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ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling 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

BitWise Controls Announces New Yamaha Module, Giving Integrators the Ability to Instantaneously Setup and Integrate More than a Dozen Popular Home Entertainment AV Receivers into BitWise Controls Systems

 

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO, USA   MARCH 28, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful and flexible control and automation systems, announced today the addition of its Yamaha Module to its ever-expanding lineup of third-party templates and modules available to BitWise Controls dealers. These modules—single files containing pre-configured GUI content and device programming—make it easier for integrators to set up, design, and install various products and subsystems. Each module is available for download at the Bitwise Online Store, where BitWise dealers can see his or her entire module purchase history, making it simple to provide updates, additions, and enhancements in the future.

“Yamaha’s YNCA receivers are very popular, are feature rich, and provide multi-zone capability, making them ideal products for home integrators and custom installers alike,” says Mark Buster, CTO of BitWise Controls. “By adding Yamaha AV receivers to our GUI Module lineup, we will be dramatically expanding the base of supported receivers on the BitWise Controls platform, making it easy and both time- and cost-efficient to integrate these components into any supported BitWise Controls system. It’s a win-win for both integrator and end user.”

The BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR Module lets dealers take full advantage of newer Yamaha AV receiver’s music streaming and multi-zone capabilities. Compatible with all receivers that support the YNCA protocol, the BitWise Yamaha GUI Module allows the end user to navigate and control supported music services like Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and SiriusXM®, as well as any attached USB storage, connected iPod®/iPhone®, or network attached storage (NAS). The module provides easy drag-and-drop GUI content for phone- and tablet-sized interfaces, as well. Other features include support for a main zone and a second zone, with simultaneous control of volume/mute across both. Additionally, a receiver’s scene functionality is integrated seamlessly, allowing the user to turn on the receiver, select the input, and choose the Surround option with a single touch from any BitWise-enabled device. Convenient popups make it easy to add tone, option, and surround mode selection to any GUI page in the BitWise environment.

The Yamaha Module works on both iOS® and Android® platforms, and is compatible with automation projects that use BC1, BC2, and BC4 controllers and with Yamaha RX-V671, RX-A700, RX-A710, RX-V867, RX-V871, RX-A800, RX-A810, RX-A1000, RX-A1010, RX-A2000, RX-A2010, RX-A3000, and RX-A3010 receivers, or any other Yamaha AV Receiver that utilizes the YNCA protocol.

 For more information, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phone, +1(425) 328-8640 or email, 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.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets. For more information, go to www.usa.yamaha.com.

Accompanying image: BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR GUI Module Screenshot

 

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D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app 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.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. 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.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 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 Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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 4,500 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, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as 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. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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IC Realtime Puts the Pedal-to-the-Metal with Ferrari Racecar at 2014 ISC West Show

In a move that solidifies its position as a global innovator of advanced video surveillance technology, IC Realtime has developed 720-degree video camera technology. The test platform is with 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari where camera is mounted atop 458 Italia racecar to stream HD video from racetrack to Ferrari guest’s devices.

Both racecar & cameras will be on prominently displayed at IC Realtime’s ISC West tradeshow exhibit booth #23005. Don’t miss it!

Pompano Beach, FL – March 19, 2014 – IC Realtime, a global innovator of advanced video surveillance technology, has developed a remote-viewing platform that captures 720-degrees with no blind spots or moving parts.

“Pulling from experience in having brought to market our single-lens Immersive-360 camera line, our R&D division has pioneered a remote-viewing platform comprised of proprietary software — leveraging gyroscopic movement technology — and a dual-lens 720-degree camera system. By incorporating many software sensors and synchronizing both front and rear spheres (camera lenses) together, we’re able to capture 360-degree x 360-degree video to create a 3D-like experience that puts the viewer completely in the center of the action,” says Ivan Onuchin, Executive Vice President of R&D for IC Realtime. “This will create a realm of endless possibilities for what can be achieved in video surveillance. It is nothing short of remarkable.”

