OneVison Resources Develops Comprehensive COVID-19 Guides to Help Integrators Strategize and Execute Action Plans

OneVison Resources Develops Comprehensive COVID-19 Guides to Help Integrators Strategize and Execute Action Plans

Publicly available resources address industry-specific concerns with plans of action for client relations, financial stability, employee safety, and more.

BOSTON, MA (March 24, 2020) OneVision Resources, a leading provider of client service and support solutions for home technology professionals, announces the availability of a set of comprehensive, industry-specific resources to help home systems integration firms deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. Home technology professionals, like other businesses, are grappling with how to keep their operations afloat during these uncertain times. Maintaining relations with clients, colleagues, and their own employees; prioritizing time and establishing policies for staff; and mitigating financial hardship are a few of their major concerns. Moreover, integration firms are faced with the challenge of helping their customers live with a sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times by staying productive and engaged. It’s a lot to digest and remediate, and with no concrete answers on which to base decisions.

To help the integration community strategize effectively, OneVision Resources (OneVision) has developed an online “Data Room” full of detailed COVID-19 resources geared specifically for the systems integration business. Available guides address everything from financial preparedness to customer engagement, regional considerations, and more.

“There’s an overwhelming amount of information available about the current business climate, but none that is specifically geared for the home systems industry,” says OneVision Resources’ founder and CEO Joey Kolchinsky. “Dealers are the lifeblood of our industry, so we’ve made it our mission, through industry-geared information, advice, and suggestions shared in the COVID-19 Data Room to help dealers survive and prosper.”

The COVID-19 resources are available now to not only OneVision partners but all integration firms and are divided into three main categories: Client and Contractor Relations, Internal Policies, and Economic/Financial Risk Mitigation Strategies. Focusing on both short- and long-term initiatives, the Data Room will be updated regularly as new information is acquired and analyzed.      

“The Coronavirus outbreak is challenging all of us, forcing us to deal with new and unpredictable problems as they arise,” says Todd Jarvis, owner of Sterling Home Technologies. “But thanks to our partnership with OneVision, we are not alone in the fight. Through their leadership and shared resources, we know we’re looking at the situation through a comprehensive framework. We are all in this together, and together we are stronger and better prepared to deal with whatever comes our way.”

As an example, OneVision’s Client-Facing Response plan helps dealers adjust operations and align client, employee, and company objectives while continuing to service the client. “One of the biggest objectives with this plan is to give integration firms detailed steps to protect the well-being of their clients and employees and to position themselves as a valuable resource to clients who now need these services in the home more than ever,” Kolchinsky explains. Some of the recommendations include specific measures for maintaining cleanliness and social distancing at clients’ homes and how to conduct remote appointments.”

The Internal Policies section details the creation of safe, productive working environments. Included are frameworks to classify employee risk, policies to ensure the safety of employees/clients during on-site appointments, and contingency plans should an outbreak occur in their office or the surrounding community.

The Internal Financial Response plan outlines the potential financial impact of the pandemic and steps to protect the short- and long-term success of the business. Dealing with labor shortages and inability to finish projects due to illness, strategies to generate revenue in the economic downturn, and preparing for disruption in the supply chain are thoroughly covered. 

Integration firms or individuals who are interested in accessing OneVision’s Coronavirus Resource Book can visit https://www.onevisionresources.com/covid19. Questions regarding the information can be directed to jason.griffing@onevisionresources.com.

 

About OneVision Resources

OneVision Resources’ comprehensive platform empowers home technology professionals, giving them the services, processes, and technologies they need to provide round-the-clock support, avoid burnout, and build a more sustainable and profitable business. OneVision’s comprehensive service delivery model combines the latest in service technology with a world-class remote support team, allowing them to not only monitor, manage, and secure their clients’ home environments in a seamless manner, but scale rapidly and profitably. OneVision and its growing network of partners support more than 25,000 connected homes across North America. For more information, visit www.onevisionresources.com and follow us LinkedIn.



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COVID-19 – Is there a Silver Lining?

