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D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press 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/press

Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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Extron Now Shipping TeamWork Collaboration System for Digital and Analog Sources

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeamWork 601, the company’s newest collaboration system. The TeamWork 601 system supports up to four digital laptops or tablets, and two legacy analog computer-video and audio sources. Analog signals are digitized so that they can be switched to the display, along with native HDMI signals, on a single HDMI cable. TeamWork 601 works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. It also works with virtually any new or existing furniture system. Optional mounting hardware facilitates different collaboration table or work surface designs. Extron TeamWork is a fully customizable collaboration system that is ideal for corporate and education applications. Pre-configured packages, including the TeamWork 601, TeamWork 600, and TeamWork 400 are available for fast implementation with minimal setup. more

Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 Now Includes a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 IPCP, a new model of the DTP CrossPoint 84 featuring a built-in IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The industry-leading DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

RF VENUE INTRODUCES RF OPTIX™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 2014: Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix™ RF to fiber optic conversion system, a powerful new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that expands the possibilities of antenna distribution and wireless audio design.

“RF Optix brings technology from the world of broadcast and IT into the reach of church, school, and theater wireless users,” says CEO Chris Regan. “Integrators, tour managers, and church technicians are now able to do things with fiber that would have been way out of budget, or downright impossible, with coaxial cable.”

The RF Optix system leverages the low cost, lossless characteristics of fiber optic cable over the expensive, fragile, lossy characteristics of coaxial cables. Fiber cable runs thousands of feet long are possible with negligible in-line attenuation, so antennas can be remoted in venues far away from racks or equipment rooms located elsewhere in the facility.

“One of the main constraints for distributed antenna systems for wireless audio is the cost and signal loss challenges of coax cables,” says Regan. “This is especially true for plenum installs, where plenum rated coax can exceed the cost of the entire audio system. With inexpensive plenum rated fiber cables, system designers can now rethink their equipment layouts without sacrificing the huge performance benefit of using a remote antenna system for their wireless system.”

The RF Optix system is offered as a single channel for connecting to one antenna or in a dual channel package for diversity antenna systems. The Install Package includes wall or rack mountable flanges and the Live Package includes a hard-shell carrying case. Both options include 10’ BNC to SMA adapter cables for connecting to antennas and wireless rack equipment; 9V screw-on power supplies are also provided. Available accessories include 100m single mode plenum fiber cables and 100m indoor/outdoor reinforced fiber cables. Custom fiber cable lengths are available.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.

http://www.rfvenue.com

Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

Shotoku Broadcast System To Unveil Revolutionary New Camera Tracking System at 2014 NAB Show

NAB Booth C 8731

Click to visit Shotoku at NAB

Company Set to Showcase Complete Range of Superior Pan & Tilt, Control and VR Tracking Solutions

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is introducing in joint cooperation with ncam, a leading manufacturer that enables virtual production through real-time camera tracking, the revolutionary new ncam Camera Tracking System at this year’s 2014 NAB Show, Booth C8731. In addition, Shotoku will be exhibiting its complete range of advanced robotic camera systems, including its line of pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions aimed at all News, Sports and TV Shopping applications as well as systems designed specifically for Government, Legislatures and Houses of Worship. Several significant new product developments will be on show further expanding system capabilities and bringing even more flexibility and cost-efficiency to TV studio operations requiring fully robotic cameras.

The ncam Camera Tracking System features a multi-sensing bar that is unobtrusively mounted on the studio camera and provides real-time data to its associated tracking server. ncam provides complete 8-axis 3D position information via industry standard protocols compatible with any VR/AR graphics system. It is suitable for a wide range of applications both indoor and outdoor, with mounted or even hand-held as well as Steadicam cameras. The system joins Shotoku’s well-established series of advanced encoder-tracking systems.

