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Biamp Systems Showcases TesiraFORTÉ at the Business Breakthrough Event 2014 in London

Biamp’s DSP-based audio processors provide incredible flexibility for everyday and enterprise-grade applications

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 22, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced its participation in the Business Breakthrough Event 2014 in London on May 29. The premier event will provide attendees with information, discussion platforms, and solution updates within the rapidly evolving unified communications space. As a gold-level sponsor of the event, Biamp(R) will showcase its newly launched TesiraFORTÉ digital signal processors and host an educational presentation titled “It’s Amazing What Happens When People Hear What You Say — Delivering Audio That Works.” more

Screen Innovations—The World Needs the Best Bigger

Austin, TX—May 22, 2014—Screen Innovations (SI) has enlarged Black Diamond™, the world’s most popular ambient-light-rejecting screen and the ideal choice for commercial integrators who need Black Diamond™ quality in a larger format. The largest Black Diamond™ screens to date feature 1.4 gain in new sizes: 16:9 120” and 2.35:1 150”, in Fixed and Zero Edge formats. The larger Black Diamond screens, as well as other recently designed additions to the SI family, continue to make SI the fastest growing screen company in the world.

Black Diamond, the world’s only vertical and horizontal ambient-light-rejecting screen, has a multi layer optic that reflects only the light generated by the projector resulting in a 900% boost in contrast. Additionally, Black Diamond is the only screen that greatly benefits dark environments by reducing light scatter by over 75%. The result is the richest, sharpest image, with the best blacks now available from a screen.

Ryan Gustafson, President of Screen Innovations, boldly announced, “At SI, we believe innovation means that a design is never complete, just more perfect with each iteration. He continued, “We are excited to announce that plans are underway to invest in and expand our production capability to better support today’s large display needs. Our customers asked, and we delivered.”

All Black Diamond screens feature active 3D capabilities and are future-proofed and 4K ready. Screen sizes start at 80” fixed, curved, motorized, and popular Zero Edge formats.

Screen Innovations will exhibit at InfoComm June 18-20, 2014, in Booth #419 in the North Hall. Stop by to see the next generation of video projection screens demonstrated with projectors from our partners, DPI, Epson, and Vivitek.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing: Starts at USD $2,199.00
Availability: May 2014

Screen Innovations makes it easy to choose the right screen for each application, based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit www.screeninnovations.com to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.

About Screen Innovations
Based in Austin, Texas, Screen Innovations is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient-light-rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens that deliver an unparalleled video image in light or dark environments. Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rivals or surpasses traditional displays. Operating under the principle of “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs.” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Visit www.screeninnovations.com or call 512-832-6939. Follow us on Facebook @screeninnovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Tracy Named To New Post in Middle Atlantic Growth Strategy

Fairfield, NJ––Mark Tracy has been appointed to the newly created role of Vice President Strategic Business and Market Development for Middle Atlantic Products and the Commercial AV division of Legrand North America. Led by the Middle Atlantic brand, Legrand Commercial AV offers foundational infrastructure products to installing contractors, including Wiremold wire and cable management solutions and C2G cable assemblies.

Part of an aggressive growth strategy for the company, this and related moves are intended to provide customers with the widest range of products and new technologies to improve system reliability and facilitate installations, and maintain the exceptional level of quality and support for which Middle Atlantic is known.

Working closely with company president Mike Baker, Tracy will be responsible for supporting growth for Middle Atlantic and Legrand Commercial AV through the addition of new products, businesses and the development of new market applications and channels.

Tracy will also represent Middle Atlantic and Legrand Commercial AV in key industry groups and work to evolve the company’s value proposition to an ever-expanding customer base to build complementary business alliances and identify, facilitate and integrate strategic acquisitions.

In a simultaneous move, Tim Troast has been appointed to the position of Director of Product Management for Middle Atlantic in charge of New Product Development and Product Line Management.

