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ATK Audiotek Provides Championship Sound at Super Bowl XLIX with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Array Loudspeakers

1/29/2015 - Superbowl CentralGLENDALE, Arizona – In one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history, ATK Audiotek once again provided sound reinforcement for Super Bowl XLIX, which took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. ATK Audiotek deployed its custom-designed, cart-based audio system, equipped with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers, for the game’s halftime show and pregame performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Super Bowl XLIX was broadcast by NBC and was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in American television history. The halftime show featured pop star Katy Perry, while Idina Menzel performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and John Legend performed “America the Beautiful.”

For the event, ATK Audiotek provided 18 carts, each loaded with four VERTEC large-format line array loudspeakers and two VERTEC dual 18” subwoofers.

“We rely on JBL for the Super Bowl because it is a tried-and-true solution,” noted Kirk Powell, Engineer in Charge for ATK Audiotek. “VERTEC provides very predictable results even when we are in challenging environments and [FOH engineer] Pat Baltzell is comfortable with the system.”

Because of the inclement weather in Glendale in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, the roof on the University of Phoenix Stadium remained closed, which made rehearsals a challenge since the roof on game day was open, leading to different acoustical conditions. At the end of the day, the reliability of the VERTEC loudspeakers enabled ATK Audiotek to provide an unforgettable experience for the crowd of more than 70,000.

“For a decade and a half, ATK has relied on JBL VERTEC to power the Super Bowl, and once again the system performed as expected and sounded great,” Powell concluded.

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

Photo Credit: Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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The Czech Republic’s Sound of Innovation Adopts HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Live Sound Console

Scraft_SoundofInnovationPRAGUE, Czech Republic – Sound of Innovation lives up to its name as one of the Czech Republic’s premier live sound contractors, having provided audio systems to some of the country’s biggest events, artists and corporate clients for almost 25 years. In addition, Sound of Innovation offers complete sound production and consultation services for studio and live recording and television and radio broadcasters. The company is now better equipped than ever to serve its clients with its recent purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console.

“Since we were founded in 1990 we have been fond of Soundcraft mixing consoles for their exceptional sound quality, going all the way back to the Spirit LX7 and we still find the MH3 to be a dependable workhorse,” said Frantisek Petrik, Sound of Innovation’s owner. “In 2011 we purchased the Vi1, which we found to be a huge step up thanks to its intuitive user interface and ease of operation.”

When the time came to make the move to a larger-format console Petrik didn’t hesitate to get the new Vi3000. Sound of Innovation purchased the Vi3000 from Czech HARMAN Professional distributor Audio Master CZ. “Audio Master CZ has always been very supportive to us and provided exceptional customer service,” he noted. “In fact, over time they have become our sole technology supplier.”

“The advances in technology and internal sound processing are even more apparent in the Vi3000,” Petrik noted. “There are many major as well as incremental improvements. We are totally excited about the sound quality and the ability to manipulate every parameter, while the clear layout of the interface makes the console even more ‘comfortable’ to operate.” Petrik finds the console’s Dante compatibility to be a major advantage, and appreciates the fact that the Vi3000 is relatively lightweight and fits inside a single transport case—especially during those all-too-frequent hectic load-ins and load-outs.

Like many pros that have spent time as a front of house mixer, Petrik considers sound quality to be the most important part of a console’s performance. “Although we are old-school analog fans we are aware of the amazing advancements in digital technology,” he said. “We have always considered the quality of a console’s preamps as the foundation of live sound mixing. We can assure any live sound people who still might be hesitant about entering the world of digital audio that the Vi3000 is going to blow their minds.”

The Soundcraft Vi3000 offers a host of high-end features including a new ergonomic design, 96 channels to mix, new internal SpiderCore 40-bit floating point DSP, Dante ‘built-in’ and much more. The Soundcraft Vi3000 features a control surface with four Vistonics II™ 3-D touchscreen interfaces, making it the only console in its class that can be used by two engineers at the same time. The Vi3000 provides extensive connectivity and routing options and offers a host of built-in dbx compression and Lexicon reverb/delays and effects.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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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.

