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Triad Speakers, Inc. Unveils New Speaker for Dolby Atmos Sound

Bronze LR-H model to deliver award-winning Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional sound

Portland, OR — August 27, 2014 — Custom made-in-the-USA manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc.
today announced a new home theater speaker developed to deliver captivating, multi-dimensional sound with Dolby Atmos. Triad’s Bronze LR-H is an in-room loudspeaker that utilizes a traditional D’Appolito design (2 front-firing drivers with a tweeter located in between). Integrated into the enclosure is a Dolby-enabled height channel comprised of an up-firing top driver array that aims sound towards the ceiling. In the Dolby Atmos system, the Bronze LR-H is used for left and right front and rear main channels (one enclosure per channel).

With Dolby Atmos®, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth.

“At Triad, we are very proud of our role in helping Dolby develop the standards for Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeakers,” says Triad Speakers, Inc. President and CEDIA Chairman Larry Pexton. “Dolby used Triad design and development services to prototype the upward firing Dolby enabled speakers and supplied our prototypes to its industry partners who used them to evaluate electronic components licensed under the Dolby Atmos program.”

Demonstration at CEDIA Expo 2014
Triad will display the Bronze LR-H at its CEDIA Expo 2014 booth (#448). The Dolby booth (#180) will include two live presentations of Triad speakers, one using four InRoom Bronze LR-H (built-in Dolby enabled upward firing speakers), and another using four Triad InCeiling Bronze/8 LCRs for the overhead sound.

“Triad has been developing and experimenting with a wide range of solutions including in-room, in-wall, on-wall and in-ceiling designs,” says Pexton. “Somewhat to our surprise, in testing our speakers we have found that the built-in height channel — which reflects off the ceiling — performs better in some applications than using dedicated ceiling speakers for the height channel.”

“At the CEDIA Expo, listeners will be able to form their own judgment of which system they prefer. Either way I am very confident they will leave very impressed with capabilities and added sonic dimensions of the Dolby Atmos systems presented,” furthered Pexton.

Bronze LR-H Specifications
Dimensions (inches): 7-9/16 (w) x 19-1/2 (h) x 9-1/4 (d)
Frequency Range: 88 Hz – 20 kHz (+/-3dB)
Recommended Amp Power: 50-200 watts (range)
Nominal impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83v, 1m)
Front Firing Drivers: Two 5.5-inch SB Acoustics drivers and one 1-inch SB Acoustics fabric dome neodymium tweeter
Top Firing Drivers: Four 2-inch full-range ScanSpeak neodymium drivers

Pricing and Availability
The Bronze LR-H is priced at $1,000 MSRP per speaker. Availability is slated for Q4 2014.

The loudspeaker will be available in a wide variety of colors and finishes including custom paint-matched or veneered to match the décor of the room.

When mated to Triad Bronze Center Channel, Surrounds and DSP Subwoofer, the InRoom Bronze LR-H is the heart of a superb Dolby Atmos home theater system.

For all Triad Speakers, Inc. press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications.

A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products.

In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans and on Twitter @TriadSpeakers

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers captivating, multidimensional sound that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.
Since its introduction in the cinema in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, seven Academy Award® winning directors, and 16 Academy Award-winning sound mixers, among others.

Soon, entertainment enthusiasts will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos in their home theaters.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos and home theaters, visit the Dolby Lab Notes blog.

ICE Cable Systems Invests in the Latest REELEX Cable Coiling Machine

Newer technology features the latest optimizations in both hardware and software, and is customized for ICE Cable Systems’ products, making this premium wire & cable brand’s Big Mouth Payout bulk wire dispenser even better

Example of REELEX II wind pattern and dispenser Los Angeles, CA – August 25, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products, today announced that it has invested in a new REELEX coiling machine for its factory.

REELEX’s tangle-free technology is a patented method of winding wire and cable into a figure-eight coil. In optimizing each coil, factors such as gain, payout hole control and the density of the wind, along with progressive coil tension, are all instrumental to producing tangle-free packages. This unique coil can only be produced on a specially-designed and patented REELEX machine and accompanying customized software.

The REELEX II coil within the bulk wire carton does not rotate during payout, nor does any inertia take place. Void of any moving parts, the coil dispenses from the inside-out with a clear path and avoids the typical twists, tangles and snags that plague bulk wire cartons.

