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StoreStreams to Offer Turnkey In-Store Radio to Businesses

Integrated solution removes the headaches of procuring content and licensing, while simplifying deployments and operation through a fully networked system

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 24, 2015 — The in-store radio architecture is typically a patchwork of systems and components from different sources to deliver music and advertising to businesses, with challenging scenarios for licensing music and audio content. The formation of StoreStreams aims to simplify the launch and management of a multi-site in-store radio system, cleanly integrating IT network infrastructure with audio players—and providing the content, licensing and user interface to ensure a unified and profitable service.

StoreStreams Data Center

StoreStreams brings together the music catalog and network intelligence of XYZ Stream Hosting, a specialist in live, multiplatform content delivery; with end point hardware supplied through LineQ, a distributor specializing in networked AV equipment. LineQ will supply Ecler Sound amplifiers, Cornered Sound loudspeakers and media players from Barix, an IP audio pioneer with hundreds of thousands of hardware players in deployment worldwide. Furthermore, the service operates on a contract-free, month-to-month basis for maximum operational flexibility.

The StoreStreams service will focus specifically on streaming content to network operators and retail businesses that want a wide selection of music channels, without the headaches of procuring and licensing content. A clean and intuitive interface will allow curators and program managers to build playlists and manage content with ease. Included within the management application is the ability to structure and schedule ad placement, station ID’s and promotional material. For resellers and integrators, the complete integrated package minimizes components and eliminates installation headaches, further accelerating deployments.

Perhaps above all, the reliability of the cloud-based, redundant streaming architecture will ensure a live, branded streaming service with high availability for networks of any scale—ensuring a dynamic, high-quality and uninterrupted in-store radio experience.

“Utilizing 21 data centers, StoreStreams serves retail businesses nationwide with hyper-regionalized content and customized services directly from the data center closest to each business location,” said Charles Odom, vice president of marketing, StoreStreams. “And through our multichannel music library and licensing agreements, our customers will have access to the most up-to-date content with full legality.”

Will Schmidt, vice president of sales for LineQ, adds that packaging the content and licensing into an integrated solution with streaming, content management, and end point tools also makes StoreStreams an ideal platform for content curators. By including content and licensing, curators can manage audio programming for retail businesses without getting involved in the legal aspects of the in-store media business.

“By aligning everything under one management system and offering comfortable month-to-month contracts, StoreStreams and LineQ have a recipe for anyone to succeed at in-store radio,” said Schmidt, adding that the entire solution is engineered to deliver an absorbing retail customer experience. “The placement of the servers and optimization of end points for consistency in live streaming is all designed to provide superior performance. This is a service that is built to satisfy customers for the long haul.”

LineQ is currently offering six months of free service with the purchase of an endpoint device, such as the Barix Exstreamer—the device that receives, decodes and plays out audio content inside stores. The complete solution will be available by end of February.

About StoreStreams
StoreStreams is the turnkey in-store audio solution that integrates seamlessly within retail environments, providing access to a wide-ranging music catalog that complements the atmosphere of any business. Founded by musicians and music lovers, StoreStreams creates customized, branded radio channels that remove the elevator music stigma, and is driven by technology that ensures the highest quality sound. StoreStreams also ensures the highest possible uptime for live streaming services without interruption through its regionalized, redundant server environments, offering reliable and scalable services for both the single retail storefront and large business networks with thousands of locations.

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SOUND DEVICES 970 EARNS CAS TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

REEDSBURG, WI — Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for broadcast and film production, is pleased to announce that its 970 rack-mount, multi-track audio recorder won the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the Production category.

The Cinema Audio Society was formed in 1964 to recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the prestigious CAS Technical Achievement Award five times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 and 633 Field Production Mixers are all past winners.Sound Devices - 970 CAS Award

“To be consistently recognized year after year for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is a remarkable accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that make a difference in the demanding workflows of our customers in the motion picture and television industries. We couldn’t be happier that the 970, our first-ever dedicated rack-mount audio solution, is being recognized for doing so.”

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs, including 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The half-rack, 2-U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality high-track-count audio recording, such as drama and reality productions, and live concert recording. The 970 records to any of four attached drives, two front-panel drive bays (behind the screen) and two rear-panel e-SATA-connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient™ Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock.Sound Devices 970 - front panel

The 970 also features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. Users can perform file metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders before, during and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante. Sound Devices’ 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control.

