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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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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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NEW D-TOOLS HOSTED SOLUTION POWERED BY AMAZON WEB SERVICES™ PROVIDES CLOUD-BASED STORAGE AND MOBILITY OF SIX 2013 SERVER DATA

Hosted Solution Enables Remote Access and Secure Offsite Storage for Global D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 User Community

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 24, 2013 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that a new Hosted Solution is now available to System Integrator users worldwide. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. This new feature set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system for use anywhere or any time it is needed. The D-Tools Hosted Solution will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, customers have their very own D-Tools Server Instance powered by the latest generation Windows Server 2012. It includes the D-Tools SIX 2013 Server Management application and comes completely configured with SQL Server 2012. With the D-Tools Hosted Solution, users now have the option to host their Server Instance in the cloud, thereby facilitating a lower cost of entry and eliminating the need for costly in-house servers and expensive IT infrastructure. Combined with D-Tools Software Assurance program, which includes Gold Support and Data Subscription, this compelling combination of features and benefits ensures that users are always on the most current version of the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services™, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. Not only does the pre-configured firewall only allow traffic from the D-Tools application, it can only be accessed from ports 9010, 1433 and 1434. For added security, the connection to those ports can be tied to a specific IP address, enabling only the computers registered on the user’s network to connect to the associated cloud server. For ease of implementation, the D-Tools technical support team performs the installation and setup for each user.

“The D-Tools Hosted Solution is ideally suited to companies that are just getting started or those who are migrating to a service-based model for their IT infrastructure because it offers users a flexible choice of deployment and the ability to migrate to an on-premise solution over time as their needs change,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does it (the D-Tools Hosted Solution) offer users cloud-hosted access to the D-Tools SIX 2013 server, it also provides a connection to the D-Tools SIX 2013 Client without a VPN or expensive standalone servers.”

The D-Tools Hosted Solution is available now and can be secured through a monthly hosting program that starts at $149 per month. A one-time setup fee will be charged in addition to the monthly fee.

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. The D-Tools Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail sales@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

Amazon Web Services, the “Powered by Amazon Web Services” logo, and EC2 are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

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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enerG Selects Catalyst AV Distributors to Take Home Awareness & Energy Management System To Market

BURLINGTON, MA – September 20, 2013 – Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp. — which is making its channel debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo (booth #428) — has selected the Catalyst AV Distribution Network to take the company’s Home Awareness and Energy Management System to market. Catalyst AV consists of 12 individually-owned specialty AV products distribution companies that serve more than 15,000 integrators from 18 US locations.

The enerG Home Awareness and Energy Management system consists of Z-Wave compliant hardware and accessories and a service plan that enables homeowners to customize and control all connected devices in the home, including the ability to monitor and improve energy consumption. Interaction with the system is achieved via the company’s mobile App (Android, iOS devices) or enerGhome.com portal. The system can easily be expanded to include lighting control, garage door access, keyless entry and wireless HD viewing. enerG offers a wide variety of hardware components and related accessories, and associated levels of service to accommodate these options.

Unique to the enerG model is that in addition to benefiting from selling the hardware and doing the install, the integrator receives a commission from enerG for each month the homeowner’s system is active. enerG manages the monthly billing to the homeowner. The company plans to drive new sales and installation opportunities to the integrator by way of marketing back to the homeowner.

”With a nationwide presence, and the group’s demonstrated ability to expertly communicate the benefits of our solutions, the Catalyst AV Network gives enerG a solid infrastructure in which to gain access to an experienced base of dealers that have established relationships with end-users,” says enerG President Greg Brett. “And like us, the Catalyst group is driven to bringing something new and sustainable to dealers, so there’s tremendous synergy here.”

