AtlasIED Introduces SHS Ceiling Speaker to Transform High Definition Audio in Trendsetting Architectural Designs

In applications where aesthetics are as important as high definition audio, the Strategically Hidden Speaker delivers

Phoenix, AZ – (December 5, 2018) – AtlasIED has introduced the SHS Series, Strategically Hidden Speaker, a first-of-its-kind ceiling speaker designed to blend into virtually any environment. A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial business environments, AtlasIED introduced the SHS line for installations where wide coverage is crucial and high-definition audio must be heard, not seen.

Today’s business, retail, corporate, and educational environments put as much emphasis on interior design and aesthetics as on the quality and functionality of the integrated technology. The SHS is carefully designed to blend into the aesthetic of any ceiling while retaining optimal sound performance. Exotically different and perfectly disguised, the AtlasIED SHS Series is ideal for applications like background music, paging / notification, and sound masking, and is easy to install in venues and facilities where the technology should not be front-and-center.

The SHS Combines Subtle Form and Optimal Function
The concealed design of the SHS is achieved by Adaptive Dispersion Lens Technology, a new, patented waveguide form. Only a 3-inch diameter lens and a micro trim ring are visible on the ceiling. The dispersion lens can be easily painted or replaced with material to match the ceiling, allowing the SHS to blend in without compromising the architectural aesthetic of the room. For hard-to-match spaces, AtlasIED’s optional DesignLab™ color match process uses high-resolution printing technology to transfer any color or design onto the micro-diffuser, for visual continuity on any ceiling.

Designed to deliver highly intelligible audio, the speaker has a 2-way driver providing high-definition sound. Sound exits the two-way transducer and passes through the patented adaptive dispersion lens for a smooth and uniform frequency response with no “hot spots” common to some loudspeakers. The speaker uses an integrated 32-watt 70V/100V transformer and 40 bypass with a sealed enclosure above the ceiling for optimal bass response. The speaker offers ultra-wide, 180-degree dispersion for full coverage in any environment.

Self-Contained Unit Offers Easy Installation
Easy to install, the self-contained SHS comes with a speaker, enclosure, and adjustable tile rails. Drill a three-inch hole in the ceiling tile, set the speaker through the hole, and snap on the micro diffuser. Pull to retract the expandable tile rail alarms, and installation is complete. No rail screws are required for drop-tile ceiling installations.

The SHS Series speakers include three dispersive lens configurations for flexibility in any installation. The standard lens comes in 4mm and 8mm sizes, ideal for applications with low- to medium-height ceilings. The direct fire lens measures 4mm and includes a direct fire grille for improved intelligibility and greater sound dispersion for use in projects with high ceilings or applications where extreme intelligibility is required, such as public address systems and conference rooms.

Experience the SHS at Integrated Systems Europe
Years in development, the SHS Series fills a necessary niche in commercial ceiling speakers, merging superior sound quality with thoughtful design. By taking a unique and strategic approach to loudspeaker engineering, AtlasIED developed the SHS to put aesthetics first without compromising performance, transforming high definition audio in trendsetting architectural designs.

“The SHS is truly something different. And the audio and design worlds have been waiting for something different for a very long time,” says AtlasIED President and CEO John Ivey. “We are not exaggerating when we say to the commercial integration community: ‘You didn’t see this coming.’”

To experience the superior sound quality and revolutionary design of the SHS Strategically Hidden Speaker, visit AtlasIED at ISE 2019 stand 6-K160. Learn more at atlasied.com/shs-series-overview.

About AtlasIED
A global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio solutions for commercial, corporate, educational, healthcare, retail, transportation, and government environments, AtlasIED brings together the legacy, engineering skills, and legendary service of Atlas Sound and Innovative Electronics Design. Offering industry-leading mass notification, life safety, VoIP, background music, paging, and sound-masking systems, AtlasIED delivers product lines that span wide and deep, with more than 2,000 innovative audio solutions for businesses of every size. Combined, Atlas Sound and IED products have been installed in more than one million businesses over the past 80+ years.

With nine locations and a network of manufacturer representatives and distributors around the world to provide superior support to dealers and customers, AtlasIED’s customer service is an industry benchmark that competitors strive to match. AtlasIED is family-owned, with manufacturing operations in the United States that hold an ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards Certification to ensure consistently high-quality products, service, and support.

Rayva Receives Overwhelming Support for New Offering and Bring Your Own Gear (BYOG) Approach to Theater Design, Specification

Integrators appreciate the ability to specify equipment they know and trust to deliver turnkey Rayva theaters while Interior Designers applaud Rayva’s unique approach to home entertainment rooms

NEW YORK, NY (November 1, 2018) —By way of compelling demonstrations and one-on-one time with the Rayva team, AV integrators and interior designers are seeing firsthand how Rayva—a supplier of engineered and fully personalizable turnkey home entertainment solutions—makes home theater simple with its new offering and simplified approach to the category.

