Screen Innovations’ Fabric Wizard narrows down fabric choices quickly and efficiently based on installation objectives and cosmetic preferences, making it easy to make the right choice, fast.
AUSTIN, TX (July 8, 2021) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer of design-forward motorized and manual window covering products and accessories for shading, temperature control, privacy, and insect screening, continues to demonstrate its commitment to helping integrators prosper in the burgeoning motorized window shade business by launching an online shade selection and specification tool. Guiding integrators, designers, homeowners, and end-users through the fabric selection process, SI’s new Fabric Wizard provides one convenient place to learn about and quickly and easily determine the best shading fabric for any indoor and outdoor application.
More than 850 indoor and outdoor fabrics and insect screens from leading designer shade suppliers, such as Phifer, Mermet, Serge Ferrari, Wilson, and more, have been thoughtfully categorized according to the installation location, function, color, and other parameters, significantly streamlining what could otherwise be an overwhelming and complex exercise. SI’s Fabric Wizard starts by asking website visitors to identify the purpose of the shade, be it for UV protection, privacy, heat reduction, glare control, or insect prevention. Based on those answers, as well as color preferences, Fabric Wizard cultivates a manageable list of the most appropriate fabric choices. Integrators can present these options to their customers, confident that whichever material is selected will look and perform optimally for the intended application.
“We recognize that fabric selection is unfamiliar territory for many when designing shading solutions,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “Fabric Wizard helps integrators get up to speed quickly on the important aspects of fabric selection and leads them through the specification process while providing them with an interactive tool that helps their clients visualize how fabric composition and color influences its ability to block UV rays, control the indoor climate, enable a view of the outdoors, or keep bugs out.”
For customers who also want physical samples of products recommended by Fabric Wizard, SI will send up to three swatches free through SI dealers “We always suggest people place the fabric swatches on their intended windows and live with them for a while before making a final decision,” says Jason Russell, SI VP of Residential Sales. Integrators can also pull fabric swatches from the SI’s Nano demo kit, which contains 300-or-so of the company’s most popular fabric offerings.
The Fabric Wizard complements SI’s popular Flow online shade configuration and ordering software. After using Fabric Wizard integrators can plug the fabric choice into the Flow configuration tool, adding dimensions, motorization type, and other specs to build a complete turnkey shading solution, along with estimated pricing. “As always, SI’s Design Service team is available to assist integrators and designers at any time and to handle custom shading requests,” Russell continues.
The Fabric Wizard was designed by SI to be much more than a specification tool, however. It includes a wealth of useful information that explains through text and visuals common performance differences, advantages and disadvantages of certain fabric colors, and composition features essential for light filtering, UV protection, heat control, and more. “Our goal is to help integrators, designers, and end-users understand how shades differ in their composition and functionality and why those facets are important to consider when choosing shading products for the home,” Russell says. By understanding these principles, they can confidently design the best shading solution for any indoor or outdoor home environment.”
To learn more about SI and its portfolio of shading fabrics, go to https://www.screeninnovations.com/fabrics/. The company’s entire line of shading and projection screen solutions can be found at https://www.screeninnovations.com/.
About Screen Innovations
Innovative shades & projection screens, making life beautiful, convenient & fun
Dedicated to developing the most innovative and design-forward projection screens, window covering, and outdoor shading and screen solutions for home and corporate environments, Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds every product it sells in its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Always putting the customer first, SI listens, learns, and delivers a wide variety of design-forward products, services, and online tools. Committed to doing its part to limit the company’s impact on the environment, SI follows LEAN manufacturing principles and monitors production processes closely to minimize waste wherever possible. For more information about SI please visit screeninnovations.com and follow the company on social media platforms Facebook @screen innovations, Twitter @SIScreens, Instagram @siscreens, and LinkedIn @screen-innovations.
ISC West Booth 7054
AtlasIED’s Atmosphere™ digital audio platform bridges background music with critical messaging features, giving security integrators an easy entry into new commercial audio opportunities.
PHOENIX, AZ (July 8, 2021) — AtlasIED is blazing a trail for security integrators interested in adding digital audio solutions to their product portfolios. Introduced last year, AtlasIED’s innovative Atmosphere™ digital audio platform is a complete, turnkey audio system designed and engineered for quick, easy deployment in a wide range of commercial environments, with capabilities particularly beneficial for the distribution of high-performance music, scheduled notifications, and messaging in restaurants, bars, hotels, school campuses, houses of worship, and retail establishments.
