Date posted: May 13, 2015

Integrated solution removes the headaches of procuring content and licensing, while simplifying deployments and operation through a fully networked system

StoreStreams is debuting this week at the 2015 NRA Show with a compelling case for restaurants, foodservice and hospitality businesses seeking an all-in-one, branded in-store radio service.

StoreStreams simplifies the traditional patchwork of systems and components to deliver branded music and advertising. Instead, the StoreStreams model brings together the network infrastructure, audio systems and licensed content—the latter of which saves content providers and businesses months of legal headaches and costly fees. Delivered together with a simple front end user interface for content management, the complete StoreStreams platform simplifies the launch and operation of a multi-site in-store radio system, and delivers a quick return on investment for businesses.

“We are intent on delivering a single platform with all the tools needed to launch a profitable in-store radio service,” said Will Schmidt, vice president of sales for LineQ, a Minneapolis-area distributor that brings together the audio playout systems. “With no disparate elements and the freedom of comfortable month-to-month contracts, businesses can focus on customer service while enjoying the benefits of a branded, monetized streaming audio service.

StoreStreams brings together the music catalog and network intelligence of XYZ Stream Hosting, a specialist in live, multiplatform content delivery with a robust and reliable streaming architecture.

In addition to a wide selection of music channels with pre-licensed content, StoreStreams includes a management application to structure and time ad placements, station IDs and promotional material. LineQ will supply the end point hardware for each deployment, featuring Ecler Sound amplifiers, Cornered Audio loudspeakers and media players from Barix, an IP audio pioneer with hundreds of thousands of hardware players in deployment worldwide.

“With the reliability of our cloud-based, redundant streaming architecture at the core, the StoreStreams model ensures a live, reliable streaming service with high availability for networks of any scale,” said Charles Odom, vice president of marketing, StoreStreams. “This ensures a dynamic, high-quality and uninterrupted in-store radio experience for the restaurants, foodservice and hospitality businesses we serve.”

LineQ and XYZ Stream Hosting will jointly demonstrate the StoreStreams service from May 16-19 in the Start Up Alley section of the 2015 NRA Show exhibit floor, Booth 9416D. Please visit http://show.restaurant.org/Exhibit/Start-Up-Alley for more information on the Start Up Alley.

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Date posted: January 29, 2015

Board-level module gives manufacturers, systems integrator a flexible foundation for Audio over IP product design

IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company’s IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today.  At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products—as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

The IPAM302 allows Barix OEM partners to build Audio over IP products at a low cost today, and seamlessly upgrade to next-generation modules in the field

“Our OEM business accounts for nearly 25 percent of our business, and is among the primary reasons why Barix is considered a visionary in IP audio and control,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “We remain dedicated to working with companies who need the freedom and flexibility to build their own solutions using Barix’s open programming environment, along with the reliability that our core technology delivers across security, transportation and professional AV applications.”

The IPAM302 is the board-level technology at the core of Barix’s latest-generation Instreamer IP encoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices.  The board design includes one serial port and four I/O connections, which OEMs can map to relay closures and other devices such as an amplifier, IP speaker or door station to enable SIP intercom. Barix IPAM modules are especially popular for vendors and integrators building products for residential spaces, K-12 schools and university campuses, and fire safety and evacuation systems. Additionally, IPAM modules are at the heart of numerous OEM products for transportation, both on-board trains for paging and intercom; and inside stations for platform announcements.

Visitors to ISE 2015 can learn more about the capabilities of the IPAM302 at the Barix stand (Hall 8, 8-M245) in the RAI Conference Center, February 10-12.

Date posted: January 14, 2015

Audio over IP pioneer will demonstrate comprehensive, cloud-based management and audio playout capabilities of SoundScape at ISE 2015

Barix last year introduced SoundScape, a solution to centrally manage and distribute branded audio over IP networks of any size.  At ISE 2015, Barix will demonstrate the complete cost-reducing, revenue-generating capabilities of SoundScape as the company brings the fully integrated solution to market – including cloud-based content management and live status monitoring via the SoundScape Portal; and new compact, multi-format Exstreamer SoundScape IP audio players for location-based media playout.

Content providers and network operators can manage the new SoundScape IP audio players remotely from a central location, from firmware updates to volume adjustments.

