Product Briefs: Leviton Lighting; AVAD Guide; Luxul ABR-5000; Onkyo Brands, Sonos; TiVo Alexa Skill

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Product Briefs: Leviton Lighting; AVAD Guide; Luxul ABR-5000; Onkyo Brands, Sonos; TiVo Alexa Skill
CE Pro Editors · May 21, 2018

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.


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May 21

Two of Leviton’s newest lighting control solutions—the Intellect Intelligent Fixture Control System and Lumina RF Standalone Room Controls—have been added to the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Qualified Products List (QPL), in the category of Networked Lighting Control (NLC) systems. Projects across the United States and Canada that include the Intellect system or Lumina RF Standalone Room Controls are now eligible for valuable rebates through local utilities and energy efficiency programs, which reference compliant solutions on the DLC QPL.

The DLC has created a vetting process designed to include only the most future-proof, energy-saving and intelligently designed advanced lighting controls. 

“The addition of these innovative wireless lighting control solutions on the DLC QPL validates Leviton‘s continuing leadership in energy codes and standards compliance with both our product lines and our ongoing training initiatives,” says Richie Westfall, vice president and general manager of the Leviton Energy Management, Controls and Automation business division. “This qualification provides our customers with another resource for garnering rebates, saving energy, and designing advanced lighting control systems that are easy to use and install today, and are also ready for the rigorous demands of the future.”


May 16

AVAD LLC, a national distributor serving the residential and commercial custom installation market, has announced its new Interactive Catalog – 2018 Accessories Edition. The guide features a variety of custom installation-focused solutions for residential and commercial installations.

The company explains its Interactive Catalog – Accessories Edition includes components that are traditionally behind the scenes and designed to complete custom installation projects large and small. With the recent release of the Interactive Catalog – Video, Audio and Home Automation Editions, the debut of the Accessories Catalog provides a comprehensive assortment of brands and solutions for the residential and commercial installations. The Interactive Catalog – Accessories Edition features mounts, cables, tools, power units, furniture and more from AVAD’s vendor partners, including Chief, Celerity Technologies, Dirt Devil, DYMO, Global Cache, Midlite, Panamax, Peerless-AV, ProConnect, ProFlex, RowOne, Sanus, Peerless AV and many more.

“We are excited to be able to provide our dealers with new Interactive Catalogs, including the Video, Audio, Home Automation and, lastly, the Accessories Edition, to help them in the office and on the job” says Seth Evenson, director of customer experience management, AVAD. “While installation accessories are often hidden in every project, they’re a critical component in any installation, whether it’s residential or commercial, and we’re very excited to be able to provide our dealers with product information at the touch of a button with our interactive catalogs.”


May 15

Luxul has announced a new firmware update for its ABR-5000 router. The new update includes Domotz Remote Management software, and minor UI fixes and updates.

Domotz is a third-party control feature that enables dealers to remotely monitor and manage devices connected to their clients' networks. With Domotz, you have the power to turn connected devices on/off, reboot, and receive alerts when devices fall offline.

Luxul explains that its 5.2.3 addresses issues where a VPN client on an Epic 5-based LAN is unable to connect to a PPTP server on the internet. The company points out that PPTP is an obsolete VPN protocol with many known security issues, and that it recommends the newer L2TP or IPSec protocols.

Moreover, it advises if a client on an Epic 5-based network must connect to a PPTP VPN server, use this workaround:

In the Epic 5 user interface, select Administration > Advanced page from the navigation menu. Next, set WAN PPTP Passthrough to Enabled and select Apply. In the WAN Server Address field, enter a ‘dummy’ IP address. If there is a PPTP server running on the LAN, then use the actual IP address of the PPTP server.


Onkyo Corp and Onkyo USA have announced that its network receiver brands are now certified and compatible with the Sonos platform, which earns the products a "Works with Sonos" badge.  This compatibility enables users to seamlessly stream music from their Sonos app to their receiver allowing them to enjoy music anywhere, including their home theater.  Products featuring the new Works with Sonos capability will include select network AV and stereo receivers and processors from Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer and Pioneer Elite. Onkyo will announce specific models when the firmware update is available on June 6.

The Works with Sonos certification program certifies that the integration meets the Sonos high bar for experience, and that products will seamlessly connect with the Sonos Home Sound System. The certified “Works with Sonos” receivers will be supported by Sonos.

“For more than 70 years, Onkyo has been at the forefront of delivering premium sound and adding Sonos compatibility enables custom installers and home theater fans access to Sonos’ renowned whole-home audio,” says Don Milks, director of product localization for Onkyo USA.  “Now the Sonos app that you are familiar with can stream your favorite content to your network receiver adding tremendous value and convenience to any system.”


TiVo announced that its integration with Amazon Alexa will officially roll out this week. This option allows TiVo BOLT, Roamio and Premiere customers to control their TiVo DVRs from Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot or Echo Plus devices using only their voice.

With this integration, Amazon Alexa can do many of the things that customers already do with the TiVo remote. Users can ask Alexa to change the channel, “Alexa, watch CBS,” or launch a streaming app, “Alexa, open Netflix.” You can even skip commercials for SkipMode enabled shows, by saying, “Alexa, skip commercials.” Amazon Alexa can also manage simple media controls like play, pause, fast-forward or go back, which jumps back eight seconds in programming.



Luxul has released a critical firmware update for its Epic 3 router. This update improves system stability and should be performed as soon as possible.

For continued function of these routers this update must be performed on all Epic 3s in the field.