By Randy Stearns, CEO, D-Tools, Inc.

Entrepreneurs are optimists and opportunistic by nature. As such, even in the face of adverse conditions such as those presented by the Coronavirus, it is natural for us to try to look on the bright side. For business leaders, the business lockdowns thrust upon us by COVID-19 create severe challenges. But to those who subscribe to the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, it also presents a new and unique opportunity. What you ask is this silver lining?

Over the past weeks, the clients of most system integrators have shut down their job sites and facilities completely or, at a minimum, limited access in order to reduce the risk of contamination. As a result, talented team members are sitting on the sidelines waiting patiently for the storm to pass. Most are “working from home”, but working on what? 

System integrators have been riding the wave of economic prosperity for several years, with a seemingly never-ending backlog where 100% of the available hours are spent on project work. The intense focus on fulfilling demand has, for some, come at a price. Suddenly having access to idle resources creates a tremendous opportunity for business leaders to work on the business instead of in the business (as proffered by Michael Gerber in The eMyth). Just think of the long list of internal projects that have continued to slip down the priority list for months, if not years, while project work takes precedence. Examples include updating policies and procedures, conducting technical and product training for your staff, and implementing or updating software to simplify and streamline day-to-day operations.

How many of you have said to yourselves, and even promised your staff “as soon as we get a break from this constant flow of back-to-back projects, we’ll…[fix what’s broken in the business… and train our people]”? Guess what? That time has come. While we sit on the edge of our seats waiting for the scientific community to develop a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19, the effects of the pandemic (i.e. work slowdown) have delivered an antidote for those trying to find time to focus on sidelined internal projects.  Now is the time to build the business infrastructure required to guide your business successfully through this new decade! Make a list of projects, prioritize them, assign team members, and get to work. As soon as the Coronavirus releases its grip on the economy, hopefully you’ll find yourself energized and excited about running your redesigned business as a newly well-oiled machine.

 

AtlasIED Strengthens Support of Security Integrators Through Partnership with New Manufacturer’s Rep Firm

AtlasIED Strengthens Support of Security Integrators Through Partnership with New Manufacturer’s Rep Firm

Seasoned audio and security manufacturer’s rep firm ASR Enterprises delivers additional support and service to AtlasIED dealers in the Mid-Atlantic. 

PHOENIX, AZ (March 3, 2020) – AtlasIED, a global electronics manufacturer providing comprehensive audio and security solutions for commercial markets, announces ASR Enterprises as a new manufacturer’s rep firm, effective April 1. 

With more than 25 years of experience supporting audio, video and security dealers with a wide line of proven products and outstanding customer service and support, ASR Enterprises will help AtlasIED broaden its position as a leading manufacturer of audio and security systems to markets including healthcare, corporate, education, and retail. ASR Enterprises will deliver AtlasIED solutions and support to dealers within its Mid-Atlantic region, including Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

“ASR Enterprises has developed close connections and deep-seated relationships with some of the top audio and security dealers in the Mid-Atlantic. As our new technology partner, ASR Enterprises can promote AtlasIED products and expand our reach to a new base of dealers who are interested in providing innovative security and audio solutions to their customers,” says Michael Peveler, AtlasIED Vice President of Sales. “It’s important to the growing success of AtlasIED to have the backing and support by a distributor with outstanding expertise and knowledge of audio and security technology, at ASR Enterprises delivers this.” 

“ASR Enterprises is very excited about the partnership between our two firms. AtlasIED is a brand that ASR has always respected, and their innovative solutions and wide offering of products will bring tremendous value to our customers,” says Josh Logue, CTS, Partner, ASR Enterprises. “We aim to deliver simple solutions to our customer’s problems and the seamless integration of the AtlasIED portfolio is geared to do just that. We look forward to a long relationship between our two firms.”

To learn more about AtlasIED go to www.atlasied.com, or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information about ASR Enterprises, visit https://www.asrenterprises.com/.

 

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.

 

For more information please visit www.atlasied.com or contact us at support@atlasied.com.

