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Control4 Names Canseda as EMEA Distributor of the Year

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Control4 Awards

Control4 names Atlantis AV Solutions as UK Dealer of the Year and Canseda AB as EMEA Distributor of the Year

During the company's annual International Dealer event, held during ISE, this year's awards reflected a record number of dealer project submissions for 9 different awards categories,

Recognizing dealer creativity and ambition, James and Giles took home the award for Most Innovative Control4 Project, for their work on a period Victorian Holland Park villa in West London. The basement is complete relaxation area consisting of a home cinema, gym, massage room, steam room, sauna, and full-size squash court. The unique space has a ballroom that can comfortably hold 100 people for dancing, or with the touch of a button the floor drops to reveal an expansive swimming pool. By integrating the HVAC and lighting control systems with a high power audio system, James and Giles completely changes the ambience based on how the room is being used.

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AWE Gets New Facility

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AWE BuildingCustom installation product distributor AWE expands to a new facility in Epsom, Surrey, with a standalone building allowing for increased stock handling as well as as more space for customers, suppliers and staff.

The building incorporates a dedicated training facility complete with integrated equipment, and a showroom for displaying products "like never before" is in the works.

“Asides from the increased warehouse space, by all being based under one roof, it will be a much better environment," AWE managing director Stuart Tickle says. "The building has been called "Alexander House," a family name taken from the founder of the company, my great-grandfather, and my grandfather who later took over."

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SurgeX on Power and Grounding

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SurgeX International publishes a white paper that should be of interest to our readers-- Power and Grounding for Audio and Video Systems: A White Paper for the Real World.

SurgexWritten Audio Systems consultant Jim Brown, the 43-page paper is a guide to the correct connection, distribution and grounding practices of 120/230-volt AC power platform implementation.

"The implementation of proper AC power and grounding practices for integrated systems is commonly overlooked," SurgeX says. "There are only a handful of IT/AV consultants on the planet that understand these issues at the level Jim [Brown] does, and his course at InfoComm has become a requisite for professionals looking to secure CTS status and beyond."

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Forge Joins Amber International

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EMEA distributor Amber International adds adds racks to its portfolio-- Forge Racking Solutions, makers of racking solutions ideal for installations in limited spaces.

AmberForge offers ultra-thin (485mm wide) floor standing and wall mounted racks wide enough to accommodate all modern AV equipment, with 13-gauge top and bottom panels providing strength and stability and 11-gauge front and rear rails with conveniently numbered (10-32 threaded) spaces.

Racks include front top and bottom trim panels for a more pleasing look.

The company also offers a PC rack configurator-- software allowing installers to build rack setups virtually before presentation to customers. It comes complete with step-by-step configuration wizard, front, side, and rear views of created rack setups and various measuring and labeling features.

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Crestron Calls for Award Entries

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Crestron awardsCrestron opens entries for the Integration Awards 2013-- the vendor's celebration of outstanding work undertaken by accredited Crestron integrators.

"The Crestron Integration Awards showcase the very best in the industry and we are excited to see the projects being submitted to this year’s scheme” Crestron UK managing director Robin van Meeuwen says. “It’s inspiring to see how our integrators are implementing our products in real-life situations... The Integration Awards celebrate the hard work of installers who design some of the most amazing smart homes I’ve ever seen.”

Eligible projects must be completed between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013 and fall within the following categories:

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Sidev Adds Peerless-AV for France

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Raphael Payre and Gordon Dutch

At ISE, Peerless-AV and Sidev announce a new partnership in France to supply a full range of Peerless-AV products.

Sidev has been a major player in their domestic market for more than 20 years and is now part of the highly successful Midwich Group. This new relationship is a further step forward for both parties in the growing French AV market.

Raphael Payre, Divisional Manager for Sidev [shown in photo on left] comments “We are very excited to announce the launch of Peerless-AV in France, as we are familiar with the quality of their products and have witnessed the incredible success they have had with Midwich and other partners in the UK & Europe.”

Gordon Dutch, Managing Director of Peerless-AV Europe [_shown in photo on right] confirms "The launch of Peerless-AV products in France via Sidev is another major step forward for us and our brand. Sidev are a well-established and well-respected business and we look forward to replicating our achievements in the UK and rest of Europe now in the French AV market.”

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Go Peerless-AV Europe

A New Channel for Lighting, Heating

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A new contender enters the European AV and custom installation markets-- Sun-Light Solutions (SLS), distributor of advanced residential lighting and heating solutions.

amBX lightingSLS is exclusive amBX technologies dealer, a lighting system combining coloured LED lights, translucent stretch ceiling fabric and amBIENT XC DMX lighting controllers.

According to SLS amBX lighting is ideal for all kinds of scenarios, be it home theatres and media rooms or kitchens and bathrooms.

Other lighting options from SLS include DMX LED downlights, available in RGB, RGBW and White, RGB LED flex and different forms of White flex, and a range of wireless and battery-powered DMX fixtures with custom housings.

SLS also offers Welltherm Heating infrared panels-- a heating system that warms objects, not air. The panels are designed to integrate into a variety of environments, being wall- and ceiling-mountable and customisable with artwork designs.

A wireless thermostat control range complementing the Welltherm portfolio will available in the near future.

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