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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...
If WyreStorm Enado Control System…Then Happy Customer By Advertorial, May 25 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...
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 Wireless 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...
Building 4K Multiroom A/V Systems without AVRs By Jason Knott, May 23 2016 As kids, we all huddled around our stereo receivers. It was the central command station for all your music needs, whether that was AM, FM, cassette or eight-track. As multiroom audio developed, the audio video receiver (AVR) maintained its role as the central source hub, linking to other sources such as CD players or vinyl record players and incorporating satellite...
M&K Overhauls Architectural Speaker Line, Includes Dolby Atmos By Robert Archer, May 23 2016 With the home theater market heating up, manufacturers are responding to the latest trends within the category, including the popularity of Dolby Atmos, 4K and streaming media content. Augmenting its product line, Audio Gear Group, the U.S. distributor of M&K Sound residential and professional loudspeakers, has announced an update of M&K's existing four architectural...
How Krika IP-Discovery Platform Detects Ubiquiti Networks Worm By Julie Jacobson, May 23 2016 ISPs and local networks are crashing lately, thanks to a vulnerability in some Ubiquiti Networks products that opened the door to a malicious worm. This type of breach can happen to anyone, even the mightiest of military-grade networking systems, which is why the whole network ecosystem must conspire to detect malware and mitigate damages. As reported earlier, a...