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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.

Primacoustic is Pleased to Announce the Black StratoTile


Vancouver , BC – Primacoustic® is pleased to announce an addition to its successful line of acoustical ceiling treatments: the Black StratoTile.™

Primacoustic Product Specialist Jay Porter: “Our original StratoTile product is white and although they are paintable, the process is time consuming. Many of our customers are installing these tiles in home theaters, studios and nightclubs and we’ve discovered a market demand for the tile in a basic black. It works for so many applications and it made sense for us to eliminate the extra painting step for our customers.”

Black StratoTiles are great looking, high-performance ceiling tiles featuring 3Ž4” thick (20mm) high-density 6lb per cubic foot glass wool construction for maximum sound absorption and are encapsulated in fine micromesh with sealed edges to retain the minute glass fibers.

Once in place, the black StratoTile works with the air space above the panel to absorb all frequencies down to 125Hz delivering a truly linear performance. This makes the black StratoTile ideal for installations such as in nightclubs where excessive reverberation and echo inside the room can severely interfere with the sound from a live band, DJ or PA system. In home theaters these tiles greatly improve the sound of the room and contribute to a lower light, more movie theater-like environment. In a home studio they work perfectly for drop ceilings common to basements where many studios are built. They are ideal for restaurants where a more intimate environment is appropriate. Architects looking to achieve a warmer, more intimate overall desired ambient effect can choose them for meeting rooms, board rooms, video and telepresence conference rooms.

Designed to retrofit into existing T-Bar systems, the black StratoTile is available in both square 24″ x 24″ (60cm x 60cm) and rectangular 24″ x 48″ (60cm x 120cm) panel sizes. The black StratoTile has been fully tested to meet the stringent ASTM-E84 fire and smoke development requirements for Class-A designation and safe use anywhere.

For more information please visit www.primacoustic.com or send an email to: info@primacoustic.com

Tatiana Kostiak
PR/Communications
Primacoustic, a division of Radial Engineering Ltd.
1588 Kebet Way
Port Coquitlam, BC
Tel: 778.785.0135

Middle Atlantic Racks Do Double Duty For Savant Systems

At the heart of Savant Systems’ Experience Center and the Training Center in its company headquarters are a complement of Middle Atlantic racks that transcend their traditional roles as equipment storage areas. In each facility, they are a platform providing invaluable support for customer sales, service and dealer training.

Middle Atlantic MRK Series Rack at Savant Experience Center

Savant’s sophisticated 8,000 square foot Experience Center in New York’s SoHo District features fully automated residential and commercial spaces designed to show prospective clients how the company’s control, automation, energy management and entertainment systems can be artfully and seamlessly integrated into real-world home and commercial market settings.

A team of leading designers was commissioned by Savant to create the Residential Experience’s Center’s fully automated bedroom and bath, music/piano area, media room, kitchen and home theater spaces.

Located in the media room near the home theater, a large 44-space Middle Atlantic MRK Series rack is prominently on view for prospective clients and architects, consultants, builders and media touring the facility.

In addition to showcasing the sheer breadth of equipment required for this type of facility in a handsome and rugged format, it and the six other Middle Atlantic racks in the Center provide a real “inside” view of what goes on behind the scenes of an installation. Each rack emphasizes the organization implicit in the company’s approach to equipment infrastructure, a significant “wow” factor for clients according to Savant officials.

Seven Middle Atlantic racks accomplish the same dual function in Savant’s equally functional and stylish 5,000 square foot Commercial Experience Center that features a Hotel Room Suite, Telepresence/Teleconference room, Sports Bar, Distance Learning Classroom, Corporate Boardroom, and multiple Digital Signage Stations.

Middle Atlantic also plays a critical role at Savant’s main training facility located at the company’s Headquarters in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Equipped with five SRSR Series Slide Out and Rotating racks and four MRK Series racks, it is the site for weekly classes held for Savant’s integrators.

The intensive training introduces Savant’s products and methodologies in a classroom setting outfitted with Savant automation and other equipment, all fitted neatly into Middle Atlantic racks valued for their accessibility, ease of servicing and build quality.

The rest of the building includes 13 demo configuration stations that enable integrators to get hands on experience with Savant’s products and those of other manufacturers in a simulated installation.

According to Savant Director of Business Development, Bob Ross, “Effectively providing integrators with the experience they need in the short time they are here is all about efficiency. Middle Atlantic racks are a key asset in our training regimen that allows integrators quick access to the I/O connections of the products they are working with.

“After years of rigorous daily use in our training facility,” Ross continues, “Middle Atlantic Products have superseded our expectations for build quality and durability—they have held up remarkably well. So well in fact, Savant has continued to commission them around the country for our newest regional training locations.

“When it came time to select an equipment racking solution that would be prominently displayed in Savant’s NYC Experience Center and MA-based Training Headquarters, Middle Atlantic received every nomination. Savant has complete confidence working with such a universally respected organization.”

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For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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