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Linear Unveils CD and MP3 Music Source for DMC Intercom Systems

Carlsbad, CA – August 6, 2013 – Linear, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, announces the DMCMP3, a new accessory for the DMC1 and DMC3-4 Music/Communication intercom systems. The digital MP3 and CD player integrates with new or existing DMC1/3-4 master units, transforming them into whole-house music and audio sources making it easy to share podcasts, music or even digital audio books throughout the home.

To achieve whole-home audio, Linear leverages a range of intercom and door speakers as well as audio-enabled patio and standard room stations to provide up to 15 rooms with AM/FM radio, and playback from CDs or MP3/phone devices via the 3.5mm audio input jack. Because it has its own power source, the DMCMP3 can also charge MP3 players and phones from the power- only USB-A port.

For convenient management, the DMCMP3 offers a five-button interface with a source select button and CD controls including: play/pause, fast-forward, rewind and track forward/reverse, with mode and option selection displayed on the DMC master unit. The DMCMP3’s curved edges and minimalist appearance give it a modern feel that’s complements any room décor. Faceplate colors include almond, white and black

“The DMCMP3 is an ideal accessory for people who want to upgrade their existing intercom and security system to include audio playback from CDs and digital music players,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of market and product development. “Whole-home audio is in great demand and the DMC system offers one of the easiest and most affordable ways for dealers meet their customer’s entertainment needs.”

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

SIM2 Miami Road Show Exceeds Expectations

Miramar, Florida—July 2013—SIM2’s top dealer partners attending the SIM2 Road Show in Miami are calling the first two days of the three-day tour a resounding success. The exclusive event is designed to provide dealers with an unprecedented opportunity to view some of the company’s most advanced technological achievements to date—the CINEMAQUATTRO, SIRIO, M.150, LUMIS, NERO, and the limited-edition FUORISERIE home cinema projectors.

Bill Petters, of Sound Components, in Miami, said of the event, “What impressed me the most is the wide range of products that SIM2 has come to market with. Not only are the products extremely high performance, but they can be installed by integrators like our company, and are practical for end users—simple solutions with various price points. depending on the level of performance a client wants to get into. SIM2 has a very nice, wide range, from entry level to state of the art—it’s a great solution for us.” Bill’s favorite was the M.150. “The depth of field, color saturation, black levels, and brightness were simply outstanding.”

Stan Beran, of Sound Performance, in Miami, said, “First, I’m impressed with the amount of projectors on display, starting from a couple-hundred thousand to things more reasonable, around 10 to 12 thousand. What really knocked me out is the [M.150] LED projector, for people who like fine lines and details—it’s probably the best one I’ve ever seen. If you want the punch and attack, having the double stack SIRIO is a knockout for people—even one by itself is very bright.”

SIM2's CINEMAQUATTRO, a 4K 3-Chip DLP Home Cinema Projector

The star of the show was SIM2’s CINEMAQUATTRO, a 4K DLP 3-Chip Home Cinema Projector. Some of the key specifications are: three 4K (4096 x 2160), 1.38” DLP chipsets, up to 25,000 ANSI Lumens; Triple Flash 3D Technology; SIM2’s Exclusive High Contrast and Colorimetry Profiles; a user-replaceable Xenon Bubble Lamp; remote monitoring and so much more.

“With a third day yet to be completed, we have already exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and excitement for this event,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “Our guests in Miami were among the first in the U.S. to witness the amazing power of full 4K resolution from the CINEMAQUATTRO, along with a comprehensive demonstration of our full line of solutions. Based on the feedback from those attending, and building on the anticipated success of additional tour stops, we expect to see a dramatic growth in business over the remainder of 2013—even surpassing the positive trend we’ve seen in the past quarter.”

The 2013 SIM2 Road Show represents an extraordinary business opportunity for SIM2 partners, with the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with key company executives, crucial forecasting information and special product demonstrations. The U.S. portion of the tour includes additional stops in Los Angeles, August 20-22, and in New York City, September 3-5.

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
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 to its exclusively selected U.S. partners, by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the Professional and CI Projection Market has 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 just branding, but 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.