The REELEX II technology is a key element in ICE Cable Systems Big Mouth Payout bulk wire carton, that along with other conveniences such as ascending and descending foot markers on the cable jackets, and extremely durable 24 kilogram burst-tested cardboard with dual-layer handles, have made it very popular among installers.

“We’ve taken something good and made it even better,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “We’ve invested in a machine that represents the state-of-the-art in wire and cable technology and custom-configured it for our cables. The net result for our dealers will be perfect pulls, from the first foot to the last.”

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout bulk wire carton

Timothy Copp, Vice President of REELEX notes, “Installers need to know there is knock-off pull-box packaging out there. Non-REELEX coils might look and act like REELEX, but are prone to tangling, cable deformities, and can cause damage to the cable – leading to performance issues.”

For more information please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

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

‘Torus Power Hour +’ CEDIA CEU Course Promises to Be a Groundbreaker Thanks to an All-Star Cast of Industry Experts

Renowned experts Anthony Grimani, Dennis Erskine, Arthur Kelm, Dr. Henry Pajooman, David Rodarte and Kevin Main give CEDIA professionals the inside track on grounding and power for high-end, high-performance installations

TORONTO, ON, CANADA - AUGUST 25, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising and unrivaled isolation transformer–based power management components, announced today the Company will be hosting the groundbreaking ‘Torus Power Hour +’ Industry Expert Panel Session and Manufacturer Training Course during CEDIA Expo 2014, onSeptember 12, from 3 to 4:30 PM (Room 605 at time of press).

“Though commonly misunderstood, proper power management ensures both the integrity and performance of connected Audio/Video equipment is preserved,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “The Torus Power Hour + aims to demystify and educate the audience on proper power and grounding while providing some strong opinions and invaluable application insight from some of the best minds in the industry. This will be a discussion worth making time for!”

Main will introduce Torus Power and the esteemed panel, including host David Rodarte, global strategist and champion of the CE industry and recipient of Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Leadership Award. Rodarte, also past CEO of NuVo Technologies and now CEO of ChangingVelocity, will lead a panel of luminaries from all corners of the industry. Panelists include Anthony Grimani, world-famous audio expert and acoustician and President of Media Specialty Resources, Inc. and Dennis Erskine, award-winning THX-certified professional theater designer, acoustical engineer, CEO of the Erskine Group, and CEDIA Vice Chairman. Joining them will be power and grounding expert Arthur Kelm, CEO of Ground One, and Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., specialist in motors and magnetics and VP of Engineering for Plitron Manufacturing.

The CEDIA course is worth 0.75 Continuing Education (CEU) credits, but Torus Power Hour’s real draw is the promise of an electrifying discussion on power and grounding for high-end, high-performance installations. The panelists will also cover everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics, followed by a deep dive into related technologies and key success factors. Some questions that will be put to the experts are: What are some of the high-level considerations that you think about when working on a power-hungry project? What are the symptoms you’ve experienced in a system that only an isolation transformer could have resolved? How do integrators justify the investment in toroidal isolation products with customers? And more.

As a thank you for the time taken away from the busy trade show floor, Torus will award one pre-registered course attendee the prize of the Torus Power AVR 20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer with Automatic Voltage Regulation. Enrollment for the course is limited to 90 students and early registration is encouraged.

To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media tour during CEDIA Expo 2014, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the Expo.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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IC Realtime Launches Open Platform 720-Degree Surveillance Camera Software

Presently available as a free App at iTunes.com, this special hardware-agnostic software enhances the user-experience of any 180- and 360-degree analog, IP or Megapixel surveillance camera by completely immersing the viewer into the center of the action

Pompano Beach, FL – August 21, 2014 – IC Realtime (CEDIA Expo 2014 Booth #776), a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, has just released the first version its IC720 surveillance camera software. A key element of the company’s upcoming 720-degree camera line, the software also dramatically improves the user-viewing experience of its 180- and 360-degree surveillance cameras (all analog, IP and mega-pixel models), as well as those of other brands. Available as a free App at iTunes.com, IC720 is presently compatible with iPad – with versions for iPhone, Android and a variety of mobile devices, tablets and laptops, on the way.

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor

”The IC720 software creates a panoramic, 3D-like experience that completely captivates viewers by putting them in the center of the action, far surpassing anything available in video surveillance monitoring to date,” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “This game-changing technology is reinventing the way we think about and approach video and software solutions that can be deployed across almost all hardware applications.”

