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Sales Of Unified Communications Products Grew 94% In 2013, Stampede Reports

With more than a month still left to go in the current sales year, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. today announced that sales of its Unified Communications products grew by 94% in 2013 — a record-shattering rate of growth that will only continue to explode in 2014 and 2015. Indeed, according to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, Stampede is committing itself to building an entire 21st century mix of products that are built around the concept of ‘The Internet of Things.’

“In order to remain the industry’s largest supplier of high value added ProAV solutions, we must take the steps required to build out our future product lines in ways that meet the needs of an increasingly Internet based, web centric ProAV customer,” Kelly emphasized today. “We have created a specialist team that is focused on meeting this goal. And we’ve formed a Tech Support team with AV, PC, Network and VC expertise to support the sales efforts of the specialist team. I believe this is a first for our industry.”

Currently, according to Kelly, Stampede is offering a first generation of ‘Internet of Things’ product portfolio centered around audio solutions from Phoenix Audio and Clear One; visual solutions from Sony, MediaPointe, and Vaddio; and software from Vidyo, Bluejeans, and ChorusCall. “In highly customized and integrated offerings these audio, visual, and software solutions are delivering high value added Unified Communications capabilities to a growing number of end user customers,” Kelly explained. “But it is just the beginning of where we as an industry are headed.”

Kelly emphasized that the ProAV industry is being challenged daily to stop using the terms ‘audio and video’ and start using the terms ‘see, hear and control’ in order to understand the business opportunities that this shift to ‘The Internet of Things’ era is creating. “The traditional AV industry is maturing and a new personalized industry is rising up to take its place, one that is built upon the ideas of connecting, integrating, and sharing devices in entirely new eco-systems built around highly customized software applications.”

Beginning in 2014, Stampede will be adding greater emphasis to a host of product categories, including video surveillance and security; IP video, cameras, and control; wireless audio; wearable devices; power line devices, and, of course, tablets and tablet accessories.

“Make no mistake about it. These categories are already established and they are only going to become huge in the years to come,” Kelly asserted. “Lest anyone doubt this, consider this fact: in 2013 Stampede sold 20,000 pairs of smart video glasses! If any one thing points the way to the future it is this remarkable sales achievement.”

Pro Audio Technology Appoints Aim High Audio Sales as Manufacturers Representative

Aim High Audio Sales will bring PRO’s line of cinema-quality audio products to the Southeastern U.S. region.

Huntington Beach, CA – October 31, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leading supplier of loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems, today announced the appointment of Aim High Audio Sales as a manufacturer representative. Aim High will bring PRO’s cinema-quality audio solutions to its dealer partners in the southeastern U.S. region, including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and North and South Carolina.

“Pro Audio Technology offers an extensive line of products that deliver incredible dynamics and unmatched SPL levels, all while keeping the dialogue intelligibility crisp and clear,” said Chris Gilray, president of Marietta, GA based Aim High Audio Sales. “In addition, its SoundTools setup and calibration software makes audio system programming and performance optimization simple for installations of all sizes.”

PRO’s multiple speaker series are voiced to a common performance standard, allowing installers to select models based on application, gaining greater flexibility when designing an audio system. A hallmark of PRO engineering technology, each system is field-configurable and employs the company’s proprietary PRO SoundTools software via its PMA amplifier product range. All crossover functions, high-resolution frequency response shaping, and time correction are achieved in DSP, eliminating restrictive passive filter networks from the signal path. In addition, the integrator is given a powerful suite of DSP controls to compensate for environmental influences, such as speaker placement behind viewing screens or stretch fabric walls, secondary boundary loading, and other factors.

“Our dealers appreciate our flexible sales model and intuitive programming tools, both of which are unique to PRO and contribute to more profitable installations,” said Pro Audio Technology founder Paul Hales. “We’re glad to have the knowledgeable team at Aim High Audio Sales bringing this message to dealers and we look forward to growing with them.”

PRO audio systems deliver the visceral sensations of today’s music and motion picture soundtracks to people who want to experience true cinematic or concert-level performances. For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, please visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

Lowell Manufacturing and D-Tools Renew Partnership to Provide Detailed Product Information to the Entire System Integrator™ Community

Lowell’s renewal of D-Tools MVP membership makes new product information directly available to users of System IntegratorTM software

CONCORD, CA – October 29, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Lowell Manufacturing has renewed their agreement to participate in the D-Tools MVP program. Located just southwest of St. Louis, Missouri, Lowell manufactures rack, power and audio products for the professional AV, custom installation and broadcast markets. Through their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, Lowell’s entire family of products is available in the database, making detailed product specifications directly available to users of D-Tools System IntegratorTM software for use in their client engagements.