Additionally, Sound Devices 970 features the company’s proprietary PowerSafe™ technology, which has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of a power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds to safely stop any file operation and then shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. The 970 also features FileSafe™, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should this occur when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, the user can simply reinsert the drive and FileSafe will automatically repair the files.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices is a brand of Sound Devices for their digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events, and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites: www.sounddevices.com and www.videodevices.com.

PRS for Music Installs PMC Speakers In New Listening Room

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PRS for Music, the organisation that represents over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, has chosen PMC loudspeakers for the listening room in its new offices in Kings Cross, London.

PRS for Music relocated to Two Pancras Square at the end of 2014. Moving to this prestigious new building gave the organisation the opportunity to create a working environment that was ideally suited to its needs. Part of that process involved installing a dedicated listening room that could be used for any critical listening tasks, including judging entries for the annual Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate the best British music writing.

PRS for Music director and Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine was responsible for the listening room project and for the choice of PMC monitors. As a multi-platinum music producer, Levine has crafted hits for artists such as The Beach Boys, Culture Club, the Creatures, Gary Moore and Westworld and has won numerous awards including a BRIT Award for Producer of the Year, a Grammy for his work with Deneice Williams and a Sony Radio Award.

“When PRS asked me to oversee the design and build of its new listening room, I want to ensure that it was as good as it could possibly be,” Levine says. “For this reason I insisted that the architects installed a floating floor to prevent reverb issues and that it was as acoustically accurate as possible. The choice of monitors was easy because I already have PMC speakers in my own studio and am therefore familiar with the way they sound and the high quality audio they deliver. PMC speakers are renowned for being exceptionally accurate and that is what I really like about them – the fact that you can hear all the nuances of the music you are listening to and you don’t miss even the tiniest detail.”

As the PRS for Music listening room is compact, PMC recommended twotwo.5 active speakers that are specifically designed for situations where space is at a premium but quality must not be compromised. The smallest members of the twotwo family, these ultra-compact nearfield monitors feature the same technology as their larger siblings allowing them to perform way beyond expectation. Resolution and neutrality is provided by sophisticated DSP, dual power amplifiers, PMC’s new 27mm tweeter and a 140mm (5.5”) bass unit, all housed in an ATL™ labyrinth cabinet. The result is a monitor that delivers exceptional dynamics, musicality and depth of bass despite its small cabinet size.

About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

Sony Expands Trimaster EL Series with First OLED Designed for Pro Video Production

New BVM-X300Master Monitor Delivers 4K Resolution, Unequalled High Dynamic Range and Expanded Color Gamut Flexibility

 

Sony’s new BVM-X300 is its first OLED master monitor to combine 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and a Wide Color Gamut display. The new 30-inch model expands Sony’s Trimaster EL series and provides an OLED option for professional video production applications including color grading, on-set monitoring and quality control in a 4K workflow.

 

The new monitor was unveiled this week at the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat, Feb. 9-13 in Indian Wells, Calif.

 

“This new monitor offers the same performance of all our TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors, including unparalleled black performance, color reproduction, quick pixel response,” said Gary Mandle, senior product manager for professional displays. “The addition of features like 4K resolution, HDR and an RGB OLED panel for wider color gamut and better color uniformity make this an invaluable on-set tool for production professionals.”

 

 

Sony BVM-X300 Feb. 2015

 

 

High Dynamic Range Mode

In addition to the high-contrast performance of the entire TRIMASTER EL OLED panel, this new monitor provides High Dynamic Range mode, giving users the ability to view the entire range of an image accurately and clearly.

 

“This feature offers never-seen-before image reproduction – the black is black, and peak brightness can be reproduced more realistically with colors that are typically saturated in a conventional standard dynamic range,” said Mandle. “This mode can brilliantly express sparkling town lights and stars in the night sky.

 

The BVM-X300 monitor has a new integrated control panel with integrated inputs. This means there are no options required to complete the system, giving users a “plug-and-play” system right out of the box.

 

Wide Color Gamut Display

 

The emission layers in the new monitor’s 4K panel as well as new layering design give the BVM-X300 the ability to display ITU-R BT709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts more accurately than any previous Sony Trimaster display. In addition, the new BVM-X300 can display 80% of the new ITU-R BT2020 color gamut.

 

This master monitor supports both 2 Sample Interleave (2SI) and Square Division signals. It also supports HD signals including 3G-SDI Quad-link up to 4096 x 2160/48p 50p 60p, 3G-SDI single link for 1920 x 1080/50p 60p, YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit, and 3G-SDI dual link for 1920 x1080/50p 60p, 4:4:4 12/10-bit.

