D-Tools Announces 2011 Project:SUCCESS Winners

Winning entries showcase exceptional projects and success stories utilizing D-Tools Award-winning System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP Partners Atlantic Technology, URC, and Atlona Technologies provided prizes as the contest sponsors.

AMSTERDAM RAI , NL, ISE 2012 - JANUARY 31, 2012 - D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 D-Tools contest, Project:SUCCESS. This contest recognized excellence in system integration projects utilizing D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools held the contest to pursue SI5.5 users' greatest success stories and designs about how the software has positively affected their business and returned a significant ROI. Success stories of some of most distinguished system integrators were submitted by the D-Tools user base. The contest is sponsored by D-Tools MVP Partners Atlantic Technology, URC, and Atlona Technologies.


The winners were selected by the D-Tools Executive team and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, project complexity, use of D-Tools' software, and which stories best communicate the user's expertise of the software.

The 2011 Project:SUCCESS Winners:

First Place: Mauricio Barrientos- Independent Designer
Long time D-Tools user, Mauricio Barriento's impressive contest entry included stunning project designs and details about a Manhattan based Stock Trading Firm that required a more effective communication method with their offices in Dallas and Los Angeles. Barrientos designed an integrated audio/video distribution system throughout the facility with an impressive combination of Crestron for the control system, Lutron for the lighting and shades, Sonance Speakers, and a Polycom phone system equipped with cameras. Barriento's exquisite proposals, wire pull charts, line diagrams, schematics, scheduling and rack elevations demonstrated to his client that he was several steps ahead of his competition. D-Tools along with Visio allowed him to be more creative, which impressed his clients; so much that they have elected Barrientos to design the Dallas system as well. Barriento's expertise and knowledge of D-Tools SI software allowed him to simplify a very complex system which won him First Place.

Second Place: Bill Cole of Elite Media Solutions
Bill Cole's project was created for a local builder who built a 9 million dollar spec house. He wanted Elite Media Solutions to merely pre-wire the house for the time being but Cole needed a plan to follow in order to properly complete the job. After discussion, Cole created a proposal in D-Tools including audio distribution, video distribution, a home theater, and home automation. The builder was extremely impressed with the amount of detail of the proposal and now show's all of his potential clients Cole's project when they are interested in purchasing a luxury home. His theater elevation design displays nice use of D-Tools scaled shapes and has become an essential sales tool because it provides potential clients end-result visibility. His professionalism along with his theater elevation design won him Second Place.

Third Place: Andy Nerdahl of Service TECH, Inc.
Andy Nerdahl appreciates many features the software offers including the ability to create various drawings, proposals and change orders in one central location which greatly improves the ease in which they are able to show the client various options and revisions to the original project. Their 10,500 sq ft residential theater project boasts Crestron interfaces that allow control of house audio, distributed video, HVAC, the pool, lighting, security, CCTV & the intercom, 7 zones of distributed video, 16 zones of house Audio, 7 Crestron MTX-3 remotes, a 12″ Crestron Touchpanel, 3 iPads, and 2 Equipment Racks. Since ServiceTech implemented D-Tools, they have doubled business each year. They continue to set new benchmarks of efficiency and profitability each year and according to Nerdahl, all of which would be unattainable without such an easy to use and customizable tool. Their attention to detail and use of nicely displayed icons and jpegs won them Third Place.

"We certainly had a tough time selecting this year's winners. Each finalist submitted superb project designs and testimonials of ROI that speak directly to the base benefits of our software platform," said Adam Stone, President and CEO for D-Tools. "We are excited to announce the winners of the contest and present them with their well-deserved prizes. We thank all of our sponsoring partners for their generous support of our contest, the participants for the great submissions, and we look forward to seeing more great work from our customers later this year."

Visit http://www.d-tools.com/winners to view the winning designs.

About Atlantic Technology
From its inception in 1989, Atlantic Technology's mission has been to produce home entertainment products that exemplify the very best in both performance and value. The company specializes in complete high-performance multi-channel speaker systems, state-of-the-art home theater electronics components, and products for custom audio/video installation. For more information on Atlantic Technology and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit http://www.atlantictechnology.com or call 781-762-6300.

About Universal Remote Control
URC is The Pioneer in Control Technology. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Harrison, N.Y., URC has sold more than 50 million remote controls in the last 10 years alone. A world leader in high-quality control design, engineering, manufacture and distribution, URC is widely regarded as a category innovator by consumers, subscription broadcast providers, retailers, custom installers and OEM partners. URC has built its reputation by delivering exceptional levels of quality, training, reliability and support to its customers. Visit URC at http://www.UniversalRemote.com. Installers can keep up to date with the latest URC news, training and support, as well as communicate directly with the company and their peers, at http://www.URCControlRoom.com.

About Atlona Technologies
Atlona® - "Connecting Technology to Your World." As a global manufacturer of cutting-edge digital connectivity solutions, Atlona supplies an extensive range of high-quality products - from cables, splitters, and extenders to distribution amplifiers, converters, switchers, and much more - to a diverse client base spanning the consumer electronics, home theater, computing, retail, systems integration, professional A/V, broadcast, entertainment, medical digital imaging, and digital signage markets.

Atlona provides a wide range of solutions from all three of its comprehensive product lines: Atlona Home Collection (consumer electronics), Atlona Professional (systems integration), and Atlona Commercial (corporate A/V).

More information about Atlona Technologies is available at http://www.atlona.com.

Atlona® is a registered trademark of Lenexpo Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners

About D-Tools
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company's flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 2,000 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is the recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association's Mark of Excellence Award (2004, 2005, 2006), National Systems Contractors Association and Sound and Video Contractor's Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award (2004, 2005) and CE Pro's High Impact Award for Design Software.

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com or visit D-Tools online at http://www.d-tools.com.

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