DVEO Takes Over Sales and Tech Support for RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster Products

San Diego, California — February 9, 2015 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), has announced an agreement with RealNetworks Inc. to take over sales and technical support for RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Broadcaster line of streaming encoder appliances. Former RealNetworks customers can purchase DVEO’s comparable products — the MultiStreamer, MPEG Gearbox, and Brutus families of real time encoders, streamers, and transcoders. These products map 100% to the RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster product line.

“IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers who had chosen RealNetworks will be happy to know that we offer encoders and transcoders in all major video formats, and in several different system configurations,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Plus, we will add some very useful new upgrades in the coming months.”

DVEO will also take over tech support for Helix Broadcaster. Existing RealNetworks customers will continue to receive support services through the term of their contracts.

“DVEO is absolutely the best qualified company to manage tech support for the Helix Broadcaster product family,” said Philip Rutledge, Philip Rutledge, VP-Helix, RealNetworks. “This agreement represents a win-win for our customers. They can still purchase similar systems, plus they receive expert assistance for the Helix Broadcaster products they already own.”

For customers seeking an alternative to RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Universal Server, DVEO recommends their new multichannel live and VOD media distribution server – the Atlas Media Server.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. The Atlas Media Server is available in three different sizes.

Atlas Media Server, Brutus, DVEO, MPEG Gearbox, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Suggested Retail Prices:
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $6,595 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $19,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
MPEG Gearbox II IP/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network.

For more information visit: www.realnetworks.com/about-us.

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.

Nortek Showcases New GoControl Z-Wave Home Control Devices at ISE 2015

Nortek Security & Control will demonstrate new GoControl smart home lighting, security, and control devices and its market leading 2GIG smart home system in the Z-Wave Alliance booth.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 12-A74 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek, Inc. company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, today announced it will be exhibiting at ISE for the first time in company history, and showcasing a range of smart home products available in the EU market.

The company’s GoControl smart home products are the choice of many security and control system providers around the world, and the company is the top provider of Z-Wave® compatible devices to the industry, according to the Z-Wave alliance. In addition, its 2GIG® home control system is the most widely installed home control platform, according to Park Associates, as of December 2014. At ISE 2015, Nortek Security & Control will be unveiling the following GoControl and 2GIG products to the EU market:

GoControl Bulbz Z-Wave Dimmable LED Smart Light Bulb - A Z-Wave® enabled LED smart bulb that’s dimmable up to 100 levels. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available.

GoControl Wireless 3-Way Z-Wave Light Switch - Allows remote ON/OFF control and dimming of as many as five other Z-Wave controlled lights. DIY consumer and installer friendly, it can serve as a virtual 3-way switch and be wired anywhere power is available, without the need for a traveler wire.

2GIG Home Control System – A fully contained 2GIG security and home control panel that supports 433MHz devices will be demonstrated along with standard Z-Wave door/window transmitter and 4-button key ring remote to show what an entry level smart home security system looks like.

In addition to the booth display, Nortek Security & Control vice president of security and control, Avi Rosenthal, will participate in one of the most highly anticipated panels at the show, “The Internet of Things: Where’s the Opportunity.” The panel will take place on February 9 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the Smart Building Conference and explore various IoT segments experiencing rapid growth and what the future holds for connected products.

Strongly positioned with product portfolio synergies and the ability to cross-pollinate technology across the broader Nortek family, Nortek Security & Control provides a broad range of smart home solutions to OEMs, telecoms, major retailers, managed service providers, security dealers, custom installers and DIY consumers.

