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Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Deliver Dante Ease

AMSTERDAM (NL) / ISE 2014 — (February 4 2014): In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante media networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will enable complete configuration of select Dante-enabled Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.
 
Settings affecting I/O levels, routing and more will be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate operations on a single platform where three or more were previously required.
 
“As a result of the release, integrators will no longer need separate software packages for each manufacturer’s product as well as Dante Controller,” comments Trent Wagner, Senior Product Manager at Symetrix. “Supported Dante-enabled products will appear side-by-side with Symetrix SymNet products in the Composer software and can be managed or configured identically to Symetrix products. Professionals who have used our Composer before will have no learning curve.”
 
Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked AV affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that prove to be both compatible and complete in addressing their audio challenges. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.
 
He continues: “By collaborating on solutions we can create the right outcomes for our customers. With all the difficulties consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with a comprehensive answer to an application is what this partnership is really about.”
 
Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as “the next logical step” in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.
 
The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell is owner of California-based Technology of the Arts and recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio around the use of Dante-based systems is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that little bit closer to being realised.”

www.symetrix.co

www.atterotech.com

www.stewartaudio.com

D-Tools Delivers Slate of New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting SI User Productivity Including Updated and Expanded Six 2013 Software Platform, Native iPad Mobile Quoting App and Exclusive Hosted Solution Powered By Amazon Web Services

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform, App and Hosted Solution now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 stand #1-N53) – Feb. 3, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate the newest release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 to ISE 2014 attendees along with an all-new iOS-based mobile design and proposal App for the iPad, and an exclusive D-Tools Web Hosted Solution, a cloud-based workflow solution available to System Integrator users worldwide.

Now available to integrators worldwide, D-Tools SIX 2013 adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable commercial and residential AV integrators to streamline business processes, increase profitability, and reduce overhead. SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions such as estimation, system design and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks® and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful, straightforward solution that now can improve all areas of an integrator’s business.

The new D-Tools iPad App is a native iOS application that 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. 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.

Finally, D-Tools Web Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. This new feature-set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator user community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system that can be used anywhere or any time it is needed.

Currently, more than 4,400 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 SIX 2013, iPad App, and Hosted Solution each serve to improve operational capacities and to reduce overhead, while providing efficient workflow. Demonstrations of the D-Tools platform will be provided during ISE 2014, being held 4-6 February 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI in the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53.

Any press seeking to schedule time to discuss the D-Tools advantage, should contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling +1 (425) 328-8640. Press kits for ISE will be made available the week prior to the show at www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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 4,400 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 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the 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 (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Torus Power to feature three premier power conditioning lines at Integrated Systems Europe 2014; The AVR2 Series, the new TOT Series and the RM Series are now available for international sales and distribution

TORONTO, ON, CANADA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 Stand #5-R128) – Feb. 3, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at ISE 2014, including the premiere AVR2 Series, the popular and newly-expanded TOT Series, and the original RM series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration. Used in residential and commercial applications to significantly improve sound and video quality and performance, Torus Power products are available with North American or International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia, and the line meets both IEC and Neutrik standards. Shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility.

The AVR2 Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression solution. Designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, consumer home theatre and audio system installations, and other mission-critical applications, the International AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential or commercial applications.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and 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 never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital 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 RM Series, Torus Power’s original line of reliable, affordable power conditioners have been providing clean, protected power to custom audio video installations for years. Available in a variety of configurations for North American and International use, RM Series models include the RM 8 CE and RM 16 CE. RM 8 CE is an 8A model and RM 16 CE is a 16A model; both are available with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage, with 5 and 8 outlets, and 3U to 4U chassis sizes respectively to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. Torus Power RM Series toroidal isolation power conditioners are suited for a variety of installations from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations.

Showcasing a variety of versatile and technologically unrivaled power conditioning solutions for residential or commercial applications, Torus Power will exhibit at ISE 2014 in stand # 5-R128 with RGB Audio Visual Inc., a leading UK-based distributor of custom AV systems and components.

