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From amazingly vivid displays and smart lighting solutions to motorized window fashions and user-friendly home automation systems, all the “regulars” came out to play during CEDIA Expo 2109.
We’re baaacccckkkkk… CEDIA Expo has returned to one of our favorite towns, and we’re here to share some favorite spots to eat, drink and be merry. We invited Expo attendees (past and present) to give us their choice restaurants, bars and touristy things to do; we’ve...
Attendees of Home Technology Association’s ‘Best of the Best’ Customer Experience Summit Delve into Business Building Topics During Full Day of Presentations
Summit delivers sophisticated content to help HTA Certified technology designers from best-in-class integration firms supercharge the customer experience.
Home Technology Association’s ‘Best of the Best’ Client Experience Summit Delivers High-Level Education for HTA Certified Technology Designers
Summit delivers sophisticated content to help best-in-class integration firms supercharge the customer experience
Architects, Builders, Interior Designers & Construction Estimators Applaud HTA’s Technology Budget Calculator
Demystify what an appropriate smart home system budget should be and share results with peers, project partners, clients, etc.
Azione ‘Fulgent Fling’ Spring Conference Designed to Motivate and Inspire Attendees with Copious Insights, Educational Sessions, and Networking Opportunities
250+ Azione members convene to network and focus on key industry topics including Energy, 5G, Lighting and Architect Partnerships Chester Springs, PA – (March 21, 2019) – New education, networking opportunities, business guidance, and Florida fun is on deck for Azione...
Azione’s March meeting puts the needs of system designers front and center, providing unique opportunities for peer-to-peer idea-sharing, networking, and education Chester Springs, PA – (February 26, 2019) – Today’s home technology installation business is more...
Home Technology Association Finishes First Full Year with Powerful Momentum and Insights That Drive Consumer Confidence
Organization celebrates 1st full year and a growing community of HTA Certified residential technology installation firms across North America and connections with over 1,600 architects, designers, builders, and specifiers SANTA MONICA, CA (February 20, 2019) — Founded...
The clock is ticking people! KMB has been coming to ISE in Amsterdam for years now, and we only have two more left in Amsterdam before the show moves to Barcelona in 2021. While we won’t miss the winter weather in Venice of the North, we will miss the food, drinks,...
Azione Unlimted emphasizes emerging categories such as lighting fixtures in 2019, allowing members to work more closely with designers and architects, as well as new educational meetings and factory tours Chester Springs, PA – (December 20, 2018) – In today’s...
The industry’s most successful dealers and vendors share plans and ideas for 2019
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,...
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...
Welcome guest blogger John Sciacca on the best San Diego beer to drink during CEDIA! According to Beer Connoisseur, San Diego has earned props as one of the world’s top craft beer cities. And with more than 140 craft breweries in the area, there is plenty of hoppy...
Did you know KMB hails from San Diego? This is our hood, people! Here are KMB's recs for our fave San Diego restaurants, plus entertainment and escape spots to beat the chaos of the CEDIA show floor. Breakfast Republic (Liberty Station) (Formerly MCRD) Filled with...
The Home Technology Association is on the hunt for the Best in the U.S.—the best residential integration firms in the United States—entries being accepted until October 1st, 2018 Santa Monica, CA (August 2018) –The Home Technology Association—the first independent...
Techteriors’ Sam Luckow details how choosing a Critcal One with supporting KPIs and key metrics, getting employees engaged, and celebrating success can improve an organization. Chester Springs, PA – (August 2018) – For Wisconsin-based Techteriors, the process of...
The Azione Key Leaders meeting provides stakeholders—people other than company owners and CEOs—the chance to experience the many benefits of Azione membership, including the camaraderie of the group’s Spring and Fall conferences.
Lighthouse Provides LED Displays to Leading Commercial AV Brands for Immersive Demos at InfoComm 2018
Learn why leading commercial brands are using Lighthouse Dynamic Direct View LEDs at InfoComm 2018! Find Lighthouse LEDs across the show floor where the need for incredible imagery and simplified signage solutions are required. Check it out here and at the show!
Industry-first Peak Luminance Enhancement technology and HDR-readiness enable Lighthouse Quantum q-Series LEDs to deliver richer colors, higher contrast ratios. Check them out here and at InfoComm 2018!
