSX on Apple computers. In addition to the new OSX app, ELAN has further developed the On-Screen Display (accessible on programmed TVs) to be consistent in appearance and operation with all of ELAN’s touchscreen interfaces and g!Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.

ELAN has partnered with Weather Underground, now part of the Weather Channel® Companies, to deliver worldwide users with the best weather data available. Lautner emphasized that the new ELAN g! 6.2 Software Update delivers a host of new features including support for true global weather forecasting that will allow g! customers in every part of the world to access and display weather forecasts for their geographic area. What’s more, the g! 6.2 software will allow dealers to program specific automation trigger events based on the local forecast, including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, wind, and weather alerts for automation of things like motorized window shutters and shades, irrigation controls, internal climate set points and distribution of email alerts to the homeowner, among others.

As part of the company’s promise to deliver the most powerful and easy-to-use solutions, ELAN has enhanced the g! System’s personalization capabilities with Power Variables, Boolean logic and structure work in the Configurator to streamline the personalization process. This results in simpler programming for integrators and provides end users with an even more reliable, powerful solution while lowering the total cost of installation. With the addition of advanced security features, the ELAN g! 6.2 Software Update offers users an even greater peace of mind, both at home and away.

According to Lautner, “Over the last year ELAN has taken the g! System to new heights by adding electronic door lock integration, automatic importing of programming from connected third-party components, KNX support, Chinese language support, international streaming content, an Android g!Mobile app and an ever-growing list of drivers for third-party components. As ELAN g! continues to strengthen its position as the world’s favorite entertainment and control system, we are committed to providing consistent updates that enhance the system and increase its value while lowering the total cost of installation for integrators and end-users. As far as what is next, dealers can expect a number of releases over the next six months with a wide range of updated and new 3rd party drivers.

“What’s more,” Lautner concluded, “dealer feedback on our recent system advancements has been very positive and is evidenced by our Q1 System realizing 30% growth. We’d like to thank our dealers for their support and we look forward to a very strong 2013!”

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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Boise State’s Velma V. Morrison Center For The Performing Arts Puts NanoLumens Center Stage

When the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts at Boise State University needed to install a digital display in its lobby to engage, inform and entertain patrons of the Center before, during and after shows, they knew they needed a state-of-the-art display solution that would shine as bright as the performers on stage. That’s why the Center decided to use a six-feet-tall by eleven-feet-wide, NanoLumens NanoSlim 4mm LED display that complements the existing lobby décor, while adding a subtle, yet modern, technological design element.

“The NanoLumens product is unique in the digital display market and we are excited to be their first installation in Idaho at a true performing arts center,” said Morrison Center Executive Director, James Patrick. “It is not only designed and assembled in the U.S.A., but is also ultra-lightweight, slim, and provides vibrant, high-resolution images from all viewing angles. This new addition to the Velma V. Morrison Center lobby is more than a marketing tool, it is a transformative display that will provide a digital canvas to communicate our mission to the Boise community.”

The new NanoLumens display will be used to share useful information to the Center’s patrons in a dynamic and flexible new way, resulting in a more enjoyable theatre-going experience. Content will include upcoming show promotions, artist video content, campus-wide events, student and faculty visual art, images of Boise’s picturesque landscape and other important campus-related information. To avoid mid-performance interruptions, the display will also alert patrons to take their seats as curtain time approaches, and the installation of a high-definition camera in the theatre will provide a closed-circuit, live feed of the show to the lobby display so that patrons arriving after curtain time can watch the show until they are allowed to enter the theatre auditorium. 



“NanoLumens is proud to provide Boise State University and the Morrison Center with a state-of-the-art digital display that will stop patrons in their tracks the moment they walk into the lobby,” said NanoLumens President & CEO, Rick Cope. “Our displays are perfect for any facility wanting to instantly engage its visitors with a stunning digital canvas that can brilliantly display any content desired by the owner.”

