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D-Tools Adopts Standardization, Fully Integrates Security Industry Association Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

SIA/IAPSC Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of security system installation, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, and others in the trade

D-Tools now features standardized security industry standard shapes

CONCORD, CA, USA – April 09, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols are used for planning security system installations and are used for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

“By implementing SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™, D-Tools is better able to fulfill our commitment to providing electronic systems contractors a means for producing more professional-looking proposals and more accurate design documentation that allow them to compete at a higher level and ultimately, win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We have been working towards adopting standardized symbols for some time because we recognize the value it provides to every entity involved in a given installation and know that in time, electronic systems contractors will be required to provide this service.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Microsoft® Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, security systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners within the security market. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides security systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by visiting www.d-tools.com and by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process.

Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Accompanying Images & References:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols
D-Tools Blog post on SIA/IAPSC Security symbols

*SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.

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D-Tools Furthers Standardization, Fully Integrates Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into System Integrator™ Software Platform

J-STD-710 Industry Standard Architectural Drawing Symbols are used to represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, and other Professional trades

D-Tools System Integrator system design and proposal platform now features industry standard shapes for more seamless integration and better communication of project parameters with associated trades.

CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 09, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

“By implementing industry standard J-STD-710 Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ platform, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows them to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon be a service that systems integrators will be required to provide. Essentially, we’re giving integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–that D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new D-Tools J-STD-710 stencils are available now for download and use by authorized System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, electronic systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across different trades. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
 
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press
 
Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References:
The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Residential Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm
http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents
https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

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ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS INFILTRATE THE SPORTS MARKET

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: With a design team led by celebrated acoustician Tom Danley, Danley Sound Labs has developed an extensive catalog of loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs. Its original patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies led to a range of products that deliver point-source sound with stunning fidelity at any volume, near-perfect phase coherence, seamless arrayability, and “cliff edge” pattern control. In its latest generation of products, including the Jericho Horn and the Genesis Horn, those technologies have been combined with Tom Danley’s newest patent-pending technologies, Shaded Amplitude Lens Technology and Paraline, to deliver those same advantages in the high SPL environments typical of sports stadiums.

While still point sources – and retaining all of the advantages of point sources – the new designs allow controlled SPL by distance to provide even coverage to raked seating, pulling the rug out from under the line array’s claim to fame. Recognizing these advantages, and because Danley solutions are still more affordable than most conventional designs, sports venues are increasingly turning to Danley Sound Labs. A Danley system gives their fans an awesome game day experience and even more reason to get off the couch for the next home game. After all, even the best home entertainment systems cannot compare to a Danley system and the thrill of the game day experience!

Perhaps the most visible arenas to turn to Danley are 80,750-seat Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and 74,000-seat Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills. Fans of both NFL teams now enjoy impactful music and crystal clear announcements with distributed Danley Genesis Horns, supplemented by a range of Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. South of the border, Juárez Vive in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico seats 12,000 baseball fans and employs a distributed ring of Danley SM80 loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers.

Danley’s rising visibility is well represented by college football stadiums around the country. The immensely powerful Jericho Horn has been used in several end-fired systems, including Montana State University and Troy University, which cover 30,000 and 17,000 seats with just a single Jericho Horn. Two Jericho Horns suffice for Grand Valley State University (8,500 seats), Florida Atlantic University (30,000 seats), and Northwestern University (47,000 seats). Brigham Young University and University of Arizona each use four Jericho Horns to cover 64,000 and 56,000 seats, and Michigan State University uses six Jericho Horns to cover 80,000 seats.

The thunderous roar from the crowds at 92,500-seat Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University has earned it the title of loudest stadium in the world, and it now has a sound system to match: eighteen Jericho Horns paired with six Danley “Rock Monster” subwoofers provide abundant SPL with Danley’s characteristic fidelity. Amazingly, Tiger Stadium measures +/-5dB 28Hz-10kHz over the entire stadium with an enough power to do 105dBA at 800+ feet. Furthermore the directivity of the TH812 subwoofer arrays are such that the seats under the scoreboard are only +6dB compared to 800 feet! The most recent additions to Danley’s roster include Boise State University (end-fired, four Jericho Horns plus two BC415 subwoofers, for 36,000 seats), Washington State University (end-fired, five Jericho Horns plus four Rock Monster subwoofers, for 33,500 seats), and Mercer University (end-fired, two Genesis Horns plus two DBH218 subwoofers, for 6,000 seats). The colossal stadiums at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin both added beefy low end with four giant Rock Monster subwoofers.