Includes Everything an Integrator Needs to Succeed
Comprising a range of advanced signal processors, amplifiers, plug-and-play controllers and accessory plates, simple to configure software, an intuitive mobile interface for convenient operation, and multi-patented built-in intelligence, Atmosphere™ includes everything an integrator needs to break into and prosper in the commercial audio market, while still providing their customers life safety features through high-priority input options built into the platform.
Modular, scalable, versatile, and incorporating a full suite of revolutionary technologies, Atmosphere™ can serve the digital audio needs of the smallest cocktail lounge to the largest banquet hall. The family of components has been designed to work seamlessly together, minimizing training time and installation, configuration, and programming headaches for security integrators, and reducing the learning curve for end-users. Because Atmosphere™ is compatible with AtlasIED’s line of loudspeakers (or any standard loudspeaker), the same speakers used for mass communications applications can be used to deliver music.
“From its inception, Atmosphere™ was developed to simplify the design, configuration, and installation of a digital audio system so that any integrator, no matter how new or experienced with commercial audio solutions, can deploy a high-performance system,” says John Ivey, president at AtlasIED. “Atmosphere™ represents our continued commitment to helping integrators strengthen, refine, and grow their businesses. While Atmosphere™ is advanced in its capabilities, it sets a new standard for its ease of integration in a wide variety of commercial environments.”
Automation Features Streamline Configuration and Control
Through Atmosphere™, AtlasIED offers security integrators an opportunity to deliver a high-quality music and messaging distribution system but without the common installation and configuration hassles of other digital audio systems. Equipped with built-in intelligence and advanced technologies, the Atmosphere™ digital signal processors (two models are available) handle many functions automatically. For example, through data collected and transmitted by an Atmosphere™ ambient noise sensor, the DSP comes to recognize patterns like the need to raise the volume at a bar during happy hour to compensate for high levels of ambient noise. Unlike systems that rely on external microphones to monitor the environment, Atmosphere™ uses artificial intelligence to analyze and respond to the predictable behaviors of its users, such as consistent commands issued from an Atmosphere™ volume controller, as well as data sent from an Atmosphere™ ambient noise sensor to the DSP.
The volume level isn’t the only setting that Atmosphere™ adjusts automatically. Messages uploaded to the DSP as WAV files can be dispatched according to pre-programmed schedules based on priority or when triggered by an Atmosphere™ input device, such as a volume/source/zone selector. And should an emergency arise, the alarm tied into Atmosphere’s™ high-priority input mutes background music and other messaging or tones so that announcements concerning an evacuation, lockdown, severe weather or other situation can play through the speakers.
Intuitive Programming Software Simplifies Setup and Service
No matter a commercial establishment’s audio needs, security integrators can satisfy them quickly and conveniently through Atmosphere’s™ simple, intuitive programming software. The software guides integrators through the configuration process and provides ample opportunity for customization. Daily schedules can be created for the delivery of music and messages. Speakers can be grouped into distinct audio zones, enabling audio to play in only pre-specified areas. Last but not least, pre-loaded EQ files enable speakers to be easily tuned for the specific application and environment.
Plus, integrators can configure the system to authorize end-users to make minor adjustments via a mobile interface directly from their personal devices; for example, allowing managers to modify the schedule of outgoing messages while staff members are only able to adjust the volume. This minimizes post-installation on-site changes and lengthy end-user training for integrators. Additionally, should any wall-plate accessory of an Atmosphere™ system accidentally break, there’s no need to spend excessive time in the field to reprogram the replacement product. Instead, the system “self-heals,” instantly recognizing the newly installed wall-plate and loading into it all of the original customized settings automatically. Integrators can have the system back up and running in seconds, dramatically reducing time and manpower typically required to service a digital audio system.
Components Comprising Atmosphere™ Suite
Products currently comprising the Atmosphere™ digital audio platform include two varieties of digital signal processors (6-input/4 output AZM4 and 10 input/8 output AZM8); two amplifiers (400-watt AZA404 and 800-watt AZ804); six different plug-and-play accessories, including wall-mounted audio controllers (single- and multi-zone options) and remote audio inputs (RCA, Bluetooth, and XLR sources); and an ambient noise sensor. As many as 16 accessories can be daisy-chained to the AZM4 and the AZM8 DSPs. Boasting a clean, modern, industrial design, the components of Atmosphere™ complement the aesthetics of most commercial environments.
ISC West 2021 attendees can see Atmosphere™ and other AtlasIED communications, security, and audio solutions at Booth 7054.