The company advises to follow these procedures during the update: 

  • While the router is updating, do not unplug the power source from the router
  • For a period during this particular update the router’s system and Wi-Fi LEDs will be disabled and turned off. This is normal during this update
  • This update could take up to five minutes. If five minutes pass and your router does not appear to be rebooting, please call Luxul tech support at 801.822.5450 option 3
  • It is always recommended updates be performed onsite; however, they can be applied remotely using Domotz or a VPN
  • If the update is performed via Domotz using the standalone Domotz Pro Device, it could take up to 10 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application. Integrators that execute the update via Domotz using the included agent on the Epic 3 are advised the update could take up to 15 minutes for the router to show as ‘online’ in the Domotz application.
  • To learn more about the update and other product firmware visit Luxul's firmware update page.

In addition, Luxul has issued more information related to the update. The company says that when performing this update, if Domotz is enabled, integrators will need to "connect" the Domtoz client running on the Epic 3 to the Domotz Cloud account.
Until this is completed, the site, including the Epic 3 will lose monitoring capabilities and will appear 'down' when viewing from your account on domotz.com or the Domotz app.

To connect Domotz follow these steps:

1.On the Epic 3 UI, go to the "Third Party Software" tab, then "Domotz."
2. Once there, click "Connect."

3. You will then be prompted to enter an email address and password - you must use the same account information that was used to create the Epic 3 account originally.
4. After logging in, you will see a "Resume Configuration" page - you should
see the Domotz Agent Name, and pre-populated location information on
where the agent is running.
5. Click on "RESUME YOUR AGENT."
6. Domotz will then begin to scan for devices on the network and when
completed, will show a "DONE" button - click "DONE" to finish. 

7. You can now log back in to your Domotz account on either domotz.com or the Domtoz app, and the Epic 3 will now show "Active." 

 


Paradigm Electronics Inc., a Canadian-based audio company, is celebrating the success of its flagship Persona line of products with the introduction of a Design Studio featuring 18 new premium automotive finishes, one additional standard color, new grilles, and custom metal work. From soft neutrals, to daring bold colors, the finish options promise something for everyone.

Originally announced in late 2017 as 12 new finishes, the final mix of colors available at the launch of the custom Persona Design Studio was expanded to include 18 premium colors and one new standard color—in addition to the four standard color options already offered—three grille color options, and two choices for the metal work (driver cones, PPA lens, and base).

The company says that customers are invited to build their own Persona speakers using its Persona Design Studio. At this web page consumers will be able to mix and match colors, metal and grilles to create their customized speakers. The Persona Design Studio will launch in May of 2018 to coincide with the High End 2018 show in Munich, Germany.

Standard Finishes now include:

  • Aria Blue
  • New: Carbon Black
  • Harmony White
  • Sonic Silver
  • Vanta Black

New: Premium colors are now available in:

  • Amethyst Gloss
  • Anthracite Metallic
  • Blush Metallic
  • British Racing Green Metallic
  • Burnt Orange Metallic
  • Candy Apple Red Metallic
  • Dakota Brown Metallic
  • Desert Gold Metallic
  • Diamond White Metallic
  • Laguna Blue Gloss
  • Merlot Metallic
  • Parchment Gloss
  • Saffron Yellow Metallic
  • Seafoam Green Metallic
  • Taupe Metallic
  • Toffee Metallic
  • Vermillion Gloss
  • Viridian Gloss

New: Metal is now available in:

  • Black
  • Silver

New: Grilles are now available in:

  • Black
  • Silver

May 8

Access Networks, a provider of enterprise-grade network solutions for residential integration, has announced its new online store, called My Access is now live. This full-featured online experience for A/V integrators replaces the legacy Access Networks online store with significantly enhanced features and functionality.

As part of the value proposition with My Access, integrators can purchase all of the latest systems, including the Core² and Core³ custom systems, which are now available. Ruckus ICX switches are also available on My Access with a basic preconfiguration, as well as the much anticipated Access Networks Wireless products powered by Ruckus, which are also now shipping. Initially, only company principals and purchasers will be able to login to My Access, however a tiered login structure will be added.

Access Networks Wireless is a family of best-in-class wireless networking products featuring patented technology designed and manufactured for Access Networks by Ruckus Wireless. The lineup includes a wireless controller, three indoor access points and an outdoor access point all optimized for premium residential applications. Access Networks Wireless components come with four years of support provided by the award-winning engineers at Access Networks, eliminating the need to purchase support separately. Each wireless controller includes eight access point licenses, with additional licenses available one at a time as needed. Access Networks Wireless technology is available now on My Access.

Core² and Core³ are the newest generation of Access Networks’ industry-first enterprise-grade network solutions specifically tailored for the automated residence. Access Networks design services are included with the purchase of all Core2 and Core3 network solutions, differentiating Access Networks from any other residential solutions provider. Each system, powered by Cisco, Ruckus and Access Networks Wireless, consists of four essential products; a router/firewall, a wireless controller, a primary switch and an Access Networks proprietary monitoring device called a Helix to facilitate proactive service and support of the entire network system. Integrators will appreciate the scalability and flexibility of Core2 and Core3 systems as well as the streamlined design, purchase and fulfillment processes all part of the best-in-class products and services from Access Networks. Core² and Core³ systems are available now on My Access.


With a global partnership first announced during the 2017 Munich HIGH END Show, DALI’s initial launch of its CALLISTO Wireless Active Speaker System at the 2018 show formalizes the addition to the BluOS family of products, now numbering nearly 20 different solutions across three audio brands.

These DALI products join an ecosystem of BluOS-enabled and BluOS-ready components and speakers from Bluesound and NAD Electronics.