 

The BVM-X300 OLED 4K master monitor is planned to be available in February.

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ihiji Launches New Features, Delivers UK’s Most Complete Remote Network Management Solution

New remote network management features from ihiji enable European integrators and technology professionals to remotely detect, diagnose, and resolve network issues without rolling a truck 

 

AUSTIN, TX, USA (ISE 2015 stand #10-N114) – FEB. 10, 2015 -  ihiji, a global leader in remote network management solutions, is excited to introduce the addition of new features and UK-compatible appliances to its award-winning network management solution at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE), being held February 10-12 at the RAI in Amsterdam, NL. The new enhancements are designed to make implementing the ihiji invision platform IHI-APP-500-UK_4more convenient, efficient, and powerful than ever.

 

A longstanding leader in the category and the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based system on the market, ihiji invision is the industry’s most complete solution for remotely monitoring, servicing, and maintaining client networks and connected devices—effectively and securely—24/7/365. Simple and cost-effective to deploy, ihiji’s remote network management solutions are designed for the Custom Install, Audio-Visual, and Information Technology markets.

 

“Over the years, ihiji dealers have helped develop the product into what it is today; the industry’s most capable, effective and efficient remote network management solution,” says Stuart Rench, CEO. “By incorporating insight and advice from the field we are constantly improving the solution to best fit the needs of the global integration community, bringing needed functionality to market in a fraction of the time it would normally take.”

 

During ISE, ihiji will showcase its unrivaled ihiji invision remote network management solution and demonstrate the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems, citing real-world examples of successful implementations. ihiji will also introduce two new remote network management appliances specifically designed for the UK and compatible markets—the INV-APP-500-UK and INV-APP-1100-UK—and announce its new UK distribution partnership with Habitech, which provides regional training, shipments, and support for dealers in the UK.

 

At ISE, ihiji will also be highlighting three of its newest features, including:

 

Notification Zen – Time Based Buffering for Notifications

ihiji invision’s new Notification Zen reduces redundant communication by minimizing the number of email messages sent to contacts when devices report as down, but quickly recover. Events that occur during the set Notification Zen window are always captured for reporting purposes.

 

Network Scan Monitoring Device Tracking 

ihiji recently added Network Scan capability to invision’s repertoire, and now, it’s easier than ever to covert a newly discovered device found during a network scan process into an actively managed device. A simple change, but gives the technology professional an easy way to manage what was added.

 

Scheduled Actions

ihiji’s new Scheduled Actions feature provides the ability to run commands at a specified time. For example, a technician can schedule the system to power cycle a Wireless Access Point every Friday at 3 a.m. or reset a cable modem every month. The schedule can be configured to execute daily, weekly, monthly or annually, and is especially useful for devices that regularly lock up and require a reboot.

 

Co-exhibiting with Control4 in stand #10-N114, ihiji will showcase the new ihiji invision appliances along with other new advancements while demonstrating the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems. New distribution partner Habitech will also offer ihiji invision training Tuesday & Wednesday during ISE 2015, from 12:45 – 1:45 in Elicium Hall 12, with lunch included for those in attendance

 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE) at the Amsterdam RAI, NL in stand #10-N114. Alternatively, more information or a demonstration of the award winning ihiji invision solution can be requested by calling +1-512-538-0520 or emailing info@ihiji.com.

 

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. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 90% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.

 

ihiji Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | +1(406) 446-1283 | Katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com/press | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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PMC and Auro Technologies Help Launch the 2015 GRAMMY Celebrations

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British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC played a key part in ensuring that the US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing got the 2015 GRAMMY Week celebrations off to a flying start.

PMC is a Silver Sponsor of the P&E Wing’s annual party at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, an event that traditionally kicks off GRAMMY Week and regularly attracts over 500 industry VIPs.

All sponsors are given the opportunity to host a technical demonstration and in PMC’s case this took the form of a joint presentation with Auro Technologies, which showcased its Auro-3D audio format. Five PMC twotwo.8 monitors, four twotwo.6 monitors and a twotwo.sub2 active subwoofer were positioned around The Village Studio’s Studio A live room in an Auro 9.1 configuration to create the Auro-3D effect of an enveloping cocoon of sound. The flagship AV processor Auro-3D Mensa was on hand to create the best possible immersive sonic experience.