The display was installed under the supervision of NanoLumens technicians by Superior Signs & Screenprinting located in Caldwell, Idaho, and the wiring and electrical work was completed by two Boise-based companies, Quality Electric and Neurilink LLC.

 The display was funded, in full, by the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. and is part of the Center’s ongoing efforts, in collaboration with University leadership, to ensure that the Center remains Idaho’s premier performing art center.


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

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

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

About the Velma V. Morrison Center For The Performing Arts:
Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho’s premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center’s 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol’s picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. For more information on programs, or to find out how you can play an active role in the Center’s ongoing success as a donor or volunteer, please visit: http://www.MorrisonCenter.com

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, 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 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 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, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Stampede’s 2013 Big Book Of AV Tour Takes A Bite Out Of The Big Apple On April 10th!

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour will once again visit the Big Apple on Wednesday, April 10th, when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. brings its Spring 2013 Big Book of AV Tour to the Hotel Pennsylvania located at 401 Seventh Avenue, directly across from Penn Station in the heart of New York City.

“The Spring BBOAV Tour is continuing its incredibly successful run across North America as we bring the newest and most exciting ProAV product offerings to America’s biggest city,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly said today. “Our dealer partners in the New York City region will have the opportunity to interact with the latest products from exhibiting manufacturers, participate in comprehensive product training sessions, and receive amazing perks that can only be found at the industry’s largest ProAV dealer tour.”

According to Kelly, Vidyo will be on site to demonstrate how to use MiFi with a connected PC and iPad. Two CTS Certified trainings, each worth .5 CTS RU, are scheduled to take place from Hitachi and Sony Unified Communications. Edgar Jimenez, Hitachi Western Zone Manager, will present a training session focused on WHDI and new switchers and doc cameras from Hitachi that allow for wireless content delivery. Sony Video Conferencing Director of Engineering, Paul Dragos, will present a session that includes demonstrations of Sony Video Conferencing products, MediaPointe streaming, Automated Workflow process for content management, and Radvision United Communications. These sessions will take place from 9:30AM – 10:15AM, and 12:00PM – 12:45PM, respectively.

What’s more, all attendees at the New York City stop will receive a $50 AMEX gift card. In addition, attendees will receive a $100 Restaurant.com gift card for every CTS Certified training session they attend! Additionally, all attendees will receive one $500 Stampede Credit that can be applied to any order over $5,000 that is placed with Stampede before May 10, 2013. A complimentary continental breakfast from 9:00AM – 11:00AM, and a lunch buffet from 11:45AM – 1:30PM will be provided by Stampede.

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and participating manufacturer information. The New York City event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

The Spring 2013 Tour will resume on May 16, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

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Retired Software Engineer Refuses To “Gamble On Cheap Control Solutions” And Chooses ELAN g! System

Retired software engineer Bill Pardee understands more than a thing or two about working with high technology. A career spent designing and implementing software programs convinced him that technology means nothing if it’s not state-of-the-art, easy to install and operate, and future-proof, so when he went shopping for a control system for his Denver, Colorado home he looked for a solution that met all three criteria. After consulting with the custom installation pros at CDI Services, it was clear that the best choice was the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System.

“I could have cut corners and gone with any number of low-cost systems from companies like Verizon or Comcast,” Pardee said, “but I wanted a professional grade solution that I could add to over time, easily and cost-effectively, and nothing came close to matching the g! system in that regard. CDI Services did an excellent job designing and installing the system in a timely manner, and they assured me that I won’t run into any of the reliability issues that are common with low-cost solutions. In the unlikely event that an issue does arise, I take comfort knowing that I have local, experienced professionals who can tend to my system. I won’t be put on hold for a half hour and then asked to try to fix it myself.”

Pardee tasked CDI Services with installing a new multi-room audio system, new TVs, surveillance cameras, integrating his home’s lighting and existing security system, as well as making his garage doors operable from anywhere in the world through his iPhone. Integrators often find a system to call their favorite, and for Shaun Kenney, President of CDI Services, it’s the ELAN g! System. That’s why it’s the only system he recommends to his residential clients.

