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Christie Phoenix Connects Louisiana’s Port Fourchon’s New Emergency Operation Center

Christie®, a world leader in visual display and audio technologies, has expanded its reach to Port Fourchon, a major seaport on the Louisiana coast. Port Fourchon has recently completed construction of a new multi-agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including a 30-seat incident command room utilizing the Christie Phoenix® open content management system to seamlessly display all of its integrated security systems in one visual operating space as the centerpiece of its emergency response activities. With Christie Phoenix displaying the port’s Maritime Domain Awareness System during real or simulated training incidents, Port Fourchon personnel, industry clients, and emergency management officials can now collaborate and share information, as well as view a common operating stream for greater situational awareness and enhanced incident response and decision making capabilities. Additional Phoenix nodes can be added to address the expanding technology requirements of the port, which is currently in the next phase of expansion that will more than double the port’s size to meet the needs of the growing industry it serves.

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana's Port Fourchon

Christie Phoenix is used at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon

State-of-the-art command center, now integrated through Christie Phoenix
Port Fourchon is located on the southern tip of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico. It services over 90 percent of the domestic deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of seaport and airport services, it also leases land and facilities to tenants in the oil and gas industry. Its EOC features a wide range of new generation and legacy technologies that include a 4 x 2 video display and two 70-inch annotation displays in separate breakout rooms, with the EOC utilizing Christie Phoenix to display the port’s award-winning maritime domain awareness system GLPC-C4 (Greater Lafourche Port Commission Command, Control, Communication and Collaboration), surveillance cameras, a radar solution, an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other associated technologies.

According to Port Fourchon, the key concerns during the design of the EOC was to provide a physical space where key personnel and officials could collaboratively and securely view all of the streams of data available through GLPC-C4 system in order to view incidents, collaborate, share in information and make decisions -all in real time. Christie Phoenix proved to be up to the challenge of meeting those concerns and is a critical part of Port Fourchon’s technology ecosystem. Among its functions, the Phoenix can take data on the video wall and throw it onto one of the annotation displays, allowing the Coast Guard to break out and discuss a certain situation and devise a plan to present to a larger group. The Phoenix can also move programs around the screen with ease, having particular items pop up within seconds and simultaneously display multiple applications at-a-glance, without the need to go in and out of applications or for closing and reopening streams.

“Christie Phoenix was the ideal content management tool for Port Fourchon’s hi-tech requirements,” said April Danos, Port Fourchon’s Director of Information Technology. “We looked at many other solutions, but nothing else compared in usability, ease of network integration and cost. Another factor was its scalability. We can add more Phoenix units later to handle more video feeds, and the nodes will continue to seamlessly act as one unit. Other companies who saw the Christie Phoenix in action agreed that our system represents an ideal convergence of efficiency, reliability, and scalability.”

Danos noted that, in an emergency, the incident command center must be able to quickly connect with industry and government stakeholders, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as local governments, such as the Lafourche Parish Government and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to allow for swift reaction times and collaborative decision making. The command center is also utilized for training purposes in the use of camera systems, software applications and large scale security drills. All of these functions have been made more convenient and accessible with the installation of Christie Phoenix.

“Any technology that can help us react as swiftly as possible and collaborate easily is essential to our operation,” she said.

Lloyd Francioni, managing partner at Interstate Electronic Systems(IES), the New Orleans-based audiovisual systems integrator, who designed and installed the video wall, stated, “It was important to take Port Fourchon’s monitoring and surveillance to the next level and there was no doubt that the Christie Phoenix system would take them there. The solution provided value and performance and in terms of design, I think it’s ahead of many similar products on the market.”

Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Rooms at Christie, observed, “Port Fourchon is an impressive government operation, responsible for overseeing a significant number of activities throughout the Gulf of Mexico, all of which depend upon a rapid response to crises of all kinds and at all levels of importance. With our increasing presence in the surveillance and security market, this partnership provides another opportunity for the Christie Phoenix to shine.”

