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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.


 

MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

Play and Manage 4K and 8K Content at Native Resolution on Ultra HD Video Ribbons and Walls

InfoComm, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA, – June 18, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the MS2800H and MS2800L Digital Signage Multi Screen Appliances, the latest in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content on up to 16 screens. The MS2800H/L Multi Screen Appliances enable up to 4K or 8K powerful content seamlessly played across multiple displays (up to 16 from a single appliance), and offer content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS2800H/L provide a fully integrated system for Ultra High Definition Video playback on up to 16 screens and multi-zone management via WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro, the included web-based Content Management System.

Featuring two ultra-powerful Intel® Xeon® v2 processors (E5-2630 for MS2800L and E5-2643 for MS2800H with higher frame rate supported), the MS2800H/L support up to 16 outputs for ultra high resolution video arrays. Each screen displays 1920 x 1080 (Full-HD) resolution and multiple screens can be configured into one canvas or can deliver content to individual screens in different areas of a building. This flexibility simplifies installation in large venues.

The MS2800H/L are complemented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage/multi screen appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, remote URL’s, RSS, executable applications, ZIP, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a multi-screen video wall to be divided into multiple areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video through an RTSP or MMS stream, or through an optional video capture card. This management software allows quick updates over a network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.1 Pro now supports a powerful HTML 5 Widget Editor (available for download online), enhanced player management interface, extended browser support, and fully frame-synchronized multi-screen video playback with frame-synchronized audio/video.

The WebDT Signage System offers highly-integrated digital signage hardware with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered appliances for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience with minimal total cost of ownership and maintenance effort.

To view a full video demonstration, please visit: http://www.signage.dtri.com/products/multi_screen_appliance/ms_video.html
The MS2800H and MS2800L are available now.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays WebDT systems offer durability and ease of integration, by delivering solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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Christie 4K Cinema Projector Screens Opening Film at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.

The 17th SIFF, which takes place from June 14 –22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The festival will open in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored using 4K full-color technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full color feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marks its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.

The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which were not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie line-up using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.

A stellar lineup of international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year’s SIFF red carpet ceremonies. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony on June 14, while the closing ceremony red carpet will be equally as star-studded with Natalie Portman and Son Tae-Yeong, among others, on parade.

“The organizers of this year’s SIFF have chosen Stage Sisters as its opening film to reflect the cultural, historical and technological elements of this truly international film event,” said Ming Zhang, marketing director, Shanghai International Film Festival Limited. “The screening of restored film masterpieces demonstrates the pioneering effort by the SIFF to support and breathe new life to classic Chinese films which are part of our enduring film history.”

“This opening of this year’s SIFF coincides with the annual Cultural Heritage Day and we hope that through the screening of Stage Sisters as the opening film, it will create awareness of the need to protect our film and cultural heritage. We are glad to have Christie as our exclusive digital projection partner once again to continue the creative process for the past six years. And we certainly look forward to more fruitful years of collaboration with digital cinema projection leaders such as Christie.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “As the hub of Chinese film art, Shanghai is the place where many dreams become reality on the screen. As the barometer of China’s movie industry, the SIFF gathers the best film professionals around the world for this annual event. Christie, as a world leader in digital cinema projectors, is honored to be associated with the festival. We’re very happy and honored that the Christie Solaria CP4230 digital cinema projector is deployed to screen the fully restored version of the late Chinese director Xie Jin’s masterpiece Stage Sisters in its 4K glory.”

Crimson AV Menu Board Display Mount Lineup Significantly Reduces Total Cost of Ownership as Well as Assembly, Installation and Alignment Time

Fully Modular Multi-Display Menu Board Mount Designs by Crimson AV Will be Showcased at InfoComm Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20, 2014

Glenview, IL and Las Vegas, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 (InfoComm Booth #C5430)Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will showcase a new lineup of multi-display inline mounting solutions engineered specifically for the commercial market, for menu boards, digital signage, way finding, and more. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade AV mounting solutions that are simple to specify, order and install, Crimson will demonstrate at InfoComm 2014 a host of new modular mounting solutions that were specifically designed for hospitality, entertainment, education, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues of any size, and a wide variety of commercial, pro and residential applications. Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. The Company not only provides a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of off-the-shelf solutions, it also specializes in custom-configured solutions designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation.

