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Four IC Realtime ELITE Series Surveillance Cameras Receive UL Listing.

The certification is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and code-restrictive counties.

Pompano Beach, FL – November 19, 2013 – IC Realtime today announced that four of its popular ELITE Series surveillance cameras have achieved UL® listing by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. under the UL-60950 standard for Information Technology Equipment. The models are the EL-1000, EL-2000 and EL-3000 vandal-resistant dome cameras, and the EL-750 infrared bullet camera. These are the company’s first cameras to receive UL Listing.

According to IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, the UL Listing is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and certain code-restrictive counties.

“IC Realtime is one of few surveillance manufacturers to offer UL Listed cameras,” says Sailor. ”Eventually all of our cameras will be UL Listed as we want to be ahead of the curve for our dealers.”

ICR's ELITE series bullet camera is one of several that are now UL Listed

Many of IC Realtime’s cameras – including the four UL Listed models — incorporate a proprietary technology called i-Sniper that utilizes special sensors in the cameras to capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions, making the cameras a top choice among IC Realtime dealers.

For more information on IC Realtime’s products, please contact IC Realtime at 954.772.5327.

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

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

Linear Hosts Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developers Forum

Developers and OEM manufacturers gathered at Linear’s Carlsbad headquarters for a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series chip platform, and to attend training sessions geared at helping them get products to market faster and more efficiently.

Carlsbad, CA – November 15, 2013 – Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, security and health and wellness solutions, recently hosted the Z-Wave Alliance Unplug Fest & Developer’s Forum session at their Carlsbad, CA headquarters on November 12-14, 2013. The Developer’s Forum & Unplug Fest is a three-day technical event with trainings, networking and a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. Linear is a Principal Member of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world’s largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services.

Linear’s offices are an ideal location for the forum because, with 2GIG, they are the largest user of Z-Wave products in the world according to Z-Wave chip maker Sigma Designs. A recent expansion to a second office in Carlsbad also equipped Linear with new facilities to support the technical and training needs of members bringing new products to test with other vendor’s equipment. In recent years, Unplug Fest has helped spread the latest information on Z-Wave protocol and platform extensions while providing a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally, for all engineers participating.

The three-day event kicked off with two days of technical sessions where attendees got a first look at the new Z-Wave Next Gen 500 series. The new product portfolio enables Z-Wave manufacturers and smart home service providers to bring new products to market substantially faster and at lower cost, with customizable reference designs and new hardware featuring higher performance and more memory. Forum attendees also learned about Z-Wave Plus certification, programming and testing as well as development tips and tricks.

“As the world’s largest user of Z-Wave products and one of the Alliance’s Principle Members, it was significant to have so many Z-Wave engineers and developers together at once sharing knowledge and collaborating on exciting new home control technologies,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. “The progress made during this event is a glimpse into the future of home control.”

The next-generation Z-Wave product portfolio from Sigma Designs provides important new advantages for OEMs, developers, service providers and end users. Most notably, the new Series 500 SoC and module products represent a significant technical leap forward. The series features data rates up to 100kbs, frequency agility, four times more flash memory than the existing platform, and extended RF range performance. At the same time, the design consumes even less power than the previous generation chips, providing for industry leading battery life in products that make use of these features. The Series does all this while maintaining full backward interoperability with current generation designs.

In addition to the performance gains afforded by the new Series 500 SoC and module hardware, the Sigma Designs Next-Gen platform also includes both a new Z/IP feature and the ZIPR Gateway. The former is a software engine that transforms IP protocol commands into Z-Wave commands and vice versa. The latter is a reference design for a very inexpensive gateway that can present any Z-Wave device as an IP device, with an IP address and all IP services. These breakthrough features will further solidify Z-Wave’s position as a key enabling technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT).

Among other advances, the new Series 500 from Sigma Designs offers:

• 400% extension of flash memory over the previous generation SoC
• 67% more energy efficient
• A leap in data rate to100kbs vs. 40kbs
• Improved RF range
• Frequency agility
• Backward compatibility and interoperability with previous generation Z-Wave

For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, please visit www.zwavealliance.org. The Z-Wave Alliance can also be found on Facebook.

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

Belkin Expands Award-Winning Secure KVM Portfolio with Secure Windowing KVM

New One-of-a-Kind KVM Switch Technology Ends Era of Manual Push-Button Switching Between Channels

PLAYA VISTA, CA Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the expansion of its award-winning secure KVM product line with the first-to-market Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch. The new switch delivers superior peripheral security for government and high security agencies by providing true data path isolation between systems and networks—the hallmark of Belkin’s Advanced Secure KVM product family. 