AtlasIED has been a recognized leader in the pro-audio industry for over 85 years, developing innovative audio solutions for a wide variety of commercial environments. The company’s diverse, comprehensive, and ever-evolving solutions cater to the high-quality audio and communication technology needs of markets globally, including transportation, healthcare, corporate, industrial, government, hospitality, education, and house of worship. Technologically advanced, expertly engineered, and highly marketable, AtlasIED’s products and systems deliver mass communication, high intelligibility announcements, IP-based visual and audio communications, distributed audio, background music, paging, and sound masking solutions to commercial projects of every size and scope, including those which are mission-critical. Family-owned, the company’s nine locations and a well-established network of experienced manufacturer representatives and distributors throughout the world ensure exceptional customer support and service to drive the continued growth and advancement of the commercial audio industry.
For more information please visit www.atlasied.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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CEDIA EXPO Booth #6250
Customized for Ruckus R850 access point, Wall-Smart’s innovative concealment solution delivers Wi-Fi signals throughout a home with zero visual impact.
BUFFALO, NY (July 8, 2021) –Wall-Smart, the leading manufacturer of innovative mounting hardware that conceals a wide variety of smart devices flush with wall and ceiling surfaces, offers integrators a mounting solution that makes Wi-Fi access points disappear. Customized for the Ruckus R850 Wi-Fi 6 access point, the mount takes a device that would ordinarily protrude from the ceiling and recesses it completely within the surface. Integrators can deliver their customers high-performance Wi-Fi 6 connectivity without compromising the aesthetics of the home environment. The cover of the Ruckus R850 mount can be painted to match the ceiling surface to render it even more indiscernible.
Because the mount disappears within the home design, integrators now have a better installation alternative than hiding access points in closets or behind furniture. Thanks to the new Wall-Smart mount, Ruckus R850 access points can be located where they provide the strongest, fastest, most reliable Wi-Fi 6 signals for optimal connectivity and a better customer experience. Every detail was addressed in the design of the mount. It includes the necessary hardware for installation in both new and existing homes, incorporates technology to optimize Wi-Fi performance, and is easily accessible for service. Additionally, the mount has been designed for installation in any orientation and to ensure proper air ventilation and heat dissipation to protect the access point from overheating.
Although the mount was designed specifically for the R850 wireless access point, it can also accommodate other Ruckus access points, including the R750, R730, R720, R710, R650, R610, R600, R550, R510, R320 and R310.
“At Wall-Smart we recognize that providing homeowners with optimal Wi-Fi bandwidth, speed, and coverage can be a challenge for integrators. Often, it requires sacrificing a home’s design in order to locate wireless access points where they deliver the strongest connections,” says Wall-Smart Co-CEO and Founder Galia Ben-Dor. “We developed the Ruckus R850 mount so that integrators no longer need to choose technology over design to deliver the best Wi-Fi experience.”
The Ruckus R850 mount joins Wall-Smart’s comprehensive line of design-friendly mounts customized for the modern smart home and engineered with features and technology to simplify installation for professional integrators.
Wall-Smart will debut the Ruckus 850 mount during CEDIA Expo in booth #6250 along with other innovative concealment solutions. Additional information about Wall-Smart, its products, manufacturer partners, and instructional videos can be found at http://www.wall-smart.com.
About Wall-Smart Ltd.
Wall-Smart is the leading designer and manufacturer of custom flush ceiling and wall mounts for high-end home electronic devices, including tablets, touchscreens, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, voice assistants, and more. Dedicated to providing cutting-edge, creative, and cost-effective concealment solutions for technology in new and existing homes, Wall-Smart inspires homes that are both technically advanced and exceptionally beautiful. A wide range of products, combined with simple installation, and fast, hassle-free worldwide shipping, positions Wall-Smart as a valuable resource for systems integrators, home builders and contractors, architects, and designers.
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When seconds count, AtlasIED’s IPX Series of IP endpoints streamline emergency communications at Genesee Valley School District.
As the decades-old PA system at Genesee Valley School District’s K-12 building continued to struggle, technology director Jeff LaBenne began looking for a replacement—not just an even swap, but something much more robust and feature-rich to satisfy the evolving communications needs of the school. The administration had recently secured funding for a capital improvement project, so the timing was ideal to explore options for a more advanced and effective campus-wide communications system. “Security preparedness has become an increasingly important facet of school communications, and IP-based solutions are leading the way,” says LaBenne, who keeps a close pulse on new technologies that help provide safer, more productive, learning environments.
Multi-Faceted Communications Approach for Lower Cost, Higher Return
“When I looked at a replacement paging system with additional IP-enabled clocks, it got expensive quickly,” he says. “The alternative, IP endpoints with speakers from AtlasIED, that could also display the time, plus play audio for both paging and bell schedules, turned out to be a more affordable option.” Another benefit: the IPX family of IP endpoints could utilize the school building’s existing Ethernet network to derive power and distribute audio and video. “Because we wouldn’t need to get power to every IP speaker location, placement would be easier and more flexible,” LaBenne explains. “Speakers that required new cabling would have made the project much more costly and laborious—plus we’d be missing out on some of the useful features bundled into AtlasIED’s IPX series endpoints.”