Commenting on the new appointments, Baker said, “Mark’s extensive product and market knowledge, 20 years of building relationships within the AV community and grasp of today’s technology perfectly position him to help us in developing a successful overall strategy to grow our business.

“We are excited to welcome Tim to the Director of Product Management position. He has demonstrated a passion for our customers and business and a willingness to jump in and make a difference.”

Troast joined Middle Atlantic in 2013 after spending 13 years at Pitney Bowes holding various sales and marketing positions, combining formal education and on the job experience in marketing and product line management. Baker noted, “Tim has the necessary tools to help us develop the next chapter in our history. With a customer-centric approach, he will leverage internal resources to develop innovative solutions that solve real world problems for our integrators today and for tomorrow.

“These moves confirm that growth continues to be a priority since Middle Atlantic’s acquisition by Legrand in 2011. Our goal is simple. We want to use every opportunity possible to ensure our customers have the very best products, services and support they need to be successful in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Alford Media Invests in the Future With Martin Audio MLA

Originally founded in 1984 by Steve and Tom Alford, Alford Media is a Dallas-Fort Worth area-based company that specializes in staging high-end corporate events throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Asked about the company’s criteria for choosing a new speaker system as part of an equipment upgrade, Manager of Audio Services John Caswell said, “We’ve been using another system for about 11 years and wanted to take it up several notches to offer our customers a high end solution that could stay on the cutting-edge of technology for years to come.

“We demoed many of the top lines before talking to some of our freelancers who’d used the Martin Audio MLA System and had a lot of good things to say about it. Tom Alford spoke with Mario Educate, CEO and founder of On Stage Audio, who strongly recommended that we listen to the system before making a final decision.

“That got us listening to MLA,” John continues, “discussing the product and the technology in terms of a loudspeaker system that’s still going to be ahead of the curve many years from now. When we looked where Martin Audio was headed with MLA, we felt it would be the longest-term solution and stay well ahead of other companies technologically. This explains why we made the decision.”

Declaring that Alford Media is “glad to be part of the MLA family,” Caswell affirms how impressed they were when his team first demoed MLA at a Walmart show at the Orlando Convention Center. “This is one of the biggest and most acoustically challenging convention centers in the country, which truly helped demonstrate MLA in its element. We were extremely impressed with the results on that show, and so was our client. The system covered the areas it was supposed to cover with a balance across the spectrum. The ability to control sound and quickly achieve optimization was what sold us on MLA.”

Alford initially opted for a system comprised of 32 MLA Compact, 32 MLA Mini, 18 DSX and 8 MSX subs. Taking delivery early, the audio team quickly had half of the system hanging in the MGM Grand for a corporate focus group event and the other half on a truck headed to San Antonio for a Pizza Hut show.

According to John, “Initial feedback from our audio team was that the system was covering exceptionally well and had more horsepower than we needed for these events. Overall, when you factor in the system’s cutting-edge technology, product cycle longevity, superior performance and exceptional audio quality, the reasons for choosing Martin Audio MLA just go on and on.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

All Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 Enclosures and Power Modules Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of all four new Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures, the next generation of Cable Cubby cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. Cable Cubby Series/2 includes the compact Cable Cubby 500, the mid-size Cable Cubby 700, the slim, low profile Cable Cubby 1200, and the unique double-sided, Cable Cubby 1400. These versatile, next-generation modular enclosures offer the AV industry’s broadest range of AV connectivity and AC power options, including Extron Retractor cable retraction modules, AAP – Architectural Adapter Plates, and AV cables. AC and AC+USB power modules are available for the US, Europe, and other major world markets. Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures are available in a black anodized or brushed aluminum finish to blend in seamlessly with modern furniture and room decor. more

New D-Tools website provides an enhanced, new Data Library that delivers in-depth analytical detail which benefits both users and manufacturers

CONCORD, CA, USA  – MAY 20, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has completed a comprehensive data update and has launched a new Data Library website, which together provide highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the software environment, enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information.