All three brands are also exhibiting BluOS products at the 2018 Munich HIGH End Show, giving European audio enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the BluOS platform.

“We are delighted to welcome DALI to the BluOS family,” said Andrew Haines, product manager, BluOS. “We know DALI’s fans are passionate about music and we look forward  to providing them the means for Hi-Res music discovery and multi room enjoyment through the BluOS implementation option.”

The DALI CALLISTO solution utilizes Lenbrook’s proprietary BluOS technology in the form of a modular upgrade option called the BluOS NPM-1. Adding this module allows the system to be connected wirelessly or hard wired to a home network with access to internet radio stations, popular music streaming services, and lossless music libraries stored on a computer or mobile device. BluOS’s brand-agnostic platform means that any BluOS Enabled device, regardless of manufacturer, can wirelessly connect with up to 64 enabled home theaters, stereo systems, components or compact all-in- one speakers within the BluOS ecosystem, for synced or asynchronous music playback in one or multiple rooms.


Savant, a manufacturer of smart home technology, has announced a partnership with USAI Lighting, a manufacturer of architectural light fixtures for nearly any application. USAI Lighting’s innovative LED solutions focus on achieving the perfect balance between color technology, optical design and superior performance.

In both joint product design and market initiatives, Savant and USAI Lighting will provide integrators with seamless end-to-end lighting solutions that both solve the compatibility issues integrators face with disparate solutions and deliver an unmatched control experience via Savant’s astonishing TrueImage user interface. 

“Our partnership with USAI Lighting represents another vital piece of Savant’s forward-thinking strategy that includes lighting, climate, energy management, entertainment and a broad range of smart home functionality,” states Savant CEO Robert Madonna. “Savant enables these advanced technologies to work effortlessly together, providing enhanced lifestyle, environmental responsibility and wellness for the luxury home.” 


May 7

Roon has announced its 1.5 platform. The whole-house audio company says with nearly 100 of the most respected audio brands in the world, as well as over 100 Roon Ready network players on the market and hundreds more Roon Tested DACs, integrated amplifiers, and networked speakers, the company says that integrators can tailor high performing whole-house systems based on each client's needs.

The company also supports MQA high-resolution audio, and it explains that some Roon Ready devices decode and/or render MQA and some don't. According to Roon, because of the tight integration between Roon and Roon Ready devices, Roon Ready devices also report precisely what's happening to audio signals during playback, so homeowners can easily see exactly what they are hearing.

In addition, because of the Roon 1.5 platform's MQA compatibility, Roon will not only be able to perform DSP on "unfolded" MQA content, but it will do so without destroying the MQA signalling information. 

Roon adds that some of the content available available with MQA include the TIDAL streaming service to allow homeowners to stream high-resolution content throughout their entire homes. 


May 3

Reinforcing its product reliability, Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a manufacturer of smart connected devices and systems for the residential, security, access control, and digital health markets, has announced a three-year limited warranty on select 2GIG GC2 and GC3 panels and compatible cell radio modules, effective May 1.

According to Nortek Security & Control President Mike O’Neal, the new three-year limited warranty gives dealers and channel partners another strong advantage when specifying and installing 2GIG security & control solutions.

“There is a reason 2GIG products are trusted by millions,” says O’Neal. “Everything we do in design and manufacturing of our products is to earn that trust with exceptional reliability and performance. We control the entire process, from the design and engineering to the manufacturing, which we do in our own facility.” 

 


Chromis Fiberoptics has earned the DPL Seal of Approval from DPL Laboratories, Inc. for its new Procerus4K Series HDMI 2.0 active optical cables (AOCs), made with the company's patented GigaPOF graded-index polymer optical fiber.
 
According to Jeffrey Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs, "Over the course of the last year many low-power HDMI fiber optical cables have been submitted for testing and failed to meet DPL limits. Chromis has become one of the few fiber companies that has achieved the stringent DPL performance standards.”
 
Custom installers and consumers alike rely upon the DPL Seal of Approval as an assurance of quality product performance. Cables that meet or exceed DPL Labs standard of excellence offer far better performance and longer-term reliability than typical HDMI cables. These cables, and only these cables, are awarded the prestigious DPL Seal of Approval.
 
Chromis is a new entry into the AOC market. “We are committed to helping custom installers manage the challenges of UHD video distribution. There are a bewildering array of solutions at their disposal, each with unique benefits and disadvantages, said Frank Graziano, CEO of Chromis Fiberoptics. GigaPOF® AOCs are a great addition to the custom installer’s toolkit - simple, compatible and reliable.”
 


May 2

DISH has announced that its DISH Anywhere app is now available on Android TV devices, bringing more choice and flexibility to how customers watch video content on their big screens. While DISH Anywhere has been available on Android mobile devices since 2013, customers can now use Android TV media players and smart TVs for the first time to access their DISH programming, either at home or on the go.

DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers the ability to watch 100 percent of their live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on internet-connected mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, and televisions via Amazon Fire TV and now Android TV.

“Media players provide easy access to video content, so it’s no wonder one-third of U.S. broadband households own these devices,” says Niraj Desai, vice president of product management, Dish. “By expanding the DISH Anywhere app to Android TV, we’re giving our customers more ways to view their content on devices they already own, at no additional cost.”


May 1

Ravya, makers of pre-engineered and fully customizable turnkey home theaters, has introduced a new lineup called Rayva Complete Solutions. Categorized as Gold, Bronze, or Silver performance packages, complemented by unique, world-class designs, and completely customizable, Rayva has eliminated barriers, making it easier for integrators to sell and install home theaters. 

