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AVocation Systems 8×8 HDMI, 16×16 Audio Matrix is AV Distribution Powerhouse

AVocation Systems HDMI Matrix Masters AV Switching Issues

Designed for demanding audio set-ups, the new HX-0808HA/16 HDMI matrix offers simultaneous or independent routing and key/EDID management for fast, reliable HDMI and audio switching.

HDMI Matrix

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Booth 5734 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital Audio Matrix (HX-0808HA/16). The HX-0808HA/16 is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include sixteen independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Living rooms, kitchens, media rooms, offices and even outdoor spaces require enhanced HDMI connectivity options as homeowners request the same content in every room, without performance loss. Reliable HDMI switching and routing is critical to meeting this demand. The new HX-0808HA/16 delivers whether an end user is watching one source but listening to another or routing a single source to multiple displays.

“Limitations are frustrating when you just want to enjoy music or video without interruption,” said AVocation Systems marketing manager Trent Mulligan. “Like with all our HDMI matrix products and accessories, we set out to create a reliable solution for common installer problems, while giving end users the functionality they crave. HDMI and audio switching may not be the flashiest technology, but people sure notice when it’s not working properly.”

Each of the eight HDMI, 16 analog audio (RCA), and 16 digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs can be simultaneously or independently routed, providing enough distribution flexibility for the most demanding AV set-ups. The product’s internal management of HDCP keys and EDID’s ensures reliable and low latency switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI with 16×16 Analog/Digital is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA.

For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Pro Audio Technology Appoints ANSR as Manufacturers Rep

PRO AUDIO TECHNOLOGY APPOINTS ANSR AS MANUFACTURERS REP

Associated Network Systems Representatives will represent the speaker, subwoofer and amplifier manufacturer in Northern California and Nevada.

Huntington Beach, CA – August 14, 2012 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the appointment of Associated Network Systems Representatives (ANSR) to manage sales representation in Northern California and Nevada.

With offices in Oakland, Sacramento and Reno, ANSR provides design, programming, training and technical services and has a relationship with over 600 CEDIA contractors and retailers in their market, as well as long-term relationships with residential and commercial specification communities. Additionally, ANSR works to guide electrical contractors toward design, installation and business practices that meet CEDIA standards.

“In today’s market, many clients are building their second generation theaters. Demand for higher performance audio has increased as customers have become more discerning and have higher levels of expectation,” said ANSR representative Bob Foppiano. “PRO’s unparalleled dynamics, and industry leading DSP technology make them an ideal fit for ANSR and the growing number of high-end CEDIA contractors we work with.”

“Northern California and Nevada represent exceptional opportunities for growth for Pro Audio Technology due to the large number of high performance theater projects in the territory,” said Pro Audio Technology founder, L. Paul Hales. “We’re committed to increasing our presence in the region and ANSR will help us connect with dealers who understand the value of offering high-performance alternatives to their clients.”

ANSR also represent SurgeX, Lutron, ReQuest, Russound, Sonance, Savant, Trufig and several other prominent manufacturers in the CEDIA marketplace.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Pro Audio Technology Quad-Amplified, Seven Foot Tall SCR-3215sm Loudspeaker

Pro Audio Technology LoudspeakersWith dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers and a maximum output of >130dB; what started as an exercise to push loudspeaker performance limits is now a reality for audio and home theater enthusiasts.

Huntington Beach, CA – July 24, 2012 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the SCR-3215sm loudspeaker, a seven foot tall, 350 pound four-way reference speaker designed for placement behind acoustically transparent screens. The culmination of more than 25 years in high-performance loudspeaker design by lifelong loudspeaker designer and PRO founder Paul Hales, the 3215 is truly a statement product.

Starting with the drivers, Pro Audio Technology went big, opting for dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers which offer a low frequency sensitivity of 102dB with one watt of input power. With over 350 square inches of surface area supported by a massive 30 pound motor system, the 3215 moves a lot of air to produce highly impactful bass. With four-inch voice coils, thermal power handling is maximized, allowing the SCR-3215sm to play at live concert sound pressure levels for extended periods of time without fear of driver failure.

At the heart of the SCR-3215sm’s mid/high frequency assembly is a 41-pound ultra high-output (114dB / 1 watt) compression driver. Its seven-inch carbon fiber diaphragm provides pistonic motion over three and one half octaves, resulting in the most effortless, coherent, and dynamically correct rendering of vocals and instrumentation possible. Dispersion and acoustic power transfer are controlled via a constant directivity horn with over 800 square inches of effective radiating surface – more than 40 times the radiating area of a typical cone midrange.