“When Bill told me what he was looking for in a home control system, I didn’t have to think about it,” Kenney said. “I just said ‘Bill, I’ve got exactly the system you need, and it’s easier than you could imagine.’ I showed him how the iPhone and iPad apps give him fast, simple control of all the systems he mentioned, and how the ELAN HR2 media remote works just like his current TV remote, plus complete control of all the other ELAN g! functions.”

Having mobile control of the home through iPhones, iPads and Android devices was a must-have for Pardee, as he wanted to eliminate worries when away from home. With strategically placed surveillance cameras that give a clear view of the home’s exterior, mobile accessibility means no more wondering about whether the family left the garage doors open or left the lights on. After all, he said, “You can’t put a price on the peace of mind you get from having the security system, lights, cameras and garage door controls right in your pocket.”

He admits, however, that when he’s home, no tablet or smartphone can beat a traditional remote for one important function — controlling the TV.

“ELAN g! lets me access all my music, movies and television in any room, but that doesn’t mean I want to use an app to change the channel,” Pardee commented. “I tried it once, and then never tried it again. Unless you leave the iPhone screen on all the time, which kills the battery very quickly, it takes four or five buttons to get to the TV controls. When I’m choosing a movie or turning on Pandora that’s fine, but I want one button control for changing channels and volume. That’s why the HR2 remote is a must-have. It works just like the remote controls I’ve been using my whole life, but also lets me dim the lights with its touchscreen. In the end, I count myself lucky that I went with CDI and ELAN g! instead of gambling on a new bargain system. CDI knows this industry inside and out, so they delivered above and beyond my expectations.”

As for the components of the AV system, CDI made sure that Pardee got the best of the best and installed a total of 22 Niles speakers throughout the house. That includes a 5.1 system in the family room (4 Niles), a 5.1 system in the master bedroom suite (4 Niles), a pair in the master bath, three pairs outdoors, a pair in the dining room, and two pairs in the great room with a powder room.

“My friends and I are consistently impressed that the Niles speakers add such a big sound to my entertainment system, and how much they enhance the viewing experience,” Pardee said. “The ceiling speakers are about the same size as my recessed light fixtures and blend into the ceiling so as to almost disappear, so it’s like this incredible quality audio just becomes part of the room itself. Amazingly, the outdoor speakers bring that same audio detail to the backyard, making it a true extension of our living space. And we don’t have to bring them in for the winter because they are designed to withstand any kind of weather.”

The system is controlled through several iPhones and iPads, two ELAN HR2 remotes and two ELAN TS2 in-wall touchscreens with several hard buttons for commonly used functions such as volume control. The system controls a total of four TVs, including a 32” LCD mounted above the tub in the master bathroom.

The home’s existing heating, air conditioning and irrigation systems are fully automated systems in themselves, so Pardee chose not to integrate them with ELAN g! at this time. However, Kenney added that CDI could integrate the additional systems in the future without a major cost, and could also add motorized window shades, electronic door locks or additional TVs and speakers.

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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Brad Childress Appointed Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at NanoLumens®

Moving strategically to add enterprise level management experience to its rapidly expanding business development efforts, NanoLumens® today announced the appointment of Brad Childress to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Effective immediately, according to NanoLumens President & CEO Rick Cope, Childress assumes complete responsibility for developing and implementing all worldwide direct and channel sales programs as well as all national and regional marketing programs.

“NanoLumens has more than doubled in size in each of the last three years,” Cope said today. “We have implemented specific sales programs involving a direct sales management team, a systems integrator network, and an international distributor network. It is now time to bring in a seasoned sales and marketing executive who has the kind of enterprise level management experience to integrate these distinct sales teams into a single, highly productive and motivated sales force. Brad is just the person to do this and lead all of our sales and marketing teams to the next, higher level of success.”

