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D-Tools MVP Manufacturer Partners realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software. Read on for the latest manufacturer company news and product updates.

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Active Thermal ManagementThe trusted name in thermal protection…

Cool that small closet… with a Cool-cube in-line ventilating system. Larger than many of our cabinet cooling systems, smaller than our System 1 in-line air mover, the Cool-cube is available with 4″ or 3″ tubing and is just the right size for cooling either a “coat” size closet with the typical assortment of A-V gear or a video projector (up to about 400 watts) in a soffit or box. There is a 2″ tubing option also, for use only with video projectors.

All Cool-cubes come with a two-speed temperature-sensitive speed control and remote probe, which turns them on in low-speed mode at 90 degrees, switching to full speed at 100 degrees. (In low-speed mode, both the starting temperature and speed are adjustable.)

An important note:
We were talking to an integrator recently who told us he was planning to vent an A/V closet into an adjacent garage. We’ve heard of similar plans before, and have always warned our customers that many localities have strict rules about creating openings between a residence and a garage.

These rules and regulations may vary from place to place, and we’re not experts on the subject, but the potential problems are easy to see.  Besides the inconvenience and discomfort of bringing hot or cold air, bugs, and petroleum product odors in from the garage, (not to mention fire!), there is a real possibility of also bringing in carbon monoxide fumes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and very dangerous gas; it recently killed 4 young adults in Maine who left a gasoline generator running in the basement overnight.

There are always alternatives to venting into the garage, alternatives that would be far safer.  Our engineers would be glad to help you find safe ways to lose the heat – and keep the client.

 

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barco-logoNeueHouse work collective collaborates with Barco ClickShare

Picture a series of venues, experiences and amenities wrapped up in an ideal work environment especially suited to ambitious innovators, new media artists and solopreneurs. That’s NeueHouse, a private membership work collective that emphasizes individual style and collaboration over rigid work patterns and spaces. Using terms like “intuitive” and “always on” to describe the high standards it demands of business tools, NeueHouse chose Barco ClickShare to meet its need for a meeting room presentation and collaboration solution.

Barco - clickshare family 02_web jpgOffering ease of use, high reliability and versatility, Barco ClickShare empowers creators to share information and ideas in an easy, informal setting.  From huddle spaces, to a television studio to conference rooms and a large auditorium, ClickShare gets people collaborating quickly using their own devices to display documents, videos, and streaming web content using a convenient, common standard. “ClickShare is the perfect solution because it fits within our totally wireless environment to enable ubiquitous knowledge-sharing throughout our collective,” comments Greg Harper, Chief Technology Officer of NeueHouse and CEO and Founder of his own company, Harpervision Associates.

Find out more about ClickShare and watch a video of how NeueHouse is experiencing a higher level of collaboration.

 

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DraperLogoDraper Names Amy Madden Residential Market Manager

Draper, Inc., has named Amy Madden as the company’s new Residential Market Manager.

Amy has been with Draper for more than 16 years, previously serving various roles including Regional Sales Manager, Sales Support Manager, and Lifts Manager.

“I’m thrilled with this opportunity,” Madden says. “We have a great product mix for this market, especially with the launch of TecVision. We also have great reps, our own Draper reps, and our marketing rep firms in the field! I’m looking forward to getting to know them and work on promoting Draper products in the residential area.”

Draper - Amy MaddenAmy replaces Bob Hadsell, who has served as Draper’s manager in the residential area for 15 years. Bob isn’t leaving Draper, however; he has taken a new opportunity in the company’s window shade division.

“One of the great advantages of a manufacturer like Draper is that there are so many experienced people here, and Amy Madden is one of the best! Not only does she have extensive product knowledge but in her experience as a Regional Sales Manager, she was actively involved in working with residential integrators. She is uniquely qualified to take our Home Theatre sales to the next level,” Bob said of the move. “In transitioning to this exciting new Draper position away from the AV Department, I know I will miss the great friends I’ve made in the industry. Having Amy assume the responsibilities for Home Theatre makes the transition much easier, because I know the level of commitment will be excellent!”

