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Masque Sound Brings the Powerful and Influential Lyrics of Tupac Shakur to the Stage in Holler if ya Hear Me

Custom Audio Equipment Package Keeps the Beat for First Hip-Hop Musical in Broadway History

NEW YORK, JUNE 23, 2014 – As the curtain rose and the beat dropped on Broadway, the rhymes of Tupac Shakur engulfed the Palace Theatre during the highly anticipated hip-hop musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. Sound Designers David Patridge and John Shivers turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide a custom audio equipment package for the riveting new production.

Holler If Ya Hear Me transports audiences to the world inside Tupac Shakur’s lyrics, and blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. The production brings to light the struggles for peace against the daily challenges of inner city life in this entertaining and original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, audiences are given a window into realities of the street, which are still relevant today.

Unlike a typical musical, which focuses mainly on reinforcing the audio coming off the stage, Patridge and Shivers’ goal in designing the sound for Holler If Ya Hear Me was to not only reinforce but amplify the audio to bring it to a level that was much more impactful. To do so, they worked with Masque Sound to obtain a custom equipment package, which included a DiGiCo SD7T Live Digital Console, d&b audiotechnik V-Series line array system, d&b D80 amplifiers and a Yamaha PM5D-EX digital console. The performers were outfitted with Sennheiser SK5212-II radios and EM 3732-II receivers, as well as DPA d:fine microphone booms fitted with a 4066 element.

“This was the first time that we used the d&b V-Series and D80 amplifiers and we were very impressed. The PA system needed to have more volume than a typical Broadway show in order to adhere to the punchy, hip hop score,” says Patridge. “The capacity and quality of the d&b D80 amplifiers was excellent. Working in an older theater also presented its challenges, architecturally speaking. We needed a line array system that was compact enough to fit the space, not block sight lines and not weigh too much; the V-Series was the perfect choice. Masque Sound went above and beyond in purchasing an abundance of high-end equipment for us, because the team knew that it was necessary for a show of this caliber. We are very appreciative that they were willing to go that extra mile to help bring our vision to life.”

The designers called upon two different d&b models in order to more evenly disperse the audio throughout the theatre. “We put the 120 degree boxes at the bottom of the array and had the narrower pattern going further distances, so when the audio opens up, it keeps some of the energy off the walls of the room,” adds Patridge. “When designing for sonic signature, you have to look at everything—it has to sound good, be coherent, be able to control the pattern and it has to have power. The d&b PA that Masque Sound provided allowed us to do just that.”

The location of the mix position also presented a unique challenge for the designers. The seating of the Palace Theatre is configured with a continuous slope, which provides a stadium seating effect instead of the traditional separate levels (orchestra, mezzanine and balcony). As a result of the angle of the chairs, the FOH mixer cannot see the actors on stage, as he would have to look through the console.

“Not having a good line of sight can be quite a challenge, so we incorporated a video monitor system into the design,” says Patridge. “As a one-stop shop, Masque Sound was able to supply the video component that we needed to overcome this unexpected challenge.”

In addition to his praise of Masque Sound, Patridge also credits his long-time production engineer Kevin Kennedy for a job well done. “The sound turned out great, and we are really excited and thankful to be part of this history-making musical,” concludes Patridge.

Holler If Ya Hear Me opened on June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.hollerifyahearme.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Viewbits HD Cameras Selected for Web Broadcasts of 2014 U.S. Chess Championships

San Diego, California — June 19, 2014 – Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced that Spectrum Studios chose Viewbits HD cameras for video coverage of the nation’s most prestigious chess tournaments – the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, held May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the championships feature fierce competition and total prize funds of $244,000.

Spectrum Studios utilized eleven miniature GNAT 1080p 60 cameras and two Verio HD Remote-Control PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras for a two week live HD webcast of the tournament — the HD-SDI footage was encoded for the web.

