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: 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: April 29, 2013

Mobile production specialist introduces “Vibration,” a 53-foot, 256-input truck for multitrack audio environments

Mobile production specialist TNDV is adding a fifth truck to its Nashville-based fleet — and this time audio is the focus.

“Most production companies with a mobile audio truck are strictly in the business of doing mobile audio,” said Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV.  “It is unusual for a mobile production firm to build an audio truck to work alongside video trucks.  Our goal was to build a truck that could work hand-in-hand with our fleet of HD production trucks and also perform on its own.  And we now have a 53-foot, 256-input, 7.1 surround sound mobile audio truck with multi-track recording prepared to go anywhere in the country.”

TNDV outfitted the truck, dubbed Vibration, with a Studer Vista 9 digital mixer and a redundant ProTools multi-track recording system.  Dugger notes that the Studer integrates most required routing, monitoring and processing applications, limiting the need for outboard equipment.

“Frequently, the audio mixer becomes master control in audio-heavy productions, and we wanted a high-end model that could handle multiple tasks, from music to communications,” said Dugger.  “We sought recommendations and almost every sound engineer we talked to listed Studer at or near the top.  And the Vista 9 has the high I/O count we need.  We identified what we thought would be the biggest show we might do in terms of inputs — and then we doubled it.”

The high input count means that TNDV staff can accommodate multiple sound checks for music festivals and mix large symphony performances, for example.  The Vista 9 architecture also allows technicians to support multiple IFB and four-wire intercom mixes for off-air commentary and communication.  Vibration includes a massive RTS ADAM matrix with 120 intercom ports — a far more expansive system than any audio production truck, and bigger than many video production trucks.  This means that Vibration can easily provide a central intercom infrastructure for any live event, or supplement existing matrix intercom systems.

The truck also includes a MADI audio infrastructure for communication between the mixing room and remote stageboxes positioned around a venue or shoot location.  This will allow TNDV to maintain a large, redundant multichannel infrastructure with a simple fiber cable.

The Studer Vista 9 digital mixer prepares TNDV for audio productions requiring up to 256 inputs.

Vibration includes two additional rooms beyond the mixing space:  a machine room for all noise-producing infrastructure equipment to ensure a soundproof environment in the other rooms; and a client lounge that doubles as an isolated tracking space.

“The client lounge is not only a place for crew and clients to relax, but also a very practical space for recording.  It’s outfitted with a variety of amplifiers and headphones for monitoring and works great as a space to lay down voiceovers and instrumental tracks,” said Dugger.  “This is especially nice being based in Nashville, as we can drive a multitrack recording studio to an artist’s home and provide a robust, high-end recording environment in the driveway.”

TNDV has planned a modest video infrastructure for broadcast applications and certain live performances, including a 40-input HD-SDI router to transport video signals, and a 16-input HD video switcher with an integrated multiviewer.  LED screens throughout the truck will allow crew or clients to view ProTools displays, live cameras from inside a production venue, or one of many POV cameras located around the truck to view sound engineering as it happens.  At the core of the truck, the Vista 9 will produce surround sound and stereo audio mixes for broadcast events.

“In addition to front of house and PA mixes, many events will require remixing for broadcast, web streaming and DVD production,” said Dugger.  “For example, there is so much audio associated with awards shows that it can’t be properly serviced in the video production space alone.  It needs its own pace, setting and production staff, especially if surround sound is involved.  Vibration has really been brought to life to intelligently allocate crews for large productions.”

Date posted: April 2, 2013

New enhancements to radio broadcast, partyline intercom solutions enhance quality and streamline configuration

Barix comes to the 2013 NAB Show with new enhancements to its professional two-way IP audio solutions for broadcast radio and intercom, improving quality in sound and communications.  Barix also continues to simplify system setup for customers, eliminating traditional IP configuration processes to have customers streaming audio within minutes.

The company will show its Partyline Intercom solution at the 2013 NAB Show (April 8-11, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C144), highlighting open-channel communications across multiple parties without audio interference — especially ideal in fast-paced video production environments.  New enhancements eliminate the need to configure IP addresses and servers, stripping away the complexity often associated with multipoint IP audio system setup.

Barix will demonstrate how camera operators and other production personnel can use the compact Annuncicom PS1 on the move, utilizing a push-to-talk button with selectable audio channels to facilitate communications amongst directors and production personnel.