Rayva Turnkey Theaters — An entirely new approach to home entertainment
One of the more notable aspects of Rayva’s new offering is that the company now allows dealers to specify the gear used in a Rayva theater to be from brands they know and trust. These products are then paired with Rayva’s custom curated interior designs, acoustical packages, and engineering documentation to complete the package. Dealers determine the installation price and execute the project. Rayva’s team is available throughout the process to help dealers sell and support Rayva solutions.

‘BYOG’ makes it easy for integrators to offer, install, and support Rayva Theaters
Dealers now have the freedom to select the products they know and trust to integrate into a Rayva system, so long as they are within the performance requirements of the selected Rayva package. Rayva affectionately calls this their ‘Bring Your Own Gear’ (BYOG) approach, which gives dealers the flexibility they need to deliver expected performance, maintain valuable relationships with suppliers while making it simple to deliver a premium experience to their customers.

“Rayva’s concept is so simple,” says Steve Stary of Brilliant AV. The model they’ve created and the addition of BYOG makes it easy for integrators like Brilliant AV to get back into the home theater category but in such a way as to present a product to our customers and not a convoluted, time-consuming, and expensive project. It’s a straightforward approach that just simply works. To be honest, our firm just wasn’t selling home theaters until Rayva came along.”

Combining technology, art, and design
Rayva combines state-of-the-art technology with Executive Director Theo Kalomirakis’ curated line of proprietary interiors, acoustic specifications, and engineering and design accessories. With 12 designs now available and more being developed, dealers can easily provide clients with performance packages that meet their needs and interiors that meet their style.

An enlightening addition to the Rayva offering, the new Light Edge interior features modular acoustical panels with inlaid LED lighting that can be changed to suit the mood or decor and which eliminates light scatter l around the room. Rayva dealers have the unique ability to capitalize on this, especially given lighting has become a leading trend in both the AV and design industries. Light Edge joins the complete lineup of Rayva theaters like Shapes, Movement, Origami, Pulse, Soundscapes, and more, all available as out-of-the-box solutions that are ready to rock in any residence.

“Family movie night is big in our world,” says Toni Sabatino of New York-based interior design firm, Toni Sabatino Style. “As Rayva demonstrates, now, a home theater can be hidden in plain sight, integrated into your family room, or anywhere you want to show off all your cool AV gear.”

Equally impressive are Rayva’s acoustical treatments, which are both modular and truly plug-and-play. Integrators simply order their Rayva theater using the company’s new online Configurator tool, which makes it easy to select and specify any of the available designs that easily meet a range of needs and budget. An intuitive step-by-step process that takes all of 3 minutes to navigate, the Rayva Configurator utilizes CEDIA industry standards for acoustics and optimal viewing criteria to optimize seating and establish the appropriate screen size for the chosen space. Once approved by the client, dealers simply order their Rayva theater and prepare the space, sourcing gear they want to order directly from their vendors. The different aspects of the theater Rayva supplies for each project are delivered in kits to the job site where installed with out-of-the-box ease, offering a fast, easy solution that is both repeatable and profitable.

Reinforcing the value of relationships and partnerships Rayva is working closely with Origin Acoustics, Barco Residential, Stewart Filmscreen, Josh.ai, Kaleidescape, Fortress Seating, Audio Control, and other fine brands to deliver a truly memorable entertainment experience.

“Together, Rayva and its AV partners make home theater far more simple and fun for dealers to sell and support,” concludes Stary.

About Rayva
Rayva is the world’s first provider of complete, turnkey, engineered, home theaters of exceptional quality and performance. Limited edition designs by world-renowned artists curated by Theo Kalomirakis are unique to Rayva home theaters. These designs, engineering, and acoustics make Rayva home theaters easy for integrators and home technology professionals to sell and install. Rayva’s customizable home theater solutions remove the barriers of complexity and the unknown to create an exceptional experience that brings families closer together through the magic of movies, sports, concerts, and video games. Learn more at www.rayva.com and follow @RayvaTheaters, @RayvaHomeTheater or @RayvaHomeTheaters on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on the Company and its offering.

Azione Unlimited’s Fall Conference The Donnée in Denver Offered Inspiration, Insights, Community, and Camaraderie

Chester Springs, PA – (October 24, 2018) – Azione Unlimited’s recent fall conference, The Donnée in Denver, broke-free from traditional conference offerings with new Inspiring Insights talks, small group presentations, and charity-based team-building events, complemented by plentiful networking opportunities to help build a stronger sense of community and camaraderie.

“Within the first five minutes of being at the Donnée in Denver, I was overwhelmed by the spirit of camaraderie and community. It was literally palpable, and felt like I was amidst a group of friends more than a group industry colleagues,” says Giles Sutton, Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement for CEDIA.