 

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AtlasIED Media Contacts

Gina M. Sansivero, AtlasIED, (516) 901-8542, gina.sansivero@atlasied.com

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

ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing Supports Collaboration of Dealers, Architects, and Designers Through Comprehensive Dealer Training Events

ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing Supports Collaboration of Dealers, Architects, and Designers Through Comprehensive Dealer Training Events

Recent dealer training events for Colorbeam and Barco hosted by ByDesign VSM inspires integrators to explore new design-friendly applications of controllable lighting and video projection technology. 

LONG BEACH, CA (March 2, 2020) — The home technology market is a moving target. What’s new and fresh one day is old and antiquated the next. To inspire, encourage, and poise dealers to stay ahead of the home tech curve and develop new revenue opportunities, particularly within the design community, ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing (VSM) regularly hosts comprehensive, hands-on training of its extensive “best in class” line of products. 

Earlier this year, ByDesign VSM offered certification training for Colorbeam’s low-voltage lighting system, and on March 5th ByDesign VSM will host a one-day training session for Barco Residential. The goal of each dealer-focused event, says ByDesign VSM founder Joaquin Rivera is to introduce dealers to new, innovative home tech categories and applications. 

“For example, we think lighting, especially with the recent focus on human-centric lighting applications, is going to be one of the biggest sources of revenue for dealers going forward,” says ByDesign VSM founder Joaquin Rivera. “Our Colorbeam event exposed dealers to a new way of thinking about architectural lighting, as a low-voltage solution that is installed in place of traditional electrical lighting system. Through Colorbeam’s unique, end-to-end approach to lighting, which provides dealers an opportunity to include fixtures as part of their lighting package, dealers can be a part of the budgeting process from the beginning of a home construction project and can be more directly involved with architects and designers.” 

During the event, Mike Teolis, Colorbeam’s President, discussed with over 40+ attendees the basic and intermediate skills required to develop and implement a low-voltage-based lighting design, the certification requirements in different states, and the advantages, from a business and a performance perspective, of providing the residential market a low-voltage lighting solution. 

“Using a single Cat-5 wire to power and control lighting may not be the standard approach now, but it’s definitely going in this direction,” Rivera comments. “As a manufacturer’s rep, we need to be part of a booming business and we expect our Colorbeam line—and the dealers who carry it—to grow exponentially over the next few years.” 

“Residential lighting is a home systems category that has huge market potential, and as a systems integrator it’s in our best interest to explore innovative technologies that can keep us ahead of the curve,” says David Arellano of Signals Audio Video, Inc. “ByDesign allows us to stay on the cutting-edge by hosting events for innovative lines like Colorbeam.”  

Dealers interested in expanding their knowledge and skills of video projection technology, and develop partnerships with architects and designers, can join ByDesign VSM and Barco Residential on March 5th in Los Angeles. During this one-day session, Barco will introduce to dealers its latest product developments and support structure for the custom installation channel, as well as provide product demos and hands-on sessions featuring several of Barco’s projectors and LCD video wall solutions. Some of the scheduled topics of discussion include, “Barco Residential Strategy and Value Proposition Update,” and “The Architectural Digital Canvas: Hide Everything but the Experience.” 

“The biggest point we hope to get across,” says Rivera, “is that Barco projectors are extremely smart and flexible, which enables them to be easily integrated into a wide variety of home designs and that won’t conflict with the architecture. We want to show dealers that Barco projectors will never give an architect or designer a reason to say “no” to the technology.” During the day-long event dealers will learn how to optimize the features of Barco’s line of projectors, how to overcome common design challenges, and new applications to explore, such as outdoor entertainment, digital art, and edge blending. 

Interested dealers can register for the Barco Residential educational and training event by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catching-up-with-barco-residential-registration-92376054265.