Many different megapixel versions of the IC720 dual-lens camera will be available beginning this year

The 720-degree technology will make its way to market later this year in a brand-new series of two-lens mega-pixel cameras from IC Realtime called IC720. Different versions of the camera with interchangeable sensors and lenses to achieve a wide variety of video surveillance needs (including a 28-megapixel version) are currently in the works. According to Onuchin, the technology incorporates 15 unique aspects that the company has applied/received patent protection on.

IC720 and Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari
“We originally spec’d the technology for automobile racing as it’s one of the most extreme testing grounds we can get our hands on,” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “Its first application is in Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 – a car that is currently competing on the US circuit, and won the championship last year.”

Founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo, Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari is the 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team that supports the racing needs of Ferrari clients through turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. IC720 worked closely with the team to incorporate the camera into the racecar.

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.

“Soon the very same technology that we are testing with Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari will be available for all types of elite surveillance applications,” adds Sailor. “This will be an industry game-changer.”

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 on Display at IC Realtime’s ISC West Exhibit
IC Realtime will display the racecar at its ISC West exhibit (booth #23005). There attendees will get a chance to witness video streams of attendees walking around the car, captured from the roof-mounted 720-degree camera. IC Realtime will also have race footage on-hand for attendees to experience the video captured by the camera at high speeds.

About IC Realtime
Established in 2006, IC Realtime is a global innovator of video surveillance technology for the residential, commercial, government and military channels. The company has pioneered the introduction of the Cloud Video Recorder™; 720-degree video surveillance camera technology, and is a strong supporter of the new UL2802 performance testing standard for camera image quality. In both the 2012 and 2013 CEPro Magazine CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera / surveillance brand. Follow IC Realtime on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icrealtimeus and on Twitter: @ICRealtime 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

Reliable Symetrix Zone Mix 761 Delivers Sound 24/7 at Brooklyn Luxury Low-Rise

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Heatherwood’s newest luxury apartment building is the low-rise at 544 Union in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The newly-constructed six-story building is well appointed and includes a fitness center, a yoga studio, a game room, a resident lounge, a rooftop sundeck, and a large second floor terrace with a putting green, a fire pit, and plenty of places to sit, relax, and catch up with friends. Heatherwood wanted to improve upon the sound systems that had been installed previously in its other properties, and the A/V integration branch of Love Music (New Rochelle, New York) delivered with the rock-solid reliability and performance of a Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture audio processor and Symetrix ARC-WEB user control for smartphones.

The electrical contractor on the job, Lippolis Electric, asked Love Music to design and commission the music playback system for 544 Union. “The client wanted something that would work 24-hours a day, seven days a week without fail,” said Mario Bilotta, vice president of Love Music and the person responsible for 544 Union’s sound system design. “They didn’t want to worry about the music playback system at all – they just wanted it to work. I knew the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 would give them that level of reliability and performance. I’ve been using Symetrix gear for many years now without any troubles at all. In addition, the Zone Mix 761 is easy to program and quick to install.”

The Zone Mix 761’s twelve inputs easily accommodate Internet radio, multiple iPod inputs, and multiple television inputs located throughout the building’s common areas. The unit’s six outputs feed as many zones: the fitness center, the lobby, the second floor patio, the rooftop patio, and two rec rooms. Three QSC amplifiers power thirty-six Community loudspeakers, both indoors and out. Users select both audio and video content in the rec rooms using a URC touch panel control. A Symetrix ARC-2e wall-mounted remote control in each of the other zones allows for intuitive source selection and volume control. Building staff can control the system using the custom-designed, password-protected Symetrix ARC-WEB control for smartphones and other internet-connected devices.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

The Catalyst AV Distributor Near You is Now Stocking EnGenius Networking Products

Catalyst AV Signs Distribution Agreement with EnGenius Technologies

Burlington, MA – March 5, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty AV products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, today announced EnGenius Technologies as its home networking products partner.

EnGenius Technologies is a leading provider of consumer and business-class switches and long-range wireless networking solutions including routers, media bridges and adapters. Established in 1999, the company delivers network infrastructure solutions to the residential and business channels.

