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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2, BC4 Automation Controllers and Room Remote now available for purchase by authorized US-based dealers 24/7/365 in the BitWise online dealer store

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO — Dec. 23, 2013 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems is now offering authorized US-based dealers the ability to purchase online via the BitWise Online Dealer Store. A much-anticipated enhancement to the BitWise Controls offering as well as a great benefit to dealers, the entire suite of BitWise home automation controllers accessories, GUI templates, and programming modules can now be ordered online any time, day or night by authorized US-based BitWise dealers. 

The hub of any home automation system, BitWise controller models include 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; the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects; and the Room Remote, a hard button tactile remote that can be used as a standalone unit or in conjunction with any other BitWise control unit.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, shades, HVAC 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 communication with serial and networked devices is supported. BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for Apple® and Android® devices as well as with the new BitWise Room Remote for the ultimate in ease and accessibility.

Authorized US-based BitWise dealers can purchase BitWise controllers online in the Dealer Store by visiting http://store.bitwisecontrols.com. Those interested in learning more about BitWise automation controllers or about becoming an authorized BitWise dealer should contact the BitWise sales department by emailing sales@bitwisecontrols.com or by calling (866) 932-2292.

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 (866) 932-2292.

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

Accompanying image: BitWise Automation Controller models BC1, BC2 and BC4

 

ihiji One Of Only Six Tech Firms Invited to Present to Michael Dell, Daymond John, and Elizabeth Gore During Dell World Center for Entrepreneurs Pitch Slam

AUSTIN, TX – Dec. 12, 2013 ihiji, a global leader in remote network management announced this week that it was selected as one of six companies to present at the Dell World Pitch Slam, being held December 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. This exclusive opportunity allows ihiji to promote its simple and secure remote management technologies for networks and connected devices, which have successfully served the Audio Video market, to the IT market.

The culmination of the Tech Innovation Day Series, the Center for Entrepreneurs Pitch Slam showcases six companies focused on big data and analytics, infrastructure and platforms, and enterprise solutions. Each one will pitch their ideas directly to Michael Dell, Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank, and Elizabeth Gore, Resident Entrepreneur of The United Nations Foundation.

The Pitch Slam presents a unique opportunity for startups to receive candid feedback directly from a panel of esteemed professionals. ihiji was selected as a finalist for the Pitch Slam through their participation in a regional pitch competition held in Austin, TX. Several other events took place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and the United Kingdom. Stuart Rench, ihiji president and co-founder will do the pitch, which is expected to last about five minutes. The event will take place on stage in front of a live audience and will be available for viewing worldwide via a livestream broadcast that can be found here.

“To be selected as one of only six companies to present their technology to Michael Dell, Daymond John, and Elizabeth Gore during the Dell World Pitch Slam is both incredibly humbling and exciting,” said Stuart Rench, president and co-founder of ihiji. “While ihiji invision has effectively been on the market since 2009 and is supported by a strong dealer base, we’ve actively been promoting it more extensively to the IT world. This event provides the ideal platform for us and we’re honored to be selected as a finalist.”

ihiji has long been committed to providing simple and cost effective remote network management with ihiji invision system and the recently announced cloud-based ConnectNinja feature. However, the company fully embraces the Audio Video/IT convergence and aims to provide products and associated services that serve the unique needs of both industries. ihiji will continue develop innovative IT-centric features that benefit both technology integrators and IT pros alike. ihiji invision, the company’s flagship solution, ensures that every device on a given network stays up and running at peak performance with maximum efficiency. The ihiji founders are excited to discuss how their offering provides needed solutions to the most pressing network problems during the Pitch Slam at Dell World.

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 50% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328.8640, Katye@KMBComm.com@katyemcgregor

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Extron Introduces Compact, Economical Audio Amplifier with Exceptional Performance

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPA 152 Plus, a new quarter rack width, stereo integrated mini power amplifier that delivers 15 watts rms per channel, and provides several performance enhancements over the previous MPA 152. The MPA 152 Plus features a 90 dB signal-to-noise ratio with 0.1% THD+N, offering exceptional performance for speaker systems requiring compact, economical audio amplification. The MPA 152 Plus is an ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. It also features patented CDRS™ – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The Extron exclusive high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be fanless and operate in environments with little or no ventilation. more

on Introduces New SoundField Wide Coverage Two-Way Ceiling Speakers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SoundField SF 26X, a two-way ceiling speaker featuring an open back and coaxial dual driver design for use in non-plenum airspace environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5″ (16.5 cm) woofer coupled to a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26X provides a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz for accurate voice and detailed music reproduction. This speaker offers a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, and is engineered with a wide, uniform 110° conical coverage and uncolored off-axis response. The SF 26X features a thin-edged bezel for a refined appearance on the ceiling, and a magnetically attached grille. more

Four IC Realtime ELITE Series Surveillance Cameras Receive UL Listing.

The certification is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and code-restrictive counties.

