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RTI Now Shipping T2x Wireless Controller

Fifth-Generation Remote Features Three Built-In Wireless Modes, Grip Sensors, Accelerometer, and Edge-to-Edge Touchscreen

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Sept. 5, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced today that it is now shipping the fifth generation of its popular T2 wireless control interface: the T2x. In addition to a thinner, sleeker, and more ergonomic design, the T2x adds a number of innovative new features to take the user experience to unprecedented levels. more

Home Awareness and Energy Management Company enerG Launches at 2013 CEDIA Expo

Easy-to-sell and install, Z-Wave-based home awareness and energy management system provides integrators with an excellent hardware margin and lucrative recurring monthly revenue

BURLINGTON, MA – August 30, 2013 – Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp. is tapping the 2013 CEDIA Expo to make its channel debut (Expo booth #428). The company’s Home Awareness System (utilizing the Z-Wave platform) allows homeowners to control, customize, and automate all connected devices in the home and receive important system notifications on their Android and iOS devices.

The enerG starter package consists of a gateway hub, a thermostat and two smart enerG switches at an MSRP of $429, with additional fees for integrators’ installation and enerG’s monthly service plan (starts at $29.99). The system can easily be expanded to include lighting control, garage door access, keyless entry and wireless HD viewing.

Homeowners manage the operation of their connected devices at the enerGhome.com portal. There they can monitor how much energy has been consumed by device and the whole house in both watts and dollars based on their specific utility provider. This allows them to set energy goals, and accordingly, make adjustments to improve consumption.

The company’s mobile app mirrors the portal, making the system readily available on the go. For example, the homeowner can monitor energy usage, adjust thermostats and view video from the app, even opting to select and view multiple locations.

For even greater home control, the system incorporates Geo-Fencing, a technology that makes it possible for the homeowner to define rules or to adjust settings when people leave or approach the home (for example automatically adjusting HD-viewing or temperature, etc.). The technology uses GPS in the homeowner’s smartphone to trigger the settings.

Hardware
The enerG system is scalable and affordable. The pre-packaged systems are as follows:
• $429 MSRP Starter Package (gateway hub, thermostat and 2 smart enerG switches)
• $599 MSRP Connected Home Package (adds lighting and whole house smart meter)
• $1,299 MSRP Home Awareness Package(adds HD Viewing & Cloud based services up to 4 terabytes of recording & viewing video)
• $1,499 Home Awareness Plus Package (adds keyless entry)

Additionally, as many like products as desired can be added to the corresponding enerG package for no additional service fee.

Software
In addition to the hardware and installation costs paid to the integrator, the homeowner remits a service fee to enerG each month to access the system. The fees start at:
• $29.99 per month (Starter and Connected Home Packages)
• $39.99 per month (Home Awareness, and Home Awareness Package Plus)

The integrator receives a commission from enerG each month the system is active.

“We are trying to change the way integrators bring products to the end-user,” says enerG President Greg Brett. “Until now, recurring revenue service (RMR) offerings were only available through security-based systems and maintenance contracts. We found a way to bring to market a range of offerings that customers want and create a RMR stream for the integrator in doing so. This is a complete solution where the integrator makes profit on the product, the installation and the services. enerG provides the software platform, takes care of the monthly billing and markets back to the end-user to help the integrator get back into the home for new opportunities.”

“This type of product line is what our dealers need to expand their base of business,” says Steve Presti of Easy Access Distribution, a New England enerG distributor. “We have done a soft launch of the product in July and dealers have really embraced it. The packages offered are easily sold and have multiple add-on possibilities when specifying a system for a home or small business.”

For additional information on enerG products and becoming an enerG Home Awareness authorized integrator visit www.enerGhome.com

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

About enerG Corporation
Founded in 2013, enerG provides homeowners a scalable and affordable system that delivers an increased recognition of energy efficiency and home awareness using intuitive control devices. The company connects homeowners and professional installers to better maintain the systems in a home, thus ensuring maximum performance. www.enerGhome.com

Monster Middle East Gives Imerge Its Backing

Monster Middle East (MME) has re-affirmed its commitment to the Imerge brand by significantly increasing its stock of the company’s premium quality media servers.

