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Blackburn College Revamps Auditorium with Danley Sound Labs Loudspeakers and Subwoofers

BlackburnCollege_AuditoriumCARLINVILLE, ILLINOIS: Located in the rural Illinois town of Carlinville, Blackburn College serves six hundred undergraduates. Its unique work program keeps costs low and campus community involvement high by employing students in a range of non-traditional student jobs under the direction of professionals, for nine of the campus’s sixteen buildings. A recent $3 million upgrade to the 430-seat Bothwell Auditorium continued that tradition, with the student construction crew providing much of the labor. Amid a range of new infrastructure is a new sound reinforcement system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, which provide exceptional fidelity and pattern control.

“The old system was original to the building, which was constructed in the 1970s,” explained Ryan Winstead, sales design consultant with Advanced Audio and Lighting Systems (AALS) of Peoria, Illinois. “Their tech staff had a hard time making things sound good, and they had an especially hard time keeping stage mics from feeding back during theater productions. Part of our upgrade included a new Yamaha QL5-65 console, which scales functionality to the expertise of the operator. Accommodating different proficiencies was an important part of the upgrade.”

BlackburnCollege_SpeakerCloseup“Giving them much better pattern control was critical to the success of this installation, both in terms of keeping on-stage volume low and in terms of minimizing side and back wall-reflections to maintain fidelity and intelligibility,” said Winstead. “They also wanted stereo coverage, which would be useful for musical and theatrical performances and essential for movie presentations. Based on past experience, I knew Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers would give us the pattern control we needed with fidelity that would more than measure up to their expectations. I also knew that Danley subwoofers would provide excellent low-end support.”

To each sidewall, Winstead and his crew attached matching clusters composed of a Danley SH-46 at the top for principle coverage, a Danley SM-60 for downfill, and a Danley TH-115 subwoofer. Powersoft Duecanali 5204 amplifiers with integrated AESOP DSP provide power and modest processing for the system. The fact that all of the Danley boxes use passive crossovers minimized the number of necessary amplifier channels, which helped keep the project on budget.

In addition, AALS gave Bothwell Auditorium two Danley SM-100 low-profile loudspeakers for use as stage monitors, with plans for two more as funding permits. A Powersoft M50Q provides the necessary power. “Again, Danley’s well-known pattern control makes the SM-100 an excellent stage monitor,” said Winstead. “That, and its low profile. It has an inspiring sound and it doesn’t take up a lot of visual real estate.”

Blackburn College will celebrate the completion of Bothwell Auditorium’s renovation with a performance of Jim Beaver’s play Verdigris.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS
Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

VMP Features New FP-MLPAB Medium Low Profile Flat Panel Articulating Wall Mount at 2015 ISC West

STEVENSVILLE, Md., March 3, 2015 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new FP-MLPAB medium low profile articulating wall mount with tilt and list adjustment capabilities during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth #1065. Now shipping with an MSRP of $169.95, the FP-MLPAB holds most 27- to 42-inch flat panels up to 55 lbs.Video Mount Products FP-MLPAB medium flat panel mount - HR

“The rugged FP-MLPAB has been designed for both functionality as well as easy installation to a single stud,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “With a closed depth of just 1.6 inches and a fully opened extension of 16.4 inches along with a fully adjustable 10 degree tilt, 3 degrees list adjustment and ± 45 degrees of rotation, the FP-MLPAB is the ideal choice for customers and installers, whether in security, commercial, residential, pro, education, house of worship, or other applications.”

Additional features include:
• integrated cable management system & level
• mounting rails accept padlocks for peace-of-mind
• maximum flat panel hole pattern – 400mm x 400mm
• black powder coat finish

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Metric Halo Supports SCA Spring Fling

PrintSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2015: Metric Halo, maker of high-end professional audio interfaces and plug-ins, is proud to support the Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA). Metric Halo will donate two Production Bundles for the SCA’s online auction in the weeks leading up to its annual Spring Fling fundraising gala, music showcase, and silent auction (Monday, March 9, 2015). The Production Bundle is Metric Halo’s complete collection of great sounding, easy-to-use plug-ins, including ChannelStrip (the enduring classic), Character (signal path modeling), HaloVerb, Precision De-Esser, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, TransientControl, and the new Dirty Delay.

