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Extron Now Shipping Larger HDMI Distribution Amplifiers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of two new, larger HDMI distribution amplifiers as part of its HDMI DA Series product line. The HDMI DA4 with four outputs, and HDMI DA6 with six outputs, are HDCP compliant and support HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. They also support HDTV 1080p/60, 2K, and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. For ease of integration and reliable operation, the HDMI DA Series features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder, which continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to connected displays. The HDMI DA Series is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to multiple displays.

“AV system designers and integrators have been asking for larger HDMI distribution amplifiers that encompass the robust feature set of the popular Extron HDMI DA2,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The new HDMI DA4 and HDMI DA6 are the latest additions to our growing line of HDMI products, designed for the demands of commercial AV integration in larger system designs.”

To enhance and simplify integration, the HDMI DA Series offers integrator-friendly features, including automatic input cable equalization, automatic color bit depth management, and selectable output muting, as well as indicators for monitoring and troubleshooting. Input cable equalization restores and reshapes incoming HDMI signals, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss from a long input cable. The HDMI DA Series automatically adjusts color bit depth based on the display EDID, preventing color compatibility conflicts between source and display. Outputs can be muted independently via RS-232, allowing content to be previewed on a local monitor. Additionally, the distribution amplifiers provide immediate visual confirmation of EDID status, HDCP authentication, and signal presence confirmation for each port via front panel LED indicators.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

IC Realtime Introduces Cost-Effective Thermal Imaging Surveillance Camera; Leverages military channel experience and lower cost of goods to deliver a game-changer for the residential and light commercial markets

Pompano Beach, FL – July 1, 2013 – Video surveillance products brand IC Realtime has developed a cost-effective thermal imaging surveillance camera for the residential and light commercial markets. Called The SEEKER, the camera captures people, objects and activity in total darkness with complete accuracy and is impervious to adverse weather conditions. The SEEKER retails in the $3,000 price range and is shipping now.

“Thermal cameras provide the highest level of detail and capture distance because they focus solely on heat imprints (which don’t dissipate over distance),” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “If the object is living — or very hot like a car, boat or plane — the thermal camera can see its imprint. This significantly reduces false alarms common to standard cameras brought on by trees, reflection, water and many others factors that create a false motion alert. For these reasons, nearly every install can greatly benefit from the thermal camera.”

IC Realtime is well-versed in high-end thermal surveillance gear, having supplied the military and other government agencies for many years. According to Sailor, the goal behind The SEEKER was to make this technology available to the custom residential and light to medium commercial markets at a more cost-effective price. The company leveraged its acumen in this arena along with recent lower costs of thermal components. “Previously this type of technology would have cost three to four times more,” says Sailor.

“Our ability to deliver a thermal camera to the masses for about the same price as a high-end PTZ (pan/tilt/zoon) camera is a huge deal,” adds Sailor. “This is a great leap forward with respect to the type of precision monitoring that installers can now bring to their clients.”

The infrared thermal detectors utilized in The SEEKER are composed of Vanadium Oxide (VOx). The de facto standard for ‘uncooled’ thermal imaging detectors, VOx produces results 3 times better than detectors composed of Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) or Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) (used with a lens of the same relative aperture).

For more information on THE SEEKER, contact IC Realtime at 954.772.5327. Description and specs can be read at: http://www.icrealtime.com/solutions/pdshowg.asp?pdid=THESEEKER

About IC Realtime: IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

BlueBOLT(R) Delivers Intuitive Power and Energy Management to Consumer Households

Award-Winning Cloud-Based Power and Energy Management Platform to be a Highlight of CE Week 2013

PETALUMA, Calif. — June 24, 2013 — BlueBOLT(R) today announced that the company will be showcasing its cloud-based power and energy management platform at CE Week 2013. Designed to facilitate the control of household power and energy usage, the company’s hardware and software technology provides an intuitive plug-and-play Web interface where users can control AC outlets to easily schedule, monitor, and manage their energy consumption. The solution will be on display for the duration of CE Week, with live demonstrations taking place directly from BlueBOLT’s booth 14. more

SIM2 unleashes cinema 4K power at Essential Install Live! Southern Show

London, UK, 18 June, 2013 — SIM2 is happy to announce the great feedback its products received at the 2013 Essential Install Live! Southern Show – UK’s only dedicated custom install trade show.