For additional information on enerG products and becoming an enerG Home Awareness authorized integrator visit www.enerGhome.com

For all enerG media inquiries, contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About enerG Corporation
Founded in 2013, enerG provides homeowners a scalable and affordable system that delivers an increased recognition of energy efficiency and home awareness using intuitive control devices. The company connects homeowners and professional installers to better maintain the systems in a home, thus ensuring maximum performance. www.enerGhome.com

Christie’s Video Display Solutions for 24/7 Security and Surveillance on Display at ASIS 2013

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, will showcase its integrated, high performance, high resolution mission critical video display wall solutions at ASIS 2013, the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry, September 24-26 in Chicago, Illinois. Purpose-built for control rooms in security and surveillance applications, Christie display solutions and content management represent 24/7 access, reliability and security for briefings, monitoring, and surveillance.

“Christie has been designing control room solutions for decades. Our standard and custom-designed video wall solutions are cost-effective and easily integrated into customers’ existing infrastructure,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “Detecting and acting on security events quickly is paramount. Our solutions provide fluid ease of use and visual accuracy to support any security environment flawlessly and our team of engineers and technical experts approaches each project based on individual needs, ensuring the right technology is applied every time. Our customers can breathe easier knowing they are getting 24/7 reliability that allows them to monitor, review, and share information in real-time, mitigating any potential risk.”

Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel display


At ASIS, the Christie booth (#2383)will feature three different integrated options for video wall display for the security and surveillance industry, starting with a 3 by 2 curved 55 inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel display, with content management and mobility driven by the all-new Christie® Phoenix™. The quad high definition Christie QuadHD84, with stunning resolution and 60Hz update rates will also be on display, with Christie Phoenix streaming live IP videos.The booth space will also showcase a 1 by 5 Christie® MicroTiles® tower.

55 inch Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel with ultra-narrow bezel
The Christie FHD551-X 55 inch HD LCD flat panel, with seams as small as 5.9mm, permits each panel to offer high-pixel density and an LED-backlit screen, with full high-definition resolution for sharp looking images from any distance. The space-saving FHD551-X LCD flat panel uses less than one watt of power in standby mode and offers an exceptionally low total cost of ownership, with reliable performance.

Christie Phoenix for Control Rooms


Christie Phoenix
Launched earlier this year, the network-distributed open content management system Christie® Phoenix™, enables all users to easily access and control audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. With Christie Phoenix, the same information, presented in the same format simultaneously is made available to all users regardless of their location.

Christie MicroTiles
Ideal for command/control and surveillance, Christie MicroTiles feature super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm, a narrow 10 inch (260mm) depth and continuous automatic color and brightness calibration. With its stunning image quality, 24/7 performance, minimal footprint and low cost of ownership, the MicroTiles can be stacked and configured into an endless variety of designs, and fit into nearly any environment.

Christie integrated video wall solutions are built with the latest display technologies, including DLP®, LCD and LED that deliver superior, long-life performance at the lowest cost of operation and processing and content management. The displays are found worldwide and range from American Water to the Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center to Mexico’s ultra-modern Federal Police Intelligence.

Christie’s visual display systems are built on proven technologies, with many products listed in General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules 58 and 70.

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.

Award-Winning Homebuilders Use ELAN g! To Capitalize On Housing Market Recovery

Consumer confidence is high, new home sales surged 8.3 percent in May and new home prices have climbed month over month in 2013, so it’s clear the housing market is recovering. Builders need to find ways to stand out and capitalize on this market growth, and one way to do so is to offer things that others don’t even consider, like total home control. Award-winning builders Jim Blansfield of Danbury, Connecticut-based Blansfield Builders, Inc. and Josh Wynne of Sarasota, Florida-based Josh Wynne Construction have both partnered with local integrators and found huge success using the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System to help close new home sales.

“I’m a believer in ‘the new normal’ way of thinking,” Blansfield said, “and with the affordable and expandable control solutions made possible by ELAN g!, home control is the new normal! In the past two years, I’ve closed several new homes by demoing the g! system for prospective clients. I have a g! system in my own home, so I’m the first person to say how easy it is to use, and my clients are consistently impressed that I include technology in my designs and recommendations, because many other builders minimize the importance of home technologies.”