In accepting his new appointment, Childress noted that, “As the head of sales and marketing for NanoLumens I am responsible for continuing the rapid sales growth of the company for all of our channels worldwide. This is an awesome responsibility that presents all of us with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the success of this great company. I am extremely fortunate to have a team of experienced, respected sales directors and marketing professionals and to work with some of the best engineering and customer service minds in the digital media industry.”

Brad Childress brings nearly 30 years of sales and marketing experience to his new position at NanoLumens. Most recently, he was a partner at TechCXO, where he helped large and small technology companies accelerate their sales efforts through sales process design, territory, account and opportunity planning and high-impact go-to-market strategies. Prior to this he served as the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for nuBridges, where he played an integral role in the completion of a strategic sale of the company to Liaison Technologies.

Previous sales experience includes serving as the President & COO of The Complex Sale, Inc., where he was responsible for all company operations globally, and worked with dozens of companies worldwide to help them optimize their sales process. He also held the position of VP & General Manager for the Southern Region at Dun & Bradstreet Software, Inc. and served as Vice President of Solutions Marketing for Management Science America, Inc. Childress was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Tech College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) 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 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, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center Increases Commitment To NanoLumens Display Technology

On its busiest days, as many as 15,000 people make their way into Hall D of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. Now, thanks to a new NanoLumens NanoSlim DS Design-Specific LED Display, all 15,000 visitors can stay informed and involved in the event underway as they enter and leave Hall D. Mounted just above the entrance to Hall D, the 7.5-foot tall by 23-foot wide, 6mm pixel pitch NanoSlim DS display is drawing crowds on its own and impressing prospective event producers, attendees and advertisers, according to St. Elmo Crawford, President of Digital Conventions, which operates all the digital signage at the convention center.

“When I first learned about NanoLumens’ display technology in 2011, I immediately thought of Hall D,” Crawford said. “But the size requirements were just too unique at the time. With the new NanoSlim DS line we were able to have a display built to our exact specifications, giving us a super bright, energy efficient, long-life display that is big enough to be seen clearly from 100 feet away. A projection system wouldn’t work here because of the bright ambient light, and any other manufacturer’s digital display would have weighed 5-10 times as much. The NanoLumens display provides 170 square feet of signage space and weighs less than 1,000 pounds! The display needed to be suspended from wires because of space constraints, and hanging a 10,000-pound display where people are walking under it was simply not an option.”

According to Michael Waxer, chief technology officer at Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, this installation sets the pace for the entire industry. “We are proud to unveil our newest and largest NanoLumens LED display at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,” he said. “Not only are we setting a digital trend by offering an enhanced event experience, but we are distinguishing ourselves as leaders in the hospitality industry by providing our clients with premier digital service including digital signage, high-speed wired and wireless services, mobile apps and web streaming.”

After Digital Conventions began using NanoLumens NanoFlex displays as large mobile signage in 2012, it quickly became clear that convention hall clients, advertisers and visitors were drawn to the displays for their brightness and detail.

“Our first NanoFlex displays were a hit in areas where we don’t have permanent signage, and they allowed us to sell more services to our clients without massive installation costs,” Crawford remarked. “That enthusiasm carried forward to the new DS display at Hall D, which was installed in early March and used immediately for the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference. The organizers used it as an information and overflow video display, so people who were waiting in line to enter the conference could watch the speeches from outside the hall. The immediate response when event organizers see the display is ‘How do we get that as part of our display package?”

Crawford thinks that NanoLumens’ ability to build displays to meet exact space and shape requirements is going to lead more and more convention centers and large public spaces to develop design-specific displays for advertising and informational purposes.