“The SCA is a non-profit group of professional composers, students, and others interested in composing for film, video games, and other media – as well as concert works,” said Brian Monroney, guitarist, composer, long-time Metric Halo user, and Seattle Composers Alliance Board Member. “We’re pleased to have Metric Halo’s support. Metric Halo interfaces and plug-ins give composers high-end studio quality sound, with reliability, flexibility, and a proven record of future-proofing that further increase their value. Importantly for composers, Metric Halo hardware and software give great results fast. That fuels creativity. The SCA presents a variety of educational and networking events throughout the year, and the money we raise at the Spring Fling will help support these efforts.”

“Metric Halo is dedicated to expanding the bounds of human excellence and the sum of human knowledge,” said Stu Buchalter, Metric Halo’s vice president of worldwide sales. “By bringing likeminded composers together, the SCA fosters innovation and motivates members to achieve greater creative heights. And because Metric Halo strives to provide useful and inspiring tools for professionals in the music and audio industries, we’re a natural fit with the members of the SCA.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

For more details about the event and the online auction visit: www.seattlecomposers.org

Ashly Saves the Day at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

RockyMountain_ClassicalAcademyCOLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – FEBRUARY 2015: Founded in 2005, the Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is a successful K-8 charter school in Colorado’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs. However, RMCA was split between two locations until the recent completion of a $17 million, 100,000 square-foot building to house all of its 1,000 students, with additional room to grow school enrollment by 33%. The building is community-oriented, featuring lots of open areas and gathering spaces with an abundance of natural light. Among them are an adjacent gymnasium and auditorium. With a clever arrangement of movable partitions, the two facilities share a stage that can be used for a wide range of events. When unforeseen budgetary issues threatening the audio/video systems in both rooms, the school district hired local A/V integration firm Sight & Sound Technologies to engineer a fix that would preserve the hoped-for functionality and reliability at a more affordable price. Sight & Sound swapped out the original design’s pricey processors and amplifiers for Ashly Audio’s affordable, network-ready DSP and nX Series amplifiers.

“As sometimes happens, the new building ran into extra expenses that they hadn’t planned for,” said Kris Johnson, COO with Sight & Sound Technologies. “They brought us in, and we got as close to the original system’s functionality as we could while still passing on a savings that amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. A significant component of that was moving to Ashly processing and amplification, which offers tremendous value in performance and reliability at a much more affordable cost. Importantly, all of the Ashly equipment that we installed is network-ready, so we can dial into the system from our offices to make any adjustments that the school requests.” In addition to the two sound reinforcement systems, Sight & Sound installed a Martin Professional PC-based control system with Chauvet Ovation series fixtures-based lighting system and a Panasonic HD projector/Draper motorized screen-based video system.

To handle the huge range of functions anticipated in the original design, Johnson installed an Ashly ne24.24M Protea™ digital matrix processor that, with the help of a Crestron control system, allows users to select preset scenarios and make adjustments to individual input channels. An Ashly ne4800 4-in x 8-out Protea DSP System Processor handles loudspeaker conditioning for the auditorium side, and an Ashly 3.6SP 3×6 DSP processor handles loudspeaker conditioning for the gymnasium side. A collection of five Ashly NE and nXe-Series network amplifiers, including an ne8250 8-channel 250W amp, an nXe4002 2-channel network 400W amp, two nXe8002s 2-channel network 800W amps, and an nXe1.52 2-channel 1,500W network amp, power the system. Tannoy VX12Q mains with six Tannoy VX6 fills cover the gymnasium, whereas Fulcrum DX1595 mains with US212 subwoofers cover the auditorium. Inputs to the system include a Behringer x32 console on a digital snake and an assortment of wired and wireless microphones. For simple events, the Crestron control system handles everything, so a tech is not needed.

