Wall-Smart Offers Integrators, Designers, & Manufacturers Personal Online Tours of Flush and Recessed Wall and Ceiling Mounts for a Variety of Home Tech Products 

Wall-Smart Offers Integrators, Designers, & Manufacturers Personal Online Tours of Flush and Recessed Wall and Ceiling Mounts for a Variety of Home Tech Products 

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See how WallSmart’s innovative line of mounting solutions can make touch screens, tablets, keypads, voice assistants, surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi access points, and more blend naturally into home environments by scheduling a personal online tour.

BUFFALO, NY (August 23, 2021) – WallSmart, the leader in the design and manufacture of innovative mounting hardware that beautifully flush-mounts or recesses a variety of home technology products within wall and ceiling surfaces, is introducing several significant additions to its line of design-friendly mounting solutions. To make it easy and convenient for systems integrators, designers, architects, and builders to see how its latest mounting products turn smart home eyesores into hidden assets, WallSmart is hosting personal “booth” tours online.

Each 15-minute tour will be customized to suit the specific interests of the attendee, ensuring that the information and demonstration are focused, relevant, and meaningful. The new products will be showcased in a booth-like setting and installed in a variety of different wall and ceiling surfaces to illustrate the versatility and installation ease of the product line. Personalized tours to learn how to make gear disappear can be scheduled beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, at https://calendly.com/wallsmart/wallsmart-online-new-products-introduction?month=2021-09.

The Benefits of WallSmart Mounts
Each of WallSmart’s new wall and ceiling mounts is custom-designed, -engineered, and -fabricated for a precise fit and finish of a specific home tech product. This attention to detail ensures not only a seamless, completely flush appearance but also optimal convenience of use and quality of performance. Integrators can install devices, including tablets, touch screens, light switches, voice assistants, security cameras, and networking components into new construction and retrofit projects with confidence, knowing that the technology will look beautiful and function flawlessly.

“Technology has become a necessity for most households, but this doesn’t mean the home environment must suffer from ‘wall and ceiling acne’,” says WallSmart Co-CEO and Founder Galia Ben-Dor. “This is the philosophy on which WallSmart bases the design of every product developed. We think every home should be as beautiful as it is smart, and our new solutions give technology integrators, builders, architects, designers, and their clientele even more ways to achieve this objective with ease and simplicity.”

What You’ll See on the Tour: Mounts Purpose-Built for Leading Smart Home Products 
New additions to the WallSmart line are mounts customized for devices from leading home systems manufacturers, including Alisse keypads from Lutron; Josh Nano voice assistant microphone from Josh.ai; Wi-Fi access points (APs) from Ruckus, Araknis, and Ubiquiti; Fibonacci keypads from Basalte; Horizon keypad and 70 Series touch screens from Crestron; Contemporary Lighting keypads and T4 touch screens from Control4; Echo low-voltage keypad from Savant; IPMX-W40F-IRW2 and W20F-IRW2 security cameras from IC Realtime; Adorne light switch from Legrand; and iPad Pro 11-inch Generation 3 and iPad Pro 12.9-inch Generation 5 from Apple.

Voice Assistants Stay Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind
WallSmart expands its line of mounts developed for Josh.ai voice assistants with the release of mounting hardware tailored for the Nano in-room microphone. The new Nano mount sinks the disc-shaped voice assistant microphone flush with the ceiling or wall surface, turning it into a natural extension of the home architecture. Because the mount recesses into any drywall or plaster surface, integrators have the freedom to place the Nano where it can hear voice commands the best.

Concealed Access Points Combine Form and Function
Customized for the Ruckus Wi-Fi 6 access points, including the R850, R730, R720, R710, R650, R610, R600, R550, R510, R320, and R310, WallSmart’s newest AP mount takes a device that would ordinarily protrude from the ceiling and tucks it into a cavity completely above the surface. Through this unique installation solution, integrators can deliver their customers high-performance Wi-Fi 6 connectivity without compromising the aesthetics of the home environment. An attachable cover, which installs flush with the ceiling surface, be painted to match, rendering the AP imperceptible.