For more information on Amy, check out the Draper blog: http://blog.draperinc.com/2015/08/residential-market-manager.

For more about Draper’s residential offerings, visit http://hometheater.draperinc.com.

 

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eiki_logo_enEIKI just announced its new EK-800U single chip DLP projector with 12,000 ANSI Lumens brightness and a 5000:1 (DA:ON) contrast ratio. Featuring native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution, the EK-800U provides analog and digital video inputs, including HDBT and 3G HD-SDI, in all color standards up to 1080p. Its 0.96-inch DLP imaging system provides exceptional readability and consistent color delivery, making it a great choice for large venues.

The EK-800U uses standard 120V power for hassle-free installations.

Eiki - EK-800UAmong its many features is the inclusion of powered zoom and focus, along with vertical and horizontal powered lens shift (V: +- 60%, H: +/- 25%)—making this a most versatile unit in terms of physical placement. Advanced blending, warping, color matching, and portrait mode also make installation easy. Customization attributes include a color wheel for High Brightness and an option for Rich Color.

The EIKI EK-800U supports Crestron, PJ-Link, and AMX automation profiles and can be seamlessly integrated into the most sophisticated touch panel or tablet-based conference rooms. There are six optionally available lenses and support for 360-degree installs.

Visit us at www.eiki.com to find complete details for this projector and to locate your EIKI dealer, or call 800-242-3454 for more information about the EK-800U or any of the wide selection of EIKI projectors.

 

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ELK

 

 

 

Jonathon JenningsELK Products, Inc. is excited to announce Jonathon Jennings has returned to the ELK herd as our Business Development and Training Manager.   Jonathon will focus on working with existing and new ELK installers, coordinating training events and ensuring they have the product info and support needed for success.  Jonathon will also collect feedback for new and existing products to ensure ELK is offering the solutions installers want and need in our ever changing market.

Jonathon can be reached at Jonathon.jennings@elkproducts.com

 

 

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Madison Theater Chair & Lounger
A Timeless Design, Developed to Provide Optimum Back Support

 

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FORTRESS offers optimal design and function, intended to compliment your space.

 

 

Lounge Seating brings the whole family together.  With the option of viewing in the theater chair or complete relaxation on the lounge, every design is built with your comfort in mind.

Fortress Madison SingleView our Loungers and Chaises HEREhttp://www.fortresseating.com/loungerschaises.php

 

Brand Leader LogoVISIT US AT CEDIA BOOTH #4446

Made in the USA for over 70 years ~ http://www.fortresseating.com ~ 1721 Wright Ave.  ~ La Verne, CA 91750 ~ 909-593-8600

 

 

 

 

 

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We are proud to introduce…

IC Cloud www.icmycloud.com

 

Check in from anywhere
No matter where you are in the world, stay connected to your favorite places, people and even pets.

Sign Up: https://icmycloud.com/register/

Be online from anywhere
The product will immerse you in the online video media from any device wherever you are: mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Available for Apple or Android

Home Security
Protect your home for less.

Setting up a home security system doesn’t have to break the bank. With affordable pricing, live streaming, night vision, two-way talk and mobile apps, it’s simple to stay connected with the place you call home.

Baby Monitor
Stay close to your little one.

With IC720’s high-definition live streaming, night vision, two-way talk and mobile apps, you’ll never miss a moment—whether you’re at home or on the roam

Pet Monitoring
Check in on Sparky from anywhere.

Ever wonder what your pet does when you’re away? Drop in on the action using your smartphone, tablet or computer. With high-definition live streaming, mobile apps, night vision and two-way talk, you’ll have the ultimate pet monitor for your best friend.

Small Business
Save money with simple security.

Set up multiple cameras for a fraction of the cost of a traditional video surveillance system. With live streaming, night vision, two-way talk and mobile apps, you’ll have peace of mind wherever you happen to be.