When dealers sell and install Rayva Complete Solutions, Rayva will provide the specifications, designs, and engineering documentation, along with customized interiors that merge aesthetics with acoustics. With the new Rayva Complete Solutions, dealers can now “Bring Their Own Gear,” to maintain effective supplier relationships, meet the client’s budget, and deliver a top-nitch experience. Dealers also have the option to leverage Rayva’s industry partnerships to select products from lines they may not otherwise have access to. Facilitating a flexible purchasing model, Rayva allows dealers to maintain control over the brands and products they install and support to preserve margins while working with the products they know and trust. 

“Dealers who sell Rayva Complete Solutions are no longer locked into specific brands or products,” says Rayva president George Walter. “Dealers are welcome to take advantage of our relationships by purchasing directly through Rayva, but the decision is now theirs to make. By eliminating barriers, we’re making it easier than ever for dealers to engage with Rayva without sacrificing the relationships dealers have developed with buying groups,  manufacturers, or distributors.” 

Also now available as part of the Rayva Complete Solutions offering are numerous new designs by artists from around the world. Curated by Rayva’s executive director Theo Kalomirakis, “These designs break from tradition to bring new vitality to the field of home entertainment design.” 

To further aid dealers in selling Rayva’s pre-configured, customizable home theater packages, the company has introduced a proprietary online configurator. Dealers or customers can select from a variety of room parameters and design features, and the app generates a complete home theater proposal in seconds. The client can then experience their dream theater before committing to the project by taking a 3D, virtual reality walk-through of the space.


The SDVoE Alliance has announced that its SDVoE Design Partner Program is up and running. This online training and certification publicly recognizes experts in the creation of SDVoE systems that take advantage of AV-over-IP scalability, yet offer matrix-switch-like performance.

Created in cooperation with leading AV consulting firms HyperSphere Limited and Hewshott International, as well as AV/IT training experts Clavia Ltd., the goal of the program is to certify designers qualified to offer guidance to integrators, installers and end users in leveraging the SDVoE standard for high performance AV network deployments in education, healthcare, enterprise, entertainment, hospitality, retail, houses of worship, government, military, industry and security.

As a service to the industry, the list of certified SDVoE designer partners will be published on the SDVoE Alliance website. End users interested in leveraging SDVoE technology to meet their business needs will be able to tap into the expertise of this specialist community. As the group of design partners grows, their input will be used by the alliance to expand the tools available, including design templates, specifications, and case studies.

“The SDVoE design partner training provides entrée into designing with products from all 39 members in the growing SDVoE ecosystem as we work together to support the alliance’s mission of replacing the matrix switch,” says Justin Kennington, president of the SDVoE Alliance. “We look forward to the contributions of new SDVoE design partners to the pool of knowledge and best practices guidelines related to SDVoE network deployments.”


April 27

When Apple AirPlay 2 comes to Sonos later this year, the audio company says users will be able to stream from their iPhone, iPad or Mac to its Play:5, Playbase and Sonos One products. Any one of these speakers will work with Apple's new wireless streaming technology. 


StormAudio has announced that its full suite of immersive audio preamp / processors and amplifiers are now part of The Cinema Designer program, enabling StormAudio dealers enrolled in the program to design and present theater and media room layouts in a professional manner.

The Cinema Designer is a cloud-based design tool that pulls from a large database of participating CI manufacturers’ products to calculate and produce 3D CAD drawings, specifying the precise location of the loudspeakers, screen, seating, projector, crucial amplification and processor requirements, acoustic treatments, RT60 value, and more. The tool generates detailed documents, including audio and video calibration reports, and true-to-room aesthetic renders reflecting the way the finished room will look.

“The StormAudio audio processors and amplifiers can drive up 32-channel theaters and now we have integrated native 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos processing across the line. As audio system configurations become more complex to achieve such new heights in surround sound entertainment, a tool like The Cinema Designer is particularly useful for integrators,” says Sebastien Gailleton, StormAudio Product Marketing Director (International). “We are excited to be included as a manufacturer brand inside the software.”


Luxul, a manufacturer of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, has announced that the company has joined WAVE Electronics' 9/3 Kickback Program. Luxul products purchased through the distributor now count towards the program's quarterly achievement levels, helping integrators earn rebates up to 9 percent.

WAVE Electronics is the largest independent custom integration distributor in the nation and carries Luxul's complete offering of routers, switches, access points, and accessories. The purchase of any of these products helps integrators meet the 9/3 Kickback Program's quarterly purchase tiers — ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 — and receive quarterly rebates from 4 to 9 percent.

"This initiative from WAVE speaks volumes to their confidence in Luxul products," says Mike Grubb, vice president of marketing for Luxul. "Offering an incentive to sell more of our solutions means they are really supporting us as the go-to brand for IP networking equipment. And the savings for dealers are unmatched. We're really excited about this opportunity and strengthening our relationship with WAVE."

"WAVE Electronics is excited to partner on a deeper level with Luxul to create the strongest dealer program in the industry," adds Ainslie Fukuda, vice president of purchasing at WAVE Electronics. "Not only can WAVE provide dealers with tech support, marketing assets, and training, but now we can reward loyal Luxul dealers with a handsome rebate."


April 26

Savant, a manufacturer of smart home systems, has launched its Ambassador Program. This new service 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. The Savant Ambassador Program officially kicks off in April 2018 with a redesign of the company's website where homeowners and building professionals can search for a Savant Ambassador near them. 

Along with Savant’s control platform, integrators have been adopting solutions from Savant such as audio and video distribution, Artison loudspeakers, remotes and user interfaces such as TrueImage, lighting, shades, climate control and energy management. In addition to being highlighted on the Savant website, Savant Ambassadors will also receive the highest level of support from Savant, including early access to new products and software, as well as priority technical assistance. 