Indoor stadiums at all levels are also benefitting from Danley designs. The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio is home to an all-Danley system consisting of SH96HO and TH118 products and has the reputation of the being the best sounding venue in the National Hockey League. Washington State University’s basketball stadium uses twelve Genesis Horns to cover 11,500 seats. Wichita State University’s 10,500-seat Koch Arena covers fans and the court with eight clusters that circle the top ring of a new center-hung video board, each comprised of an SH96, SH64, and an SM80. Four TH118 subwoofers provide low end. Other Danley installations include Olivet Nazarene University, which uses Genesis Horns, SH100s, and TH118 subwoofers, and Family Arena, which supported its full-range system in a 10,000-seat venue with a single BC412 subwoofer! Danley’s weatherproof OS80 loudspeakers have found ready venues both indoors (J.D. McArthur Arena for ice hockey) and outdoors (Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Florida State University).

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Michigan State University’ Spartan Stadium; (middle) University of Arizona – Wells Fargo Arena; (bottom) The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

VIRGINIA ARTS RECORDING INSTALLS AN API 1608

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – MARCH 2014: As part of a complete architectural and electronic renovation, Virginia Arts Recording recently replaced its large-format digital console with a sixteen-channel API 1608 analog console with API’s P-Mix fader automation. The north-central Virginia-based studio has been serving local musicians, labels, and radio stations for over thirty years. The current owners, Chris Doermann and Sean Dart, are embracing that history and the industry’s pivot to analog with the new API console and a 24-track, two-inch tape machine. Virginia Arts Recording also retains all the professional digital platforms with top-end converters to allow projects to effectively hybridize between the two technologies.

Virginia Arts Recording resides in a historic house in southeast Charlottesville, just miles from the University of Virginia campus. A little over a year ago, the coupling that merged the city water supply and the house’s water heater on the second floor failed just as everyone was closing up shop for a holiday weekend. “When we returned, the control room, and much of the equipment was totally wrecked,” recalled Dart. “The digital console was one of the casualties, but we decided to make the most of it. We wanted to put the studio on solid footing for the next twenty-five years.”

Analog consoles, tape machines, ADATs, and a steady progression of DAWs all had a place in Virginia Arts Recording’s history. Doermann and Dart decided to build a hybrid analog/digital studio with a workflow that made negotiating the two technologies transparent. “We definitely wanted an analog console, and we pride ourselves on capturing big drum sounds,” said Dart. “That’s API’s signature talent, so naturally we chose the 1608.”

Doermann and Dart took an API factory tour as a part of their research. “Interacting with API is a different experience,” said Dart. “Mark Seman of API invited us to the factory, and we packed a few mixes that we know well. API let us see everything, and gave us a few hours behind the 1608. It sounded amazing, and the feel of real faders has been a welcome relief from menus and double clicks. I just get in there with my hands, and thank API for giving us the recording feel we were missing.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

ASHLY AUDIO POWERED PROCESSORS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S SAGE CHAPEL CONDENSING SEVEN FEET OF PROCESSING & AMPLIFICATION INTO SEVEN INCHES

ITHACA, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Erected in 1875, Sage Chapel sits near the center of the picturesque campus of Cornell University in upstate New York. It is expressly non-denominational, and its interior is adorned by symbols of all the major and minor religions from around the world. For services and other events, Sage Chapel seats over 700 people, plus a large choir. To help voices carry with intelligibility in the large space, its sound reinforcement system has evolved with the state of technology over the decades. Apart from the chapel’s two organs, the system also provides reinforcement for any musical instruments used. Its latest upgrade condensed seven feet of rack space used for 1990s-era processing and amplification into just seven inches using an Ashly Pema 8250 and an Ashly ne4250pe. Each unit combines Ashly’s Protea signal processing with clean, high-powered amplifier channels – twelve in all.