Seamless Integration of Speaker and Software
Some other schools in the area had already transitioned from antiquated paging systems to IPX-based communications systems from AtlasIED and were thrilled with the results, so the Genesee Valley administration had no reservations about pressing forward with LaBenne’s plan. LaBenne spent a few days outlining the school’s communications needs, identified complementary software from Singlewire to manage the messaging, and plotted ideal positions for a variety of AtlasIED’s IPX series endpoints in classrooms, hallways, gymnasiums, auditoriums, and more. AtlasIED weather-resistant, vandal-proof IP speakers were selected for exterior spaces, ensuring that critical announcements are heard during recess, football games, and other outdoor activities. Handling the project largely on his own, LaBenne started the process in the summer of 2019 and had the system up and running by fall in time for the start of school.
Flashers and Scrolling Text Enhance Classroom Communication
A system that supports bell schedules and live announcements may have been at the top of LaBenne’s shopping list, but the AtlasIED solution came with several other perks. For starters, the IPX family of IP endpoints integrate seamlessly with the existing Singlewire communications software running on a Cisco server. The school district had been using Singlewire previously to distribute alerts over the school’s existing Cisco phone system, so all it took was some additional licensing to introduce additional security and communications features to the new IP network. The IPX built-in flashers and display enhance school communications further.
For example, flashers on each endpoint can illuminate in red to convey an emergency situation—with or without any audible messaging. “Previously, administrators had to make real-time announcements on the fly, sometimes during duress—never a good situation,” LaBenne says. Now, should someone initiate an emergency alert by dialing a special extension or pressing an emergency button on any phone, the IPX endpoints flash in a red color and scrolling text with instructions appear on the speakers’ displays. To simplify emergency communications for staff, LaBenne programmed one-button activation of pre-recorded messages for situations including shelter-in-place, lock down, lock out, and all clear. “And because the speakers in the IPX endpoints are so efficient, we can play the volume of messages much louder than other speakers would allow,” he adds.
Customized Bell Scheduling Supports Varied K-12 Routines
The AtlasIED/Singlewire pairing also excels at delivering routine, non-emergency announcements, including bells throughout the school day. Six hundred elementary-, middle-, and high-school students are housed in a single building, yet follow different schedules. The Singlewire software allowed LaBenne to group specific AtlasIED speakers and IP endpoints together and create a bell schedule for each zone. The schedule can be easily modified and audio zones altered to reflect events like an early, campus-wide dismissal due to inclement weather conditions.
IPX Speakers Blend into Classroom Environments with Ease
Certainly, it is the technology inside the IPX endpoints that makes them a wise investment for schools like Genesee Valley. But it is what’s on the outside that makes them a pleasing addition to the classroom environment. “The IPX family of IP endpoints from AtlasIED simply look better than any speaker on the market,” LaBenne professes. “With their built-in clock, which was programmed to display the same green as our school color, and attractive housing and mounting options, they make our school look great.” Plus, the colored-coded messaging enables the school to more effectively communicate events—red for emergencies, green for routine announcements, for example. At a glance, students and staff understand the nature of the message, enhancing safety protocols and procedures dramatically for the school district.
Getting More than Bargained For
Thanks to a variety of design options in AtlasIED’s IPX endpoint line, LaBenne was able to choose the perfect product for every area of the school—more than 200 IP speakers throughout the 230,500-square-foot building and several outdoor locations. In hallways, he went with dual-sided IP-DDS endpoints so that students could see and hear messages no matter which direction they were walking. Surface-mounted IP-SDMF endpoints with integrated flashers, meanwhile, went into most classrooms, offices, and gymnasiums, with flasher colors customized to illuminate in green for non-critical events and red for emergencies. To deliver audible messages to restrooms and stairwells, LaBenne used IP-SM speakers, and for outdoor areas, some existing analog speakers were replaced with IP-HVP speakers.
For the few existing outdoor analog speakers that remained, LaBenne employed a gateway that converts digital audio signals to analog so they can relay the same audible notifications as the IPX endpoints.
From corner to corner, top to bottom, the entire Genesee Valley School campus is covered. What started as a quest to replace a PA system, turned into something much more. In addition to supporting the school’s PA needs, the AtlasIED IPX family of IP endpoints enhance the efficiency of Genesee Valley’s emergency and safety protocols through modern, flexible technology that eliminates the manual, dated communications processes of the past.