Port Fourchon comprises 1200 developed acres that house state-of-the-art service facilities which include 90 percent of deep-water oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). Combined these facilities produce one in every five barrels of oil in the United States.

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring, and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

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Kensington Survey Data Reveals that 73% of Organizations Say BYOD Creates Greater Security Risks

Industry Study Finds that 55% of Enterprises Plan to Implement Physical Security Locks for Laptops, Notebooks and Mobile Devices in 2015

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Redwood Shores, CA, November 11, 2014– Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise. Findings show 73 percent say that BYOD represents greater security risks for their organization, and yet 59 percent still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

According to MarketsandMarkets, a leading research and consulting firm, has completed a new global market forecast for BYOD and enterprise mobility. The firm projects the BYOD market to nearly quadruple in size over the next four years. Currently valued at $72 billion, MarketsandMarkets expects annual growth of 26.6 percent for a projected value of $284 billion by 20191.

The survey – summarized in a new infographic at Kensington.comwhich was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014, found that across multiple B2B vertical industries – including Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail and Manufacturing – CEOs, CIOs, CSO, and IT professionals are significantly concerned with how BYOD is impacting the security of their enterprise environments. To address these concerns a number of physical security measures are being leveraged with varying adoption and as many as 55 percent report that they are considering further investments in this security area.

Among the physical security measures being used, the simplicity of using device locking mechanisms is among the most cost effective and reliable solutions an organization can put in place.

Physical security measures in use by survey respondents included:

  • 64 percent use employee training and guidelines
  • 61 percent use anti-malware and encryption
  • 55 percent have employed compliance and governance policies
  • 48 percent use data loss prevention and authentication solutions

“With the rapid rise in the use of BYOD mobile devices and laptops, organizations need to consider protecting their employees devices with physical security locks to protect them from the risk of theft and putting critical business and personal data into the wrong hands,” said Judy Barker, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington.  “By employing simple and secure device locking products, organizations can safeguard their data and mobile assets with an added layer of protection”

Kensington invented the first lock more than 20 years ago, and consistently introduces new, innovative products and solutions designed to protect organizations’ most vital assets — computing devices and confidential data. Kensington’s patented slot designs are integrated into over 20 million leading computing devices including Dell®, HP® and Lenovo® for an additional layer of physical security for enterprises worldwide. Kensington’s family of physical security accessories, including ClickSafe®, MicroSaver®, SecureBack, Desktop and Peripherals locking kit, and the industry standard Kensington Security Slot, is designed to address the escalating demand for protection against loss of devices and data.

Kensington’s Master Key Solutions remove the worry of financial data loss by ensuring a more secure office environment to minimize risk and maximize profit. Master Access Solutions offer more control

over equipment while safeguarding employees from laptop and data theft. Individuals are allowed access to their own devices, while the IT manager has control of all of the equipment and data.

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington, ClickSafe and MicroSaver are registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. SecureBack and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Covered by one or more of US Pat. No’s D661,975; D660,682 S; 8,042,366; D651,889;8,001,812; 7,997,106; 6,081,974; 6,317,936; 7,415,852.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

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Linear to Offer Exclusive Preview of Z-Wave Enabled Light Bulb and Other Home Control Products at CES Unveiled

The largest manufacturer of Z-Wave enabled products will highlight its growing suite of home control solutions and offer a sneak peek of the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb, available in early 2015.

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, will show a preview of its newest Z-Wave product, the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb at CES Unveiled New York. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Z-Wave products – according to the Z-Wave Alliance.

The new smart bulb is remotely controllable from any Z-Wave hub or controller, consumes only nine watts of energy, and has an estimated lifespan of 25,000 hours. The soft white LED light bulb is dimmable to 100 levels and offers a practical lighting solution for DIY and professional installers who want to bring intelligent lighting anywhere a light socket exists. Just like with other Z-Wave lighting solutions, Linear LED smart bulb users can program lifestyle scenes and trigger the bulb on or off when other events or associated devices are activated. This new product also acts as a repeater to strengthen the Z-Wave mesh network.