Upper-mid and high frequencies for the SCR-3215sm are supplied via a state-of-the-art coaxial compression driver utilizing an annular polymer diaphragm for silky smooth midrange and treble and uncolored harmonics to beyond 30 kHz. Mated to a large format 18” x 22” horn, the high frequency system provides 396 square inches of radiating surface to drive the air; or the equivalent of more than 500 one-inch dome tweeters per speaker. As in commercial cinema systems, the SCR-3215sm mid/high frequency assembly employs tri-amplification to maximize the performance of each driver in the system.

When paired with companion PMA Amplifiers the SCR-3215sm speakers are part of a sophisticated digital cinema system employing advanced DSP to redefine the industry’s concept of “accuracy” and sonic realism. Maximum output is >130 dB, making the SCR-3215 the definitive loudspeaker of choice for large to very large room applications, and those who desire a visceral concert experience in their home. Because they are designed to perform behind transparent screens at “Reference Levels” from more than 12 meters away, the 3215’s are also ideal for home theater installations.

“I designed my first loudspeaker when I was 16 and have never stopped looking for ways to improve speaker technology,” said Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology. “The 3215 loudspeaker started as a laboratory experiment to see how far we could push the limits of audio performance, and now it’s a reality with orders already in place. Our dealers can’t wait to let customers hear them in person.”

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

The New Linear VMC1 Video Security Intercom System Safeguards What Matters Most

With live video, whole-home intercom, trigger mechanisms and remote monitoring, homeowners now have a single system for centralized security at home or away.

Carlsbad, CA – June 2012 – Linear LLC, the leader in residential and commercial access control, emergency response and security solutions, announces the new Linear® VMC1 Video Security Intercom System, a centralized security solution that delivers live video, audio, whole-home intercom, door releases, alarm triggers, and remote monitoring features in one highly-capable and flexible system.

The VMC1 Master Station is the central hub of the system and has a 5.6″ color video screen that can monitor any door equipped with a camera. Traditional security systems with multiple camera stations can be difficult to monitor since the homeowner isn’t always available or in front of a screen when someone rings the doorbell. With integrated live video support, the VMC1 System provides access to up to three color video cameras or video door stations, allowing users to view activities inside and out from the master station, or with optional accessories, from a TV display, or select portable devices. When not at home, the VMC1 System can also deliver a live video signal or email a snapshot picture of the front door visitor to a smart phone or computer via the internet for quick identification.

In addition, from the VMC1 Master Station, music can be shared with any room station, either from the AM/FM tuner or from auxiliary devices such as MP3 players or smart phones. While all room stations allow room-to-room or whole-home communication, the Master Station video screen allows users to speak with and see visitors at monitored doors. The system can support up to three remote electronic door release mechanisms to unlock a door or gate and has two control output switches to turn on lights, trigger an alert on an alarm panel or even activate thermostat controls. By combining visual monitoring with the ability to enact a security response in the home, the VMC1 is a serious deterrent and one of the most sophisticated video security intercom systems available.

With all the security and control functionality, one might overlook the whole-home intercom functionality of the Linear VMC1. Seeking to address a range of communication needs, the intercom enables users to speak to a single room, a group of rooms or the whole house (up to 20 rooms). Whether you’re telling the kids to get ready for bed, calling houseguests for dinner or using the system to make a company-wide announcement in a small office, the VMC1 initiates hands-free conversations to any room station. One or more rooms can also be monitored or kept private, depending on preferences.

The new VMC1 Video Security Intercom System comes in handsome white, black or bronze finishes to complement any décor.

For more information about the VMC1 Video Security Intercom and Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

For over 50 years, Linear LLC has been an innovator in the security market. Linear’s legacy includes the early application of passive infrared detection and radio frequency (RF) transmission, technologies that revolutionized the wireless security and access control industries. Today, Linear delivers class-leading wired and wireless products into a variety of markets serving the access control, security and home technology needs of its customers. A subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., Linear continues to expand its product and engineering prowess, leveraging the knowledge gained from strategic acquisitions and custom product development which will help lead the company into the next 50 years. To learn more, visit www.linearcorp.com.

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Havells Launches ENERGY STAR® LED Lamp Portfolio

ENERGY STAR rebates and energy savings combine for quick payback on nine new LED lamps.