“Ashly has been my go-to processor and amplifier manufacturer for years,” said Johnson. “I always know exactly what I’m going to get, and I love the programming interface. At RMCA, we did all of our programming ahead of time at the office, which made for a smooth installation. Ashly’s sound quality is excellent; it’s always clean and quiet. In fact, I don’t even think to worry about that anymore! The Ashly Protea processing is flexible enough that we were able to give the school all of the functionality they had hoped for in the original design. Ashly’s reliability has always been bulletproof, so I know we won’t be going back to deal with flakey gear.”

He continued, “Several school officials, including the president of the board, have to come to us to say how amazing the system is and how pleased they are that we made it work with their restricted budget. Before we came in, there was talk of cutting the A/V system entirely! It’s quite a turn-around.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.
www.ashly.com

ABOUT SIGHT AND SOUND TECHNOLOGIES Sight and Sound Technologies exists to help churches, school and other organizations with their audio, video, lighting systems.  Designing full building integrated systems down to simple equipment purchases. Based in Colorado SST works all over the country.
www.sightandsoundtech.tv
facebook.com/sightandsoundtech
@sightnsoundtech

ihiji Launches New Features, Delivers UK’s Most Complete Remote Network Management Solution

New remote network management features from ihiji enable European integrators and technology professionals to remotely detect, diagnose, and resolve network issues without rolling a truck 

 

AUSTIN, TX, USA (ISE 2015 stand #10-N114) – FEB. 10, 2015 -  ihiji, a global leader in remote network management solutions, is excited to introduce the addition of new features and UK-compatible appliances to its award-winning network management solution at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE), being held February 10-12 at the RAI in Amsterdam, NL. The new enhancements are designed to make implementing the ihiji invision platform IHI-APP-500-UK_4more convenient, efficient, and powerful than ever.

 

A longstanding leader in the category and the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based system on the market, ihiji invision is the industry’s most complete solution for remotely monitoring, servicing, and maintaining client networks and connected devices—effectively and securely—24/7/365. Simple and cost-effective to deploy, ihiji’s remote network management solutions are designed for the Custom Install, Audio-Visual, and Information Technology markets.

 

“Over the years, ihiji dealers have helped develop the product into what it is today; the industry’s most capable, effective and efficient remote network management solution,” says Stuart Rench, CEO. “By incorporating insight and advice from the field we are constantly improving the solution to best fit the needs of the global integration community, bringing needed functionality to market in a fraction of the time it would normally take.”

 

During ISE, ihiji will showcase its unrivaled ihiji invision remote network management solution and demonstrate the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems, citing real-world examples of successful implementations. ihiji will also introduce two new remote network management appliances specifically designed for the UK and compatible markets—the INV-APP-500-UK and INV-APP-1100-UK—and announce its new UK distribution partnership with Habitech, which provides regional training, shipments, and support for dealers in the UK.

 

At ISE, ihiji will also be highlighting three of its newest features, including:

 

Notification Zen – Time Based Buffering for Notifications

ihiji invision’s new Notification Zen reduces redundant communication by minimizing the number of email messages sent to contacts when devices report as down, but quickly recover. Events that occur during the set Notification Zen window are always captured for reporting purposes.

 

Network Scan Monitoring Device Tracking 

ihiji recently added Network Scan capability to invision’s repertoire, and now, it’s easier than ever to covert a newly discovered device found during a network scan process into an actively managed device. A simple change, but gives the technology professional an easy way to manage what was added.

 

Scheduled Actions

ihiji’s new Scheduled Actions feature provides the ability to run commands at a specified time. For example, a technician can schedule the system to power cycle a Wireless Access Point every Friday at 3 a.m. or reset a cable modem every month. The schedule can be configured to execute daily, weekly, monthly or annually, and is especially useful for devices that regularly lock up and require a reboot.

 

Co-exhibiting with Control4 in stand #10-N114, ihiji will showcase the new ihiji invision appliances along with other new advancements while demonstrating the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems. New distribution partner Habitech will also offer ihiji invision training Tuesday & Wednesday during ISE 2015, from 12:45 – 1:45 in Elicium Hall 12, with lunch included for those in attendance

 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE) at the Amsterdam RAI, NL in stand #10-N114. Alternatively, more information or a demonstration of the award winning ihiji invision solution can be requested by calling +1-512-538-0520 or emailing info@ihiji.com.