SIM2 took over the Sports Bar at Sandown Park, transforming it into a real cinema with great attendance. Guests were interested to learn more about our products, as well as, how the company can help their business with what it needs to develop a successful presence in the Custom Install market.

The star of the show was the ultra high-end CINEMAQUATTRO 4K projector. This amazing product features 4K (4096×2160) cinema 1.38in DLP Chipset, and produces darker blacks and brighter whites along with the widest color gamut range for more true-to-life images. The CINEMAQUATTRO is capable of delivering up to 10,000 ANSI Lumen and comes with a choice of nine high quality lenses, full VIP installation and service package, and ISF calibration.

Also on demonstration for the first time in the UK was the latest iteration of the multi-award winning LUMIS family, and the high power, dual lamp SIRIO projector.
SIM2 was delighted to meet so many existing and potential partners, who were all highly impressed by the demonstrations, and looks forward to helping installers maximize the exciting opportunities its new range of products offers through 2013 and beyond.

Stay tuned for an in-depth account on Essential Install Live! and SIM2’s new products.

For more information on SIM2 USA’s products, please visit SIm2’s web site at www.sim2usa.com.

Display Development Announces Compact DCI Certified Systems

Batavia, NY—June 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, proudly announces two compact, true cinema solutions. The Digital Film 4 (DF4) and Digital Film 5 (DF5) systems deliver stunning 2K DCI performance with optional 3D upgrade, coupled with a powerful Xenon lamp, that provides output levels up to 10,000 lumens, all wrapped up in a chassis just under 28 inches deep.

“The Digital Film Series models are the high fidelity performance solution when nothing short of a true movie theater experience will do,” says Jim Burns, co-founder and president of Display Development. “The DF4 and DF5 systems are compact in size and both are extremely capable of providing sufficient output for bright rooms with acoustically transparent screens, as well as superb 3D operation. With the added flexibility these new models offer, we are thrilled to expand true digital cinema opportunities for our dealers.”

The Digital Film systems utilize the superior 16-bit processing required by the Digital Cinema Initiative for True Cinema Projectors. The systems’ powerful Xenon lamps offer impressive consistency, extending color gamut while vastly improving image fidelity with wider dynamics and color fidelity that are simply unmatched by 2- or 4-lamp UHP systems.

The optional 3D upgrade, available with both models, rivals the level of Dolby 3D performance found in many of the world’s best theaters. The compact DF systems provide varying levels of performance and installation options, along with ability to process 3D images from DCI servers (when available), as well as provide 3D perfection from consumer Blu-ray Discs today—without requiring special screen materials.

Available now, both models include Display Development’s VP-100 Video Processor and Smart Cooling System. The DF4 uses the VariScope lens allowing for multiple screen memories without the need of an anamorphic lens, while the DF5 is paired with a fixed image width lens.

Digital Film 4 and 5 features:
• True Digital Cinema System with 16-bit electronics for improved dynamic range
• Xenon lamps provide ideal gamut for True Cinema Color Fidelity
• 9,000 10,000 Lumens performance from a single lamp
• VariScope for multiple screen size memories (no anamorphic lens needed)
• 3D upgrades available for both Dolby Cinema or active shutter systems
• Compact design 27.1” W x 15.6” H x 27.4” D

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing:
Digital Film 4: USD $89,000.00
Digital Film 5: USD $80,000.00

About Display Development
Display Development delivers high-caliber architectural display systems that are customized based on client expectations, room ergonomics, and environmental demands. Our mission is to provide a superior viewing experience in harmony with room décor. With a proven track record of 20 years, the core team of Display Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology.

You can also learn more about Display Development on Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

Host the Backyard Party You’ve Always Dreamt of With a SunBriteTV

THOUSAND OAKS, California, June 7, 2013 – The Summer Solstice this year falls on a Friday, June 21, and there’s no better day to show off your backyard’s new SunBriteTV all-weather television. Enjoy more sun than any other day of the year, all the while entertaining your guests with a modern outdoor entertainment system.

“The Summer Solstice might not be your sole reason for throwing a summer party,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “But a SunBriteTV will certainly be the reason your guests clamor to know when you’ll be hosting the next one.”

