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ATEN new logo 300 x 250ATEN Celebrates 20th Anniversary in America with New Website Launch

Fully responsive web design with a clean look offering integrated e-commerce functionality

ATEN, the world-leading designer, and manufacturer of advanced connectivity and management solutions, is celebrating 20 years as an innovative leader in the United States with the launch of its redesigned, responsive website at

Since Taipei-based ATEN International opened its North American offices in 1996, the U.S. subsidiary, has evolved from perception as a pure OEM provider into a branded player among the top enterprise-class KVM and Professional Audio / Video Solution manufacturer.  To meet the needs of end consumers, small office / home office (SOHO) users, and small to medium-sized business (SMB) customers, ATEN acquired IOGEAR in 2001.  IOGEAR offers a broad range of innovative consumer electronics and solutions:  KVM, A / V and Digital Home, Computer Accessories, Networking, Mobility and Gaming.

In addition to providing market-defining technology, products, and services one innovation at a time, ATEN pledges to make better connections and improve enhanced user experience through its freshly launched website which offers a vast array of the latest product offerings and industry insights to put customers at ease when shopping for the right connectivity solution. With the completion of the full rebuild, now provides the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information and videos with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.

In addition to visual upgrades, there are several new and enhanced features:

  • A responsive design for optimal viewing on any size/resolution screen
  • Better navigation tools for maneuvering the website
  • Live chat function for real-time customer support
  • Integrated e-commerce functionality that simplifies the ordering process
  • Rich content and helpful resources

“We are excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website,” said Mr. Jack Wang, CEO of ATEN Technology Inc. “We wanted extensive functionality from our new website, including a fully responsive design, which means whether you’re browsing on a tablet, laptop or mobile device, you can get the most out of,” he added.


Active Thermal ManagementActive Thermal Management: The trusted name in thermal protection…

We get a steady stream of questions regarding cooling different types of installations, and we’re glad to get them. To quote that line from The Godfather, “This is the business we have chosen…”

We do occasionally run into problems where the solutions desired would violate one or more laws of thermodynamics, but most can be solved by choosing and installing the right ATM cooling system.

We have written a series of white papers on cooling many of the most popular types of installations. These are available on the Downloads page of our web site. There are eight papers, covering rack, cabinet, and other types of installations, and were written with the integrator and installer in mind.

The papers have no math, are easy to read, and feature line drawings that answer the most popular question “where do I put the fans?”.

You’ll find many of your questions answered in these short papers, but if you need personal technical support from our engineers, call us at (661) 294-7999 M-F, 8:00-4:30 PT, or email For sales-related questions, will get you a prompt response.

Need a grille? (No – not the kind you barbecue on…) If you need a grille, bezel, or diffuser to trim a passive ventilation opening, see our wide assortment here. We make it easy to have intake openings match exhaust openings, or to cut a vent slot without having to fill rough edges

Are you an OEM (original equipment manufacturer)? Do you make furniture, RV’s, yachts? If you are, and you have an equipment enclosure that needs cooling or a closet that needs ventilation, talk to ATM about a custom solution. We supply cooling/venting kits to many OEMs, and can put one together for you from our wide selection of fans and thermal controls.

Let our products give your products a competitive edge – call us today for more information.

It’s that time of the year again, and it won’t be long before we’re heading out to Dallas for CEDIA EXPO 2016. We’ll be in booth 5720, and we’ll be expecting you.


Channel VisionChannel Vision, a leading manufacturer of technology for the Well-Connected Home, has updated the firmware on the latest 9-Channel NVR in order to enable compatibility with the leading automation platforms such as Crestron, Savant, RTI, Elan and more. The firmware upgrade allows users to easily view all cameras from the NVR on Smarthome platforms using Universal Plug and Play (UPNP).

Channel Vision - NVR-09N“The new firmware in our 9-Channel NVR makes it easy to view all your cameras at once on a variety of automation platforms,” stated Channel Vision President Darrel Hauk. “With UPNP also built into our IP cameras, homeowners can also easily pull up cameras individually.”

The 9-Channel NVR (NVR-09N) supports 9 IP camera inputs and up to 5 megapixels per channel. It features smart search and playback, a built-in POE switch, ONVIF protocol and the ability to access the Central Management Software from the Smartphone app. The NVR is also equipped with an RTSP stream input which allows third party cameras to be used with the recording device.

As part of their summer surveillance sale, Channel Vision is offering discounts on IP surveillance packages, including the updated 9-Channel NVR and the SI-7000 Front Door Station equipped with a built-in IP camera. Offer valid from July 12th to September 30th, 2016 or while supplies last.

