D-Tools Cloud Debuts Project Management Suite of Features

D-Tools Cloud Debuts Project Management Suite of Features

D-Tools expands its award-winning SaaS platform with valuable new features for project managers and field technicians, providing a simple, yet powerful end-to-end workflow for AV integrators

CONCORD, CA — June 9, 2021 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced that it has added valuable new project management capabilities to its award-winning D-Tools Cloud platform, providing an end-to-end solution for electronic system integrators.

“After months of behind the scenes development, today D-Tools simultaneously releases a slew of new features geared towards project managers and technicians,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “This powerful, yet easy-to-use suite of features bridges the gap from project estimation to project completion by adding functionality that is essential to all system integrators.”    

D-Tools Cloud is a powerful, yet easy-to-implement multi-OS, web-based SaaS solution accessible from any web-enabled device. Until now, D-Tools’ next-generation platform has offered sales pipeline management, on-the-fly estimating from any mobile device, intelligent visual quoting, interactive system design presentations, change orders, and product procurement using supplier-authorized dealer-specific pricing.

To extend the value of D-Tools Cloud from the sales team to project managers and field technicians, D-Tools Cloud’s new project management suite adds project planning, resource management, scheduling, task assignments, item tracking, time tracking, and more.

The D-Tools Cloud Project Management Suite provides an easy-to-use set of tools to help project managers plan and manage project installations while enabling field technicians to receive and report on project-related tasks. Key features include:

  • Project and Resource planning – a simplified and collaborative way to organize and manage projects.
    • Prioritize and manage project-specific tasks
    • Assign resources and tasks to open time slots
    • Avoid double-booking by seeing all project assignments and resource availability
    • Attach requisite pick lists and project documentation
  • Scheduling – get the right people to the right place, at the right time.
    • Schedule resources by project, location and phase
    • Assign jobs to field technicians for viewing on mobile device
  • Time tracking – improve accountability and track project completion status.
    • Field technicians can clock in and out of projects via mobile device
    • Track project hours by user, project, and labor type
  • Item tracking – track when project-related items have been ordered and received.
    • Order items and track item status through the ordering process from requested and ordered, to received
    • Stay on top of items through installation with staged, picked, and installed item statuses
  • Mobile view for Field Technicians – keeps teams informed, on-time, and on-track.
    • Access to project details
    • View assigned tasks with associated information and attachments
    • Clock in and out of projects
    • View personal notifications
  • Project Status Reporting – measure performance and control project costs.
    • View budgeting vs. actual labor hours
    • Review labor hours by labor type
    • Review completed project-specific tasks
    • View project completion percentage

The latest capabilities of D-Tools Cloud help guide AV system integrators from sales lead through proposal and now project completion with an easy-to-use set of tools that streamlines the business process, and leads to healthier bottom-line results.

To demonstrate the new D-Tools Cloud Project Management Suite of features, D-Tools will host a free webinar taking place Tuesday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Those interested in experiencing live demonstrations are invited to register via the link here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1250636617721376272

For additional information and pricing on D-Tools Cloud, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.d-tools.com/cloud.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and installation and service management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability. 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.


New Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Now Available


New Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Now Available

The latest release, version 16, of D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator software delivers valuable new project and service management capabilities geared to boost productivity, operating efficiency, and bottom-line results

CONCORD, CA (April 26, 2021) — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven software for system integrators, today announced the availability of System Integrator version 16, which adds powerful new project and service management capabilities to its award-winning, end-to-end business management solution. 

“D-Tools software has been instrumental in our company’s success in not only standardizing our day-to-day operations but by positively impacting our profitability,” said Ed Ross, Director of Engineering at Fedora Intertech. “The D-Tools team listened to our feedback and requests, and the resulting new service and scheduling enhancements added to System Integrator will help us further streamline our installation and service management.”

The SI v16 release offers numerous productivity and time-saving advancements across the application, primarily focused on providing expanded customization and flexibility, resulting in improved workflow for and between the sales, project management, and service teams. These new capabilities will help system integrators deliver a higher level of customer service while at the same time improving operational efficiency and bottom-line results.

For a more detailed list of enhancements in SI v16, visit https://www.d-tools.com/whats-new-in-system-integrator-version-16.