New for the Azione Fall Conference was a series of Inspiring Insights talks which explored a multitude of interesting topics energetically delivered by thought-provoking speakers from both inside and outside of the AV industry. Small Group presentations led by members of Azione and One-on-One sessions with Azione vendors armed attendees with sound and strategic business insights to help companies learn, grow, and overcome challenges. In all, more than 250+ like-minded individuals, including home technology professionals, manufacturers, service providers, and industry affiliates attended the event.

Inspiring Insights
Akin to a popular global speaking series, Azione’s Inspiring Insights talks were delivered by nine different speakers from a broad range of backgrounds 15 minutes to talk about a variety of topics, such as finding and keeping talent (Kathleen Brenk) and rethinking how to sell to your next customer (Tim Costello), as well as philosophical approaches like how to stop selling and start delivering joy to customers (Alex Capecelatro). Jeremy Glowacki, executive editor of Residential Tech Today gave a thought-leading talk on Blockchain and how businesses can prepare for its inevitable role in their operations. Inspiring subjects, like transforming dreams into reality were explored by Jason Romero, a legally blind man who ran across the U.S. and how to take risks in business (Eric Higgs), were a huge success with attendees. Perfect Light by Ann Shiffers covered not only how to get into the lighting category, but more importantly a deep dive into education, how and why lighting has evolved and why human-centric lighting is so important. Tim Sinnaeve discussed working more effectively with the Architecture and Design community. Eric Thies closed out the series with a powerful talk about focusing on one’s business.

Small Group Presentations
Even as Azione continues to strategically add new dealers and vendors in 2018, the buying group remains intimate, with members committed to full transparency and idea-sharing. During small group meetings, subject matter experts and dealers, alike, explored essential business concepts and shared tips. Highlighted sessions included growing your business, onboarding employees, how to run a profitable service department, using marketing to book your business, and more. One of the most heavily attended sessions was a panel led by Gretchen Gilbertson of Séura, exploring how to work with interior designers.

One-on-One Meetings
A mainstay of Azione events, one-on-one meetings allow dealers and vendors the time and space to learn about new program incentives, products, and technologies, while building stronger relationships.

“The Donnée in Denver encouraged members to consider the aspects of the industry they’ve accepted as ‘truth’ and explore whether these beliefs still hold true,” says Azione President Richard Glikes. “With the industry changing so fast, members must change the way they think about concepts like service, talent recruitment, the adoption of new technologies like AI, and forays into new markets, like lighting.”

“We hope that after the Donnée in Denver, Azione members feel stronger, more capable, and better armed with advice and actionable insights to help them navigate business and rise above any challenges they’re faced with in the future,” says Azione President Richard Glikes.

About Azione Unlimited
Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes and headquartered in Chester Springs, PA, the organization hosts two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings and marketing tools.

Cloud9 Smart Third Annual AIA Summit Breaks Attendance and CEU Credit Records

With more than 100 attendees earning more than 223 total CEU credits, this year’s one-day AIA Summit offered more value and opportunities than ever for architects and designers

Cloud9 Smart, New York-based smart-home technology architects and advisors, announced today that its Third Annual AIA Continuing Education Summit, which took place Thursday, October 18, 2018, broke several records for the company, giving architects and designers unique opportunities to learn about technology in an inspiring, hands-on environment. Held at the Savant Experience Center in Soho, courses were tailored to the specific needs of architects and interior designers and were led by top technology manufacturers.

Cloud9 reports that 80 architects and designers from 61 different companies attended the event, with 30+ of the attendees holding the positions of founders or principals at their firms. Six attendees stayed for the full day, with a further eight attending five out of six classes. Each attendee took an average of three courses.

“It’s been a really energizing experience watching this event grow over the last three years,” says Jordan Wills, Marketing Director of Cloud9 Smart. “Our partners keep bringing better courses, and the feedback from the Architect & Design community has been overwhelmingly positive.”

This year Cloud9 Smart had an eclectic mix of sessions designed to interest architects and interior designers on a number of levels. Lutron did a deep dive into the nature of light and how to design with light in mind for truly elevated outcomes, as well as a session about smart home technology and trending advancements that designers and architects need to know. Séura led a session on how to create a high-design space without the blemish of a TV on the wall, while Sonance talked about the art and science of making inconsistent electronics design better and more appealing through effective design. Savant, meanwhile, provided everything designers need to know about the smart home in its boot camp. Finally, audio was covered by Leon (Immaculate Technology for an Elevated Experience) and Sonos (Listen Better to Live Better), with compelling courses. The day ended with a reception that gave designers, architects, and tech professionals the opportunity to mix, mingle, and network.