As part of its range of leading VR camera tracking solutions, the company is also showcasing its advanced TK-53VR crane, which is unmatched in terms of mechanical stability, control precision and tracking sensitivity offering a truly exceptional level of all-round performance for any VR or AR production. In addition, the company’s highly successful TP-90VR full X-Y tracking pedestal will be shown in live demonstrations in the Vizrt booth (Number SL2419).

Easily customizable for government, legislature and houses of worship environments, Shotoku’s robotic solutions, such as the TG-18 and TG-27 pan & tilt heads, height drive and fully robotic pedestal systems feature precise remote control capabilities. The company’s entire range of control systems will be available for demonstration including the TR-HP Hot panel, TR-S legislative panel and the TR-8T touch-screen based robotics control system.

“Shotoku will have an array of products and solutions on display at this year’s NAB show, ranging from the brand new ncam camera tracking system to our technologically superior and robust pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions,” says James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “For years, Shotoku has been leading the way in providing advanced manual and robotic camera support, as well as virtual reality tracking solutions to the broadcast market, and we are looking towards this year’s NAB to reach industry professionals with updates and demonstrations of our various product lines.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Now Use a Third-Party Touchscreen with Extron Control Systems

Extron is pleased to introduce the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows a third party touchscreen display to be used as a point of control within an Extron Pro Series control system. This unique interface includes a scaled HDCP-compliant HDMI input for video preview and the scaled output supports displays from 800×600 to 1920×1200, as well as HDTV 1080p/60. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the TLI Pro 101 to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for an additional power supply. The TLI Pro 101 works with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor, enabling third party touchscreen devices to be used for complete, interactive control of a broad range of source devices. more

Bring Your Own Device with Extron LinkLicense

Extron is pleased to introduce LinkLicense, a simple way for people to use their tablet or laptop as the primary control interface in an Extron control system. LinkLicense gives integrators the freedom to choose control interfaces based on their customers’ specific needs, and gives users a much broader choice of control interfaces. All IPCP Pro control processors may be purchased with or without a LinkLicense. more

FSR To Grow Presence In Education Market With New Appointment

GINA SANSIVERO JOINS COMPANY AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SALES

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Sansivero as the company’s new director of educational sales. Jan Sandri, company president, today announced details from FSR’s headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that in her role, Sansivero is charged with strengthening FSR’s reputation and brand recognition even further within the education market.

In her new position, Sansivero will also be responsible for educating the market about new opportunities for interactive and collaborative learning systems offered by FSR, embedding the company as a primary or top-tier manufacturer of installations in higher-education and K-12 buildings and campuses. Working with integrators and consultants to identify key opportunities for FSR to further address the specific needs of the education market, Sansivero will build relationships with educational contacts and uncover ideas and applications for even more comprehensive and cohesive products clearing a path for company growth in the education marketplace.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Gina’s caliber to join the FSR team and help us continue to expand our role as a leading manufacturer within the education market,” said Sandri. “As technology continues to change, along with the needs of those working in a learning environment, it’s imperative that we remain on the cutting edge and continue to supply our customer base with products that specifically address their needs. We are confident that Gina will help us reach our goals.”

Introduced to the audiovisual industry early in 2005, Sansivero has embraced it ever since. She first worked in sales and marketing, and then became a partner at RelampIt in New York. Recognizing an industry need, she combined her passions of environmental responsibility and education to launch Project Green AV (www.projectgreenav.com) in 2008. An industry portal for GreenAV information and dialogue, Project Green AV addresses the changing needs and is a facilitator for Green AV education, news, products, industry highlights and connections. Similarly, Sansivero has helped RelampIt to consistently grow into a well-recognized replacement projection lamp business as a preferred sustainable vendor-partner to AV systems integrators and the vertical markets the AV industry touches. In 2011, Sansivero was awarded the Young AV Professional Award by industry association, InfoComm. Sansivero is also involved with a number of organizations including the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Green and Education committees in New York, Seatuck Sustainability Business Council, the Long Island Volunteer Enterprise (LIVE), and is a regular contributor to rAVe Blog Squad.