Atlanta, GA – June 28, 2012 – Havells, a global leader in the lighting industry, is now offering their full line of ENERGY STAR® rated LED lamps. Havells new long-life LED portfolio provides a wide range of bulb types with dimmable options, high light output, and guaranteed energy savings for all types of industrial, commercial, hospitality, and residential lighting applications.

Built with state-of-the-art LED chip technology, the new Havells A19, Decorative, Globes, MR16, and PAR LEDs are UL listed and meet or exceed ENERGY STAR’s strict standards for energy efficiency and performance. These LED lamps are available in 3000k warm white and offer an excellent color consistency of 80 CRI. Havells LED Lamps are also mercury-free and release virtually no ultra-violet (UV) or infrared (IR) emissions, making these lamps a genuine eco-friendly alternative for industrial and commercial lighting.

“Havells is proud to launch a full portfolio of LED ENERGY STAR products,” said Havells USA General Manager Kevin Doughty. “Moving forward we look to expand our portfolio, while making sure our products continue to meet and exceed the high standards of ENERGY STAR.”

The fully dimmable 8W A19 LED produces 450 lumens and is a great replacement option for a 40W incandescent. Using only $0.96 a year in estimated energy costs based on 3 hours of use per day at a rate of .11< kWh, the 8W A19 LED provides a lifetime savings of $141 per lamp when used in place of its incandescent counterpart.

The dimmable 6W PAR20 LED delivers an impressive 250 lumens of warm white light while the dimmable 10W PAR30 provide 450 lumens. The dimmable 17 W PAR 38 offers a powerful light output of 765 lumens and a 75% energy savings over non-LED lamps. Each PAR lamp has a 25-degree spread for uniform light distribution paired with warm natural color rendering. With a minimum of 40,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, these LEDs are an effective retrofit replacement for incandescent and halogen PAR lamps.

The 3W Decorative Candle and 3W Frosted Globe deliver a warm glow that is ideal for decorative or general lighting in homes, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Both lamps have a short payback period and have low maintenance costs.

The 4W 165 Lumen MR16 is a powerful upgrade compared to traditional halogen reflector lamps and offers an 85% savings over the course of a year. This popular GU5.3 pin base lamp is great for replacing the decorative and track lighting found in restaurants, bars, hotels and lobbies.

Thanks to their luminous efficacy, energy efficiency and low maintenance, along with numerous ENERGY STAR rebate options, Havells LEDs are a cost-effective retrofit option for more applications than ever before. Excellent color rendering plus their high quality, no UV emissions, makes them ideal for museums, art galleries, shops, and virtually any application sensitive to product fading. Their incredibly long life translates to low maintenance costs, making these LEDs an excellent option for hard to reach settings like grand staircases and high ceilings. Adding to their versatility, LEDs also thrive in cold temperatures making them the best light source for coolers, freezers, and wine cellars. Their extremely low IR output also makes them ideal for heat sensitive food items like fish and chocolate.

The new Havells ENERGY STAR LED portfolio is now available and shipping. With five warehouses strategically located across the U.S., Havells provides fast delivery and service to meet the tightest turnarounds. Every Havells LED lamp comes with a 5-year warranty that guarantees each LED lamp will operate for 5 years under a normal usage of 12 hours per day/7days per week. For more information about Havells Energy Star LED Portfolio, visit www.havells-usa.com or call: 1-800-922-6693.

As the North American Division of Havells India and a global leader in the lighting industry, Havells USA designs and manufactures a full range of lighting solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Havells offers a wide range of LED, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, high intensity discharge lamps as well as fixtures and ballasts to meet the specialized operating and performance requirements of each lighting task.

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AVocation Systems New 8×8 Matrix Offers Independent or Simultaneous HDMI and Analog/Digital Routing

Broomfield, CO – June 20, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, announces the Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio (HX-0808HA). The HX-0808HA is the first digital matrix from AVocation Systems to include eight independently routable analog and digital audio inputs and outputs with volume control.

Distributing audio over HDMI can present challenges for many installations. With HDMI signals fed directly to displays, listening to the same source through a set of speakers in the same room is not always possible with a conventional HDMI matrix. AVocation’s new matrix provides eight HDMI, eight analog audio (RCA), and eight digital audio (RCA) inputs and outputs that address this problem specifically. Each input/output supports simultaneous or independent routing of HDMI or analog/digital audio. Digital audio can also be broken out and routed independently for maximum flexibility.