“We are pleased to renew our participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, making our professional AV industry, custom installation and broadcast quality products more readily available to system integrators and custom installers,” said Kathy Lane, Marketing Communications Manager for Lowell. “Having been a partner in the (D-Tools MVP) program for many years, we have found that it provides us with an excellent platform to further extend our reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products and utilize them more often in their installations.”

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

“Lowell’s professional product line gives D-Tools SIX 2013 software users some really outstanding rack, power and audio options to use in specifying their client engagements,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We are delighted to have them renew their participation as a returning MVP partner and look forward to their continued membership in the years to come.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Lowell Manufacturing
From its headquarters located just south of St. Louis, Missouri, Lowell engineers and manufactures rack, power and audio products for the professional AV, custom installation and broadcast markets. Company history dates back to 1947 when founder Ben Lowell pioneered the idea of using a loudspeaker ceiling baffle to balance sound distribution throughout large spaces. Today, the next generation of the Lowell family works with a highly experienced sales and engineering team to convey that same spirit of innovation in developing high-performance, value-based products for the sound and communications industry. 

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/CE Pro BEST Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV to Distribute TiVo in Custom Channel; Brings All-New Line of Roamio Set-Top-Boxes and Accessories to Network of 15,000+ Integrators

Burlington, MA – October 28, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a specialty AV products distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators from 18-locations in the US, announced that its 12-member companies have entered into an agreement with TiVo to distribute the brand’s new TiVo Roamio™ series of DVRs, the TiVo Stream and the TiVo Mini.

The TiVo Roamio DVR series — which replaces TiVo’s Premiere series — consists of 3 multi-room, multi-source DVRs that enable consumers to access their content from anywhere in the home, or the world, via their smartphone or tablet. Roamio offers more recording options, higher storage capabilities, new whole-home and mobile networking options and an updated, more elegant user interface.

(Depicted in the image is TiVo’s Senior Sales Manager John A. Reynolds displaying Roamio at last week’s Emerging Technologies & Home Awareness Expo, hosted by Catalyst AV member Easy Access Distribution.)

The TiVo products available through the Catalyst AV distribution network are:
• TiVo Roamio 4-tuner DVR (75 hours HD or 750 hours SD recording) $199 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Plus 6-tuner DVR (150 hrs HD or 1,000 hrs SD; adds MoCA + Wi-Fi) $399 MSRP
• TiVo Roamio Pro 6-tuner DVR (450 hrs HD or 3,000 hrs SD) $599 MSRP
• TiVo Stream (stream entertainment anywhere in house or world) $129 MSRP
• TiVo Mini (access entertainment from main TiVo DVR anywhere in home) $99 MSRP

”TiVo’s smart suite of entertainment products meet with the lifestyles of most everyone in the home,” says Steve Presti, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Easy Access Distributing in New England. “The fact that their apps integrate into leading custom control and automation systems is hugely beneficial. This all adds up to fantastic opportunities for the integrator to earn margin on jobs that have cable TV.”

”TiVo’s new Roamio Plus and Roamio Pro were developed with today’s integrator in mind,” said Doug Bieter, Vice President of Consumer Business Sales & Marketing at TiVo. “The Catalyst AV group has a strong understanding of video content management and distribution and we’re delighted to have them as a conduit to the custom channel.”

The 12 Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Please direct all Catalyst AV media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

Out-of-home streaming requires an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device running iOS 5.1 or higher, and only supports streaming to one of your mobile devices at a time. Due to the copy protection assigned by the content provider, not all content can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline viewing, and not all content can be streamed when you are away from your local network. Visit tivo.com for additional terms and restrictions that apply.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

New ICE Cable Systems HDMI Features Compact Head Design with GRIP Technology; Handles 15-lbs. of Pull-Force and Transmits 1080P/60 HZ Signals up to 100 feet without use of Baluns

Los Angeles, CA – ICE Cable Systems is shipping its new and improved Clear Series 2 HDMI Cables. Key features of the series include a compact head design, GRIP connector with locking technology and the ability to handle 1080P/60 HZ up to 100 feet (30 meters) without baluns. The line is comprised of pre-terminated cables in lengths from .5 meter to 30 meters and replaces the company’s original Clear Series.

ICE Cable’s unique GRIP connector attaches to female HDMI connectors with up to 15 lbs of pull-force, thus helping reduce disconnected cables and frivolous service calls. The compact size of the head (measures 10 MM by 19 MM by 21MM) contributes to easier side-by-side and stacking connections and takes up less space behind equipment.

