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Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available at AVAD

Custom electronics distributor offers thermostat that programs itself, saves energy.

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 22, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the award-winning Nest® Learning Thermostat™ from Nest Labs. Compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for their home, and turns itself down when they are away.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is designed to address the reality of home energy consumption: that the thermostat controls about half of the average home’s power—more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos combined. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that programmable thermostats can save home energy bills up to 20% annually by eliminating excessive heating or cooling. The Nest Learning Thermostat enables energy saving features that are specific to each customer by using sensors and software algorithms to monitor usage patterns and measure each home’s thermal profile.

“AVAD values the Nest mission of getting serious about saving people money by continually working to perfect home energy efficiency,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “We are expanding our home control and HVAC portfolio in an effort to expand the AVAD vision of Custom Install 2.0 that helps integrators stay ahead of the competition by bringing exciting, trending products to all of our customers.”

The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices for free. Nest’s unique features can help save energy and keep customers comfortable. The device includes a host of proprietary features that are capable of managing heating and cooling units including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump and radiant systems:

• Auto-Schedule™- No more programming hassles. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
• Auto-Away™- Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temp when you’re not home.
• Airwave™- Automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool but your AC runs up to 30% less.
• Energy History- See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
• Nest Leaf- Appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.
• System Match™- Make sure you’re getting the most out of your high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help you save and keep you comfortable.
• Remote Control- Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to change the temp or adjust your schedule from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

For more information on Nest, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.nest.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Nest
Nest is focused on addressing home-energy consumption with an elegantly designed solution – one that people actually enjoy using. Founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest brings together a world-class team with the broad backgrounds needed to deliver an amazing product that blends technology with ease of use. Nest is privately funded and based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.nest.com.

Missouri-Based Dealer Wins 2013 Camaro in AVAD/Niles Partner Promotion

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 8, 2013 – AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, in partnership with Niles Audio, awarded a brand new 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1SS to electronics integrator Curtis Shelton of Saint Louis, Mo.

Mr. Shelton participated in the contest promoting Niles Audio products through his company Galaxy Security & Sound. All active AVAD customers were eligible to participate in the contest, which ran from October 1st through December 28, 2012. Dealers were entered into the contest each time they purchased Niles Audio’s series of custom installation audio systems, components and accessories, increasing their chances of winning the grand prize with each purchase.

“I’ve been an AVAD dealer for fifteen years because of their large variety of AV products, easy local access and the friendships we have built with the AVAD crew,” said contest winner Curtis Shelton. “Niles products have been a part of our selection for over twenty years and the quality, looks and warranty of their speakers practically sell themselves. I appreciate everyone that has made this fabulous giveaway possible and most humbly accept it on behalf of my family at Galaxy Security & Sound.”

“The loyalty and ingenuity of AVAD customers merits a huge prize,” said Jim Annes, VP and General Manager at AVAD. “Considering our contest partner Niles and their renowned installer-friendly custom audio products, the exceptional Chevy Camaro was a fitting prize that symbolizes the distinctive strength and workmanship that is built into Niles Audio systems every day. AVAD is proud to be a partner with this great manufacturer.”

The Camaro Coupe 1SS is powered by a 6.2L 426-horsepower V8 engine. The vehicle comes equipped with 20” aluminum wheels, electric power steering, Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones, and a three-month trial of Sirius XM® Satellite Radio. EPA averages 16 MPG and an estimated 24 MPG on the highway.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment www.nortek-inc.com. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

iRidium Academy Teaches Faster, Easier Project Creation & Advanced Control Techniques

iRidium Academy Teaches Integrators Faster, Easier Project Creation and Advanced Control of Automation Systems and AV Equipment

Webinars and self-paced video training options are now available to integrators worldwide

Nizhny Tagil, Russia – April 9, 2013 iRidium mobile Ltd., the dynamic and rapidly evolving Russian-based developer of iRidium, an all-in-one App-based software package that enables the control and automation of AV equipment from a variety of devices, announces today that the iRidium Academy has been launched and is now accepting applicants.

