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

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

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

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

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

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

About Furman®

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

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

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

About D-Tools, Inc.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Future Automation

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

About D-Tools, Inc.

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

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

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

 

 

 

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SurgeX Announces Lifetime Product and Five-Year Connected Equipment Protection Warranty

Knightdale, NC – January 23, 2014 – SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, announces a new lifetime product and five-year connected protection warranty for its Advanced Series Mode products.

The new SurgeX warranty is the most comprehensive in the industry and offers users peace of mind that their equipment is protected. AV and IT professionals, home theater aficionados, and all SurgeX customers will rest easy knowing they are receiving the most dependable power protection available covered by the most comprehensive warranty available. The policy emphasizes the reliability of SurgeX products and lets integrators know their installations are truly protected.

“Nowhere is reliability more important than with power management and this upgrade shows dealers and their customers we are committed to providing the best support, protection, and coverage possible,” said Shannon Townley, president, SurgeX and energy intelligence solution sales. “SurgeX already provides the best surge protection and smart power management solutions in the industry, and now we have a warranty policy in a class of its own.”

The new policy covers SurgeX products from defects in material and workmanship from the date of original purchase for as long as they are used by the original owner. Properly connected equipment is covered from damage as a result of a SurgeX product sacrificing itself to protect equipment during a power line disturbance for a period of five years, up to $50,000.

SurgeX products can be found protecting a wide range of nationally recognized venues. Installations include Carnegie Hall, Hubble Telescope Center, Library of Congress, Yankee Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Staples Center, and The Kimmel Center. Installations of this magnitude have no margin for error when it comes to power protection. Patented surge elimination technology combined with a lifetime product and five-year connected protection warranty policy allow SurgeX to offer the most comprehensive protection in the industry.

Some conditions apply, for more information on SurgeX warranties, please visit www.surgex.com/warranties.html.

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ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products.  Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 27 patents, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com  for further company and product information.

Matrox Adds 10 km Extension and HDCP Compliance to Avio F125 KVM Extenders

New features make Matrox Avio F125 the ideal solution for long-haul transmission of high quality dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video content

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that important new features have been added to Matrox Avio™ F125 KVM extension solutions. Maximum extension distance over a single duplex LC-LC fiber optic cable has been increased from 4 km (2.5 mi) to 10 km (6.2 mi) and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliance has been added.

Matrox Avio F125 - 10km KVM Extension with HDCP

Designed for high-performance environments, Avio F125 delivers fluid graphics and video playback over long distances making it ideal for Pro A/V, industrial process control, oil and gas, 3D design and visualization, education, military, broadcast and post-production environments. The ability to extend uncompressed dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video; keyboard; mouse; stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices up to 10 km from a workstation over a single duplex LC-LC cable lowers the cost of deployment across campuses and multi-story facilities. HDCP compliance lets users extend and playback copy-protected content on HDCP-enabled displays.

“The new 10 km extension and HDCP compliance features let users get the most from their investment,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In particular, customers who require longer distance deployments will appreciate the significant cost saving inherent in Avio’s single-cable design.”
Matrox Avio will be presented at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66).

Availability
Support for 10 km extension is available as part of the Avio SFP single-mode upgrade kit. The HDCP compliance feature for Avio will be available as a firmware update this quarter. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

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Rat Sound Systems deploys SD10 digital console at 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day

PASADENA, CA – January 2014 – First established as the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1890, “America’s New Year Celebration” this year featured 45 floats, 16 equestrian units plus numerous marching bands, all led by 2014 Grand Marshall Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame broadcaster. Officially titled the Rose Parade presented by Honda since 2011, the two-hour procession is typically watched by as many as 700,000 people along its 5.5-mile route through Pasadena, CA, where it runs mainly along Colorado Boulevard. more

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InfoComm International, SCHOMS start joint membership and training initiative

InfoComm International, the leading trade association serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, has agreed to extend membership and free and discounted training to members of the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS).

