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ihiji Network Management as-a-Service Platform Created for IT Professionals Now in Private Beta

Austin, TX – April 27, 2012 – ihiji announces today that the company is in private beta with a next generation platform for Network Management as-a-Service (NMaaS), created for IT Professionals and VARs (Value Added Resellers). Based on the same cloud-based architecture as the Company’s award-winning residential Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) product, ihiji invision, the Network Management solution lowers a company’s capital and operating expenditures, increases productivity, and improves profit margins by minimizing equipment and network outages.

ihiji’s NMaaS platform provides real and effective management solutions. When in use, IT Professionals receive alerts regarding equipment status, making it easier than ever to remotely manage installations and reduce the time taken to isolate and repair issues with network-connected devices. The initial setup is simple and requires only a single low cost network appliance at each location. Subsequent configuration and management can be done remotely using tools within ihiji’s cloud-based portal, including remote access to the site without the need for a VPN connection. Once deployed at the client site, the ihiji appliance securely communicates system health and status data through the portal to the VAR in real-time. With analytics readily available, the VAR can identify the cause or source of issues faster and resolve them more efficiently, often without the added cost or requirement of sending a service technician to the site.

The ihiji solution is both practical and versatile. It is ideal for IT VARs that service Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs), IT organizations who manage a large number of remote branch locations, and, for those instances where a traditional server-based Remote Monitoring and Management tool is not practical due to requirements, scope, or budgetary constraints. “Often times the full toolset provided by a typical RMM solution is more complex than what is needed at a small or medium business or branch location which typically only requires network management and basic server information,” says ihiji VP of technical operations Michael Maniscalco. “The ihiji solution is a cost effective and powerful option that can fill the void within many Managed Service Providers’ (MSPs) offerings. In fact, our scalable platform can be used in tandem with traditional RMM software for installations which require more robust server or workstation management.”

ihiji’s cost effective network management solution enables a business to evolve, progressively moving to more efficient and effective cloud-based services. The low-cost appliance makes multiple site support possible without the added expense of numerous dedicated servers. Likewise, ihiji replaces the expense and
hassle of managing an enterprise RMM infrastructure with the convenience of a single network management tool. Since it is not tied to a particular manufacturer, ihiji’s solution also monitors equipment from multiple vendors – a solid benefit that supports IT organizations working with disparate network equipment. ihiji’s NMaaS platform is simply a dynamic, powerful, and comprehensive solution.

ihiji INV-APP-500 Network Appliance

With this next-generation solution now in private beta, ihiji is seeking participants from the SMB and/or IT VAR channels. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more by visiting http://itbeta.ihiji.com/, emailing itbeta@ihiji.com, or calling 512.538.0520 ext. 2003.

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About ihiji
ihiji is a provider of cloud-based Network-Management-as-a Service (NMaaS) platforms for remote monitoring and support of IP-enabled devices. Highly focused on the development of disruptive technologies, the Company’s cost effective Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) solutions enable Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and IT Professionals to progressively evolve to more efficient and effective cloud-based services.

The recipient of numerous industry awards and repeated recognition for its innovation, ihiji’s products lower a company’s capital and operating expenditures, increase productivity, and improve profit margins by minimizing network and equipment outages.

Originally introduced to efficiently monitor, maintain, and manage residential networking and automation products, the secure, scalable, and flexible ihiji platform is now being leveraged by SMBs, VARs, and IT Professionals alike.

ihiji works with partners and leading manufacturers to provide inspired solutions to complicated problems that increase efficiency, profitability, and customer satisfaction. Those interested can learn more by contacting the company at 512.538.0520 or by visiting www.ihiji.com.

Media Contact:
Katye (McGregor) Bennett
KMB Communications
O. (425) 374.8930
C. (425) 328.8640
E. Katye@KMBComm.com
T. @katyemcgregor

Acoustics First’s Paintable Design Friendly Acoustic Panel

For Immediate Release

Acoustics First Unveils Tone Tiles™. (Paintable, Design Friendly Acoustical Panel System)Tone Tile™ Paintable Design Friendly Panels

www.ToneTiles.com

As a follow up to the recent PhaseFOAM™ system, the Acoustics First design team has invented a new wall panel system named Tone Tiles™, www.ToneTiles.com. Tone Tile™ acoustical panels are now ready to be shipped and deployed into any application requiring sound control. This new acoustical system offers acoustical absorption with limitless design potential and installation possibilities.

The white soft drywall texture appearance of the tile allows you to install them right out of the box or paint with a matte finish spray paint to complement colors on site. These sound absorbing panels are covered with a paintable / printable finish, allowing you to match any design scheme.

The unique 2’x1’ size of the panel allows one the freedom to create diverse wall tile patterns and mount around existing room obstructions. Optional 2” Stand-Off Mounting Brackets further acoustical control by creating an air gap, increasing absorption and improving low frequency response. The 2″ space behind the panels also presents an opportunity for back lighting effects. Employing optional Corner Mounting Clips permits the installer to construct one foot wide or two foot wide custom bass traps in room corners.