Moreover, Savant Ambassadors will receive one year of HTA certification dues. 


April 25

Crestron, a global manufacturer of enterprise control and automation solutions, has announced it will enhance its Crestron Pyng home automation platform to now include support for third-party A/V devices. Crestron has once again partnered with LG Electronics to extend IP control of its displays into the residential market for LG's 2017 and 2018 series consumer OLED, SUPER UHD and UHD TV’s.  LG’s TVs are the first displays to be included in this release. Support for Pyng video is scheduled to release in the summer.

“Choosing LG as a launch partner for this enhancement was a no-brainer.” LG and Crestron have partnered to provide IP control of their displays for several years with great success in the Enterprise market, and when we were looking to extend that into the residential market, the decision to launch with LG was immediate,” says Bob Bavolacco, partnerships manager for Crestron.


CEDIA members can now connect to the CEDIA Online Community on-the-go with the all-new CEDIA mobile app. The app provides a space for CEDIA members to engage with their peers and participate in lively discussions.  

This development is part of CEDIA’s ongoing commitment to offer programs that make it easier for members to connect with one another, both in their own region and worldwide. Following the launch of the CEDIA Online Community in 2016, the online platform has grown extensively, allowing members to engage with one another year-round. 

The online forum gives members a platform to freely discuss industry news, share ideas, and provide advice to their peers. Members also have access to a variety of downloadable resources available on the CEDIA Online Community. All CEDIA members are automatically added to the online community and are given a unique profile that can be personalized. Similar to other social media communities, this makes it easy for members to search and connect with those they have previously met or would like to meet. 

“CEDIA puts its members in the center of a thriving community where connections are formed and new opportunities for growth can be tapped into,” says Jenny Scott, director of member engagement, CEDIA. “The mobile app offers greater accessibility to this thriving community, and we’re pleased to make this available to our members worldwide.”   

CEDIA members can download the app by searching for “Membercentric” in the app store. Once membercentric has been downloaded, the member will simply need to search for CEDIA and log into their community profile to access the app version of the online community. The CEDIA app is available for mobile devices, including iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices.


April 24

Nextivity Inc., has announced that Alliance Corporation is the newest master distributor for its Cel-Fi QUATRA in-building enterprise cellular system. As a full-service distributor of products to the wireless telecommunications industry, Alliance will leverage its partnerships with telecommunications contractors, in-building wireless VARs, and integrators in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to extend the reach of Nextivity’s Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid in the middleprise.

“Cel-Fi QUATRA is consistently acknowledged by our channel partners as a disruptive in-building wireless solution and emerging category leader in the middleprise market,” says Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity. “To continue this momentum, expand our distribution, and capture an even greater share of the market, we are partnering with Alliance – a top wireless distributor in Canada with a rapidly growing US network of resellers and integrators.”


April 23

BrandSource has announced a partnership with STORIS, a provider of software solutions for the appliance, bedding, furniture and electronics industries.

“This partnership can benefit members in many different ways, but perhaps the most important is to be able to provide a fully comprehensive solution to help a dealer manage their business,” says Chad Evans, general manager of Merchandising for BrandSource. “This adds to efficiency, which in turn adds to profitability and success.”

STORIS, based in New Jersey, provides commerce solutions such as serial tracking, integrated customer services, in-store and mobile POS, inventory management, merchandising tools eCommerce, in-store kiosk and business intelligence.

“STORIS is happy to partner with BrandSource to bring technology solutions to the group,” said Doug Culmone, chief operating officer, STORIS. “We know our clients have found value in what BrandSource delivers and we look to leverage our technology platform to give them a competitive edge.”


Just Add Power (J+P), a manufacturer of Ultra HD over IP solutions, has announced that its 3G Ultra HD Over IP series of solutions now deliver Ultra HD video signals over IP with just 16 ms of latency from source to screen. The company explains that its products leverage a common IP infrastructure to allow integrators to choose the model that best meet their clients' hardware and budget requirements.

"We recognize that integrators have a lot of options when it comes to latency and making the best decision to support 4K installations," saysTaft Stricklin, sales team manager, Just Add Power. "We strive to educate our customers about the technology and be totally transparent in our solutions. While it's impossible for any video distribution system to achieve zero latency, J+P stands by our impressive 16-millisecond latency. It's so low, it's undetectable to the human eye. This meets end users' expectation of high-quality video and expands the value of our 3G Ultra HD Over IP platform."


April 20

Since the introduction of its Multi-Room Music Systems in 2016, CasaTunes states that the popularity of the product has enabled it to streamline its product line. 

The Multi-Room Music Systems are easy to install and scale to as many as 36 zones, and as a result of the products ease of use and features, the company is discontinuing its CT8+, CT-12, CT-16, CT-20, & CT-24 multizone audio products. 

CasaTunes emphasizes that it will continue to service and support the soon-to-be-discontinued music servers, and it will continue to manufacture its CT-1,2,3 & 4+ music server products. 


April 19

DISH customers can enjoy a free preview of HBO this weekend (April 20-23), just in time for the return of Westworld. Season 2 premieres at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 22 on DISH channel 300.

 


Providing a single solution that supports, sales and technicians for using multiple management platforms is Connect ONE from Connected Technologies, LLC.

Cloud-hosted Connect ONE provides a complete package—and an enabling technology for managed services and new monthly recurring revenue streams. It lets security dealers offer security, access control, mobile credential access, video and critical environmental monitoring and more from one simplified user interface. The company emphasizes there are no upfront costs or software to install and maintain and dealers only pay for the services they use.

