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Auralex Goes Big for State-of-the-Art Texas Home Theater Installation

Auralex’s ELiTE™ Custom Fabric System™ Modernizes Acoustics and Decor

FRISCO, TX – When Mike Brock, lead designer and project manager for Richardson, TX-based UltraMedia, Inc., was given the task of installing a state-of-the-art, multi-technology system in a newly constructed home in Frisco, he turned to Auralex® Acoustics, the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, for his acoustical treatment needs.

The 6,000-square-foot home and accompanying party barn boasts a fully integrated, state-of-the-art home technology system, including audio, video and lighting. Auralex played an integral role in the design and concept of the home theater’s acoustical treatment, helping to create a trendy, high-end residential entertainment zone where the family can enjoy movies and sporting events. more

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.

Access Networks Joins ihiji invision Manufacturer Partner Program

Austin, TX – February 16, 2012 – ihiji, creator of the award winning cloud-based remote monitoring system invision, is proud to welcome Access Networks into its manufacturer partner program.

Access Networks is the leading provider of enterprise-grade plug-and-play networking solutions for the automated residence. Together, the two companies deliver a highly visible solution by integrating ihiji’s Invision system into Access Networks’ preconfigured network solutions. This allows the integrator to more easily visualize vital data stored in network devices without needing to directly access the client network or log into each device separately. In addition, AV and automation system event logging can now be correlated with network event logging.

“What we are working on with ihiji is truly exciting and a major step forward in the systems monitoring space” said Hagai Feiner, CEO of Access Networks. “The ihiji invision systems allow for the capture of valuable data from our solution and presents it to the integrator via the invision web interface. The result is that the integrator has all the information they need at their fingertips.”

As a result of this partnership, all Access Networks systems installed on projects using ihiji invision will arrive preconfigured to work with ihiji’s monitoring service. Integrators can expect reduced installation time and increased efficiency in project management.

“ihiji invision exists to provide integrators a proactive service solution that increases revenues, decreases product failure rates and results in highly satisfied clients,” said Mike Maniscalco, ihiji vice president of technical operations. “It serves as the eyes and ears of the integrated system, providing real-time status of each connected device and enabling prompt and efficient resolution.”

This partnership will continue the integration of ihiji’s invision into Access Networks’ preconfigured networking solutions. New features will include in-depth monitoring of all switches and routers, the ability to turn PoE ports on and off, continuous network health monitoring, fan status, device uptime graphs and bandwidth usage.

“In a rapidly evolving industry such as ours, it is imperative that we align ourselves closely with manufacturers who will both ensure optimal product integration and also provide support for both current and future products,” furthered Maniscalco. “We have worked closely with Access Networks for the past year with great success, and have already collaborated to produce webinars and associated educational outreach. Hagai Feiner has established a highly skilled and technically adept team who support our collective initiatives very well. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, and feel honored to add Access Networks to the ever-growing list of ihiji invision partners.”

ihiji media contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 374-8930, Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About ihiji
ihiji, the leading residential systems monitoring company, provides invision, a simple-to-use, yet robust remote systems monitoring and network support solution that enables proactive system performance management for System Integrators. ihiji creates a partnership with its dealers and leading industry manufacturers to offer inspired solutions to complicated problems that increase both end-user satisfaction and dealer profitability. Prototyped within the founders’ own high-end systems integration company, invision has since evolved into an award winning and industry leading product. Follow ihiji on Twitter and on Facebook, and learn more about the company online at www.ihiji.com.

About Access Networks
Access Networks is the leading manufacturer of pre-programmed networking solutions for the custom electronics industry. Based on its proprietary Unity Software, Access develops enterprise-grade unified home networks specifically built to handle the growing AV and automation demands of high-end residential environments. Founded in 2003 as an outsourced IT company for AV dealers, the company is comprised of IT and CE professionals committed to making technological convergence a reality. For more information, visit Access Networks at www.accessca.com and on twitter at twitter.com/accessnetworks.

XPAND Delivers the Ultimate 3D Experience in High-End Home Theaters at ISE 2012

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012, XPAND is demonstrating its unmatched ability to provide the ultimate high-end 3D home theater experience. The XPAND YOUniversal 3D Electronic Eyewear and AE125 IR emitter deliver unsurpassed 3D image quality in high-end home cinema installations.

