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‘Torus Power Hour +’ CEDIA CEU Course Promises to Be a Groundbreaker Thanks to an All-Star Cast of Industry Experts

Renowned experts Anthony Grimani, Dennis Erskine, Arthur Kelm, Dr. Henry Pajooman, David Rodarte and Kevin Main give CEDIA professionals the inside track on grounding and power for high-end, high-performance installations

TORONTO, ON, CANADA - AUGUST 25, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising and unrivaled isolation transformer–based power management components, announced today the Company will be hosting the groundbreaking ‘Torus Power Hour +’ Industry Expert Panel Session and Manufacturer Training Course during CEDIA Expo 2014, onSeptember 12, from 3 to 4:30 PM (Room 605 at time of press).

“Though commonly misunderstood, proper power management ensures both the integrity and performance of connected Audio/Video equipment is preserved,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “The Torus Power Hour + aims to demystify and educate the audience on proper power and grounding while providing some strong opinions and invaluable application insight from some of the best minds in the industry. This will be a discussion worth making time for!”

Main will introduce Torus Power and the esteemed panel, including host David Rodarte, global strategist and champion of the CE industry and recipient of Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Leadership Award. Rodarte, also past CEO of NuVo Technologies and now CEO of ChangingVelocity, will lead a panel of luminaries from all corners of the industry. Panelists include Anthony Grimani, world-famous audio expert and acoustician and President of Media Specialty Resources, Inc. and Dennis Erskine, award-winning THX-certified professional theater designer, acoustical engineer, CEO of the Erskine Group, and CEDIA Vice Chairman. Joining them will be power and grounding expert Arthur Kelm, CEO of Ground One, and Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., specialist in motors and magnetics and VP of Engineering for Plitron Manufacturing.

The CEDIA course is worth 0.75 Continuing Education (CEU) credits, but Torus Power Hour’s real draw is the promise of an electrifying discussion on power and grounding for high-end, high-performance installations. The panelists will also cover everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics, followed by a deep dive into related technologies and key success factors. Some questions that will be put to the experts are: What are some of the high-level considerations that you think about when working on a power-hungry project? What are the symptoms you’ve experienced in a system that only an isolation transformer could have resolved? How do integrators justify the investment in toroidal isolation products with customers? And more.

As a thank you for the time taken away from the busy trade show floor, Torus will award one pre-registered course attendee the prize of the Torus Power AVR 20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer with Automatic Voltage Regulation. Enrollment for the course is limited to 90 students and early registration is encouraged.

To register for the Torus Power Hour + (CEDIA course MPTTP001-1), visit https://events.itnint.com/CEDIA14/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx?stream=attendee.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media tour during CEDIA Expo 2014, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor, or stop by booth #1066 during the Expo.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high power amplifiers—are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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IC Realtime Launches Open Platform 720-Degree Surveillance Camera Software

Presently available as a free App at iTunes.com, this special hardware-agnostic software enhances the user-experience of any 180- and 360-degree analog, IP or Megapixel surveillance camera by completely immersing the viewer into the center of the action

Pompano Beach, FL – August 21, 2014 – IC Realtime (CEDIA Expo 2014 Booth #776), a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions, has just released the first version its IC720 surveillance camera software. A key element of the company’s upcoming 720-degree camera line, the software also dramatically improves the user-viewing experience of its 180- and 360-degree surveillance cameras (all analog, IP and mega-pixel models), as well as those of other brands. Available as a free App at iTunes.com, IC720 is presently compatible with iPad – with versions for iPhone, Android and a variety of mobile devices, tablets and laptops, on the way.

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor

”The IC720 software creates a panoramic, 3D-like experience that completely captivates viewers by putting them in the center of the action, far surpassing anything available in video surveillance monitoring to date,” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “This game-changing technology is reinventing the way we think about and approach video and software solutions that can be deployed across almost all hardware applications.”

According to Sailor, an added beauty of IC720 is that it’s built in a modular format, making it device-agnostic, therefore capable of integrating with all video surveillance cameras on the market today.

“If the software doesn’t already work with the manufacturer’s application, just provide us your RTSP video stream path, and we’ll make it work,” says Sailor, addressing both surveillance camera manufacturers and security system installation companies. “The functionality of the application is second nature, and the potential of the application itself is limitless.”