Connect One provides functionality and user features that include:

  •  Connect ONE interfaces with the complete line of Bosch Security, DMP, Elk Products and Honeywell Turbo controls and provides an easy way to add managed services through the cloud.
  •  DoorBird Video Doorbell integration for residential and commercial customers to notify users' smartphones when an entrance button is pressed. Using the app, they can view live video, open doors and even initiate two-way-audio.
  • The Connect ONE Ticket Module streamlines the tracking of critical event responses, incidents and repair tickets at one or multiple locations. It interfaces directly with the Connect ONE security system application or can be deployed as a standalone service, with no control or on-site equipment.
  • ScanPass Mobile Credential convenience application provides quick access control in a barcode-sticker solution that doesn’t require card readers or door controller hardware. Any smartphone, tablet or other connected device provides entrance accessibility.
  • Connect ONE also supports popular Nest indoor and outdoor cameras, allowing users to view and control all cameras from the single interface, even multiple locations at the same time.
  • The Connect ONE Gateway Module gets security dealers entrenched in the growing internet of Things. The module lets dealers track temperature, humidity and critical environmental devices for agricultural, hospitality and other vertical markets. Emails and reports sent in real time alert managers with information about out-of-normal ranges or levels.

Silicon Labs and Sigma Designs, Inc., have announced the completion of Silicon Labs’ acquisition of Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave business, including a team of approximately 100 employees for $240 million in an all-cash transaction.

Z-Wave is a developer of mesh networking technology for the smart home. More than 2,400 certified, interoperable Z-Wave devices are available from the Z-Wave Alliance of more than 700 manufacturers and service providers worldwide.

“Adding Z-Wave to Silicon Labs’ extensive IoT connectivity portfolio allows us to deliver a unified vision for the wireless technologies underpinning the smart home market,” says Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs. “A secure, interoperable customer experience is at the heart of how smart home products are designed, deployed and managed. Our smart home vision is one where multiple technologies work securely together, where any device using any of our connectivity options easily joins the home network, and where security updates and feature upgrades occur automatically.”


April 18

Tributaries' UHDT TITAN-10 passive, all-copper 10-meter HDMI cable has been certified by DPL Labs and now the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) to support 18Gbps data rates. 

Through its ability to support data rates as high as 18Gbps, the UHDT-10 HDMI cable enables integrators to setup AV systems capable of delivering 4K at 60Hz video, along with high dynamic range (HDR) content to provide homeowners with a state-of-the-art AV experience. 

The passive cable employs a new metallurgical design that minimizes signal loss for distances as far as 10 meters (32 feet) to allow integrators to employ the cable between AV receivers and projectors or displays.


April 17

Capitol, a national consumer electronics distribution source for light commercial and residential system integrators, has announced that it is now offering a selection of TVs from Haier America’s Digital Products Group.

“Haier TVs are among the most popular in the market, and certainly one of the most requested by our customers,” says Curt Hayes, president and CFO, Capitol. “In particular, Haier’s UHD models achieve a level of performance and intuitive usability that we typically associate with higher priced products. With 4K sales increasing at a rapid pace, Haier TVs are poised to add to our customers’ profitability throughout the year.”


Cosemi Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-speed connectivity solutions, has announced that its HDMI 2.0 active optical cables (AOCs) have been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for 18Gb/s performance. Dedicated to improving the quality of electronic imaging, the ISF conducts extensive field and lab testing to ensure visually superior, color-rich images and stunning clarity.

According to Dr. Nguyen X. Nguyen, CEO for Cosemi, achieving ISF certification for its HDMI 2.0 AOCs up to 20 meters in length brings an even higher level of confidence to users.

“Our goal is to bring the unparalleled benefits of fiber optics to a broader audience with our best-in-class AOCs,” notes Nguyen. “Being tested and certified by an independent third-party lab not only underscores the fact that our technology makes true 4K 60 4:4:4 UHD resolution a reality, but it brings further assurance that our AOCs remain reliable under intense conditions.”

Increased bandwidth capacity, faster speeds (up to 6 Gbp lane/18 Gb/s aggregate), longer distances (up to 100 meters), are supported by Cosemi’s HDMI 2.0 AOCs. 


The SDVoE Alliance has announced that Canare Electric Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of cables, connectors, assemblies, converters and related products for the professional audio and video industry, has joined the alliance as an adopting member.

"AV over IP is the way of the future and we are proud to join the SDVoE Alliance as a member of the group proactively working toward standards and interoperability in pro AV,” says Yoshiki Chigusa, general manager at Canare. "We look forward to introducing this latest technology to our customers in our ever-expanding product portfolio.”


April 16

Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has announced the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform, featuring the Company’s first family of system-on-chips (SoCs) purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT) using advanced 10nm FinFET process
technology.

The QCS605 and QCS603 SoCs are engineered to deliver powerful computing for on-device camera processing and machine learning, with exceptional power and thermal efficiency, across a wide range of IoT applications. The SoCs integrate Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced image signal processor (ISP) to date and the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, along with a heterogeneous compute architecture including a cutting-edge ARM-based multicore CPU, vector processor and GPU. The Vision Intelligence Platform also includes Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced camera processing software, machine learning and computer vision software development kits (SDKs), as well as proven Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies.

The platform is optimized to support industrial and consumer smart security cameras, sports cameras, wearable cameras, virtual reality (VR) 360 and 180 cameras, robotics, smart displays, and more.


