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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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Christie and Display Development Partner at CEDIA Expo 2013

Christie® and Display Development are partnering at CEDIA Expo 2013, taking place September 26-28 in Denver. The show’s theme: “Evolving Technologies in the Integrated Home” will highlight the executable tools and the right type of focused resources to help users adapt and evolve their business and own the network and the home.

Christie M Series Projector


Among the systems at Display Development’s booth # 3812 are various projection displays, as well as high definition flat panel solutions that can be installed both in-ceiling, in-wall, and out-of-doors, even in harsh environments.

Featured solutions include the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors and the Christie FHD551-W outdoor flat panel, a weather-resistant display with optically-bonded glass that allows for countless signage possibilities both indoors and outdoors. The Christie FHD551-X 55-inch high definition flat panel with ultra-narrow bezels for a near-seamless display and the optional Corning® Gorilla® Glass will also be a highlight.

Combining unparalleled image quality with a low cost of ownership, the versatile Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors delivers exceptional results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution while providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading and dependable Christie M Series also feature Christie Twist, which enables edge-blending and warping.

Rugged and versatile, the 55-inch Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution, is designed to perform in a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, theme parks, wayfinding, resorts, transportation, and other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels.

Ideal for a variety of large-format, tiled display wall applications, the Christie® FHD551-X is a professional grade LCD flat panel with full HD resolution, an ultra-narrow bezel and an energy-efficient LED backlight.

The partnership also includes the Christie CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema® projector. Fully DCI compliant, the Christie CP4200 platform is the only 4K DLP® solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant 3D images, the highest level of content security, and the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

“Display Development is recognized for its striking and architecturally elegant solutions to residential display systems that exceed the expectations of even the most discerning clients,” said Bryan Boehme, senior sales manager, Christie. “Christie is pleased to provide its award-winning digital projectors and flat-panels to help expand Display Development’s offering with a new series of superior visual displays that combine the company’s technical and design expertise with the power and performance of Christie digital solutions.”

Christie technology will also be at the Stewart Filmscreen booth with a Christie D4K2560 on display while the show’s Digital Cinema demonstration area features the Christie CP4230.

Cadenza Collection, The New Side of SANUS

Hot on the heels of their new TV Wall mount line that will be shown for the first time at CEDIA Expo 2013, HTSA member, SANUS announced today a new line of high performance media furniture named the Cadenza Collection. SANUS will introduce the Cadenza collection at CEDIA Expo in booth #2010, to provide consumers and installers with furniture solutions that blend aesthetics with technology and functionality. The new collection includes two flat panel media consoles and one audio video media cabinet to create an organized, safe and beautiful media arrangement in any home.
 

 

 

Developed by professional AV integrators and SANUS’ own in-house furniture designers, with an understanding of high-performance AV systems, the Cadenza Collection has the capacity needed to work seamlessly with top-of-the-line electronics and sound bars, while keeping gear neat and running cool. Cadenza includes unique, wood rack mount shelves and hidden rack rails and built-in cable management channels. To combat component overheating, the Cadenza series features built-in ventilation on each internal shelf and each removable back panel.  All pieces in the collection have the ability to add cooling fans; giving electronics the environment they need for optimal performance.

The Cadenza Collection is inspired by the simple and functional elegance of Scandinavian design. And as an added advantage, the new line can hide a complete rack mounted system within and allows for hidden storage to easily conceal repeaters, control processors, streaming media players, routers, and other small components.

“We’re so pleased to showcase this new and advanced line at CEDIA Expo. We strongly believe the Cadenza Collection meets the needs and desires of professional installers and audiophiles alike,” said Steve Frank, Director of Product Management. “We’ve combined professional integrator expertise with our in-house design team to allow for the simplicity of rack mounting inside high-quality furniture that looks custom-built.”

Visitors to booth #2010 at CEDIA Expo will be able to experience a Cadenza media console fully-loaded with the SANUS EcoSystem™ for an easy single power solution in an AV rack. Featuring switchable and always on low voltage ports, LED lighting solutions, USB-charging ports, as well as a thermostat kit to monitor rack temperature and activate fans, the EcoSystem saves time and space and leads to a clean, unobstructed showcase for a well-designed AV rack, all compatible to fit inside the Cadenza Collection. Cadenza pieces are enveloped with the beauty of walnut or American ash hardwoods and come fully-assembled. The SANUS Cadenza collection includes:

Cadenza53 53 Inch AV Cabinet

  • 26 AV rack unit with three adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Supports up to 200 lbs (22.6 kg)
  • SANUS Ecosystem compatible
  • MSRP $1199

Cadenza61 61 Inch Media Console

  • 22 AV rack unit  (2×11) with two adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Accommodates flat panel TVs up to 70 inches or 150 lbs (68 kg).
  • Center channel speaker opening with configuration option to handle even wider sound bars or LCRs (up to 59” wide)
  • Multiple height options
  • MSRP $1499

Cadenza75 75 Inch Media Console

  • 22 AV rack unit  (2×11) with two adjustable wood rack mount shelves
  • Accommodates flat panel TVs up to 80” or150 lb (68 kg).
  • Extra-large Center channel speaker opening with configuration option to handle even wider sound bars or LCRs (up to 73” wide)
  • MSRP  $1799

 

 

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SIM2 Multimedia Defies Common Rules of Home Cinema Installation

Miramar, Florida—September 26, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia is proud to announce a product that defies the common rules of home cinema installation: a pure glass clad cube that looks like a modern piece of art.

A pure black or white interior design complement that fits easily into any décor.

A product with a stunningly bright 2D and 3D picture.

This product is called the CRYSTAL CUBE—the eclectic projector.

“Introduced in New York during the Big Apple stop of our World Road Show, this model wowed attendees, who came from all over the US,” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “SIM2 is determined to become the go-to projector company for the US market. We are now able to cover any type of installation, providing not only cutting edge performance but defining new trends in video display technology,” he continued.

Starting at a suggested retail price of $5,000 for a DLP projector that is exclusive and only available through highly select custom dealers, the Crystal Cube will be available by the end of October in two glass cabinet colors: black or white with optional matching color brackets.

CRYSTAL CUBE: the new style in projection, only by SIM2 Multimedia.

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.

Cleerline to Showcase IAV LightSpeaker Wireless Speaker Systems for Indoor and Outdoor Use at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning IAV LightSpeaker® and AudioRock® speaker systems are available now throughout the United States and Mexico

MISSOULA, MT and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO – Booth #2518) – September 25, 2013 — Cleerline, a US distributor of IAV LightSpeaker® products today announced that the company will showcase both the IAV LS5.2.2 LightSpeaker® System and the IAV RS5.2.0 Wireless AudioRock® System at CEDIA EXPO 2013, in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013.

IAV LightSpeaker® is a patented speaker system that combines efficient LED lighting and wireless sound into a single unit that installs like a light bulb. A unique product utilizing patented AudioLight® Technology, LightSpeaker® combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that installs like a light bulb. Designed to fit into most 5” and 6” (R30 or R40) recessed lighting fixtures. They also can be used in common lamps, by adding an optional LampKit®. Utilizing a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless technology that is discreet from the home network, LightSpeaker serves as a robust audio network. The full range driver has been customized to maximize the available air volume and digital signal processing to deliver the best possible sound, with depth, clarity and range.

The Wireless AudioRock® System is intended to easily install in any outdoor location without any expensive and complicated wiring. A typical system can be installed in just a few minutes without running any additional wires. The system includes a Wireless transmitter with two (2) Source Inputs and two (2) Separate Zone Outputs. Additional AudioRocks or LightSpeakers can be added to the transmitter or system as desired.

Cleerline will be demonstrating IAV LightSpeaker products for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees September 26-28, 2013 in booth #2518. Interested parties are encouraged to connect with IAV LightSpeaker by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com, calling (877) 591-2491, or emailing info@iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Twitter at twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

About Cleerline

Cleerline Technology Group is a Missoula, MT based distributor of unique technology solutions for Commercial and Residential Integrators that maximize efficiency, complete system installations, and increase their bottom line. www.pwcis.com

About IAV LightSpeaker

In an age where multi-room audio is accessible to almost anyone, IAV LightSpeaker® sparked the beginning of both a new era and a new category. Utilizing patented AudioLight® technology, the LightSpeaker® line combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that delivers a simplified audio experience unlike any other. Designed to install like a light bulb and constructed to fit into most 5” and 6” recessed lighting fixtures, LightSpeaker also serves as a robust yet discreet audio network that provides rich sound that is full of clarity and range. Using only 10 watts to produce light bright enough to replace up to a 65-watt bulb, LightSpeaker is highly efficient and capable of lasting up to 15 years. Evolving to meet the needs of a varied consumer audience, the Company added AudioRock® speakers to the lineup for portable outdoor use during the summer of 2013.

