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D-Tools Delivers Slate of New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting SI User Productivity Including Updated and Expanded Six 2013 Software Platform, Native iPad Mobile Quoting App and Exclusive Hosted Solution Powered By Amazon Web Services

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform, App and Hosted Solution now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 stand #1-N53) – Feb. 3, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate the newest release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 to ISE 2014 attendees along with an all-new iOS-based mobile design and proposal App for the iPad, and an exclusive D-Tools Web Hosted Solution, a cloud-based workflow solution available to System Integrator users worldwide.

Now available to integrators worldwide, D-Tools SIX 2013 adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable commercial and residential AV integrators to streamline business processes, increase profitability, and reduce overhead. SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions such as estimation, system design and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including 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, straightforward solution that now can improve all areas of an integrator’s business.

The new D-Tools iPad App is a native iOS application that leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

Finally, D-Tools Web Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. This new feature-set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator user community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system that can be used anywhere or any time it is needed.

Currently, more than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. The D-Tools SIX 2013, iPad App, and Hosted Solution each serve to improve operational capacities and to reduce overhead, while providing efficient workflow. Demonstrations of the D-Tools platform will be provided during ISE 2014, being held 4-6 February 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI in the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53.

Any press seeking to schedule time to discuss the D-Tools advantage, should contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling +1 (425) 328-8640. Press kits for ISE will be made available the week prior to the show at www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Torus Power to feature three premier power conditioning lines at Integrated Systems Europe 2014; The AVR2 Series, the new TOT Series and the RM Series are now available for international sales and distribution

TORONTO, ON, CANADA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 Stand #5-R128) – Feb. 3, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at ISE 2014, including the premiere AVR2 Series, the popular and newly-expanded TOT Series, and the original RM series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration. Used in residential and commercial applications to significantly improve sound and video quality and performance, Torus Power products are available with North American or International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia, and the line meets both IEC and Neutrik standards. Shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility.

The AVR2 Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression solution. Designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, consumer home theatre and audio system installations, and other mission-critical applications, the International AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential or commercial applications.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery – up to the rated current limit – on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

The RM Series, Torus Power’s original line of reliable, affordable power conditioners have been providing clean, protected power to custom audio video installations for years. Available in a variety of configurations for North American and International use, RM Series models include the RM 8 CE and RM 16 CE. RM 8 CE is an 8A model and RM 16 CE is a 16A model; both are available with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage, with 5 and 8 outlets, and 3U to 4U chassis sizes respectively to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. Torus Power RM Series toroidal isolation power conditioners are suited for a variety of installations from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations.

Showcasing a variety of versatile and technologically unrivaled power conditioning solutions for residential or commercial applications, Torus Power will exhibit at ISE 2014 in stand # 5-R128 with RGB Audio Visual Inc., a leading UK-based distributor of custom AV systems and components.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also 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 +1 (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

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.

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, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, 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 as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Perfect Path Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Perfect Path product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 28, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Perfect Path has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Perfect Path has an extensive history in making cables, spanning over six decades with products featured in more than 100 million residential installations. Their professional-grade broadband, telecom and satellite cable and connector products provide the perfect signal from its inception to the TV. Perfect Path (PPC) has distinguished itself as a leading provider of high performance cables, as well as providing the industry with a vast range of solutions such as their locking HDMI connector.

“Our goal at Perfect Path is to deliver the best home theater experience possible and we are excited to provide our product data to the global D-Tools System Integrator user community,” said Eric Bodley, VP and General Manager, Perfect Path. “We have no doubt that this will be a rewarding partnership as the D-Tools MVP program will strengthen our relationship within the integrator community as well as better enable us to communicate the value of our product line to a multitude of potential new dealers.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator software platform.