Lighthouse expands its lineup of Dynamic Direct View LED Series of fine pitch direct-view LEDs for InfoComm 2018 with a 104-inch diagonal (16:9) and an 80-inch stretched aspect ratio screen. Check them out here and at InfoComm 2018.
Coming soon to the InfoComm 2018 show in Las Vegas, Lighthouse addresses and eliminates many of the barriers to entry for direct-view LEDs in commercial applications. The Quantum q-Series and Dynamic Series deliver high dynamic range imagery across a wide color gamut. The Quantum q-Series includes proprietary, first-of-its-kind Peak Luminance Enhancement (PLE) technology for noticeably higher contrast levels and increased luminance.
Azione Unlimited’s Lucrative Lighting Initiative Illuminates Impressive Opportunities for AV Dealers
Azione Unlimited has officially launched its lighting agenda, creating an easier path for member dealers to enter this highly lucrative market. With new vendor partnerships and turnkey programs to integrate lighting packages as part of any smart home project, Azione is helping dealers tap into tremendous opportunities in the burgeoning residential lighting category.
Savant has launched a new Ambassador Program, designed to identify and recognize integration firms for their knowledge and proficiency across key Savant product categories. Savant Ambassadors are also recognized for their supportive role leading to product design enhancements and evaluating new technologies, including participation in Savant’s extensive beta program.
As the terms of two esteemed board members expired in March, Azione Unlimited announces the appointment of two new members. Effective April 1st, Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO of Séura and Jimmy Paschke, director of residential sales for SurgeX
Azione Unlimited and Perfect Partners Prepare for ‘Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia’ Spring Conference
Azione Unlimited gears up for its ‘Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia’ Spring Conference announcing a leading roster of panelists, including Google Home, Sonos, and Josh.ai; engaging Experience Rooms; and extensive networking opportunities between the organization’s “Perfect Partners.”
Azione welcomes members to the Sheraton Society Hill in historic Philadelphia from April 23rd – 25th.
Representatives from Google Home will attend the 2018 Azione Spring Conference, Philosophically Phocused in Philadelphia, to be held April 23-25. They will introduce dealers to the new Google Home product line and program. Azione will also be featuring a speaker from Google’s Partnerships Development team at the conference, sharing thoughts on present and future trends in voice control, AI, and whole-home integration
Forming another significant partnership to better support the CI Channel, Azione Unlimited announces newest vendor member AudioQuest. Now, AudioQuest cables, Niagara power products, and DragonFly DAC/headphone amp/preamps — all AudioQuest brands — are available to Azione’s network of 190 leading dealers.
Lighthouse Enters US Indoor Fine-Pitch Market with Dynamic Series Direct View LED Displays for Digital Signage
Best-in-class digital signage displays sold through Stampede, shown at Stampede’s Big Book of AV Tour stops, in demos with Premier Mounts at DSE and NAB, and in the Lighthouse Booth at InfoComm.
“The Lyngdorf brand is known throughout the world as a leader in high-performance digital audio and is a natural fit within our group,” says Azione President Richard Glikes. “Not only are Lyngdorf’s audiophile-focused products the ideal fit for our dealers, but we look forward to the idea-sharing, camaraderie, and profit opportunities Lyngdorf presents, making the company a truly ‘Perfect Partner’ for Azione in 2018 and beyond.”
D-Tools to Showcase Powerful New Capabilities to its Award-Winning System Integrator Software at Integrated Systems Europe
D-Tools System Integrator version 13 delivers critical new features, including service plan sales and management, supplier pricing, and enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more.
D-Tools Enables AV as a Service (AVaaS) Through Integration with GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
Integration provides D-Tools System Integrator users with direct access to technology financing options for their clients, enabling recurring revenue through AVaaS offerings CONCORD, CA (December 5, 2019) – D-Tools, Inc. and GreatAmerica Financial Services...
Rayva’s New Acoustic Treatments Expedite Home Theater and Wellness Room Installation and Project Completion Timelines
Patent-pending acoustic treatments dramatically reduce complexities, shipping, and labor costs for anyone building a Rayva home theater or wellness room. NEW YORK, NY (November 21, 2019) Rayva, the world’s first producer of easy-to-install, fully engineered home...