More information about IAV LightSpeaker can be obtained by calling (877) 591-2491, e-mailing info@iavlightspeaker.com, or by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/IAVLightspeaker/279480795490860 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

IAV LightSpeaker Press Contacts: 

Krista Bergman

IAV LightSpeaker

(877) 591-2491

krista@iavlightspeaker.com

www.iavlightspeaker.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Screen Innovations Announces Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film; a Proprietary Projection Screen Solution for Commercial and Residential Installations

 

New adhesive-based screen lineup to be unveiled at CEDIA EXPO Being Held September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 25, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that a new film-based projection screen material aptly named Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film has been added to the acclaimed Black Diamond™ line. Known for being the first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting screen technology on the market, Black Diamond by Screen Innovations has forever changed the way the world watches television, movies and other video-based content. Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film takes the experience to a new level, providing integrators a highly versatile solution for both residential and commercial environments. A light-diffusing rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface to create a dynamic digital display, it has unmatched light rejection and creates contrast levels ideal for retail and in-window displays, exhibits and tradeshows, corporate lobbies, boardrooms, houses of worship, and even home cinema.

Sold as a viable alternative to flat panel TVs and other displays, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is available in 60”x99’ rolls that ship on a 2” core or it can be purchased laminated to glass or acrylic as a finished solution. Highly versatile, it can be deployed in many residential locations that would otherwise be deemed unusable for a home cinema.  A typical installation might be on an attic wall or even a garage wall for a unique outdoor movie experience, but the options are extensive. Delivering a large-format home cinema with a superior picture quality and a price point that is much lower than available flat panel offerings even when the projector price is factored in. For commercial applications, the options are profound; retail stores; restaurants and bars; event centers; houses of worship; digital signage; and more. The options and opportunities that Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film delivers are virtually limitless.

Video: http://vimeo.com/74468069

URL: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/black-diamond-rear-pro-film-1-4/

“We developed Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film to be a blank canvas of sorts. One that integrators can creatively use to craft a unique and memorable experience for clients who have the space to accommodate a large format rear-projection screen,” said Ryan Gustafson, president and founder of Screen Innovations. “This is an inspired solution that delivers a fully immersive experience, no matter where it’s applied or used.”

Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film is 4K rated and available in .8 and 1.4 gains. Utilizing SI’s proprietary multi-directional ambient light rejecting technology, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film features a wide viewing cone and eliminates the need for a dark, dedicated entertainment space, thereby allowing two-piece projection to exist in high brightness areas anywhere, anytime.

Those interested in learning more about Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film and the family of SI screen solutions are encouraged to visit booth #3331 at CEDIA EXPO 2013.

For detailed information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com, email sales@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

Press kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS DTCONNECT FEATURE DELIVERS HIGHLY VALUABLE INTEGRATED ANALYTICS AND UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS

MVP Program Partners and D-Tools User Community Can Now Effectively Interact, Communicate, and Collaborate Within the D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 Software Environment

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 25, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will soon launch a new feature called DTConnect that provides highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. DTConnect enables timely pricing updates, special offers, and other information relevant to users of D-Tools’ award-winning SIX 2013 platform. D-Tools will unveil DTConnect during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

A highly valuable enhancement, D-Tools DTConnect provides significant benefits for MVP Program partners:

  • Download Statistics: DTConnect lets MVP Program partners (MVPs) track how many dealers are downloading product data by day, month, or year, and also which specific products are being downloaded most often.
  • Dealer Contact Information: DTConnect allows MVPs to identify integrators that are downloading product information in order to spot trends and better serve customers.
  • Direct Messaging: DTConnect gives MVP partners the ability to create and send messages directly to dealers through the D-Tools SIX 2013 Data Browser, publish dealer pricing, inform dealers of the latest product news, or post completed system designs to make dealers even more effective.
  • Product Catalog Management: DTConnect allows MVPs to review and make simple changes to their product catalog, or download their entire catalog and send detailed changes to D-Tools.
  • Update Company Profile: DTConnect enables MVPs to update their company logo, boilerplate message, and social media links. Changes made will be seen by D-Tools users across the platform, including on the D-Tools website and in SIX 2013.

DTConnect is also an effective tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners to enhance and accelerate their sales and marketing strategies in the following ways:

  • Includes MVP product data in D-Tools SIX 2013, a powerful and effective sales solution now being used by more than 4,400 system integrators worldwide.
  • MVPs can transmit accurate, up-to-date dealer pricing information to authorized dealers downloading product data to use within D-Tools.
  • MVPs can communicate directly to dealers through the D-Tools Data Browser, to help generate new business for their products.