“I’ve spoken with the people in charge of technology at a few other convention centers, and after a short conversation about our signage programs they all realized this is something they will have to incorporate to stay competitive and relevant,” he said. “We’ve had immediate success with this massive display, selling space to several major conventions in the first month after installation. We had a vision that we knew would increase our bookings, revenues and client satisfaction, and NanoLumens took that vision and made it a real, physical display. We look forward to our next NanoLumens purchase and expect to continue spreading their amazing displays throughout the convention center.”

NanoLumens’ NanoSlim DS Series is a bold departure from the traditional one-size-fits-all design paradigm that has been a mainstay of the display industry for decades. Available in 4mm, 5mm and 6mm pixel pitches, the NanoSlim DS Series allows customers to specify truly unique displays in their designs and open the door for corporations, retailers and venue operators to create a completely original digital experience.

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

All NanoLumens displays accept input from nearly any device or content management system. There is no need for special software, hardware or special personnel to display content beautifully. With a profile of only a few inches, NanoSlim 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 is optimized for indoor use, operating with virtually zero heat or noise while producing bright, rich, consistent color as well as superior off-axis viewing with no color shift or image distortion throughout the display horizon. NanoLumens’ technology has been named ‘Best Large-format LED Display’ of the year by Signage Solutions magazine in its 2012 Product of the Year awards program, as well as being recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

About Events DC:
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generated more than $3.3 billion in direct attendee spending in its first decade (2003-2013), and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC also manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. In addition, Events DC built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, 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 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 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, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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HFP Acoustical Consultants Helps HOK Visual Communications Bring Imagination To Life With NanoLumens Display “Sculpture”

The February 2013 installation of a one-of-a-kind 5.5-foot tall by 13-foot wide NanoLumens®-powered digital sculpture at a Fortune 500 company’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana was the direct result of an intense collaboration between a client receptive to new ideas, a graphic design firm with a big technological vision, a technology consultant with the smarts to execute that vision, and a manufacturer with the technology to provide design-specific digital displays for literally any environment.

What’s more, according to Bill Schuermann, Senior Associate Design Consultant at Houston, Texas-based HFP Acoustical Consultants, it’s a collaboration that is likely to grow and expand as visual displays become an increasingly important part of large scale commercial design projects. “We are standing on the threshold of an entirely new era of interior design,” Schuermann reflected today, “and visual displays are at the center of these designs. This era is being made practical by a new generation of technology from NanoLumens that makes it possible to design and deploy specific display solutions of any shape, size, or curvature, in virtually every type of environment. Before today, technology didn’t allow you to think in terms of sculpted digital display letters, but now that technology is here, thanks to NanoLumens.”

The concept for the NanoLumens digital sculpture came from Hal Kantner at Houston-based HOK Visual Communications, who envisioned a unique display landscape that would allow the client to tell their story in brilliant video across the lifesized letters U-S-A. HOK’s team of designers then turned to HFP Acoustical Consultants to create the technical specifications and installation design, at which point it was determined that NanoLumens was the only manufacturer who could build this display and make the vision a reality.

Increasingly, innovative digital signage projects require the marriage of an architectural design firm, a technology design firm and a display manufacturer that can build displays to the unique specifications of a never-seen-before design, no matter the size or shape. With this type of project becoming more common, HFP is in the midst of transitioning the services it provides from pure AV, architectural acoustics, and industrial acoustic design to include all things technology.

“Working directly with HOK Visual Communications has allowed us to create some amazing graphic designs that include, and are often centered around, modern technology,” Schuermann said. “When HOK was developing the U-S-A design for this project, they asked themselves what they could do that hasn’t already been done. The result is this sculpture that isn’t so much a digital signage display as it is a piece of modern art that is fluid, patriotic and futuristic all at the same time. This project is proof that with NanoLumens, if you can imagine it, they can build it.

