Firstech Makes Car Sharing Easier with KeyLocker

SEATTLE, WA (03.30.2020) – Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile, has announced its plans to release the Drone KL1 in Summer of 2020. The Drone KL1, or “KeyLocker”, is a key management and storage solution that will make car sharing easier for families and businesses.

Over the past ten years, the term “car sharing” has taken on many different forms. Individuals are monetizing their personal vehicles on peer-to-peer car sharing platforms. Families with multiple drivers are exploring different ways to get around in conjunction with owning fewer cars. Lastly, businesses are going mobile, managing vehicles and drivers to bring products and services directly to customers.

While these car sharing applications have quickly evolved, key management has not. Families and businesses are still limited to one or two keys per vehicle and rely on outdated storage solutions like kitchen drawers and key storage lockers. Furthermore, vehicle keys can cost up to $700 to replace in the event of loss or damage.

For all of the car sharing applications mentioned, Drone KeyLocker offers a better way to manage vehicle keys. KeyLocker fits into most vehicle compartments and has a sliding door mechanism for safely storing any type of vehicle key, including bladed and smart keys. While a vehicle’s key is stored in a KeyLocker, the system keeps it protected by activating anti-tampering security sensors around KeyLocker and the vehicle. All of these sensors are capable of triggering real-time alerts that are pushed to authorized users’ smartphones over 4G LTE.

Instead of fumbling with vehicle keys, vehicle access is managed through the DroneMobile App. Vehicle owners can send an unlimited number of invitations to family members or coworkers to share access to the vehicle. Once a user is authorized to drive a car, he or she can unlock the doors with the DroneMobile app and hit the road. If the vehicle uses a smart “push to start” key, users don’t even have to remove the key from Drone KeyLocker to drive the car! In essence, the DroneMobile App and KeyLocker transform your smartphone into your vehicle’s key. Drone KeyLocker also includes a 5-digit passcode touchpad, called the “KP1”, that is mounted to the windshield as backup in the event of poor cellular coverage or a dead smartphone battery.

“Drone KeyLocker combines the best of Firstech’s strengths in vehicle control, security and telematics,” explained Firstech’s Managing Director, Jason Kaminski. “Families and businesses will save time and money with the KeyLocker and DroneMobile App, opening up even more possibilities for car sharing in the future.”

Firstech will be adding the KeyLocker to its DroneMobile brand of telematics and tracking products. Drone KeyLocker can be installed as a standalone key management and tracking solution or the device can be added to an existing Compustar remote start and alarm system. Drone KeyLocker must be installed with one of Firstech’s Drone LTE devices to enable cellular connectivity.

Drone KeyLocker will start shipping in Summer 2020 with an MSRP of $159.99 and is available for pre-order directly from Firstech or from Firstech Authorized Distributors in North America.

To learn more about Drone KeyLocker, visit dronemobile.com/keylocker or email orders@myfirstech.com

Oracle Lighting Announces New UTV LED Halo Kits for Polaris and Can-Am

METAIRE, LA (03.30.2020) – Oracle Lighting has announced its new LED Halo kits for multiple Side-by-Side UTV models including the Polaris Ranger (2014-2019), Polaris RZR (570 & 800; 2008-2019), Polaris RZR (900 & 1000; 2015-2019), and Can-Am Maverick X3 (2017-2020). All kits are now available.

“We are proud to follow up a tremendously successful 2019 SEMA Show with the announcement of these unique LED Halo kits for the UTV market,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “These complete kits include everything you need to install and operate the halos on your rig, including surface mount DIY installation capability, Dynamic ColorSHIFT effects, Plug & Play wiring, plus a true white DRL LED function.”

The new ORACLE Lighting Dynamic ColorSHIFT Halos feature individually addressable LEDs which pack a ton of unique features. The Dynamic features allow the user to run multiple moving color patterns through the LEDs, creating a vivid eye-catching lighting effect. The RGBW Halos feature Oracle’s traditional RGB ColorSHIFT technology along with the addition of a Pure White circuit which allows for truer white tones, a crisp white DRL color option and the ability to instantly switch over to DRL mode.