The new Data Library is designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized SIX users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program. With these additions, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing tool for users; it is also a profit-generating program for MVPs that now provides greater visibility and analytical depth.

“We designed the new Data Library to include a cleaner visual style, better showcase MVP program manufacturer logos, and deliver more detailed product descriptions that now link to each MVP’s complete data catalog (as opposed to only linking to the company name),” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “This makes navigating the MVP partner data simpler, more refined, and will include the most current promotions and information available.”

Delivering tangible benefits that users will immediately experience and benefit from, D-Tools now features the most up-to-the-minute product information available. “By linking to the MVP’s complete product catalog, D-Tools has essentially taken the guesswork out of the system design and documentation process for the user, while giving the MVP the added benefit of increased visibility,” says Stone. “These are exciting enhancements that we’re excited to provide to our partners worldwide.”

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 platforms. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.
 
Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Data Library Screen Shots

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Riedel Products at InfoComm 2014:

InfoComm 2014
Riedel Communications
Booth C8939


MediorNet 2.0
Riedel has enhanced its MediorNet family of real-time networks for video, audio, data, and communications with MediorNet 2.0, an update for MediorNet. At InfoComm 2014, the company will show how MediorNet 2.0 enables new video router functionality and high-speed rerouting, along with new WAN capabilities that include solutions for JPEG 2000 and H.264 formats.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MediorNet2_0Update.jpg
Photo Caption: MediorNet Real-Time Network 2.0 Update

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MediorNet-H264-DPro.jpg
Photo Caption: Riedel’s MediorNet Systems With WAN Capabilities

MediorNet MetroN Core Router
The latest addition to the MediorNet family of real-time networks is the 2-RU large-scale MediorNet MetroN core router. The new MediorNet MetroN provides a real-time routing capacity of 64 x 10Gb ports, further enabling Riedel’s acclaimed approach to signal distribution and routing. During InfoComm 2014, Riedel will demonstrate how the new frame can function within a larger MediorNet installation, interfacing with other MediorNet frames via fiber.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-MetroNCoreRouter.jpg
Photo Caption: Riedel’s MediorNet MetroN Core Router

Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System
Riedel’s Artist virtual key panels enable the use of smartphones and tablets (iOS, OS X(R), and Android) as control panels in combination with any Artist digital matrix intercom system. These hand-held devices can then provide the same functionality as full-featured, 12-key Artist control panels. The user operates the virtual control panel with the device’s touch-screen interface, which can be configured via Riedel’s Director software.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-VirtualKeypanelForiOS.jpg
Photo Caption: Virtual Key Panel App for Artist Intercom System

Other Products on Display:
- Performer, Artist, and Acrobat communications systems
- RockNet 100 and 300 low-latency audio distribution networks and console interfaces

Company Quote:

“InfoComm is the premier North American event for seeing our partners and customers in the pro A/V and entertainment markets. Our new MediorNet update and the MetroN core router take our philosophy of totally networked solutions to the next level, and we are thrilled to be able to show them in Las Vegas in June.”
– Patti Gunnell, Riedel Entertainment Solutions Manager, North America

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/549773?trk=tyah

APG Electric Builds State-of-the-Art Conference Room for New Engineering Division Using a Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Processor

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – MAY 2014: Based in Clearwater, Florida and founded in 1984, APG Electric has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the Sunshine State’s leading contractors, with 250+ employees and annual sales in excess of $40 million. As the industry has advanced, APG has added in-house expertise that it formerly subcontracted, including an Audio/Visual division that joined the firm two years ago. As part of that process, APG Electric recently added a new engineering department and a new 22-room extension to house it. Included within the new office space is a state-of-the-art conference room, which will serve as a showcase for clients who are considering their conference room options and as a means to discuss and approve changes between the office-based and the field-based staff. To ensure that audio performance and voice intelligibility is excellent, APG Electric put a Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Dante networked audio processor at the heart of the new conference room.