Because the mount disappears within the home design, integrators now have a better installation alternative to hiding access points in closets and cabinets, underneath furniture, or placing them in plain sight on countertops and bookshelves. Thanks to the new WallSmart mount, Ruckus Wi-Fi 6 access points can be located where they provide the strongest, fastest, most reliable Wi-Fi 6 signals for optimal coverage and connectivity. The same goes for WallSmart mounts for Araknis AN-510-AP-I-AC and AN-810-AP-I-AC access points and Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO access points.

Every detail was addressed in the design of the Ruckus, Araknis, and Ubiquiti mounts, including the necessary hardware for installation in a variety of surfaces in new and existing homes.

Undercover Security and Surveillance
According to the 2019 edition of NAHB’s study, What Home Buyers Really Want, 46 percent of recent and prospective home buyers want a security camera in their home. Historically, however, cameras have been difficult to hide without blocking their view. A new mount from WallSmart drastically downplays the appearance of IPMX-W40F and IPMX-W20F security cameras from IC Realtime without any impact on performance. The body of the camera tucks inside a specially designed WallSmart mount, leaving only the lens exposed and trimmed nicely with a faceplate.

Seamless Switches Including Mounts for Control4’s Contemporary Lighting Switches 
For construction and remodeling projects that call for light switches, WallSmart expands its offerings with mounts for Lutron Alisse, Basalte Fibonacci, Crestron Horizon, Control4 Contemporary Lighting, Savant Echo, Legrand Adorne, and Black Nova Alba and Aria keypads. Recessed flush with the wall surface, the keypads appear as a natural part of the home construction and can be placed where they are conveniently accessed—even when installed within unforgiving solid surfaces such as marble, concrete, metal, and glass. Debuting for the first time are mounts designed specifically for Control4’s Contemporary Lighting keypads, with 1- and 2-gang options available for new construction and solid surface applications.

Creatively Constructed Touch screens—Control4 Mounts for T4 Touch screens Join the Lineup
Touch screens have become a mainstay in modern smart homes as a means of control, communication, and access to the Internet and video, like real-time images captured by security cameras. Despite being a valuable tool, touch screens shouldn’t dominate the home design. WallSmart ensures this doesn’t happen by offering new mounts that recess touch screens from Control4, Crestron, Russound, and URC flush with the wall surface. Versions for installation in new construction, retrofit, and solid-surface wall applications are available, as well as retrofittable low-profile bezels in standard black or white, or unpainted to be custom-finished to match the texture and color of the surrounding wall surface. WallSmart bezels feature imperceptible perforations to enable clear, uninhibited audio transmission for intercom and voice control via the touch screen. Included in WallSmart’s product line are several options for Control4’s T4 Series touch screens. Available are mounts for 8- and 10-inch touch screens for new construction, solid surface, and retrofit applications.

Out of Sight Electrical Outlets
The cosmetic features of electrical outlets have changed very little over the years. But like other home technologies, they also deserve a facelift, and WallSmart is doing something about it with the release of a mount designed specifically for Crestron’s Horizon HZA-PWR electrical receptacles. The new mounting hardware enables a common household device that typically protrudes from baseboards and walls to sit flush with the surfaces, rendering them a more natural part of the home design.

Tucked Away Tablets
Lastly, WallSmart debuts new construction and retrofit mounting options for the Apple iPad Pro 11-inch Generation 3 and 12.9-inch Generation 5 tablet. They join WallSmart’s other tablet mounts, all of which boast a quick-release feature and built-in POE to USB converter to keep the device fully charged.

Where to See WallSmart
In addition to scheduling a personal online tour at https://calendly.com/wallsmart/wallsmart-online-new-products-introduction?month=2021-09, you can see WallSmart’s extensive portfolio of technology concealment solutions and view installation videos at wallsmart.com.