CML and CMP Inline Display and Menu Board Mounting System

The CML and CMP ceiling-mounted Menu Board Mount System has been enhanced to significantly reduce the assembly, installation and alignment time of inline multi-display arrays or menu board installations as well as to lower the total cost of ownership. A fully modular solution for mounting multiple displays from the ceiling in either landscape or portrait orientation, this new mount solution features Crimson’s simplified alignment design and post-installation leveling that makes perfecting the visual aesthetic a breeze, further reducing time spent on the job. To simplify the specification and ordering process, CML and CMP prices are based on the number of displays to be mounted, so systems designers need only to know the size and number of displays to be used as well as the orientation; Crimson will kit the complete mount system and ship it to the location requested in cartons that are easily managed by a single installer.

Crimson’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that integrators and systems designers are provided much-needed peace of mind that they have chosen the right mounts for the job, and allows them to focus on the more technical aspects of the installation.

“We work closely with our customers to develop the solutions they need to solve a wide variety of installation challenges,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “Our new mount lineup provides the answer to many of the most cumbersome issues experienced when mounting displays for use in digital signage and other commercial applications. Designed to both simplify and expedite the design, assembly, installation, and alignment process, Crimson AV mounts will more than satisfy the needs of those seeking to source or specify innovative display mount solutions.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@KMBComm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

 

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STEWART FILMSCREEN LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE AND SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED SALES STRATEGY AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING PROJECTION SCREEN SPECIFICATION AND ORDERING PROCESS

New Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – INFOCOMM BOOTH #C6821 – JUNE 17, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for commercial and residential applications, today announces the launch of a new website and with it, a new solutions-oriented sales strategy. Aimed at simplifying the specification and ordering process, the new Stewart Filmscreen website features a more efficient guided selling approach that provides the option to choose from a series of “typical” solutions or build custom screens based on various criteria. The new website is driven by a content management system that enables robust backend functionality Stewart Filmscreen customers will immediately see the benefit.

The new Stewart Filmscreen website caters to integrators, designers, consultants and end-users who rely on the Company’s unique custom-engineered projection screen manufacturing capabilities for a variety of applications. In addition to high-resolution photography and videos, the new site provides a useful repository of case studies, white papers, BIM and Revit files, and other details needed by those in the technical trades. Andrew Cox, CTS, ISF-C, has been promoted and now serves as both Web and Technology Manager.

A new website is just the beginning. Stewart’s new streamlined approach to the sales and engineering process has decreased estimate turnaround times. Internal systems have been optimized to accommodate a more rapid delivery of information and product delivery times have also been significantly improved.

To support the dynamic new internal sales structure, Vijita U.G. has been promoted to Marketing Communications Specialist. In this new role, Vijita will be responsible for coordinating the communications output and creating marketing and promotional materials. Assisting Vijita in this new role, Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications will spearhead all external PR and media relations and will also work with Stewart Filmscreen customers to curate content.

“Our website, sales, and associated operations needed to be revamped to better help our customers address the needs of their customers, who are every bit as discriminating as ever before, but have far less time and patience,” said Douglas Brashear, President of Stewart Filmscreen. “We needed to adjust not only the way we did business and how our products were specified and sold, but in many ways, how we went to market.”

Instead of focusing only on product, the new Stewart Filmscreen sales approach is now more oriented to the application and solution provided, and all examples provided will be supported by high resolution photography and video whenever possible, including those of installations in process in order to convey valuable information to those who are seeking to specify or acquire similar systems.

Stewart Filmscreen will unveil the new website and sales approach at InfoComm 2014, where the Company will demonstrate a host of innovative 4K solutions engineered specifically for the highly-discerning commercial market. Headlining Stewart’s display will be a massive 165-inch (diagonal) StarGlas 60 rear-projection screen paired with a Christie Mirage 4K25 projector featuring content shot at 120fps. Cyviz multi-channel edge-blended solutions will also be demonstrated in the booth, and attendees will find a variety of typical screen solutions to couple with laser and other cutting edge technologies to produce the most stunning images imaginable. As Stewart partners understand and InfoComm 2014 attendees will come to learn, where the image truly matters, that’s where you will find a Stewart Filmscreen.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm 2014 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, or following @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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ihiji Introduces Powerful New Real-Time Remote Network Management Tools for Commercial Integrators at InfoComm 2014

ihiji ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features make commercial market debut

AUSTIN, TX and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014ihiji, a global leader in remote network management for both commercial and residential technology integrators, will introduce its network management solution to the commercial market at the upcoming InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, June 14-20, 2014 (ihiji booth #N567a). The Company’s powerful demonstration will include an overview of the award-winning ihiji invision network management solution, as well as the new ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features. Together, these features help integrators remotely monitor, service, and maintain all aspects of a client’s network and connected devices more efficiently and securely.