“Devoted home theater enthusiasts are committed to creating a true cinema-quality environment in their viewing rooms, with big-screen projection, the very best picture quality and immersive surround sound,” said Maria Costeira, CEO, XPAND. “At ISE 2012, XPAND is demonstrating its commitment to serving the high-end home cinema market with products that bring the same spectacular level of 3D realism enjoyed in the movie theater right into the home.”

XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D Electronic Eyewear optimizes the 3D experience for every viewer, by modifying the 3D parameters for each user and for different 3D environments. These top-quality glasses offer unprecedented personal customization, compatibility with all types of 3D devices, long wearing comfort and appealing style.

The glasses accommodate the fact that every person’s eyes and facial structure is different, and that each wearer’s viewing requirements and home theater system are different. XPAND YOUniversal 3D Glasses are available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, and can be configured to communicate with infrared (IR), Bluetooth (BT) and radio frequency (RF) 3D systems.

XPAND’s AE125 IR emitter is specifically designed to meet the requirements of home theater environments. The AE125 is installed at the front of the theater and aimed at the viewers, providing full coverage in domestic applications where bouncing the IR signal off the screen (the 3D synchronization signal required by the glasses) is impractical. The AE125 utilizes 56 high-power, wide-angle diodes and can be used by up to 50 people.

For more information on XPAND, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
The global leader in the 3D technologies for home, business, education, cinema, military and medical applications, XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name. XPAND 3D technology is used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

ihiji Ships Category Changing, Low-Cost, and Energy Efficient Remote Network Monitoring Appliance

Austin, TX – February 1, 2012, – ihiji

ihiji INV-APP-500 is now shipping

, creator of the award-winning cloud-based remote monitoring and support system invision, has begun shipping the new and much-anticipated INV-APP-500. This low-cost and energy-efficient remote monitoring hardware appliance is destined to be the industry standard for installations large and small.

The INV-APP-500 boasts a game-changing starting price of $200 and is sold as part of the ihiji invision solution. When implemented, dealers are able to further reduce remote servicing costs while simultaneously increasing system reliability, thereby earning recurring revenue and maximizing operating efficiencies. Furthermore, in contrast to competitive solutions, ihiji’s annual services have been greatly reduced, and the first monitoring tier is free. This enables dealers to deploy an appliance on virtually every installation. Therefore, authorized ihiji dealers are now able to offer both hardware and the first year of service for as low as $200, which is easily recouped by avoiding just one truck roll.

The end-user benefit is equally impressive. ihiji’s low-power appliance INV-APP-500 can deliver a remarkable $700 in annual energy cost savings per location, when compared with traditional in-home server scenarios.

“With the introduction of our new INV-APP-500 appliance, dealers are able to implement robust and reliable remote monitoring and support services for a fraction of the price,” according to ihiji VP of technical operations, Michael Maniscalco. “Our goal is to enable dealers to own their customers’ network and doing so requires remote management. With ihiji invision’s cloud-based architecture, all of the heavy lifting is done on our servers, meaning dealers do not sacrifice features or reliability with the new low-cost appliance. Utilizing cloud services, dealers can offer the most reliable monitoring and support solutions available while keeping the costs of entry and ongoing maintenance as low as possible. We believe this approach to the category is more than a trend. It’s an emerging industry standard.”

invision is the only cloud based monitoring solution built specifically for custom dealers and designed to simplify remote management. It also avoids the high costs and complexities associated with traditional IT-focused monitoring solutions. Developed and maintained entirely in-house by ihiji’s software engineering team, invision has been frequently lauded by dealers as being both the most robust and the most easy-to-use solution available, providing “profound benefits”.

To join the ihiji invision community, or to learn more about establishing business-stabilizing proactive recurring revenue streams and improved customer loyalty, please email info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

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About ihiji
ihiji, the leading residential systems monitoring company, provides invision, a simple-to-use, yet robust remote systems monitoring and network support solution that enables proactive system performance management for Electronics Systems Contractors. ihiji develops partnerships with dealers and industry manufacturers to offer inspired solutions for complicated problems, increasing both end-user satisfaction and dealer profitability. Led by a team with a rich history as futurists and technologists, the company boasts a unique background comprised of computer and electrical engineering, research and development, information technology, computer programming, and graduate-level business experience. Follow ihiji on Twitter and on Facebook, and learn more about the company online at www.ihiji.com.

ihiji Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 374-8930, Katye@KMBComm.com.