For more information on the upgraded 9-Channel NVR or to take advantage of Channel Vision’s Summer Surveillance Sale, please go online at or call 714.424.6500


Clare-Controls-Corp-logoClare Controls Launches ClareCare Direct-to-Customer Support Hotline


Dedicated consumer support team provides Clare customers with system and ‘how-to’ guidance

Clare Controls wants to give customers the best possible experience – from the sale and installation of its technology and beyond. Clare has created a direct-to-customer support hotline dedicated to consumers for Tier 1 support-related questions. ClareCare provides systems guidance and answer’s consumers’ questions regarding their system, the App, and basic troubleshooting.

Clare Controls - July 2016“Clare prides itself on delivering a consistent user experience to every homeowner. We empower customers to make adjustments to their systems on their own,” said Brett Price, CEO, Clare Controls. “By adding the
direct-to-customer support hotline, we can support, guide, and address their questions or concerns, while educating them about their system on a more personal level. This will subsequently make them feel comfortable to do even more with their system.”

How to” support
ClareCare provides “how to” support for creating a ClareHome Premium account, connecting to the Clare system from the App, creating Scenes, Schedules, Notifications, as well as assistance adding supported auto-discover devices to the ClareHome System.

ClareHome App operation and basic troubleshooting
ClareCare also provides support for basic App operation and troubleshooting for multi room audio, entertainment, security UI, thermostat UI, virtual keypads, lighting controls, including ClareVue lighting controls, CCTV cameras, the ClareVision App*, and Clare Anywhere.

ClareCare is a separate service in addition to Clare’s award-winning technical support for authorized dealers. ClareCare provides a safe place for end users to ask questions and learn how to maximize their use of the Clare smart home system.

How do I sign up?
The ClareCare service is included at no cost and no registration is necessary for the consumer. Clare authorized installers can speak with their Clare representative for more information.

ClareCare Contact Information
Direct Line: 941-315-2273
Support available: Monday – Friday – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Weekends and holidays – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST


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Crest Healthcare Supply is pleased to announce that Timothy W. Kuck has been named President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 11th, 2016. In his new role, Mr. Kuck will direct Crest’s key strategic and operational initiatives to build upon Crest’s legacy of trusted partnerships, unparalleled service, and quality, innovative healthcare products.

Timothy W. KuckMr. Kuck brings a wealth of industry experience to Crest. Prior to joining Crest, Mr. Kuck served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Universal Hospital Services, Inc., an industry-leading medical device management services company. During his 10 year tenure with UHS, Mr. Kuck also served as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kuck served over 8,000 acute and post-acute healthcare providers across the United States, and managed relationships with major medical device manufacturers.

Crest Healthcare Supply is a leading provider of a wide range of products and technical services that enhance the care environment experienced by patients and their families and caregivers. Healthcare provider customers enjoy superior service and support to manage the complete patient environment, including nurse call systems, healthcare TVs, patient safety, mobility and comfort equipment, bed and room supplies, medical devices and general facility needs. Crest designs and produces proprietary products and partners with other manufacturers and distributors to bring innovation and quality patient outcomes in the delivery of healthcare services.




Draper Bringing ISF Certification Class to Dallas


DraperLogoRedFillBlackStrokeScreens can have a major impact on color. When you tinker with the makeup of a screen surface, it throws off how viewers perceive image colors. The people at the Imaging Science Foundation have researched how we see projected and other electronic images, including what impact color, contrast, and other factors have on how we perceive those images. To obtain ISF certification for a screen—such as our TecVision line—is not easy, so when they stamp it certified you know it really is not affecting the colors. At all. Period.

In September, Draper will give you the opportunity to see just what we’re talking about. The week of CEDIA we will be presenting an ISF certification course in Dallas. The three day class will be September 11-13 from 9am-6pm at the Dallas Center for Architecture. To sign up or for more information, contact Amy Madden at




Fortress Seating Named 2016 CE Pro Brand Leader for Third Year

Fortress Seating takes home top honors in the seating category from the industry’s top integrators

Fortress Seating®—leader in home theater, media room, and contract seating—announced today that it has once again been named the CE Pro Brand Leader for Seating, part of the Home Enhancements category.

Fortress - Initial Press Release w Milano InstallThe award comes from the CE Pro Top 100 highest-revenue residential integration firms, who are surveyed each year to determine their preferred brands in the categories of audio, video, home automation, networking, lighting controls, and more. Each integration firm is given the opportunity to name the brands they supported the year prior. The winning brand is the one that is mentioned by most companies, therefore making it the product leading integration firms use most in that category. This is the third year in a row Fortress Seating has taken home this prestigious honor, a true testament to the brand’s offering.

