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Mar102015

Electronic House Announces Winners of 2015 Products of the Year Awards

March 2, 2015 – Electronic House announces the winners for the 2015 Products of the Year awards. The Products of the Year awards recognize the best technologies, products and services for the Electronic House.  Here's are this year’s winning products.

The award submissions were reviewed by a judging panel of several credible industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro will consider all aspects involved such as creativity, innovation, functionality, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits.

The following are winners of the 2015 Products of the Year Awards:

  • A/V Racks and Accessories: Wall-Smart Ltd. for WS for Dell Venue 11 Pro 10.8" - Hidden Lock
  • Access Control: Kwikset for SmartCode916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt
  • Acoustical Treatments: Vicoustic USA forSuper Bass Extreme
  • Audio Components, Amplifiers, Receivers, Tuner: Meridian for Meridian Explorer2
  • Computers, Wireless Networking Devices & Storage: D-Link Systems for Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L)
  •  Fixtures, LED, Fiber Optic: Epic Sky Technology for The Epic Flare
  •  Flat-Panel Displays: LG Electronics forLG UHD 4K Smart 3D Curved OLED with webOS 65EC9700
  •  Home Theater Furniture: SANUS for WSS2 Wireless Speaker Stands
  •  Lifts & Mounts: Nexus 21 Concealment Systems forModel L-90 TV Lift
  •  Lighting Controllers & Accessories: Lutron Electronics for Caseta Wireless
  •  Loudspeakers & Soundbars: Pioneer Electronics for Elite Dolby Enabled Speaker System
  •  Media Servers: FIRE-FX forUPLAY
  •  Motorized Window Treatments and Windows: QMotion Advanced Shading Systems for Motorized Drapery Rods
  •  Multiroom Audio Systems: Peerless-AV for PeerSound Wireless Audio System (ADS100-B)
  •  Power Management, Conditioning & Backup: Schneider Electric for Back-UPS BGE90M
  •  Projection Screens: Elite Screens Inc.(Elite Prime Vision) for eFinity PolarStar 5D  
  •  Projectors: Epson America, Inc. for Pro Cinema LS10000 3LCD
  •  Remote Home Monitoring/Management: Icontrol Networks for Piper
  •  Security Panels & Sensors: Honeywell Security for LYNX Touch 7000
  •  Subwoofers: SVS for SVS PC-2000
  •  Surveillance Cameras: IC Real Tech for IC Real Tech ALLie
  •  Universal Remotes & User Interfaces: Savant for Savant App

 

Monday
Jan192015

CEA Announces Winners of the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards

Las Vegas, Nev., January 7, 2015 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today
announced the winners for the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA’s TechHome
Division and CE Pro Magazine. The Mark of Excellence awards recognize the best in custom
integration and installed technology from manufacturers, distributors and systems integrators across
more than 30 award categories.

This year’s winners were honored at the Mark of Excellence Awards Reception at the 2015
International CES®, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of innovation. The
award submissions were reviewed by a panel of industry experts across categories ranging from
security, energy management, health and wellness and home theater. To learn more about the awards
program, visit CE.org/moe.

The following are winners of the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards:

2015 Integrator of the Year
Ian Williams, Owner, Encore Custom Audio Video

Audio Product of the YearAudioControl, Bijou 600
Sony Electronics, Sony HAPZ1ES HiRes Music Player with 1TB HDD

Automation Device of the Year
ecovent, ecovent

Best Education or Support Program
Global Caché, Control Tower

Control Product of the Year
Crestron, Crestron Pyng

Custom Home of the Year (between $50,000 $150,000)
Advanced Communication Technologies, Boston Brownstone

Energy Efficiency Product of the Year
Alarm.com, Alarm.com Smart Thermostat

Health and Wellness Project of the Year
Cybermation, Inc., Allison On Her Own

Home of the Year (up to $50,000)
SmartHouse Integration, Venice Boulevard

Home Technology App of the Year
Roomie Remote, Inc., Roomie
Savant, Savant app

Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year (installed price up to $50,000)
Encore Custom Audio Video, LLC, Hoffman Theater Project

Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year (installed price above $50,000)
HomeTronics, Inc., Auro 1

Human Interface Product of the Year
Remote Technologies, Inc., T3x Remote Control
Stir, Stir Kinetic Desk

Installation Product of the Year
Control4, Control4 Composer Express

Integrated Security Project of the Year
eLifespaces, Securing Art

Lighting Control Product of the Year
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Caséta Wireless