ConnectNinja Feature
ConnectNinja makes the ihiji invision zero-maintenance cloud-based network management solution even more powerful by giving authorized users secure remote access for troubleshooting and configuring devices and networks. One of ConnectNinja’s key benefits is that it eliminates the need for unsecure port forwarding and VPNs for everyday remote access. In addition, ConnectNinja offers simple and secure remote access from directly within ihiji invision’s cloud-based web portal by tunneling connections into the client device through ihiji’s servers. This feature allows technicians to resolve complex issues easily, saving time and money by virtually eliminating the need for truck rolls and multiple site visits.

“ConnectNinja is a powerful feature for the commercial market, especially when you consider high maintenance applications like digital signage or the management of a large number of IP-based devices,” said ihiji Vice President of Technology and Co-founder, Mike Maniscalco. “We’ve done the hard work for commercial integrators by forming a secure connection to devices through our cloud servers. ConnectNinja significantly reduces both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, and with this enhancement, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service.”

ihiji’s ConnectNinja joins other NetNinja features; PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP-addressable power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.
ConnectNinja is included as a part of the ihiji invision solution at no additional cost. Additionally, ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the integrator.

Cloud-Based Remote IP Scan and Auto-Discovery Feature
ihiji invision is introducing one of its most requested features from the commercial market, a new cloud-based remote IP network Scan and Auto-Discovery feature. This new enhancement collects data about all of the IP devices on a given network and provides detailed reporting that includes IP address, manufacturer, mac address, and last-seen/first-seen instances. This powerful new feature can also convert devices that are already in use into ihiji-managed devices, further simplifying the configuration process for technicians and IT managers.

Internet Speed Test
ihiji’s cloud-based Internet Speed Test, an essential tool for testing network latency and Internet connection quality, enables integrators and network managers to check and confirm network functionality as well as relative upload/download speeds at each of their client sites. In addition to taking a snapshot of Internet quality, this test also logs and charts connection quality over time, providing clients and service providers with a long-range profile of Internet quality that includes latency, upload speed, download speed, and network jitter information. These reports let the integrator identify trends to fine-tune the system and improve performance, while also allowing them to demonstrate the improvement in system uptime and availability before and after monitoring was implemented. ihiji’s Online ISP Speed Test will benefit clients and service providers as a critical component of their Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

“Adding cloud-based network scanning and an Internet speed test is not only a natural evolution of the ihiji invision system, it is a necessity,” stated Maniscalco. “We continue to aggressively add more robust network management features that better serve the specialized needs of both commercial technology integrators and IT professionals.”

ihiji executives and technical staff will be on hand to demonstrate these features, as well as many other ihiji innovations during the InfoComm 2014 conference, in booth #N567a.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@kmbcomm.com

Accompanying images to use with publication
ihiji logo & network management dashboard with APP-500 network appliance shown

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Stewart Filmscreen’s ‘Stewart Large’ Category Boasts Seamless, Larger-than-Life Screens Up to 90 Feet Wide!

Stewart divides screen sizes into three categories, crystallizing its position as the only manufacturer that can build seamless screens at extra-large sizes

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – InfoComm Booth #C6821 – JUNE 17, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen—world leader in built-to-order, high-performance, extra-large, projection screens for the commercial and residential markets—is proud to announce the formalization of three screen-size categoriesStandard, Large, and Stewart Large. By solidifying these three size categories, Stewart is further entrenched as the only company that can produce seamless projection screens at extra-large sizes for any commercial venue, including Hospitality, House of Worship, Education, Entertainment, Restaurants, Corporate, Government, Military, and more.

“We’ve been making extra-large screens for decades. In fact, no other manufacturer can make seamless fixed projection screens at the sizes we do. That’s why we are calling our largest screens ‘Stewart Large’. We are excited to finally formalize our size offerings so that everyone knows exactly what we are capable of, and can easily select size categories based on their needs,” says Douglas Brashear, president of Stewart Filmscreen.

Stewart’s three new size categories are Standard, which includes screens that offer images up to 12 feet wide; Large, which includes screens that have an image width of up to 24 feet; and Stewart Large, which boasts screens up to 90 feet wide and 40 feet high.

When the venue calls for a jumbo, behemoth of a screen, and image quality is a top priority, only Stewart can deliver,” says Brashear. “We’ve been manufacturing screens for more than 65 years for some of the most high-profile venues and events in the world, which, frankly, we don’t brag enough about, but probably should.”

Stewart Filmscreen, known for its material science; custom, built-to-order screens; design and engineering; sales support, and customer service, is committed to client satisfaction. For Typical screen solutions website users will be able to immediately produce a design-ready drawing. For custom solutions, those submitting design requests will be contacted within 24 hours to review and refine the design proposal.