D-Tools, Inc., a global developer of integration software, and Domotz, a provider of remote network monitoring and management software, have announced the two platforms are now more tightly integrated and that beneficial enhancements are available for immediate use.

Through this tighter integration, systems integrators, technology managers, and IT professionals will be able to seamlessly implement the DomotzPro platform to facilitate the monitoring and maintenance of systems designed in D-Tools System Integrator (SI) to bridge the gap between system design and on-going service and support.

As the AV and IT industries continue to converge, both are experiencing a rapid increase in the implementation of service-first business models and the adoption of RSM (remote systems management) technologies. To harness the power of these opportunities, integration firms, systems designers, technology managers, and IT professionals are utilizing D-Tools for estimation, design and project management capabilities, and Domotz for remote monitoring and management capabilities. 


April 13

WhyReboot—a commercial-grade networks specification company has announced that it will offer a free year of WaaS (WiFi-as-a-Service) with the purchase of select Ruckus Wave 2 Access Points (APs). 

The company states the offer provides a savings of $150 on average per AP, and it says that doesn’t include the savings from the cost of the controller or additional support licenses.

This offer also includes WhyReboot Ruckus Gold Support, now available to WhyReboot customers via WhyReboot’s status as a Ruckus Gold Support Partner (GSP).

“Whereas most other WaaS providers render their APs useless should the customer not renew service, WhyReboot’s solution is much more user-friendly,” says Bjørn Jensen, president, WhyReboot. “Customers can still use their APs should they choose not to renew WhyReboot WaaS.”

According to the company, here are a few benefits of WaaS:

  • Dashboard Provides ‘single pane of glass’ view for management: Every site is managed from a portal within a single portal, no disparate sites or VPN required
  • Full Ruckus Controller Capabilities: Based off the Ruckus Virtual Smartzone, WhyReboot WaaS features a High Scale (vSZ- H) carrier-grade WLAN controller that provides the flexibility to manage complex network architectures for networks of practically any scale
  • Low Hassle Factor: No hardware to install, no hardware to fail
  • Automatically Updated: The latest stable code is always running on APs
  • Green: No hardware means zero power consumption
  • Built-in heat maps and spectrum analysis
  • Adaptive Band Balancing: For a better end-user experience

April 10

AVidea Group (AViG), a consumer electronics manufacturer, has announced the introduction of iminate to the professional installation market. iminate will be shown for the first time in booth N3227 at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a move that is all too infrequent in the industry, iminate is being launched only after the products are in production with shipping set for June 2018. With more than a century in the home automation industry, the AVidea team wanted to create a smart home solution that would be easy, affordable and set up quickly.

Manufactured in Vietnam, iminate’s full suite of 14 products include electronic dimmers and motor controllers, door and window sensors, occupancy sensors, user interface devices, third party system interfaces, smart phone apps and a browser-based management dashboard. The system provides a host of unique features with the primary function of simplifying energy management and automation. All the control devices report energy usage in real-time. iminate requires no hub, meaning one product works by itself as well as it does as part of a system – so the system is easily scalable. 

“We are excited to finally announce the launch of iminate,” notes Joseph Howell, the chief executive officer of AVidea Group. “After three years in development, the mission with iminate is to provide robust, reliable automation products that simplify everything, all while being the low-cost provider in the market allowing dealers to increase profitability. While many OEM customers are taking advantage of our technology around the world, this is the first time it’s being offered to the installation community.”


Capitol, a national distribution source for residential systems and light commercial contractors, now offers a selection of Polk Audio sound bars, wireless subwoofers and Signature Series home theater speakers to its customers nationwide.

“Since the beginning, Polk Audio has stood for exceptional performance at reasonable prices,” says Curt Hayes, president and CFO, Capitol. “Their sound bars, in particular, are considered must-carry items by custom pros who sometimes need to cover a small room outside a larger whole-house installation. The sonic output of their sound bar-and-sub systems is light years ahead of what you expect from the category.”


IC Realtime, a developer of digital surveillance and security technologies, has announced the launch of a new portal designed to give security dealers tools and setup guides to add the company’s video search engine, Ella, to any job. Launched at the beginning of the year, Ella is a video search platform that uses deep learning and natural language processing to make every second of recorded surveillance video searchable via an easy to user interface. The Ella dealer portal empowers dealers deploying the Ella software with full management over Ella monthly plan creation, customer creation and enrollment, services offered, and customer payments.

“We know Ella is going to add much needed video search and advanced capabilities to surveillance projects for dealers across this industry and this portal was built to help them deploy the platform as easily as possible,” says Matt Sailor, CEO for IC Realtime. “Not only does Ella give dealers a powerful offering to upsell to new and existing customers but it also enables a direct route to RMR. We’ve looked at all the industry use cases for Ella and through the Ella portal, we’ve given the dealer full management over the plans they create, the services offered within those packages and customer payments.”


The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave, has announced a new program with IoT services provider PlumChoice to deliver an exclusive level of support options for Alliance members. The program will give members access to US-based trained and certified technicians who can assist their customers with the integration, installation and support of their smart home products.

The ConnectedHome Expert program for Z-Wave Alliance members delivers an exclusive choice of three-level support options, including benefits such as access to technicians who can understand and fix issues remotely, connectivity options to fit unique customer needs and weekly or monthly standardized reports. 

“One of our biggest goals as a member organization is to provide resources to help our ecosystem succeed in its markets,” states Mitchell Klein, Z-Wave Alliance Executive Director, “This new effort with PlumChoice will give our members access to something the entire smart home industry needs more of: technical support for our end users.”