“We put so much careful detail and attention into crafting every seat, it’s rewarding when the industry’s best-of-the-best integrators recognize our efforts,” says Gabi Wolper of Fortress Seating. “We are extremely honored and thank CE Pro and the CE Pro Top 100. Fortress is proud to be among such great company in terms of other manufacturers; not to mention installed in some of the finest home cinemas in the world, providing luxurious comfort, quality, and style.”

A design-oriented manufacturer with near-endless customization capabilities, Fortress has been providing home theater, lifestyle, and corporate seating since the late 1990s, stressing comfort, design, and quality. Sensing a void in the custom seating market, the company drew upon the experience it gained building commercial seating, giving customers the strongest theater and media room seating options available.

Throughout the month, CE Pro will present each of the categories in detail, including the top five brands and every brand mentioned in a given category.

Those interested in learning more about Fortress Seating are encouraged to view the website, e-mail, call (909) 593-8600, and follow @FortressSeating  on Twitter and “Like” Fortress on Facebook.

Made in the USA for over 70 years
1721 Wright Ave. ~ La Verne, CA 91750~ 909-593-8600


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IC Realtime is a brand you trust. Since 2006, IC Realtime has been a leading designer, manufacturer and global innovator of video surveillance technology with a nationwide distribution network of 6,000 trusted partners who are committed to installing IC Realtime security solutions for their clients and customers.

IC Realtime - JulyOur nationwide network of dealers and integrators trust IC Realtime because we stand behind our quality and performance and they can offer their customers peace of mind knowing that the surveillance and video equipment they install is covered for a full decade.




integra_logoRecognized by custom installation specialists as the ideal solution for the whole-house entertainment ecosystem, Integra recently began shipping new DRX-5 and DRX-4 7.2 channel network AV receivers.  The DRX include Dolby Atmos, DTS-X*, 4K scaling, an all-new GUI, Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) for noiseless signal processing and the latest generation of Integra’s AccuEQ featuring AccuReflex Phase Alignment Technology.  Upcoming firmware updates will add MQA decoding, Tidal, FireConnect and Google Cast for audio support.

DRX_5_Angled_RDRX-5 (MSRP $1,700) & DRX-4 (MSRP $1,300)
These state-of-the-art powerhouse 7.2 channel network AV receivers take the film, music, and gaming experience to a whole new level.  Both are THX® Select2™ Plus-certified for theater-grade performance, feature Zone 2 HDMI and matrix switching, as well as an HDBaseT output.

The DRX-5 is the more powerful of the two with 130W/ch (@ 8 ohms) and 40 amps of high-instantaneous current capability (HICC) while the DRX-4 comes in at 110W/ch (@ 8 ohms) and HICC at 35 amps.  Both models feature Zone 2 DAC for HDMI Audio, SPDIF (PCM), NET and USB sources.  The DRX-5 features VLSC on all channels and includes Zone 3 audio to go along with Whole House Mode for synchronized house-wide audio.

Both units include 4K / 60 Hz-capable HDMI® terminals supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4:4:4 Color Space, BT.2020, 4K upscaling from 1080p and HDCP 2.2, and feature eight HDMI® inputs (1 front / 7 rear).

Integra’s Zone 2 auto-switching across all DRX 7.2 channel models allowing 7.2 channel main zone or 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X set ups to automatically change output to 5.1 channels plus Zone 2 stereo when Zone 2 is turned on.

DRX network AV receivers are available now.  Detailed lists of features, specifications and owner’s manuals can be found at


Logo_MobotixMOBOTIX Thermographic Technology




June Screen Shot 1Spot Metering
MOBOTIX has perfectly combined thermal and optical sensor technology with an intelligent onboard video sensor “MxActivitySensor” to detect objects and persons in complete darkness over hundreds of meters automatically. Recently, MOBOTIX provided a software update free of charge to upgrade existing thermal cameras with thermal spot metering in the image center. This allows absolute temperature measurement within the total range of -40 °C to +550 °C and a typical accuracy of ±10 °C.

June Screen Shot 2TR Thermal Technology & Temperature Events
On top, MOBOTIX has launched a new series of thermal radiometry (TR) models (M15, S15, S15 PTMount) to generate automatic alarms, defined by temperature limits or temperature ranges, which is vital to detect potential fire or heat sources. Up to 20 different temperature triggers can be easily defined within the new TR (Thermal Radiometry) window or the whole sensor image can be used with a typical accuracy of ±10 °C. MOBOTIX thermal dual camera systems offer also thermal overlay to localize the hot spot in the visual image and to prevent bigger damages. The standard Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) compatibility and the market leading low power consumption of only 6 watt allows operation of MOBOTIX thermal camera systems in every situation.