“The GNAT 1080p 60 has a huge number of options for such a small bodied camera – it’s just over 1.64 inches long,” noted Randy Sinquefield, president of Spectrum Studios. “It also has an very easy learning curve — we set up the first one in only 15 to 20 minutes. For overhead shots, we used two Verio HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras with wireless remote control. Everybody on board is thrilled with these cameras. They completely exceeded our expectations.”

“The U.S. Championships are always riveting to many fans who are eager to watch locally and remotely,” stated Joy Bray, General Manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which hosted the event. “The small Viewbits HD cameras delivered stunning video without blocking the view of the live audience. Chess fans around the world viewed the live webcast of the tournaments, and the replays can be seen at www.uschesschamps.com.”

The 2.1 megapixel GNAT 1080p 60 features 3 Gbps HD-SDI Out, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

The Verio HD pans, tilts, and zooms on command, via a wireless remote control or an optional keyboard-joystick. The output can be HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (composite video). The 8.5 inches wide camera pans and tilts at a speed of half a degree per second to 80 degrees per second, and features a built-in 10x zoom lens.

“We’re proud that our cameras were selected to document the U.S. Chess Championships,” noted Patrick Palensky, Sales Engineer for Viewbits. “The GNAT 1080p 60 is one of our best-selling cameras, and the Verio HD is a long-time customer favorite.”

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful DSP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • Cased version ships with tripod adapter, universal power supply, and control cable
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range): Allows a camera to filter the intense back light surrounding a subject and thus enhances the ability to distinguish features and shapes on the subject.
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR): Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise. DNR technology has excellent disk-saving effect.
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control): Automatically adjusts the incoming signal to proper level for display or recording and the sensitivity of pick-up object to render the most pleasing images. Improves performance in low light conditions.
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Ships with Universal PS, tripod adapter, and control cable

Features — Verio HD

  • Remote-control HD studio camera with pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Output: HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (Composite video)
  • Control from a distance of up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) via RS-232 Serial interface
  • Wireless remote control
  • Optional keyboard with joystick
  • 2.1 Megapixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Built-in lens
  • Pans and tilts at up to 80 degrees per second
  • Compact size — only 8-1/2 inches wide (216 mm)
  • Automatic or manual white balance and focus
  • Optional keyboard/joystick lets you preset up to ten configurations

Suggested Retail Prices:
GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $495 U.S.
Verio HD: $3,495 U.S.
Verio HD with optional keyboard/joystick: $3,895 U.S.

Viewbits, GNAT 1080p 60, and Verio HD are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is the mission of the club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.

Chess teaches valuable lessons for developing students like problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis provides a formal program of chess instruction that consists of classroom instruction and applied instruction. For more information, visit http://www.saintlouischessclub.org.

About Spectrum Studios
Spectrum Studios shoots television commercials, programming, music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, educational and training programs, news, and sports for clients around the world.

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Spectrum Studios is a 6,000-square-foot facility, offering film/video production space and post production services, as well as equipment rentals and green screen technology. For more information, please visit http://gospectrumstudios.com/.

About CMI and Viewbits
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

RHC Holdings Discusses Targeted Marketing Strategies at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 19, 2014 – Representatives from RHC Holdings will be on hand at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C9516) to discuss the company’s new targeted marketing strategies, which were announced earlier this year. Under this plan, RHC Holdings, comprised of well-known dependable brands, such as RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, will promote and market its brands to their specific industries. Pro Co Data will be the main focus for this year’s InfoComm show in Las Vegas.

This marketing strategy ensures that RHC Holdings can offer comprehensive audio and cable solutions for a variety of budgets and projects, from 100,000-seat stadiums to single-room houses of worship and everything in between. RHC’s collection of brands affords users the options of low-, mid- and high-grade data, instrument, speaker or microphone cable options. Fans will also find solutions such as guitar pedals, digital snakes, personal audio interfaces, digital facility design software and personal monitor systems.

“We are very excited about the future of RHC Holdings,” says Darius Seabaugh, Vice President of Marketing for RHC Holdings. “With this strategy, each of the brands will now have a very individualized marketing plan that will focus on a targeted customer base for areas such as live sound, retail, studio and installation.”