BenQ Releases Entry-Level, Short-Throw Projector for Home Theater Spaces

New W770ST Brings Value-Friendly HD Projection to Smaller Settings

IRVINE, Calif. — July 16, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the latest addition to its short-throw home entertainment lineup — the W770ST projector. Built to be a complete multimedia solution for today’s smaller home theater spaces, the W770ST enables affordable 720p HD projection; Colorific(TM) image quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color; and BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) energy-saving technology to reduce users’ total cost of ownership (TCO). At only $649, the device brings both big-screen immersion and flexible placement options at a value-friendly price. more

Many IC Realtime Surveillance DVRs Now Natively Integrate with Key Digital Compass Control System

Pure bi-directional drivers provide full DVR control and feedback; incorporation into design software increases efficiency for integrators

Pompano Beach, FL – July 15, 2013 – IC Realtime’s Flex, Elite, NVR700N and NVR700S2P series video surveillance recorders now natively integrate into Key Digital’s Compass Control® system. As a Compass Alliance™ Partner, IC Realtime worked closely with Key Digital to develop pure bi-directional drivers that provide full DVR control, as well as feedback from the IC Realtime device.

Compass Control is a fully-integrated major control system designed around Apple’s iOS devices (iPad®, iPad mini®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®). The system provides installers with bi-directional IR, two-way RS-232 with feedback, and two-way TCP/IP control. The new drivers are part of the design software.

“Resulting from cooperative efforts between Key Digital and IC Realtime, the integration of IC Realtime’s DVRs within the Compass Control environment represents a powerful and user-friendly comprehensive solution delivering iOS-based control and entertainment functionality,” stated Key Digital’s Vice-President of Sales, Michael Lakhter.

“The Compass Alliance™ Partners have come together to create a system that has full driver integration already completed, increasing efficiency for integrators,” Lakhter concluded.

For all IC Realtime media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or via email at paul@mutocomm.com.

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

About Key Digital®
Key Digital is a CES award-winning developer and manufacturer of leading-edge technology for HDTV applications, delivering total video systems solutions. The company manufactures a wide range of digital video processing and video signal distribution solutions marketed broadly to the HDTV community, such as digital video and audio processors, switchers, distribution amplifiers, cables, adapters, and more. For more information, visit www.keydigital.com.

Key Digital product information now fully updated in System Integrator™ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

Key Digital and D-Tools Renew Partnership

CONCORD, CA, July 11th, 2013— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Key Digital has recently renewed their MVP Partnership.  Detailed information on of the entire family of Key Digital products are available in D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Key Digital products. Key Digital, based in Mount Vernon, New York and led by digital video pioneer Mike Tsinberg, develops and manufactures high quality, cutting-edge technology solutions for virtually all applications where high quality video imaging is important. Key Digital’s products are used across the globe by professional broadcasters, corporations, custom installers, home theater retailers and consumers.

“We’re pleased to renew our partnership with D-Tools, ensuring that our product information is available to the D-Tools SI user community,” said Michael Lakhter, VP of Global Sales, Key Digital. “We feel it is important for dealers to have the most up-to-date and complete product information available when they are designing their client projects and believe that our participation in the MVP program benefits the integrator community while also helping us expand our market reach.”

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.

“We are pleased to have Key Digital return as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their innovative video and control solutions – which work across multiple standards – will provide our users with high quality, versatile options and applications for their client engagements.”

About Key Digital

Key Digital is a CES award-winning developer and manufacturer of leading-edge technology for HDTV applications, delivering total video systems solutions. The company manufactures a wide range of digital video processing and video signal distribution solutions marketed broadly to the HDTV community, such as digital video and audio processors, switchers, distribution amplifiers, cables, adapters, and more. For more information, visit us at www.keydigital.com.

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’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DTools, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool or visit D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com.

 

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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D-Tools, Inc. Unveils New Website Optimized For Speed, Connectivity and Communications

Navigation, functionality and an improved Social Media platform benefits dealers, manufacturers and those interested in system integration software solutions

CONCORD, CA. July 10th, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., a worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. Boasting a cleaner, more refined and contemporary look with a streamlined user experience, the new website features enhanced navigation that quickly delivers concise information, helpful resources and needed functionality.