 

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero-maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and Technology Integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 90% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.

 

ihiji Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | +1(406) 446-1283 | Katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com/press | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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Torus Power Showcasing Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Products at Integrated Systems Europe 2015

Integration professionals and end users observe significant AV system performance improvements when implementing Torus Power products 

 

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (ISE 2015 Stand #5-R128) – FEB. 10, 2015 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising, clean, toroidal isolation power conditioning components, will showcase its lineup for international audiences at Integrated Systems Europe 2015. Torus Power’s toroidal isolation power conditioners are used in high-performance residential and commercial applications and have been found to significantly improve the quality and performance of electronic systems installations large and small. Providing a proprietary and highly compelling offering TorusAVR2CE-300dpiwith a collective feature set available only in the TorusPower lineup, Integrators touring ISE should take time to view the Torus Power products on display in the AV EMEA stand 5-R128.

 

Components connected to the Torus Power products are protected from damaging electrical events, and are fed a consistent supply of isolated, clean, and robust power, which enables optimal performance. Torus Power products are available with International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia and can be configured with North American outlets. The lineup meets both IEC and Neutrik standards, and shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility and most models can be custom specified to perfectly suit nearly any application.

 

Torus Power products to be featured at ISE 2015 include:

 

The TOT Series

The Torus Power TOT Series—offered in two configurations, the TOT Mini (3 Amp and 7 Amp models available) and the TOT Max (15 Amp model available)—expands the Torus Power lineup to include value-driven models that deliver highly effective power conditioning in a compact chassis. Employing parent-company Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to a clean state and protects valuable systems from surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are consistently delivered the power the need to perform at the highest possible level. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

 

The AVR2 Series

Utilizing Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers to provide high instantaneous power and protect connected equipment from electrical fluctuations and surges, Torus Power’s AVR2 power conditioning series is designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, home theatres, critical listening environments, and other high performance applications. The AVR2 Series boasts isolation from the main electrical grid, two levels of surge suppression, and features enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation and remote reboots, automated scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones (up to 5 individual zones in 15 Amp and 20 Amp models, and up to 8 individual zones in 60 and 100 Amp models). Wall mounted versions allow for greater flexibility in projects with dedicated wiring.

 

The RM Series

The RM Series is Torus Power’s original line of toroidal isolation power conditioners have been delivering clean, isolated power to residential and commercial installations for years. Highly versatile, the RM Series is designed for applications ranging from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations. Available in 5 Amp to 100 Amp configurations for use around the world, models within the line can be ordered with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage; with five or eight outlets; and as 3U to 4U chassis sizes to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. RM20 has been consistently top-rated by leading audiophile magazines. Smaller RM10 or RM15 models are often selected for mid-size systems, while RM5 can be dedicated to front-end components, media servers, and more. Larger models—rated 60 Amp and 100 Amp—provide ample, isolated power to accommodate high-end, high performance systems.

 

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com, and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

 

Attendees of ISE 2015 are encouraged to visit Torus Power in the AV EMEA stand #5-R128 to learn more about the company’s performance-enhancing product lineup. Media tours can be scheduled through Torus Power’s PR firm KMB Communications, by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or calling (406) 446-1283.

 

About Torus Power

Toroidal isolation power conditioners by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to speakers, Torus Power Conditioners utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, while increasing system reliability and extending product life, by establishing clean incoming power from which connected components can draw upon and use. Thereby providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high performance amplifiers—are never starved for power.

 

Plitron Manufacturing precision-engineered products are a sought-after supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for leading AV amplifier brands—as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and more. Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality-control system in Toronto, Canada. Learn more by visiting www.toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on Twitter.

 

Torus Power media contact 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. |+1 (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | @katyemcgregor | www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

 

 

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DVEO Takes Over Sales and Tech Support for RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster Products

San Diego, California — February 9, 2015 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), has announced an agreement with RealNetworks Inc. to take over sales and technical support for RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Broadcaster line of streaming encoder appliances. Former RealNetworks customers can purchase DVEO’s comparable products — the MultiStreamer, MPEG Gearbox, and Brutus families of real time encoders, streamers, and transcoders. These products map 100% to the RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster product line.

“IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers who had chosen RealNetworks will be happy to know that we offer encoders and transcoders in all major video formats, and in several different system configurations,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Plus, we will add some very useful new upgrades in the coming months.”

DVEO will also take over tech support for Helix Broadcaster. Existing RealNetworks customers will continue to receive support services through the term of their contracts.

“DVEO is absolutely the best qualified company to manage tech support for the Helix Broadcaster product family,” said Philip Rutledge, Philip Rutledge, VP-Helix, RealNetworks. “This agreement represents a win-win for our customers. They can still purchase similar systems, plus they receive expert assistance for the Helix Broadcaster products they already own.”

For customers seeking an alternative to RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Universal Server, DVEO recommends their new multichannel live and VOD media distribution server – the Atlas Media Server.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. The Atlas Media Server is available in three different sizes.

Atlas Media Server, Brutus, DVEO, MPEG Gearbox, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Suggested Retail Prices:
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $6,595 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $19,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
MPEG Gearbox II IP/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network.

For more information visit: www.realnetworks.com/about-us.

Matrox C420 Video Card for Multi-display Digital Signage and Control Rooms Now Shipping

Low-profile, fanless, quad-head PCI-Express card provides the professional-grade performance and reliability systems integrators need in multi-screen applications

 
Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox C420 low-profile, quad-output PCI Express® graphics cards are now available worldwide. Engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities, C420 delivers the features systems integrators require when designing small-form-factor (SFF) systems and digital signage player PCs for applications such as public information displays, video walls and multi-display operator workstations in process control, transportation and security control rooms. Matrox C-Series™, which also includes the six-output C680 card, is currently being validated by control room and digital signage solution providers worldwide including Scala.

 
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“Scala is very excited to be working with the new C-series graphics cards from Matrox. Initial test results are very good, and we expect these cards to pass full testing. These cards enable high performance multi-output displays. Matrox C680 can drive six displays per card, and using framelock we can use two cards to obtain twelve full-HD displays fully synchronized,” said Harry Horn, Vice President Marketing, Global at Scala. “Matrox’s dedication to professional markets means our customers benefit from features such as EDID management, secure Mini DisplayPort connectors, and easy bezel compensation. Scala has been working with Matrox successfully for many years we and look forward to joint high quality multi-screen projects that will surely follow.”

 
C420 is fanless for enhanced reliability and silent operation. Its low-profile design and low power consumption make it the perfect fit for SFF, desktops and embedded systems. It drives up to four displays or projectors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 per output and two C420 cards together can drive eight displays from a single system. Secure Mini DisplayPort connectivity prevents loose cabling and 2GB of on-board memory ensures smooth video playback and graphics performance. C420 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems and offers DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 compliance. The cards come bundled with Matrox PowerDesk™ for Windows desktop management software.

 
Matrox PowerDesk lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups giving professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop — a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

 
“Matrox is renowned for giving professional users and systems integrators the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software they need to maximize ROI,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager at Matrox Graphics Inc. “C-Series builds on that tradition while offering our customers higher performance and higher display density solutions.”

 
Matrox C420 quad-output cards and the C680 single-slot, six-output cards are available worldwide. C-Series can be seen in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, Matrox stand 11-F68 and Scala stand 8-F195) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645). For more information contact Matrox Graphics.

 
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Severtson Screens Names Rita Catuzzi Production Manager

Mesa, Arizona, Feb. 9, 2015 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, has announced that it has named Rita Catuzzi as facilities production manager, effective immediately.Severtson Screens - Rita Catuzzi production manager

“As we continued to grow in both the cinema and home theater markets, we needed a production manager that could handle the task,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Rita is responsible for all projection screen production, including our new and immensely popular folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens and our new TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent line of home theater screens. She’ll manage the production staff and everything associated with that duty, including inventory, process control, optimization, and organization. Rita has a great resume in the world of manufacturing management, so we’re glad to have her on board.”