About Nortek Security & Control

Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control supplies its technology solutions to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Nortek Security & Control is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Nortek Security & Control LLC. All rights reserved. The Linear, 2GIG and GoControl logos are registered trademarks of Nortek Security & Control LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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SurgeX Stamps Out Surges at ISE 2015

Advanced Series Mode surge elimination technology offers significant advantages over traditional MOV-based surge suppressors and is primed for distribution to systems integrators in the global market.

Amsterdam RAI, NL – Integrated Systems Europe 2015 – February 10-12 – Stand 7-T180 –

At ISE 2015, ESP/SurgeX, the only manufacturer with surge elimination technology, will showcase a variety of mains protection products to the European market at ISE. The SurgeX portfolio features patented Advanced Series Mode surge elimination technology implemented across a range of form factors, including: rack mount, space saver, standalone, low-profile and branch circuits.

The SurgeX philosophy originated from the idea that simply suppressing a surge is not enough. To fully protect valuable equipment, surges must be eliminated. Traditional surge suppression units, such as the conventional MOV-based technologies, pass through some of the surge energy to the equipment. This let-through produces harmful side effects such as earth contamination or common-mode disturbances. To deal with this, SurgeX developed its patented Advanced Series Mode® Surge Elimination Technology to properly protect A/V equipment from AC surges and electrical transients that can disrupt sound quality and digital performance. This, along with other proprietary technologies such as Impedance Tolerant® EMI/RFI filtering, SurgeX ICE® inrush current elimination, and COVUS® Catastrophic Over/Under Voltage Shutdown, differentiate SurgeX products from all other power conditioning products.

While many believe surges come from events like lightening or blown fuses, more commonly they originate from inside a building from HVAC units, office equipment or other electronics cycling on. The surges happen repeatedly over the course of a day and often flow unchecked because traditional power suppression products suppress and then shunt surges to the neutral or ground using an MOV derivative. The voltage they allow to pass on to the connected equipment—known as let-through voltage—can be in excess of 600 volts, and causes the attached diode to fail dramatically when hit with a surge. While those levels may not be catastrophic, they will produce heat in the equipment. Heat buildup accelerates wear, degrades performance and shortens the lifespan of electronics.

“We’ve built a product portfolio that gives integrators a logical solution to properly protect audio video equipment,” said Shannon Townley, president of SurgeX. “We understand that dealers, installers, and business owners need a product that’s going to provide non-sacrificial protection and flexible compatibility to offer the confidence that they’re always protected, and that’s what they receive with SurgeX products.”

Dealers who want to experience SurgeX’s surge elimination technology can visit ISE 2015 Stand 7-T180. SurgeX will also be conducting interviews for potential distributors at the show.

For more information about SurgeX, please visit www.surgexinternational.com.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 42 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit www.espei.com.

ESP/SurgeX products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

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Severtson Screens Names Rita Catuzzi Production Manager

Mesa, Arizona, Feb. 9, 2015 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, has announced that it has named Rita Catuzzi as facilities production manager, effective immediately.Severtson Screens - Rita Catuzzi production manager

“As we continued to grow in both the cinema and home theater markets, we needed a production manager that could handle the task,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Rita is responsible for all projection screen production, including our new and immensely popular folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens and our new TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent line of home theater screens. She’ll manage the production staff and everything associated with that duty, including inventory, process control, optimization, and organization. Rita has a great resume in the world of manufacturing management, so we’re glad to have her on board.”

For the past 35 years, Catuzzi has worked on assembly lines as well as in production management. “Organization, attention to detail, and on-time delivery are my main focuses,” said Catuzzi. “Severtson is a great place to work and builds a great product. I’m excited to be a part of the team.”

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. During the company’s nearly three decades in business, the Severtson family has accrued extensive experience manufacturing countless small home theater screens and large cinema screens. Severtson Corporation has the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor and outdoor applications. With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has significant production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The large number of screen sizes available can accommodate massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide. From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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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

 

Images

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

Link to D-Tools logos

Link to SI 2015 logo

Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

 

 

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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

 

Images

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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