To sign up now for a free, personal online tour, visit http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an audio visual or security system integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and installation and field service management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

New Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Now Available

New Release of D-Tools System Integrator (SI) Software Now Available

The latest award-winning release, SI version 15, delivers valuable new capabilities geared to boost efficiency and bottom-line results

CONCORD, CA — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven software for system integrators, today announced the availability of System Integrator version 15, which includes powerful new capabilities for its award-winning, end-to-end, estimation, design, installation and service management software solution. 

“This latest release of SI allows system contractors to accurately estimate and bid large, enterprise-scale commercial projects in a fraction of the time,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “This new functionality is in direct response to customer requests. We are pleased to be able to help our customers kick off the new year with a tool that enables them to win more six and seven-figure projects.”

The latest release, SI version 15, provides new performance-enhancing capabilities that include:

  • Solutions – A combination of products and multiple packages can now be created to present in a solutions-based sales approach. Often referred to as “room types”, integrators can go beyond packages, which enables significantly faster estimation and a better presentation to the client for medium to large-scale projects;
  • Mass Update function added in the SI Project Explorer facilitates changes across projects;
  • New Project Wizard settings allow users to set required fields, helping enforce standardization;
  • Custom fields for products and projects can be re-ordered and filtered to only show fields in use, reducing clutter and possibility of error; 
  • Twenty additional list-type custom fields are available in projects for greater flexibility;
  • Ability for multiple purchase orders, tasks, service orders, and service plans to be open for editing at one time enables users to work more efficiently;
  • Improved color-coding capabilities for owner furnished equipment (OFE) and non-billable items throughout the SI interface, enabling users to quickly identify these items;
  • Additional product identification in Mobile Install, including OFE and non-billable products, improves efficiency for field technicians;
  • Task and Service Order reports now have options to display actual resource hours and/or timesheets from Mobile Install for more accurate project reporting;
  • Re-designed ribbons improve the user experience throughout the application;

    …and much more.

Today, more than 7,000 residential and commercial system integration companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools System Integrator to substantially improve operating efficiencies by streamlining the entire project workflow – from estimating and proposals, through system design and documentation, procurement, project management, installation, and on-going service, all through a data-driven process that leverages an extensive, integrated product library.

To share details of its latest major release, D-Tools will host a free, “What’s New in System Integrator v15” webinar taking place Wednesday, January 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Those interested in experiencing live demonstrations of SI v15 and the Q&A session to follow are invited to register via the link below: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3278989276781901068.

To see how D-Tools System Integrator can deliver profound visibility and results, sign up now for a free, personal online tour by visiting http://d-tools.com/live-demo-webinar/. A free 30-day trial of D-Tools can also be downloaded anytime at http://d-tools.com/hosted-free-trial-signup/.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an audiovisual or security system integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and project management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability.

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com 

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Securitronics Helps Customers Save Money During Pandemic with Biometric Access Control

 

Securitronics, based in Rochester, NY, is a system integrations company that designs, installs, and services electronic security systems for the access control, video surveillance, and intrusion marketplace. The company has nimbly responded to the pandemic by expanding their access control offering and previously installed systems to include technology that manages entry based on facial recognition (to ensure that masks are being worn) and thermal scanning (to ensure the requested entrant doesn’t have a temperature). This new offering is not only helping Securitronics thrive during COVID, it’s eliminating costs for clients and keeping employees safer.

Securitronics had a client with a facility that had reduced access to a single entry point due to the pandemic. “With entry points reduced to one, they were still looking at three people on staff taking temperatures and screening during normal hours—a first and second shift. Even with their small hourly wages, you’re looking at three times 30K annually, for a total of around 90,000 just to manage the door,” says Terry Rivet, President of Securitronics. “Not only are you putting all those employees at risk, but it’s also very expensive.” 

To eliminate that cost and help keep everyone safe, Securitronics turned to Atlanta-based ZKTeco and the company’s SpeedFace biometric readers, which feature both a facial recognition reader and a thermal camera. When someone stands within 12 to 24 inches of the device, it recognizes if they are a person in the database or a visitor, and the thermal camera takes and displays their temperature. The readers can be customized to ask a series of screening questions as well. If someone has a temperature that is above the programmable threshold, the reader will alert via a voice prompt that they have an elevated temperature and trigger a red light, at which point they will have to go through a secondary procedure to be admitted. If they are below the threshold, a green validation light is given, the door is unlocked, and they are admitted to the building. 