Road Tested
The software was tested in the most extreme condition that IC Realtime could find – automobile racing. The company worked closely with Scuderia Corsa race team to outfit their Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 — a vehicle that is currently competing on the US circuit and won the Grand-Am GT championship last year — with its new 720-degree video camera and software. Streaming live high-definition video to mobile devices — and uncompromised at speeds in excess of 100 MPH — the camera is used during practice laps and is planned to eventually be used during racing as well.

The IC720 hardware and software technology incorporates 15 unique aspects that the company has applied/received patent protection on.

Different versions of the camera with interchangeable lenses and sensors are currently in development. The first is slated to hit the market beginning September 2014.

To view demos of IC720 visit: http://ic720.com/demos/

For more background on the IC720 camera visit: http://ic720.com/

About IC Realtime
Established in 2006, IC Realtime is a global innovator of Internet of Things enabled video technology solutions for the residential, commercial, government and military channels. The Company markets its products through a network of more than 5,000 custom integrators, retail outlets and distributors globally. IC Realtime has pioneered the introduction of the Cloud VIRTUAL Recorder™; 720-degree video surveillance camera technology, and proprietary cloud-based software that enables proactive monitoring. In the 2012 – 2014 CEPro Magazine CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera / surveillance brand. IC Realtime was also awarded the 2014 GOVIES Award by Security Products Magazine, which recognized the Company’s 720-degree camera as an outstanding achievement in government security products. Follow IC Realtime on Twitter: @ICRealtime, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icrealtimeus and online at www.icrealtime.com.

About Scuderia Corsa
The 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at #Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com

Seymour-Screen Excellence Brings to Market Best-in-Class Ambient Light-Rejecting Film Screen Line

Available in 1.3, 2.1 and a black 1.2 gain version, the company’s proprietary technology prevents color shifting and sparkling in a manner that has already been declared best-in-class by reference calibrator
W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report

Ames, IA – August 19, 2014 – Seymour-Screen Excellence — the made-in-the-USA brand best known to date for its luxurious, reference-grade acoustically transparent 4K film screens — is rounding-out its offerings with Ambient-Visionaire™, a proprietary ambient light filtration technology that the company claims is the most advanced to ever reach the market.

The Ambient-Visionaire is a solid screen surface, comprised of billions of nano-mirrors, dithered at the desired viewing angle, and layered so that side light (from any direction) will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate.

Ambient-Visionaire screen surface close-up

”By shrinking the reflective elements down to less than 1/10th the smallest size visible by the human eye, the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle,” says Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour. “They are so small and dense, that a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself; a 4K pixel would have nearly 5,000. With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without exhibiting any color shift, sparkles or ringing – all issues that have plagued performance of ambient light-rejecting film screens.”

Chris Seymour putting the finishing touches on a film screen

Ambient-Visionaire Silver Series
To satisfy a wide range of installation applications, the Silver Series consists of both 2.1 and 1.3 gain versions. The Silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared best-in-class by W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report. Meier is considered by many in the industry to be a leading reference calibrator. The AccuCal report can be read here: http://bit.ly/1lWPgec

Ambient-Visionaire Black Series
Using the same aggressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors along with a deep black background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, the 1.2 gain Black produces a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors.

The Ambient-Visionaire screens are available in sizes up to 130-inches wide (141-inches diagonal) in 2.37 aspect ratio and 100-inches wide (115-inches diagonal) in 16:9 aspect ratio. The surface of both the Silver and Black series feature a durable finish that can be wiped down and cleaned with common household cleaners including rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.

While manufactured in Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Ames, Iowa production facility, the Ambient-Visionaire line is also available outside of The Americas through partner Screen Excellence, located in the UK.

”The response to Ambient-Visionaire from dealers, reps, calibrators and press has been extremely enthusiastic,” says Patrice Congard, Seymour-Screen Excellence partner. “Chris Seymour has done a phenomenal job – certainly his background as an engineer has been quite influential in the development of this special screen surface. I am quite confident that Ambient-Visionaire will be a catalyst in our joint-venture taking an even stronger foothold in the home theater channel.”

For more information on Ambient-Visionaire visit http://www.seymourscreenexcellence.com/materials.asp or call 515.450.5694.