“As one of four prime network antenna manufacturers, EnGenius is delivering advanced, enterprise-grade technology. A prime example is their ECB600 concurrent dual band 2.4 / 5 GHz Wireless-N Indoor Access Point, which we are selling for well under $200. This is a tremendous value,” says Mike Hench, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Electronics Source. “All of the distributors within the Catalyst AV network have a full-assortment of EnGenius products in stock, making it very easy for the integrator to furnish both new networks and refresh older ones with the very best solutions available today.”

The ECB600 is one of many hot EnGenius products now available from Catalyst AV

”We’re excited to enter into this distribution agreement with Catalyst AV as our growing portfolio of wired and wireless networking solutions are an ideal fit for the growing array of network-connected applications in the home,” explained Gabriel Maxwell, Director of Sales at EnGenius Technologies. “Bandwidth-sensitive applications are being accessed via a growing number of media streaming and mobile devices in the home. This makes it critical for the network infrastructure to deliver fast speeds at long ranges to provide access throughout the home and beyond. EnGenius’ products are designed to deliver both at a very competitive price-point.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 12 privately-owned distribution companies. The members are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (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 12-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

About EnGenius Technologies: Established in 1999, EnGenius Technologies, Inc., is a US-based industry expert in wireless communications and radio frequency (RF) technology, delivering feature-rich, long-range wireless communications technology for voice and data. The versatility and performance of the company’s solutions lower total cost of ownership, increase productivity and maximize return on investment. www.engeniustech.com

Zektor Again Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Zektor Information Available in D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database For Immediate Worldwide Project Specification

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Zektor has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program. Detailed information about the entire line of Zektor products is available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge.

Founded in 2003, Zektor designs and manufactures some of the most recommended audio/video signal distribution and switching products for the global custom installation market.

“We are pleased to renew our participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, making our professional A/V switching equipment more readily available to system integrators and custom installers,” said Jeff Haynes, CEO at Zektor. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with an exceptional platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products. As a service-centric organization serving the dynamic custom installation trade, it is critical that detailed product information be readily available whenever are wherever it’s most convenient to those who need it. D-Tools not only provides this capability, it also simplifies the design and estimation process significantly.”

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, more than 4,500 MVP members worldwide 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.

“Zektor’s products are well known for their quality and compatibility and their products are an ideal fit for the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point program, so we are happy to have them renew their participation,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “D-Tools System Integrator users have come to rely on Zektor’s premium quality Audio Video Switching and Distribution options for their customers and we’re thrilled to make the lineup available to them for use in their system designs and proposals.”

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 Zektor
Zektor is a designer and manufacturer of feature rich professional grade audio/video distribution products for the custom installer.  Zektor proudly designs, manufactures and supports all of their matrix products in the USA. Zektor was founded in 2003 and is a privately held company. For more information please visit their website at www.zektor.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. 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 4,500 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.

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

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

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Zektor Products Featured in D-Tools Six Data Library as Part of MVP Program Partnership

 

 

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Enhance communication with SIM2 SUPERLUMIS PRO professional cinema projector

Sunrise, FL—February, 2014: SIM2 USA, the sister company of SIM2 Multimedia, the Italian manufacturer known worldwide for innovation and video performance, takes the visual experience to the next level with the introduction of the SUPERLUMIS PRO: the new 3D active, 3-chip DLP® projector designed for professional-quality cinema performance and uncompromised image quality.

SIM2 has developed a new electronics platform, PROSIM2, designed to raise the already outstanding performance of the SUPERLUMIS to new levels with very stable and robust software.

SUPERLUMIS PRO has been designed based on the needs of the professional market for easy serviceability and extended product lifetime backed up by reliability and high performance.

Thanks to its wired connections, SUPERLUMIS PRO makes it easy to future-proof your investment by offering full firmware and software upgrades, as well as real-time adjustments and monitoring regardless of geographic location. You no longer have to be in your theater to know that the projector is running well.

SUPERLUMIS PRO is an intelligent device that monitors its own internal parameters and health status and securely shares that data with the outside world of SIM2 service centers, thereby providing customers with more control over assets and time.