“If you were to purchase two of these readers for an estimated $6,000 each (as a one-time cost), you could eliminate or significantly reduce the salaries for manual temperature takers. This initial investment could provide a return on your investment in less than 35-40 days,” says Rivet. “There is ROI beyond COVID, as well, because once we are through this, those readers can be repurposed as full access control devices. Then, if we have another COVID surge, they can be repurposed back again. We are confident our client can do a lot with these readers versus hiring employees.” 

Securitronics used these same biometric readers in another large project. The company has worked with the client since the early ‘90s, and is a trusted supplier. The client was building a large new production facility on an existing campus and needed to maintain the level of security they have in other buildings. That originally meant access control expansion and video surveillance expansion, including a series of new IP-based video surveillance cameras and monitoring alarm points to provide security. When COVID hit, however, Securitronics changed the design and added the ZKTeco facial recognition readers for temperature sensing and screening. “It was an adjustment we made on-the-fly to manage what was going on safely within the COVID world,” says Rivet. After doing the first site, the client purchased 71 additional units and shipped them to locations around the world so they could reopen during COVID.  “Now, we’re talking to every Securitronics customer to help them get back to work and have generated more revenue in doing so.” 

D-Tools System Integrator software proved to be a valuable asset for Securitronics as they standardized on this exciting new equipment across multiple sites. “We have many projects that are repetitive in their scope of work and equipment lists. Rather than come back and start from scratch every time, we use D-Tools software. I can go into an archived closed project or an existing project and clone it and have 85-90 percent of that project estimated in a matter of minutes,” says Rivet. “Efficiencies like this are amazing. I can save anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours for a 50-90% reduction in time spent designing a quote.” 

That ability to standardize extends beyond scope of work and materials to cross-company, cross-industry, and cross-project communication. “Some of our partners also use D-Tools software as their current estimating system. Because we can send them files that look familiar, it makes our scope of work and our communications with those partners easier than it ever used to be,” says Rivet. “Our partners recognize what I am doing and know how to send it back to me so I can incorporate their contracts into mine. The more proficient we can be with information sharing and standardized information, the better,” says Rivet. 

Securitronics is a member of the Professional Security Alliance (PSA), and through PSA, they partner with National Deployment Program (NDP) members across the country. “We have successfully adapted the D-Tools platform internally, and expanding that out to a client where we have to bring in subcontractors and NDP affiliate members is vital to maintain a level of information that not only my team can understand, but all teams can understand. Because it’s never just one of us communicating to the subs or affiliates. One platform creates synergies for all.” 

Through innovative new equipment along with standardization of that equipment from quote to quote and project to project, Securitronics has successfully pivoted during COVID to become more profitable, while allowing hundreds to safely go back to work, cut costs, and stay healthy. 

FCC’s $10M Tech Installation Overcomes COVID Delays Thanks to C3EL’s Impressive Project Planning and Offsite Pre-Configuration

FCC’s $10M Tech Installation Overcomes COVID Delays Thanks to C3EL’s Impressive Project Planning and Offsite Pre-Configuration

Command and Control Communications Engineering & Logistics, LLC (C3EL) is a Veteran-owned Small Business that specializes in building command centers worldwide. The company’s core capabilities are providing AV/VTC design-build and O&M services to Department of Defense (DoD) clients in support of global operations. C3EL is comprised of industry veteran engineers and logisticians who develop project plans and designs, procure and ship equipment and materials, and deploy to build and install projects all over the globe. Its senior staff is made up of prior military technicians and engineers, and its technical personnel all hold DoD security clearances to work in the most secure environments. The company also performs SCIF construction (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) and all the system requirements to assist the government in that process. 

With qualifications like that, it’s no surprise that C3EL was chosen to perform turnkey services for the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Headquarters facility at 45 L St. NW Washington, D.C. The FCC was looking for a detailed design validation, project management, procurement, engineering, installation, programming, and commissioning of the new facility’s 292 rooms. The spec included AV equipment, facility-wide IPTV, sound-masking, and paging systems. Although this was a government project, C3EL worked alongside and collaborated with the commercial general contractor that constructed the ten-story building. 