As the exclusive Imerge distributor in the Middle East, MME sees huge potential for the brand, particularly among third party installers, integrators and consultants whose customers demand top of the range products in their homes and businesses.

With the Middle East’s annual sales of luxury goods now exceeding AED 30 billion (USD 8.2 billion) – and with the luxury goods market in the region recording a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012 (Fondazione Altagamma ‘Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study’), Imerge is ideally placed to appeal to Middle East consumers who expect a premium product.

Jehangir Khan, Regional Director MME, says: “Imerge is a high end product built to professional standards and is therefore well suited to meet the tastes and expectations of Middle East customers. The brand already has an impressive track record in the region, with many systems installed in prestigious residential and commercial properties. The fact that these products offer a centralized database and support all major control systems makes them ideal for installations where there is a requirement for multi-room media access.”

Imerge entertainment servers make it simple for users to store their content and replay it, wherever and whenever they want it, with maximum fidelity and minimum fuss.

All Imerge systems are powered by XIVA, its own leading edge technology, and can be controlled by most of the leading automation systems (such as AMX, Crestron and Savant) from Imerge’s dedicated Apple (iPhone, Pad or Pod) control application, or by browsing from another tablet or personal computer.

Imerge systems have the ability to play different media in multiple locations simultaneously without connection slowing down or stopping at the critical moment.

In 2010, Imerge became part of the Prism Sound Group, which is investing in the development of new products. Sold via a worldwide network of custom installation specialists and distributors, Imerge products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the sector, while its standard of service is without equal.

In recent months Monster Middle East has supplied Imerge products to a number of system integrators and custom installers in the region, for various prestigious hotel projects and large commercial installations.

Daya Shankar Singh, Technical Manager at Atlas Telecommunications, says: “We chose Imerge audio servers because, as an overall audio solution, they give us every feature we could possibly need. We are continually impressed with how seamlessly the S4000 integrates into any of our projects, large or small, from the ease of importing media to the extensive compatibility of the downloadable control system modules. The S4000 is simple to use and integrates well with the other system components that we employ in the majority of our projects. Most importantly, it is very reliable – we just install and forget because we never have to worry about it not working.”

For more information about Imerge in the Middle East, please contact Monster Middle East, NC7, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tel: +971-4-883 04 05. Fax: +971-4-883 04 06. Email: support@monsterme.com

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

For more information please visit www.imerge.co.uk or www.xiva.com

Richard Gray’s Power Company Adds IP-Addressable Power Management Solutions; New Lineup to be Showcased at CEDIA EXPO 2013

CHICAGO, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA – Booth #2226) – August 27, 2013 – Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC), a US-based manufacturer of AC power and communications network infrastructure protection and enhancement products announced today that the company will demonstrate for CEDIA Expo 2013 attendees a new lineup of performance-enhancing solutions for residential and commercial applications. Designed to provide powerful insight, intelligence and protection, the IPAC-8 Remote IP Power Management System is one of the newest products to the RGPC line that CEDIA Expo attendees will be shown in booth #2226.

The first of its kind within the RGPC line, the IPAC-8 provides IP-addressability and associated remote monitoring capabilities and delivers a safe, clean power environment that enables connected devices to perform at their highest possible level.

Ideal for virtually any residential or commercial environment or application, IPAC-8 features on/off remote (IP) control of 8 individual AC power outlets and local monitoring with an easy-to-read RMS current meter display that provides a quick visual indication of the load, reducing the risk of overloads and tripped breakers. On/off sequences can be defined, and power can be remotely monitored via meter, web or RGPC’s free bundled software, and Http, Https, SNMP, DHCP and UDP protocol is supported. The system includes user-defined alarm thresholds for warning and overload, and event alerts can be delivered via email, trap or audible alarm

IPAC-8 is quick and easy to install and requires no additional mounting hardware. Because IPAC-8 is also ihiji invision compatible, there are no port forwarding or extensive network configuration requirements. It features a space-saving design that provides 1U rack or wall mount options and is backed by a three-year warranty.

Available now to integrators, retailers and end-users in the North American market or anywhere with 120Volts, 50/60 HZ service, IPAC-8 carries an MSRP of $1,000 USD.

About Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC)

Richard Gray’s Power Company is a US-owned and operated manufacturer of AC Power Delivery Systems designed to provide the most suitable working environment that protects, purifies and matches the electrical characteristics and demands of AV equipment, home automation, integrated systems and communications networks, while simultaneously enhancing performance and increasing system reliability to the highest level.

The recipient of numerous technology awards, RGPC provides products, technical solutions and services that ensure a safe, secure and enhanced environment where AC power, communications and data operate in harmony and with maximum efficiency for today’s converged infrastructure and integrated technologies.

www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Richard Gray’s Power Company Contact Information:

7051 West Wilson Avenue

Norridge (Chicago), IL 60706-4784

Toll-Free: 800-880-3474

Phone: 504-247-0300

Fax: 708-395-2508

Web: www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Email: sales@richardgrayspowercompany.com

 

Richard Gray’s Power Company Press Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: (406) 446-1283

Cell: (425) 328-8640

Web: www.kmbcomm.com

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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ZIGEN Announces New ZIG-CX-100 HDMI Over Coax Extender Kit with 3D Pass-Through Allowing HDMI Signals to be Extended Over a Single RG-6QUAD Coaxial Cable

Award-winning product to be showcased during CEDIA EXPO, September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, CO 

LOS ANGELES, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #3429) – August 22, 2013 Zigen Corp., a leading provider of reliable and versatile HDMI and audio distribution solutions for the Custom Installation industry, announced today that orders for the new ZIG-CX-100 HDMI over coax extender with 3D pass-through are now shipping. An award-winning solution for residential and commercial Audio Video installations, the ZIG-CX-100enables HDMI with 3D signal to be extended over a single RG-6 quad coaxial cable. Attendees of CEDIA EXPO in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013 are encouraged to visit booth #3429 to see how ZIG-CX-100 works and to learn more about the Zigen lineup.

Available for immediate delivery, the new Zigen ZIG-CX-100 is a transmitter / receiver extender kit for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio. The kit comes with built in bi-directional IR and RS-232 control signal pathway that can be passed over the same coaxial cable. It enables 1080p/24Hz with 3D up to 330-ft/100 meters, and is compliant with HDMI 1.4, 3D, HDCP, and DVI – D standards. The ZIG-CX-100 can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with matrix switching equipment to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations.

“We developed the ZIG-CX-100 to bring High-Speed HDMI video standards and full feature set – including 3D, bi-directional RS-232 and IR – to infrastructures that utilize coaxial rather than category cables,” said Ed Dellalyan, President of Zigen. “With this new solution, integrators now have a viable alternative for complex jobs involving long distance HDMI video with embedded audio transmission. This is something that’s been needed for some time in commercial installations, older homes with existing coax, and locations with outdoor displays where coax is more durable. As such, not only does it solve problems, it creates opportunities.”

The ZIG-CX-100 is an ideal solution for retrofit work or upgrades where it is impractical or impossible to run new category cables. It works especially well in locations that require multiple displays to show the same HDMI content as it enables up to 250 units to be linked in series to deliver the content to up to 250 displays. The ZIG-CX-100 is priced at $699 MSRP and orders are being accepted now for immediate delivery.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit Zigen during CEDIA EXPO in booth #3429, where the line will be fully showcased. More information about Zigen and the new ZIG-CX-100 can be obtained by calling (877) 650-5252, visiting www.zigencorp.com, or by emailing info@zigencorp.com.

About Zigen

Zigen is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in Audio Video distribution solutions. Manufactured to rigorous standards and designed to provide HD solutions for complex Residential or Commercial audio/video installations, every product in the Zigen line is field-tested and installer approved. www.zigencorp.com

Zigen Press Contact:

Ed Dellalyan

 

6934 Canby Ave., Suite 107

Reseda, CA 91335

Phone: 818.654-5252

Email: ed@ZigenCorp.com

Web: www.zigencorp.com

 

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SnapAV Product Specifications and Dealer Pricing Now Available for Direct Download to D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

Authorized SnapAV dealers can access tiered pricing directly from D-Tools Data Library to further streamline estimation and project delivery 

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced a key productivity enhancement for System Integrator™ software users. Now, authorized SnapAV dealers can download the SnapAV product and pricing catalog directly through the D-Tools Data Browser. This convenient tool enables authorized dealers to download the entire SnapAV product line – including tiered pricing levels – into their System Integrator catalogs, significantly reducing the time and cost associated with creating accurate estimates and system designs for their client engagements.