Radio Broadcast Solutions

Barix enhances its Exstreamer 500 bi-directional audio device at the 2013 NAB Show to improve audio quality and streaming flexibility.   The device now supports both constant and variable bitrate, with the former added to simplify streaming to Shoutcast and Icecast servers – pertinent for extending how broadcasters incorporate Barix IP audio solutions for live streaming and syndicated program distribution.  A new chip improves quality of the analog-to-digital conversion path to enhance professional broadcast sound.

The Exstreamer 500 is a multiprotocol encoder and decoder with balanced audio and professional I/O options for signal relay and control.  In broadcast, it is ideal for STL and remote contribution applications.  Broadcasters can simplify configuration using the Exstreamer 500 with the Barix Reflector Service, creating a complete streaming audio solution that replicates a received stream to an unlimited number of destinations through the public internet.  The Reflector Service is based on a simple server-client architecture that removes IP address, server and other configuration hassles.

Date posted: March 18, 2013

Solution connects fixed and mobile devices, strips away “complexity of IP”

IP audio and control specialist Barix heads to ISC West with a new IP paging solution that allows end users and integrators to set up multi-point systems within minutes.

The plug-and-play solution combines fixed and mobile paging to extend reach and capability, while removing configuration hassles typically associated with IP.  This ensures that schools, hospitals, office buildings and other commercial and public facilities can be up and running quickly instead of configuring IP addresses, servers and ports for receiving devices.

The Barix Annuncicom PS1 is one of two Barix paging masters that can be used in the company’s new IP Paging solution, and one of several two-way Barix VoIP devices for audio playout and intercom at multiple end points.

Importantly, the dedicated Barix Paging firmware enables the paging master to automatically identify all zones and Barix IP hardware on the network, including other paging stations and receivers.  Furthermore, a Barix iOS paging app enables iPhones and iPads as paging devices — cleanly integrating the mobile capability into the overall solution.

“The Barix IP Paging solution retains the flexibility of IP without the complexity of IP, simplifying connections and removing headaches for businesses and security professionals,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG.  “We’re essentially delivering a solution where customers can plug in cables, connect loudspeakers and talk.”

The Barix IP Paging solution includes all pre-configured hardware, including paging masters and receiving devices equipped with the IP Paging firmware.  Complete solutions can scale to the end customer’s needs, with no limits to the number of paging zones.  The company’s two-way VoIP devices can be used at receiving points to enable intercom capability over the same network, and integrated amplifier options are available to further reduce costs and infrastructure.

Barix will showcase various hardware options and mobile capability for its IP Paging solution at ISC West (Booth 15138), taking place April 10-12 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Date posted: January 23, 2013

Barix is helping the parent company of a Maldives Islands resort boost property security through the power of IP audio.  The system, installed by Maldives-based systems integration firm EIT Private Limited, integrates two-way Audio over IP technology from Barix as part of an intrusion alarm solution for the business offices of Bandos Island Resort and Spa.  The complete solution also includes CCTV video and remote monitoring components.

EIT Private Limited installed a security system following recent burglaries at the resort’s headquarters, located in the 13-story Jazeera Building in the capital city of Male’.  The Barix solution employs two Annuncicom PS1 devices, with one at the main Jazeera Building control center and a second in a control center on resort grounds, where all remote monitoring takes place.  The PS1 enables a direct connection for intercom communications between the two control centers over an eight-mile (13-kilometer) distance.

The Jazeera Building in the Maldives capital of Male, where a PS1 is installed for point-to-point intercom connectivity with the Bandos Island Resort and Spa, where all monitoring takes place

EIT Private Limited Director Mohamed Afzal estimates that the Barix solution saved his customer five thousand dollars ($5,000) versus a legacy audio system, eliminating interference concerns in the process.  Long-distance audio is streamed between the two PS1 devices over a WiFi link from Ubiquiti Networks, costing far less than communicating by mobile phone or PSTN networks.

Ultimately, the Barix solution provides his customer with the high audio quality needed to reliably communicate and prevent theft today — and the flexibility to grow the system moving forward.

“Barix offers the best option today for a customized IP audio solution in security, with open software that allows us to integrate and customize their hardware,” said Afzal.  “Most vendors don’t provide that kind of flexibility.  In this case, Bandos Island Resort and Spa no longer have to depend on others or worry about the questionable reliability of SMS-based mobile communication to report security incidents.  The PS1 ensures that guards can better communicate (at no additional cost), and more effectively catch suspects during a forced entry or theft.”