SoundScape is the only “in-store radio” solution capable of integrated audio distribution, remote device management, dynamic contact scheduling, system-wide reporting and monitoring, and high-quality, multi-format audio playout.  Essentially, SoundScape brings together several traditional Barix strengths previously available as separate applications—including dynamic, targeted ad insertion—to simplify, accelerate and monetize deployments for content providers and systems integrators.  SoundScape’s cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) design also establishes a centrally hosted model to increase network accessibility and availability, reducing overall operating costs and maintenance.  As a result, SoundScape is more than a basic in-store radio solution:  It is a fully functioning, revenue-generating music and entertainment system with hierarchical user management for single locations (clubs, supermarkets), large campuses (universities, corporate complexes) and multi-location networks (retail and hotel chains).

The introduction of Exstreamer SoundScape players is significant because it provides a highly reliable platform for remote device management and local playout.  The Linux-based players feature the traditional benefits of Barix Exstreamer device­s—including a compact form factor, low power consumption, multi-format decoding and broadcast-quality audio—and adds integrated control via a simple built-in, five-button keypad.  Users can navigate the menu, skip songs, and change audio settings and network configurations without connecting to the central web-based SoundScape interface.  A blue-toned backlit LED display details audio program and player information relevant to the location.

Exstreamer SoundScape players also bring greater efficiency to the playout operation through exceptional internal memory, minimizing network resources required for live streaming.  A built-in real-time clock ensures that players continue to stream content locally via internal content storage in the event of network downtime—and pick up exactly where the playlist left off upon return of the network.

Visitors to the Barix stand (Hall 8, M-245 in the Amsterdam RAI, February 10-12) can simulate remote device management using the SoundScape Portal, the solution’s central management interface.  In a typical SoundScape deployment, a content provider or network manager can visualize every player on the network using an intuitive, interactive map.  Color-coded pins help users quickly determine the operating status of every player in the network, with green indicating normal operation and red indicating that attention is required.  SoundScape’s in-depth troubleshooting capabilities enable users to remotely drill down into each player to determine and fix operating issues, while finely-tuned alerting capabilities inform users of problems via automatic e-mails or SMS texts.

The SoundScape demonstration at ISE will also allow visitors to establish connections between the Portal and players—the first step in adding new locations to the SoundScape network—build dynamic playlists featuring music and advertisements, and download audio content to local players.  The SoundScape Portal’s rich content management capabilities also allow users to centrally assign and schedule content to unlimited player groups; and group devices by location and language.  These flexible parameters further empower SoundScape’s revenue generating benefits by establishing a foundation for highly targeted, localized ad insertion.

“SoundScape is exciting as it truly offers a wide range of users an audio content distribution system for background music and messages across commercial and public spaces,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix.  “No other IP audio solution on the market offers as rich of an SaaS-enabled content and player management solution that also incorporates targeted advertising, stream tracking and reporting, and live status monitoring.  Adding in tried-and-true reliable Barix audio players, SoundScape brings together a complete hardware and software solution to build new revenue streams and reduce total cost of ownership for branded, location-based music and entertainment.”

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Date posted: October 28, 2014

Transition to IP audio simplifies scheduling, playout of music for Ohio retail campuses

The Dutchman Hospitality Group specializes in helping its guests slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life.  Keeping with this philosophy, the company has turned to Barix to centralize its in-store radio programming on its core IT network, transitioning to the Barix Store&Play IP audio solution to simplify the scheduling and playout of content on three of its largest retail and hospitality campuses.

Based in Amish country in rural Walnut Creek, Ohio, Dutchman Hospitality Group sought a unified solution to deliver audio programming across multiple buildings to maintain a consistent and pleasant customer experience — a feat that proved impossible with separate CD players and the “everyone’s a DJ” approach.  The company put its IT contractor, Mark Greenawalt of Makarios Networks, in charge of finding a cost-efficient solution that would offer better control of the overhead music in each building.

The Barix Store&Play solution simplifies scheduling and playout of music for Dutchman Hospitality Group, while using minimal network resources to distribute high-quality audio

“When we made the business decision to have a single source of overhead music on each campus, the challenge of distributing the audio seemed to require pulling new wires between each building,” said Greenawalt.  “I discovered Barix Store&Play while conducting research, and discovered that their solution converts audio to data packets for network distribution, before converting back to audio at the playout point.  Once I realized we could use our existing infrastructure, it became clear that transitioning to Barix would save a lot of time, labor and money.  The devices are inexpensive, and the ease of setup made the overall transition very affordable.”

