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Peerless-AV announced that it has released its new SmartMount video carts and stands. The products are geared towards the educational market.

The “Godfather of Home Theater” Sam Runco, founder of Runco International, has received an Emmy Award for Pioneering Development and Deployment of Aspect Ratio Control Technologies and Systems For Letterbox Images within Consumer Devices. Runco was awarded the Emmy during the 64th Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy awards held Jan. 10 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during International CES.

SIM2, earlier this month at CEDIA Expo, named the winners of its representative awards for 2012. The awards included Best Development (Steve Lester), Comeback Player (WSR), Money Maker of the Year (Morris Tait and Associates), Quota of the Year (Peter Lazarus) and Super Achiever (Nick Gavalas of NYMT and Will Parkinson of New Era.)

Industry legend Sam Runco has written a thank you letter on the occasion of his recent induction into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. Here is the full text:

State and local regulation of low-voltage contractors is on the rise as the custom industry expands. By Janet Pinkerton There's nothing sexy about low-voltage licensing or certification—until, that is, someone tells you your state or local government is going to put you out of operation because you're not properly licensed to do low-voltage A/V installation. So notes Mitchell Klein, co-founder of management consultant firm StayTuned. Klein chairs the Government Affairs & Public Policy Action Team at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). CEDIA, along with other organizations like the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) and the

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