For all Seymour-Screen Excellence media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto via paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

About AccuCal
AccuCal was founded in 2005 by Jeff Meier to provide professional services and develop tools to support the installation of sound and video equipment. The services offered include audio calibration, design, performance measurements and video calibration. AccuCal is unique in this business segment. Jeff has developed proprietary software and methods that are combined with industry reference sensors and standards to deliver superior results. AccuCal also sells no products and receives no incentives to promote products. This provides clients the assurance that recommendations are not biased by equipment margins. Since 2005, Jeff has assisted with over 2,000 audio and video installations for home theater and commercial applications including movie post production, TV advertising, businesses, churches and schools.
Equipment that is supported ranges from reference quality to very modest in nature depending on the client’s budget and needs. www.accucalhd.com

D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

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, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

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

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D-Tools SI 2015 – NEW For CEDIA Expo 2014

 

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All 11 Members of Catalyst AV Distribution Network Now Selling Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm


Nest is a key element in this specialty product distribution network’s growing portfolio of best-of-breed wireless technologies that help integrators tap new and/or previously unforeseen revenue opportunities within the home

Burlington, MA – August 11, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 15 regions in the US, today announced that all of its 11 member companies are now selling the Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ alarm. Both devices have received critical acclaim for their functionality, design and performance merits.

The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for the home, and turns itself down when everyone is away. Once it learns the home’s schedule, Nest can help reduce heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent. It can also be adjusted from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in the home. It uses human voice notifications to tell customers where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives a friendly Heads-Up. It even integrates with mobile devices and sends messages if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp. It also has a Pathlight that glows white to light the way in the dark as customers pass below it.

Steve Presti of Easy Access Distribution

”Nest is a building-block manufacturer that aligns with Catalyst AV’s vision for the future of wireless integration technology,” says Steve Presti, principal of Easy Access Distribution and board member of Catalyst AV Distribution Network. “The Nest Learning Thermostat helps people save energy and Nest Protect helps keep people safe. Both products are contemporary-looking, quick to install and easy to use for homeowners. There are plenty of profit opportunities out there for the professional integrator to focus on broad-based energy management and home awareness products and Nest brings those products to the market today.”

“Both Nest and Catalyst AV are dedicated to providing professional integrators with the products and support necessary to execute their jobs with confidence,” said Gene LaNois, general manager, professional channel, Nest. “We are excited to work with Catalyst AV’s broad distribution networks to strengthen their offering and make Nest products more accessible to homeowners across the country.”

Catalyst AV is currently comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

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 15,000 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 Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Catalyst AV Network Member Custom Plus Distributing San Jose Hosts August 19th Grand Opening Event

Dealers invited to visit new shopping-warehouse with exclusive deals and demos

Auburn, WA – August 5, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and sister company manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing announce the grand opening of its fourth location on August 19th, to feature the unveiling of a new shopping-warehouse and showroom, limited time promotions, demos and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., guests can tour and shop the new San Jose warehouse, enjoy great food and experience the highlighted 4K Ultra HD Experience Demo Room by Sony. In addition, new products, demos and deals will be on-hand for brands such as: IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, ICE Cable Systems, Nest, APC, Sony, Onkyo, URC, Sanus, 2GIG, Russound, TiVo, ProControl, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Panamax, Vivitek, Soundcast, EnGenius, Velodyne, and Atlona, amongst others.

“Attractions include a prize drawing for tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, a 42-inch television, remotes and other product from leading brands,” says Charity Hardwick, Custom Plus Distributing Director of Marketing. “Additionally, a free 49er jersey will be given away with purchase of a Sony 4K TV.”

Hardwick along with General Manager Mike Munger, Territory Manager Steven Ricks, Branch Manager Kevin Mitchel and Inside Sales Rep Peter Warren will all be on-hand to meet with dealers, provide warehouse tours, set-up accounts and answer questions.

Dealers, integrators, and other industry professionals are invited to attend the grand opening throughout the day. To register for the event, visit: https://sanjosecpd.eventbrite.com or email to: info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Distributing over 65 brands and specializing in both car and home categories, CPD has three full-service warehouse locations in Auburn, WA, Beaverton, OR and Rancho Cordova, CA. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors which serve over 15,000 dealers nationwide.

Catalyst AV Distribution Network Inks Nationwide Deal to Sell APC by Schneider Electric Power Products

Each of the 11 Catalyst AV network distributors is now selling APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions

Burlington, MA – July 15, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators in the US, announced that its 11-member companies totaling 15-regional locations have entered into an agreement to distribute APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions.