“It was an exceptionally well received demonstration,” says PMC’s US President of Sales and Marketing, Maurice Patist. “Many of the producers at the party are PMC users and have our loudspeakers in their own private facilities, so they were already aware of the audio accuracy and detail our products deliver. But the combination of PMC and Auro-3D really blew them away and even though there were other 3D sound demonstrations taking place that night, people kept coming back for another listen because they were so impressed.”

Patist adds that PMC is delighted to be a long term supporter of the P&E Wing’s GRAMMY Event, which it has now sponsored for seven of the eight years it has been running.

“It gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our technology to some of the most influential producers and engineers in the USA,” he says. “As a result we have established a very strong network of PMC users, including producer Justin Hergett who was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with Beyonce; engineer Dave Schiffman, who won a GRAMMY for his work with Vampire Weekend and artist/engineer David Miles Huber who has been nominated for a GRAMMY numerous times.”

The US Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing comprises more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals. Anyone who joins The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer automatically become a member of the P&E Wing.

As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

This year’s P&E wing party, which took place on February 3rd, saw three times GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers honoured for his commitment to excellence and his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. He joins an impressive list of past honorees, which includes Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett, Tom Dowd, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Jimmy Iovine, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Al Schmitt, Jerry Wexler, and Neil Young.

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About PMC
PMC is a UK-based, world-leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems, the tools of choice in all ultra-critical professional monitoring applications, and also for the discerning audiophile at home, where they provide a transparent window into the recording artist’s original intentions. PMC products use the best available materials and design principles, including the company’s proprietary Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) bass-loading technology, cutting-edge amplification and advanced DSP techniques to create loudspeakers that present sound and music exactly as it was when first created, with the highest possible resolution, and without coloration or distortion. For more information on our clients and products, see www.pmc-speakers.com.

Matrox C420 Video Card for Multi-display Digital Signage and Control Rooms Now Shipping

Low-profile, fanless, quad-head PCI-Express card provides the professional-grade performance and reliability systems integrators need in multi-screen applications

 
Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox C420 low-profile, quad-output PCI Express® graphics cards are now available worldwide. Engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities, C420 delivers the features systems integrators require when designing small-form-factor (SFF) systems and digital signage player PCs for applications such as public information displays, video walls and multi-display operator workstations in process control, transportation and security control rooms. Matrox C-Series™, which also includes the six-output C680 card, is currently being validated by control room and digital signage solution providers worldwide including Scala.

 
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“Scala is very excited to be working with the new C-series graphics cards from Matrox. Initial test results are very good, and we expect these cards to pass full testing. These cards enable high performance multi-output displays. Matrox C680 can drive six displays per card, and using framelock we can use two cards to obtain twelve full-HD displays fully synchronized,” said Harry Horn, Vice President Marketing, Global at Scala. “Matrox’s dedication to professional markets means our customers benefit from features such as EDID management, secure Mini DisplayPort connectors, and easy bezel compensation. Scala has been working with Matrox successfully for many years we and look forward to joint high quality multi-screen projects that will surely follow.”

 
C420 is fanless for enhanced reliability and silent operation. Its low-profile design and low power consumption make it the perfect fit for SFF, desktops and embedded systems. It drives up to four displays or projectors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 per output and two C420 cards together can drive eight displays from a single system. Secure Mini DisplayPort connectivity prevents loose cabling and 2GB of on-board memory ensures smooth video playback and graphics performance. C420 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems and offers DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 compliance. The cards come bundled with Matrox PowerDesk™ for Windows desktop management software.

 
Matrox PowerDesk lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups giving professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop — a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

 
“Matrox is renowned for giving professional users and systems integrators the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software they need to maximize ROI,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager at Matrox Graphics Inc. “C-Series builds on that tradition while offering our customers higher performance and higher display density solutions.”

 
Matrox C420 quad-output cards and the C680 single-slot, six-output cards are available worldwide. C-Series can be seen in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, Matrox stand 11-F68 and Scala stand 8-F195) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645). For more information contact Matrox Graphics.