Additional features include:

  • App Control; through the app you can easily make standard white colors as well as any static colors using the LED color wheel. What makes these DYNAMIC Halos more unique is that you can also display a variety of moving patterns within the app. With more than 200 different patterns, there is something to fit every color scheme imaginable.
  • Installation; ORACLE’s surface-mount Halos are encased in a special polymer resin, making them completely waterproof (can actually be submerged underwater) and easily install by attaching around the headlight lens using a patent-pending system. This makes installation simple for anyone and cuts down installation time from hours to just minutes.
  • Wiring; user-friendly installation features plug-and-play connectors for the halos and controller. Simply plug the Halos into the LED driver plug the LED driver into the controller. The power cables include ring terminals that simply attach to the easy-to-access power lugs. Then simply open the app in your smartphone to control the lights.
  • MSRPs:
  • Polaris Ranger (2014-2019): $289.95
  • Polaris RZR (570 & 800; 2008-2019): $249.95
  • Polaris RZR (900 & 1000; 2015-2019): $249.95
  • Can-Am Maverick X3 (2017-2020): $249.95

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive market since 1999. Oracle thrives on low-to-mid production specialized components with a goal of providing a dual benefit to clients by lowering manufacturing costs and reducing lead-time for product development.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

Alphasonik Impacted by California’s Safer-at-Home Order

GARDENA, CA (03.30.2020) – Covid-19 Operational Update from Rick Andersen, VP of Operations:

We at Alphasonik hope that everyone remains healthy and safe during this unexpected and unprecedented times. The effects of the Corona virus (COVID-19) have impacted our country in more ways than imaginable, and our first concern is for the wellbeing of the people-those affected and those caring for them.

Rick Andersen, VP of Operations

As you know, the State of California recently adopted a “Safer at Home” order that took effect on Friday 3/20/202 at 11:59PM. Under this order, all non-essential businesses are to shut down facility operations and employees are ordered to stay home until April 19, 2020.

Alphasonik takes this responsibility very seriously and will comply with this order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The impact to Alphasonik operations are as follows:

  1. Alphasonik sales staff are working remotely from home and remain in full operational contact. All normal means of communication are available.
  2. Alphasonik shipping will continue. We have implemented social distancing and hygiene protocols to our warehouse staff that will continue operational activities and functions as quickly and safely as possible. There may be a slight delay in processing shipments and returns, but we believe this is worth it to ensure the safety of our employees.

In the meantime, let’s all maintain a healthy, positive attitude and we will all make it through this difficult time together.

Sincerely,
Rick Andersen
V.P. of Operations
Alphasonik

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The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Is Rolling In 2020…Stereo City Ontario Wins

SHREVEPORT LA (03.28.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Just over 4 months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

The latest 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel winner, number 69, is Stereo City Ontario. The Wheel landed on the Precision Power space and a cool prize will be headed to Jim Cavanagh in Allston MA.

Spinning out a new winner each Friday, a 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, SiriusXM, Cadence, PowerBass, Sony, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik, Farenheit, Wilson Electronics and Image Dynamics. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

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Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX and Audio Jam in Bear DE. Congratulations to all.

WTF….Where’s The Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel Friday, April 3rd.
Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy – when making an Instagram post for your store include the hashtag #12voltspin to make sure your company has a slip in the jar. There are over 1100 #12voltspin posts on Instagram.  

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to shower a lucky weekly winner with one of the cool prizes.

Stay tuned to 12voltnews.com on the web and @12voltnews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for 12volt Spin-To-Win winner announcements every Friday!

Alpine Electronics to Offer “Stay-In-Formed” Online Product Training for Authorized Retailers

AUBURN HILLS, MI (03.27.2020) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. will offer six online training webinars for their U.S. Authorized Retailers in early April in light of recent training event cancellations and “stay-at-home” state announcements.

“This is an unprecedented time in our industry,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “Alpine recognized the need to provide accessible online education and training so we could continue to provide sales and marketing support to our Authorized Retailers.”

In March, Alpine hosted a webinar on “The Journey to Alpine Sound,” highlighting the new 2020 Product Lineup, with information on carry-over models and upcoming marketing promotions.

After a positive response, Alpine decided to take it one step further and offer a new webinar, “Stay-In-Formed Alpine Product Training,” that focuses on applicable selling and marketing techniques for the new product line. The training will be fully accessible online, so attendees can “stay-in” while they learn. 