“Our Z-Wave Dimmable LED Bulb clears a major roadblock for lighting control adoption, the need to install high voltage switches,” said Linear senior vice president of product and market development, Duane Paulson. “The smart bulb is the easiest Z-Wave lighting control solution to install, operate and manage, it has the smoothest dimming feature on the market today, and it offers practical applications in nearly every room in a home.”

In addition to the smart bulb, Linear manufactures a wide array of other Z-Wave enabled home control products, including: three-way and regular light switches, thermostats, doorbells, key fobs, door/window contacts, dimmer modules and wall outlets; all of which will be on display at CES Unveiled. Linear will also showcase its UL-certified Z-Wave Garage Door Operator Remote Controller, which has been widely adopted through popular platforms such as Lowe’s Iris, Nexia, Staples Connect and more.

Paulson continued, “With our full line of security, access control and lighting solutions, customers can now build a fully-integrated home control system using Linear products.”

Linear’s 2GIG home control platform serves the needs of more homeowners than any other installed home control platform in the world. Linear and their parent Nortek have global reach, which includes distribution and market share in every continent across a range of channels, supported by smart-tech development and manufacturing centers across Asia, North America and Europe. Linear will continue to develop innovation in integrated systems and IoT connected products, state-of-the-art product ID design and high volume manufacturing.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

To stay current with the latest activities from Linear, you can follow them on www.facebook.com/linearcorp, www.twitter.com/linearcorp,or www.linkedin.com/company/linear-corporation.

About Linear LLC

Linear LLC is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of intelligent access control, security, personal wellness and home automation products. Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Linear supplies its technology to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

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

Copyright© 2014 Linear LLC. All rights reserved. Linear and the Linear logo are registered trademarks of Linear LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others

STEWART FILMSCREEN® APPOINTS THE ENRIGHT COMPANY AS COMMERCIAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOUTHWEST REGIONS

For Southwest territory including Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, Stewart Filmscreen® signs experienced and respected commercial AV rep firm to deploy new dealer education and training programs, sales strategies, and strategic marketing initiatives

TORRANCE, CA – NOVEMBER 3, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications, today named The Enright Company as its independent commercial sales rep firm for the Southwest stewart_logo_sfc08region, including Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The Enright Group has been building its reputation as the commercial industry’s rep firm of choice since 1985 when principal Logan Enright started the company.

“We’ve been aggressively adding rep firms in key markets to ensure that Stewart Filmscreen’s highly differentiated product offering is brought to the forefront. This is critical, as Stewart’s US-based manufacturing facilities cater to seamless, large-format, complex screen solutions for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. Now, with The Enright Company on board as our commercial reps, those serving the commercial AV markets in the Southwest region will have access to the most extensive offering in the projection screen category,” says Peter Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Stewart Filmscreen. “We rely on those who represent us in the field to not only raise awareness of Stewart Filmscreen’s unique attributes but to deliver world-class service and support, and The Enright Company is just the firm to do that.”

With a Buying Power Index (BPI) of 15% for its territory, The Enright Company is poised to boost Stewart’s sales by deploying key programs to integrators in the area. These initiatives include Stewart’s renewed and streamlined approach to education and training, focus on successful sales strategies and programs, and strategic marketing initiatives. In addition, the firm will provide considerable assistance and support for local Stewart integrators in the region.

“We are thrilled to represent Stewart Filmscreen—the market leader in 4K+ projection screens since 1947,” says Logan Enright, of The Enright Company. “Stewart is uniquely suited for the Pro AV channel with a complete offering of handcrafted, high-performance projection screens that can be customized for any application. The attention to detail inherent in Stewart Filmscreen products is unparalleled, and it shows in every aspect of its product line.”

