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Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® 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 Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, 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 of charge, 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.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona 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 Atlona®
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software 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) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

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

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

 

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Extron Now Shipping Two Channel Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Converter with Precision Input Signal Matching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the BUC 202, a two channel balanced and unbalanced audio converter, and audio line driver. It features two balanced or unbalanced inputs and outputs, both on captive screw connectors. The BUC 202 provides two independent channels of signal matching between unbalanced and balanced audio equipment. Two rotary switches provide precise trim adjustment from -21 to +21 dB in clearly-labeled 3 dB steps. In addition to serving as an interface from consumer products to professional AV systems, the BUC 202 is a high-quality line driver for sending and receiving audio signals up to 1,000 feet (300 m). The unique 1U, quarter rack width enclosure, together with the included patented ZipClip 200 mounting bracket, offers the versatility to install the BUC 202 in a discreet location, such as on a rack rail, beneath a table, or within a lectern. more

Tekserve Named Adobe Creative Cloud Reseller for Education Market

Solutions Provider Will Offer New Device Licensing Option for Classrooms and Labs

NEW YORK CITY, MAY 5, 2014 – Tekserve, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative professionals in a variety of markets, is proud to announce that as of May 1, it has received certification as an Adobe® Creative Cloud™ reseller for the education and non-profit markets. Geared for easy centralized deployment and administration by IT professionals, Creative Cloud for Education provides staff and students access to the same creative and production tools that professionals use commercially around the world in all areas of media and communication applications.

With this certification, Tekserve is able to tap into its breadth of experience creating and deploying workflow solutions in the Media, Entertainment and Publishing markets and provide the highest level of expertise and service to its education customers seeking to offer students the best and most appropriate technology to enhance their studies.

“Tekserve is a firm believer in supporting the next generation of creative professionals through education and by offering educators Adobe Creative Cloud, the infrastructure required and the support, we are enabling them to create a learning environment that mirrors one that students will face in the real world,” says Matt Cohen, Principal, Tekserve. “Our vast experience with enterprise workflows and technology infrastructure solutions for pro video, broadcast and publishing companies makes Tekserve an ideal partner for designing and deploying a school’s Creative Cloud needs. We look forward to working with customers in this market.”

In addition, Tekserve will also be offering Adobe’s new device licensing option for Creative Cloud, which assigns a license to each computer rather than to each user. This new option streamlines the learning process, allowing multiple students to interact with the same application on a single computer. Students, faculty and staff receive access to the latest creative apps for design, web, video, and photography, right on their desktop.

Creative Cloud for education will be available through Tekserve via the Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP), a subscription-based licensing program designed for educational institutions of all sizes. The program is also applicable to non-profit organizations.

In addition to being an Adobe Creative Cloud Reseller for education, Tekserve is also an Adobe Pro Video Gold Partner for commercial Creative Cloud customers and one of the few Adobe AnywhereTM Authorized System Integrators nationwide.

For more information about Tekserve’s Adobe solutions, please visit:
http://www.tekserve.com/tekserve_vendors/adobe/

About Tekserve
Tekserve delivers a broad range of enterprise services, solutions and products to support the technology needs of businesses in fields ranging from finance and retail to media and entertainment. Employing best in class products from a wide range of technology manufacturers, Tekserve helps clients by identifying, engineering, deploying and supporting the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.

From its famous New York City retail location in Chelsea, Tekserve, stocks a wide variety of Apple products, accessories, storage solutions and display devices. Tekserve also provides system rentals, workshops and certified training, as well as the finest repair and support services. Since its inception in 1987, Tekserve has been dedicated to the service of its customers and the surrounding community.

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Now Available – The Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased announce the immediate availability of Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Extron Now Shipping Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of many exciting Pro Series control systems products, including TouchLink Pro touchpanels, IP Link Pro control processors, Global Configurator Professional, LinkLicense, and several Pro Series accessories. Extron Pro Series takes configurable control to a whole new level with a broad range of tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. In addition to more processing power, greater security, and enhanced overall performance, all Pro Series control systems are designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful. As always, these new Pro Series products are backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and award-winning S3 customer support. more

SoundLab Held At USITT With Yamaha Support

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Held at USITT every other year, SoundLab concentrates on free product demonstrations for students, and this year, the conference was devoted to live sound reinforcement. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. made a key contribution by supplying its latest products set up for the event in the Arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The idea that Mike Hooker (Head of Sound Design at UC Irvine’s Department of Dramatic Arts) and myself who co-chaired the project together was to provide students with the opportunity to mix live music while being mentored by some of the top people in the field as well as mixing on premium systems, states Erik Alberg, Technical Director for Events and Conferences, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. The ideal system was to be much larger and possibly bigger than students would ever have a chance to mix on with in their own university settings. We came up with a model of having two consoles at FOH and switching the live console from one to the other while bands were performing on stage.”