The iRidium Academy is an online training center for integrators to learn about and increase their capabilities with the iRidium mobile software package. It is designed for Residential and/or Commercial installers and integrators who are looking for an unlimited and elegant control solution, and especially those who use Crestron, HDL-BUS or KNX control systems and want to increase their capabilities using additional Audio/Video equipment. Installers and integrators who want an all-in-one control and visualization solution to create custom drivers will also benefit greatly from the Academy offering.

iRidium Academy Now open For Enrollment

Two training options are now available, one being a series of online instructor-led webinars and the other is through self-paced online video coursework. Regardless of the chosen format, the iRidium Academy will teach installers and integrators how to quickly and easily integrate a variety of Automation systems and AV equipment using iRidium.

The iRidium Academy webinars begin this week and are scheduled as follows:

  • April 10 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for Global Cachè and AV & Custom Systems
  • April 12 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for controlling KNX
  • April 17 & 18 (12:00 GMT): iRidium Scripts: Creating drivers for controlling any equipment
  • April 23 (12:00 GMT): iRidium for HDL-BUS Pro

Upon completion of the iRidium Academy trainings, attendees will be able to:

  • Create unique interfaces in the iRidium GUI Editor
  • Create drivers for controlling any equipment
  • Create your own Automation projects
  • Set up connection with any Automation system & AV equipment in your project
  • With a 100% test score, additional bonuses will be awarded

To register for the webinars or for more information, interested parties should visit http://www.iridiummobile.net/academy/main/with-coach/.

Alternatively, video-based courses are available online and can be accessed 24/7/365. These can be found by visiting http://www.iridiummobile.net/academy/main/myself/.

Delivering unrivaled capabilities and elegantly styled customizable graphical user interfaces, iRidium provides integrators the ability to combine the functionality of a wide variety of electronics systems components into a single project. This enables the entire system to be easily operated by control panels, touch panels, tablets, devices and gadgets. Currently, iRidium is compatible with Crestron, KNX, TP4, Lutron, My Home, Global Cache’, HDL, Clipsal, Modbus, Helvar, Domintell and Weinzierl. Other brands will be added as they are collectively tested and approved.

The iRidium software package is flexible yet functional, and easily operated by users with varying degrees of technical knowledge. The application can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play and via www.iridiummobile.net. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about iRidium mobile on the web by visiting www.iridiummobile.net, by writing to contact@iridiummobile.ru, and by following @IridiumMobile on Twitter.

To download images, screen shots and other information, please visit our Press Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qp01pfg4tt9vo6d/Bum5jo2rhr, managed by KMB Communications.

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About iRidium mobile

iRidium mobile is a dynamic and rapidly evolving Russian-based IT company that developed iRidium, a software package used to create unique, functional graphic interfaces for controlling any Residential or Commercial Automation System, Audio Video equipment or Media Server from any device or gadget operating on the iOS, Mac, Windows XP/7/8, or Android platform.

Simple and scalable, iRidium enables systems integrators to create graphic interfaces that have been fully adapted to meet the needs of a diverse range of clientele. When fully implemented, the application simplifies the integration of different electronic systems components by combining them into one centralized, customizable project within the iRidium system. Drivers for most Audio Video equipment are easily created using iRidium Scripts, further customizing the desired functionality of every component.

Utilizing the most current and cutting edge programming technologies available, the iRidium team consists of highly skilled programmers, information technologists and executive level management with an extensive background in designing, developing and delivering smart home automation and control solutions.