Any of the eight HDMI inputs on the HX-0808HA can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs (likewise for the audio inputs/outputs) and EDID/Key management takes care of latency between switch times. The AVocation Systems matrix also takes signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays, not just one, a common failure of many matrix routers.

“It’s crucial for us to be dialed in on what dealers are looking for in future products, and we can only do this by listening to them, and learning the problems that come into play when routing audio with HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The HX-0808HA is an introductory piece that is the first in a line of upcoming products to address these problems. Our ultimate goal is to solve all of the audio problems that can arise when distributing HDMI.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix with Analog and Digital Audio is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 36-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

AVocation Systems Introduces 8×8 HDMI Matrix for AV Distribution

With industrial design suited for the most demanding HDMI installations, the 8×8 Matrix provides the reliability and functionality dealers need for large AV distribution projects.

Broomfield, CO – May 14, 2012 – AVocation Systems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional grade audio/video distribution products, proudly announces the new Mountain Series 8×8 HDMI Matrix (HX-0808H). The new 8×8 HDMI matrix is the first in a series of coveted HDMI products AVocation Systems has planned for 2012.

HDMI distribution has its challenges. Long distances, control of numerous components, and unreliable switching can all present problems in large scale HDMI installations. AVocation System’s new 8×8 matrix provides reliable and true router capabilities: any of the eight HDMI inputs can be routed to any or all of the eight HDMI outputs and EDID/Key management virtually eliminates latency between switch times. The 8×8 matrix also has the ability to take signals from single key cable boxes out to multiple displays (as opposed to just one), a common failure of many matrix routers. AVocation also includes drivers for most control system partners, a welcome feature for installers working with large home or commercial automation systems.

“Dealers and installers are well aware of the limitations of HDMI,” said Trent Mulligan, sales and marketing manager for AVocation Systems. “The best way to deal with these constraints is to work with AV distribution and accessory products that are engineered to alleviate some of the pain felt by working with HDMI in a distributed environment.”

AVocation System’s Mountain Series 8×8 Matrix is compatible with HDMI 1.4 and has support for 3-D content, all while providing up to 12-bit deep color with resolutions up to 1080p 60Hz pixel rates (225 MHz). Control options are IP, RS-232, USB, and Infrared. HDCP 1.1 compliant, the matrix is rack mountable (ears included) and consumes two rack units. AVocation Systems is also an ISPCS Plugfest Participant with a demonstrated commitment to interoperability.

“AVocation has built a reputation for engineering affordable AV distribution products that withstand the tests of time, environment and heavy usage,” said Mulligan. “Our 8×8 HDMI Matrix is no different and we are committed to helping dealers deal with HDMI challenges through product innovation and support.”

AVocation’s bold shipping policy for The Mountain Series line of HDMI products includes a five-year advanced replacement warranty as well as a 100% money back guarantee. All products are made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.avocationsystems.com or call 877-805-6639. The AVocation Systems Youtube Channel also has helpful product and informational videos.

About AVocation Systems
AVocation Systems was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Richard Reisbick, an engineering, design and manufacturing expert with over 25 years experience in the field. The company specializes in industry leading audio/video distribution products including: HDMI and component matrix routers, VGA and component input selectors, distribution amplifiers, serial splitters, video sensors and more. All AVocation Systems products are made in the U.S.A – Broomfield, Colorado – with stringent quality control standards maintained through the entire manufacturing process. AVocation Systems is not just another matrix company.

SurgeX Selected as Exclusive Power Management Brand for Azione Unlimited

As a preferred vendor, SurgeX brings energy intelligence and advanced power management to a growing community consumer electronic dealers, custom retailers and integrators.

Zebulon, NC – March 29, 2012 – SurgeX, the leader in surge elimination and energy intelligence, is proud to announce their availability to Azione Unlimited’s dealer network, as the group’s exclusive power management solution. As a result of this partnership, SurgeX brings their patented Advanced Series Mode® surge elimination and smart power management technology to the Azione Unlimited community.

“Having worked very successfully with Richard in the past, we’re excited to be working with him again at Azione. His stellar reputation for providing products that dealers can build a business around helps create a solid bond between manufacturers and vendors,” stated Rick Komendera, SurgeX vice president of sales. “By making all SurgeX power solutions available to the Azione Unlimited network, we are equipping members with profitable, long-term solutions that include smart power management, cutting-edge diagnostics, monitoring and applications support; all of which has the potential to add incredible value to the bottom line.”