“It brings the community of architects and designers together,” says Jeanne Isaacson of Jeanne Isaacson Design. “It was really wonderful. I just wish they would do it more than once a year.”

“A really good design should have a user experience that equals the aesthetic, and technology is really how to accomplish that,” says Toni Sabatino of Toni Sabatino Style.

Those who were unable to attend the event are invited to contact architects@cloud9smart.com to learn more and schedule a private Lunch & Learn event.

About Cloud9 Smart
Cloud9 Smart designs and installs technology systems in home and offices in and around Manhattan. Areas of expertise include lighting, shading, audio/visual, IT, temperature and more. With an emphasis on reliability and ease of use, Cloud9 creates enhanced yet simpler spaces. Visit www.cloud9smart.com/ and follow @Cloud9Smart on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube and @Cloud9_Smart on Instagram to learn more.

Azione Introduces ‘Inspiring Insights’ Speakers Series at The Donnée in Denver

Nine speakers offer transformative talks on a range of topics from risk-taking and attaining success, to blockchain and the future of AI

Chester Springs, PA – (October 3, 2018) – Azione Unlimited announces its first-ever “Inspiring Insights” speaker series, to take place at next week’s fall member conference, The Donnée in Denver. Designed to help attendees grow their businesses, stay ahead of trends, and learn new and valuable insights into the nature of success, the Inspiring Insights features nine different 15-minute talks on a breadth of topics.

“We have some incredible presenters taking the stage in Denver next week, speaking about a whole range of transformative ideas that our members will find valuable and applicable to their businesses and beyond,” says Richard Glikes, President of Azione Unlimited, which just reached its milestone of 200+ dealer members.

Highlights of Azione’s Inspiring Insights talks include:

Transform Your Dreams into Reality
Jason Romero, Speaker & Author
Telling his story of being the first and only blind person to run across America, Jason teaches audiences how to adapt and innovate in the pursuit of a dream, the failure cycle, and his four tenets of mental strength that he uses to succeed in life and business.

The Future of AI in the Smart Home
Alex Capecelatro, Founder and CEO, Josh.ai
The potential of AI and voice control goes far beyond controlling the home. During this talk, Alex will explore AI in the home and what to expect in the future.

Perfect Light
Ann Schiffers, Senior Vice President, USAI Lighting
It is indisputable that light has been central to human existence. In this talk, Ann explores how our sleep-wake cycle is critical to performance, health, and overall life experience.

Blockchain in the CI Channel
Jeremy Glowacki, Executive Editor, Residential Tech Today
Blockchain is a dense subject, even for the biggest propeller heads in the technology business. But, given that most experts say it will play a role in “every industry,” Jeremy shares how it may affect businesses in the future.

Leap, Then Look!
Eric Higgs, Founder & Director, LumaStream
The greatest risk of all is doing nothing. Eric shares stories of extraordinary risks and their value.

Greed Is Good
Eric Thies, Founder & CEO, DSI Luxury Technology
In this talk, Eric focuses on ending the love affair with technology and focusing on what matters.

The Digital Canvas: Where Technology Meets Architecture & Design
Tim Sinnaeve, Managing Director, Barco Residential
The custom integration industry has long shown an interest in building bridges to the architectural and design communities. In this talk, Tim will share how we can better engage with these communities, which are the key to our industry’s full potential.

Rethinking How You Sell to Your Next Customer
Tim Costello, Chairman & CEO, Builder Homesite Inc.
We work so hard packaging our sales into logical, compelling packages only to be disappointed time and time again. Tim talks about how we are all wired to make bad decisions, but as sellers, we have the ability to make that work to our benefit.

Finding and Keeping Your Talent
Kathleen Brenk, VP Human Resources, TruStile Doors
The middle-skill worker shortage. How did this happen? Kathleen explores an issue affecting the AV industry and how we need to start thinking differently to find untapped talent.

In addition to the Inspiring Insights series, Azione’s fall conference will feature the group’s renowned small group sessions, one-on-one meetings, networking opportunities, and team-building exercises as a valuable experience for members to learn, network, socialize, and re-energize their businesses. The Donnée in Denver is already fully booked and will bring together 250+ Azione members, comprised of custom integration firms, manufacturers, and vendors.

About Azione Unlimited
Azione Unlimited, the education and buying group for integrators, is a consortium of like-minded custom installers, home technology professionals, and vendors. The organization helps its members achieve greater levels of prosperity, technical acumen, and sophistication in running their businesses and serving customers. Founded by industry veteran Richard Glikes, the organization hosts two high-energy, information-packed conferences per year, Azione provides its members with a host of benefits, from product discounts to educational middle management meetings and marketing tools.

Learn more at AzioneUnlimited.com. Follow on social media: Twitter @AzioneUnlimited or Facebook.com/AzioneUnlimited.