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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

 

SnapAV Product Specifications and Dealer Pricing Now Available for Direct Download to D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

Authorized SnapAV dealers can access tiered pricing directly from D-Tools Data Library to further streamline estimation and project delivery 

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced a key productivity enhancement for System Integrator™ software users. Now, authorized SnapAV dealers can download the SnapAV product and pricing catalog directly through the D-Tools Data Browser. This convenient tool enables authorized dealers to download the entire SnapAV product line – including tiered pricing levels – into their System Integrator catalogs, significantly reducing the time and cost associated with creating accurate estimates and system designs for their client engagements.

“Making this information available to our Authorized Dealers through the D-Tools workflow is a great productivity enhancement for our joint customers,” said Craig Case, President of SnapAV. “We are pleased to work with D-Tools and share a similar vision of making it easier for system integrators to deliver world-class solutions for their clients. The combination of our deep product line and D-Tools’ powerful workflow gives today’s integrators the power and convenience to compete and win.”

As a D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner, SnapAV 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, and the new functionality in D-Tools SIX enables delivery of specific dealer pricing, further saving time and cost.

“This is a game-changing tool and we are thrilled to offer SnapAV Authorized Dealer pricing to our SnapAV dealer customers directly from the Data Browser,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “This marks an important and significant step in the evolution of our platform, which has been built upon the goal of making the integrator’s job easier – while making it easier for our manufacturer partners to provide their dealers with the most up-to-date information available – which ultimately benefits the entire custom integration eco-system.”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.

SnapAV Brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Wattbox™ Power and Surge, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information about SnapAV and its product brands can be found at www.snapav.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. 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, emailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

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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ICE Cable’s “Big Mouth Payout” Bulk Cable Box Saves Integrators Time and Money

Proprietary cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and heavily reinforced box eliminates headaches caused by common “fall-apart” boxes and tangled cable messes

Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2013 – ICE Cable Systems (2013 CEDIA Expo booth #1552) — which serves integrators both directly and via more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally – is now shipping its new Big Mouth Payout (BMP) bulk wire & cable box. BMP incorporates four distinct design advantages that help the integrator run more efficiently on the jobsite.

4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern
The BMP box combines a 4-inch payout hole with a proprietary cable-winding pattern. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, the payout is more than twenty times larger than what’s currently available on the market today. “Our payout and wind pattern help eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling. Removing these obstacles makes a one-man wire pull — for example from atop a ladder — significantly easier,” says Rizzo.

Ascending and descending foot-markers
Incorporated on the cable jackets are ascending and descending foot-markers which make it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains. The result is optimal usage of the entire wind and the elimination of scrap; it also solves the common problem of tracking usage which according to Rizzo can often be difficult when more than one technician pulls from the same box.

Ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard box with reinforced handles
To withstand abuse on the jobsite, the BMP box is comprised of an extremely durable water resistant cardboard along with dual-layer reinforced handles. According to Rizzo the cardboard is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force which far surpasses what is currently available in the channel today.

”BMP is a great example of ICE Cable’s understanding of what’s important to the integrator,” says Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV network, which distributes ICE Cable nationally. “Advantages like this make it easier for integrators to finish their pre-wire jobs faster and with less hassle.”

All box cables (category, speaker, coax, alarm, control, etc.) by ICE ship in a BMP box, many of which are available in runs as long as 1,000 feet.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout box combines a 4-inch payout and special wind pattern

paul@mutocomm.com.

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 Specialty AV Products Distribution Network Appoints Custom Partners, LLC to Serve Metro-NY Territory

Burlington, MA – August 12, 2013 – Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV — which formed in December 2012 — has filled its metro-NY slot with the appointment of Custom Partners, LLC.

Custom Partners was founded in 2003 by Rich Radimer and Ron Wood – both principals of independent sales rep firm Proact Sales. Along with distribution manager Bryan Bentley, outside salesman Mike Baker, and sales manager Patty Russo, the distribution company has more than 100 years of combined experience selling consumer electronics.

By way of the affiliation, Custom Partners picks-up many Catalyst AV lines including Vivitek projectors, ICE Cable, Perfect Path cables, Vanco accessories, Catalyst AV HDMI interconnects and ClearView surveillance.

”The timing is great for Custom Partners joining the Catalyst AV group,” says Chris Wyllie of Long Island-based integration shop S.E.A.L Solutions. “Custom Partners’ warehouse is easy to get to from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For a business like mine, where we’re constantly on the road, having value-added lines like this easily accessible to us makes all the difference in our day-to-day operations.”

With the addition of Custom Partners, the Catalyst AV network grows to 12 member companies totaling 18-locations stateside, bringing the amount of integrators served to more than 14,000.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)

Custom Partners LLC is located at 151 Fairchild Avenue, Unit 4, Plainview, NY 11803.
Phone: 516.352.7533; Fax: 516.352.7923. Website: www.custompartners.com.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12 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 14,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

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