“FSR is a recognized, stable and well-respected part of our industry and I am truly excited to have this opportunity to be part of the team,” said Sansivero. “Not only is FSR’s commitment to quality, service and ethical business practices aligned with my own professional values, but I view Jan Sandri as a mentor. This position will allow me the opportunity for continued growth under her ‘coaching,’ while also working in the education market, which I truly love. I welcome the challenges this new position will surely bring and will move ahead with a fresh mind-set to help expand this established company even further into new markets.”

Sansivero can be reached at gsansivero@fsrinc.com or 516-282-5346.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Introduces 12 Powerful TouchLink Pro Touchpanels

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce 12 TouchLink Pro touchpanel models with faster processing, more memory, and enhanced security. Five of these models are available in new 5”, 12”, and 15” sizes with vibrant, capacitive touchscreens and ultra-responsive control surfaces. The four largest models feature edge-to-edge glass and video preview inputs that support high resolution HDCP-compliant video from HDMI sources and Extron XTP devices. All TouchLink Pro touchpanels work with the new IP Link Pro family of control processors and are fully customizable using Extron GUI Designer software. In addition to these touchpanels, Extron is also introducing the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows third party touchscreen displays to be used as control interfaces within an Extron Pro Series control system. more

Belkin Unveils Secure Web Camera Adapter

Only Solution Available that Enables the Secure Use of Web Cameras in Computing Environments where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented. The new Secure Web Camera Adapter includes a host of security features, including anti-tampering mechanism in the outside packaging, one-time programmable (OTP) protected firmware, and complete isolation of the USB circuit from the computer.

Using web cameras in a secure environment may cause a security breach if not properly protected. Intruders can exploit computers that are non-secure as a result of web cameras that can view and eavesdrop on conversations, without users being aware that the camera is on and active. 

To avoid these potential breaches, Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International, said that the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is the only product of its kind in the market, enabling the use of web cameras in environments where security or confidentiality are critical. “Belkin’s Secure Web Camera Adapter is the perfect security solution for environments where computers are present and video calls are used to exchange confidential information,” said Artiz. “It is well-suited for boardrooms, offices, defense, the military, and other areas where sensitive conversations take place.”

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is designed to connect and disconnect a web camera and other USB audio devices at the press of a button. Unlike other adapters, the Belkin web camera adapter makes it very clear to the user when the web camera is active and provides warning before deactivating through a lighting and flashing system. If desired, the user is then able to extend the web camera’s activation period through a simple push of a button.

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is easy and  intuitive to operate, and should be used whenever web  cameras are used in boardrooms, offices, and other  areas where sensitive conversations take place.

Key features of the Secure Web Camera Adapter include:

  • Automatic Timer Mechanism – The timer functionality combined with intuitive LED lights indicate when the camera is active and when the user must press a button to extend the video call if desired; a disconnect button allows the user to immediately disconnect the camera when necessary.
  • Easy Integration and Operation – the adapter operates with two simple buttons, with clear visual indicators of operation and approaching cut-off; it is easily connected with a standard USB port, including the supplied cable.
  • Advanced Security Features – the isolated independent microcontroller cannot be hacked, reprogrammed or tampered with, and all firmware is stored on a non-programmable ROM.
  • Anti-Tamper Protection – Secure and rugged housing, an active anti-tamper mechanism, non-programmable firmware, and tamper-evident packaging and label ensure that the adapter remains secure in transit at all times.
  • Increased Reliability – the adapter’s simple hardened design, and low self-discharge anti-tamper battery, provide years of reliable usage.
  • Interoperability and Operating System Independent – supports all USB web cameras, requiring only the web camera driver software on the connected computer, and all Windows, iOS, LInux ad Chrome operating systems that support the web camera software.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, web camera security, webcam security, audio security, network security

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