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Case Study: Integrator Expands Lutron Control to Lighthouse Using D-Tools Software

Lagrange, KY-based Haas Design has a long-time systems integration client in southern Indiana that enjoys enhancing his home with unique features and technology. For instance, one ceiling fan in his 12,000-square-foot residence is a propeller from a 1930s biplane. His driveway also features multistage sensors that are tied to a Lutron Homeworks system to activate the home’s lights and play an announcement “tune” for arriving guests, and his RTI XP system gives him advanced control over the lighting, security, TVs, Blu-ray, AppleTV, and other entertainment options. Each year he adds other new features to his three-year-old home, such as a swimming pool, a tennis court, and most recently a lighthouse.   Tim Haas (inset) figured out a way to use a 10-watt long-range transmitter/receiver system in a way that would allow his client’s house-wide Lutron system to issue an “on” command to the transmitter that would then send it to the receiver located inside the lighthouse, 800 yards away.   The lighthouse, which is 60 feet tall and is actually an un-used steel gasoline tank turned on its end, sits on the shore of a man-made lake built to provide recreation for his family and friends and to serve as the energy source for his geothermal heating and cooling system. The cupola at the top of the structure is custom built, and there is a circular stairwell inside that...

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D-Tools System Integrator™ SIX Wins 2013 Commercial Integrator BEST Award

ORLANDO, FL. INFOCOMM – JUNE 13, 2013 — Commercial Integrator announced that D-Tools, Inc. was named a winner of the 2013 Commercial Integrator BEST Award in the Project Management & Design/Web Software category. The BEST (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) Awards recognized System Integrator SIX as a product that helps Commercial Integrator readers better run their businesses and become more profitable. The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards program recognizes superlative solutions for an integration business. Winning manufacturers across various product and service categories were recognized in a ceremony at InfoComm 2013. D-Tools System Integrator SIX is a complete estimation, system design and project management solution that scales to fit the needs of a commercial integrator’s business. SIX can help increase revenues and reduce time and costs associated with the installation and integration of Audio Visual, energy, home automation, security, and IT networking systems. “We are extremely honored that SIX has won a Commercial Integrator BEST Award,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Since the release of SIX, we have continued to make enhancements in our platform to support our users in the commercial market and help further streamline their business processes. We are proud to accept this award as a symbol of that dedication and continued effort.” Winners were recognized at the Commercial Integrator Headquarters Booth (#5389) presentation, on Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 pm during Infocomm 2013, in...

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D-Tools and MWA Intelligence Announce Strategic Partnership

D-Tools Project Management Embedded Into MWAi Services Platform Enabled by SAP Business One ORLANDO, FL- INFOCOMM- JUNE 12, 2013 – D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software and MWA Intelligence, Inc. (MWAi) ), a SAP Gold Partner and leader in enterprise-class Machine to Machine (M2M) and Machine to People (M2P) solutions  today announced a strategic partnership and the completion of phase one of D-Tools integration with the MWAi Services Platform enabled by SAP Business One. This integration will provide an end-to-end business process for integrators of low-voltage systems and the partnership serves to bring this integrated solution to the Commercial Audio/Video and Imaging markets. The integration of D-Tools System Integrator SIX and the MWAi Services Platform empowers project management teams with the ability to import data into SAP Business One establishing a complete estimation, design, and project management workflow that utilizes the strengths of each solution. The integration enables integrators to create a project; generate detailed proposals, system designs, and other project documentation from within the D-Tools SIX application and push that project and product data into SAP Business One for invoicing, inventory tracking, and additional project management. With this powerful new toolset Imaging Channel dealers and Managed Service providers can efficiently manage projects including IT, Audio Visual and Managed Services engagements. “As Commercial A/V and Imaging Channel dealers embrace managed services, they need powerful project management tools designed for...

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D-TOOLS PREVIEWS SIX 2013 AT INFOCOMM

New features of award-winning software platform available to current users as part of shift to annual product release cycle CONCORD, CA & ORLANDO, FL – JUNE 11, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced previews of SIX 2013 at InfoComm 2013 June12 – 14 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. SIX 2013 adds valuable new features to enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators streamline their business processes and increase profitability. This latest release continues the delivery of software updates to the D-Tools platform for customers on D-Tools’ Software Assurance program as part of...

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Register for D-Tools Virtual Training, Plugged In, Now!

PLUGGED IN: SUMMER 2013 VIRTUAL TRAINING EVENT Live “Plugged In” Webinar Training July 16-18 & 23-25, 2013 The SIX training package includes access to (12) live, online webinars taught by D-Tools expert Ryan Brown. That’s 18 hours of live training for your entire staff! Prior to the live webinars you will have access to recorded sessions held in Spring 2013 – after the live webinars you will have 6 months access to the recordings of the live sessions. You will also be provided with an exercise driven training manual which includes tips and best practices as well as training exercises and overviews. (2) webinars will be held daily on July 16-18 & July 23-25. See course schedule for details. Here is a quote from a recent attendee: “Our company had a major learning curve ahead of us when we jumped from d-tools version 4.6 to SIX. To assist us, we enrolled in Media Environment Design’s “Plugged In” virtual training program.  Ryan Brown took us virtually, step by step through the software. His vast knowledge of the product and detailed presentation was first-rate. We’ve been able to reflect back to the online recordings whenever and wherever we need. This training has proven to be invaluable as it saves loads of time, and we all know what time saves…..Money! Click here to...

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