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 +1 (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

www.blacktrax.ca

Shaping a Better World: Arup Deploys Pexip Globally

Large-scale enterprise-wide videoconferencing connects professionals

Independent professional services firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, Arup have deployed the Pexip® Infinity scalable software platform worldwide. The deployment will enable Arup’s 11,000 staff across 38 countries to use high definition video, voice and data collaboration and will also be used to connect to Arup’s clients.

“In Arup, we aim to introduce new, forward thinking, innovative and simple to operate technologies into our business. The deployment of Pexip Infinity will not only reinvent how our company communicates internally but will also change how we communicate with our external clients,” explained Roy Salfarlie, Head of AV, UKMEA AV Media Services at Arup.

Simen Teigre, CEO at Pexip said: “The way in which Arup have deployed our technology is testament to the simplified, interoperable and virtualized way in which our Infinity software helps people to collaborate. We look forward to enjoying a partnership with Arup for many years to come.”

Pexip ensures simplicity meets functionality

“Initially, within our proof of concept for next generation virtual meeting rooms, we were evaluating bridging solutions from three different vendors. However, we found these to be more complex than needed – they also required proprietary hardware and could not achieve satisfactory interoperability and HD video integration with Microsoft® Lync. Pexip Infinity was brought in through a revised vendor list. It met our requirements for a software-only solution and we had it working globally in less than two hours. We were really impressed,” explained Chris Ellen, Unified Messaging Team Lead at Arup.

Arup were traditionally using Cisco Jabber™ but wanted to extend their mobile video portfolio by introducing Microsoft Lync. “Using Pexip Infinity means you can dial in and use the same PC or device for a video call but at increased quality. We don’t have to license additional software clients either which is an attractive value proposition,” explained Ellen.

Video conferencing for today and beyond

Arup staff are issued with a personal Virtual Meeting Room with a PIN number for security. Individual users can control their conferences and view presentations from their own mobile phone or tablet.

“Our existing video infrastructure was physically restricted by the number of hardware boxes in our network. With Pexip Infinity, there’s no restriction on the number of people that can use the system. The platform is always on and always available, which enables the team to connect instantly whenever collaboration is required in their workflow,” said Ellen.

“Unlike traditional DSP-based MCU’s, Pexip’s conferencing nodes are virtual machines that can sit on either a VMware® or Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure making use of standard server architecture. For Arup, minimal to no investment is required to start deploying the solution as we can utilize existing infrastructure. Being virtual also means conferencing capacity can be increased within minutes and the platform is inherently redundant.”

Arup intend to extend the solution to incorporate client meetings. “We can now use the Pexip WebRTC functionality for external meeting participants. In the past we had to ship a copy of Cisco Jabber™ and provision a user account. This was cumbersome for everyone involved, it introduced a delay and had a cost attached to it. With Pexip Infinity we now just email a URL and external callers can experience professional quality video via their web browser,” explained Ellen.

“As an early adopter of Infinity, we have been involved in beta testing and providing feedback directly to the Pexip development team. The openness we enjoy with Pexip is refreshing and it helps us to plan for the future. Pexip Infinity is a good strategic fit for Arup.”

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About Pexip
Pexip overthrows conventional telepresence thinking by providing an affordable, virtualized, interoperable approach to videoconferencing on any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, a scalable software platform that provides personal meeting rooms for any number of users on video, voice and mobile. Pexip’s virtualized solution can be deployed quickly and easily, with flexibility to scale as required. Pexip offers a flexible enterprise licensing model and the ability to run on a cloud platform – with no allegiance to any current manufacturer or standard. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by world-leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 38 countries worldwide our 11,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world.
www.arup.com

Perfect Path Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Perfect Path product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 28, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Perfect Path has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Perfect Path has an extensive history in making cables, spanning over six decades with products featured in more than 100 million residential installations. Their professional-grade broadband, telecom and satellite cable and connector products provide the perfect signal from its inception to the TV. Perfect Path (PPC) has distinguished itself as a leading provider of high performance cables, as well as providing the industry with a vast range of solutions such as their locking HDMI connector.