Optimized for improved speed and connectivity, www.d-tools.com now also features more robust social media integration with direct links to the D-Tools blog, Help forum, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, where company and product updates will appear on a regular basis.

“The new D-Tools website was designed to provide significant time and resource savings for everyone who accesses it, regardless of their skill level,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales and Marketing at D-Tools. “Social Media has become an exceedingly powerful tool, and we’ve architected the new site so that it’s easier to connect with our company as well as with other users in the D-Tools community. It’s a simplified yet complete resource that is much more usable.”

Dealers, manufacturers and those interested in learning more about D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator™ system design and proposal software solutions will immediately benefit from the improvements made to the website’s improved navigation and functionality, as will those who follow the company on any social media platforms, where company and product information will be shared with the community much more frequently and with far more depth.

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’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, emailing info@d-tools.com, visiting www.d-tools.com, or by following D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or 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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BlueBOLT(R) Delivers Intuitive Power and Energy Management to Consumer Households

Award-Winning Cloud-Based Power and Energy Management Platform to be a Highlight of CE Week 2013

PETALUMA, Calif. — June 24, 2013 — BlueBOLT(R) today announced that the company will be showcasing its cloud-based power and energy management platform at CE Week 2013. Designed to facilitate the control of household power and energy usage, the company’s hardware and software technology provides an intuitive plug-and-play Web interface where users can control AC outlets to easily schedule, monitor, and manage their energy consumption. The solution will be on display for the duration of CE Week, with live demonstrations taking place directly from BlueBOLT’s booth 14. more

SIM2 unleashes cinema 4K power at Essential Install Live! Southern Show

London, UK, 18 June, 2013 — SIM2 is happy to announce the great feedback its products received at the 2013 Essential Install Live! Southern Show – UK’s only dedicated custom install trade show.

SIM2 took over the Sports Bar at Sandown Park, transforming it into a real cinema with great attendance. Guests were interested to learn more about our products, as well as, how the company can help their business with what it needs to develop a successful presence in the Custom Install market.

SIM2's CINEMAQUATTRO 4K Home Cinema Projection System

The star of the show was the ultra high-end CINEMAQUATTRO 4K projector. This amazing product features 4K (4096×2160) cinema 1.38in DLP Chipset, and produces darker blacks and brighter whites along with the widest color gamut range for more true-to-life images. The CINEMAQUATTRO is capable of delivering up to 10,000 ANSI Lumen and comes with a choice of nine high quality lenses, full VIP installation and service package, and ISF calibration.

Also on demonstration for the first time in the UK was the latest iteration of the multi-award winning LUMIS family, and the high power, dual lamp SIRIO projector.
SIM2 was delighted to meet so many existing and potential partners, who were all highly impressed by the demonstrations, and looks forward to helping installers maximize the exciting opportunities its new range of products offers through 2013 and beyond.

Stay tuned for an in-depth account on Essential Install Live! and SIM2’s new products.

For more information on SIM2 USA’s products, please visit SIm2’s web site at www.sim2usa.com.

Comprehensive Cable Announces First Pro AV/IT HDMI Cables Specifically Designed For Commercial and Residential System Integrators

Comprehensive is pleased to introduce their new Pro AV/IT series of HDMI cables that are specifically designed for professional systems integrators. These new Pro AV/IT HDMI cables not only deliver the exceptional performance and reliability Comprehensive is known for, they also include new and helpful pro-friendly features for the commercial and residential installation markets.

For starters, Comprehensive’s new Pro AV/IT series HDMI cables feature Comprehensive’s new ProGrip® HDMI connector which helps secure the connection with just enough resistance (up to 16lbs of retention force) to prevent the cable from being unintentionally disconnected.

Another exclusive feature is Comprehensive SureLength® cable length indicators that clearly indicate the length of each cable on the connector mold itself. This simple feature is a huge time saver for installers who constantly have to sort out and manage large groups of cables-long after the packaging is gone.

Comprehensive Pro AV/IT series HDMI cables are also the first professional grade cable to be available in seven (7) professional colors for easy on-the fly cable identification which really helps with rack building and overall cable management. Length indicators and an assortment of colors are huge time savers for installers who are constantly sorting out lengths preparing for jobs and rack building.