Alberg said they contacted a lot of manufacturers to see if they were interested in participating. “We needed a console to drive the line array rigs and were thrilled when Yamaha stepped up and offered us not only equipment but the expertise of their staff. Kevin Kimmel, a systems application engineer at Yamaha Commercial Audio was a great help in developing the system layout for FOH and monitor system. We created a network of inputs and consoles that not only worked for the SoundLab mixing events, but also for the special events held at USITT such as the keynote speech and award presentations, along with system demonstrations.”

The console system included three Yamaha CL5 consoles, two at front of house that handled the mixing for the live bands, and one as a monitor console. There was also a CL1 at front of house that switched between the two CL5s and was used for running the special events requirements such as wireless microphones, video feeds, and playback. The whole system was connected via Dante and included Yamaha Rio boxes onstage for inputs and outputs to the mains.

The bands were mixed by students at USITT under the mentoring of Buford Jones and Jim Van Bergen, as well as Kimmel who stepped in for one session and provided invaluable services as monitor engineer for all but one of the bands. Over 70 students had the chance to mix during the event.

“The Yamaha consoles were intrinsic to the success of this year’s SoundLab, says Alberg. They worked well and we had no problems with connectivity or routing thanks to Dante and Yamaha. I was also very impressed with the consoles, their flexibility, and ease of use. Sonically they were great and provided our students with an amazing opportunity. The Yamaha staff was critical to the success of the project. Their patience, understanding, and support were great and a real gift.”

For more information on Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO: Engineer Buford Jones and SoundLab Students

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Phoenix Union High School District Brightens Its Classrooms with Casio’s Lampfree™ Projectors

 

Phoenix Union High School District Brightens Its Classrooms with Casio’s Lampfree™ Projectors

Today, educators are tasked with choosing viable technologies to integrate into the classroom that are not only engaging, but also portable, easy-to-use and, most importantly, cost-effective. With limited budgets, choosing the best technology with the lowest total cost of ownership is paramount.

As part of an overall engagement initiative, the Phoenix Union High School district in Arizona wanted to replace existing and inefficient classroom projectors with a bulb-less, green solution; to do so, the Phoenix Union High School district sought out ImmediaEdu – a company specializing in integrated AV systems and interactive classrooms to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness – to help find high-quality, low maintenance projectors for ongoing classroom use. With the help of ImmediaEdu, located in Phoenix, AZ, the Phoenix Union High School district installed 1,480 of Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 projectors across all of its campuses, which accounts for 16 schools with more than 27,000 students and nearly 3,000 employees.

ImmediaEdu recommended Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 projectors because they are LampFreeTM and they run on Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. This means that expensive lamps – which typically cost almost as much as the original projector over the course of one year – do not need to be replaced every few months. With the projectors having an estimated lifespan of 20,000 hours, Phoenix Union schools can run the projectors as often as necessary.

“Only a few manufacturers offered lamp-free LED projectors when we started the Phoenix Union project, but Casio offered the most powerful LampFreeTM light engine for the price range,” said Alexis Cruz-Christensen, Vice President, educational partnerships at ImmediaEdu. “Additionally, with a large zoom range, Casio’s LampFreeTM projectors allowed us to replace a variety of existing projectors with different throw ranges without having to move existing ceiling mounts – making the transition easier for all parties involved.”

“Casio was pleased to have worked with ImmediaEdu on this project,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We understand that budgets are limited, so it’s very rewarding when working with educators to help them get the best solution based hardware offered today.  Casio has been providing LampFreeTM solutions for educators for several years and will continue to grow our lineup in the education sector, offering solutions is much more satisfying than simply offering product.”

Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 LampFreeTM projectors are DLP™ 3D ready and can display 3D content from a 3D capable computer. Educators can engage students on an entirely new level by bringing challenging lessons and lectures to life with vivid and exciting images that jump off the screen. Educators can also convert and view their own 2D material with the optional 2D-3D conversion software, which will help produce imaginative and relevant visuals and lesson materials. Additionally, the Intelligent Brightness Control features an ECO function which conserves power while illuminating sharp imagery, automatically adjusting the brightness to suit the environmental lighting conditions of any lecture hall and classroom.