InfoComm and SCHOMS share a joint vision to promote professionalism amongst the senior level higher education technology manager community in the United Kingdom. To accomplish their common goals, all SCHOMS U.K. Institutions will become members of InfoComm International, and will receive select free online training, including CTS Prep, along with access to discounted advanced training.

David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International

“InfoComm is delighted to enter into our first official agreement with SCHOMS,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “We have worked together over the years to advance the AV profession at universities and provide networking for senior managers at higher education institutions throughout the U.K., and hope this effort will lead to more joint initiatives in the future.”

“With technology rapidly changing the way that Learning, Teaching and Assessment practice is created and delivered, all members of SCHOMS are increasing being expected to meet the challenges of innovating with and supporting a range of Audio Visual and Learning Technologies. The agreement with InfoComm delivers a consistent and recognised approach to developing and professionalising our staff to meet the needs of our learners and exceed their growing expectations”, said Simon Birkett, SCHOMS Chair.

The groups estimate that InfoComm International will gain 75 new members as this relationship gets underway.

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

About SCHOMS

The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK Higher Education. SCHOMS members lead and manage a diverse set of educational, technology, media and institutional support services. They give strategic direction to support and promote excellence in teaching and learning practice through the deployment of classroom technology, AV equipment and innovation in the design of learning spaces. The group promotes continuing professional development amongst its membership, offering leadership and management development, with opportunities for accredited technical training for a range of roles and grades. Additional information is available at www.schoms.ac.uk

Matrox Mura Network API Brings Exciting New Digital Signage Functionality to Mura-based Video Walls

Attention-grabbing digital signage effects and fast HTML5 renderer to be demonstrated at ISE and DSE 2014

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the immediate availability of a new version of Matrox Mura™ Network API for Mura MPX video wall controller boards. The updated API lets ISVs add eye-catching transitions and effects to their video wall software. It also provides a high-performance HTML5 renderer that enables integration of social media, weather information, animations and other online data feeds into digital signage.

Matrox Mura Network API enables new transitions and effects such as window rotation.

The latest presentation effects will be demonstrated on Matrox Mura-powered video walls at upcoming tradeshows including Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66) and Digital Signage Expo 2014 (Las Vegas, Feb. 12-13, booth 348). Content from baseband sources, streaming network sources, local media players and live HTML feeds will be captured, moved, scaled, switched, rotated, zoomed, faded, alpha blended and color keyed with stunning visual quality. Multiple transitions will be combined to create an endless variety of complex, striking effects.

“AV integrators around the world have long relied on Mura-based video walls in control room installations,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “Now with the new functionality enabled by the Mura Network API in applications from our partners, digital signage integrators will be able to use the same high quality, robust hardware to create cost-effective and engaging signage and presentation video walls in corporate, government, retail, restaurant, sports, museum, casino and house of worship environments.”

Availability
The Mura Network API and the lower level C/C++ style DWC API are available to developers now. Several ISVs will be adding the new Mura functionality to their applications so that digital signage integrators will soon be able to easily create layouts and transitions limited only by their imaginations. Matrox partner announcements are expected in Q1, 2014. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Extron Expands New Cable Cubby Series/2 Lineup

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Cable Cubby 500 and the Cable Cubby 700, the latest additions to the company’s all-new Cable Cubby Series/2 line of cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The compact Cable Cubby 500 and mid-size Cable Cubby 700 join the previously-announced Cable Cubby 1200 low-profile enclosure and Cable Cubby 1400 double-sided enclosure, offering four unique, conference room cable management solutions that complement any furniture style or room décor. These versatile, next-generation modular enclosures support the AV industry’s broadest range of available AV connectivity and AC power options, including Extron Retractor cable retraction modules, AAP – Architectural Adapter Plates, and AV cables. AC power modules are available for the US, Europe, and other major world markets. The Cable Cubby 500 and Cable Cubby 700 are available in a durable yet elegant black anodized or brushed aluminum finish. more

Technical Direction Company (TDC) provides the perfect video backdrop for 27th ARIA Awards

Video display experts, Technical Direction Company (TDC) supplied all video technology elements for the 27th ARIA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia on 1 December 2013.