Lighting Control Project of the Year
eLifespaces, Lighting on the Creek

Mark of Excellence Disruptor Award
Savant, Savant App

Media Management Product of the Year
FIREFX,
UPLAY

Motorized Product of the Year
QMotion Advanced Shading Systems, Motorized Drapery Rods

MultiRoom Audio/Video Product of the Year

Autonomic Controls, Inc., Mirage Music Player MMS2A
ELAN Home Systems, UltraMatrix

MultiRoom Audio/Video Project of the Year
BPS Inc, Top of the Ritz

Rack or Mount Product of the Year
OmniMount, OmniMount OE120IW

Residential Security Product of the Year
Resolution Products, Helix Security and Automation Platform

Retrofit Project of the Year (up to $50,000)
Futuristic Home Inc., Kaplan Retrofit Project

Retrofit Project of the Year (above $50,000)
ForTech Solutions Inc., Studio City Retrofit Home Automation

Speaker of the Year
Definitive Technology, W Studio Sound Bar
Meridian, Special Edition DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Specialty Project of the Year
Futurian Systems, Futurian's Setting the Stage

Structured Wiring Product of the Year
Legrand, OnQ
Digital Audio System

Sustainable Project of the Year
Cantara, HSHus

Ultimate Home of the Year (above $300,000)
ListenUp, Summit County Smart Home

Video Display Product of the Year (Display)
Epson, PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 3LCD Reflective Laser 4K Enhancement Projector

Video Display Product of the Year (Screen)
Elite Screens Inc., DarkStar 9

Video Product of the Year
Crestron, 4K DigitalMedia Receiver and Room Controller with Scaler (DMRMC4KSCALERC)

Video Surveillance Product of the Year
IC Real Tech, IC Real Tech ALLIE Pro 720degree
Video Surveillance Camera

Wireless Product of the Year
Wilson Electronics, Pro 70

Thursday
Jun192014

Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Announce the 2014 Commercial Integrator BEST and Integration Award Winners

FRAMINGHAM, MA – June 18, 2014  Commercial Integrator is pleased to announce the winners of the 6th annual Commercial Integrator BEST Awards  and the 3rd annual Integration Awards, presented with Tech Decisions.

The Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize the most noteworthy new products and technologies for 2014. This year’s entries were judged by a panel of accomplished integrators in the commercial industry, along with the editors of Commercial Integrator. Winners were chosen in 47 categories based on criteria including innovation, functionality, competitive advantages, and benefits to the installer.

The Integration Awards, presented by Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions, recognize stand-out, problem-solving installations that address commercial customers’ needs. Winners were chosen in 10 categories by the editors of Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions. Each entry was judged on the benefits that the integrated technology would have for the intended user, as well as the innovation demonstrated.

"It’s awards season," says Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions editor Tom LeBlanc. "We're proud of both our CI BEST products awards and our Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Integration awards because they're so competitive, and the winners reflect innovation that's just fun to write about. We hope both provide some good takeaways for our readers."

Awards were presented in a ceremony at InfoComm 2014.


Following are the Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions Integration Award winners for 2014:

Best Corporate Project – Whitlock (integrator); Cavanaugh Tocci (consultant), Verizon Innovation Center, San Francisco
Best Higher Education Project - AVI-SPL, Florida International University's Restaurant Management Lab
Best Health Care Project - Level 3 Audio Visual, Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills
Best Hotel Project - NTX, Secrets the Vine Cancun, Mexico
Best Bars & Restaurants Project - Serious Audio Video, Boa Lounge
Best House of Worship Project - Technical Innovation, Multi-Campus Live Video Expansion at 12Stone
Best Government Project - BlueWater Technologies, Complex AV/IT for Government Communications and Technical Center
Best Large Venue Project - Westbury National, Technological Razzle-Dazzle at NHL Arenas
Best Museum Project - Meyer Sound (integrator); Stouenborg (consultant), D'Mitri at The Blue Planet
Best Casino Project - Alpha Video & Audio and EGADS, Winstar Casino 360


Following are the Commercial Integrator BEST winners for 2014:

Audio/Video
Audio Components & Processors
– Crestron Electronics, HD-XSPA 7.1 High-Definition Surround Sound AV Receiver
Audio Conferencing Solutions – Revolabs, Revolabs Executive Elite™ 4- and 8-channel wireless microphone systems
Audio Distribution Systems – Vaddio, EasyUSB Audio Bridge
Collaboration – Mersive, Solstice
Conference/Classroom Projectors – Epson America, Epson BrightLink 595Wi Interactive WXGA 3LCD Projector
Digital Signage Hardware – BrightSign, BrightSign 4K digital signage media player
Digital Signage Software –CastNET, CastNET Content Management System Software & Dataton AB, WATCHNET
Display Mounts – Peerless-AV, Full Service Video Wall Mount with Quick Release
Installed Loudspeakers & Subwoofers – Martin Audio Ltd, MLA Mini
Interactive/Video Whiteboards – Epson America, Epson BrightLink Pro 1410Wi Meeting Room Productivity Tool
Large Venue Projectors  – Digital Projection International, HIGHlite LASER WUXGA 3D
Matrix Switchers – AMX, Enova® DGX 64 Digital Media Switcher Enclosure
Media Servers – AMX, AMX Enzo Content Sharing Platform
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras – Vaddio, RoboSHOT PTZ
Projector Mounts – OmniMount, OmniMount PJT40
Specialty A/V Cables, Interconnects, & IR Extenders – SunBriteTV, SB-HDWT
TVs/Video Monitors – LG Electronics, 98-inch Edge-Lit LED Widescreen Ultra HD display (98LS95A)
Venue/Line Array Loudspeakers – Meyer Sound, Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system
Video Components & Processors RGB Spectrum, OmniWall Display Processor 
Video Conferencing/Telepresence Solutions – Vaddio, BaseSTATION
Video Distribution Systems – Crestron Electronics, DM-MD32X32 DigitalMedia™ Switcher
Video Projection Screens – Screen Innovations, Screen Innovations FlexGlass™
Video Scalers – Barco, ImagePRO-II Jr & Extron Electronics, IN1608 IPCP
Video Walls Solutions – Prysm, TD2 Tile
Wireless Microphones – Revolabs, Revolabs Executive Elite™ wireless microphones

Control & Automation
Large-Scale Control Systems
– ANC Sports Enterprises LLC, vSOFT
Lighting Controllers – Crestron Electronics, GL-IPAC-SW8 Crestron Green Light® Integrated Switching System
Touchscreens – AMX, 19.4" Modero X® Series G5 Panoramic Tabletop Touch Panel

Networking & Communications
Fiber-optic Transport
– Extron Electronics, FOX II DP
IP Enabling Devices– ATX Networks, UCrypt
Network Management Solutions – ihiji, ihiji invision 2014
Networking (Wireless, Powerline, & Coax) & Storage – Black Box, ClimateCab™ Cabinets
Structured Cabling Systems – Quest Technology International Inc, LocJack Cat6 Locking Keystone Jack

Security
Access Control Solutions – ASSA ABLOY, IN120 WiFi Lock
Surveillance Solutions – Smartvue Corporation, Smartvue S9M

Building Enhancements
Cell Signal Booster Technology – SureCall, SureCall Force-5 Cell Signal Booster
Lighting: Fixtures/LED/Fiber Optic – LumaStream, Inc, LumaStream Trinity 6 DMX
Power Conditioning, Surge Suppression & Energy – LynTec, RPCR Relay Panel

Dealer/Installer Aids
Accessories – Middle Atlantic Products, Universal Mounting Drawer
Best Integrator Communication Video – AVI-SPL, Highlight Reel: Collaborating with AVI-SPL
Best Whitepaper/Educational Document or Resource – Crestron Electronics, “Challenges of Distributing 4K Ultra HD Video”
Cabinets, Furniture, Racks, Mounts & Cases – Middle Atlantic Products, TechPed Technology Pedestal
Installation Tools & Testers – DVDO Inc., DVDO AVLab TPG
Programming, Design & Engineering Solutions – AMX, AMX Resource Management Suite (RMS) Enterprise Hosted Cloud Service
Project Management & Design/Web Software – AMX, AMX Rapid Project Maker Version 2.0
Training, Consulting & Publications/Business Services – Almo Professional A/V, Almo E4 AV Tour
Warranty Service Companies – Bankers Warranty Group, Removal and Reinstallation Benefit

Click here to view all entrants and BEST award winners.