“We’re always looking for new ways to express our creativity and excite our clients,” Schuermann continued, “and projects like this one are becoming highly desired because digital displays can finally capture the imagination and be used to create truly unique, awe-inspiring environments. At HFP we are beginning to see more and more uses for novel technologies in both public spaces and corporate environments. Making a lasting impression with a digital sculpture, or a visual palette that can exhibit an ever-changing video presentation, comes down to combining the right design with the right engineers and the right technology. With this project we’ve busted open the doors for digital signage to become an entirely new and different product, and with our mindset for design combined with NanoLumens manufacturing abilities, the possibilities are endless.”

Since 2009, HFP Acoustical Consultants has been working closely with HOK Visual Communications to bring dozens of HOK’s designs to life. As for the future, HFP Acoustical Consultants is looking at a new project in Saudi Arabia that will have 650 digital signage displays connected to a single network!

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, 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 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 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, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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NanoLumens® Named A Technology Association of Georgia Top 10 Innovative Technology Company

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced NanoLumens as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. It is the second time in four years that NanoLumens has been cited by TAG for its ground-breaking LED display technolgy. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at the 2013 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 20, 2013, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The “Top 10” most innovative technology companies are chosen from among TAG’s “Top 40” 2013 list and were chosen based on a number of criteria, including degree of innovation, scope and financial impact of innovation, likelihood of success, and promotion of Georgia’s innovative efforts nationally and internationally.

“The 2013 Top 10 finalists are an elite group of innovators who represent the very best from Georgia’s technology community,” said Tino Mantella, President & CEO of TAG. “These finalists are shining examples of what makes our state such a hotbed for technology and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community.”

This year’s Top 10 companies were selected from among over 90 applications submitted by companies from across Georgia. Each company selected to be in the Top 10 will be given the opportunity to present at the annual Georgia Technology Summit before a crowd of more than 1,000 of the state’s technology leaders.

“Our ninth year of the Top 40/Top 10 was an overwhelming success, based on the number of truly innovative companies that participated in the competition,” said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and the chairperson of the Top 40/Top 10 Selection Committee. “The Top 40 winners demonstrate the depth and breadth of Georgia’s technology community.”

“We are honored to be named a Top 10 finalist for the second time in four years,” said Rick Cope, President & CEO of NanoLumens. “Our remarkable LED display technology is helping to revolutionize the entire digital signage industry, and, in the process, we are ushering in an entirely new era in ‘one too many’ communication that will make the visual presentation of information and entertainment a more prominent part of our every day lives. All of us at NanoLumens are so proud to be buidling this success story here in Georgia.”

The 2013 Georgia Technology Summit is expected to bring together C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community. In addition to presentations from some of the top technology influencers in the nation, the newest member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia will be inducted.

For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit and to register for the event, visit www.tagonline.org/georgia-technology-summit.php. Follow the conversation on Twitter through #TAGGTS.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG):
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 18,500 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and match (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information, visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.tagedonline.org.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Atlanta, 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 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 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, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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Sound Design Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Grand Opening of New Showroom That Makes Home Control the Main Attraction

Marking 20 years of success and growth as Texas’ premier custom installation firm, Sound Design is opening a new state-of-the-art home technology showroom in the resort community of Horseshoe Bay, Texas on April 1. The new 4,500 square foot showroom puts the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System on the main stage, according to owner Chris Bean, who wants to make sure that it is the first thing clients experience when they walk into the entrance living room!

“What better way to celebrate our 20th year as Texas’ premier custom installation firm than to open a beautiful new showroom with all the latest home technologies?,” Bean said. “We’ve learned a lot over the years, and our experience helped us design the new showroom in a way that presents a relaxing, luxurious ambience that appeals to our local clientele. We used the best-of-the-best in every category, from the Runco 63-inch plasma TV framed and hidden by a VisionArt motorized art print to the ultra-high-end CAT MBX Sequoia speakers and of course the ELAN g! System. We have another showroom in Lakeway, Texas where we’ve been showing off ELAN g! since the system debuted in 2010. When we first got into custom home installation, multi-room audio and video systems were the biggest client request. Today, we are increasingly finding that homeowners and homebuyers are as interested in complete home control as they are in their TVs and music, if not more so. Expandable, easy to use control systems that utilize mobile devices and simplify home living are going to be major sales drivers of the future for both the CI industry and the home building industry.