Available for download from the App Store, Google Play and via www.iridiummobile.net, iRidium is easy to implement, customize and use. The system is flexible yet functional, and easily operated by users with varying degrees of technical knowledge. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about iRidium mobile on the web by visiting www.iridiummobile.net or by writing to contact@iridiummobile.ru.

iRidium mobile Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | E.  Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446.1283 | C. (425) 328.8640 | W. www.kmbcomm.com | T. @katyemcgregor

IC Realtime Adds 20,000 Square Foot Integration Center to Florida Corporate Office

IC Realtime's Experience Center Showroom

Showroom demonstrates brand’s surveillance cameras, video recorders and Apps live, including integration into leading home automation, computer and mobile platforms; also new are a dedicated training center and a larger tech support facility

Pompano Beach, FL – March 28, 2013 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for residential and commercial applications — with US corporate headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida and a satellite office in Goodyear, Arizona — today announced that it has expanded its Florida offices to accommodate a brand-new 20,000 square foot integration center. Now open and fully-operational, the center adds a state-of-the-art demonstration showroom, a dedicated training center and an expanded tech support / R&D lab.

The first thing visitors experience when they enter IC Realtime’s main corporate entrance is the fully-equipped showroom replete with individual workstations demonstrating the company’s many analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, Apps and accessories – all live, in action. Also in place are workstations that show IC Realtime’s products fully-integrated into RTI, Control4, Crestron and Savant environments.

In the middle of the showroom stands a display center equipped with all the mobile devices that the company supports including Kindle, Windows8, Android and Apple (both mobile and home) platforms.

Another focal point of the showroom is a demonstration of IC Realtime’s I-Sniper technology which illustrates how special sensors in the cameras capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions. This “pixel-by-pixel” enhancement technology is created exclusively for IC Realtime by Pixim, Inc.

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor has opened the showroom to security and AV dealers interested in demonstrating the company’s solutions to their clientele. In addition, Sailor intends to fly-in dealers from around the US to experience the showroom and get better acquainted with IC Realtime.

IC Realtime’s sales and technical teams are also available to conduct demonstrations to dealers and their clientele. Standard showroom hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM. Special after-hours appointments can be made as well.

Annexed to the showroom is a brand-new training center that comfortably seats 40 people. Making for more interactive and robust training sessions, the facility incorporates digital whiteboards that communicate via Bluetooth. IC Realtime plans to offer educational classes throughout the year that earn participants 2 CEDIA University credits.

Also in place is a new-and-improved lab that IC Realtime uses for research and development and technical support. The lab is 4 times larger than the company’s previous lab and incorporates new testing areas for newly developed product, R&D equipment, and specialty projects. In total the company employs more than 30 people in the lab.

According to Sailor, the integration center cost IC Realtime more than $300,000 to build. “We’ve put our money where our mouth is here,” says Sailor. “The showroom is designed to show — not talk about — how our products truly integrate with these multiple platforms.”

The integration center is situated at IC Realtime’s US headquarters, located at 3050 North Andrews Ave Extension, Pompano Beach, FL 33064 – only minutes from Interstate I-95. Dealers interested in visiting should call 954.772.5327 or email info@icrealtime.com.

Later this year, IC Realtime plans to put in place a 10,000 square foot integration center in its Arizona office.

For all media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or via email at paul@mutocomm.com

About IC Realtime: IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – 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.

Display Development Moving On Up

Batavia, NY—March 2013—Display Development, innovator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their facility in Batavia, New York. The additional 4,000 square feet will accommodate manufacturing, light assembly, engineering, and distribution.

“We were very fortunate that the space adjacent to our current location became available,” said Jim Burns, president of Display Development. “Our business is exploding, and we needed to accommodate the demands of this growth. While it’s tempting in this real estate market to purchase space, we didn’t want to invest in something we may outgrow—it’s an exciting time for our company.”

Display Development recently introduced their IW7 and IW8 in-wall display systems, which offer extreme flexibility for an unprecedented value. The IW systems create a display solution far superior to a flat panel in terms of image size and fidelity, and overall experience, with no impact on a room’s décor—when not in use, the system can be completely concealed.