 

To learn more about ByDesign VSM, and its line of Colorbeam, Barco Residential and other product lines, as well as training opportunities, please visit bydesignvsm.com and follow us on Facebook @ByDesignVSM, and on Twitter @bydesign_vsm 

 

About ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing

Established in 2014 by Joaquin Rivera and Benito Joaquin, ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing (VSM) is a manufacturer’s representative of best of brand audio, video, and lighting systems serving the custom home systems integrators in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Dedicated to providing integrators with stellar service and support, ByDesign VSM helps the home systems industry grow and prosper, while promoting innovative applications of technologies in custom homes throughout its distribution territories. 

 

Media Contact

For more information about ByDesign VSM please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

 

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Listen Technologies Showcases Personal Listening Solutions at ISE 2020

Invites booth visitors to experience a better way to hear the world; demonstrates several solutions, including Listen Audio Guide System, a self-guided tour solution

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 4, 2020Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 22 years, is demonstrating several of its personal listening solutions at ISE 2020. Solutions on display include Listen EVERYWHERE, ListenTALK, ListenIR and Listen Audio Guide System. Visitors are invited to booth 7-C192 to view live demonstrations of the solutions and learn more about how Listen Technologies is improving life’s experiences and fostering greater engagement with clear, personalized audio. 

Listen EVERYWHERE: Listen EVERYWHERE is the first Wi-Fi streaming solution for personal and assistive listening. The system is easy to add to a venue’s existing wireless network and enables patrons and guests to stream audio from TVs and other venue audio sources directly to their smartphones or tablets via the free Listen EVERYWHERE app. Venues can customize the app to promote their brands and further enhance the user experience. The affordable, low-latency solution is ideal for environments where ambient noise and distance make it difficult to hear audio clearly. Booth visitors will be able to learn more about Listen EVERYWHERE and real applications of the solution.  

ListenTALK: The ListenTALK family of products includes a variety of systems, receivers and accessories to accommodate customers’ unique sound environments, communication needs and budgets. The ListenTALK LK-1 transceiver (combination transmitter/receiver) provides simple, mobile, wireless group communication with the push of a button. When two-way collaboration is not necessary and a one-way system would be sufficient, ListenTALK LKR-11 and LKR-12 offer affordable receiver-only options. Listen Technologies also has ready to use, quick set-up ListenTALK Systems that integrate the LKR-1 leader transceiver, multiple listen-only receivers and a docking station case for portable assistive listening that can be used for corporate or VIP tours, training and simultaneous interpretation. Visitors to Listen Technologies’ booth can experience the full suite of ListenTALK products and learn more about their applications.

ListenIR: Listen Technologies’ infrared (IR) product offers reliable coverage and the most cost-effective and easy way to install a solution for assistive listening, multilingual audio transmission and other wireless audio applications. With radio frequency (RF)-like sound, twice the power and extended coverage, ListenIR transmits clear, focused audio securely to the intended audience. ListenIR is ideal for classrooms, courtrooms, boardrooms and more. Visitors to the Listen Technologies booth are invited to experience the unmatched performance of this system.  

Listen Audio Guide System: Listen Audio Guide System is the latest in Listen Technologies’ self-guided tour narration solutions and delivers a personalized and engaging visitor experience. Tour operators can customize audio content and upload it to wireless Listen Audio Guide devices tourists carry in their hand or pocket. Users select their preferred language and listen through the unit’s built-in speaker or with headphones. Infrared technology in the unit triggers location-specific audio content to play at the right time and place so users hear relevant and engaging stories about the sights they visit. Listen Technologies will demonstrate the Listen Audio Guide System at its ISE booth.

“We know venues want to be a premier destination for their guests and sightseeing operators want to offer the best tour experience for their visitors. Listen Technologies provides personalized, superior audio solutions that transcend language and accessibility challenges,” said Maile Keone, president of Listen Technologies. “Whatever the listening need – whether it’s streaming audio from screens in a crowded bar to a patron’s smartphone, enabling people who are hard of hearing to hear clearly in a house of worship, or delivering compelling stories in a person’s native language during a tour – Listen Technologies has a solution. We are excited to return to ISE and demonstrate our suite of assistive listening, personal audio and tour narration solutions for businesses and end users.”     

To learn more about Listen Technologies and experience its personal listening solutions at ISE 2020, please visit booth 7-C192.

