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Sonance Signs D-Tools Agreement Sonance has announced the signing of a strategic marketing agreement with system design software company D-Tools. Under
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Sep 1, 2003 12:00 PM

Sonance Signs D-Tools Agreement

Sonance has announced the signing of a strategic marketing agreement with system design software company D-Tools. Under the agreement, Sonance partnered with D-Tools to load specifications, pricing, and dimensionally correct shapes on more than 100 new products, including Sonance's Ellipse line of in-ceiling home-theater speakers, into System Integrator, v. 3, D-Tools' proprietary project management and design software. Sonance's Ellipse shapes will be the first in the D-Tools program to correctly display the dispersion pattern of the speaker. This shape will allow system designers to accurately set the angle of the Ellipse in the office and give the installer a blueprint for setting up the system correctly the first time.

Catalyst Data, Communications Supply Form Alliance

Catalyst Data, LLC, developer of RapidBOM, and Communications Supply Corp. have formed a strategic alliance to market and distribute RapidBOM, a PC-based network infrastructure design and estimating system to be introduced into the voice and data market. The application enables you to establish and standardize a design process that automatically creates a bill of materials (BOM), labor costs, and includes Microsoft Project to design a compete network, including premise infrastructure and complete outside plant with route construction.

European Projection-Screen Producer Earns Certification

Projecta B.V. has been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification. In spring 2003, the procedure for certification was carried out by the independent organization BVQI. More than 20 company processes were mapped and, where necessary, improved. Certification remains valid for three years; twice a year, inspection of adherence takes place.

North American Video Upgrades License

North American Video's Las Vegas branch upgraded its electrical contractors' license from low voltage to full license status. The full license status enables North American Video to bid on all electrical projects for the commercial and residential markets throughout Nevada and complements the company's established video systems integration design and installation services. The Las Vegas branch can now provide turnkey installation services.

AVI Merges with Televideo

AVI Systems, a Midwest-based audiovisual design-build company, added a sixth regional office as a result of its pending merger with Televideo San Diego, a broadcast and professional video communications business that has served the San Diego and Mexico markets for more than 27 years. Televideo will become a subsidiary of AVI Systems.

TV One Celebrates 12th Anniversary

June marked the 12th anniversary of TV One. Founded in 1991 by David Barnes, TV One recently reached a milestone by surpassing the 50,000 mark in professional-level video scalers shipped. In addition to selling a variety of products under the TV One brand name, scan converters and video scalers are sold on an OEM basis to companies worldwide for sale under their respective brand names. TV One provides rebadged versions of its own products for some companies, provides operational PCBs for others to include in their products, and designs and manufactures distinct video conversion products for other companies.

Kayye Consulting Partners for Networking Course

Kayye Consulting has partnered with six pro-A/V industry members that will bring the audiovisual market an A/V-IT networking certification curriculum and course. Using a three-tier targeted approach, Kayye Consulting will deliver, over two days, a practical approach to selling, designing, and programming audiovisual presentation systems using IT infrastructure. Kayye Consulting has developed a perspective on the audiovisual dealer's role as an integrator of the technology and how it can design and build systems using networked A/V gear as well as generate recurring revenue from network-enabling systems and through proactive service maintenance and monitoring. Each manufacturer sponsor (Biamp, Crestron, Da-lite, Sanyo) will provide scholarships and co-op monies that will pay for at least 50 percent of the tuition of each attendee at courses held at Kayye Consulting's facility. ICIA will also offer the course as part of its InfoComm Academy training program.

Japanese View On Big-Screen TVs

Insight Media and Techno Systems Research's (TSR's) report “Home Projector: Positioning Front/PTV in the Large Panel Era” covers all aspects of front- and rear-projection TV technologies, costs, and production, as well as positioning of those with respect to LCD and PDP TVs in consumer markets. Overall, TSR sees significant growth in all big-screen TV technologies, but the market share and total unit shipments are a bit less certain to predict. As a result, TSR devised a two-scenario approach to its forecast. For scenario 1, TSR based its results upon numerical data collected through interviews with manufacturers of the various technologies. This forecast assumes little competition will occur among the technologies and that direct-viewing CRT TVs, which currently number about 100 million units, will drop to about 90 million units in the forecast period. In scenario 2, TSR assumes that LCD TVs smaller than 30 inches will significantly replace direct-viewing CRT TVs. Scenario 2 leads to faster replacement of CRT-RPTVs but a smaller overall RPTV market (5.5 million units in 2006 versus 7.1 million units for scenario 1) and smaller front-projection market (3.5 million versus 5.1 million).

Primary Image Changes Name

DVR developer Primary Image has changed its name to PI Vision. The change was implemented to better align security industry customers to PI Vision's digital video management system products and services.

Asia's Distributors Sign up for Prolight and Sound

Asian dealers and distributors of some of Europe's leading pro-audio and lighting brands have signed up to participate in the debut Prolight and Sound Shanghai, promising that an array of sophisticated, high-tech products will be available at the fair. The show starts on October 15, 2003 at the Shanghaimart in Shanghai and runs for four days. For Chinese pro-audio and lighting retailers, rental companies, sound system engineers, DJs, broadcasters, event organizers, and venue operators, Prolight and Sound Shanghai will offer an alternative sourcing venue at the heart of China's entertainment capital and a demonstration of the premium foreign-made equipment that is available for export to China. Prolight and Sound Shanghai is organized jointly by Messe Frankfurt (HK) and INTEX Shanghai.

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