According to Sailor, an added beauty of IC720 is that it’s built in a modular format, making it device-agnostic, therefore capable of integrating with all video surveillance cameras on the market today.

“If the software doesn’t already work with the manufacturer’s application, just provide us your RTSP video stream path, and we’ll make it work,” says Sailor, addressing both surveillance camera manufacturers and security system installation companies. “The functionality of the application is second nature, and the potential of the application itself is limitless.”

Road Tested
The software was tested in the most extreme condition that IC Realtime could find – automobile racing. The company worked closely with Scuderia Corsa race team to outfit their Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 — a vehicle that is currently competing on the US circuit and won the Grand-Am GT championship last year — with its new 720-degree video camera and software. Streaming live high-definition video to mobile devices — and uncompromised at speeds in excess of 100 MPH — the camera is used during practice laps and is planned to eventually be used during racing as well.

The IC720 hardware and software technology incorporates 15 unique aspects that the company has applied/received patent protection on.

Different versions of the camera with interchangeable lenses and sensors are currently in development. The first is slated to hit the market beginning September 2014.

To view demos of IC720 visit: http://ic720.com/demos/

For more background on the IC720 camera visit: http://ic720.com/

About IC Realtime
Established in 2006, IC Realtime is a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions for the residential, commercial, government and military channels. The Company markets its products through a network of more than 5,000 custom integrators, retail outlets and distributors globally. IC Realtime has pioneered the introduction of the Cloud VIRTUAL Recorder™; 720-degree video surveillance camera technology, and proprietary cloud-based software that enables proactive monitoring. In the 2012 – 2014 CEPro Magazine CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera / surveillance brand. IC Realtime was also awarded the 2014 GOVIES Award by Security Products Magazine, which recognized the Company’s 720-degree camera as an outstanding achievement in government security products. Follow IC Realtime on Twitter: @ICRealtime, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icrealtimeus and online at www.icrealtime.com.

About Scuderia Corsa
The 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at #Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com

Seymour-Screen Excellence Brings to Market Best-in-Class Ambient Light-Rejecting Film Screen Line

Available in 1.3, 2.1 and a black 1.2 gain version, the company’s proprietary technology prevents color shifting and sparkling in a manner that has already been declared best-in-class by reference calibrator
W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report

Ames, IA – August 19, 2014 – Seymour-Screen Excellence — the made-in-the-USA brand best known to date for its luxurious, reference-grade acoustically transparent 4K film screens — is rounding-out its offerings with Ambient-Visionaire™, a proprietary ambient light filtration technology that the company claims is the most advanced to ever reach the market.

The Ambient-Visionaire is a solid screen surface, comprised of billions of nano-mirrors, dithered at the desired viewing angle, and layered so that side light (from any direction) will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate.

Ambient-Visionaire screen surface close-up

”By shrinking the reflective elements down to less than 1/10th the smallest size visible by the human eye, the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle,” says Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour. “They are so small and dense, that a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself; a 4K pixel would have nearly 5,000. With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without exhibiting any color shift, sparkles or ringing – all issues that have plagued performance of ambient light-rejecting film screens.”

Chris Seymour putting the finishing touches on a film screen

Ambient-Visionaire Silver Series
To satisfy a wide range of installation applications, the Silver Series consists of both 2.1 and 1.3 gain versions. The Silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared best-in-class by W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report. Meier is considered by many in the industry to be a leading reference calibrator. The AccuCal report can be read here: http://bit.ly/1lWPgec

Ambient-Visionaire Black Series
Using the same aggressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors along with a deep black background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, the 1.2 gain Black produces a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors.

The Ambient-Visionaire screens are available in sizes up to 130-inches wide (141-inches diagonal) in 2.37 aspect ratio and 100-inches wide (115-inches diagonal) in 16:9 aspect ratio. The surface of both the Silver and Black series feature a durable finish that can be wiped down and cleaned with common household cleaners including rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.

While manufactured in Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Ames, Iowa production facility, the Ambient-Visionaire line is also available outside of The Americas through partner Screen Excellence, located in the UK.

”The response to Ambient-Visionaire from dealers, reps, calibrators and press has been extremely enthusiastic,” says Patrice Congard, Seymour-Screen Excellence partner. “Chris Seymour has done a phenomenal job – certainly his background as an engineer has been quite influential in the development of this special screen surface. I am quite confident that Ambient-Visionaire will be a catalyst in our joint-venture taking an even stronger foothold in the home theater channel.”