About Listen Technologies

Venues and tour operators lose business when people struggle to hear and engage. Listen Technologies enriches lives by delivering audio directly to the individual so everyone can hear clearly and share in the same great experience. We help people listen and participate in environments where hearing is difficult, whether on a guided or self-guided tour, in a house of worship, a theme park, theater, or other venue. Our solutions provide technology and storytelling services that help venues and tour operators increase business. Our vision is to improve life’s experiences through sound by providing exceptional audio and content anytime, anywhere, on any platform. To learn more about how Listen Technologies provides a better way to hear the world, visit www.listentech.com. For more about our tour solutions, visit www.audioconexus.com.

Media Contacts:

Kim Spencer

Listen Technologies

801-542-7720

kim.spencer@listentech.com

 

Marybeth (McLean) Roberts

For Listen Technologies

951-553-3343

press@listentech.com

Leon Focuses on Design-Forward Products and Expanded  Partnerships & Collaborations at ISE 2020

Leon Focuses on Design-Forward Products and Expanded Partnerships & Collaborations at ISE 2020

Continuing to lead the design conversation in the AV industry, Leon will be showcasing ways to deliver unique and design-friendly solutions for integrating today’s top technology products into the home and workplace.

[Ann Arbor, MI] – January 30, 2020 –Known as the go-to partner for blending design with technology in any space, Leon will highlight a selection of their design-centric products at ISE 2020 (stand #1-N80), while also focusing on products that cater to their key manufacturer partnerships. Continuing to inspire both integrators and end-users alike, Leon will be displaying products that deliver sound and style for both residential and commercial spaces, emphasizing solutions for Sonos®, popular video conferencing products, customizable home audio, and more. 

Products Not to Miss

Streamlined Solutions for Top Video Conferencing Products 

Integrating high-fidelity audio with today’s most popular video conferencing products, Leon’s Interactive Series offers design-friendly solutions for the modern workplace. Built to match the exact width of the display or multi-screen array, their line of Horizon Interactive soundbars features two channels of audio with a central customizable camera enclosure that is designed to house video conferencing cameras from top brands like Huddly®, Cisco®, Polycom®, Logitech®, and others, making technology integration easier and more aesthetically pleasing than ever. 

Turn Audio Into Art with the Ente SoundTile 

Art and audio in one, the Ente SoundTile embodies Leon’s collaboration with Sonos. While the Ente SoundTile may look like a piece of art, behind the grill are two channels of reference-grade audio from Leon’s Ultima line and power by the SONOS AMP®. Each 36” by 36” (91.4 cm x 91.4 cm) tile is handcrafted out of Baltic Birch, and finished in either Matte Black or Matte White. A perforated metal grill conceals the technology behind it, featuring screen printed artwork from  Rosenstiel’s, or from Leon’s Artist Edition collection that includes a selection of images from fine-art music photographer Robert Rabanne, and sculptural metal grills by New York artist Gabriel Urist. 

 Creative Collaborations & Custom Options

Highlighting their continued collaborations with artists and musicians, Leon will be showing a pair of their new Timbre SEVEN Tower Speakers that were custom-designed for Devon Gilfillian, a recording artist who performed at the Leon Loft in 2019. First debuted at his “Black Hole Rainbow” album release party in Nashville, TN, these full-range speakers feature a psychedelic-inspired baffle and a 2.5-way design with a ported LF chamber that gives response down to 30Hz. Handcrafted out of Baltic Birch with SEAS components, they are well suited for front soundstage in a surround system or for two-channel listening. 

 Visit Leon to see these design-forward products and more at ISE 2020, stand #1-N80.

About Leon Speakers

Leon brings a creative approach to the AV industry by designing and manufacturing customizable speakers and technology concealment solutions that enhance the sound and style of any space. For over 20 years, they have been a leader in the conversation on merging design with technology, creating innovative products that serve both the Residential and Commercial markets. Learn more on their website

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Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or booth tours, please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc: (425) 328-8640 or katye@kmbcomm.com.