Since partnering with the Danbury integration firm Structured Home Solutions, Blansfield has built 13 homes that include ELAN g! systems of varying size and complexity. Whether the new buyers were looking for enhanced security, HVAC scheduling, lighting, irrigation and pool controls, or super simple whole-home audio and video systems, every client received a custom solution tailored to their specific needs. From a business perspective, Blansfield knows that his knowledge, appreciation and passion for technology place him in an entirely different category from other builders.

“Any builders who resist change and aren’t prepared to talk to clients about integrated home control solutions will hurt themselves in the long run,” he said. “I even push remodel clients to install the ELAN g! system because it adds so much value to the home, and brings it into the 21st century more so than new countertops or an updated bathroom could ever do.”

Josh Wynne has had similar success integrating advanced home technologies with the ELAN g! system, and has teamed up with Sarasota integrator SmartHouse Integration to offer his new clients the best that modern home technology has to offer. Wynne is building four new LEED Platinum certified homes in 2013, each featuring the ELAN g! system to control core subsystems such as AV, HVAC, security, lighting, window shades, irrigation, garage doors, pool controls and surveillance cameras.

According to Wynne, “I’ve strived to make a basic home automation package standard for every new home I build. When smartphones came on the market a lot more people started to see how easily these advanced systems could integrate into their homes and help them live more simply and comfortably, and I’ve used that culture movement to benefit my business. Most of my projects are relatively big budget, around the $1 million mark, but there’s absolutely no reason that a $250,000 home shouldn’t include a multi-room audio system, an integrated HVAC or lighting system that saves money and energy, or a security and surveillance system that can be accessed remotely from any smartphone or tablet.

Both builders agree that determining the buyers’ interests is key to selling advanced home control solutions, whether they love music and want multi-room audio or desire heightened peace of mind and would benefit from a mobile-accessible security and surveillance system. From there it’s a small leap to demo the entire ELAN g! system and highlight all the trappings that easy-to-use home control offers. Another thing they agree on is the need to use a reliable, qualified integrator to make the homeowner’s technological dreams a practical reality. That’s why they’ve each partnered with a top integration firm in their respective regions, and worked together to craft custom solutions that make every home the perfect living environment for the owners.

SpeakerCraft and D-Tools Announce Renewal of Strategic MVP Partnership

CONCORD, CA – August 27, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Core Brands’ SpeakerCraft brand has recently renewed its D-Tools MVP Partnership. Detailed information on of the entire family of SpeakerCraft products is now available in the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify SpeakerCraft products. For over 30 years, SpeakerCraft has been a leading manufacturer of high quality custom-installed audio/video and home theater products. Since their inception, SpeakerCraft has been pushing the limits of innovation, and their creation of the first in-wall speaker ignited an industry, eventually leading them to become an OEM manufacturer for large-scale names in the audio business.

“It is critical for integrators to have the most up-to-date and complete product information available when they are designing and specifying their client projects,” said Keith Marshall, SVP channel Management at Core Brands. “We believe that our participation in the D-Tools MVP program benefits the integrator community by making this detail readily available, while simultaneously helping us expand our reach. We’re pleased to renew our SpeakerCraft partnership with D-Tools, making our product information available to the SI user community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“D-Tools has had a longstanding relationship with SpeakerCraft and we are proud to have them return as an MVP Partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “They provide a robust product offering for integrators, which is fully detailed and available for immediate specification by everyone in the SI user community, free of charge.”

About SpeakerCraft

SpeakerCraft, LLC has built an internationally-recognized brand of architectural loudspeakers and electronics. The company is a leader in the residential custom-installation industry and attributes this to its dedicated customer service and technical support that ensure smooth and trouble-free backing for the installing-dealer community. Please visit www.speakercraft.com for more information.

SpeakerCraft is part of Core Brands®, LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is 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.nortekinc.com 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, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – 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.

Press Contacts – D-Tools: 

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

Press Contacts – SpeakerCraft:

Bill Hensley
Director of Marketing Communications, Core Brands®
(707) 778-5829

bill.hensley@corebrands.com

Ken Furst
Furstmarketing
(973) 655 0260
ken@furstmarketing.com

 

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