“Many of our clients are tech-savvy homeowners who have become mobile tech enthusiasts through their everyday interactions with iPhones and tablets, and they want that same instant satisfaction to apply to their household media and home functions. We’re using the ELAN g! System to show them that home control can be just as easy as using an iPhone,” he continued. “Just a few years ago, the most common client request was for an amazing home theater to enjoy the newest DVDs or Blu-Rays. Consumer culture is now moving beyond just high-quality audio and video and our clients are demanding easy, fast, total control of everything in the home from their touch panels, smartphone or tablet. ELAN g! does it in spades, and for many clients it’s simply the best choice out there.”

The showroom is a veritable candy land of top-of-the-line home electronics, starting with the entrance living room that features AV and lighting control from an ELAN TS10 10-inch in-wall touchscreen, an ELAN TS2 in-wall touchscreen and an ELAN HR2 handheld remote. The system distributes audio and video content to an impressive system consisting of a Runco V63 63-inch plasma display, a Planar 2×3 Matrix Wall with six 46” panels, a Planar Mosaic wall with four 46” panels and four 15” square panels, a two-channel audio system that uses two 7-foot-tall CAT MBX Sequoia’s, and a surround system that includes an Integra DTR 50.4 receiver, Newport speakers and two Sunfire HRS-12 subwoofers.

The most unique part of the new showroom is the 640 square foot Simulation Room. Featuring AboutGolf’s newest three-projector continuous curve screen golf simulator, a LaserShot shooting simulator with five-channel surround and 30 competitive games for two players, and a VRX iMotion triple-LCD display driving & flight simulator, this room is literally a virtual playground. Bean wanted to show that he’s an outside-the-box thinker, and that, in this resort community, there is a custom installation professional that can bring dreams to life.

“The Simulation Room is a step forward for CI showroom design and for our company, and it allows us to open the imagination of our clients to show them that anything is possible. Homeowners in Horseshoe Bay are all about recreation and a luxury lifestyle so we wanted to show the unique ways people could enhance their home’s fun factor. From controlling lighting, heating and surveillance cameras on an iPhone to a hyper-realistic golf simulator that makes you feel like you’re really teeing off on the course, our Horseshoe Bay showroom is as state-of-the-art as it can be.”

Sound Design also built a commercial quality home theater that uses a Display Development HD3 projector, a 184” Stewart Filmscreen Luxus Delux screen, A Kaleidescape M300 player connected to a Kaleidescape CinemaOne server in the lobby, a Theta Casablanca III preamp/processor, Theta Compli-blu Blu-ray player, a PrimaCinema server, and a bevy of California Audio Technology speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers.

Since launching in 1993, Sound Design has grown from a car audio and security installation company to become Texas’ premier custom installation firm. Today the company is known for its expertise is designing and installing complete home integration systems, home theaters, surround sound systems, lighting control, central vacuum, security, structured wiring, computer networks and surveillance camera systems. Sound Design specializes in home integration, bringing all of the home’s core subsystems (HVAC, pool control, security, lighting, audio and video, irrigation, garage doors) into one touchscreen control device for every room that can operate all the systems individually. The company currently operates two showrooms to demonstrate the functionalities of its systems.

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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HomeTech Installs Energy-Efficient Elan g! System At Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Modernizing the vision set forth by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has partnered with energy consultant Big Green Zero and custom electronics integrator HomeTech AV Solutions to install advanced energy efficiency technologies and the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System at the iconic Taliesin West campus in the Arizona desert. With initial design and construction dating back to 1937, this current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture continues to advance Wright’s legacy of architectural innovation.

The Energizing Taliesin West™ project aims to minimize energy costs and carbon pollution as it works toward creating a grid-neutral campus. The project will provide architectural students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art conservation and sustainable energy production technologies. After determining that Taliesin West could benefit from substantial energy and financial savings through the installation of these technologies, Big Green Zero was contracted to manage and develop the project.