Prominent features include: a new, high-power (350W), dimmable lamp and lamp driver that delivers up to 5,000 ANSI lumens on-screen; increased detail, thanks to an impressively high contrast ratio of >30,000:1 (in 2D mode); new Color Management software; and SIM2 Professional Customer Care.

And, to tailor your SUPERLUMIS PRO to your specific needs, the projector features two optional “outside-the-box” system design options: the SIM2 Sliding Filter System (SFS) and the SIM2 Integrated probe feedback system (SIM2 AUTOCAL®). The SFS by SIM2 allows the SUPERLUMIS PRO to become an incredibly versatile instrument that can meet different color-reproduction requirements—such as Home Cinema, DCI, or even other applications—in situations where dedicated color reproduction is the key technical factor. The professional probe interfaced system (SIM2 AUTOCAL®) uses Color Auto-calibration, Ambient Light and Ambient Color Compensation, and Background Light Measure for an onscreen image quality that remains constant despite changes in ambient light.

The SUPERLUMIS PRO will be available (US only) by the end of February, in a striking soft-touch, matte-black finish. Prices start at $65,000.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance
for Targeted Communications

Full 1080p HD Video Delivery for Digital Signage Networks

DSE, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA – February 12, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the SA1360 signage appliance player, providing full high definition (HD) 1080p video performance, delivering a quality digital signage experience.

The SA1360 features the powerful and energy-efficient Intel® Core™ i-series processor (i3 or i7) in a fanless, robust package, providing dual Full-HD video playback yet energy-efficient power consumption. The integrated Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional operating system offers a highly intuitive menu interface and enhanced flexibility to integrate with other applications.

With DVI and DisplayPort connectors for high-quality video and optimal display experience, the SA1360 powers displays with dynamic content while communicating with the server for updates. The SA1360 also offers up to 128GB of flash storage and up to 8GB of RAM, with TPM 1.2 support, and a PCI Express expansion port. With options for wireless networking, WebDT signage appliances offer flexibility in placement, and support growing digital signage networks.

The SA1360 is complimented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, URL, RSS, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a screen to be divided into up to eight areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video within a screen. This detailed management software allows quick updates over an IP network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.0 Pro now adds built-in Widgets, one-click publishing, an enhanced schedule interface, and more multiple-screen deployment tools.

The WebDT Signage System offers innovative digital signage hardware integrated with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered signage appliance players for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience while driving sales.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, WebDT systems offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance

SIM2 raises bar for visual display with launch of SIRIO 2014: a second-generation Dual-Lamp, High-Brightness Projector for Large Media Rooms and Multiple Screens

Sunrise, FL—February 11, 2014: SIM2 USA, the sister company of SIM2 Multimedia, the Italian manufacturer known worldwide for innovation and video performance, takes the visual experience to the next level with the introduction of the SIRIO 2014 edition: the new 3D, active single-chip DLP® projector designed for use in large entertainment systems where high light output, quality, flexibility, and performance are mandatory.

SIM2's new SIRIO 2014: 3D, active DLP-based projector

Thanks to its five different lenses, 350W dual-lamp design and improved, light-tuned optical elements, the SIRIO 2014 can display images at a brilliant 7,000 ANSI lumens. This level of brightness is essential for a brighter, more pleasant daytime experience without the screen reflection typical of other display technologies, such as flat panels.

Prominent features include crisp image generation, vibrant and stable colors, Perfect Fit technology, full remote IP management, total IP upgrading and control, IP remote service and check, auto-calibration via high-precision probe (SIM2 AUTOCAL®), and customized calibration to customer’s requirements.

Systems integration is another of the SIRIO’s strengths; it can be seamlessly integrated into any room thanks to its choice of five lenses, multiple screens and ability to stack for increased brightness.

Engineered to provide superior performance and reliability, the SIRIO 2014 projector transforms any large media room into the ultimate high-tech, high- performance entertainment system.

The SIRIO 2014 is available in the same striking matte black finish used in the luxury automotive industry—the most useful finish for a heavy-duty environment.

Available by the end of February, prices for the SIRIO 2014 start at $20,000 with standard lens.

For more information, please visit www.sim2usa.com.

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