Stewart Filmscreen products will be showcased during The Enright Company Roadshow, taking place November 5, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. Those interested in learning more about Stewart Filmscreen, its differentiated product offering, and the undisputable benefits of integrating projection screens into installations large and small, are encouraged to contact request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

The Enright Company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with sales associates in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Northern California. For more information about The Enright Company, visit the company’s website, www.enrightcompany.com or e-mail logan@enrightcompany.com.

About Stewart Filmscreen Corp.
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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Images for use in publication can be downloaded from this link, using the following caption: Logan Enright (pictured) of The Enright Company, Stewart Filmscreen’s newly appointed Commercial sales rep firm for the Southwest region.

 

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D-Tools and SpringDeck Form Strategic Partnership

Collaboration Gives Manufacturer Partners and Users Seamless Control and Unprecedented Visibility Throughout the Entire Sales Process 

CONCORD, CA – OCTOBER 23, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, and SpringDeck, an innovative new sales presentation app provider today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that offers manufacturer partners and users the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with never before seen visibility into pipeline activity DTools_SpringDeck partnership image_orangeand success. Users of both systems will be provided the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified and installed.

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools, utilizing up-to-date product specification detail available via D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer Data Library. By reducing the complexities involved, product information will be easily shared from concept to quote, thereby expediting the time it takes to close sales.

“The D-Tools platform has significantly evolved over the years and now delivers an unprecedented 360-degree view of the design, proposal, specification and install process,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “SpringDeck compliments the D-Tools offering by simultaneously enabling a stronger, more cohesive sales presentation that shortens the sales cycle. Our collaboration will provide manufacturers even greater insight into when, where, why and how products are being presented and ultimately sold and installed. This is incredibly valuable data that’s never been offered with this much depth and integration capacity.”

SpringDeck offers D-Tools users a centralized hub that includes access to everything needed for a successful sales presentation. Product cut sheets, videos, and other content from manufacturers are readily accessible, and updated product libraries are available on the go. In-depth analytics provide valuable insights into customer interaction with product information, what products are most popular, and when to follow-up to close the deal.

“We recognized a hole in our industry and we filled it,” said Ryan Sullivan, CEO of SpringDeck. “While there are several solutions for proposals, scheduling, ordering, and system design, nothing exists to help the dealer connect with the manufacturer like SpringDeck does. Nothing is out there to help a dealer’s sales process before the quote. With our new partnership with D-Tools, we’re enabling the natural progression from presentation to proposal and through completion of the installation, with best-of-breed capabilities in all areas.”

To learn more about D-Tools, the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com. For more information about SpringDeck, visit www.springdeck.com.

About SpringDeck
SpringDeck® is a connection tool that brings together products, sales teams and potential clients. With the SpringDeck app, products are available at the touch of a screen, sales teams are prepared for the pitch, and clients are impressed with a customized product experience. For more information, visit www.springdeck.com or follow SpringDeck on Twitter and Facebook.

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, project and installation management. The D-Tools platform enables residential and commercial integrators to automate business processes and eliminate redundancies while simultaneously increasing revenues by reducing the time and cost associated with the integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools software 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.

D-Tools Media contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

SpringDeck Media contact
Ryan Sullivan, SpringDeck, (918) 574-6132ryan@springdeck.com

 

 

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Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
HPA Tech Retreat

(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

GETRMR.COM IS THE NEW GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS LOOKING FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ON RECURRING REVENUE AND MANAGED SERVICES

GetRMR.com, sponsored by ihiji, provides technology professionals with resources and an online community to assist with managed services and recurring revenue

AUSTIN, TX – October 21, 2014 – ihiji, global leader in remote network management solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring and launching a new industry resource, GetRMR.com. The online resource center is devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and education on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) and managed services.