”With multiple power and protection solutions for home A/V, commercial and industrial businesses, APC by Schneider Electric has been a perfect fit for us,” says Jason Potter, General Manager of Easy Access Distribution, the New England chapter of the Catalyst AV network. “APC by Schneider Electric has always been the leader in networked power conditioners and battery backups that can be managed remotely from offsite locations; this capability will help reduce the amount of costly service calls. Their new product introductions are exciting and profitable for our customers.”

“As the convergence of AV and IT equipment continues, the home network becomes a critical element in assuring the availability, reliability and success of AV/IT installations,” comments Shannon Sbar, ‎Vice President of Channels, North America, APC by Schneider Electric. “By working with Catalyst AV, APC by Schneider Electric is able to introduce our home and business networking protection solutions to a vast and established network of 15,000 custom integration specialists. Together we are able to further our commitment to providing customers with the end to end solutions they need.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
-Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
-Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
-Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
-CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
-Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
-Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
-Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
-HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
-Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
-SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
-Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

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 15,000 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

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. www.schneider-electric.com/us

Torus Power Appoints Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Strategic executive-level hire positions Torus Power to expedite business development initiatives and further strengthen its market position within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration Markets

TORONTO, ON, CANADA – July 14, 2014 – Torus Power—maker of uncompromising clean-power source components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing—announced today the appointment of Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing.

Main’s experience in the electronics industry spans more than 25 years. He comes to Torus Power after nearly more than a decade at JAM Industries—maker of professional audio and consumer electronics products and instruments—as Director of Sales an Marketing for American Audio and Video and as National Sales Manager for JAM’s Erikson Consumer division. Before that, Main worked at Kenwood Electronics and Jonic International in similar capacities.

“Kevin is a very strategic appointment because he brings to Torus Power an incredibly deep knowledge and experience in the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets,” says Steve Nolan, Vice President Sales and Operations, Plitron. “Kevin has worked with numerous high-quality, high-profile brands, including Arcam, Mark Levinson, Revel, JBL Synthesis, NuVo, and Canton, for years.” 

This executive hire complements Torus Power’s strategic growth plan. Main is joining the team at a time when the company is adding more affordable, yet high-performance, power components to its already robust lineup, and will be tasked with building a more robust independent rep force and expanding the brand’s global reach.

“I’m very excited to help develop Torus Power within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets. I plan to build upon Torus’s strong reputation as the go-to power component source for impeccable quality and unfaltering reliability. Torus Power products are unquestionably engineered to perform, protect and improve the performance of audio, video, and control systems,” says Main. “With that foundation, we will position Torus Power as the premier brand in the market for high-performance power solutions.”

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

About Plitron
Plitron Manufacturing Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 company established in Toronto, ON, Canada in 1983. Specializing in research, design, development and manufacturing of toroidal transformers and toroidal based products, Plitron’s most recent developments include VREMS energy saving systems for lighting; Torus Power line conditioning for audio/video systems; MEDISO power isolation units for medical and industrial applications, and toroidal stators for wind turbines.

The Plitron toroidal transformer is inherently more efficient and effective than any other transformer type and is vitally important in today’s environment with the demands for cleaner and greener power. Through constant innovation and an unyielding commitment to superior engineering, Plitron provides OEM clients worldwide with power-based solutions for demanding applications in audio, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors. www.plitron.com

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, 425-328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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Triad Speakers, Inc. Adds InRoom and OnWall Bronze SlimSubs to Lineup

Built upon the critically-acclaimed InWall Bronze 4/SlimSub with integrated long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver and powered by the RackAmp 350 DSP, each Bronze SlimSub delivers the same exceptional power and deep bass from its remarkably compact enclosure. The net result is a series of subwoofers that fit virtually any application, room or location.

Portland, OR – July 7, 2014 – Custom, made-in-the-USA loudspeaker manufacturer Triad Speakers, Inc. today announced the addition of both an InRoom and OnWall Bronze SlimSub. Built upon the performance merits of the popular InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub, the new models create a Bronze SlimSub Series that consists of 3 models in total. Each Bronze SlimSub is paired with Triad’s 350-watt outboard amplifier (RackAmp 350 DSP) at an MSRP of $1,500 per package.