“We put the previous system in over twenty years ago to deal with issues of intelligibility that were plaguing them at the time,” said Barny Cole, president of Calf Audio, also of Ithaca. “We put in three sets of loudspeakers arrayed in stereo pairs on delays running from the front of the chapel to the back. It delivered great sound quality, but it took a ton of processing to dial in. In those days, that meant a lot of separate rack units to individually equalize and time align each component. That system took seven feet of rack space! The university approached us recently to ask if we could condense all that processing because the closet was coveted by the janitorial staff. Of course, they didn’t want to lean their mops against a bunch of electrical equipment, so if we could condense it down and raise it up, everyone would be happy.”

With its fully-implemented front-end processing capabilities, the Ashly Pema 8250 now takes care of all of the “everyday” mixing and processing chores. It also delivers eight 250-Watt amplifier channels, all within two rack spaces. Because the Pema 8250 also includes line-level outputs from the processing section, it feeds the four-channel Ashly ne4250pe amplifiers with optional processing. All together, the system provides twelve 250-Watt amplifier channels and all of the processing they require in a tamperproof package. “I’m predisposed to choosing Ashly,” Cole admitted. “The company is a close neighbor – they’re just an hour-and-a-half down the road – and I like the individuals who work there. Ashly’s products are famously solid and reliable, and their service is spectacular. Since they deliver all of that at a huge price advantage, it would seem silly to bother with anyone else!”

An Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control provides simple selection of several presets. At its most basic, the Ashly Pema 8250 auto-mixes all of the usual inputs. The presets also allow selection of arrangements for other common event scenarios. For more complicated events, a console can patch in and take control of the inputs. Calf Audio is usually called in to provide sound engineer support for those more complicated events.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

BitWise Controls Announces New Yamaha Module, Giving Integrators the Ability to Instantaneously Setup and Integrate More than a Dozen Popular Home Entertainment AV Receivers into BitWise Controls Systems

 

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO, USA   MARCH 28, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful and flexible control and automation systems, announced today the addition of its Yamaha Module to its ever-expanding lineup of third-party templates and modules available to BitWise Controls dealers. These modules—single files containing pre-configured GUI content and device programming—make it easier for integrators to set up, design, and install various products and subsystems. Each module is available for download at the Bitwise Online Store, where BitWise dealers can see his or her entire module purchase history, making it simple to provide updates, additions, and enhancements in the future.

“Yamaha’s YNCA receivers are very popular, are feature rich, and provide multi-zone capability, making them ideal products for home integrators and custom installers alike,” says Mark Buster, CTO of BitWise Controls. “By adding Yamaha AV receivers to our GUI Module lineup, we will be dramatically expanding the base of supported receivers on the BitWise Controls platform, making it easy and both time- and cost-efficient to integrate these components into any supported BitWise Controls system. It’s a win-win for both integrator and end user.”

The BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR Module lets dealers take full advantage of newer Yamaha AV receiver’s music streaming and multi-zone capabilities. Compatible with all receivers that support the YNCA protocol, the BitWise Yamaha GUI Module allows the end user to navigate and control supported music services like Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and SiriusXM®, as well as any attached USB storage, connected iPod®/iPhone®, or network attached storage (NAS). The module provides easy drag-and-drop GUI content for phone- and tablet-sized interfaces, as well. Other features include support for a main zone and a second zone, with simultaneous control of volume/mute across both. Additionally, a receiver’s scene functionality is integrated seamlessly, allowing the user to turn on the receiver, select the input, and choose the Surround option with a single touch from any BitWise-enabled device. Convenient popups make it easy to add tone, option, and surround mode selection to any GUI page in the BitWise environment.

The Yamaha Module works on both iOS® and Android® platforms, and is compatible with automation projects that use BC1, BC2, and BC4 controllers and with Yamaha RX-V671, RX-A700, RX-A710, RX-V867, RX-V871, RX-A800, RX-A810, RX-A1000, RX-A1010, RX-A2000, RX-A2010, RX-A3000, and RX-A3010 receivers, or any other Yamaha AV Receiver that utilizes the YNCA protocol.

 For more information, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phone, +1(425) 328-8640 or email, Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets. For more information, go to www.usa.yamaha.com.