Pompano Beach, FL – November 19, 2013 – IC Realtime today announced that four of its popular ELITE Series surveillance cameras have achieved UL® listing by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. under the UL-60950 standard for Information Technology Equipment. The models are the EL-1000, EL-2000 and EL-3000 vandal-resistant dome cameras, and the EL-750 infrared bullet camera. These are the company’s first cameras to receive UL Listing.

According to IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, the UL Listing is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and certain code-restrictive counties.

“IC Realtime is one of few surveillance manufacturers to offer UL Listed cameras,” says Sailor. ”Eventually all of our cameras will be UL Listed as we want to be ahead of the curve for our dealers.”

ICR's ELITE series bullet camera is one of several that are now UL Listed

Many of IC Realtime’s cameras – including the four UL Listed models — incorporate a proprietary technology called i-Sniper that utilizes special sensors in the cameras to capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions, making the cameras a top choice among IC Realtime dealers.

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.

Linear Hosts Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developers Forum

Developers and OEM manufacturers gathered at Linear’s Carlsbad headquarters for a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series chip platform, and to attend training sessions geared at helping them get products to market faster and more efficiently.

Carlsbad, CA – November 15, 2013 – Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, recently hosted the Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer’s Forum session at their Carlsbad, CA headquarters on November 12-14, 2013. The Developer’s Forum & Unplug Fest is a three-day technical event with trainings, networking and a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. Linear is a Principal Member of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world’s largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services.

Linear’s offices are an ideal location for the forum because, with 2GIG, they are the largest user of Z-Wave products in the world according to Z-Wave chip maker Sigma Designs. A recent expansion to a second office in Carlsbad also equipped Linear with new facilities to support the technical and training needs of members bringing new products to test with other vendor’s equipment. In recent years, Unplug Fest has helped spread the latest information on Z-Wave protocol and platform extensions while providing a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally, for all engineers participating.

The three-day event kicked off with two days of technical sessions where attendees got a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. The new product portfolio enables Z-Wave manufacturers and smart home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory. Forum attendees also learned about Z-Wave Plus certification, programming and testing as well as development tips and tricks.

“As the world’s largest user of Z-Wave products and one of the Alliance’s Principle Members, it was significant to have so many Z-Wave engineers and developers together at once sharing knowledge and collaborating on exciting new home control technologies,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. “The progress made during this event is a glimpse into the future of home control.”

The next-generation Z-Wave product portfolio from Sigma Designs provides important new advantages for OEMs, developers, service providers and end users. Most notably, the new Series 500 SoC and module products represent a significant technical leap forward. The series features data rates up to 100kbs, frequency agility, four times more flash memory than the existing platform, and extended RF range performance. At the same time, the design consumes even less power than the previous generation chips, providing for industry leading battery life in products that make use of these features. The Series does all this while maintaining full backward interoperability with current generation designs.

In addition to the performance gains afforded by the new Series 500 SoC and module hardware, the Sigma Designs Next-Gen platform also includes both a new Z/IP feature and the ZIPR Gateway. The former is a software engine that transforms IP protocol commands into Z-Wave commands and vice versa. The latter is a reference design for a very inexpensive gateway that can present any Z-Wave device as an IP device, with an IP address and all IP services. These breakthrough features will further solidify Z-Wave’s position as a key enabling technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

Among other advances, the new Series 500 from Sigma Designs offers:

• 400% extension of flash memory over the previous generation SoC
• 67% more energy efficient
• A leap in data rate to100kbs vs. 40kbs
• Improved RF range
• Frequency agility
• Backward compatibility and interoperability with previous generation Z-Wave

For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, please visit www.zwavealliance.org. The Z-Wave Alliance can also be found on Facebook.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

170 Integrators Attend New England’s Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo

Burlington, MA – Last month, Easy Access Distribution – the New England chapter of Catalyst AV distribution network — hosted their 14th annual Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo at the Billerica Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. In total, 170 local integrators attended the 2-day event.

Brands that exhibited their latest products and hosted training sessions included home awareness & energy management brand enerG, Atlonta, Bitwise, EnGenius, TiO, Luxul, TiVo, Clearview, RTI, Vanco, Vivitek, and more.

Each day Jeff Boccaccio presented on HDMI Rev. 2.0, addressing new features, how they benefit customers, uncovering the details of the new standard, how it will function and what changes exist in the transmission line. For each session, Boccaccio presented to a packed room of integrators that were extremely engaged, making for both enjoyable and informative sessions.

Jeff Boccaccio

According to Steve Presti, principal of Easy Access Distribution and board member of Catalyst AV, the Catalyst group puts strong emphasis on educating integrators on emerging and complex technologies such as energy management, networking, media distribution and home control. “The Catalyst AV group has more events like this planned throughout the US in 2014,” says Presti.

Steve Presti at the enerG booth

TiVo Senior Sales Mgr .John Reynolds shows-off the new Roamio Set-Top-Box

Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV to Distribute TiVo in Custom Channel; Brings All-New Line of Roamio Set-Top-Boxes and Accessories to Network of 15,000+ Integrators

Burlington, MA – October 28, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a specialty AV products distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, announced that its 12-member companies have entered into an agreement with TiVo to distribute the brand’s new TiVo Roamio™ series of DVRs, the TiVo Stream and the TiVo Mini.