“Perfect Path cables and connectors provide integrators top of the line performance as well as bulletproof reliability,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a go-to brand in the category, we are pleased Perfect Path has chosen to participate in the MVP program and look forward to making their product information available for specification and use by the entire D-Tools System Integrator user base in the near future.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Perfect Path
Perfect Path is the consumer cable and connection brand created by PPC, the global leader of interconnect products in the cable and satellite industries. We feel that, with an entertainment signal, the One Perfect Path is total control of ultimate performance and bulletproof reliability, from the signal’s inception to the back of your HDTV. And only Perfect Path by PPC, the cable/satellite industry’s Number One choice for signal delivery, can deliver this unbroken stream of excellence.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

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InfoComm International Teams With AMX Europe to Train 75 AV Networking Pros

Nine Discounted Sessions of InfoComm’s Networked AV Systems Class to be offered

InfoComm International is collaborating with AMX Europe to provide networked audiovisual systems training to AV professionals. At least 75 students will be able to take InfoComm’s highly regarded Networked AV Systems class at a discounted rate in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, dramatically raising the number of trained professionals in the region.

The three-day classes will be offered nine times in AMX Training Centres, and will cost €400/£350+VAT for members, €800/£650+VAT, for non-members.

“The AV world has evolved and if you lack knowledge of IT networks you are creating obstacles to your success,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “AV systems increasingly use enterprise IP networks — the same networks that already carry mission-critical voice, data and other information. These networks were never designed with real-time delivery of audiovisual content in mind. Without an in-depth understanding of IP networks and the way AV applications operate within them, customer expectations may not be met. And improperly configured AV devices can create catastrophic network problems. InfoComm thanks AMX for their strong commitment to this program and industry quality.”

”AV and IT convergence is moving ever closer and a lack of Networking and IT knowledge can be a major stumbling block to achieving successful AV installations today,” added Graeme Scott, European Training Manager, AMX Europe. “AMX is committed to empowering its customers with information and training that will keep them ahead of the game. We are delighted to be collaborating with InfoComm to deliver the Networked AV Systems training across Europe. InfoComm believes in promoting knowledge and quality throughout the industry; beliefs that AMX also holds very dear.”

The Networked AV Systems course is built around real-world applications that clients want today, and the way AV and IT technologies must be coordinated to create the best experience. The course follows the process of matching AV and networking technologies to customer needs for digital signage, conferencing, remote monitoring and management, and networked AV security. It goes through the planning for three fictional companies, each with its unique requirements.

Students will learn how to glean customer needs, manage trade-offs between quality and bandwidth, and work through the sometimes conflicting needs of customers and network managers. In the end, through better coordination among clients, IT professionals, and AV designers, network-based AV systems can deliver the kind of communication experience that benefits everyone.

Because many will need more basic education before endeavoring into Networked AV Systems, InfoComm’s Networking Technology Online class, which conveys foundational knowledge, will be a perquisite for enrollment. AMX is generously covering the cost of this class for all who enroll in the Networked AV Systems sessions at their centers. Classes will be offered as follows: 3 – 5 March, London; 6 – 8 March, Netherlands; 10 – 12 March, Sweden; 21 – 23 July, London or York; 24 – 26 July, Belgium; 28 – 30 July, Paris; 13 – 15 October, London; 16 – 18 October, TBD; and 20 – 22 October, Germany.

To register visit InfoComm’s online store at infocomm.org. For direct assistance with UK classes contact InfoComm UK Account Manager Ben Barnard at bbarnard@infocomm.org. For questions about European classes outside of the UK, contact InfoComm Regional Director Godwin Demicoli at gdemicoli@infocomm.org.

About AMX

AMX hardware and software solutions simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. Our award-winning products span control and automation, system-wide switching and audio/video signal distribution, digital signage and technology management. They are implemented worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation / command centers, hotels, entertainment venues, broadcast facilities, among others.

About InfoComm International

For 75 years, InfoComm International® has been the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

Furman Rejoins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Furman has rejoined the D-Tools MVP Program. Now, the D-Tools System Integrator™ product database features detailed information for the entire Furman lineup, providing D-Tools users worldwide the ability to create designs, estimates and proposals featuring Furman products free of charge. Celebrating 40 years of purifying power and now part of Core Brands, Furman provides a comprehensive range of premium power management solutions specifically engineered for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Together, D-Tools and Furman provide a wide range of needed solutions for integrators of all sizes.