Some of Stewart Filmscreen’s high-profile large-format screen projects include the Academy Awards®, the View®, CNN®, National political conventions, Flight and mine safety simulators, and much more.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm14 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, and by following @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

 

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Avolites Lights Up The Strip at South Point Hotel and Casino

Joey Juliano creates a visual mix on the Avolites Sapphire Touch for South Point's showroom

LAS VEGAS — If there’s a word that characterizes Las Vegas, it’s “spectacle,” something that South Point Hotel and Casino on the south end of The Strip has in spades, especially now that the property has recently added three Avolites products to illuminate its live entertainment offerings.

On weekends, South Point hosts national artists ranging from Tower of Power to Tony Orlando, in addition to a wide variety of regional acts. With its 4,600-seat arena and 400-seat showroom, plus convention hall, the resort’s crews are lighting acts six or seven days a week – often with multiple shows on the same day and going into the wee hours for nightclub bands.

For South Point’s production team, the investment in Avolites’ Sapphire Touch lighting control console for the showroom, Tiger Touch II for the convention facility and original Tiger Touch for a portable rig that does arena and pool shows was a “no-brainer,” according to Jason Lein, the casino’s production manager.

When asked about what specific factors helped the venue choose Avolites products, Lein responds succinctly: “Powerful consoles for a fraction of the price of their competitors with the same capabilities if not more power.”

The desks were sold and installed by Kelly Koster at Blue Planet Lighting Inc., founded in 2008, a leading provider of entertainment stage lighting gear and services with offices located in Hollister, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada.

South Point's Jason Lein (left) and Joey Juliano stand behind Avolites' flagship product

The gear’s flexibility and ease of use are major selling points for Joey Juliano, South Point’s entertainment lead LD, who cites the “awesomeness” of Avolites’ Cue Stacking for South Point’s big production shows and the consoles’ general plug-and-play operation. “The first time the audience sees our shows is the first time I see the show. With an ‘Avo’ I can make the show look like I’ve seen it a million times.”

Juliano learned stage lighting from Group One Limited’s (Avolites’ US distributor) Brad White on an Avolites Diamond III console eight years ago. “I have been lucky enough to be able to progress my lighting designs with each new Avolites console that is produced without having to take any more classes. They have kept their language the same through all their upgrades in their consoles, which is very smart.”

Two Avolites console functions that Juliano finds integral to his job in achieving his lighting design goals are Fixture Overlap and Fixture Exchange. “The Pixel Mapper is so addicting and super powerful as well,” he says. The coolest new function that I use literally all the time is being able to steal any aspect of a previous show and drop it into my current show, like cues, palettes, shapes, etc. The consoles also handle our media server in a plug-and-play manner.”

South Point’s Jason Lein notes that equipment features are important, but so is servicing from whom sold it, and he doesn’t take for granted the casino’s relationship with Blue Planet Lighting.

“When we decide on a product to purchase, the support that is behind it is just as important as the product and its capabilities,” he says. “Kelly Koster at Blue Planet and Brad White at Group One have shown that Avolites has a perfect balance of great products with the right support systems behind them.”

South Point Hotel and Casino can be found online at www.southpointcasino.com, while Blue Planet Lighting’s home on the Web is located at www.blueplanetlighting.com.

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Contact:
Avolites U.S. / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.avolites.com

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PRG Calls K2 Into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

PRG's initial deployment for K2 was at the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (photo credits: Alan Henig)

Two complete L-ACOUSTICS rigs purchased, one immediately deployed at 25th annual event on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leading entertainment and event production services provider Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

PRG’s inaugural K2 deployment came almost immediately – two dozen enclosures were put into active duty for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, attended by countless spectators on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 26. This year’s event, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, featured an all-star lineup of performers, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, the U.S. Army Chorus and Air Force Singing Sergeants.

One of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 arrays

Having supported this annual holiday event for over two decades now, PRG’s new K2 rig replaces the call for V-DOSC used in years past. “PRG has been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 system and it went right to work at the Capitol for Memorial Day,” says Randy Hutson, GM of PRG Chicago and vice president of PRG Audio. “We’ve been looking for a speaker system that is versatile yet meets the needs of our most demanding clients and L-ACOUSTICS has delivered with the K2. It is a high-powered, full-range speaker that weighs less, has a small footprint, offers excellent audience coverage with superb audio qualities and can easily support multiple markets, from music concerts to corporate events.”