For more information on Ambient-Visionaire visit http://www.seymourscreenexcellence.com/materials.asp or call 515.450.5694.

For all Seymour-Screen Excellence media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto via paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

About AccuCal
AccuCal was founded in 2005 by Jeff Meier to provide professional services and develop tools to support the installation of sound and video equipment. The services offered include audio calibration, design, performance measurements and video calibration. AccuCal is unique in this business segment. Jeff has developed proprietary software and methods that are combined with industry reference sensors and standards to deliver superior results. AccuCal also sells no products and receives no incentives to promote products. This provides clients the assurance that recommendations are not biased by equipment margins. Since 2005, Jeff has assisted with over 2,000 audio and video installations for home theater and commercial applications including movie post production, TV advertising, businesses, churches and schools.
Equipment that is supported ranges from reference quality to very modest in nature depending on the client’s budget and needs. www.accucalhd.com

D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.com.

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

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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Extron Introduces MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

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

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools Logos
D-Tools SI 2015 – NEW For CEDIA Expo 2014

 

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All 11 Members of Catalyst AV Distribution Network Now Selling Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm


Nest is a key element in this specialty product distribution network’s growing portfolio of best-of-breed wireless technologies that help integrators tap new and/or previously unforeseen revenue opportunities within the home

Burlington, MA – August 11, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 15 regions in the US, today announced that all of its 11 member companies are now selling the Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ alarm. Both devices have received critical acclaim for their functionality, design and performance merits.

The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for the home, and turns itself down when everyone is away. Once it learns the home’s schedule, Nest can help reduce heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent. It can also be adjusted from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in the home. It uses human voice notifications to tell customers where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives a friendly Heads-Up. It even integrates with mobile devices and sends messages if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp. It also has a Pathlight that glows white to light the way in the dark as customers pass below it.

Steve Presti of Easy Access Distribution

”Nest is a building-block manufacturer that aligns with Catalyst AV’s vision for the future of wireless integration technology,” says Steve Presti, principal of Easy Access Distribution and board member of Catalyst AV Distribution Network. “The Nest Learning Thermostat helps people save energy and Nest Protect helps keep people safe. Both products are contemporary-looking, quick to install and easy to use for homeowners. There are plenty of profit opportunities out there for the professional integrator to focus on broad-based energy management and home awareness products and Nest brings those products to the market today.”

“Both Nest and Catalyst AV are dedicated to providing professional integrators with the products and support necessary to execute their jobs with confidence,” said Gene LaNois, general manager, professional channel, Nest. “We are excited to work with Catalyst AV’s broad distribution networks to strengthen their offering and make Nest products more accessible to homeowners across the country.”

Catalyst AV is currently comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

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Catalyst AV Network Member Custom Plus Distributing San Jose Hosts August 19th Grand Opening Event

Dealers invited to visit new shopping-warehouse with exclusive deals and demos

Auburn, WA – August 5, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and sister company manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing announce the grand opening of its fourth location on August 19th, to feature the unveiling of a new shopping-warehouse and showroom, limited time promotions, demos and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., guests can tour and shop the new San Jose warehouse, enjoy great food and experience the highlighted 4K Ultra HD Experience Demo Room by Sony. In addition, new products, demos and deals will be on-hand for brands such as: IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, ICE Cable Systems, Nest, APC, Sony, Onkyo, URC, Sanus, 2GIG, Russound, TiVo, ProControl, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Panamax, Vivitek, Soundcast, EnGenius, Velodyne, and Atlona, amongst others.

“Attractions include a prize drawing for tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, a 42-inch television, remotes and other product from leading brands,” says Charity Hardwick, Custom Plus Distributing Director of Marketing. “Additionally, a free 49er jersey will be given away with purchase of a Sony 4K TV.”

Hardwick along with General Manager Mike Munger, Territory Manager Steven Ricks, Branch Manager Kevin Mitchel and Inside Sales Rep Peter Warren will all be on-hand to meet with dealers, provide warehouse tours, set-up accounts and answer questions.

Dealers, integrators, and other industry professionals are invited to attend the grand opening throughout the day. To register for the event, visit: https://sanjosecpd.eventbrite.com or email to: info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Distributing over 65 brands and specializing in both car and home categories, CPD has three full-service warehouse locations in Auburn, WA, Beaverton, OR and Rancho Cordova, CA. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors which serve over 15,000 dealers nationwide.

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