Cost Effective Perimeter Solution
Only one thermal MOBOTIX camera is required to protect a huge outdoor area without the need of any additional illumination. The combination of thermal, video sensor and intelligent software based motion detection like MxActivitySensor are perfectly suited to cover wide perimeter ­situations efficiently without any secondary equipment like IR-conventional light or ­additional sensors even in complete darkness.


Pro-Control-LogoPro Control is excited to introduce the latest version of its Pro Control Studio® programming software — version 1.4.2 — which features three new two-way drivers for security panels. For integrators, the new drivers make it simple to provide their customers with intuitive control over select GE, Honeywell, and Elk security panels, while offering powerful automation options when integrated with other smart-home systems.

The new Pro Control drivers enable seamless integration with GE Concord® series security panels using the Interlogix ITI SuperBus 2000 Automation Module; Honeywell VISTA series panels using the 4232CBM Connected Building Module; and Elk M1 series panels. The drivers enable the creation of virtual keypads, allowing users to arm/disarm and check the status of their security system on their Pro Control Pro24.z remote or from an iOS device running the ProPanel app.

ProPanel_iPad_Air_2_iPhone_6_Pro24z - Security v2When integrated with other smart-home systems, the drivers enable powerful trigger control options. For example, setting the lighting system to the “good night” scene can trigger the security system’s “stay” mode, or televisions can be automatically powered off when motion sensors don’t detect a presence in a room. Additionally, the Elk two-way driver can trigger the security panel to say preprogrammed words or phrases.

Traditionally, programming such functionality has been a very complicated procedure. With Pro Control Studio, however, two-way drivers auto-populate professionally designed templates, eliminating time-consuming tasks for dealers while requiring little additional programming. If an integrator wants to customize an installation, Pro Control Studio provides the option to adjust elements easily within the user interface.

“We’re proud to expand our library of two-way drivers to include GE, Honeywell, and Elk,” said Mike Everett, vice president of sales and marketing, Americas, for RTI and Pro Control. “Security is a key element in any home control solution, and these new drivers allow our dealers to integrate these popular panels in a matter of minutes and bring all of the elements of the home together into a great control experience for their clients.”



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Screen Innovations Reinvents the Video Wall

Screen Innovations (SI), the innovators who introduced Black Diamond®, the first-ever ambient-light rejecting screen which revolutionized the video projection screen industry, has announced the introduction of Tiles, a new screen tiling system that redefines the video wall category.  Built with the award-winning Black Diamond® screen technology, Tiles can go as large as 288” W by 162” H (330” diagonal), and is 4K/8K+ rated and UHD/HDR ready.

tiles_plane SKY copy“Black Diamond® has been touted as the best screen that money can buy however, it comes with limitations,” says Skyler Meek, Director of Marketing for SI. “Because of the extreme engineering required to manufacture the optical qualities in the material, it is limited in height. To overcome this, SI has created a system that uses smaller, rigid tiles precision-bonded together in order to create one larger screen.”

To build a Black Diamond® video wall, panels are placed next to each other with a nearly invisible seam, and stacked in a running-bond pattern for superior strength. This is achieved by SI’s all-new, computer controlled cutting system, which is capable of cutting to extremely precise specifications. This attention to detail is what ensures that customers receive the best possible accuracy, quality, and longevity from their tile screens.

To ensure that the installation process is as time-efficient and simple as possible, SI has designed a system that is 75% pre-fabricated; each panel then snaps into place with an attachment system that utilizes neodymium magnets. This installation process allows integrators to assemble a video wall of any size with ease minimizing hassle on the job. All panels are precision-cut and stocked in three sizes: 45”, 50” and 55” for 16:9 and 43”, 48”, and 53” for 16:10.

“What’s so revolutionary about this system,” Skyler Meek continues, “is that there is now a solution for a massive ‘video wall’ type screen without any of the headaches, installation problems, or budget concerns that give integrators nightmares. Tiles require only a single light source, are a breeze to install, and are maintenance free (except for the occasional gentle dusting.) And the technology is future-proofed with 8K+ resolution rating and UHD/HDR capability.”

Tiles with Black Diamond® are the perfect solution for commercial installations and high traffic areas such as digital signage, restaurants, educational facilities, stadiums, and just about any location where bright, detailed images are critical.”

For more information, visit:

Screen Innovations makes it easy for integrators to choose the right screen for each project based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.



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VMP ER-8RSA Adjustable Eight Receiver Rack Shelf


Video Mount Products ER8RSA - HRThe ER-8RSA is a patented adjustable rack shelf that can accommodate up to eight receivers.  The shelf can be adjusted left to right and front to back to handle a wide variety of receiver brands and styles.  The ER-8RSA also comes with additional components including front and top anti-roll bars and additional receiver separators.

MSRP: $108.95;