“The K2 gives us more reach into large-scale venues, such as arenas and stadiums, but does so at significantly reduced weight without sacrificing power,” says Mark Boettcher, project manager at the Memorial Day event and a senior engineer at PRG. “At the same time, its lighter weight means it can go into venues like ballrooms and expo centers that have a lower-load rigging capacity.

“Also, the K2 enclosures have the same width as the L-ACOUSTICS K1, so it has complete rigging compatibility with K1 and K1-SB enclosures. That allows us to use K2 for downfill on K1 arrays. And all of that has significant economic implications, making the K2 extremely cost-effective. There’s just so much in the way of flexibility with the system.”

At the National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s massive West Lawn, the K2 rig was configured in left and right hangs of 12 enclosures each. These were flown from towers, also used for fixed and moving lighting fixtures, positioned 105 feet downstage of the stage deck. Eight SB28 subs deployed in an end-fire array configuration provided the low-end reinforcement, while 16 coaxial 12XT wedges served as stage monitors. Thirteen LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers, furnished power and processing for the entire system.

In addition to the K2s, the project also used a total of 24 ARCS II systems – two hangs of five each for the invited-guest main stage, two more hangs of five for the reverse satellite stage, and two hangs of two each flanking the K2 arrays for wide horizontal coverage. Twenty-four dV-DOSC speakers, in four stacks of six enclosures each coupled with a single SB28 sub, provided delay while two more stacks of four dV-DOSC were used as guest area fills positioned on a tower on either side of the stage, also used for lighting fixtures and video screens.

With K2′s new PANFLEX variable horizontal coverage technology, the familiar challenge of surface reflections was easily overcome. “The stage was playing directly into the face of the Capitol building, which is flanked by stairs on either side, but centered on a large, ornate glass window – beautiful, certainly, but nothing we wanted to purposefully fire acoustic energy against,” notes Chris “Sully” Sullivan, L-ACOUSTICS’ east coast application engineer. “To solve the problem, we viewed the obstacle in SOUNDVISION, predicted which elements in the K2 array were going to hit it, then simply shifted the K2′s pattern asymmetrically for just those loudspeakers in the middle of the array. We reduced the reflected energy in excess of 6dB, and that was just the direct reflected energy! Combine that benefit with the reduction or elimination of the myriad of tangential off-time tertiary reflections and that becomes a massive win for the whole audience.”

PRG employees with a few of their new K2 enclosures

In terms of overall performance, the K2s were troupers. “What I can tell you is that the K2 system went up very quickly thanks to its lighter weight – much faster than the comparable V-DOSC system it was replacing – and the same goes for taking it down,” says Boettcher, who worked on the event with Alan Henig, co-systems engineer. “And the rig sounded extremely transparent. There tends to be a natural fall off of the high frequencies by the time the sound hits the Capitol steps, but the K2 had extended frequency response past 10 kHz that far out, so the sound was exquisite.”

This year’s Memorial Day concert also saw another first. Previously, the show’s FOH had been mixed using a total of three consoles – a Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and an LS9/32, all connected with multiple copper-cable snakes. This year, PRG ran the entire show on just a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles, with six DiGiCo SD-I/O racks and an SD-Mini I/O rack, connected by two fiber-optic cables, with the FOH mix handled by Patrick Baltzell. “This really unified operations at the site and, combined with the much lighter K2 system, gave us the same amount of punch in a smaller and more efficient footprint.”

The same system will be deployed for the July 4th concert event in the same location. “The K2 will set the benchmark going forward as its predecessor V-DOSC did when it was released years ago,” Hutson declares. “Along with K1, this gives L-ACOUSTICS the leading edge in line arrays and we at PRG are very excited to add K2 to our extensive inventory of L-ACOUSTICS products. They listened to our needs and have delivered an innovative product that will perform for years to come.”

For more details on the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, which was broadcast live via the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Forces Network, visit www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and production services to a wide range of markets, including corporate events, concerts, special events, theatre, television, film and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more info on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Extron Introduces One-gang XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T HWP 101, a single-gang Decora®-style transmitter that sends high resolution HDMI with embedded audio up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant, and supports computer video to 1920×1200, including 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K resolutions. Designed for use within configurable rooms and other environments that require a compact wallplate transmitter, it provides extension from remote HDMI sources in XTP instalaltions. This one-gang wallplate transmitter is compatible with XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers for large installations as well as with XTP receivers, such as the XTP SR HDMI scaling receiver, for point-to-point content delivery over long distances. The XTP T HWP 101 offers many of the same integrator-friendly features that have made XTP Systems the go-to solution for AV system designers and integrators worldwide. more

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