It was late August 2019 when we were approached by our prime contractor as one of many companies that were to bid on the project. The design was done by a consultant for the government. They gave us the high-level design, the list of materials, and scope of work, and asked us if we could bid on supporting the project from a full turnkey standpoint, including design validation, engineering programming, installation, integration, as well as commissioning and training,” says Lavar McDowell, Vice President, Business Development/Sales, C3EL. Lavar is also a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the US Army Reserves. 

How did C3EL win the bid? “Our company was in the process of moving offices when word came to us that the FCC needed services and had a short suspense timeline of fewer than two weeks in which they had to put a bid into the government,” says McDowell. “We hunkered down, also dealing with Hurricane Dorian over Labor Day weekend, and produced this proposal to be able to submit through our prime contractor for submission to the government. In five days, we turned around what would normally take several weeks, if not months, putting together a thorough quote and providing all the answers they needed.”

That intensive scramble to produce a thorough bid worked out for C3EL, putting them at the head of the pack. “They were impressed by our competitive bidding process and communication,” adds McDowell.

After winning the job and several iterations of reviews, McDowell and his team discovered that the initial documentation wasn’t fully complete, causing the team to have to make modifications to the proposal. At that point, they received an award and went into the design validation period, which took 45 days to complete. In the process, with the design being now two years old since the building was first designed, C3EL had to make sure all the equipment was still available and up to date and change out some of the materials to meet FCC’s requirements for the latest technology. 

C3EL did the design validation in December 2019 through January 2020, and once they got the design approved by the government, they started the procurement process and began receiving materials in February 2020 at their 6,000-square-foot secured warehouse facility in Tampa. 

“We took a unique approach to system design. We created a lab environment in our warehouse, preconfiguring the racks and testing them in the lab, then building custom crates and shipping the racks up to D.C.,” says McDowell. “The construction was not done at that time, so this approach allowed us to work remotely on our scope of the project without interrupting or waiting for the general contractor to finish their portion of the project. This expedited our progress on-site. When we got there, we just had to do the layer-one cabling and installation of room peripherals. The rest was a plug-and-play installation, testing, configuration adjustments for the room environments, sound-reinforcing improvements, and commissioning.”

In March of 2020, the term “work remotely” took on a new meaning as COVID hit the states. Because C3EL had carefully planned the project and preconfigured racks, their work was only minimally disrupted by the virus. “In February, we had no clue COVID was even a thing. We were already working remotely and were on a tight timeline as well,” says McDowell. When everyone went to quarantine, C3EL was able to keep minimal staff employed working in Tampa and had already deployed its first team to D.C. towards the end of February. Of course, there were some delays at the supply level and the general-contractor level due to the pandemic, which had a ripple effect through to subcontractors working on-site. 

“We had to really press into our suppliers and reach out to other suppliers to procure some of those materials that were affected,” says McDowell. “COVID was a layer that affected the entire world, but we were still able to keep a project scheduled and keep everyone employed and healthy. C3EL was able to trudge onward, adjusting for the schedule of materials, while getting used to wearing masks and social distancing across ten stories and hundreds of thousands of square feet.” 

A big piece of the puzzle that allowed C3EL to be so successful on the project was its use of D-Tools System Integrator software. “We outgrew the solution we were using prior to this opportunity and were in the midst of transferring over to the D-Tools platform. For a very large project like this, it’s frustrating for our design and sales staff to have to price out materials and wait for a PDF to print with 2,000 line items,” says McDowell. “We needed a software solution geared toward AV, and we fell in love with the concept of D-Tools.” Particularly, McDowell liked the ability to have his sales team, design team, and operations teams work out of the same system for increased efficiency. 

“Now, when we are working on a proposal, we can import pricing from different vendors or go off pricing pre-built into D-Tools software versus going back to an excel spreadsheet,” says McDowell. This saves him precious time, which is a resource that is even more valuable than ever.

“COVID has actually propelled our business forward, and we had to hire like crazy to keep up with the work that is coming in,” says McDowell. He notes that D-Tools online training has also been a boon to his business in this respect because he requires every employee to go through the training. 