Pro Co and Pro Co Data represent RHC’s professional line of customizable audio, video, data, communications and fiber-optic interfacing solutions. With product lines such as LifeLines high-end signal transfer cable; TradeTools industrial strength and sized device boxes; RoadMaster heavy-duty touring snakes and PlateWorks standard and custom wall plates designed through DesignVision, ProCo truly defines what it means to be in the professional market.

As RHC’s mid-to-upper-range line of audio solutions, RapcoHorizon products are tailored to the entire retail music industry to meet the demands of both live sound and studio recording. The brand comprises three different series of products, including the Players Series, a rugged solution for nightly club performers; Concert Series, a diverse line of professional interfacing products for live stage performances and Studio Series, an elite selection of cables with superior sound quality and rugged, durable construction for professional performances and studio sessions. With RapcoHorizon, fans can be assured they will attain the same sound on the road as they do in the studio.

A personal monitoring and digital audio distribution network, Momentum is designed to replace traditional analog audio wiring wherever audio distribution is needed. Difficulties in executing the increasingly complicated audio systems can be simplified by capturing audio at the source, converting it to digital and distributing it over a standard Ethernet network. This reduces the amount of field terminations, making installation less time-consuming. With the mTweak app for the Momentum mo8me Mix Engine, an average smart phone or tablet becomes a handheld wireless interface to control a user’s mix and settings right from his hand or music stand.

From its beginnings as a pedal created in a Michigan basement, RAT has become an iconic legend in the mainstream of rock music. Built with the traditional rock musician in mind, RAT products have a rough, vintage, rebellious and dark sound. The newest product to make its way into the brand is the FAT RAT, which is also being presented at NAMM.

RoadHog touring cables are uniquely designed for touring performers. Engineered “Road Ready and Tour Tough,” RoadHog cables utilize the most rugged construction for those who don’t have the time to be neat and careful with their gear, while always providing high-quality sound. For those who want even more superior sound, there is also the SilverHog, which features the same RoadHog construction with silver-plated conductors and shields. RoadHog also comprises Hog, HogCloth, HogM, HogMPro, HogMCloth and SilverHogM, and will forever remain devoted exclusively to cables.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance.

Christie Unveils First Laser Phosphor Series of 1-Chip DLP Projectors at InfoComm 2014

The new Christie® GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debut at InfoComm 2014 this week. Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides an astounding 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The Christie GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP® laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with outstanding color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces. Christie GS Series is perfect for fixed installation applications including boardrooms and conference rooms, government facilities, higher education, houses of worship and selected location-based entertainment venues such as casinos and live event theaters.

With features including wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility, the Christie GS Series delivers the needed requirements for today’s demanding visual display projects and is suitable for 24/7 environments without a loss of image quality. Easy to install and use with input options such as Display Port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT, Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality.

“The move to laser phosphor technology with Christie 1-chip GS Series means a better combination of brilliant images, high performance and durability, while improving on a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The new Christie GS Series has the image quality and innovation that only Christie can deliver.”

Benefits of using Christie GS Series

-SSI-based laser phosphor for longer illumination life.

-Long life DLP® technology for greater reliability and more lifelike colors.

-Up to 1200:1 contrast ratio.

-Optional blending, warping for curved surfaces, and color matching for multiple projectors setups.

-24/7 capability for monitoring and signage applications.

-HD, WUXGA and WXGA resolution available.

-Wireless connectivity for less clutter and no cable management.

-Suite of lenses and portrait or landscape setup.

-With a choice of black or white shell, Christie GS Series easily blends into background.

The Christie DWU555-GS, Christie DHD555-GS and Christie DWX555-GS ship in August 2014 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Extron Introduces DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 2560×1600, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure. more

DPA Microphones Unveils Latest d:screet™ Miniature Solutions at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – DPA Microphones is presenting its new d:screet™ Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C11936). Also on display will be the company’s heavy-duty d:screet™ 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief.

Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for quick costume changes. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic offers fast, repeatable, “do-it-yourself” mounting and is designed specifically for use by non-technicians. It is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

“Our expansion of the d:screet Miniature Microphone Series is in direct response to increasing market demands for a large variety of solid workhorses that deliver superb sound under challenging conditions,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We identified and meet a need with our new d:screet Necklace Microphone for a mic that can be mounted and removed quickly, and several times, by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. Additionally, with the heavy-duty and reinforced cable relief solutions for our d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, we’re fulfilling requests from users for high-quality sound with a highly-durable housing and cable.”

During the show, the company is presenting at is booth two options that address these needs. Incorporated on all d:screet Miniature Microphones, the robust strain relief version ensures that people who are not used to handling miniatures can feel reassured by the increased reliability. The heavy-duty 4060 and 4061 microphones, which are ideal for people who require even more enhanced security and for whom the visual appeal is of less importance, are perfect for placement in rigorous production situations, such as incorporated into a combat suit for a fight scene or under a horse saddle in a period piece. It features a stainless steel housing, sturdy cable relief and a thicker .08-inch cable. Both enhanced versions are exceptionally durable and ideally suited to the rigors of various productions.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

New Christie Brio Team Turns Meeting Space into Collaboration Zones

With the introduction of Christie® Brio Team at InfoComm 2014, Christie continues to expand its Brio family of presentation and collaboration solutions. Designed for smaller meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Christie Brio Team allows users to wirelessly connect up to five computers, smart phones and tablets to share information securely on a larger display while streaming audio through a meeting room’s sound system.

A meeting using Christie Brio Team presentation tool

Brio Team doesn’t require LAN access and the unit works effortlessly using software interfaces already integrated into standard PC, Mac or Android laptops, tablets and smartphone devices, with no additional software apps or external dongles.

“Brio Team makes it easy for individuals in smaller meeting spaces to gather and share information using their own devices,” said Christian Merrill, product manager at Christie. “With the addition of Brio Team to the Christie Brio line of solutions, we now have affordable collaboration technology for small internal teams to engage and share knowledge in corporate, academic and research facilities.”

Benefits of Christie Brio Team:

-Simultaneous connection for up to five computers, smart phones or tablets

-Accessible from most Wi-Fi enabled devices with no need to connect to wires or dongles

-Integrated Wi-Fi, Airplay and WiDi (wireless display) for greater installation flexibility and easy connectivity

-Intuitive “Meeting Manager” is accessible from any browser or directly from the meeting space touchscreen display to controls source layouts, audio, and other Brio Team functions

-Annotate over live content or use the touchscreen as a whiteboard and save the results for future reference

-Multiple level password security to ensure content and control of the meeting are shared only with authorized individuals

-No specialized training or IT support required

Christie Brio Team ships in late 2014.

D-Tools Announces No-Cost FreeTools PSL™ Application Featuring Industry-specific Symbol Libraries for Microsoft® Visio

Free D-Tools application provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple industry-specific plan view shape libraries to improve communication and project documentation.

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV - INFOCOMM 2014 BOOTH #C8318—JUNE 18, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announces the availability of FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application available to the entire electronic systems integration community free of charge. FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. Once implemented, users can utilize three different stencil libraries within FreeTools PSL based on industry standards including AVC (Audio-Video-Control), Security, and Custom. By utilizing these libraries and incorporating industry standard symbols into the system design and documentation process, electronic systems integrators using Visio will more clearly communicate with customers and project partners across trades. Moreover, they will also be able to universalize a project, which not only simplifies reading design documentation; it streamlines projects and increases efficiency and accuracy.

The FreeTools PSL application is a plug-in that is compatible with Visio 2007 to Visio 2013 and consists of plan view Visio stencils and Visio drawing templates. Now available, FreeTools PSL includes three Symbol Libraries that contain associated stencils: Audio-Video-Control, Security, and Custom. The AVC (Audio-Video-Control) stencils are a based on the J-STD-710 symbols created by a joint committee from CEDIA, CEA and InfoComm. The Security stencils are based on the SIA Architectural Graphic Standard, and the Custom stencils contain useful electronic system symbols such as wire, text call out, and a Universal dimension shape. Additional FreeTools symbols (such as Fire/Safety and Electrical) will be available soon. The FreeTools PSL app serves as both an enhancement and a gateway for Visio users who have yet to dedicate resources to D-Tools or other system design and documentation platforms.