Led by Alpine Brand Specialist Eric Brooks and National Trainer Chris Teguh, the webinar will feature an in-depth look at each new product, with real-life applications and tips on how to successfully market to consumers. Each webinar training is fully interactive and allows attendees to ask questions and get answers in real-time.

New to the webinars is an inside look at Alpine’s 2017 Honda Civic Halo Sound Demo Vehicle. The civic will demonstrate the versatile R-A90S 6-Channel amplifier powering an active 3-way R-Series sound system with dual Halo Pre-Loaded R-Series 12-inch Subwoofer Enclosures. The demo vehicle will also showcase the OEM integration capabilities of the new PXE-X09 Hi-Resolution Wireless Digital Sound Processor with the factory head unit.

Registrants can choose from the following days to attend:

Week 1:

Monday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST      

Week 2:

Monday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. EST    

All Alpine Authorized Retailers are encouraged to register for this free webinar by contacting their Alpine Rep.

Alpine will continue to support its Authorized Retailers with online training, with a new webinar scheduled for the end of April covering an in-depth training session on Digital Sound Processors (DSP).

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

Maxxsonics Offers COVID-19 Support

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (03.27.2020) – COVID-19 has shifted life in many ways and at Maxxsonics USA, we are standing up to the fight against this global crisis by supporting local hospitals and businesses. Maxxsonics is donating thousands of masks and gloves across the Midwest to aid in the battle against this COVID-19.

Maxxsonics is focused on still delivering products that you’d expect, but our growing priority has been altered to aiding those that need a helping hand. We are thankful for all of the doctors, nurses, first responders, transportation specialists, and so many more that continue to carry us through this time.

Alden Stiefel, President/CEO of Maxxsonics USA said, “In this moment of uncertainty, it has been an increasing focus to help those in need that continue to save so many lives day after day. It is an honor to support those and to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Maxxsonics USA encourages everyone, any way they can, to join us in the movement for getting crucial medical supplies to those who are in need of them.

Visit maxxsonics.com for more.

Accent Mobile Launches New Web Site

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA (03.27.2020) – Accent Mobile, a division of Accele Electronics is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site, accentmobile.net. This website serves as a portal to the newly formed brand that is focused on providing “Solutions That Inspire Confidence” for Expeditors, Upfitters and Fleet Systems. Accent Mobile will also give our business partners access to the many diverse and solution focused items from parent, Accele Electronics, said Christian Way, Vice President, Accele Electronics.

Bob Goodman is pictured in his California home office reviewing the new Accent Mobile website that highlights the company’s ‘Solutions That Inspire Confidence’.

This new website contains Images and descriptions of the products offered by Accent Mobile and will eventually serve as a tool for online ordering for our business partners, it also contains contact information for sales and technical support. Our goal is to enable easy access to the information necessary when planning installation of products whether it be on-site or at Auto Dealerships, added Bob Goodman, Accent Mobile, Director of Channel Sales.

Accent Mobile Products have a 3 Year Warranty and are grouped here into 12 Categories for intuitive and easy navigation. Categories are as follows:

1.Roof Mount Monitors 2.Headrest Monitor Solutions 3. Camera Solutions 4.Mirror Solutions 5.Camera Kits & Accessories 6.Blind Spot & Park Assist 7.Digital Video Recording 8.Security & Convenience 9.LCD Monitors 10.Sources & Accessories 11.Heads Up Displays 12.Relays & Accessories.

Additional features to be rolled out are access to Product Manuals, Installation Videos and other resources for our business partners.

Visit accentmobile.net for more.

DS18 Joins in on the War against COVID-19

MIAMI GARDENS, FL (03.26.2020) – As we all adjust to life working around the wide spread COVID-19 virus, DS18 joins in against the fight to help aid those in need with backing and knowledge from our close DS18 family and co-workers in China who have been adjusting to this Pandemic much longer then we have. 

Click here to view a video on DS18’s Facebook page.

With China successfully battling and winning the fight and using firsthand knowledge of what needs to win the battle, we will be sending over personal protection equipment such as huge shipment of medical masks and gloves in care of DS18

Team member Marcia Mileidys Maceo to The Baptist Hospital in Kendall, Florida. DS18 hopes to help with the education and safe practices needed to minimalize casualties until the global efforts find a way to destroy this disease so life can return to normal.

