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ARCC delivers a new level of simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job, and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading capabilities. Additionally, it offers a solid source of recurring revenue. From a single pane of glass, each clients’ network is easily monitored and managed remotely from anywhere. Quick and easy remediation and configuration changes can help boost integrators’ bottom line and improve customer satisfaction.
“By advancing Atmosphere™ forward with the launch of our new 2.0 version, integrators are afforded even greater flexibility in the design of digital audio systems through the implementation of any or all of the system’s new suite of features,” says John Ivey, president at AtlasIED. “Since the initial launch of Atmosphere™ in September 2020, we have listened to our dealers, integrating many of their requests into the 2.0 platform. Through our commitment to the continual evolution of the Atmosphere™ ecosystem, the technology avoids obsolescence, providing customers with the most advanced solution for audio processing, control, and delivery, and creating new business opportunities for technology integrators.”
Making Dreams Come True: Make-a-Wish Kid’s New Home Theater Anchored by a 110-Inch Zero Edge Pro Slate Screen
Screen Innovations (SI), a premier manufacturer and supplier of design-forward optical screen and shade materials, has always given back to its community through charitable donations. Its most recent, the contribution of a 110-inch, 16:9 Zero Edge Pro Slate acoustically transparent screen with LED kit for a custom theater installed in the home of a Make-a-Wish kid. An effort spearheaded by custom integration buying group ProSource, the soup-to-nuts theater features a wide variety of AV equipment from member companies including SI, as well as Origin Acoustics, Control4/SnapAV, Marantz, Sony Electronics, and others. Austin-based AV integrator Macauley Technologies donated its time and labor to complete the transformation of an existing bonus room into a full-fledge theater in five days.
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.
“A smart home is only as good as its network, and if the network is weak, everything else fails,” says Derek Flikkema, Senior Technology Advisor at SAV. “With an Access Networks solution managing the flow of audio, video, and data, there is no weak link. No matter how many devices are connected to the Internet, no matter how much bandwidth is being consumed, no matter how much content is being streamed to displays and speakers, the networking backbone of this house handles it all without a hitch.”
“Sales Force & Associates possesses all of the qualities we look for in a premier manufacturers’ rep of our full line of projection screens: a forward-thinking company with a great reputation, many years of experience, a solid network of high-quality integrators, and a commitment to serving the needs of the integration community,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson, “With the support of Sales Force & Associates we can broaden the awareness of SI solutions among both new and existing dealers in Florida, continuing to grow our presence in commercial environments and creating new sources of revenue for integrators.”
Zappiti Appoints Industry Veteran Pete Baker’s The BIG Corp — Baker International Group — as North American Business Manager for the Zappiti Brand
Zappiti, an award-winning manufacturer of 4K media players, continues to strengthen its presence in the marketplace with the recent appointment of industry veteran Pete Baker’s The BIG Corp as North American Business Manager for the Zappiti brand. As a leading executive with more than three decades of industry knowledge, vast experience in sales and marketing, and a deep understanding of the needs of home systems integrators, Baker draws from his strong business-building skills and passion for smart home technologies to develop and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships with dealers and distributors throughout the country.
The HTA had its first dealer webinar last August in lieu of the planned in-person dealer event that was canceled due to the pandemic. “The feedback we received from both our certified integrators and supporting brands was extremely positive, with many asking for the HTA to create more leadership webinars. This led to two more in the last quarter of 2020, and our March 3rd, 2021 webinar “Pay Yourself What You’re Worth” was another hit,” says Josh Christian, CEO of HTA. “We are excited to help our members prosper with the topics we will consider this year. These are all topics of interest to our members and reflect the HTA’s push for integrators to work more cohesively with the architect, builder, and interior design trades.”
Houses of worship are no different from showrooms in terms of their AV production needs, according to Michael Brown-Cestero, president of Embassy Holdings, a design firm specializing in advanced live and virtual communications systems.
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