The ARIA Awards are the official awards of the Australian Record Industry Association attended by an audience of over 4,000. The event was broadcast live on Channel 9’s “GO!” with performances from many Australian artists including Birds of Tokyo, Bliss n Eso and Tame Impala as well as special guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Lorde.

The ceremony was produced by Michael Long and Vicki Gerrans. Set design was by Kim Buddee. Stunning screen graphics were produced and operated by Rod Morris.

TDC supplied custom automated rolling screens with ultra-bright 26K HD projectors, that not only provided a uniform, succinct and clean look according to the set design but also acted as a mask for set changeovers. TDC also supplied 200 square metres of high-resolution LED video display as well as video projections and creative and scenic LED elements along with switching, control and technical crew.

ARIA Event Producer, Michael Long said: “We’ve worked with TDC for a number of years because they have quality product, they always deliver on time and within budget meeting our set designer needs and music act requirements. TDC has an excellent logistical and creative team that can cope well with any last minute changes.

“For the Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jessica Mauboy performances and various DJ’s we used all 4 LED screens on stage along with two side screens. We created a specific look for act changeover where TDC’s two large projection screens came down and covered the stage. Because the venue didn’t have the ceiling height, we had to think of something different and thankfully TDC had some special screens available. TDC suggested early on that we use 6×6 metre screens with custom-built truss to roll them in and out creating a seamless image and transition.”

Olin Winton, Technical Manager at Technical Direction Company said: “Creating a seamless video and LED video technology elements was vital to this project. We were able to utilize some of our highest resolution LED stock for the 27th ARIA Awards which created the perfect backdrop to the Australian and international music performances.”

The TDC Crew working on this project included:
Olin Winton
Kain Jones
Karl Johnstone
Will Day
Anthony Pellizzari

“We really appreciate the support that TDC gives the ARIA Awards and the Australian music industry,” ended Long.

About Technical Direction Company – TDC

Established in 1981, TDC’s expertise is in providing video technology solutions for major TV shows, theatre, corporate events, concert touring, exhibitions and outdoor events. Holding one of the largest stocks of high-end video equipment including LED, projection, displays and HD camera systems, TDC is the preferred provider of technical solutions for the top designers, producers, and production companies across the Asia Pacific region.
www.tdc.com.au

Ocean Matrix Introduces New HDMI to SDI Mini Converter with Looping Output

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – January 21, 2014 - Ocean Matrix, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast video gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to SDI Mini Converter with Looping Output. The OMX-HDMI-SDI accepts HDMI and converts it to 2 (dual) SDI outputs with up to 8-Channels of embedded audio. Providing a quick and seamless solution, the OMX-HDMI-SDI adds SDI outputs to cameras, DVRs or any HDMI enabled device. The OMX-HDMI-SDI can also add SDI to computers or video projectors with HDMI or DVI via a HDMI to DVI adapter.Ocean Matrix OMX-HDMI-SDI

“We saw the need to provide a simple cost effective broadcast quality HDMI to SDI Converter,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Ocean Matrix. “The compact size and high quality conversion of the OMX-HDMI-SDI fills this gap especially for field monitoring or a quick behind rack solution.”

The Ocean Matrix HDMI to SDI Mini Converter is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on February 1. To learn more about the OMX-HDMI-SDI and other Ocean Matrix products visit www.oceanmatrix.com.

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About Ocean Matrix
Ocean Matrix is both a manufacturer and importer of cost effective interface solutions for video & Pro-AV users. Our in-house engineers evaluate every product with state-of-the-art test equipment to ensure quality results at the lowest possible cost. Every Ocean Matrix product features a 1-Year Product Warranty.

Ocean Matrix is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

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