“Making this information available to our Authorized Dealers through the D-Tools workflow is a great productivity enhancement for our joint customers,” said Craig Case, President of SnapAV. “We are pleased to work with D-Tools and share a similar vision of making it easier for system integrators to deliver world-class solutions for their clients. The combination of our deep product line and D-Tools’ powerful workflow gives today’s integrators the power and convenience to compete and win.”

As a D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner, SnapAV helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients, and the new functionality in D-Tools SIX enables delivery of specific dealer pricing, further saving time and cost.

“This is a game-changing tool and we are thrilled to offer SnapAV Authorized Dealer pricing to our SnapAV dealer customers directly from the Data Browser,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “This marks an important and significant step in the evolution of our platform, which has been built upon the goal of making the integrator’s job easier – while making it easier for our manufacturer partners to provide their dealers with the most up-to-date information available – which ultimately benefits the entire custom integration eco-system.”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.

SnapAV Brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Wattbox™ Power and Surge, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information about SnapAV and its product brands can be found at www.snapav.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. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

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

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com 

 

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Luxul to Provide Detailed Product Information to the D-Tools MVP Program as Part of Partnership Renewal

Current and detailed Luxul product information is now fully updated in D-Tools System Integrator™ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Luxul has recently renewed their MVP Program membership. Through the MVP Program, detailed information on of the entire family of Luxul products is now available in the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify the appropriate Luxul products. Based in Draper, Utah and led by Jeffrey Curtis, Luxul, is a leading innovator of Wi-Fi and wired networking products, whose products are used around the world in Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Military settings because they are powerful and cost-effective tools that offer maximum performance and reliability.

”Our product line continues to expand, and we are adding new high performance IP products to the mix on a regular basis. Because of this constant evolution, it’s important that integrators are kept up-to-date and aware of all our products and their specifications. Not only does the D-Tools MVP Program ensure this, it also provides custom integrators the tools they need to succeed,” said Kevin Hansen, VP of Commercial Sales, Luxul Wireless. “Since Luxul Xen products are sold exclusively to custom integrators, the partnership beautifully complements our commitment to deliver high performance solutions to the channel that increase performance, reliability and usability while reducing costs associated with installation and maintenance.”

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

“Luxul manufactures high performance networking products that can easily help SI users overcome many typical implementation challenges,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Designed for efficiency and stability, Luxul products are a definite enhancement to the MVP program and we proudly offer their wireless and wired networking technologies to our user-base. We’re pleased to have them as part of the MVP Program.”

About Luxul

Luxul is a leading innovator of high performance networking solutions for implementing superior residential, commercial, industrial and mobile military network solutions. Designed for use in residential and commercial environments, the new Luxul Xen family offers a complete line of pre-configured modular solutions that simplify network design and deployment—resulting in a scalable network that is both powerful and easy to install. The complete Luxul Xen line includes High Performance Wireless Access Points, Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Commercial Grade Routers, and Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) solutions for residential or business networks. In addition to the Luxul Xen family, the company also offers a line of rugged solutions for mobile network deployments. For a complete list or Luxul products, visit http://www.luxul.com. Luxul products are widely used in residential, hospitality, healthcare, mining, military/defense, education, and mesh networking applications.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

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

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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ICE Cable’s “Big Mouth Payout” Bulk Cable Box Saves Integrators Time and Money

Proprietary cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and heavily reinforced box eliminates headaches caused by common “fall-apart” boxes and tangled cable messes

Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2013 – ICE Cable Systems (2013 CEDIA Expo booth #1552) — which serves integrators both directly and via more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally – is now shipping its new Big Mouth Payout (BMP) bulk wire & cable box. BMP incorporates four distinct design advantages that help the integrator run more efficiently on the jobsite.