Much more than just a television, SunBriteTV’s transform outdoor areas into outdoor living rooms. Even after the big party is over, a SunBriteTV becomes the center of a moonlit family home theater in idyllic summer heat.

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers.
Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

SIM2 kicks off 2013 Worldwide Roadshow

London, UK, June, 2013 — SIM2 is proud to announce the 2013 SIM2 World Road Show. This international event will showcase the company’s latest technological achievements and will give retailers the unique opportunity to enjoy a hands-on experience of our new products, and to further develop the knowledge needed to be successful in the CI industry.

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SIM2's CINEMAQUATTRO, developed using 1.38” 3-chip DLP® platform (4K), produces darker blacks and brighter whites along with the widest color gamut range.

The road show will kick off on 12th June at the Essential Install Live! Southern Show in the UK. SIM2 will be taking over the Sports Bar at Sandown Park, transforming it into a real cinema. There will be demonstrations of the latest cinema solutions from the company, such as the ultra high-end CINEMAQUATTRO projector and latest iterations of the multi-award winning LUMIS 3D and SIRIO lines.

This is the first in a series of events which will be held in various locations around the world – touching all five continents – during the course of the next three months, with the objective of outlining SIM2’s strategy for the CI market and unveiling some of the main technological developments planned for the next few years. Senior SIM2 personnel will be present at each event to deliver a series of keynote addresses.

Question and answer sessions will also take place to further explore the topics raised, including the many benefits of being a SIM2 business partner.

UK EVENT DETAILS
When: 12 June 2013
Time: 9.30 am to 5 pm
Where: Essential Install Live!
Southern Show
Sandown Park,
Esher, KT10 8AN, UK

Check our ‘events’ web page at www.sim2.com for further information about the forthcoming SIM2 Road Show 2013 dates and venues.

About CINEMAQUATTRO
Developed using 1.38” 3-chip DLP® platform (4K), the Cinemaquattro produces darker blacks and brighter whites along with the widest color gamut range. Flexibility is also key in terms of performance. Cinemaquattro allows for the use of different lamp powers depending on your application needs. The motorized lens mount, user replaceable lamps and field alignable DMD’s ensure that set up is fast, and maintenance time and costs are reduced.

About LUMIS 3D
The Grand Cinema™ LUMIS 3D line achieves extraordinary picture quality through the partnership of the latest 0,95” 1080p DC4 DLP® chipset from Texas Instruments, the precision optics of SIM2’s ALPHAPATH™ light engine, and 3D Triple Flash technology (144 Hz) for a smoother, natural, and fatigue-free 3D viewing experience. No other projector technology can match the superb color depth, excellent contrast ratio (up to 30.000:1 with Dynamic Black™ in 2D mode) and exceptional brightness (up to 5,000 ANSI Lumens in 2D mode) that the LUMIS 3D line is able to deliver.

About SIRIO
This new 1-chip 3D DLP® projector is designed for use in home entertainment systems where the demand for high light output is mandatory. SIM2’s SIRIO delivers images with both very high brightness (up to 6,000 ANSI lumens) and high contrast (up to 6000:1). An extensive array of connection possibilities is available with the SIRIO, including: HDMI 1.4 and LAN inputs. Systems integration is another of the SIRIO strengths; it will integrate seamlessly into any room thanks to a choice of 5 lenses available.

For more information on SIM2 USA please visit www.sim2usa.com.

Display Development Kicks Off Cool Promotion

Batavia, NY—June 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, has announced a special dealer promotion with the company’s proprietary Smart Cooling System. For a limited time only, dealers who order the avielo optix, optix 120 (3D), optix SuperWide 235, avielo kroma, avielo helios Studio Edition, helios or Display Development HD3 or HD4, are eligible to receive one Smart Cooling System at no charge. The promotion runs through June 30, 2013.

“It’s no secret that projectors require normal room temperature and proper ventilation for best performance and long-term reliability,” said Jim Burns, co-founder and president of Display Development. “The Display Development Smart Cooling System is custom engineered for each specific installation to provide a true architectural integration solution. By offering a safe and extremely reliable cooling system, our dealers avoid the most common reason for system failures and customer complaints, ultimately resulting in higher profits by spending less time addressing these issues.”

Display Development's Smart Cooling System

For specific program details, current dealers should contact their representative. Prospective dealers interested in learning more about Display Development’s architectural solutions should email the sales team directly: info@displaydevelopment.com.

