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Channel Vision Releases New IP Intercom with Smartphone App By Chelsea Cafiero, May 26 2016 As the market for home security continues to grow, manufacturers are thinking outside the box (and the home) to create solutions that allow users to monitor their homes from anywhere. Channel Vision has announced two new Elite Series IP-based intercom systems for single family homes as well as commercial buildings.  The new SI-8000 IP-Based Intercom and Touch Screen ...
Here’s a Simple and Effective Way to Show Off Your Showroom By Chelsea Cafiero, May 26 2016 We've had the pleasure of visiting many impressive showrooms here at CE Pro. Check out a few of our favorites here. While up close and personal visits are the best way to show off the technology in your showroom, there are other effective ways of reaching those who are not yet sold on making the trip. Sure,...

If WyreStorm Enado Control System…Then Happy Customer By Advertorial, May 26 2016 The newest version of the Enado Control System makes setting up and using the system even easier. We caught up with Todd Akins, Wyrestorm Director of Marketing to learn more about the new version 4. First, what is Enado?  Enado is a very flexible AV control system that was designed from the beginning to be extremely easy to setup and...
Dish Releases HopperGO: Compact 64GB Device Stores 100 Hours of Offline Video By Robert Archer, May 26 2016 Dish previewed several updates and new devices in the world of home entertainment at CES 2016 earlier this year. We even proclaimed that Dish won the show with Hopper 3 and its 4K cabability and ‘Sports Bar Mode’ four-way multiview feature. Today Dish officially released its long-awaited portable hard drive, the HopperGO. Users of the company's Hopper 2 and...
DSC Launches Reduced Pricing Program for Smart Home Builders, Developers & Installers By Chelsea Cafiero, May 25 2016 Digital Security Controls (DSC), a division of Tyco Security Products, has launched a new reduced pricing program for professionals who want to demo and showcase smart home technology, including automation and security systems, within the home. This two-tiered program launches at a time of growing consumer interest in smart home technology. Features of the program include home security and automation...
31% of CE Pros Have Taken a Stab at Commercial Projects and Here’s Why By Chuck Schneider, May 25 2016 Especially this year, if you’re a political junkie like me, you eagerly await every new poll. The raw top line numbers with their margins of error and number of respondents are fine but it’s fascinating to dig deeper. How can anyone live without knowing that the Donald beats Hill with independent LBGTQ unregistered voting age citizens...
CE Pro People & Places: Vantage Adds 2 to Sales Team; Gramophone Grand Opening By CE Pro Editors, May 25 2016 CE Pro People & Places is a daily feature on CEPro.com. If you are looking for a job, or an employer searching to fill a vacant position, in the custom electronics industry please visit the CE Pro Job Board.   May 25, 2016 Vantage, a manufacturer of lighting control systems for luxury spaces, welcomes two new members to its sales...
Factory Tour: Inside AudioControl’s Design & Engineering Facility By Jason Knott, May 25 2016 Long before Seattle was known for its high-end coffee, the city suburb of Mountlake Terrace earned a reputation in A/V circles as the home of AudioControl, which for the past 39 years has been engineering, designing and manufacturing high-end equipment for the car and home markets. The company is not a secret by any means to integrators, but the level...

A Tech Owner’s Guide to Profitability By CE Pro Editors, May 25 2016 You started your business to provide valuable technology services to clients. But business ownership comes with unanticipated management challenges. Has your business provided you with financial freedom? Or does it feel more like an anchor of anxiety? We understand; we’ve been there, too. ConnectWise started as a technology services business more than 20 years ago, and...
5 Crucial Tips for Dolby Atmos Setups; 5 Best Demo Scenes By Jason Knott, May 25 2016 Integrators are getting more clarification on exactly how to design and install Dolby Atmos speaker configurations for their customers. Speaking at the Pacific Northwest Consumer Electronic Expo (PNWCEE) this week in Seattle, Craig Eggers, director, content creation and playback, home theater, for Dolby Laboratories, pumped up a room full of dealers about how Dolby Atmos represents one of the first...
You Found that Great Employee…Now What? By Advertorial, May 25 2016 Finding qualified employees has long been a hot topic in the industry. Integrators have voiced this challenge time and time again – prompting CEDIA Business Xchange to focus on finding and keeping the best team. CEPro’s Julie Jacobson was there last week and shared some insights on how attitude can be a trump card when it comes to...
Nortek Acquires Next-Gen Voice Recognition Platform Nuiku By CE Pro Editors, May 24 2016 Nortek has acquired Nuiku, a natural language processing platform that facilitates sophisticated voice control across home automation and other applications. Nuiku is a robust, data driven platform and cloud-based application program interface that enables natural language processing across applications and devices. Its patented integration engine is said to connect voice commands with back-end user information to analyze commands and...

Product Briefs: Powerhouse Expands Seura Partnership; Tio Pro Mode for Apple iOS; Peerless-AV By CE Pro Editors, May 24 2016 So many product news items come across the CE Pro desks, and we don't want to miss them. Neither do our readers. This is the place where we tell you what's now shipping, which reps and distributors picked up what new products, which products are newly compatible, how public companies are faring, and other briefs in custom electronics. ...
Rack ‘Em Up: NAD Designs Networked Audio Gear for Installers By Robert Archer, May 24 2016 Each spring in Europe the annual Munich High End audio show is held. Designed as a showcase for the top manufacturers in the consumer audio market to demonstrate their latest products, the event is know to highlight niche, luxury products. Broadening the appeal of the show, the Canadian manufacturer NAD traveled across the pond to show a global audience its...
San Francisco Hyatt Regency: How not to do ‘Energy Management’ By Julie Jacobson, May 23 2016 My room this week at the newly refurbished Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (SFO) hotel is nicely upgraded with new carpets and tiling. Unfortunately, the makeover team seems to have forgotten about in-room technology, especially the “green” stuff that is supposed to make the place more energy efficient. Let’s start with the basics. There is only...