Unlike conventional KVMs, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch requires no manual push-button switching between channels. The new switch enables simultaneous user interaction with multiple computers connected to networks with different security levels, using one mouse, one keyboard and one or two display monitors.

Traditional secure KVM switches allow users to work on only one channel or computer at a time. The new switch is the only product designed for environments in which the user needs to constantly work at and monitor multiple computers, with different security levels, simultaneously— without quality loss, latency, reduced colors, or dropped frames. Using state-of-the-art video technology, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM allows users to fit up to four full HD sources on a single HD display.

The Windowing KVM is fully compatible with legacy (using Belkin Smart Cables) and new government systems, and is Common Criteria validated to EAL 4+ to assure the highest level of protection.

Additional security features of Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch include:

  • Advanced scaling function, allowing users to scale the video source x 1/2 and x 1/4
  • Two additional working modes: tile and scaling
  • Dual-display model, the ideal setup for high-end users
  • Easy customization of channels, colors, cursors, task bar, background, and more 

“The new Secure Windowing KVM Switch brings the era of manual push-button switching between channels to an end, and makes simultaneous interaction with multiple computers a reality,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Like all products in Belkin’s award-winning Secure KVM portfolio, the Windowing KVM exemplifies our continued focus on improving workstation security, which pivots on true data path isolation between systems and networks. We will continue to advance our technology to meet the security requirements of government agencies, financial institutions, and other organizations that handle sensitive or confidential data on separate networks with different levels of security.” 

Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch is now available through the company’s network of authorized channel partners.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit:  Belkin Government.

Tweet this:  @belkinbusiness – new #securekvm makes simultaneous interaction with multiple computers a reality; ends manual push button switching

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Tags: secure KVM, government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security

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AV, Big Data Optical Product by FiberPlex Singled Out for Award

FiberPlex CEO Buddy Oliver, center, accepts the Neutrik premierePARTNER award on behalf of the FiberPlex WDM-16 product team.

Optical fiber products are no longer toiling in obscurity. Among the heavyweights in the world of audio, video and big data transport is FiberPlex Technologies’ active wave division multiplexer, which was recognized last month for a coveted 2013 premierePARTNER Award by connectivity company Neutrik USA.

Of more than 50,000 Neutrik U.S. customers FiberPlex was singled out along with ten other professional AV equipment manufacturers for its product contribution to the growing fiber optic transport industry.  Among FiberPlex’s wide array of fiber optic products is its WDM-16 active wave division multiplexer used to convert audio, video and data signals to optical waveforms for transporting information and content over large, secure networks.

Increasingly, organizations with big data needs are networking systems through optical cable and products like WDM-16 because of fiber optics’ enormous bandwidth capacity, range, Fort Knox-like security and economies of scale. Neutrik USA makes optical connectors; FiberPlex and Neutrik USA offer optical solutions for a broad range of uses, from industrial to broadcast applications. 

“FiberPlex is an important piece of the puzzle for fiber optics delivery because of its bandwidth-enhancing products, specifically the WDM-16,” says Neutrik USA Product Manager Fred Morgenstern, stating that only the most innovative companies are eligible for the premierePARTNER Award. “We consider this a very prestigious award. It is presented to less than 1% of the company’s USA customer base,” he added. 

In addition to FiberPlex, Neutrik presented a 2013 premierePARTNER award (www.experience-neutrik.com) to Shure, EAW, Leprecon, Slate Media, Ashly Audio, BAE Audio, A-Designs Audio, Benchmark Media and TMB. 

Unique among the winners is FiberPlex’s WDM-16, which is capable of multiplexing up to 16 3GB/s channels onto existing fiber build-outs in order to increase capacity on an OC-48 platform over just two strands of optical fiber.By multiplexing new bandwidth capability onto existing fiber infrastructure, WDM-16 effectively reduces acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

“We feel very honored to get this award. It says to us – and to our customers – that quality and innovation matter,” says FiberPlex Technologies CEO Buddy Oliver. 

FiberPlex makes a full line of fiber optic products for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education. In addition to its popular WDM-16, FiberPlex offers its new FOI-6010 introduced earlier in 2013 as a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) frame that can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses, including interfacing singlemode fiber cable into existing multimode fiber build-outs.