About WallSmart Ltd.
WallSmart is the leading designer and manufacturer of custom flush ceiling and wall mounts for high-end home electronic devices, including tablets, touch screens, 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, WallSmart inspires homes that are both technically advanced and exceptionally beautiful. A wide range of products, combined with simple installation, and fast, hassle-free shipping, poises WallSmart as a valuable smart home resource for home systems integrators, home builders and contractors, architects, and designers.

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Media Contact
For interviews, reviews, or more information, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

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D-Tools and AV-iQ Expand Relationship to Offer More Robust Database to System Integrator™ Users 

D-Tools and AV-iQ Expand Relationship to Offer More Robust Database to System Integrator™ Users 

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Expanded partnership provides integration firms with further support to streamline business processes and improve operating efficiency

(August 25, 2021) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and AV-iQ, a premier comprehensive AV products database provider, have expanded their collaboration to the benefit of suppliers (manufacturers and distributors), and end-users. Currently, through a direct integration, D-Tools software users and AV-iQ members are able to access this continuously growing library on-demand. The sharing of product details into D-Tools System Integrator preserves data integrity and enables integrators to streamline projects from initial client contract through on-going service.

To help expedite the data input process, now suppliers can simultaneously upload their product information to both the D-Tools and AV-iQ databases in one seamless process, delivering detailed, up-to-date product information and specifications that give low-voltage system integrators the ability to quickly gather product data for use in their client engagements – including accurate proposals and complete detailed system design drawings.

This offering will further help integration companies streamline business processes, improve operating efficiency, and boost bottom-line results, while making the supplier’s database management more streamlined. This new, improved integration provides the industry with the world’s largest aggregated list of products to help streamline project workflows.

Benefits to System Integrators:

  • Fully integrated and streamlined assembly of proposals, system designs, and purchase orders
  • Direct connection to suppliers for access to real-time dealer-specific pricing through the D-Tools Product Library
  • Direct connection to suppliers for access to up-to-date product information (images, specifications, IOs, etc.) through the D-Tools Product Library, saving significant research time and expediting the system design process
  • A friction-free and highly efficient sales process – instant proposal and purchase order generation, e-sign capabilities, mobile payment processing

Benefits to AV-iQ and D-Tools Supplier Partners:

  • Provides partners’ dealers with a superior proposal and ordering experience that promotes loyalty 
  • Supports partners’ initiatives to help their dealers “improve and expand their business”
  • Benefits from a single point of contact for product data management  
  • Achieves a larger reach with residential and commercial integrators 
  • Leverages a combined, robust, and extensive marketing platform 
  • Gets their products in the hands of more dealers  

 

Currently, AV-iQ and D-Tools have several shared member companies that can benefit greatly from this joint effort, including:

  • AVPro Global
  • Barco
  • Biamp
  • Christie Digital
  • Cleerline
  • COVID
  • Crestron
  • Draper
  • Epson
  • Kramer
  • Legrand (C2G, Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Sanus, Vaddio, Wiremold)
  • Lowell Manufacturing
  • Peerless
  • Platinum Tools
  • Sharp
  • Sharp/NEC Display Solutions
  • Sony
  • ViewSonic.

To learn more about AV-iQ go to www.av-iq.com or contact sales@av-iq.com.

Additional information and free trials of D-Tools Cloud and System Integrator solutions can be obtained by visiting www.d-tools.com.

About AV-iQ
AV-iQ is the most comprehensive database of AV product information ever assembled and delivers that information with powerful search tools. AV installers, designers, architects, and sales professionals have come to trust AV-iQ as the fastest and best way to begin their projects.

 

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 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 operating efficiency 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
Mark Loftus, AV-iQ, LLC, (612) 991-4110, mloftus@av-iq.com 

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

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.