“Our goal was to build in the latest and greatest technology,” said James Wagoner, technology programmer at APG Electric. “We wanted to include all of the features that our clients might like to include so that they can make intelligent choices about what they want. I’ve installed literally hundreds of Symetrix SymNet audio DSP, and they’ve always been reliable and easy to configure. The very few times where I ever had an issue, Symetrix was right on top of it. Based on that experience and relationship, I specified the SymNet Radius AEC on faith. I’m very pleased with its performance and it makes our teleconferencing audio transparent and effortlessly intelligible.”

“The conference room really has two purposes,” said Larry Stephen, technology account manager at APG Electric. “First, we want to make our clients aware of the technology solutions that are available to support their communication needs. Including high-quality Symetrix audio processing is part of that. Second, we want to close the loop between on-site decisions and the approval they require from office-based staff. Formerly, this required driving back to the office, holding a meeting, marking up documents, getting approvals, and then driving back to the client and/or the site. With the conferencing system, those decisions, mark-ups, and approvals can all be made in real-time, with the client present. We can transfer files, print in the field, and have everybody sign off on a decision as it’s made. The conferencing features of this room save hours and days. It simplifies logistics.”

The Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC includes eight AEC (acoustic echo cancellation) inputs, four auxiliary inputs, eight outputs, and an expansion slot for any SymNet I/O card. Critically, it includes sophisticated AEC and related processing algorithms that deliver crystal clear audio to both sides of a remote conversation. The SymNet Radius AEC is easily expandable and networkable using the Dante Network protocol over Ethernet. An AMX DVX system controls all of the conferencing room’s functionality, including calls, video, audio, and lighting. Two Teamboard 90-inch interactive whiteboard also serve as projection screens for Panasonic short-throw projectors. Video is handled by a LifeSize ICON system using its UVC platform. The conference table includes pop-up boxes for connectivity and a collection of Shure boundary microphones for clear capture of discussions in the room. ElectroVoice Evid in-ceiling speakers provide output.

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

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

BE SURE TO STOP BY AND SEE US AT INFOCOMM BOOTH #C9416

IC Realtime Renews D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program Partnership

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users worldwide maintain free access to detailed IC Realtime product data for instantaneous specification in A/V projects

 CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 13, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that IC Realtime has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of IC Realtime’s commercial grade advanced video surveillance systems and custom software applications. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify IC Realtime products.

“IC Realtime’s commercial-grade advanced video surveillance products and associated applications are both widely recognized and heavily specified by those using the D-Tools System Integrator platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re thrilled to have IC Realtime renew in the D-Tools MVP Program as now, global System Integrator™ users will continue to have uninterrupted access to the tools they need to produce accurate and professional electronic system designs and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify IC Realtime products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About IC Realtime

IC Realtime is a leading manufacturer of commercial grade advanced video surveillance systems and custom software applications. We consistently push technology to the limit to produce the industry’s highest compression, which makes our systems use the least amount of storage space and bandwidth. All of our products are assembled by hand and tested within our own facilities based in USA. Our products are listed on the GSA schedule, which provides every Government agency the ability to procure all of our products. Our systems are all designed to be viewed seamlessly across all major platforms. From PCs to Macs to Smartphones and Tablets they all connect up to Verizon’s 4G LTE Network.

 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 platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

 Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact: 

Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images:

IC Realtime logo

D-Tools Logos

 

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Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ Makes South American Debut at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014

Company realigns smart audio solutions to deliver Biamp(R) quality for any application, from everyday to enterprise audio

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 8, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of networked media systems, today announced the company’s innovative lineup for TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014. Being held in Sao Paulo from May 13-15, the event will give regional participants their first look at the company’s newly launched TesiraFORTÉ line of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) digital signal processors with configurable USB audio, providing greater simplicity and flexibility for today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments. more

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