AtlasIED Technology Used
(150) IP-SDMF PoE+ Compliant IP Dual-Sided LCD Endpoint with Speakers and LED Flasher
(23) IP-SM PoE+ Indoor Wall/Ceiling Mount IP Endpoint
(30) IP-DDS PoE+ Compliant IP Dual Sided LCD Endpoint with Speakers and LED Flasher
(18) IP-HVP PoE+ Vandal and Weather Resistant Wall-Mount IP Endpoint
BUFFALO, NY – Wall-Smart, the leader in the design and manufacture of innovative mounting hardware that conceals technology products within wall and ceiling surfaces, announced today that it has joined the Home Technology Association (HTA) as a Supporting Brand member. This industry-leading collaboration encourages high standards for technology integrators and strives to connect homeowners, architects, builders, and interior designers with reputable and qualified professionals in the home technology industry. As a Supporting Brand member, Wall-Smart strengthens its commitment to delivering exceptional, architecturally attractive technology solutions to HTA members. All of Wall-Smart’s newest mounting solutions are highlighted on the HTA website under the architectural finishes section.
Wall-Smart’s mounting solutions provide builders, architects, designers, technology integrators, and homeowners a way to seamlessly integrate popular technologies such as tablets, touchscreens, light switches, voice assistants, security cameras, and networking products into new construction and retrofit projects in an aesthetically pleasing manner using standard construction techniques.
Each of Wall-Smart’s wall and ceiling mounts is custom designed, engineered, and fabricated for a specific home tech product, many of which are also HTA Supporting Brands. This attention to detail ensures not only a seamless, completely flush appearance, but delivers optimal convenience and performance. New to the Wall-Smart line are mounts for leading devices, including Lutron Alisse keypads, Ruckus R850 access points, IC Realtime IPMX-W40F-IRW2 security cameras, Crestron Horizon outlets, Legrand Adorne light switches, iPad Pro 12.9″ gen 5, and more.
“We are excited to bring together Wall-Smart’s reputation for discrete and innovative mounting solutions and HTA’s members plus the specifier community to continue to push forward the benefits of home technology for both the trade and consumers,” says Josh Christian, HTA CEO. “Wall-Smart offers solutions that bridge technology and design—something that gives our industry credence by fostering comfortable, convenient, smart, and beautiful living spaces. The products that they design and manufacture are an important facet of the smart home landscape.”
To see Wall-Smart’s extensive portfolio of technology concealment solutions on HTA’s website go to htacertified.org/brand/wall-smart-architectural-finishes. Home systems integrators, architects, builders, and designers can also find downloadable Revit files for many Wall-Smart products at the digital building design platform BIMobject. The files, which include relevant product specifications, are easily incorporated into drawings, renderings, and blueprints, significantly streamlining the systems design process.
For more information about Wall-Smart, its products and partnerships, as well as informative installation videos, visit www.wall-smart.com/.
About Wall-Smart Ltd.
Wall-Smart is the leading designer and manufacturer of custom flush ceiling and wall mounts for high-end home electronic devices, including tablets, touchscreens, Wi-Fi access points, security cameras, voice assistants, and more. Dedicated to providing cutting-edge, creative, and cost-effective concealment solutions for technology in new and existing homes, Wall-Smart inspires homes that are both technically advanced and exceptionally beautiful. A wide range of products, combined with simple installation, and fast, hassle-free shipping, positions Wall-Smart as a valuable smart home resource for home systems integrators, home builders and contractors, architects, and designers.
For more information about Wall-Smart, please find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
About the Home Technology Association
The Home Technology Association (HTA) created the first and only standard of excellence for home technology integration firms. The HTA gives the best qualified technology integrators a prestigious certification and endorsement developed to differentiate these exceptional firms. HTA Certification is a badge of quality, designed to help homeowners get consistently first-rate technology experiences. Homeowners, builders, architects, and interior designers that hire HTA Certified integrators have peace of mind knowing they are working with truly professional firms that have passed the HTA’s rigorous, 60-point HTA certification process, which focuses on technical competency, first-rate customer service, aftercare support, and a positive business reputation. These stringent criteria were developed by industry veterans and HTA’s Board of Advisors, including top executives from Lutron, Crestron, Control4, Savant, and others. Additionally, HTA’s Supporting Brands program enables expanded outreach to architects, designers, builders, and related trade associations from leading manufacturers and service providers who support HTA’s mission of delivering exemplary technology experiences.
Learn more by visiting HTACertified.org and by following the Home Technology Association (HTA) on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Pinterest.