“Azione vendors receive value through marketing, dealer interaction and idea sharing, all fundamental building blocks of a successful buying group,” said Richard Glikes, president. “We are proud to have SurgeX as our power management partner because they offer a full suite of innovative smart energy solutions for electrical panels and AC racks right on down to single outlets.”

SurgeX offers a complete line of AC power solutions for protection, power conditioning, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment, especially today’s DSP and microprocessor-based equipment. SurgeX products are designed to suit every application and are offered in stand-alone, rack-mount, and NEMA enclosures.
Consumer electronics dealers, custom retailers and AV installers interested in offering their customers the smart energy intelligence and advanced surge protection should contact their SurgeX representative for further information.

To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

About SurgeX
SurgeX is the leading energy intelligence company and proud manufacturer of AC power conditioning and surge elimination product. Offering a complete line of AC power solutions for protection, power conditioning, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment, Surge’s patented Advanced Series Mode® protection technology is the only product line in the market that absorbs and eliminates surges without the use of sacrificial components, ground or common mode contamination. SurgeX technology is A-1-1 Certified, is completely non-sacrificial, and protects AV equipment from AC surges and electrical transients that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance.

SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. All products are manufactured in Zebulon, North Carolina, are, and are backed by a best in class 11 year warranty. Visit http://www.surgex.com for further company and product information.

SurgeX Announces Exclusive Distribution Rights of Certified Cyber Solutions

The agreement positions SurgeX to provide greater security integration with advanced power management, smart energy management, secure remote diagnostics, and monitoring.

Zebulon, NC – February 2012 – SurgeX, the leader in surge elimination and energy intelligence, is proud to announce the exclusive distribution rights of Certified Cyber Solutions (CCS), a remote systems management platform that will open up new opportunities, lower service costs and create new and on-going revenue streams for commercial AV installers. This new partnership will integrate SurgeX surge elimination technology and power management with the advanced secure remote management from Certified Cyber Solutions, creating a scalable option that combines the best in energy intelligence, power management and surge protection with industry-leading remote systems management.

This exclusive partnership combines SurgeX’s revolutionary surge elimination technology with Certified Cyber Solutions’ innovative remote monitoring and network security platform to create a single integrated system to protect equipment, remotely service equipment and secure electronic systems like never before.

Specifics of the SurgeX and Certified Cyber Solutions product line-up will be announced later in 2012, but this new platform will offer significant business and operational benefits to the Pro AV power management space. In addition to the unparalleled patented surge elimination technology, this combined solution will allow integrators to securely manage remote access, perform diagnostics and monitor their clients’ systems with an intuitive user interface. This industry leading capability reduces the threat of unauthorized access to clients’ networks while giving integrators a single point and click dashboard to monitor installations real-time, manage and troubleshoot common system issues.

The solution will also provide a floor plan view for identifying and discovering any IP enabled device on the network, giving the integrator a visually engaging interface for easy management of all client systems. Point and click navigation allows users to quickly troubleshoot problems, monitor energy usage data and operational status, as well as send user defined notifications. This integrated solution takes remote systems management to a whole new level and enables integrators to troubleshoot problems with any product on the network, instantaneously.

Beyond identifying a problem area, integrators will also be able to see specifically what the problem is, whether it’s faulty wiring, an installation error, or a bad connection, all without having to roll a truck to the site. Once an issue has been diagnosed, this platform will allow most issues to be diagnosed from the convenience of the integrator’s own store and reducing onsite service calls, lowering costs and improving customer satisfaction. Conversely, should technicians need to go onsite, the issue will be pre-identified so they can bring the appropriate equipment — the first time out. Perfect for managing multiple commercial properties, the new SurgeX solution will offer integrators an aerial view of their full territory, providing a snapshot of each customers system. In one quick look, an integrator will be able to survey all of their properties and immediately see if there is an issue anywhere.

Commercial AV installers interested in offering their customers the ultimate power protection package should contact their SurgeX representative for further information. To learn more about SurgeX, please visit www.surgex.com.

About SurgeX
SurgeX is the leading energy intelligence company and proud manufacturer of AC power conditioning and surge elimination product. Offering a complete line of AC power solutions for protection, power conditioning, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment, Surge’s patented Advanced Series Mode® protection technology is the only product line in the market that absorbs and eliminates surges without the use of sacrificial components, ground or common mode contamination. SurgeX technology is A-1-1 Certified, is completely non-sacrificial, and protects AV equipment from AC surges and electrical transients that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance.

SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. All products are manufactured in Zebulon, North Carolina, are, and are backed by a best in class 11 year warranty. Visit http://www.surgex.com for further company and product information.

IOGEAR USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer Supports 59 Memory Card Formats

Data transfer from almost any memory card is faster and more efficient with new IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card reader/writer.

Foothill Ranch, CA – February 13, 2012 – IOGEAR, a leader in convergence through connectivity products, announces a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader/Writer (GFR381) with data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and support for 59 different memory card formats. Moving data at a clip of 5Gbps, the new USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer saves time and improves the efficiency of computers and the devices that capture and store digital content.

Equipped with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, IOGEAR’s newest multi-card reader/writer can transfer data from 59 different memory card formats (listed below) with ease. Simply connect to a USB 3.0 Hub or computer input and the Multi-Card Reader/Writer transfers HD and other content taken from digital cameras, smartphones, tablets and more at a blazing clip of 5Gbps. For added convenience, multiple memory cards may be inserted into the GFR381 for use at the same time. Small but powerful, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader / Writer bridges the data transfer gap between mobile devices and computers for unmatched data hustle.

A major jump from USB 2.0, USB 3.0 allows the sending and receiving of data simultaneously, through different data lanes, while requiring less power. How much faster? A 25-30GB HD movie transferred to a media device can take more than 15 minutes with USB 2.0. Using USB 3.0, that same HD movie takes only 60-70 seconds for data transfer. IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 products work with each other and are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices and connections.

Supported Media List:
• Compact Flash/Micro Drive: CF-Type I, CF-Type II, CF-Ultra II, Microdrive, CF-Pro II, CF-Extreme, CFExtreme III, CF-PSP II, CF-Supper, CF-Ultra X
• SD/SDHC: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSDXC, SD-Pro, SD-Pleomax, SD-Pro C, Ultra II SD, Ultra II Plus SD, SD-Extreme III, SD-Ultra X, SD-Turbo, SD-Supper, SD Max, Mini SD, Mini SD-Pro, Mini SD-Pleomax, MMC, MMC-Pleomax, MMC Pro, HS-MMC, MMC Plus, MMC-Plus Turbo, RS MMC, RS MMC-Pleomax, RS MMCSpeed, RS MMC-Max, MMC Mobile, MMC Mobile-ProC, MMC Mobile-Pocketnet, MMC Micro (adapter required)
• Olympus DC Card: Olympus DC Card, Olympus DC Card(M), Olympus DC Card(H)
• MicroSD / microSDHC: microSD / microSDHC, T-Flash
• Memory Stick: MS, MS-Magic Gate, MS-PRO Magic Gate, HS-MS-PRO Magic Gate, MS-DUO, MS DUO Magic Gate, MS-PRO Duo, HS-MS-PRO Duo, HS- / MS-PRO Duo Magic Gate, MS-PRO Duo-PSP, MS-PRO Duo-Gaming Memory Stick
• M2: Memory Stick Micro (M2)

For users with limited USB 3.0 ports to work with, also available is the IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374). Connectivity is enhanced with the expansion of four USB 3.0 ports enabling SuperSpeed data transfer between a computer and up to four devices. HD cameras, USB 3.0 Multi-Card Readers, storage devices, docks, adapters, RAID configurations, printers, high resolution webcams, scanners and hard drives work more efficiently with the IOGEAR USB 3.0 4-Port Hub. The compact USB 3.0 Hub is plug-n-play for a no hassle installation and hot swappable for easy connecting and disconnecting of devices.

“Humans have long-pursued the greatest possible speeds in cars, planes and even factory production, and download time is no different,” said Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager at IOGEAR. “We’re an on-demand society that wants to be entertained or productive immediately and there is no faster way to access content from our devices, than with the use of USB 3.0.”

Pricing for the IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed products are:
IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub (GUH374) – $49.95
IOGEAR SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Multi-Card Reader/Writer (GFR381) – $37.95

For more information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit: www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on Twitter, the company blog, and become a fan on Facebook for additional industry, company and product details.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., manufactures innovative Home Electronics and Information Technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity. Founded in 1999, the company develops products that help integrate technologies, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste. IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

The company emphasizes the conservation of natural resources to both employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives program and “Road to a Million Trees” campaign. In partnership with Trees for the Future, one tree is planted for every product purchased on the IOGEAR site or through an IOGEAR GREEN initiative partner.

(c)2011 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080
Nick Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com
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