“Furman’s product applications span a wide range of markets so our partnership with the D-Tools user community is a valued one,” said John Benz, Director of Power and Accessories at Core Brands. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with a unique platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Furman rejoin the D-Tools MVP Program because their product line is so widely used and delivers a variety of valuable options in the power management category,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their participation enhances the program as a whole and we are pleased to continue offering their award-winning products through our product database.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Furman®

Purifying power for 40 years, Furman® is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

Follow Furman:

Twitter: www.furmansound.com/twitter

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YouTube: www.furmansound.com/youtube

Furman and BlueBOLT are part of Core Brands®, LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Korus™, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

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Future Automation Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program; Detailed Product Information Available to D-Tools Users for Specification in Electronic System Designs and Proposals

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Future Automation has joined the D-Tools MVP Partnership Program. As part of the agreement, detailed information about the entire line of Future Automation products will be available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify into their system designs and client proposals free of charge.

Future Automation’s unique product range is focused on developing engineered solutions to move and conceal audiovisual products. The company designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of lift mechanisms, wall mounts, art lifts and ceiling drops for televisions and projectors. In addition the custom design department will take on any commission for an individual product or concept should this be required.

“We take pride in the motorized solutions we provide to clients worldwide and fully understand the challenges and unique nuances each job represents,” said Rob Luxton of Future Automation. “D-Tools is dedicated to developing the best System Integration software in the industry and we are happy to team up with them to provide our mutual clients with our latest and most comprehensive product information for use in their electronic systems design, proposal, and specification.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and are dedicated to making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We are proud to have Future Automation join the D-Tools MVP Program,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a premier provider of motorized solutions for clients worldwide, Future Automation delivers creative results to seemingly impossible applications. It’s now easier than ever for system designers, integrators and others in the field to incorporate these elegant enhancements into their designs and proposals.”

About Future Automation

Future Automation, a privately owned company, is the market leader in flat screen mounting solutions and high-tech automation devices.  Focused on putting the custom back into custom installations, Future Automation products are unrivalled in their diversity, and its innovative product range is manufactured to order to the highest possible standards. The company’s background in custom installation affords Future Automation an unrivalled understanding of the challenges integrators face. Future Automation’s unique insight and innovations allow the company to develop the most comprehensive product range of its kind. Combined with the company’s unparalleled service, Future Automation delivers a solution for every project; whatever the size and however challenging. For more information on Future Automation and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit www.futureautomation.net or call +1 (603) 742 9181.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

 

 

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IC Realtime Embraces UL’s 2802 Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor is enthusiastic about UL's new testing standard

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor believes a standard is crucial to keeping manufacturer’s spec claims honest

Pompano Beach, FL – January 17, 2014 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for the residential, commercial, military and government sectors, embraces UL’s 2802 Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality.

In the works for more than two years — and released last September — the new standard defines a method to assess video image quality through a series of performance based tests that are conducted on production digital cameras.

Cameras are rated (on a scale of 0 thru 100) on the following parameters: image resolution; distortion; relative illumination; dynamic range; maximum frame rate; gray level; sensitivity; bad pixel count and veiling glare.

”A standard for testing camera performance is crucial in keeping everyone’s claims honest,” says
IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, adding “For years IC Realtime’s test labs have been evaluating competitor’s cameras and the amount of deception that we’ve witnessed would blow your mind! I mean cameras that come no where even close to what manufacturer’s state as specifications. It’s truly unfair to the end-user and in the end the integrator’s reputation is put in jeopardy.”

Sailor cautions manufacturers “If you want to compete in my marketplace you’d better follow through and have UL certify your camera’s performance.”

To help create the UL 2802 standard, IC Realtime worked closely with UL, including submitting its B-2000 2-MegaPixel IP Bullet camera to use as part of the testing development process. According to UL, the camera achieved high scores on many of the performance tests, with a certification and the results expected to be published shortly.

For more information on IC Realtime’s products, please contact IC Realtime at 954.772.5327.

For all IC Realtime media inquiries, contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

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

ICE Cable Systems Now Offering Alarm Wire in Their Big Mouth Payout Box

Company aims to help installers reduce average wire pull-time on every single alarm job by incorporating a heavily reinforced box with a special cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and ascending/descending foot markers

Los Angeles, CA – January 16, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems — 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 – is now offering alarm wire in their renowned Big Mouth Payout (BMP) box.