Benefits of the Display Development Smart Cooling System (SCS)
• Thermal management is the most critical element of reliable projector installations.

• While most projectors are manufactured to be pole-mounted in free space, the SCS allows a true architectural solution with proper concealment.

• Each Display Development Smart Cooling System is engineered to connect directly to the exhaust to ensure the hot air is properly removed from the installation location and both the heat and noise are removed from the listening environment.

• Smart Cooling Systems are thermostatically controlled to maintain an operating
temperature of within 3 degrees of optimum.

• Smart Cooling Systems use large, overcapacity, in-line fans that rotate at lower speeds for whisper-quiet operation, and that can support long duct lengths to provide additional flexibility for unconventional projector placement.

You can also learn more about Display Development on Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

Soundcast Revs Up Its Brand Development Campaign Hires Top Branding Firm, Jacob Tyler

San Diego, CA (May 30, 2013) – Soundcast Systems, developer and manufacturer of high-performance wireless music systems recently announced staff additions, new Bluetooth products and its securing expanded growth capital. The company enters the second phase of its growth strategy today with the hiring of Jacob Tyler, a full-service Brand Communications Agency for the development and refinement of its consumer brand strategy and identity.

With the upcoming launch of Soundcast’s new product line of weather resistant Wireless Bluetooth® Speaker Systems and accessories, Jacob Tyler is tasked with building the full consumer brand and product positioning including naming, logo design, packaging, website design and marketing collateral to begin.

“As part of our strategic growth objectives and entry into new consumer markets and distributions channels worldwide, we feel like we have the right team and partnership with Jacob Tyler to make it happen in an impactful way,” said Mike Weaver, President of Soundcast. He added, “After many interviews with other firms, it was clear that the JT team had the portfolio of work, marketing, brand, and web experience we were seeking.”

Expect to see noticeable changes and improvements with the creative Jacob Tyler team at the helm of Soundcast’s brand development in 2013. Jacob Tyler’s portfolio of esteemed clients include Four Seasons Hotels, AT&T, Sony, American Express, Fox Television Network, The Ritz Carlton, Bing and many others.

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ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast is a market innovator and leader in high-performance wireless audio systems sold globally through multiple markets. Soundcast has one of the most comprehensive patent and intellectual property portfolios of its wireless audio, digital amplification and proprietary high-performance battery technologies in the world.

Soundcast speaker systems feature robust weather-resistant enclosures, hours and hours of play on a single charge and unmatched sound performance that make them the ultimate take everywhere speaker system. Use it anywhere you want to enjoy great music – outdoors, indoors, pool, patio, barbeque, tailgating, boating, beach, or park. With Soundcast Systems, don’t let the music stop where the wires end.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 591-0126 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

ABOUT JACOB TYLER – www.jacobtyler.com
Jacob Tyler is a full-service brand communications agency that creates brands with meaningful and significant value. It does so through its expertise in brand strategy, identity and implementation, which includes web design and development, product design, printed collateral, online marketing, social media, and reputation management. It has been honored by Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing companies in 2010, was named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the city’s fastest growing companies, five years in row, and has been the recipient of more than fifty national design and marketing awards.

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

No Father’s Day Celebration is Complete Without a SunBriteTV, The Outdoor Upgrade Every Dad Will Enjoy

THOUSAND OAKS, California May 29, 2013 – Summer is prime time to be outside, but there’s no reason that dads should have to forsake the big game for a little sunshine. A SunBriteTV outdoor television is the perfect gift this Father’s Day for the dad that loves his backyard just as much as he loves his indoor man cave.

“Any dad loves having a sanctuary to catch up on his favorite shows and sporting events,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Moving that sanctuary outdoors with a SunBriteTV means he can do it all: barbeque on the grill, enjoy a few cold ones with family and friends, or work on his putt, all the while keeping up with the scores.”

What’s more, a SunBriteTV comes with a father-friendly price tag. The Signature Series starts at $1,495 (32”), $2,795 (46”), $3,995 (55”), and $6,995 (65”).

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any climate, day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20-watt built-in speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM radio.

“Simply put, a SunBriteTV gives dad the chance to get the most enjoyment he can out of his summer,” says Dixon.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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