Casio’s warranty program offers three years parts and labor coverage and several of the models offer a warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source for up to five years or 10,000 hours With Casio’s Extra Value Warranty Program, educators can use the projector for approximately 1,000 hours per school year, which equals 10 years of total operation.

“Overall, Casio’s XJ-M250 projectors operate cooler, use significantly less power than traditional bulb projectors and are bright enough to be used in a fully lit room with the window shades open,” said Don Fournier, Division Manager of Information Technology for Phoenix Union. “With a five year warranty on the light source, the projectors are essentially maintenance-free.”

For additional information on Casio’s portfolio of LampFree projectors, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About Casio LampFreeTM Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFreeTM projectors – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw – that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFreeTM technology, please visit: www.CasioLampFree.com.

About ImmediaEdu

ImmediaEdu is a trusted partner to the K-12 Community having worked with more than 200 schools in 60 districts across Arizona in just the last 2 years. Our unique approach of infusing Innovative Classroom Technologies with Integrated Professional Services helps synchronize the efforts of Parents, Students, Teachers and Administrators and drive student achievement.

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems to Sponsor POD 2014 In Quebec

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Le Diplomate Audiovisual is hosting its first two-day Open Door (French Porte Ouverte le Diplomate or POD) event bringing together over 25 audio-visual exhibitors, guest presenters, product demonstrations, conferences, animation, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. The 2014 POD event is designed to create a meaningful and valuable experience and includes clinics with AV specialists, hands-on demonstrations, and an exhibition of new products.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) is the main sponsor of this new event to be held at Le Diplomate Audio Visual, 5588 Blvd Rossignols, in Laval, Quebec. YCAS products to be exhibited during the two-day event include the new Yamaha QL digital console line, CL console, NEXO PS speakers and Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products. On a mobile stage, a NEXO STM line array will be used for live events, and on ‘the Patio’ CIS products will be used in real world setting. Classes on QL and Dante network will also be offered.

Exhibition dates and times are Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on POD 2014 visit, http:www.//diplomate.com/pod2014/en.html.

The event is free but registration is necessary. To register,
visit https://www.qvc.qc.ca/Inscript/Publique/QVC2101A.aspx?m=2&a=.

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Christie’s Sim Roadshow in Orlando, April 30 and May 1

Christie®, which introduced the Christie Matrix StIM™, the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, is taking its simulation display solutions on the road to Orlando, Florida, April 30-May 1, at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida.

Christie Matrix StIM-WQ

At the Sim Roadshow, simulation and defense industry program managers, systems engineers and technical specialists who are exploring solutions to deliver a more realistic and effective training experience using simulation solutions, will get a taste of Christie’s leading display solutions engineered for real-world simulated environments.

Attendees will see demonstrations of solutions that optimize dynamic image quality, maximize uptime and work efficiently within a narrow budget. Technical experts will also be on-hand to answer questions and for one-on-one discussions.

Christie Sim Roadshow products and solutions include:

Matrix StIM dual input projection capability – experience dynamic image quality with 120Hz operation
AutoCal™ – understand the effects of Christie’s automatic calibration solution to increasing productivity
MotoBlend™ – see how seamless blends are optimized for night training applications
Deployable immersive training simulator – test Christie’s turnkey system designed for cost-constrained applications such as UAV operator, vehicle and part-task training
65 inch large-format touch LCD displays – for part-task training or interactive review
Christie Brio – discover a multi-site and collaboration solution which allows users to virtually meet, share information and collaborate effortlessly from any geographic location.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by April 29 for the April 30 show. Walk-ins are welcome on May 1.

Extron XTP Receiver with 90º HDMI Output for Installation Behind Wall-Mounted Displays Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP R HWP 201, a Decora®-style wallplate receiver for XTP Systems. It features a unique, Extron-exclusive design specifically to handle the space constraints behind wall-mounted displays. The HDMI output connector is oriented upward at a 90° angle, which minimizes stress on the cable and allows for a low-profile flat panel display installation. This HDCP-compliant receiver accepts XTP signals from up to 330 feet (100 meters) away over a single shielded CATx cable and outputs video, audio, control, and Ethernet to the display. It also provides HDMI audio de-embedding with analog stereo audio output and volume control. For simplified integration, the wallplate receiver can be remotely powered by the XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher. The XTP R HWP 201 is designed for use in XTP Systems to support long-distance signal transmission in wall-mount environments. more

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