Not only did C3EL win the project install and integration, but they also were awarded as a sub-contractor to provide the AV Support Services at FCC with several members now officially on-site. “Our past performance when doing the install and having the continuity was very attractive to them. After all, who better to maintain the systems than the team who designed and installed them?” 

McDowell is looking into using D-Tools software as part of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) and warranty support. The team will be developing all the FCC training materials, systems operations guides, quick-reference sheets, and will provide training to fifteen FCC resources.  As part of the AV installation project, C3EL will be the contractor that will manage all warranty actions and return merchandise authorizations (RMA) on behalf of the FCC during the first twelve months of systems operations.  

From the completing the bid in record time, through to innovative project pre-configuration and implementation during a time of crisis, C3EL expertly executed on the FCC’s new building at 45 L St. NW, proving that the company is, as McDowell says, “a small company doing big work.”

Expanded Capabilities of D-Tools Cloud Unveiled @ CEDIA EXPO Virtual 2020

Expanded Capabilities of D-Tools Cloud Unveiled @ CEDIA EXPO Virtual 2020

D-Tools extends its award-winning SaaS platform with integrated dealer-specific pricing from most industry manufacturers and distributors, intelligent visual quoting, and previews new project planning and execution capabilities at CEDIA Expo Virtual 2020

CONCORD, CA — September 9, 2020 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced valuable new capabilities to its award-winning, D-Tools Cloud platform – a powerful, yet easy-to-implement multi-OS, web-based SaaS solution accessible from any web-enabled device. These new capabilities will be demonstrated in the D-Tools booth at CEDIA Expo Virtual, September 15 – 17, 2020.

D-Tools’ next-generation platform offers sales pipeline management; on-the-fly estimating from any mobile device; intelligent, interactive system design presentations, and product procurement using supplier-authorized dealer-specific pricing. 

“The exciting evolution of D-Tools Cloud continues, and the adoption rate has far exceeded our expectations. Early on, we focused on developing a best-of-breed solution for sales and procurement,” said Randy Stearns, CEO of D-Tools. “We then enhanced it by adding a more visual interface with click-to-add quoting using on-the-fly floorplan and image mark-ups. In the upcoming months, we will add a slew of project planning and execution features that move us closer to achieving our goal of providing a complete, end-to-end web-based solution for the industry.” 

D-Tools will demonstrate and preview critical new features at CEDIA Expo Virtual 2020:

  • Integrated, dealer-specific pricing with most industry manufacturers and distributors – D-Tools has partnered with hundreds of suppliers to provide direct and instantaneous access to product specifications and dealer-specific pricing from within the D-Tools Cloud environment, providing D-Tools Cloud users with a seamless proposal generation and purchase order creation experience. 
  • Visual Quoting and Multimedia Proposals – The click-to-add visual quoting interface allows users to add devices to floorplans and images right on their mobile device, hastening the design process. Once complete, add videos, testimonials, photos and more, share the multimedia presentation with clients for prompt e-sign approval and deposit, and close more sales.
  • Project Planning and Execution Capabilities – D-Tools will also preview a series of new project management features including item tracking, scheduling, project planning, and task and resource management that complement D-Tools Cloud’s other post-sale change order and purchasing capabilities.

The latest capabilities of D-Tools Cloud help system integrators estimate, present, and manage their system designs like never before, leading to improved operational efficiency and healthier bottom-line results.

CEDIA Expo Virtual 2020 attendees are encouraged to visit https://d-tools.cediaexpovirtual.com/ for an in-depth overview of D-Tools Cloud. CEDIA Expo Virtual runs September 15-17, 2020.

For additional information and pricing on D-Tools Cloud, and to sign up for a free trial, visit www.d-tools.com/cloud.

About D-Tools, Inc. 

D-Tools, Inc. is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate business software that caters to the unique and diverse needs of systems design and installation firms. The company’s on-premises software, System Integrator™ (SI), and new cloud-based platform, D-Tools Cloud, are robust solutions that help manage all aspects of an integrator’s business, including sales, comprehensive system design, project documentation, procurement, and installation and service management. Today, nearly 7,000 companies in over 90 countries use D-Tools’ award-winning software to streamline business processes, leading to improved operational efficiencies and increased profitability. 

Find product updates and related information by following D-Tools on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com 

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.