 

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Ihiji logo largeHow to Make Remote Network Management Work for You

Selling a monthly service like remote network management is not always easy. But the beautiful thing about Ihiji network monitoring software is that integrators and tech professionals get to decide for themselves how to incorporate the price of Ihijiremote network management services into their business models.

In this real-life example we travel to Oklahoma City, where an AV integration firm is doing network monitoring a little differently. To streamline business and preserve precious manpower, this firm looked to Ihiji to save time and money. When it began to sell client care plans, however, the pushback was significant. But, all was not lost. The company simply adjusted its approach to frontload the cost of offering remote network management services instead of selling a monthly plan. “We’re making the same amount of money, but now we’re making it up front,” says the general manager.

WhiteWashBlog 4Ihiji Network Monitoring Software Presents Upgrade Opps

Inventively, this AV firmwent back to 20 or 30 of its existing clients—ones who had experienced issues—and offered them its new monitoring package as part of an overall system upgrade. These programs—whether upgrades or new clients—are important because they not only add to the bottom line by drastically reducing the amount of truck rolls, they also produce happier, long-term clients.

“Now, about 80 or 90 percent of our service calls can be taken care of without having to roll a truck,” boasts the general manager. Busywork has been significantly reduced as has associated overhead. Think about it. Wouldn’t your time be better spent growing your company and securing new business?

 

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kramer logoKramer Races Forward with Upgrade to Its Cloud−Based Control Solution

Kramer releases K−Touch 3.1 to further enhance the company’s award−winning Cloud−based solution for designing advanced, user−friendly room−control systems for lights, screens, sound, any AV equipment, HVAC, thermostats, and more.

K−Touch 3.1 expands the platform’s ease of use and reduces configuration time with features such as sliders and new drag−and−drop programming modules for Apple TV, cameras, Vera™ Smarter Home Control products, Centralite Lighting, and Kramer’s FC−26 I/O connectivity product. K−Touch 3.1 also introduces Apple TV IP control, immersive full−screen mode and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, further improving the integrator’s user experience.

“I believe this new release sends a strong message to both our integrators and end−users: K−Touch is and will continue to be the most innovative, cost−effective and easiest−to−use room control solution on the market,” said Aviv Ron, VP Business Development & Strategy at Kramer.

k-touch_3 1_HighResK−Touch is ideal for any AV environment, e.g., Corporate, Education, Entertainment, and Houses of Worship.

With K−Touch, end−users can control any device in the room over Ethernet. The solution is scalable to over 100 devices, all controllable from any iOS or Android touch screen.

Non−Ethernet−based devices with RS−232, GPIO, relays, or IR can be controlled over Ethernet using Kramer FC−series I/O connectivity products or third−party devices. Kramer RC−series button controllers can also be incorporated into any project to provide tactile operation.

The platform lets integrators provide remote Cloud−based support and updates to customers without having to be on−site. This offers significant cost savings and higher ROI.

K−Touch is easy and quick to learn. Kramer offers a simple online training course that can be completed in just a few hours. An extensive support database is available online and includes tutorials, articles, videos, and sample project files with additional instructions on performing both simple and complex tasks.

 

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Maximize Wireless Performance with Legrand – Meet the DA1104 Wireless Access Point

Designed for the heavy bandwidth demands of today’s connected homes, Legrand’s new On-Q DA1104 Legrand DA1104_with-cover802.11ac Wireless Access Point utilizes the latest advancements in Wi-Fi standards, 802.11ac, to offer the fastest speeds, while also transmitting over both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for optimal flexibility and reduced interference. A MU-MIMO (multiple user, multiple input/multiple output) device, equipped with beamforming technology, the DA1104 handles all the wireless traffic of a modern tech-filled home with exceptional performance.

For more information on the DA1104, click here.

Legrand’s NEW Digital Audio High-Performance Keypad — Introducing More Power Per Zone

Legrand - AU7050Integrating today’s hottest streaming and digital audio through a repeatable enclosure-based solution, the award-winning Digital Audio System perfectly delivers a true audio advantage to production homes. And, with a booming 60 watts of output, the NEW Digital Audio High-Performance Amplified Keypad (AU7050) introduces more robust amplification for a zone of the Digital Audio System, while providing easy, on-wall control of source selection, volume adjustment, and preset favorites.