 

JVC Introduces Cost Effective, Full HD VN-H557U Indoor PTZ Security Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the VN-H557U network HD indoor PTZ dome camera, a cost effective, ONVIF Profile S-compliant unit equipped with a wide angle zoom lens (6.3-63.3mm) for excellent area coverage and Easy Day/Night functionality for 24-hour surveillance.

With its 2 megapixel CMOS imager, the VN-H557U delivers 1920×1080 full HD resolution, while its Super LoLux HD™ technology provides superior low-light color reproduction. The built-in lens includes 10x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom with automatic or manual iris control. The security camera also offers 350-degree, non-endless pan/tilt, along with 100 preset positions, auto return, auto flip, and auto pan.

“The new VN-H557U provides very wide, full HD imagery and automatic day/night performance at a very attractive price point,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “We designed the camera for a variety of applications, so it’s a great choice for casinos, airports, schools, offices, and retail stores.”

A built-in SDHC card slot allows flexible local recording options. Other features include privacy mask for up to eight areas, motion detection, 3D digital noise reduction, alarm in/out, and two-way audio communication. Multi-codec support includes M-JPEG, H.264 Baseline Profile, and H.264 High Profile, and the camera is compatible with third-party VMS products such as Exacq Technologies and Video Insight. Power options include power over Ethernet (PoE), plus 24V AC or 12V DC.

The VN-H557U has a suggested list price of $1,475 and will be available this month.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

Resorts World Casino New York City Improves Surveillance with JVC Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Resorts World Casino New York City, located at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, is using almost 200 JVC IP-based HD security cameras as part of its expansive security camera network.

From parking areas to gaming areas, from documenting transactions to documenting medical incidents, video cameras keep watch over more than 3,000 slot games and 5,000 electronic table games at Resorts World Casino New York City. The facility attracts about 20,000 visitors per day and up to 30,000 per day on weekends. All video surveillance is operated through a Synetics VMS system, and the JVC cameras are connected using the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) specification.

Jason Arnett, assistant director of surveillance, said the casino environment is challenging for video surveillance efforts, because video slot machines and electronic table games feature lighting and imagery that is constantly changing. “The contrast between the light and the dark raises havoc on the cameras,” he explained.

Resorts World Casino New York City has the added issue of windows across the track side of the facility, which changes the light in the facility throughout the day. The JVC cameras, however, deliver 30 fps imagery with almost unnoticeable imaging issues, Arnett said.

In the money cage, images from the JVC HD cameras are so sharp you can read the denominations on the bills, which was not possible with previous security cameras. “The color quality is spot on,” noted Sandy Moss, lead surveillance technician. “They provide very, very high quality images.”

Although the casino opened in 2011 with Sanyo cameras exclusively, the casino chose to expand its surveillance efforts over the past year with JVC cameras. Arnett was impressed with JVC’s image quality, but the test area for the first few cameras featured some unique lighting that was creating very red video imagery. To resolve the issue, JVC engineers produced external software tools to allow the casino to adjust settings for lighting, color adjustments, backlight, and more.

Like many casinos, Resorts World Casino New York City has an IP-based infrastructure built around multiple virtual LANs. The new JVC tools also allow the surveillance team to adjust camera parameters across the various virtual LANs, which saves a great deal of time.

“JVC also set up presets for us that are really designed for the casino environment,” Arnett added. “The engineers were great. They worked with us to build these new tools, and we’ve been having great success with them ever since.”

The casino has installed a combination of JVC VN-H657WPU outdoor PTZ dome cameras and VN-H257U indoor dome cameras. Both cameras feature True Day/Night performance, JVC’s Super LoLux HD™ technology for superior low-light color reproduction, and 1920×1080 full HD imagery. The VN-H657WPU also includes 360-degree endless PTZ functionality and a newly-developed Direct Drive Motor for quieter, more accurate pan/tilt operation.

After almost a year in service, there have been no major problems with any of the JVC cameras. In fact, Moss said the JVC cameras have been so successful that the company has already begun using them at other properties, including Resorts World Bimini Bahamas and Bimini SuperFast, a ship that transports up to 1,500 passengers from Miami to the island casino resort.

“Our successful installation at Resorts World Casino New York City is a great example of why JVC is a strong player in casino security,” said Masafumi (Masa) Nakano, vice president, JVC Security Divison. “Our cameras deliver the reliable performance and outstanding imagery required in extreme casino environments.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About D-Tools, Inc.

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

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

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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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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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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