What makes all of these features count is the fact that they are applied to Comprehensive’s Pro AV/IT construction which includes a true professional grade 99.9% High Purity copper 26 gauge center-conductor that is significantly more capable and durable than traditional HDMI cables, testing at speeds above 15Gbps, 50% higher than consumer cables. Triple shielding including professional grade tinned copper braiding, a heavy duty CL3 rated extra flexible jacket and a Lifetime Warranty all come standard.

Of course Pro AV/IT Series HDMI cables support all the latest in HDMI technology including 3D, Ethernet Capability for networking, Deep Color, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master audio, audio return channel, and support for 4K x 2K resolution.

Features Summary

• Commercial grade heavy-duty 26 gauge, triple shielded, O.F.C. construction
• High speed rated greater than 15Gbps
• ProGrip® connector helps secure the connection to prevent accidental removal
• SureLength® cable length indicators clearly indicate length of each cable
• Wide assortment of colors for easy cable identification
• Ultra HD 4K x 2K resolution support
• Ethernet and 3D capable
• CL3 rated and X-traflex® jacket
• Lifetime Warranty

For more information about this product, please visit us at www.comprehensivecable.com/gopro, call toll free at 800-526-0242 or e-mail sales@comprehensivecable.com

About Comprehensive

For nearly 40 years, Comprehensive has been the Pro A/V industry standard for connectivity performance, reliability and value. That’s why millions of Comprehensive cables and connectivity products are in use at stadiums, in broadcast and recording studios, stages, boardrooms, classrooms, government installations and now living rooms around the world. Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company is a division of New Jersey based VCOM International Multimedia Corporation.

Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company
Phone: 800-526-0242; Fax: 201-814-0510
55 Ruta Court, South Hackensack, NJ 07606
www.comprehensivecable.com

Display Development Announces Compact DCI Certified Systems

Batavia, NY—June 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, proudly announces two compact, true cinema solutions. The Digital Film 4 (DF4) and Digital Film 5 (DF5) systems deliver stunning 2K DCI performance with optional 3D upgrade, coupled with a powerful Xenon lamp, that provides output levels up to 10,000 lumens, all wrapped up in a chassis just under 28 inches deep.

“The Digital Film Series models are the high fidelity performance solution when nothing short of a true movie theater experience will do,” says Jim Burns, co-founder and president of Display Development. “The DF4 and DF5 systems are compact in size and both are extremely capable of providing sufficient output for bright rooms with acoustically transparent screens, as well as superb 3D operation. With the added flexibility these new models offer, we are thrilled to expand true digital cinema opportunities for our dealers.”

The Digital Film systems utilize the superior 16-bit processing required by the Digital Cinema Initiative for True Cinema Projectors. The systems’ powerful Xenon lamps offer impressive consistency, extending color gamut while vastly improving image fidelity with wider dynamics and color fidelity that are simply unmatched by 2- or 4-lamp UHP systems.

The optional 3D upgrade, available with both models, rivals the level of Dolby 3D performance found in many of the world’s best theaters. The compact DF systems provide varying levels of performance and installation options, along with ability to process 3D images from DCI servers (when available), as well as provide 3D perfection from consumer Blu-ray Discs today—without requiring special screen materials.

Available now, both models include Display Development’s VP-100 Video Processor and Smart Cooling System. The DF4 uses the VariScope lens allowing for multiple screen memories without the need of an anamorphic lens, while the DF5 is paired with a fixed image width lens.

Digital Film 4 and 5 features:
• True Digital Cinema System with 16-bit electronics for improved dynamic range
• Xenon lamps provide ideal gamut for True Cinema Color Fidelity
• 9,000 10,000 Lumens performance from a single lamp
• VariScope for multiple screen size memories (no anamorphic lens needed)
• 3D upgrades available for both Dolby Cinema or active shutter systems
• Compact design 27.1” W x 15.6” H x 27.4” D

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing:
Digital Film 4: USD $89,000.00
Digital Film 5: USD $80,000.00

About Display Development
Display Development delivers high-caliber architectural display systems that are customized based on client expectations, room ergonomics, and environmental demands. Our mission is to provide a superior viewing experience in harmony with room décor. With a proven track record of 20 years, the core team of Display Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology.

You can also learn more about Display Development on Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

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