“Our goal at Perfect Path is to deliver the best home theater experience possible and we are excited to provide our product data to the global D-Tools System Integrator user community,” said Eric Bodley, VP and General Manager, Perfect Path. “We have no doubt that this will be a rewarding partnership as the D-Tools MVP program will strengthen our relationship within the integrator community as well as better enable us to communicate the value of our product line to a multitude of potential new dealers.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator software platform.

“Perfect Path cables and connectors provide integrators top of the line performance as well as bulletproof reliability,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a go-to brand in the category, we are pleased Perfect Path has chosen to participate in the MVP program and look forward to making their product information available for specification and use by the entire D-Tools System Integrator user base in the near future.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Perfect Path
Perfect Path is the consumer cable and connection brand created by PPC, the global leader of interconnect products in the cable and satellite industries. We feel that, with an entertainment signal, the One Perfect Path is total control of ultimate performance and bulletproof reliability, from the signal’s inception to the back of your HDTV. And only Perfect Path by PPC, the cable/satellite industry’s Number One choice for signal delivery, can deliver this unbroken stream of excellence.

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 4,400 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, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), 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 (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

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Furman Rejoins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Furman has rejoined the D-Tools MVP Program. Now, the D-Tools System Integrator™ product database features detailed information for the entire Furman lineup, providing D-Tools users worldwide the ability to create designs, estimates and proposals featuring Furman products free of charge. Celebrating 40 years of purifying power and now part of Core Brands, Furman provides a comprehensive range of premium power management solutions specifically engineered for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Together, D-Tools and Furman provide a wide range of needed solutions for integrators of all sizes.

“Furman’s product applications span a wide range of markets so our partnership with the D-Tools user community is a valued one,” said John Benz, Director of Power and Accessories at Core Brands. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with a unique platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Furman rejoin the D-Tools MVP Program because their product line is so widely used and delivers a variety of valuable options in the power management category,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their participation enhances the program as a whole and we are pleased to continue offering their award-winning products through our product database.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Furman®

Purifying power for 40 years, Furman® is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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Furman and BlueBOLT are part of Core Brands®, LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Korus™, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.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. 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 4,400 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 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the 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 (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

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Future Automation Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program; Detailed Product Information Available to D-Tools Users for Specification in Electronic System Designs and Proposals

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Future Automation has joined the D-Tools MVP Partnership Program. As part of the agreement, detailed information about the entire line of Future Automation products will be available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify into their system designs and client proposals free of charge.

Future Automation’s unique product range is focused on developing engineered solutions to move and conceal audiovisual products. The company designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of lift mechanisms, wall mounts, art lifts and ceiling drops for televisions and projectors. In addition the custom design department will take on any commission for an individual product or concept should this be required.

“We take pride in the motorized solutions we provide to clients worldwide and fully understand the challenges and unique nuances each job represents,” said Rob Luxton of Future Automation. “D-Tools is dedicated to developing the best System Integration software in the industry and we are happy to team up with them to provide our mutual clients with our latest and most comprehensive product information for use in their electronic systems design, proposal, and specification.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and are dedicated to making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We are proud to have Future Automation join the D-Tools MVP Program,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a premier provider of motorized solutions for clients worldwide, Future Automation delivers creative results to seemingly impossible applications. It’s now easier than ever for system designers, integrators and others in the field to incorporate these elegant enhancements into their designs and proposals.”