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Peavey Commercial Audio Demonstrates Integrated Residential AV Control Systems at CES

Peavey® Commercial Audio, the audio system of choice in more than 10,000 installations worldwide, from the halls of U.S. Congress to Soccer City Stadium in South Africa to Beijing Capital International Airport in China, is demonstrating the robust capabilities of its audio processing and control products in a residential environment at the Consumer Electronics Show, Exhibit 25330 (South Hall 2), January 10-13, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. more

AVAD Announces2012 Vend-O-Palooza Schedule

Custom electronics distributor kicks off exclusive traveling “trade show”
January 26 in Irvine, Calif.

VAN NUYS, Calif. – January 10, 2012 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading distributors of custom electronics, has announced the first dates and locations for the 2012 schedule of its highly popular Vend-O-Palooza tour. AVAD’s 2012 Vend-O-Palooza tour will kick off January 26th at the AVAD branch in Irvine, Calif. followed by stops at Scottsdale, Ariz. on February 22 and San Jose, Calif. on March 13.

Now in its third year, Vend-O-Palooza is a one-day “trade show” offering local dealers and integrators an exclusive opportunity to meet directly and interact with the industry’s leading manufacturers and service providers. Attendees to Vend-O-Palooza have the unique benefit of demoing the latest products, participating in prize giveaways and raffles and purchasing products at special pricing. Throughout the event, AVAD also conducts special training session and workshops designed to help attendees manage and grow their businesses.

“Vend-O-Palooza has quickly grown into an event that AVAD dealers and vendors look forward to,” said Jim Annes, vice president and general manager of AVAD. “The event is truly a win-win situation for everyone in attendance. AVAD dealers have the unique opportunity to speak face-to-face with manufacturers in a forum that allows them to ask questions and provide feedback on the products they use. AVAD vendors also use Vend-O-Palooza as an opportunity to learn more about the unique needs of the dealer which helps them make the products and services they provide even better.”

AVAD will release more Vend-O-Palooza dates and locations throughout 2012. For an up-to-date tour schedule, visit http://www.vendopalooza.com or http://www.avad.com.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

Media Contact: Scott Moody, Director of Public Relations Marketing Matters Tel: 954-925-1511 Email: scott@marketingmatters.net Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

SIM2 and ProSource Join Forces

Miramar, FL—January 10, 2012—SIM2 USA is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the prestigious ProSource group, the largest specialty segment and CE merchandising group in the U.S.

“Our alliance with ProSource provides continued synergy among our dealer network,” said Alberto Fabiano, Executive Vice President for SIM2 USA. “A buying group of this caliber offers competitive advantages and cohesively blends with our current market strategy. Despite the challenging economy, we have not strayed from our original position; we continue to manufacture the very best in the luxury home cinema market.”

Representing 950 storefronts and approximately $3.6 billion dollars in revenue for CE products, the ProSource group offers its members critical advantages for maximizing business opportunities with the independent specialty retailer.

“I am excited about this partnership. Today’s announcement brings together two best in class organizations. SIM2′s commitment to high performance products and unparalleled dealer support instantly enhances our position in the marketplace,” stated Jim Ristow, Executive Vice President of HES.

Visit SIM2 in South Hall at Booth 20806 during CES 2012.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Atlona(R) Unveils New Home Collection Consumer Product Line at 2012 International CES

Atlona(R) Debuts Retail-Ready Audio/Video Connectivity Products Family

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 6, 2012 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced the Atlona Home Collection, an all-new family of audio/video connectivity products and accessories designed to provide consumers with the freedom and flexibility they need to connect and enjoy their electronics. With digital content in homes taking many forms and coming from a variety of devices, the new Atlona Home Collection offers the solutions retailers need to help consumers connect, share, and experience their media across multiple rooms, sources, and formats. more

KanexPro Full-Motion Corner HDTV Wall Mount

Introducing KanexPro Full Motion HDTV Wall Mounts. These are our most flexible mounts, which allows for a smooth tilt, swivel, retract and extend a display to bring the best viewing angle to any seat in a room.

KanexPro focuses on product innovation and additional features that makes HDTV mounts conveniently easy to use. The KanexPro Full-Motion Dual Arm Corner HDTV Wall Mount is an ideal solution to setup a home theater or boardroom for LCD, LED, or Plasma HDTVs. You will enjoy the benefits of saving surface space and mounting on a corner wall for clean and professional look. You now have the freedom to mount your display in any room hassle-free! This mount also provides features to help articulate the mount with ease. You will be able to extend, retract, tilt, and swivel for multiple positions and preference. Its pre-assembled design interface allows for the quickest installation possible.

For more details please visit www.kanexpro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.
KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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