Creative technology applications inspire youthful exploration at Buffalo’s new Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum
Access Networks to deliver failsafe Wi-Fi networking options to dealers throughout Canada via new partnership with top luxury AV rep/distributor
D-Tools Collaborates with ADI to Offer Fully Integrated Real-time Product and Pricing Information to Streamline Proposal Generation for the AV Industry
D-Tools’ new integration with ADI’s backend product catalog and pricing engine delivers instantaneous, accurate, and real-time product information including dealer-specific pricing to simplify and expedite the proposal and procurement process
D-Tools Cloud Expands Feature Set, Adds Innovative New Capabilities – Change Orders, Intelligent Browser-based Line Connection Drawings, Visual Drag and Drop Quoting, and more
D-Tools’ award-winning, web-based platform extends its collaborative workflow experience from sales pipeline management and proposal generation to change management, system design and procurement. CONCORD, CA — September 9, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader...
CEDIA Home Cinema Design Masterclass Led by Rayva Executive Director Theo Kalomirakis, Joel Silver of ISF, and Anthony Grimani of PMI
Masters of home theater discuss theater design best practices in this intensive, day-long course, offering valuable insight and instruction on the art of home cinema and eight CEU credits during CEDIA Expo 2019.
Rayva Introduces The Alliance, Rayva Theaters Powered by Origin Acoustics, and Ways to ‘Think Differently’ About Tech in the Home During CEDIA Expo 2019
Rayva helps technology integrators and designers deliver rooms and environments that complement the way people enjoy life, entertain, and relax in their homes. New York, NY (August 20, 2019) Rayva—maker of turnkey, repeatable, and profitable home theater and media...
D-Tools Puts the Spotlight on New Capabilities of its Award-winning Software Platforms at CEDIA Expo
D-Tools brings significant new capabilities to D-Tools Cloud and System Integrator solutions, offers training, and invites attendees to a fun-filled reception during this year’s show.
Solutions360 Integration with D-Tools Adds Resource Planning and Financial Management with a Focus on Project Profitability for System Integrator™ Customers
New Integration Provides D-Tools SI Users with Immediate Access to Advanced Financial Planning and Management, Project Reporting and Related Information to Improve Business Decision Making and Performance
D-Tools Introduces System Integrator Enhancements to Australian Integrators at Integrate 2019 with Upcoming Major Release of SI v13
SI v13 delivers robust feature-set for residential and commercial integrators, with service plan and sales management plus enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more
D-Tools Partners with Tracknicity to Add Inventory Management and Improve Project Job Costing for System Integrator™ Customers
D-Tools and Tracknicity Partnership Enables D-Tools SI Users to Efficiently, Seamlessly, and Accurately Track and Manage Inventory
D-Tools Extends Data Services by Providing Access to AV-iQ Product Database for System Integrator™ Users
ONCORD, CA & ORLANDO, FL (June 12, 2019) D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and AV-iQ, the world’s largest database of AV products, have completed a software integration that will provide D-Tools System Integrator™ (SI)...
Access Networks Awarded Sophos New Regional Partner of the Year for North America at 2019 Sophos Discover Las Vegas Conference
After joining Sophos in February of this year, Access Network receives top honors from leader in next-generation endpoint and network security.
D-Tools to Showcase Commercial-Focused Enhancements in Upcoming Major Release of System Integrator (SI) at InfoComm 2019
SI v13 delivers critical new features including service plan sales and management, and enhancements to project management capabilities, drawings, and more.
Access Networks’ 2019 Event Schedule Packed Full with ACE Training, Buying Group, Regional, and Major Events
Opportunities exist from coast to coast for Access Networks dealers to hone their networking skills and in turn, provide a better, more secure technology experience for their customers.
Major Release of D-Tools SI Delivers Critical New Features – Workflow Management Rules, Project Notifications, and Calculated Items CONCORD, CA — March 21, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced...
New Availability Provides Critical Sonos Product Information to D-Tools Cloud Users, Improving Project Accuracy for CI Community Concord, Calif. – (March 14, 2019) — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, announced today that...
Industry veteran brings vast technical knowledge and sales insight to Access Networks. Los Angeles, CA (March 5, 2019) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, welcomes Bobby Giebenrath to Access...