In addition to an active chip set, proprietary cable technology allows the Clear Series 2 to achieve 1080P/60 HZ in runs up to 100 feet without the use of a balun, ideal for direct connections from Blu-ray DVD players and DVRs to the TV.

”Clear Series 2 is a game changer because it’s comprised of all the improvements that an integrator could want,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo. “With innovations in three key areas, this is a wish-list of HDMI cable technology at extremely-competitive prices.”

ICE Cable Systems has 41 active distributors in the US selling its products. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy/ or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems: Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

More Control System Partners Add Middle Atlantic RackLink Driver Modules

Fairfield, NJ––A growing number of leading brands such as Crestron, Vantage, Savant, AMX and Control4 are supporting Middle Atlantic’s RackLink power management modules within their control systems to provide additional capabilities for residential installations.

These and other partners such as RTI, Aurora, URC, Key Digital and Ihiji are choosing RackLink because the system’s open architecture facilitates integration into virtually any control system or management platform.

The RackLink suite of products provide real time feedback and historical data of power usage, voltage fluctuations and temperature that can be sent to the control system for data collection, user alerts and real time status of the of an AV system’s health. It also reduces the amount of on-site service calls by remotely controlling power to AV devices and rebooting devices that might lock up using a built-in auto ping feature.

Asked about the increased incorporation of RackLink, Middle Atlantic Applications Engineer Paul Mott said, “RackLink products have become widely accepted by our control system partners because they add a new level of energy management for residential installations while saving time, money and promoting environmental efficiency.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

SIM2 Multimedia SUPER LUMIS Global Success

Miramar, Florida—October 16, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia continues to achieve global success following its World tour, touching all five continents, which included the launch of Grand Cinema SUPER LUMIS home cinema projector.

The new SUPER LUMIS has received a glowing review and a full five-star rating from the UK-based magazine Home Cinema Choice. In the December issue, reviewer John Archer said, “Images achieve a sense of depth, texture, colour balance and naturalism that simply astonishes.” He continued, “3D delivery is exquisite” and concluded with “the SIM2 Super Lumis is about as close as you can get to a commercial cinema experience without actually buying a commercial cinema projector”—establishing SUPER LUMIS as a real “reference standard” in projection.

“The Super Lumis is by far our best projector, and I have to say, SIM2 has received over 250 awards throughout the world in the last decade. It is a small product with an enormous heart capable with extremely bright, crisp images,” said Alan Roser, SIM2 UK CEO. “It is fantastic that the UK’s premier home theater publication agrees and aligns perfectly with the feedback we’ve received from dealers during the Global Road Show. We are sure that the Super Lumis will become the new benchmark for three-chip DLP-based high-end home cinema projectors in the major markets around the world, as it has done here in the UK and in the US.”

It was not by chance that the exclusive limited-edition FUORISERIE recently won a 2013 EXC!TE Award from the US-based magazine Technology Integrator, in recognition of products “that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional.”

Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian projector manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value for its exclusively selected US partners by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the professional and CI projection markets have to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of top class/high end custom digital video projection systems, and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not only branding, it is also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK, and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Vaddio Continues to Strengthen Presence and Brand Awareness through Participation in D-Tools MVP Program

More than 300 Vaddio products appear in the D-Tools System Integrator Data Browser

CONCORD, CA, October 16, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software has announced today that Vaddio has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of PTZ cameras, specialty camera control systems and professional USB peripherals for the audiovisual, video conference and broadcast industries.

“Vaddio’s innovative products and partner-focused practices provide opportunities for integrators and resellers to win business and increase profitability, and we are excited to extend these same principals to D-Tools’ users,” said Kelly Perkins, marketing and communications manager at Vaddio. “We confidently stand behind our products as well as the customer service that we provide and our partnership with D-Tools beautifully complements this commitment. We’re thrilled to be a D-Tools MVP partner as we know that integrators using the D-Tools platform benefit greatly by having free access to Vaddio product information as they create their system designs, estimates and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides a database of the most up-to-date product information to more than 4,400 users of the D-Tools System Integrator software platform worldwide. D-Tools MVP Partners are dedicated to helping companies of any size or scope streamline the design process, making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide detailed, accurate, and professional proposals to their clients.

“We are very pleased that Vaddio has chosen to return to the D-Tools MVP Program and are pleased their product information will continue to be made available to our entire user base,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “Vaddio’s product line is not only user-friendly, but it also provides integrators a dependable solution they can confidently recommend to their clients for a wide variety of audiovisual, videoconferencing and broadcast systems.”