For the past 35 years, Catuzzi has worked on assembly lines as well as in production management. “Organization, attention to detail, and on-time delivery are my main focuses,” said Catuzzi. “Severtson is a great place to work and builds a great product. I’m excited to be a part of the team.”

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. During the company’s nearly three decades in business, the Severtson family has accrued extensive experience manufacturing countless small home theater screens and large cinema screens. Severtson Corporation has the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor and outdoor applications. With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has significant production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The large number of screen sizes available can accommodate massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide. From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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D-Tools Announces Exciting New Products, Partnerships, and Updates at ISE 2015, Enhancing its Powerful Productivity-Boosting Software and Making Domestic and International Integrators More Efficient

D-Tools debuts SI 2015 to international market; demos time-saving iPad Mobile Quote app; and announces a host of new strategic partnerships, all of which combine to give D-Tools users more tools and resources than ever before 

 

CONCORD, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-P58) – Feb. 9, 2015 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is thrilled to bring the international market some of its latest innovations, including its newest version of the award-winning System Integrator™ Software, SI 2015; live demos of its iPad Mobile Quote app; and exciting new partnership announcements recently announced with SpringDeckSupplyStream, and others. All these combine to make the D-Tools software platform even more useful to integrators, allowing them to in turn be more productive and efficient, thus enhancing their bottom DTools_ Logo_Stackedlines.

 

“We encourage both D-Tools users and non-users alike to come by our stand at ISE, learn about our recent innovations, and see firsthand how they can automate business practices, eliminate redundancies, and become more streamlined with our offerings,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “To see SI 2015 and our Mobile Quote app in action is to understand the incredible functionality and the tools that the integrator has at his or her fingertips. It really can make a huge difference to the way an integrator does business as well as the profits they realize as a result.” 

 

D-Tools SI 2015 Software Platform Launches Internationally 

ISE attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest advancements to D-Tools award-winning System Integrator™ Software Platform—SI 2015—which was previewed in September for the US market during CEDIA EXPO. The latest iteration of the platform (available in February) features several new updates, including integration with QuickBooks and other accounting software, which allows integrators to track inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. SI 2015’s new Mobile Workflow and Installation Management capabilities are also brand-new, letting users track the status of install tasks from a smartphone or tablet and send/receive device-level notifications. Users can schedule installs and make updates to a centralized calendar, then broadcast those appointments and changes out to their team in real-time, while changes automatically synchronize back with the SI 2015 platform. Highly effective AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings provide clearer and more concise communications between team members and consultants for more effective project management. In all, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business from estimation to system design to project management.

 

D-Tools Mobile Quote App Now Available 

D-Tools’ Mobile Quote iOS app has been acclaimed as one of the most compelling new features of the D-Tools’ System Integrator platform. Now, that same functionality is available through SI 2015. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate and immediately deliverable system design quote­­—before the client has time to second guess the decision or find alternative resources. That same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full desktop version of D-Tools for integration into the project. D-Tools Mobile Quote seamlessly extends the workflow from the office to the field and back, maximizing efficiencies and enhancing the customer experience.

 

D-Tools’ Strategic Partnerships Deliver 360-View into Sales Pipeline, Provide Robust Analytics to Partners, and Support Business Process Automation

SpringDeck, an innovative new app-based sales-presentation tool, and D-Tools have strategically partnered to offer manufacturers and dealers the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with unprecedented visibility into pipeline activity and success rates. Users of both systems will reap the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified, and installed.

 

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers, and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes, and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams, and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools.

 

SupplyStream Partnership Streamlines Product Data Management
SupplyStream, the leading web-based product catalog and industry purchasing platform also formed a strategic partnership with D-Tools that will establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors, and integrators of audio video systems. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients. It’s a win-win for D-Tools users and the manufacturers they are specifying.

Enhanced Data Library
Finally, as part of a new website structure, users of D-Tools now have access to a New Data Library that provides valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. Enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information, the library was 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 users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Images

Accompanying images for use in publication can be downloaded from these links:

Link to D-Tools logos

Link to SI 2015 logo

Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

 

 

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