About Commercial Integrator The Business Handbook for Professional Integrators, Commercial Integrator is a true business magazine for the pro market. Beyond products and installations, we tackle operational topics like job-estimating, project-bidding and big-picture market forecasting — anything that will give our 25,000* readers and website visitors an edge and grow their businesses.  www.commercialintegrator.com.  Published by EH Publishing www.ehpub.com

About Tech Decisions Media The six highly targeted TechDecisionsMedia.com editorial websites the are most influential resources for end user/decision makers of commercial AV, IT, energy and security integration within Corporate, K-12, Higher Ed, Worship, Hospitality and Health Care facilites. Through exclusive case studies, peer interviews, white papers, special reports and technology roundups the TD online editors provide end users with the information they need to do their job better 24/7/365. Honored as one of “10 Great Media Websites” of 2012 from the editors of BtoB Media Business magazine. Published by EH Publishing www.ehpub.com

About EH Publishing, Inc. EH Publishing is an integrated media company and the leading provider of independent business and consumer content and information serving the consumer, commercial & custom electronics, information technology, house of worship, pro audio, robotics, and supply chain markets through multimedia publications, websites, newsletters, and expos in the US. EH provides resources to millions of professionals and consumers worldwide. www.ehpub.com; 508-663-1500RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, Supply Chain Management Review, Logistics Management, and Modern Materials Handling. www.ehpub.com.

*Total Audience—Publisher’s Own Data. No effort has been made to eliminate duplicates from the total audience and this figure is on the whole, publisher’s own data.

Monday
Mar032014

All Things Media: A New Media Powerhouse for Europe’s Integration Market

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 26, 2014 – EH Publishing and the Essential family of magazines and Live! Trade shows ally to form All Things Media, a new media company target the European electronics integration market.

EH Publishing, publisher of CE ProCommercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration, announces its expansion into Europe with the creation of All Things Media in partnership with Essential Install, producers of the Essential family of magazines and Live! trade shows in the U.K.

All Things Media will introduce into the European market online versions of EH Publishing’s U.S. integration trade titles CE Pro and Commercial Integrator.

This new partnership will also support the expansion of UK’s leading custom install magazine Essential Install across Europe and aid the continued growth of Essential Café, the UK’s coffee house and café trade publication. Live! events will also continue to thrive in the new company with Essential Install Live! and Essential Café Live! offering carefully crafted trade events that connect the industries they serve and delivering incredible value for money.

This deal has been struck to exploit the combined power of both sets of titles and the experience of the teams behind them to take all of the products to a new level and offer a pan-European communication portal.

“We have been looking for a compatible acquisition in UK and the Euro Zone for many years,” says Ken Moyes, EH president.  “We have many brands in North America – like CE ProCommercial Integrator, and Security Sales & Integration – that have significant print and digital audiences in Europe.   We have been asked for many years by some of our European audience and from our advertising clients to expand our brands and extensive journalism investment here.  Our brands and expertise fit well withEssential Install’s products and with their management team led by David Kitchener and Daniel Sait.”

“I am very pleased to have a top company like EH to provide capital, leadership, and new content assets to the Essential Install and Café assets that my team and I have built over the past five years,” says David Kitchener, co-director of All Things Media.  “We have gone through some tough times building a business that helps our audiences do their jobs better – it has not been easy.   Our team looks forward to doing even more to help the custom and commercial install markets and the coffee shop market grow with quality and timely information and service.”

EH editors — CE Pro editor and co-founder Julie Jacobson, editor-in-chief Jason Knott and Commercial Integrator editor Tom Leblanc—all plan to work closely with Essential editor Daniel Sait on the content. Jacobson has deep connections in the area.

The February issues of Essential Install and Essential Café are being delivered this month, Essential Café Live! show opens on March 5, 2014, and the Essential Install Live! South show will be on June 11-12, 2014 in Surrey, with the Essential Install Live! North show on October 15, 2014 in Manchester. Both Essential Install events already have significant commitment for booths and the attendances are predicted to break previous records.

All Things Media is pledging to use the considerable experience, resources and brand power it can bring to bear to deliver the highest quality in terms of editorial, marketing, circulation and live events to deliver a range of unrivaled pan-European communication opportunities.