 
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

D-Tools Announces Exciting New Products, Partnerships, and Updates at ISE 2015, Enhancing its Powerful Productivity-Boosting Software and Making Domestic and International Integrators More Efficient

D-Tools debuts SI 2015 to international market; demos time-saving iPad Mobile Quote app; and announces a host of new strategic partnerships, all of which combine to give D-Tools users more tools and resources than ever before 

 

CONCORD, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-P58) – Feb. 9, 2015 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is thrilled to bring the international market some of its latest innovations, including its newest version of the award-winning System Integrator™ Software, SI 2015; live demos of its iPad Mobile Quote app; and exciting new partnership announcements recently announced with SpringDeckSupplyStream, and others. All these combine to make the D-Tools software platform even more useful to integrators, allowing them to in turn be more productive and efficient, thus enhancing their bottom DTools_ Logo_Stackedlines.

 

“We encourage both D-Tools users and non-users alike to come by our stand at ISE, learn about our recent innovations, and see firsthand how they can automate business practices, eliminate redundancies, and become more streamlined with our offerings,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “To see SI 2015 and our Mobile Quote app in action is to understand the incredible functionality and the tools that the integrator has at his or her fingertips. It really can make a huge difference to the way an integrator does business as well as the profits they realize as a result.” 

 

D-Tools SI 2015 Software Platform Launches Internationally 

ISE attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest advancements to D-Tools award-winning System Integrator™ Software Platform—SI 2015—which was previewed in September for the US market during CEDIA EXPO. The latest iteration of the platform (available in February) features several new updates, including integration with QuickBooks and other accounting software, which allows integrators to track inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. SI 2015’s new Mobile Workflow and Installation Management capabilities are also brand-new, letting users track the status of install tasks from a smartphone or tablet and send/receive device-level notifications. Users can schedule installs and make updates to a centralized calendar, then broadcast those appointments and changes out to their team in real-time, while changes automatically synchronize back with the SI 2015 platform. Highly effective AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings provide clearer and more concise communications between team members and consultants for more effective project management. In all, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business from estimation to system design to project management.

 

D-Tools Mobile Quote App Now Available 

D-Tools’ Mobile Quote iOS app has been acclaimed as one of the most compelling new features of the D-Tools’ System Integrator platform. Now, that same functionality is available through SI 2015. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate and immediately deliverable system design quote­­—before the client has time to second guess the decision or find alternative resources. That same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full desktop version of D-Tools for integration into the project. D-Tools Mobile Quote seamlessly extends the workflow from the office to the field and back, maximizing efficiencies and enhancing the customer experience.

 

D-Tools’ Strategic Partnerships Deliver 360-View into Sales Pipeline, Provide Robust Analytics to Partners, and Support Business Process Automation

SpringDeck, an innovative new app-based sales-presentation tool, and D-Tools have strategically partnered to offer manufacturers and dealers the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with unprecedented visibility into pipeline activity and success rates. Users of both systems will reap the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified, and installed.

 

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers, and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes, and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams, and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools.

 

SupplyStream Partnership Streamlines Product Data Management
SupplyStream, the leading web-based product catalog and industry purchasing platform also formed a strategic partnership with D-Tools that will establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors, and integrators of audio video systems. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients. It’s a win-win for D-Tools users and the manufacturers they are specifying.

Enhanced Data Library
Finally, as part of a new website structure, users of D-Tools now have access to a New Data Library that provides valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. Enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information, the library was designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

 

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Accompanying images for use in publication can be downloaded from these links:

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Integrated Systems Europe 2015 Abounds with Stewart Filmscreen® High Performance Projection Screens: Attendees Invited to Visit These Stands for Some of the Best Images and Acoustics on the Show Floor

With screens sprinkled across the show floor in stands like Barco, Vivitek, Christie, Steinway Lyngdorf, ISF and THX, Stewart Filmscreen® is used ubiquitously for top-notch image quality to demonstrate products to the best of their capabilities 

 

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – Feb. 9, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings—will showcase a slew of high-performance, 4K+ screen materials at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in its own stand, and is being used to optimize image quality from top projector manufacturers plus speaker and audio engineering companies, proving that when the job calls for the best possible image quality and/or acoustic transparency, Stewart Filmscreen is the partner of choice. modern interior

 

“We are honored to be consistently selected as the screen of choice for demonstrations, trainings, and product showcases by many best-in-class brands from across the AV industry,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “At ISE 2015, THX, for example, will be using two of our brand new Stewart Tela 80 acoustically transparent woven fabric screens for its trainings, while ISF will use a StudioTek 130 screen for its trainings. This illustrates Stewart’s status as the industry standard for both acoustics and video quality, and we feel like that is something to brag about.”