The TiVo Roamio DVR series — which replaces TiVo’s Premiere series — consists of 3 multi-room, multi-source DVRs that enable consumers to access their content from anywhere in the home, or the world, via their smartphone or tablet. Roamio offers more recording options, higher storage capabilities, new whole-home and mobile networking options and an updated, more elegant user interface.

(Depicted in the image is TiVo’s Senior Sales Manager John A. Reynolds displaying Roamio at last week’s Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo, hosted by Catalyst AV member Easy Access Distribution.)

The TiVo products available through the Catalyst AV distribution network are:
• TiVo Roamio 4-tuner DVR (75 hours HD or 750 hours SD recording) $199 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Plus 6-tuner DVR (150 hrs HD or 1,000 hrs SD; adds MoCA + Wi-Fi) $399 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Pro 6-tuner DVR (450 hrs HD or 3,000 hrs SD) $599 MSRP
• TiVo Stream (stream entertainment anywhere in house or world) $129 MSRP
• TiVo Mini (access entertainment from main TiVo DVR anywhere in home) $99 MSRP

”TiVo’s smart suite of entertainment products meet with the lifestyles of most everyone in the home,” says Steve Presti, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Easy Access Distributing in New England. “The fact that their apps integrate into leading custom control and automation systems is hugely beneficial. This all adds up to fantastic opportunities for the integrator to earn margin on jobs that have cable TV.”

”TiVo’s new Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro were developed with today’s integrator in mind,” said Doug Bieter, Vice President of Consumer Business Sales & Marketing at TiVo. “The Catalyst AV group has a strong understanding of video content management and distribution and we’re delighted to have them as a conduit to the custom channel.”

The 12 Catalyst AV member companies 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.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Please direct all Catalyst AV media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

Out-of-home streaming requires an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device running iOS 5.1 or higher, and only supports streaming to one of your mobile devices at a time. Due to the copy protection assigned by the content provider, not all content can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline viewing, and not all content can be streamed when you are away from your local network. Visit tivo.com for additional terms and restrictions that apply.

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 10,000 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); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

New ICE Cable Systems HDMI Features Compact Head Design with GRIP Technology; Handles 15-lbs. of Pull-Force and Transmits 1080P/60 HZ Signals up to 100 feet without use of Baluns

Los Angeles, CA – ICE Cable Systems is shipping its new and improved Clear Series 2 HDMI Cables. Key features of the series include a compact head design, GRIP connector with locking technology and the ability to handle 1080P/60 HZ up to 100 feet (30 meters) without baluns. The line is comprised of pre-terminated cables in lengths from .5 meter to 30 meters and replaces the company’s original Clear Series.

ICE Cable’s unique GRIP connector attaches to female HDMI connectors with up to 15 lbs of pull-force, thus helping reduce disconnected cables and frivolous service calls. The compact size of the head (measures 10 MM by 19 MM by 21MM) contributes to easier side-by-side and stacking connections and takes up less space behind equipment.

In addition to an active chip set, proprietary cable technology allows the Clear Series 2 to achieve 1080P/60 HZ in runs up to 100 feet without the use of a balun, ideal for direct connections from Blu-ray DVD players and DVRs to the TV.

”Clear Series 2 is a game changer because it’s comprised of all the improvements that an integrator could want,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “With innovations in three key areas, this is a wish-list of HDMI cable technology at extremely-competitive prices.”

ICE Cable Systems has 41 active distributors in the US selling its products. 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

SIM2 Multimedia SUPER LUMIS Global Success

Miramar, Florida—October 16, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia continues to achieve global success following its World tour, touching all five continents, which included the launch of Grand Cinema SUPER LUMIS home cinema projector.

The new SUPER LUMIS has received a glowing review and a full five-star rating from the UK-based magazine Home Cinema Choice. In the December issue, reviewer John Archer said, “Images achieve a sense of depth, texture, colour balance and naturalism that simply astonishes.” He continued, “3D delivery is exquisite” and concluded with “the SIM2 Super Lumis is about as close as you can get to a commercial cinema experience without actually buying a commercial cinema projector”—establishing SUPER LUMIS as a real “reference standard” in projection.

“The Super Lumis is by far our best projector, and I have to say, SIM2 has received over 250 awards throughout the world in the last decade. It is a small product with an enormous heart capable with extremely bright, crisp images,” said Alan Roser, SIM2 UK CEO. “It is fantastic that the UK’s premier home theater publication agrees and aligns perfectly with the feedback we’ve received from dealers during the Global Road Show. We are sure that the Super Lumis will become the new benchmark for three-chip DLP-based high-end home cinema projectors in the major markets around the world, as it has done here in the UK and in the US.”

It was not by chance that the exclusive limited-edition FUORISERIE recently won a 2013 EXC!TE Award from the US-based magazine Technology Integrator, in recognition of products “that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional.”

Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian projector manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value for its exclusively selected US partners by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the professional and CI projection markets have to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of top class/high end custom digital video projection systems, and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not only branding, it is also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK, and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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