Accompanying image: BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR GUI Module Screenshot

 

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D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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Installer’s Choice – An IMS Engineered Products Brand – Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Installer's Choice product specifications are now available to D-Tools System Integrator users worldwide

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables global System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Installer’s Choice product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications 

 CONCORD, CA, USA – MARCH 20, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products Brand – has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, those who use D-Tools for their audio video system designs and proposals will have immediate access to detailed information about the entire family of IMS Engineered products (IMSEP) via the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify IMSEP products.

A global supplier of AV and Data racks, IMS Engineered Products has more than 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing racks trusted by companies and institutions providing services that touch virtually every aspect of your daily life.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with D-Tools,” said Kevin Groom, VP of Sales and Marketing for IMS Engineered Products. “We believe it’s of the utmost importance that dealers have easy access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive product information available; it provides them with the details needed to help scope and specify the best products possible for successful client projects. Furthermore, our participation in the MVP Program not only benefits the integrator community but also helps us to broaden our market reach and build valuable new business relationships.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products company – sign on as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their products service virtually every sector of industry in both residential and commercial applications which will provide our users with high quality, versatile options for many of their client engagements.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About IMS Engineered Products
IMS Engineered Products, a division of IMS Companies, LLC, is a manufacturer of a full line of proprietary and custom enclosures and video mounting products for electronic packaging, data and audio visual applications under its IMS Engineered Products and Installer’s Choice brands. For more information, visit www.imsep.com and www.installerschoice.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

 
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System Integrator™ Installer’s Choice Screen Shot

 

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ASHLY MIXES IT UP WITH VINTAGE MOS-FET AND NEW AMPLIFIERS TO UPDATE MIDLAND NAZARENE CHURCH

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN – MARCH 2014: Though founded decades earlier, the Midland Nazarene Church in Midland, Michigan moved to its present, 450-seat church in 1970. Although much changed in the four decades that followed, the church’s sound system didn’t change until only very recently. It bore the burden of the church’s increasing use of reinforced music, and equipment slowly succumbed to time and wear. When finally the only things that were still functioning as they had when they went in were a pair of Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers (circa early 1980s), Midland Nazarene put its renovation out to bid. Nearby A/V integrator Center Line Technologies won the bid, scrapped everything except the perfectly functioning “vintage” Ashly amps, and added new Ashly amplifiers and processing to bring the sound system up to modern standards.

“This was the kind of church that likes to do things for themselves,” said Tony Rogalski, vice president at Center Line Technologies. “As their on-stage needs grew, they added four mini floor monitors for the praise team, two monitors for the pulpit, and two monitors for the musicians. All told, they had eight floor monitors on stage and only two small loudspeakers to cover the congregation. And they were the original two loudspeakers!”

Rogalski replaced those two loudspeakers with a new JBL system comprised of multiple flown loudspeakers and monitors, plus subwoofers. The new system called for vastly more channels, and while he was happy to keep the Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers in service for monitors, he added an Ashly KLR 5000 to power the left/right loudspeakers and an Ashly KLR 4000 to power the center loudspeaker and the flown monitors. A new Ashly ne24.24M processor with modular I/O now replaces the scant analog processing of the original system. He increased its I/O count to 8×8 to handle all the new equipment. New Shure wireless microphones and an Aviom system provide a robust input set, which the church now mixes with a new Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital console. Rogalski repurposed several of the floor monitors for use in the classrooms that serve as overflow.

“We started working with Ashly processing over fifteen years ago, and it became our go-to processor,” said Rogalski. “Ashly processors never failed, and my field techs consistently reported that they were the easiest to program and gave them the most consistent results. Why mess with that track record? Ashly amplifiers won me over when we started specifying their combined amplifier/processor units. At their price point, it’s like buying an amplifier and getting a processor for free. Ashly amplifiers have proven to be every bit as robust as the Ashly processors that I’m more familiar with.”

He continued, “Midland, Michigan supposedly has more PhDs than anywhere else, and selling them on a system was a bit of challenge because they were all rocket scientists. Because their original Ashly amplifiers had proven themselves, they had no problem with our choice of Ashly for the new amps and processing. They’re very happy with the way things turned out. There is a clarity and naturalness to the sound, and the coverage, which had previously been spotty, is now even and seamless.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.
www.ashly.com

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