10 ea. 2′ x 1′ Tone Tile™ panels in each box for $350.00 USD.
Optional Mounting Clips:
Acoustics First 2″ Stand off Clips, Box of 20 Clips AF2SC20 $ 80.00
Acoustics First Corner Clips, Box of 8 pair (8 Left & 8 Right) AFCC8 $ 48.00

-Spray Paint Panels to Complement Color Schemes
-Locally Print Images on Panel Face
-Design Unique Wall Patterns
-Apply Stencil Designs
-Increase Absorption Using 2″ Stand off Clips
-Easily Construct Custom Bass Traps

www.ToneTiles.com

Ryan Larkin
Sales & Marketing
www.AcousticsFirst.com
Acoustics First Corporation
PH: (804) 342-2900

SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

About

SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

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.

Media Links First to Launch New SMPTE 2022-1/2/5/6 Compliant Multi-Port JPEG2000 and Uncompressed 3G-SDI, 3D Dual Link, HD-SDI and DVB-ASI IP Transmission Solutions at NAB 2012

Media Links Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Global Links announces new four-port video transmission interfaces for the MD8000 transport solution. The MD8000-UVTX and MD8000-UVRX support JPEG2000 compressed and uncompressed 3D dual-link, 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI signals over SONET/SDH, IP and DWDM based networks.

The new MD8000-UVTX and MD8000-UVRX modules are high-density and cost-effective solutions that support higher bit rate services across the MD8000 series of transport solutions. The boards will be available in two versions for transmitting and receiving either uncompressed or JPEG2000 SMPTE 2022 compressed signals. The MD8000-UVTX transmitter board accepts up to four HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI inputs, as well as two ports of 3D dual-link or 3G-SDI. It encapsulates and distributes the signals across a non-blocking Layer 2 switch fabric, where signal replication is supported over multiple 1GbE, 10GbE, OC-192/48/12/3 network interfaces.

The MD8000-UVRX receiver board reproduces up to four video outputs received from the non-blocking Layer 2 switching fabric inherent in all of the MD8000 platforms.

These new cards allow facilities to take advantage of an existing SONET/SDH or IP based network by transporting compressed or uncompressed video source signals simultaneously to multiple destinations.

The multi-format boards support either electrical or fiber connections, providing a straightforward path to SDI over fiber applications for long distance transmission. Additional functions include signal error correction, hitless switching and auto-protection switching, which come standard on all Media Links MD8000 video interfaces.

These new solutions are compatible with common digital video broadcast formats and therefore suitable for use in traditional broadcast and production applications including; remote trucks, live-events distribution, and fixed installations. These units can also be used to aggregate signals from multiple edge locations where only a small number of video channels are collected into a video switching facility. This offers increased savings associated with rack space and power requirements.

The new MD8000-UVTX and UVRX 3D dual-link, 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI and/or DVB-ASI transmission / receiver set of boards will be demonstrated at NAB 2012 booth SU6912.

Media Links To Debut 10GbE Line Module for Data Transport at NAB 2012

Media Links Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Global Links will debut its new 10GbE Line module, a 10GbE data interface for the MD8000 family of video and data transport solutions at NAB2012, booth SU6912.

The MD8000-10GbE-1Sch Line Module is a single port high capacity service card for applications where 10 Gigabit Ethernet density is required for user side data traffic. The 10GbE Line card provides efficiency for single port ingestion into the MD8000 platform for flexible distribution of data across multiple network links.

The MD8000-10GbE-1Sch module supports line-rate performance for all Ethernet frames, including jumbo packets for frames that exceed the standard frame size. The line module also fully supports either transparent or Q-in-Q mode and offers virtual local area network (VLAN) retagging so you can select the incoming and outgoing data traffic you wish to screen. With this module users can also set incoming bandwidth limits in 1% increments.

The MD8000-10GbE-1Sch also offers 10ms auto-protection switching for data traffic to automatically switch between the primary and back-up path. When used in tandem with the MD8000-CHP-RHS hitless replication module, the combined feature set is ideal for hitless protection of data across IP or SONET based networks.

All MD8000 line and trunk modules are ‘hot swappable’ and the mid-plane chassis design allows for ease of board replacement without disconnecting or reconnecting cables located on the rear of the shelf.

The primary benefit of this new Line Module is to allow for full utilization of the 10Gb per slot capacity and the non-blocking Layer 2 switch capabilities inherent to the MD8000 platform. The nature of the industry is to push higher bit rate services above single GigE interfaces, which has driven Media Links to meet the demands of its customers.

The MD8000-10GbE-1Sch Line Module will be demonstrated in a live transport demo at NAB2012, booth SU6912.

SurgeX Selected as Exclusive Power Management Brand for Azione Unlimited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pro Control Now Shipping Pro Line of Robust Handheld Controllers and Central Processors

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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.

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