HomeTech AV Solutions, in partnership with ELAN Home Systems, has designed a unique control system for a unique piece of American history. The initial installation will take place in the original Wright home theater, dubbed “The Cabaret”. After lacking modern lighting, projection and audio systems for decades, The Cabaret has been revitalized with a Da-Lite acoustic fabric screen stretched across the original frame, a new Digital Projection E-Vision projector with a special long throw lens to accommodate the 65-foot throw distance, and fully integrated audio, video and Lutron Radio RA@2 lighting controlled by the ELAN g! system. There is no way to run new cabling in the stone and concrete building, so the video signal is transmitted wirelessly from the AV receiver to the projector mounted in the projection room. Frank Lloyd Wright designed The Cabaret’s unique uneven-hexagonal shape to have no right angles and to have 20 feet of open space below the front of the theater, which has led sound engineers to determine the space is 95 percent acoustically efficient! No sound is wasted, and there are no echoes anywhere in the room.

According to Jim Beaumont, president of HomeTech AV Solution, ELAN g! is the only control platform that’s simple enough to allow novices to use the system with zero training. “The space is available to rent for corporate events, so the system will see a lot of use by first-time users with no training or experience. This was a major consideration in our design and product choices, and the ELAN g! system is the easiest control system I’ve ever used.”

Joe Lautner, Core Brands Director of Control Segment, agrees that the project is a natural candidate for control with the ELAN g! system. “The g! system is the ideal choice for the Taliesin West project for several reasons, but most of all because it is simple for first-time users to operate and it is virtually unlimited in its expansion potential. The g! system will be operational very early on in the renovation, and as construction continues the g! system will be available to integrate additional core systems across the Taliesin West campus.”

The Cabaret will be used to treat approximately 110,000 annual guests to a short film about Wright’s life and work. The original projector will be preserved in the projection room for tours as well.

“We are very proud to be selected as a partner for this historic restoration and upgrade of all the technological aspects of Taliesin West,” Beaumont added. “We will certainly face some unique installation challenges due to the concrete and stone construction of the buildings and the 80-year-old wiring throughout the premises, and when we are finished Taliesin West will be a testament to the technological advances of the past century. By combining Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary architecture with the latest in efficient lighting, AV, solar panels, energy management, security, surveillance and climate control systems, this project will no doubt result in the one of the world’s most historic energy-efficient communities.”

Taliesin West was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. In 2008, the U.S. National Park Service submitted Taliesin West along with nine other Frank Lloyd Wright properties to a tentative list for World Heritage Status. The 10 sites have been submitted as one total site.

About HomeTech AV Solutions:
HomeTech AV Solutions and HomeTech Europe LTD\LLC maintains offices in Lausanne, London, New York, Palm Springs, Paris and Seattle. HomeTech works with the celebrated architects and interior designers in the world to provide bespoke smart home solutions. HomeTech’s clients generally have multiple homes and appreciate having one source for their AV and Home Automation needs. For more information please contact HomeTech at info@hometechavsolutions.com or visit www.hometechavsolutions.com.

About Big Green Zero:
Big Green Zero, LLC is a team of sustainable energy engineers project planners and historic preservation enthusiasts. The team provides commercial and institutional property owners with commercial-grade energy audits and sustainable energy project planning and development services. For more information visit www.biggreenzero.com.

The Big Green Zero team was retained by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to conduct a comprehensive energy audit for Taliesin West. Based on the audit’s findings and recommendations, Big Green Zero was additionally retained to develop and manage the 75th Anniversary Energizing Taliesin West™ program.

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Taliesin West and the Taliesin Collections, to shaping the architecture and design at the highest level, and to the transformation of people’s lives through the artistry, principles and values of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work. To learn more visit www.franklloydwright.org.

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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