Since discovering Barix, Greenawalt has since transitioned Dutchman Hospitality Group’s Walnut Creek and Sugar Creek campuses, which include multiple buildings spread across large areas, featuring a mix of retail stores, restaurants and inns.  In the Ohio town of Berlin, the company is streaming music from the Berlin Farmstead Restaurant to the Carlisle Country Inn a quarter-mile down the road, taking advantage of Barix’s flexibility in networking audio across separate, distant properties.

The distribution of audio over the network via Barix technology delivers a more consistent hospitality experience across the mix of retail stores, restaurants and inns on three Dutchman Hospitality Group campuses.

The Barix Store&Play solution is configured to minimize use of network resources, downloading programs for playback on a scheduled basis.  The network architecture includes a central Instreamer device on each campus to encode audio into files for streaming over the network; and Exstreamer devices at each remote building to receive and decode the files back to high-quality audio.  With fiber-optic connections and a Gigabit Ethernet backbone already in place, Greenawalt had the Barix system online and streaming audio across all assigned locations within days.  The IP-addressable Barix solution has operated flawlessly, producing outstanding audio quality with exceptional reliability.

“Being a musician, I have to say that I’m very impressed with the sound quality,” said Greenawalt.  “But the ease of configuration and reliability is what really makes this special.  The Barix receiving devices plug directly into our sound systems, instead of requiring investment in new amplifiers and loudspeakers.  As one representative in a two-person IT department, having a low-maintenance solution is huge.  It really is a set-and-forget system, with no wires to pull and no extra materials or components required.”

Looking ahead, Greenawalt expects that the Barix system will be used solely for the purpose of reliable background music distribution, but envisions opportunities to scale the network to additional locations on each campus as new services develop.

“The Barix IP audio solution strikes me as having an internet radio station for our own private campuses,” he said.  “The sky is the limit in terms of where we can take it in the future.  Considering its flexibility and ease of configuration, I’m not sure there is anything you can’t do with this system in terms of audio distribution if you are thinking creatively.”

Date posted: September 3, 2014

New in-store solutions cover the spectrum for live and scheduled playback of audio content, including dynamic ad insertions

ZURICH/ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, September 3, 2014 — The upcoming InfoComm India show in Mumbai marks the official launch of Barix’s next-generation of in-store radio solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.  Highlighting solutions that generate revenue for end users and reduce costs for systems integrators, Barix will demonstrate IP audio strategies for consumer engagement that meet a vast array of business requirements.

Barix’s next-generation IP audio “products” comprise wholesale applications that bring multiple software and hardware components together into complete solutions, driving both new operational efficiencies and revenue-generating opportunities.  Visitors to the Barix stand at InfoComm India (Hall 1, B17 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 17-19) can see how the company’s latest in-store radio solutions align with this solutions-oriented strategy.

Store & Play gives end users and integrators an in-store radio solution for retail stores and other location-based businesses that wish to schedule playout of audio and advertising content; and preserve network resources

“Barix’s years of experience developing IP audio and control solutions for in-store radio has advanced to a point where we offer two very distinct networked solutions, each offering benefits based on system scale, network resources and even general customer preference,” said Domenico Gambino, VP Sales, Barix.  “We are providing end users and integrators with an affordable, high-quality foundation to incorporate single or multichannel audio streams—along with revenue-generating advertising opportunities—into any organization’s promotional and entertainment strategies.  Barix’s knowledge and expertise in moving audio over networks ensures that our customers experience simple deployments, reliable operation and infinite scalability.”

Store & Play

Store & Play specifically offers a solution to retailers and businesses that want dynamic in-store radio programming without using too many network resources, and/or want more control locally over their playout schedules.  Store & Play allows customers to download music and advertising content off the network, and reliably play out that programming on schedule with excellent audio quality.  Exceptional download speeds and system memory preserve playback quality through demanding processing actions, while a built-in precision clock ensures that schedules remain intact in the event of network outages.