Continuing to practice safe social distance, using PPE (gloves, mask, sanitizer) equipment, and knowledge of safely not spreading the disease is the key component to slowing down this very fast acting and deadly virus. If we all come together as a world population there is nothing we cannot overcome.

Visit ds18.com for more.

End Result Representing Mobile Electronics in the Crisis

CANONSBURG, PA (03.26.2020) – Now that the shock is over and the realization of our “situation” has sunk in, here is how End Result is going to represent the dealer and the manufacturer.

We will be holding a TOWN HALL VIRTUAL MEETING FOR MOBILE ELECTRONICS DEALERS TOMORROW AT 10:am & FRIDAY at 6:30pm. The purpose of these meetings is to give you perspective of what others are doing so that you can get input from others and adjust plans accordingly. This is not going to be a bitch session! “We are in this situation- how best to cope with it and plan for the next days” is the focus of the meeting.

Ed Dalesandro

Rob Keeler from CEDIA will be on the calls to give us a more global perspective

MOBILE ELECTRONICS DEALER THURSDAY AM MEETING
Thursday, March 26 at 10:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/665806055
Meeting ID: 665 806 055
Dial by your location 1-646 876 9923 US (New York)

MOBILE ELECTRONICS DEALER FRIDAY PM MEETING
Friday, March 27 at 6:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/124970076
Meeting ID: 124 970 076
Dial by your location 1-312-626-6799 or use your computer speakers and mic

From there we will be offering a Webinar Series on subjects that can help us today and into the future, not “who is this manufacturer.”

It is now time to think and react, while being mindful of the situation.

We just want to help.
-Ed Dalesandro

Visit endresultonline.com for more.

Alpine Electronics Now Shipping the R-A90S 6-Channel Amplifier

AUBURN HILLS, MI (03.26.2020) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the R-A90S 6-Channel Amplifier. The R-A90S joins Alpine’s R-Series amplifier lineup that’s matched in both power and performance with the R-Series speakers and subwoofers for a “Loud and Fun” music experience.

All the Power You Need

Customers have grown to love the 5-channel amplifier solution due to its ability to provide total system power from a single amplifier. To add value and versatility to this category, without sacrificing the subwoofer power of a 5-channel, Alpine created a 6-channel amplifier with staggered power that has double the amount of power on the 5th and 6th channel. This allows the amplifier’s final two channels to provide a solid 500 watts to a single subwoofer at 4Ω when in 5-channel mode or 150 watts x 2 at 4Ω to mid-basses in 6-channel mode.

The R-A90S can be used in various layouts including a powerful 3-channel mode (200W x 2 @ 4Ω, 500W x 1 @ 4Ω), a 5-channel mode (75W x 4 @ 4Ω, 500W x 1 @ 4Ω), or utilize its onboard bandpass crossovers to independently power a 3-way component system in 6-channel mode (75W x 4 @ 4Ω, 150W x 4 @ 4Ω).

The result is the most versatile amplifier in its class, as it can act as both a 5-channel amplifier that can single-handedly power a full system as well as a 6-channel amplifier to power a 3-way active front stage. The unique channel layout is also beneficial to the mobile electronic specialist, as they can rely on one amplifier for multiple applications.

Unrivaled Performance

With the highest output in its category, the R-A90S drives power to the sound system to create a big dynamic music range for the listener while maintaining a proper sound stage between the singers and instruments in the music. 

The amplifier’s high damping factor (>500) produces crisp and clear notes, especially at low frequencies. This amplifier has an extremely low phase shift compared to its competitors, which keeps music focused and accurate for the most enjoyable listening experience.

The result is a powerful sound system that produces accurate sound images with minimal phase shift and internal noise throughout the amplifier’s Hi-Res compatible frequency response.

System Compatibility

The R-A90S has input capability to add the RUX-KNOB.2 Remote Bass Control Knob (sold separately). The remote bass knob controls the bass in the subwoofer by adjusting the gain on the amplifier for quick bass adjustments when needed. 

The R-A90S is now shipping for $599.95 and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers or online at http://www.alpine-usa.com through Crutchfield. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.