Features:

  • 60 watts of Class D power, stable at a six or eight ohm load
  • Control of source selection, volume adjustment, and more
  • Favorite button to recall preset sources at a preferred volume
  • Single gang, dimmable LED backlit keypad

Click here for more information on the new AU7050, or here for a deeper look at the Digital Audio System.

 

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Lilin_LogoThe perfect plug-n-play NVR to deliver standalone IP video for Residential and Commercial applications

LILIN redesigned the front panel of the 16 channel recorder to fit the look of electronics found in the automation rack.

LILIN NVRLILIN’s Lite series NVR400L multi-touch Network Video Recorder is a plug-n-play, cost-effective standalone video surveillance system to record and navigate IP based security cameras. It supports up to 24TB storage capacity. And with a total of 48Mbps of bandwidth available, it is able to support 16 cameras at high definition resolution as well as other configurations. The user interface is intuitive with all the features that end-users need for daily video surveillance operations – video recording, playback / live view of recorded video. Mobile ready with support for iOS and Android devices.

LILIN provides LILIN Client software to connect multiple locations for principle residence, vacation homes and businesses.

LILIN partners with AMX, Control4, Core Brands, Crestron, RTI, SAVANT, URC and others in Automation.

 

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The Savant App enables homeowners to control their lighting, climate, entertainment, and security from a single interface on their iOS or Android mobile Savant - Climate NLdevices. Making personalization features available directly to homeowners for the first time, the Savant App lets users create, schedule, and edit their own scenes—helping to ensure everything in their home is just the way they like it. The Savant Plus feature gives homeowners remote access to their systems from anywhere, including on their wrist with Apple Watch, and triggers customized alerts via email, push notification if something is amiss. Visually engaging and easy to use, the Savant App is a breakthrough experience in the home automation market.

 

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News for August 2015 – Ross Whitney, Technical Sales & Support

We’re in the dog days of summer here in Toronto. Canada is famous for its cold weather but, taking the humidity into account, it’s somewhere above normal body temperature outside as I type this and ski season seems a long way away.

Our first piece of news this month: www.toruspower.com has a brand new look. Please check it out and let me know what you think. My email address is tech@toruspower.com.

Fall will be here before we know it and with the autumn leaves comes CEDIA EXPO 2015 in Dallas. We will be in booth 7024. We’re working hard on an exciting new product to be introduced at the CEDIA show. Stay tuned for details – better yet, come and see us at the show!

Speaking of trade shows, if you follow Torus Power on Facebook or Twitter you know that our very own Kevin Main is manning the Torus Power booth at the 2015 CE Pro Summit in Maryland as I type this. Kevin presented a one-minute lightning round – see it here. We are your solution for the biggest, most important, cannot fail projects! – watch and see why!

If you would like to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, please do, and be sure to check us out on YouTube and Vimeo as well.

Till next time – thanks for reading!

 

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Wall Smart flush mount 1Wall-Smart wall mounts combine functional control & aesthetic design to seamlessly integrate into any wall. Wall-Smart has implemented a unique mass customization approach, and has proven its ability to provide custom solutions for any 3rd party product launched in the market with a very short turnaround time for almost every world-leading company in the smart building industry.

To-date Wall-Smart has developed custom wall mount solutions for more than 30 manufacturers, representing over 300 solutions.

Some of our latest solutions include:

10-01-330-WH WS FOR CONTROL4 T3 7  RETROFIT WHITE 12Retrofit solutions for Control4 T3 touch panels:
WS for Control4 T3 10″ painted Black or White
WS for Control4 T3 7″ painted Black or White

Coming soon:
WS for Lutron Palladiom

 

av-180x180Wall-Smart has also been shortlisted for AV Magazine award for AV Accessory of the Year 2015, with our WS for TSD-2020!

Visit us at CEDIA Expo this October in Dallas. We will be at booth #8018.