SoundScape

SoundScape allows comprehensive management of audio distribution over IP networks, offering a centralized management portal and audio players at multiple locations.  Users can manage, configure and group SoundScape audio players, schedule content and monitor device status network-wide.  The network-wide management capabilities of SoundScape further reduces costs and complexity by enabling remote firmware updates, log creation and more.  SoundScape delivers broadcast-quality programming with targeted, location-based advertising insertions that seamlessly fade in and out of music programs, as well as the ability to seamlessly switch between live and scheduled streams.

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Date posted: June 10, 2014

Custom solution reliably streams branded content to more than 30 stores in central Europe

Leading corporate music provider DMD2 of Switzerland has long trusted Barix IP audio solutions to stream branded audio content to businesses around Europe.  The company has again selected Barix for multipoint in-store radio, streaming high-quality custom music programs to 33 Bucherer retail jewelry stores in four countries.

Bucherer was founded in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1888, and is today the European retail leader for luxury watches and fine jewelry.  The Barix installation marks the first time Bucherer has used a live in-store radio service, with DMD2 crafting a specially branded music stream from a huge music library to match specifically the vibrant and elegant atmosphere of their stores.  The service gives the retail chain a high-quality audio program, producing a pleasant and consistent audio experience for customers.  The service is now live in stores across Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria.

The Barix IP-based delivery architecture also keeps employees focused on customer service instead of fumbling with CDs and the FM radio dial, removing the role of “in-store DJ” from the sales team’s job description.

“Bucherer have gained exceptional control over this part of their in-store branding with the Barix and DMD2 solution,” said Alexander Dal Farra, owner and president of DMD2.  “They are very happy with their choice.  The Barix solution also ensures that their existing audio equipment could be used for an overall cost-effective installation.  Additionally, the audio service is virtually maintenance free once it is up and running.”

The technical concept of the Barix and DMD2 solution was equally appealing to Bucherer.  The solution provides a low-latency, bandwidth-efficient live stream over the retail chain’s existing network, requiring no major updates at the store level.  The streams originate from the DMD2 offices in Bern, Switzerland, with direct connection to Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoders inside the stores.  The Exstreamers reliably play out AAC+ streams at a bitrate ideal for background music.

The Exstreamer models selected for this installation feature a front-panel display with artist/title and stream information, as well as MicroSD slot with backup music in the event of network failure.  That MicroSD slot additionally provides built-in content protection, eliminating the temptation for customers or employees to remove attached USB sticks with DMD2 in-store content.  Set up is simple and efficient,  and virtually no physical space is required due to the Exstreamer’s compact footprint.

Dal Farra adds that his success with Barix across similar in-store radio installations, including Victorinox retail stores in four countries, gave Bucherer the confidence they needed to modernize their in-store music approach.  DMD2 handles all Barix device configuration, service monitoring and music licensing for its in-store radio customers, further simplifying matters for retail customers like Bucherer.

“DMD2 has installed well over 1000 Barix Exstreamers across many businesses, each of which have varying network conditions,” said Dal Farra.  “That track record of success made it easy to convince Bucherer that it was smart to build their service on this technology.”

Date posted: June 5, 2014

Company enhances audio offering with Barix, opens integration possibilities across portfolio

Barix has appointed DMJ Technologies as its manufacturer’s representative for the eastern and central United States.  The company will represent Barix out of its New Jersey headquarters and satellite offices in Kansas, New York, Ohio and Virginia.

DMJ Technologies specializes in visual communications, with a strong emphasis on digital signage and IP technologies — two key Barix focus areas.  Barix will play a major role across its education, corporate, medical, government and entertainment projects, all of which benefit from the cost-efficiency and flexibility of IP audio solutions.

“We were seeking an innovative audio-centric company to add to our portfolio, as we have historically been very video-focused,” said Marta Scoppa, partner, DMJ Technologies.  “We have worked with Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim before, and have always been impressed with the companies and technologies he has been involved with, especially in digital signage.  The IP-based solutions from Barix will allow our team to bring yet another innovative product line to our customer base.”

Specifically, Scoppa views Barix’ Audio Point solution has an especially attractive opportunity to align Barix products with existing video signage systems in their portfolio.  The Barix Audio Point solution synchronized multichannel audio feeds with content on video displays, and streams that audio to the mobile devices of consumers inside businesses, campuses and public spaces.  Scoppa also sees opportunities to integrate Barix’s IP-based paging and intercom solutions—notably its new Simple Paging system—alongside video systems in transit centers and across educational and corporate campuses.