About EH Publishing

EH Publishing is an integrated media company and the leading provider of independent business and consumer content and information serving the consumercommercial & custom electronicsinformation technologyhouse of worshippro audiorobotics, and supply chain markets through multimedia publications, websites, newsletters, and expos in the US. EH provides resources to millions of professionals and consumers worldwide. www.ehpub.com; 508-663-1500

About All Things Media

Publishers of market leading Essential Install and Essential Café magazines as well as organisers ofEssential Install Live! and Essential Café Live!
Also soon to launch CE Pro and Commercial Integrator to the European Market.
www.essentialinstall.comwww.essentialcafe.co.uk; +44 (0)1634 673163

Monday
Jan272014

Electronic House Showcases 2014 Product of the Year Award Winners

FRAMINGHAM, MA – January 7, 2014 – EH Publishing announced today the winners of Electronic House magazine’s 2014 Product of the Year Awards, recognizing the best technologies, products and services for the connected home.  Winners will be showcased in Electronic House magazine as well as on ElectronicHouse.com.

Entries were received in 28 categories and winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro. Judging criteria for the Electronic House 2014 Product of the Year Awards included creativity, innovation, functionality, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits to the consumer.
“The Product of the Year awards have historically attracted manufacturers of some of the most innovative high-tech products on the market,” says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery, “and this year is no exception. Our panel of judges scoured over more than 100 product submissions to pick the best in several categories. These are the products that will truly make an impact in a home’s level of convenience, comfort, efficiency and entertainment value.”

Following are the Electronic House Product of the Year Award Winners for 2014:

  • AV Cables & Interconnects - Gefen Wireless for HDMI 60GHz
  • Access Control, including Videophones, Door Locks - Kwikset Kevo
  • Acoustical Treatments - Vicoustic Wavewood
  • Audio Components, Amplifiers, Receivers & Tuners - Pioneer Elite SC-79 AV Receiver
  • Computers, Wireless Networking Devices & Storage - zBoost TRIO
  • Energy Monitoring Devices & Services - Panamax SmartPlug
  • Fixtures, LED, Fiber Optic - Epic Sky Star Panel System
  • Flat-Panel Displays - LG 55EA9800 Curved OLED
  • Home Theater Add-Ons - Legrand In-Wall Power Kit
  • Home Theater Furniture - Sanus Cadenza75 Media Cabinet
  • Lifts & Mounts - Ergotron OmniMount PJT40
  • Lighting Controllers & Accessories - Control4 Wireless Lighting
  • Loudspeakers & Soundbars - Niles Cynema Soundfield
  • Media Servers - Kaleidescape Cinema One
  • Motorized Window Treatments and Windows - Hunter Douglas Platinum Gateway
  • Multiroom Audio Systems - Autonomic Mirage Audio System
  • Power Management, Conditioning & Backup - Pakedge P8 Intelligent Power Distribution Unit
  • Projection Screens - Stewart Filmscreen Plexus
  • Projectors - Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K
  • Remote Home Monitoring/Management - Crestron App
  • Spa/Pool Controls & Water Management - Kohler Sensate Touchless Faucet
  • Streaming Devices - TiVo Roamio
  • Subwoofers - Artison RCC 320 PC
  • Surveillance Cameras - D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera
  • Thermostats - Savant SmartClimate
  • Universal Remotes & User Interfaces - RTI T2x
  • Video Components & Processors - Oppo BDP-103D Darbee Edition
  • Whole-House Controls/Automation Systems - Vantage Equinox 73 and Mobile Apps

About Electronic House The premier showcase for home technology, Electronic House and electronichouse.comoffer inspiration to those seeking to enhance their lifestyles with automation, A/V and more as they buy, build or remodel their homes. Electronic House takes an in-depth look at professionally installed high-tech solutions for the entire home, covering everything from audio and video to automation systems that encompass lighting control, security, climate, as well as the ways technology blends with interior design. Our Homes of the Month, EH Ideas, Possibilities Room and Behind the Scenes installation articles plus Technology Trends, Product Reviews and Learning Center items take readers through the complete process of researching, planning and achieving their high-tech home transformations. www.electronichouse.com.  Published by EH Publishing – www.ehpub.com.

About EH Publishing, Inc. EH Publishing, Inc. is the leading provider of independent business and consumer content and information serving the custom electronics, information technology, house of worship, pro audio, robotics, homebuilding, and supply chain markets through multimedia publications, websites, newsletters, and expos.  Our flagship multi media products include CE Pro, Commercial Integrator, Electronic House, TechDecisions Media, ChannelPro-SMB, Live Sound International, ProSoundWeb.com, Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX), Robotics Business Review, RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition, Supply Chain Management Review, Logistics Management, and Modern Materials Handling.www.ehpub.com.