About Future Automation

Future Automation, a privately owned company, is the market leader in flat screen mounting solutions and high-tech automation devices.  Focused on putting the custom back into custom installations, Future Automation products are unrivalled in their diversity, and its innovative product range is manufactured to order to the highest possible standards. The company’s background in custom installation affords Future Automation an unrivalled understanding of the challenges integrators face. Future Automation’s unique insight and innovations allow the company to develop the most comprehensive product range of its kind. Combined with the company’s unparalleled service, Future Automation delivers a solution for every project; whatever the size and however challenging. For more information on Future Automation and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit www.futureautomation.net or call +1 (603) 742 9181.

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. Over 4,400 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, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), 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 (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

 

 

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HPA Tech Retreat Celebrates 20 Years of Inquiry and Illumination

Industry Thought Leaders and Technology Mavens Head Back to Palm Springs for Thoughtful Exploration of an Industry in Transition

(Los Angeles, CA) For the past twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has gathered a veritable who’s who in engineering, technology, creativity, and strategic business together for a structured yet informal meeting of the minds; where top industry leaders engaged in all aspects of production, distribution, post production, film, television, web and related endeavors, gather in an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. This year’s 20th Anniversary confab promises all of that and more from February 17-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA.

The Tech Retreat offers attendees the chance to explore the opportunities and the complexities facing an industry in transition, and to investigate new solutions and technologies that impact its many constituents.

The HPA Tech Retreat offers lively conference sessions, networking events and technology demonstrations to an engaged audience of participants and panelists that hail from a pool of the top technical, creative, business and hands-on experts. Topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the nitty gritty to the very precipice.

For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/1cwt7B2. On Monday, February 17th, the event opens for early registration and a pre-Retreat course titled Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging from Charles Poynton and John Watkinson. Tuesday launches the HPA Tech Retreat, with the HPA Supersession: The New Normal is Anything But, focusing on the impact of new distribution platforms in production and post. Wednesday through Friday mornings feature breakfast roundtables where any industry relevant topic goes. The HPA Demo Room opens on Tuesday with demos and cocktails and is a hotbed of new products and technologies that feature curated and expert-demos which illustrate the latest developments. Wednesday focuses on the consumer experience and impact, and Thursday production and post. The Tech Retreat concludes Friday morning, with highlights and an emphasis on engineering. The entire event features many opportunities for one-on-one discussion with industry innovators, technology experts, business executives and other top professionals.

Mark Schubin, Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1997, commented on the engaging presentations set for next month. “We are dealing with fundamental changes in the very nature of our industry, from changing methodologies – broadcast, cable, DVD, DVR, for example- to the previously unthinkable, such as giving fans in a stadium access to their own instant replays, letting social media shape programming, and all of those things that lay beyond. This is a challenging but expansive time. For example, at the Tech Retreat, we’ll feature a presentation that may appear to be purely tech-focused and narrow (i.e., new display connections) but it will show how the consumer technology is powerfully driving the professional world. As always, we’ll be digging into important topics that are thought provoking, but are also important in terms of our businesses and careers, including two of the most critical issues in our industry: the change from video-specific technology to commodity information technology, and the question of what comes next on the screen, and what delivers the biggest bang for the buck?” Schubin notes, “Maybe it’s something a lot simpler than “4K.” He concludes, “And, we’re spending a day with a provocative dive into one of the most important topics there is – color.”

Leon Silverman President of the HPA noted, “This year is a significant milestone for the HPA Tech Retreat as we look back over the incredible effect that technology has had on our industry over the past 20 years. As the world of film and television became increasingly impacted by computer and digital technologies, the HPA Tech Retreat served as an important common ground for our industry to experience and drive transformative change together. Now more than ever, the Tech Retreat serves as an important bridge between so many of the rapidly changing aspects of our industry. As I do every year, I look forward to spending time with the most interesting people I know, and ones I hope to know, at the HPA Tech Retreat.”

Early bird registration pricing will end on January 10 and the Tech Retreat demo room still has a few remaining spaces left. For full information and registration visit www.hpaonline.com or call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860 or email Eileen Kramer – ekramer@hpaonline.com.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

The HPA Tech Retreat(r) will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Gold Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz and Brand Sponsor: Cloud Sigma.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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