Barix and DMJ Technologies will officially introduce their partnership at the upcoming InfoComm show, taking place June 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  DMJ representatives will be at the Barix booth (C9420) to discuss the new partnership with dealers, systems integrators and end users.

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO of Barix, believes that DMJ Technologies’ experience in helping its customers architect IP-based systems well-positions them to effectively communicate the new opportunities that an enhanced audio presence can provide, especially in digital out-of-home deployments.

“Great-sounding audio over the network opens up many new possibilities for businesses to better engage with their customers, whether through standalone in-store audio programs or synchronized audio-to-mobile delivery alongside large video displays,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix.  “We believe that DMJ Technologies has the portfolio and expertise to help integrators and end users take the best possible advantage of the many opportunities that IP-based delivery offers across multiple business verticals.”

About DMJ Technologies (www.dmjtechnologies.com)

DMJ Technologies is a Manufacturer’s Representative firm specializing in the field of audio visual communications. Our team of dedicated professionals represents more than 100 years of collective experience in filed presentation technologies. Our mission is to facilitate and cultivate strong and enduring relationships with our network of dealers, consultants and end users by introducing innovative, high impact and emerging technologies from our manufacturers.  We are a team of dedicated and hard working professionals and our continued success is built on integrity and long term relationships between our manufacturers and our customer network.

 

Date posted: April 30, 2014

Company’s experience in digital signage, IP technologies makes Barix an ideal fit

Barix has appointed Thorvin Electronics as its new Canadian distributor as the company increases its presence across the provinces and territories of North America’s largest geographical country.

Thorvin Electronics specializes in quality audio, video and digital signage products and systems, supporting communications dealers across Canada.  The Thorvin Electronics team sees Barix as an ideal match for its portfolio based on the acceleration of IP transitions across AV and broadcast systems throughout Canada.

“Everything is moving toward IP today, and our AV dealers are increasingly working to move paging and background music systems to the network – a core Barix strength,” said Jean-Marc Langevin, vice president and sales manager, Thorvin Electronics.  “We also see a rapidly growing interest in audio for digital signage as businesses recognize its value.  We think the Barix AudioPoint solution, which synchronizes audio streams with video signage, will make a real impact by engaging consumers through their mobile devices.  That solves the noise pollution challenge in signage deployments that our dealers have battled for years.”

Langevin adds that Thorvin’s footprint across Canada, which includes sales representation and AV dealers in every region, has raised Barix’s profile across the country.  He already has opportunities to deliver complete Barix solutions to single customers that merge audio signage, in-store radio, and paging and intercom on the same network.  Langevin points to retail, transportation (including airports) and education as especially ripe opportunities across Canada, likening Barix solutions to “a Swiss Army Knife, with an array of uses and flexibility.”

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO of Barix, believes that Thorvin Electronics is in a unique position to cost-effectively transition AV and broadcast businesses across Canada from legacy to IP architectures, leveraging its vast portfolio of products and solutions — which now includes Barix.

“There is a synergy between Barix and other product lines in the Thorvin Electronics portfolio that creates exceptional growth opportunities for end users across multiple business verticals,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix.  “We believe that Thorvin Electronics has the broadest range of solutions in Canada to help businesses and organizations move audio across IP networks with better efficiency, quality and reliability.”

Date posted: March 13, 2014

Out-of-the-box solution integrates fixed and mobile paging over the IP network

Barix will show ISC West attendees “Simple Paging,” its groundbreaking new out-of-the-box solution for marrying fixed and mobile paging over the IP network.  Simple Paging reproduces live announcements from a desk or on the move with absolute clarity, giving security professionals an intelligible and flexible emergency response tool in their pockets courtesy of a free Barix mobile app.

The all-in-one solution offers simple deployment for new and existing buildings, eliminating complex setup processes traditionally associated with IP systems.  Multiple paging groups can be set up in as little as 10 minutes, with no need for in-depth IT knowledge; tags are easily associated with paging zones to establish groups.  High-quality IP voice paging announcements can be made from paging stations, tablets and smartphones without further configuration once power, the network and loudspeakers are connected.