InRoom Bronze SlimSub
“Taking up little to no floor space, the InRoom Bronze SlimSub is really 2 subs in one!” exclaims Triad Speakers Marketing Director Paul Teixeira. “Standing upright, this compact powerhouse looks smart, and at just 4.3-inches deep, it takes up almost no floor space. When laid down (requiring just 5.1-inches of height clearance) it becomes a down-firing subwoofer that can be hidden under furniture. Visible or hidden, you get the same great bass.”

OnWall Bronze SlimSub
The OnWall Bronze SlimSub is Triad’s first on-wall subwoofer solution. Measuring merely 4.4-inches from the wall and available in custom colors, the OnWall Bronze SlimSub is a perfect solution for many ultra-flat TVs using soundbars. “And, by way of Triad’s EZ Mount Brackets, the subwoofer is quick-and-easy to mount on any wall,” adds Teixeira.

Triad's Bronze SlimSub Family: In-room, on-wall and in-wall designs to meet any application.

Each of the Triad SlimSubs utilizes a proprietary long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver. All provide deep bass at high volumes – achieving a maximum output of 108 dB from 40-80 Hz with a bass extension of -3dB at 28 Hz. “When ordered in multiples, the SlimSub makes it easy to achieve deep, powerful and accurate bass over large listening areas,” adds Teixeira.

Each SlimSub enclosure carries a 10-year limited warranty. The new SlimSubs are shipping now. For more information visit www.triadspeakers.com or call Triad Speakers toll-free at 1.800.666.6316.

For all Triad press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote Named InfoComm 2014 Best of Show by Sound & Video Contractor magazine

Tenured trade professionals and prestigious trade publication honor D-Tools for being a leading workflow-enhancing estimation, design, and project management software solution

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announced that D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote has been awarded an InfoComm14 Best of Show Award from Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Published by NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group, Sound & Video Contractormagazine has a print audience of more than 24,000 and an online audience of 68,300 per month. The publication’s trade-oriented readership is primarily comprised of buyers, specifiers, consultants, designers, installers and end-users, and is considered to be a definitive technical resource for the professional audio-visual trade. A panel of engineers and industry experts judge NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Newly minted an InfoComm Best in Show winner, D-Tools’ SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is a complete estimation, design, and project management software platform that helps firms increase revenues while reducing time and costs associated with the integration of low-voltage systems. D-Tools’ data-driven workflow links equipment lists to project documentation, including estimates, and drawings via Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio, and enables the creation of Work and Service Orders to effectively manage projects to completion. “Being awarded an InfoComm14 Best In Show Award for D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is an honor and a true testament to not only the platform’s workflow-enhancing power and prowess, but also it’s versatility,” stated D-Tools president, Adam Stone.

Featuring the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the electronics system integrator, D-Tools provides over 4,500 systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers in the Commercial and Residential Audio Video, Security, and IT Networking industries the most detailed and up-to-date product information available, delivering data to users that is easily utilized in a cross-functional capacity resulting in maximum workflow efficiency. The versatile platform provides a high degree of synchronization, increased performance, added flexibility, better communication, and advanced customization options, delivering finished solutions that can have a dramatic, positive impact on business efficiency and profitability.

“Industry leaders and some of the most successful companies in the industry are using the platform to maximize their team’s efficiencies. I am proud of what D-Tools has evolved into, honored by the recognition the product and our team has received, and look forward to the continued expansion of our leadership position as we continue to build and release additional productivity solutions,” Stone noted.

Highly scalable, D-Tools is a robust business process automation platform that continues to dynamically evolve. To better facilitate the ever-changing needs of the systems integration community, D-Tools recently launched its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote. Enabling the specification of products from any jobsite in the world, The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app is now available for download from the Apple App Store and carries a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

Furthermore, as part of an aggressive push towards industry standardization, the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform features fully integrated SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. Straightforward and easily recognized, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, IT networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

In addition, D-Tools announced the availability of FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application available to the entire electronic systems integration community free of charge. FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards.  Available now, D-Tools FreeTools PSL can be downloaded by visiting http://downloads.d-tools.com/six/FreeToolsPSL/FreeToolsPSL.exe

By utilizing the D-Tools System Integrator platform for their system design and documentation practices, electronics systems integrators are able to more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line. To learn more about D-Tools System Integrator or how electronic systems integrators are using the powerful platform to streamline complex system design, proposal and estimation processes, please visit www.d-tools.com, phone (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.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 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. 

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

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

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