4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern
The BMP box combines a 4-inch payout hole with a proprietary cable-winding pattern. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, the payout is more than twenty times larger than what’s currently available on the market today. “Our payout and wind pattern help eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling. Removing these obstacles makes a one-man wire pull — for example from atop a ladder — significantly easier,” says Rizzo.

Ascending and descending foot-markers
Incorporated on the cable jackets are ascending and descending foot-markers which make it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains. The result is optimal usage of the entire wind and the elimination of scrap; it also solves the common problem of tracking usage which according to Rizzo can often be difficult when more than one technician pulls from the same box.

Ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard box with reinforced handles
To withstand abuse on the jobsite, the BMP box is comprised of an extremely durable water resistant cardboard along with dual-layer reinforced handles. According to Rizzo the cardboard is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force which far surpasses what is currently available in the channel today.

”BMP is a great example of ICE Cable’s understanding of what’s important to the integrator,” says Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV network, which distributes ICE Cable nationally. “Advantages like this make it easier for integrators to finish their pre-wire jobs faster and with less hassle.”

All box cables (category, speaker, coax, alarm, control, etc.) by ICE ship in a BMP box, many of which are available in runs as long as 1,000 feet.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout box combines a 4-inch payout and special wind pattern

paul@mutocomm.com.

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

Catalyst AV Specialty AV Products Distribution Network Appoints Custom Partners, LLC to Serve Metro-NY Territory

Burlington, MA – August 12, 2013 – Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV — which formed in December 2012 — has filled its metro-NY slot with the appointment of Custom Partners, LLC.

Custom Partners was founded in 2003 by Rich Radimer and Ron Wood – both principals of independent sales rep firm Proact Sales. Along with distribution manager Bryan Bentley, outside salesman Mike Baker, and sales manager Patty Russo, the distribution company has more than 100 years of combined experience selling consumer electronics.

By way of the affiliation, Custom Partners picks-up many Catalyst AV lines including Vivitek projectors, ICE Cable, Perfect Path cables, Vanco accessories, Catalyst AV HDMI interconnects and ClearView surveillance.

”The timing is great for Custom Partners joining the Catalyst AV group,” says Chris Wyllie of Long Island-based integration shop S.E.A.L Solutions. “Custom Partners’ warehouse is easy to get to from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For a business like mine, where we’re constantly on the road, having value-added lines like this easily accessible to us makes all the difference in our day-to-day operations.”

With the addition of Custom Partners, the Catalyst AV network grows to 12 member companies totaling 18-locations stateside, bringing the amount of integrators served to more than 14,000.

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)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)

Custom Partners LLC is located at 151 Fairchild Avenue, Unit 4, Plainview, NY 11803.
Phone: 516.352.7533; Fax: 516.352.7923. Website: www.custompartners.com.

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 14,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

Linear Unveils CD and MP3 Music Source for DMC Intercom Systems

Carlsbad, CA – August 6, 2013 – Linear, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, announces the DMCMP3, a new accessory for the DMC1 and DMC3-4 Music/Communication intercom systems. The digital MP3 and CD player integrates with new or existing DMC1/3-4 master units, transforming them into whole-house music and audio sources making it easy to share podcasts, music or even digital audio books throughout the home.

To achieve whole-home audio, Linear leverages a range of intercom and door speakers as well as audio-enabled patio and standard room stations to provide up to 15 rooms with AM/FM radio, and playback from CDs or MP3/phone devices via the 3.5mm audio input jack. Because it has its own power source, the DMCMP3 can also charge MP3 players and phones from the power- only USB-A port.

For convenient management, the DMCMP3 offers a five-button interface with a source select button and CD controls including: play/pause, fast-forward, rewind and track forward/reverse, with mode and option selection displayed on the DMC master unit. The DMCMP3’s curved edges and minimalist appearance give it a modern feel that’s complements any room décor. Faceplate colors include almond, white and black

“The DMCMP3 is an ideal accessory for people who want to upgrade their existing intercom and security system to include audio playback from CDs and digital music players,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of market and product development. “Whole-home audio is in great demand and the DMC system offers one of the easiest and most affordable ways for dealers meet their customer’s entertainment needs.”

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.

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