“Established universal industry standards are an important component of successful drawing designs and technical projects. Not only do they create uniformity within any given project, they also provide clear communication and a higher level of professionalism,” stated Adam Stone, president of D-Tools. 

Integrators utilizing industry standard symbols, stencils and graphics for their system design work deliver needed clarity and consistency to project partners and cross-functional teams. They also are provided the opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line. Moreover, drawings created in FreeTools PSL can be integrated into D-Tools’ System Integrator, providing users of the company’s flagship product with a way to visually share ideas with clients and partners, then bring those drawings into the System Integrator workflow for further project design and management.

“By implementing industry standard symbols into their system design work, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows their firm to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” stated D-Tools president, Adam Stone. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon become a requirement. Essentially, D-Tools provides integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized drawing shapes.”

Featuring the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the electronics system integrator, D-Tools System Integrator™ software provides more than 4,500 systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers in the Residential and Commercial Audio Video, Security, and IT Networking industries a versatile platform that streamlines the estimation, system design, and installation of low voltage systems. D-Tools’ data-driven process provides a high degree of synchronization, increased performance, added flexibility, better communication, and advanced customization options, delivering finished solutions that can have a dramatic, positive impact on business efficiency and profitability.

Available now, D-Tools FreeTools PSL can be downloaded by visiting http://downloads.d-tools.com/six/FreeToolsPSL/FreeToolsPSL.exe, and can be seen during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318. Interested parties are invited to learn more about D-Tools, the System Integrator platform, how to work more efficiently by tying these drawings to other documentation and data, and experience the full power of the D-Tools SIX platform through a free 30-day trial. Visit www.d-tools.com, phone (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software 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.

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

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

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

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D-Tools Showcases Standardization at InfoComm, Fully Integrated Industry Standard Audio, Video, Control and Security Drawing Symbols Now Part of D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

Infocomm Audio Video and SIA/IAPSC[i] Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of electronic system installations, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, Builders, and other professional trades

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 18, 2014 — InfoComm 2014 Booth #C8318— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the Company will showcase Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols at the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

Now fully integrated into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols are straightforward and easily recognized. In fact, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–which D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new Drawing Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing Industry Standard Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools Industry Standard Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com.

InfoComm attendees can learn more about D-Tools during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

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, by calling (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mailing 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., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images & References
D-Tools Logos

D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on SIA/IAPSC Security symbols

D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols

http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References

The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:

http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm

http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents

https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

 

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[1] SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.


 

RHC Holdings Announces New Pro Co XP Fit Plus Field Installable Fiber-Optic Connector at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Pro Co Data, an RHC Holdings brand, unveils its new XP Fit Plus™ Field Installable Fiber-optic Connector at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C9516). Designed in collaboration with the SENKO Group, the XP Fit Plus is a pre-polished, pre-assembled connector, compatible with standard SC and LC connectors.

Housed in a convenient, compact package, the XP Fit Plus is highly-stable and reliable, and features a mechanical splice or index-matching gel. Additionally, the connector meets the UL94-VI Flammability Rating and is RoHS and TIA/EIA 568-C3 compliant.

The XP Fit Plus can be installed in less than two minutes due to its internal mechanical grip that effectively holds the fiber in place. With no need for polishing or epoxy/adhesives, which requires additional labor, the connector makes on-site installations quick and simple. Additionally, the connector comes with an assembly fixture and fiber holder for 250μm and 900 μm tight buffered fiber, ensuring accurate alignment and fiber cleave when terminating. The XP Fit Installation Kit contains everything needed for installation of the SC and LC XP Fit Plus connectors.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

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