Core Brands Wins Big With Panamax and BlueBOLT at CEDIA EXPO 2013

SP-1000 SmartPlug and BlueBOLT Network Management Feature Combine to Take Home Three Prestigious Industry Awards

SP-1000 SmartPlug and BlueBOLT Network Management Feature Combine to Take Home Three Prestigious Industry Awards

PETALUMA, Calif. -- Oct. 3, 2013 -- Core Brands(R) today announced that Panamax(R) and BlueBOLT(R) were honored with three awards for the brands' innovative products at CEDIA EXPO 2013. The Panamax SP-1000 SmartPlug received a 2013 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles(R) Manufacturers' Excellence Award for Best New Product and a Technology Integrator EXC!TE Award, while BlueBOLT was the recipient of a CE Pro BEST Award for its network management feature in the Power Management, Generation, Surge Suppression, and Storage/Remote Services category.

CEDIA Manufacturers' Excellence Award winners were determined by a diverse panel of CEDIA residential electronic systems contractor judges on the criteria of innovation, value to the technician, value to the business, and impact on the client's lifestyle. Presented by Technology Integrator, EXC!TE Awards were given to products that stood out for being innovative, high-performance, and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. The CE Pro BEST Award recognizes the best new products and technologies for the custom installation channel.

"CEDIA EXPO 2013 was a huge success for Core Brands," said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. "Not only did our brands' technologies make quite an impression on visitors to our booth, but their powerful features also resonated with the judges of these three prestigious awards. To take home one plaque would be quite an accomplishment, but to be honored with all three is simply amazing and speaks volumes toward our ability to answer the industry's call for smarter energy management and reduced service calls."

The Panamax SP-1000 SmartPlug provides low-cost energy monitoring, load control, and scheduled conservation in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee(R) wireless communications, the SP-1000 can be monitored, controlled, programmed, and accessed remotely through the cloud-based BlueBOLT energy management and control platform via a wired BB-ZB1 gateway.

The BlueBOLT network management feature allows users to query (ping) any device on a network with an IP address from a BlueBOLT-enabled component equipped with a BlueBOLT-CV1 card (BB-ZB1 gateway compatibility coming soon). In the event of a failed ping response, BlueBOLT can send email notifications, reboot an outlet, reboot a series of outlets in sequence, or any combination of the above. A boon for integrators, the network management feature facilitates a self-healing network, which drastically reduces service calls, limits truck rolls, and ultimately provides a better experience for the end user.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power, Energy, and Network Management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics' power source. More information is available at

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About Panamax(R)
Panamax(R) has been an international leader in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Its power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Panamax is available in all major electronic markets including home theater, professional audio and music, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman's cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network, distributors, and in select retail outlets. More information is available at

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About Core Brands(R), LLC and Nortek, Inc.
Headquartered in Petaluma, California Core Brands(R), LLC is a company within the Technology Solutions Segment of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R) brands. Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit for more information.

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