Growing cyber threats demand advanced network protection — Access Networks and Sophos join forces to deliver enterprise-grade networking solutions Los Angeles, CA – February 28, 2019 – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the...
D-Tools and NSCA will work together to educate commercial electronic system integrators and technology managers on opportunities to standardize and streamline business processesCONCORD, CA — February 27, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system...
Major Release of D-Tools System Integrator Delivers Critical New Features – Workflow Management Rules, Project Notifications, and Calculated items
SI version 12 provides electronic system integrators with a powerful, flexible software solution for improved operational efficiency CONCORD, CA — January 31, 2019 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, today announced...
BLUFFDALE, UTAH – January 22, 2019 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 20 years, has promoted Doug Taylor to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO), a new position that builds on Taylor’s experience and demonstrates Listen...
Receiver-only options are designed to meet any budget and the needs of unique hearing environments; company also reveals new line of ListenTALK accessories that extend system’s flexibility INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 5, 2019 – Listen Technologies,...
Two-way communication system fosters collaboration, enables greater inclusion of hearing-impaired students in the classroom INTEGRATED SYSTEMS EUROPE – AMSTERDAM – February 5, 2019 – Listen Technologies, a leading provider of assistive listening systems for 20 years,...
Rayva Wins 2019 TechHome Mark of Excellence Award, Video Product of the Year for Origami Turnkey Home Theater
High-performance, high-design turnkey Rayva theater provides benefits to integrators, homeowners, designers, and architects.
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...
Rayva at CEDIA Expo 2018: Dealers Can Now Select the Gear They Want to Pair with Rayva’s Curated Interiors & Packages, Making it Simple to Sell Home Entertainment
At CEDIA Expo 2018, Rayva’s shows new Complete Solutions lineup that offers more flexibility; online Configurator makes specifying theaters simple; new interior options like ‘The Light Edge’ provide more design choice. New York, NY (August 2018)—During CEDIA Expo...
CEDIA Attendees invited to see new lineup of Access Networks Wireless access points and a wireless controller all powered by Ruckus, new custom Core systems, and learn benefits of new integrations and partnerships Los Angeles, CA (August 2018) – Access Networks, the...
Torus Power Isolation Transformers Deliver Optimal Power and Protection for Unparalleled Quality in AV Systems at ISE 2020
At ISE 2020, Torus Power will showcase toroidal isolation transformers that deliver clean, uninterrupted power for today’s high-resolution residential and commercial AV systems, including the brand new AVR ELITE.
Catering to healthcare and corporate facilities, AtlasIED’s Z Series sound masking products provide sound masking as well as background music and paging.
Designed to blend in with any environment, AtlasIED’s SHS speaker combines subtle form and optimal functionality. Phoenix, AZ – (January 15, 2020) – Designed for inconspicuous installation in a wide variety of environments, AtlasIED’s award-winning SHS Series,...
AtlasIED Showcases a Variety of Innovative Mass Communication, Safety and Audio Solutions at ISE 2020
A complete communications ecosystem from AtlasIED offers all of the components necessary for high-quality messaging and emergency notification applications.
AtlasIED Enhances IPX Series of IP Endpoints with Innovative Features for Improved Mass Communication
A wide variety of new features incorporated into AtlasIED’s IPX Series provides an even more effective means of audible and visual notification for a variety of applications.
AtlasIED Shows New IED570 GLOBALCOM® Digital Communication Station with High Definition Touch Screen for Pre-programmed Boarding Sequences
The IED570 will transform the way airlines deliver boarding calls.
Wide range of products in AltasIED’s GLOBALCOM® 5400 Series support effective mass communications through easy-to-install, scalable, all-in-one solutions.
Designed for optimal intelligibility in environments where it’s important to preserve the architectural integrity of the space, AtlasIED’s ALA Series speakers offer an ideal audio solution.
Audio equipment donated by AtlasIED and other AVIXA Independent Technical Services Council members creates a new, improved entertainment space for Ronald McDonald House families.
New indoor/outdoor wall plates, preamps and amps, audio/power and control interface, and Dante™ interface offer integrators time and labor-saving solutions for commercial audio projects. Phoenix, AZ (November 20, 2019) – AtlasIED, a global electronics manufacturer...