The Annuncicom PS1 can act as the master paging station for the Barix Simple Paging solution. Compact and feature-rich, it is one element of a system that also allows users to page from their mobile devices.

Barix will demonstrate how end users and integrators can quickly launch and use the complete solution at ISC West, taking place April 2-4 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas (Booth 31099).  The demonstration will show how visitors can make live, clear voice announcements from a smartphone using the free Simple Paging mobile app, available for download in App Stores.

“Audio over IP has entered the mainstream, and Barix delivers solutions that end users and integrators can launch, use and scale without difficulty,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix.  “For security professionals, the ease of use and increased mobility from our free Simple Paging app greatly improves efficiency.  Simple Paging gives security professionals a way to make on-the-spot public address announcements with up-to-the-minute information, along with flexible targeting to deliver the right messages to the right places.  This on-location capability empowers security professionals, allowing them to be far more effective.”

Simple Paging offers a cost-effective solution to specify IP-based paging into new builds, or replace failing legacy solutions.  A single deployment brings legacy PA systems into the digital age, while protecting existing technology investments and adding new capabilities.  In addition to mobile integration, flexible targeting allows security professionals to direct announcements to specific devices, zones and buildings.  Furthermore, Simple Paging connects disparate PA systems on large campuses onto a single network to ensure a unified message.

A typical Simple Paging solution features a Barix Annuncicom PS16 master paging station and Barix Exstreamer IP decoders at end points, along with the Barix Simple Paging mobile app.  Barix’s trademark high audio quality ensures clear messaging across the network regardless of the speaker’s location.

Date posted: February 26, 2014

Outreach ministry informs guests and staff with clarity and consistency across multiple zones

The Washington Family Ranch in rural central Oregon had a problem last summer:  With 400 youth guests per week, the Young Life-owned ministry camp’s expensive, network-based paging system was failing.  Receivers were transmitting live pages in a staggered manner, creating unintelligible messages — along with guest confusion and complaints.

Based on the suggestion of audio engineer/integrator Alan Stricklin, Washington Family Ranch installed a multipoint Barix IP Paging system this off-season.  The system is fully tested and ready for the upcoming 13-week season, and delivering punch and clarity at all playout points thanks to low latency and exceptional audio quality.

Compact and easy to use, the Barix Annuncicom PS1 master paging station will help Washington Family Ranch staff communicate campus-wide over IP with punch and clarity.

“Our previous system was billed as Hi-Fi, but it was very hard to understand the messages with the various amps and receivers responding at different times,” said Andrew Pratt, guest services manager at Washington Family Ranch.  “This past year we just turned the amps off, which left us exposed on the liability side.  We were limited in how to alert our guests if something were to happen.”

Enter Barix courtesy of Stricklin, who also uses Barix solutions at Minnesota Public Radio.  The complete solution gives Pratt and his staff a compact, easy-to-use master paging station in the main office that connects over the network to playout points in high-traffic locations.  Pages are streamed live to Barix IP audio decoders at these locations, which prepare and deliver the messages over loudspeakers.

The result is clear messages for guests and staff in four dormitories, the main activity center, campus store, snack bar, dining hall, kitchen and main reception building.  Pratt notes this is especially important in the event of a dangerous weather or a security situation, given the camp’s rural location.

“The intelligibility is exceptional and all our speakers are firing at the same time,” said Pratt.  “We’re confident that wherever guests are standing that they will clearly hear the announcements, instead of trying to translate the messages.”

In addition to quality, Pratt cites low cost and simplicity as major benefits of the Barix IP Paging solution.

“This operates like a set it and forget it system, and I’m excited that it requires minimal management,” said Pratt.  “We believe it will be the kind of system where we train people to use it at the beginning of the summer, and that’s it.  The low cost of the system makes it seem as though we will absolutely get our money’s worth.”

The complete Barix IP Paging solution installed at Washington Family Ranch includes an Annuncicom PS1 master paging station, and Barix Exstreamer 205 IP audio decoders at playout points — the latter of which include built-in amplifiers to reduce costs and infrastructure.  Looking forward, Pratt expects to take advantage of Barix scalability by adding more playout points via additional Exstreamers, and exploring multicast delivery — a Barix specialty — to minimize network bandwidth.

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