Display Development is located at 56 Harvester Ave, Batavia, New York, 14020. You can also find Display Development at Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

Display Development in Batavia, New York

RackLink™ System Now Compliant with InfoComm Energy Management Standard


Fairfield, NJ–– With its latest firmware update, all models in Middle Atlantic Products’ suite of RackLink™ Power Management products now fully support InfoComm’s recently published Energy Management Standard. RackLink products provide integrators and facility managers with the necessary features and functionality to implement the standard. These include the monitoring and logging of power consumption, room occupancy and outlet state, as well as individual control of connected devices.

The standard, which provides a guideline for efficient energy management of AV systems through the control, monitoring, and conservation of electric power, was published in June of last year. RackLink models are currently the industry’s only available option to meet certain requirements of the standard such as power factor monitoring and providing a fine degree of resolution in their measurement accuracy.

Audiovisual control system solutions company Control Concepts partnered with Middle Atlantic to develop the RackLink system’s critical open-architecture communication with control systems. Control Concepts President Steve Greenblatt also served as a member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He notes, “Middle Atlantic has shown a commitment to the InfoComm Energy Management standard from the onset of RackLinkTM product development ensuring that the design and control capabilities meet all the requirements in addition to including a host of added features. Middle Atlantic went as far as to upgrade firmware, software, and control modules once the standard was released to address specific nuances added prior to finalization.”

“RackLink was designed to enable the best possible practices in ensuring power-efficient AV systems,” said Bob Schluter, Middle Atlantic Founder and fellow member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He also noted the ease with which the RackLink system complies with the standard: “All the required measurements are consolidated in one box, so there’s no need to mix data from separate places. RackLink systems also output that data in a useable format that requires no manipulation.”

For more information about the RackLink system and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Control4 Drivers Now Available for IC Realtime Dual Core Video Recorders

Pure ethernet drivers deliver picture previewing and streaming video in Control4 environment,
thus eliminating the need for costly 3rd party video encoders, granting a lower bottom line for a higher level of integration. Drag-and-drop setup makes for fast-and-easy configuration.

Pompano Beach, FL – March 12, 2013 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for residential and commercial applications, now has Control4™ drivers for its Dual Core series of NVRs, DVRs and HD DVRs.

The drivers, developed by Extra Vegetables, bring enhanced functionality to the recorders in the Control4 environment – namely picture previewing and streaming video. Installers can also take advantage of technical support from IC Realtime should they need assistance loading the driver into Control4′s Composer design software.

According to IC Realtime Integrated Technologies Manager Christoffer Callaway, the driver is designed to be extremely easy to load. “Drag-and-drop the driver into your project, point to the IP address and you’re done. It’s that simple,” says Callaway.

”The increased functionality also benefits end-users in that they can take advantage of a centralized interface that manages total home control as well as surveillance,” adds Callaway.
”In other words, users don’t have to leave the Control4 environment to access the IC Realtime system. That’s a really nice convenience.”

IC Realtime Dual Core series recorders shipping effective March 2013 are equipped with the new Control4 compatible firmware. Installers can easily update firmware of recorders in the field by contacting the IC Realtime technical support department at 954.736.4211.

Control4 drivers are made available for download directly from Extra Vegetables at http://extravegetables.com/products/ic-realtime-nvr.

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – 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.

About Control4
Control4 is a leading provider of automation systems for homes and businesses that provides personalized control of lighting, music, video, energy and security through more than 2,200 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 72 countries. By delivering insightfully simple, personalized control solutions that enhance the lives of individuals and families, Control4 is the automation platform of choice for customers, major customer electronics companies, hotels and businesses around the world. For more information visit www.control4.com.

Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV to Distribute IC Realtime Security Solutions

Security cameras, IP cameras, DVR and CCTV equipment for business and home surveillance in stock and available next-day from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations across the US

Burlington, MA – February 19, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on dealer support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into an agreement to nationally distribute IC Realtime security solutions.

IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – 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.

”Surveillance is a primary target category for Catalyst AV,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “We can provide added value to our dealer network who are interested in adding this profit center to the range of services they provide their clients.”

”Having a close working relationship with IC Realtime — a brand that is recognized as the preferred surveillance vendor to our channel — will allow us to execute this strategy to its fullest. Together we will be able to guide the dealer from product specification to after installation technical service,” added Whinna.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• 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)
Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Catalyst AV media contact Paul Muto, Muto Communications. paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

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 is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime, LLC designs security solutions that not only help organizations to enhance the effectiveness of their security operations, but also improve their overall business performance. Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida, with offices in New York and Arizona, IC Realtime was founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. As a result, IC Realtime understands the needs of security/alarm dealers and integrators and is committed to providing its customers with innovative and superior-quality products that are competitively priced nearly always available off-the-shelf. www.icrealtime.com

HISENSE OFFERS UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, STARTING BELOW $100

Suwanee, Georgia, February 6, 2013 —With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s a great time to kick home entertainment up a notch with the latest in movies, sports and apps to enjoy together with that special someone. Starting below $100 and available from both online and brick-and-mortar retailers, Hisense offers a range of exciting, innovative technologies that couple great value with aesthetic design.

The Hisense Pulse set-top-box with Google TV is the perfect TV upgrade for less than $100. Connecting to any television with an HDMI input, the Pulse enables the richest web, search, apps and TV content experience available today. Delivering true plug-and-play versatility with easy set-up and WiFi connectivity right out of the box, the Pulse delivers TV-optimized versions of the Chrome search engine, Google Play, as well as direct access to Netflix and Vudu Movies. Available exclusively at Amazon.com, the Pulse is the perfect way to find romantic comedies (and more) for Valentine’s Day.

For a bigger upgrade, Hisense offers a selection of affordable and innovative televisions complete with all of the latest 3D and Smart TV features to put a smile on any movie buff’s face. Delivering an immersive and cinematic experience right at home, a 3D TV is the ideal gift for action, comedy and science fiction fans. Hisense Smart TVs allow endless entertainment from a host of content providers such as Netflix, Vudu Movies and YouTube, in addition to apps for Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media platforms. Hisense televisions are available at retailers including Walmart and HHGregg, and online at Amazon.com.

“Valentine’s Day can be so much more than just chocolates and flowers,” said Peter Erdman, Vice President of Consumer Electronics, Hisense USA. “Giving someone a Hisense TV or a Pulse set-top-box not only make the day more memorable, it’s also a fantastic way to upgrade the home to the latest entertainment experience on any budget.”

For more information about the range of Hisense products, visit www.hisense-usa.com.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

Editorial contact:
Mark Chisholm (Definition Branding & Marketing): +1-(503) 715-0990 ext. 29 mark.chisholm@definitionbam.com

Extron Introduces USB Power Plates for Charging Mobile Devices

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

Anaheim, California (January 31, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB PowerPlate 200 Series, a new line of architectural-mount, two-outlet USB chargers for powering mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Available in Decora-style, and Extron AAP and MAAP Architectural Adapter Plate form factors, the USB PowerPlate 200 provides two 5 VDC USB power outlets and 2.1 A / 10.5 watts of total power. Its unique design can deliver full power to either USB outlet when only one device is connected, ideal for use with high current-demand tablets.

“The proliferation of mobile devices has created a nearly constant search for a place to plug in a USB charger, not to mention the frustration when that charger is forgotten or lost and batteries are running low,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We designed the USB PowerPlate 200 for easy integration in conference rooms, libraries, student lounges, coffee houses, and other areas where mobile devices are typically used and available AC outlets are at a premium.”

All versions of the USB PowerPlate 200 include an energy-efficient, external universal power supply, rated at one million hours MTBF, for worldwide power compatibility.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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