“DTConnect is a feature we’ve been developing for some time that benefits the entire D-Tools ecosystem. It is designed to improve visibility, scope, reach, and results for MVP Program partners and integrators alike,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We’re confident that this (DTConnect) new feature set will be quickly realized as a highly valuable tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners that helps them not only expand their business through D-Tools’ ever-growing user base, but also to facilitate detailed usage reports and trend analysis to refine their approach and improve their bottom-line results. This expanded scope strategically positions D-Tools as more than a workflow-enhancing platform, but rather a business-enhancing, profit-generating software solution.”

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. D-Tools DTConnect will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in D-Tools booth #922. 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 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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IHIJI ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NEARLY 100 NEW FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS FOR CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning ihiji invision system extensively updated to provide expanded remote network monitoring and management capabilities

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji announced today the addition of nearly 100 new features to its award winning cloud-based remote network monitoring and management system, ihiji invision. These extensive additions and enhancements provide even more valuable resources to technology integrators and IT professionals, further assisting them in improving efficiencies and creating a sustainable stream of recurring revenue. The newly increased versatility of the ihiji invision system facilitates remote management, monitoring and maintenance capabilities of an even wider variety of technologies deployed in the field than ever before.

Several of ihiji’s newest features will be showcased at the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colo., from September 26 to 28. Included are ihiji invision’s expanded IT support tools that increase visibility and provide secure access to remote installations. Other additions include new manufacturer integrations, detailed user permissions, Power over Ethernet (PoE) reboots and robust remote management functionalities. ihiji will also be sharing new and improved ways to economically implement its services and will discuss the many benefits that can be derived through Client Care Plans, such as those that ihiji launched earlier this year.

ihiji’s NetNinjas will also be on display. The NetNinjas are a powerful set of features that allow for simple, one-click, cloud-based reboots of devices such as routers, switches, control processors, PoE devices, IP power devices, and touch panels – all from within the ihiji invision system. ConnectNinja is the newest addition to the NetNinjas suite and is used to establish a secure remote connection with any device on a customer’s network. This support mechanism will provide full remote access to integrators and eliminates the need for complex VPN connections or insecure port forwarding. The ConnectNinja also complements the ihiji invision portal’s newer features, such as fully enabled manageable user permissions across individual sites, which is used to heighten secure site access control.

Furthermore, ihiji has developed new integrations to enable cloud-based monitoring and remote reboot capabilities for DirecTV and Sonos devices as well as products from companies such as SnapAV, Panamax, Middle Atlantic, Pakedge, Planet, Control4, Crestron, Richard Gray’s Power Company and more. “At ihiji, our primary focus is to facilitate a far more robust and secure environment for integrators working in the residential, commercial, and information technology channels.” said ihiji Vice President of Technology, Michael Maniscalco. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to deliver on the promises we’ve made, providing scalable, cloud-based technologies that will best support the fully converged AV/ IT marketplace.” ihiji’s new features focus on the critical task of providing technology integrators and IT Professionals more transparency as to the status of connected devices while improving security in their system core management.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 during CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

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New ihiji ConnectNinja Simplifies Secure Remote Network Access and Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

Technology integrators and IT professionals immediately benefit from the new remote access features

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji®, a global leader in remote network management, today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals and technology integrators worldwide. Utilizing an intuitive central dashboard, ihiji invision users can detect, diagnose and resolve network issues, saving the time and cost of troubleshooting or rolling a truck.

With ihiji ConnectNinja, users can now resolve more complex issues by accessing devices through the invision portal without the need for VPNs or unsecure port forwards. Tunneling connections into the device through ihiji’s servers, ConnectNinja passes securely through firewalls, connecting users directly to the LAN devices.  The ConnectNinja functionality extends ihiji’s already powerful NetNinja Suite, which collectively serves to remotely resolve issues with networks and devices. Its counterparts include the PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.

“We’ve done the heavy-lifting by forming a secure connection from the appliance back to our server, so communications are encrypted and secure,” said ihiji CEO Stuart Rench.  “With the addition of the ConnectNinja, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for IT Professionals and technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service. The secure remote access feature cuts both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, fully complementing invision’s remote network monitoring functionality.

ConnectNinja makes its debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo where it will be launched and included as a part of the ihiji invision solution for no additional cost.  ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the dealer.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 at CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520. More information can also be found at www.ihiji.com.

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses low-cost a palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 50% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.
ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

 

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