About Vaddio 
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or by calling (800) 572-2011.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software and CE Pro BEST Award for Business Software (2013).

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

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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RCS Rack System Saves Time And Money With Pre-Configured Options

Fairfield, NJ––The new Residential Configured Rack System (RCS) from Middle Atlantic Products ships fully assembled with pre-installed accessories to facilitate installations while offering substantial savings in time and money.

A smart, cost-effective option for residential installers, RCS Series racks ship with pre-installed shelves, fans, a locking reversible glass door, locking removable side and rear access panels, and locking swivel casters and leveling feet for greater integration flexibility.

Built on a professional rackmount foundation of fully welded-steel construction (UL Listed), RCS Series racks accept both professional rackmount and consumer shelf-mounted components.

Two integral 95 CFM active cooling fans ensure proper thermal management while locking removable sides and locking rear access panels provide faster, easier integration with greater security. RCS racks also include a front and rear adjustable rack rail along with a cable management grommet and pre-installed blank panels.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

D-TOOLS SELECTS DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 27, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the 2013 D-Tools Design Awards winners have been selected. Sponsored by MVP Program partners Vaddio, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Zektor, Vidabox, and Core Brands, the contest categories included Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall.

Selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users, the winning entries were chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will be held during CEDIA EXPO 2013 in D-Tools booth #922 on Friday, September 27th at 3:00pm.

“The D-Tools Design Awards are designed to seek out and celebrate the industry’s top system designers that are utilizing our platform to reach great heights,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The entries we received were not only impressive but insanely creative. I’m proud, honestly, to see how far the winning designs have come over the years.”

Winning submissions were awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners.

2013 D-Tools Design Awards Winners & Finalists

  • Best Commercial:

Atea AS – Rica Hall – Submitted by Christian Brondo

Project overview: Conference hotel /conference hall AV system upgrade to expand system’s use for traditional conferences, events, concerts and performances.

Quote: “With the precision and power of D-Tools SIX, we were able to be very precise in all purchases as well as keeping both in-house and hired technicians on the same page throughout the whole process. In 4 weeks, we delivered 640 man-hours and a finished install.”

  • Honorable Mention Commercial:

CRC Audio Video – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Submitted by Jay Nichols

Project overview: Museum project incorporating a live venue (auditorium) with multiple microphones, monitors and digital surround sound, a classroom that can be divided into two separate rooms, a conference room and 12 other audio/video zones.

Quote: “Without D-Tools I would not have been able to determine and show to the customer the deficiencies in their existing design let alone create a new one that took care of all of their needs (including the ones they didn’t know they needed).”

  • Best Residential:

It’s done! Technology – New Wave House – Submitted by Ryan Ovens

Project overview: A four-story renovation in Hampstead, London that was fitted with a Savant system incorporating Audio and Video distribution, CCTV and HVAC integration.

Quote: “By using D-Tools alongside Visio, it was possible to accurately design and plan a method for dressing cables into the system in the correct order, with the correct labels. Multiple custom reports were designed to aide with both the design and management process. Overall, the client has expressed her delight at working with us as her favourite sub-contractor. Although she was not aware, this was all made easy due to D-Tools’ design and management.”

  • 2nd Place Residential:

Hausba Smarthomes Limited – Thompson Project – Submitted by Toochukwu Onyemelukwe

Project overview: High-end home automation system with access and security plus Audio/Video distribution for nine rooms, three living rooms, a dedicated home cinema, two outdoor suspended pools and a roof garden with a total of 109 speakers on the project.

Quote: “D-tools has allowed us maintain a professional design and project management approach which has been a critical success factor to this ongoing project. I can’t imagine dealing with such an enormous amount of data using traditional methods without D-tools.”

  • Honorable Mention Residential:

Keith Jones Design – European Residential Tower – Submitted by Keith Jones

Project overview: AV, control and private cinema for the communal floors of one of Europe’s tallest residential buildings.

  • Most Unique:

Service Tech AV – Single-Mast Sail Boat M5 – Submitted by Tim McKelvey

Project overview: Audio/Video design for the world’s largest single-mast sailboat M5, formerly known as Mirabella V

  • Honorable Mention Most Unique:

Encore Custom A/V/Firefly Creative – Bahamas Project – Submitted by James Fredrick

Project overview: Consulting, design documentation and installation of a project in the Bahamas.

  • Best Overall:

Media Connections – MKSPK – Submitted by Duane Smith

Project overview: Design and install nine interactive Smart Conference Rooms with wiring outsourced to the local NYC union

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Those interested in learning more about D-Tools are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

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

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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