“ihiji wanted to bring dealers, manufacturers and industry experts together to provide centralized resources and a support community for technology ihiji_GetRMR.com Home page screen shot_Oct2014professionals who are adding new recurring revenue services to their business,” says Michael Maniscalco, ihiji VP of technology. “As the industry continues to evolve it is clear that recurring revenue and managed services are very important to long term success.”

The GetRMR.com website will feature sales and marketing collateral, templates, expert advice and technical content from managed service trade professionals and industry bloggers, as well as educational white papers, success stories, and much more. Those visiting GetRMR.com can also access community discussion forums to obtain and share insight and best practices on the ever-expanding world of recurring revenue and managed services.

In addition to the new GetRMR.com initiative, ihiji has significantly reduced prices for the company’s invision remote network management tool by offering annual licenses versus tiered service plans, a move that simplifies and better supports the sale of recurring revenue services that drive recurring monthly revenue. Additionally, ihiji invision has been further enhanced with new features such as cross-VLAN network scanning and extended reporting capabilities that improve both network visibility and overall performance. Remote network management solutions such as ihiji invision provide the digital backbone that RMR programs need to succeed by delivering the intelligence and insight necessary to manage and maintain systems remotely, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Technology professionals interested in learning more about recurring monthly revenue, commonly accepted best practices, and proven methodologies are encouraged to visit GetRMR.com. For additional information about GetRMR.com or ihiji invision, please contact ihiji at info@ihiji.com, call (512) 538-0520, or view this video.

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 Inc., (406) 446-1283Katye@KMBComm.com

 

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New Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging from ICE Cable Systems Blends Retail Beauty with Custom AV Functionality

Los Angeles, CA – October 14, 2014 – ICE Cable logo_webICE Cable Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products, has begun shipping its Clear Series 2 HDMI cables in smart new packaging that makes a great first impression and benefits the installation process (storing, jobsite and client presentation phases).

”Most wire and cable companies in the custom channel ship their HDMI cables in clear bags which are either heat-sealed or zip-locked,” says ICE Cable Systems President Brian Rizzo.

”Integrators prefer bags because they can easily be stored in a work truck where space is a premium. The problem is that they look like sandwich baggies; this doesn’t make for a great presentation to your client.”

”We set out to design a bag that has an upscale feel while offering enhanced functionality,” furthers Rizzo. “We landed on a re-sealable package that with its lush artwork and glossy-coating captures the premium look-and-feel that ICE Cable Systems is recognized for, while also incorporating hang-holes for an impressive presentation at retail.”

”From a functionality perspective, we incorporated a really tough plastic exterior that can take a beating and protect against water damage too. All these features combined make for a bag that exceeds the daily demands of the integrator,” concludes Rizzo.

The company’s Clear Series 2 HDMI cables in lengths from .5 to 30 meters are available in the new packaging at no additional up-charge.

ICE Cable Systems' new Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging

ICE Cable Systems’ new Clear Series 2 HDMI Packaging

For more information please contact ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

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

Catalyst AV Distribution Network Now Distributing Dropcam Pro

Burlington, MA – October 13, 2014 – Catalyst_AV_Logo_webCatalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty products serving more than 15,000 integrators from 15 regions in the US, today announced that all of its 11 member companies are now selling the Dropcam Pro. (https://www.dropcam.com/dropcam-pro)

DropCam-PRO_Front_72dpiDropcam is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring camera and cloud service. With free live streaming, intelligent alerts and mobile and web apps, Dropcam makes it easy to stay connected to places, people and pets no matter where you are. The Dropcam Pro delivers a 130-degree field-of-view, granting the ability to capture an entire room without the need to pan or zoom. Additional capabilities include 8X zoom and notification alerts. The unit has an MSRP of $199.

”Dropcam is a significant addition to our app-based assortment of control products,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “These products offer integrators new security solutions that can be implemented in jobs where they would have had no sales opportunity with conventional products.”

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

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