Annual summit provides insight from AtlasIED on how to design, install and maintain AV systems for educational spaces.
Presentations given to troops at a military training camp near a busy airport are heard loud and clear thanks to SHS speakers installed by integration firm Ford AV.
New membership to leading network of audio-video integrators broadens AtlasIED’s presence in the commercial and audio-video marketplace.
New memberships and participation with leading integration trade associations broaden AtlasIED’s presence in the commercial security and audio-video marketplace.
AtlasIED “Sound Masking Basics” and “Tuning Sound Masking” Training Courses Approved for Various Continuing Education Credits
New courses offer continuing education credits from AIA, AVIXA, and BICSI, and deliver valuable insights about sound masking techniques, tuning, and designing environments for optimal acoustical comfort and privacy.
AtlasIED and MiTek Help Residential Integrators Expand into Commercial Markets by Showcasing Innovative Audio Solutions During CEDIA Expo 2019
New high-end audio solutions from AtlasIED deliver premium audio quality, superior sound control, and appealing aesthetics, making it easy for residential integrators to break into commercial markets. PHOENIX, AZ and DENVER, CO (Sept. 6, 2019) – MiTek, parent company...
With a new booth design that feels more like an art gallery than a trade show booth, Leon continues to set themselves apart by bringing creativity to the AV industry.
New Torus Power Isolation Transformers Provide Optimal Power and Protection for Residential AV Systems
Torus Power will feature its full line of toroidal isolation transformers at CEDIA Expo, including the new AVR ELITE Power Control and Isolation System
Seasoned inside sales and technical expert hired to support Torus Power sales efforts globally.
Torus Power PowerBlock PB 10 Available Now, Offering Affordable, Clean, and Stable Power for Mid-Sized AV Systems
Compact PowerBlock units offer significantly improved AV performance and protection at an affordable price Toronto, ON, Canada (August 7, 2019) Torus Power’s latest addition to the company’s PowerBlock Series, the PB 10 toroidal isolation transformer, is shipping now...
AtlasIED’s New Texas Tough Equipment Racks Include Features Never Before Incorporated Into a Cabinet
Now shipping and on display at InfoComm 2019, new Texas Tough equipment racks are designed for durability, functionality, aesthetics, and security.
Created for open ceiling environments, the IP-PM8GD offers inconspicuous installation and clear, consistent audio.
Leon Speakers Doubles Down on Design at InfoComm 2019 with New Products and New Director of Strategy
The company has been a leader in the conversation on integrating design with technology for over 20 years now and their new leadership looks to push the message further.
Leon Speakers Reaffirms Their Commitment to Design by Hiring New Director of Strategy, Melissa Price, Former CEO of Detroit Interior Design Firm dPOP
With extensive industry experience and a passion for design and technology, Price brings fresh insight and a strong design vision to Leon’s leadership team.
The new series provides integrators with plug-and-play products that turn audio into art—all powered by the new SONOS AMP®
New high-end audio solutions being showcased at InfoComm 2019 deliver premium audio quality, superior sound masking, and appealing aesthetics — integrators, architects, designers, and end users are invited to visit, learn more.
AtlasIED Launches New IED570C-H GLOBALCOM® Digital Communication Station with High Definition Touch Screen for Pre-programmed Boarding Sequences
Showing for the first time at InfoComm 2019, the IED570C-H will transform the way airlines deliver boarding calls.
Torus Power PowerBlock PB 5 Is Now Available, Offering a Clean and Stable Power Foundation for Small and Mid-size AV Systems
PowerBlock units are small in stature but offer significantly improved AV performance and protection at an affordable price Toronto, ON, Canada (May 6, 2019) Torus Power, maker of uncompromising, clean, isolation transformer-based power components for AV systems,...
Torus Power Isolation Transformers Power and Protect AV Components for Optimal Audio and Video Performance at HIGH-END Munich 2019
Torus Power presents the AVR and RM Series toroidal isolation transformers, delivering clean, uninterrupted power and improved performance quality for today’s high-resolution AV systems.
Custom Torus Power All-in-One isolation transformer converts 480V 3-phase industrial power into 120V and protects high-performance gear in the new CEDIA Reference Theater. When CEDIA decides to put a reference home theater inside their new headquarters, which also...