 

The exciting new screen systems and materials on display at Stewart’s own booth include the company’s new LuminEsse™ ‘edgeless’ fixed frame front projection screen system, AeroView 70 rear projection screen showing edge-blending capabilities, and the new Iten fixed height, variable width masking system that incorporates Stewart’s first woven screen material—Tela™ 80. These three displays will be paired with state-of-the-art projectors from Digital Projection, Christie, and Sony respectively. Stewart has also partnered with DigiLED to present its new Para Hi Trans 300, an LED diffusion screen technology that creates film-like images from direct LED video wall modules.

 

In addition to these top-notch displays at the Stewart Filmscreen booth, ISE show attendees can find breathtaking displays featuring Stewart screens at the following locations:

 

  • Christie Digital (stand 1-H50) — StarGlas 60 Rear Projection Screen – image size 2054 x 3654 mm
  • Vivitek (stand 4-R65) — SnoMatte 100 Front-Projection Screen – image size 1700 x 7000 mm
  • Barco Residential (stand 11-H75) — Two SnoMatte 100 Front Projection Screens – image sizes 1689 x 3010 mm and 1000 x 4333 mm
  • THX (Training Room) — Two New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screens – image size 1143 x 2032 mm
  • ISF (Training Room) — StudioTek 130 Front Projection Screen – image size 1118 x 1994 mm
  • Steinway Lyngdorf (stand 10-P11) — New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screen – image size 2248 x 4000 mm

Attendees are invited to view Stewart Filmscreen’s complete lineup of high performance projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, and are encouraged to visit the booths of these Stewart Filmscreen industry partners to see the perfect pairing of screen and projector for nearly any application.

Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning +1 (425) 328-8640.

 

About Stewart Filmscreen

Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. 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 is unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. Learn more at www.stewartfilmscreen.comor by following @StewartFilm on Twitter.

 

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact

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

 

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Images for use in publication can be downloaded from this link using the following caption: Stewart Filmscreen projection screens will be featured in some of ISE’s most prominent displays, including Barco, Christie, Vivitek, and Steinway Lyngdorf, and will be used in THX and ISF training rooms.

 

 

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Stewart Filmscreen® Debuts Iten™ Variable Masking Screen Featuring Its New Tela 80™ Acoustically Transparent Woven Screen Material

Technology professionals provided more options and features for acoustically transparent screens in high-performance spaces thanks to the Itenconstant-height, variable-width masking system

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – FEB. 9, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen® an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings—will debut Iten™ at Integrated Systems Europe 2015. Iten is a new addition to Stewart’s venerable masking screen system lineup and will be introduced alongside Tela 80™, the company’s first acoustically transparent woven screen material.

The new Iten constant height, variable masking screen system features a native 2.40:1 image area that delivers a more immersive, widescreen experience. Iten’s vertical masking panels simultaneously glide in from the left and right sides to properly mask any content, including 2.40:1, 1.85:1, 1.78:1, and 1.33:1 aspect ratios. This gives the audience the ultimate viewing experience; a perfectly framed image without black bars and the acoustical image accuracy best achieved when the speakers are mounted directly behind the screen.StewartFilmscreen_Iten Variable Masking System feat. Tela 80_Image court. of Erskine Group

The Iten screen system is paired with Tela 80 to meet the demands from audiophiles and enthusiasts who put top priority on acoustical performance and accuracy. The Iten screen was designed specifically for the company’s new Tela 80 front-projection woven screen material and includes black backing to eliminate any light originating from behind the screen—whether it is a light source or LED equipment lights. Iten’s masking panels maintain the acoustic transparency while having the added benefit of absorbing projector overscan and boosting perceived contrast. 

”As a broad line screen manufacturer we felt it was time to respond to market requests and add a mounting system to support a woven surface,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “The Tela 80 material delivers the high frequency accuracy without any special equalization or processing.”

The electronically controlled side masking panels easily integrate with nearly every control system for simple operation. Available in sizes up to 90 X 216-inches, Iten delivers Stewart Filmscreen’s legendary image integrity and application flexibility.

Attendees of ISE 2015 are invited to see Stewart Filmscreen’s robust lineup of projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, where Iten, Tela 80, and other new screen materials and framing systems will make their international debut. Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (425) 328-8640.

Those interested in learning more about Stewart’s legendary high-performance screens and associated technologies are encouraged to visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.comcall (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen

Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. 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 is unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. Learn more at www.stewartfilmscreen.comor by following @StewartFilm on Twitter.

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com @KMB_Comm & @katyemcgregor

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