DISH Network Corp., has introduced the DISH Alliance Group, a business unit dedicated to supporting internet service providers (ISPs) interested in marketing their broadband services through DISH’s call centers. Additionally, the group provides ISPs access to DISH’s best-in-class residential and commercial video offerings, including the company’s flagship satellite television, and its live streaming and over-the-air solutions,Sling TV and AirTV.

“DISH provides ISPs with an economical path to delivering video and other value-add services to their customers,” says Perry Crider, manager of DISH Alliance Group. “By working with the DISH Alliance Group, our partners can focus on selling broadband internet with help from DISH’s marketing and sales channels, and rely on our video expertise to bring an outstanding TV experience to customers.”

In addition to connecting partners with video services, the DISH Alliance Group provides access to these programs:

  • Marketing: DISH Alliance Group creates co-marketing opportunities for partners, giving ISPs the ability to further monetize their broadband-only customer base and meet customer demand for leading video programming and technology.
  • Sales: Through its call centers, DISH markets broadband services from DISH Alliance Group partners to video customers looking for the best internet options in their area.
  • In-Home Services: DISH operates a national installation workforce, which is comprised of professionally trained and certified technicians using the latest tools and equipment. DISH In-Home Services reaches virtually any home or business in the United States.
  • DISH Business: ISP partners have the flexibility to market DISH video services to commercial enterprises, including bars, restaurants, offices, hotels, hospitals, apartments and condos.

VIZIO, Inc., has unveiled its 2018 SmartCast OS, providing everyday users, cord-cutters and smart home enthusiasts with a new smart TV experience. SmartCast OS brings popular apps to the TV screen for easy access, serves as the ideal smart home companion with voice support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and grants access to thousands of Google Chromecast-enabled apps. The 2018 SmartCast OS debuts today on all 2018 VIZIO smart TVs and will continue to roll out via free cloud-based updates to all 2016 and 2017 VIZIO SmartCast 4K Ultra HD models. 

"The 2018 SmartCast OS truly enables smart TV for all. Whether you seek simplicity, are looking for value and endless content options or are in search of a smart home entertainment centerpiece, SmartCast is the answer," says Bill Baxter, chief technology officer, VIZIO. "The versatility of SmartCast is complemented by our ability to push out free, cloud-based updates to users at any time. So regardless of when a user purchased their SmartCast product, they will be able to enjoy the latest apps, features and enhancements without having to wait on downloads."


April 9

DTS, a global audio company and wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Corporation, has announced that London’s world famous Abbey Road Studios has added DTS:X mixing tools to its state-of- the-art mix stage facility. The installation is fully operational and available for professional content creators to mix both feature films and music in immersive DTS audio formats.

“Since 1931, Abbey Road Studios has been technically ahead of the curve. Not only did The Beatles record their iconic albums at Abbey Road, but Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran and so many more artists have recorded in the studios,” says Bill Neighbors, general manager of cinema, digital media and streaming solutions at Xperi. “DTS is proud to be integrated into this world-renowned mixing studio and provide a comprehensive software solution for content creators.”

Abbey Road Studios’ new mix stage now features a complete DTS:X chain for all immersive audio formats. Professionals can record a film’s music, create the immersive audio mix and encode it into DTS:X for cinema; create the immersive near-field mix and encode it into DTS:X for home entertainment content; and encode it into DTS Headphone:X for mobile applications.


April 6

Telguard, Telular’s flagship IoT Security and Automation brand, has introduced theTelguard FlexHub Z-Wave Controller that includes integration with Alexa – Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. Telguard will be conducting live demonstrations in Telguard’s booth # 18109 at ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, next week April 10-13.

Telguard’s FlexHub enables security dealers to increase recurring monthly revenue by offering home and security automation features through Telguard’s HomeControl Flex app. The addition of smart home devices is fast and simple with FlexHub and Telguard’s HomeControl Flex app makes it easy to enable smart home services for new customers, account takeovers or upgrades for existing customers.

“The popularity of voice control services has grown exponentially over the past few years with homeowners wanting Alexa to do more,” says Shawn Welsh, senior vice president marketing and product line management, Telular Corporation. “By integrating the Telguard FlexHub with Amazon’s Alexa, security dealers have more opportunities for increased revenues though up sales and recurring monthly service and support.”


April 5

Yale Locks & Hardware has announced an expanded selection of smart locks for the Amazon Key Home Kit, which provides homeowners with keyless entry, allows them to lock and unlock their door from anywhere, and provides Amazon Prime members in select locations the ability to receive in-home deliveries.

Yale now offers a total of three model options for the Amazon Key Home Kit – touchscreen and pushbutton deadbolts with a key override, and a slim, key free model. New to the Amazon Key Home Kit is the Yale Assure Lock Pushbutton Deadbolt (YRD216) with key override, and the slim, key free Yale Assure Lock SL (YRD256) electronic deadbolt that includes an edge-to-edge touchscreen keypad. These join the Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen (YRD226-AZ), a touchscreen deadbolt with a key override, which was available since Amazon Key was announced in October 2017.

Amazon Key allows homeowners to easily manage and monitor their door from anywhere using the Amazon Key App. Lock and unlock the door remotely, and check on the front door at any time via a live stream or by viewing video clips to see who entered and exited and when. 


The completely redesigned BluOS Desktop app for Windows and macOS makes listening to music on a computer easier than ever before. The update features an improved layout for both the Navigation Drawer and Player Drawer, and desktopers can quickly access features such as Player Settings, as well as all of their BluOS enabled devices.

BluOS Desktop app users can now easily pair two PULSE speakers together for stereo playback, or create a fixed multi-Player group with just a few simple steps. Exper


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