The BMP box is constructed of ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard (with reinforced handles) that is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force, far surpassing the typical alarm wire boxes on the market today.

BMP has been a popular seller for ICE Cable Systems for category, speaker, coax, control and structured cables because its 4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern work in tandem to eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling.

For additional installer convenience, ICE Cable Systems’ alarm wire incorporates ascending and descending foot-markers, making it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains.

“Because alarm wire is a commodity item naturally the focus of many vendors has been to keep prices competitive,” says Chris Wyllie, principal of S.E.A.L Solutions, a metro-NY AV integration firm that installs residential security and surveillance systems on a regular basis. “The problem is that in order to keep the prices down, the majority of boxes are cheaply made, easily getting destroyed in the back of the work van and/or on the jobsite. Trying to pull cable out of a damaged box is a nightmare. The fact that ICE Cable Systems has thought this through with their BMP box is going to benefit a lot of installers.”

“If we can help installers reduce average pull-time by 15 percent per job, that’s huge,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “It means that we are helping them to move onto other aspects of the job faster. Spend a day walking in the shoes of one of these guys – one less problem to have to deal with is a big deal.”

The following ICE Cable Systems alarm wires are now available with BMP: 22-2/ Solid;
22-2/Stranded; 24-4 Solid and 24-4 Stranded (and many in runs as long as 1,000 feet).

More info on Big Mouth Payout with Alarm Wire here:

http://www.icecable.com/products/alarm-control-cable/

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

Spring 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour Highlights The Internet of Things and Tie-Ins With InfoComm and ITRA

2014 will kick-off with a very loud bang on January 23rd in Austin, Texas when the Spring 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV (BBOAV) Tour makes the first of seven scheduled stops at the Woodward Conference Center at Wyndham Garden.

According to Stampede Presentation Products Inc. President & COO Kevin Kelly, 2014 tour attendees can expect to see more product demonstrations of new and innovative solutions from more participating exhibitors than ever before, along with tie-ins with InfoComm Regional Roundtables and the International Technology Rental Association (ITRA).  “More companies and industry associations presenting more products and more strategic business-building information than ever before — that’s what our dealers can expect to see when they turn out for the tour this year,” Kelly promised. “In particular, we will be highlighting how dealers can immediately begin profiting from the new era of The Internet of Things.”
The 2014 Stampede Big Book of AV Tour will include four stops co-located with InfoComm Roundtables and one stop co-located with ITRA. As a result, AV professionals will get the opportunity to meet with AV industry manufacturers, attend CTS certified trainings and participate in industry-focused roundtable events. The InfoComm Regional Roundtables provide networking and business education opportunities free to InfoComm members. On tour, participants will be able to receive management advice tailored to AV businesses.

“We’re excited to include InfoComm and ITRA training sessions and presentations to give our dealers the maximum value when attending the tour. We are as committed as ever to educating our dealers on industry best practices and keeping them informed of the latest products and trends,” Kelly said.

To further address the “Internet of Things” phenomenon, the BBOAV Tour will feature a designated area for IOT manufacturers, identified by pop-up banners and stands. As Kelly previously predicted, a new personalized industry built upon the ideas of connecting, integrating, and sharing devices is maturing. The tour will identify and distinguish emerging IOT manufacturers who are seeking to implement innovative go-to-market strategies.

At the January 23rd stop in Austin, Sony and Hitachi will make presentations on video conferencing and the wireless transmission of hi-def video. Each session will earn attendees .5 CTS RU Credit. Additionally, Stampede will be offering event incentives such as $500 Stampede credit, a $100 Restaurant.com gift card and a $50 gift card for attending the BBOAV Tour. Every attendee will also be entered into a drawing to win a 42” LG LCD HD television.

After its inaugural stop in Austin, Texas, the Stampede Big Book of AV Tour continues through the spring on the following schedule:

—   February 13, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona (with InfoComm and ITRA)
—   February 20, 2014 in Montreal, Canada
—   March 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio
—   March 13, 2014 in Irvine, California (with InfoComm)
—   April 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (with InfoComm
—   May 15, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (with InfoComm)

For more information about each event and to register to attend, dealers should go to http://www.bigbookofavtour.com/.

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