Afzal added that Barix provides flexibility in audio streaming, allowing users to choose any type of format or compression depending on the customer’s network strength.

“Too many other products have fixed bit rates for audio, and in many cases the customer’s network cannot accommodate the bandwidth needed to handle the streams,” he said.  “Barix offers plenty of audio streaming options so that customers are not forced to invest in network upgrades or buy additional hardware.”

The configuration for the Bandos Island Resort and Spa system uses standard voice over IP (VoIP) protocols for communication between guards at two control centers.  SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) calls can be initiated to allow communication with multiple receiving devices.  Remote access control at the main office building entrance is also made possible with the Barix installation.

Afzal concluded that set up was extremely simple, with streaming enabled between the two PS1 devices within minutes of configuration.  “The PS1 devices detect each other over the network almost immediately once set up and powered on,” he said.

Date posted: November 6, 2012

ADTEC Communications builds innovative solution to enable more efficient recording and delivery of stock announcements to traders

The Australian Securities Exchange has simplified and enhanced the way it broadcasts stock information to subscribed traders, replacing an aging analog infrastructure with a new digital announcement system using Barix IP audio products.  The upgrade allows ASX Group, the overarching brand responsible for a diverse range of Australian business market service activities, to record and deliver stock announcements to more traders with better efficiency.

ASX Group has gradually transitioned its audio delivery infrastructure from expensive leased line and copper circuit connections to an IP streaming solution.  The initial phase added centralized streaming servers to deliver stock announcements to customer locations, where Barix Exstreamer 100 IP audio devices received and decoded announcements for traders.

The latest phase focuses on the central announcement system, replacing large, multi-seat analog announcement consoles with modern single-seat consoles to reduce system size and complexity.  ADTEC Communications, the console manufacturer and systems integrator, incorporated Barix Annuncicom 1000 IP audio devices for control and streaming functionality.

Supplied by Australian distributor Lan 1, the Barix offering simplifies the entire record and transmission process for stock announcements.  Foremost, it reduces the number of distinct audio destination channels from each ADTEC Communications console from twelve to two (one channel for internal and one for external destinations).   The Annuncicom 1000 also includes inputs and outputs to integrate with existing analog recorders and digital streaming servers — offering a clear path to a digital recording environment.

Australian Securities Exchange network administrators can control all Annuncicom 1000 record and transmission paths from the new consoles via an integrated, easy-to-use web panel.  This simplifies administration of the overall system, reducing labor and operational complexities associated with the previous system.

“Barix helped us develop a unique, custom audio solution that integrates existing technologies with cutting-edge digital solutions that ASX Group can use with efficiency today and expand moving forward,” said Jon Bolton, director, ADTEC Communications.  Bolton added that he is working with Barix to develop a multicast solution for ASX Group to expand network distribution capabilities moving forward — essentially allowing subscribers to “opt in” for specific announcements.

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Date posted: September 18, 2012

Powerful solution incorporates more than 400 Barix Annuncicom two-way audio devices to enable programmed recordings, live announcements and intercom functionality on trains

Barix AG, a leading supplier of IP-based audio transmission and control technology, is using this year’s InnoTrans (September 18-21, Berlin Exhibition Centre, Stand 4.1/224) to highlight a prestigious Brazilian transportation project of its Swiss customer Ortics GmbH that includes more than 400 Barix Annuncicom two-way IP audio components.

Ortics, together with a European partner, is supplying a key part of the new passenger information system for Metro trains in São Paulo, Brazil.  Opened in 1974, the São Paulo Metro operates five lines with 64 stations, with an overall length of about 45 miles — including some underground sections.

The modernization project, being realized by a Brazilian consortium, has begun and is set for completion in 2014.  Ortics is outfitting 25 trains, each comprising six carriages, with modern voice communication, software and vehicle diagnostics systems.   The project includes 16 Barix Annuncicom 155 units and two Annuncicom VME cards installed on every train.

The Barix Annuncicom 155 is specially designed for two-way audio on trains and other harsh environments.

The Annuncicom 155 is a robust device for VoIP, intercom and IP-paging that Barix has specially developed for everyday operation in trains, buses, ships and other harsh environments.  Its deployment in the São Paulo Metro enables train drivers to initiate manual and automated announcements, and communicate with passengers via emergency intercom points.

The Annuncicom VME is an Annuncicom variant available in a card format for 19-inch VME (Virtual Machine Environment) racks, deployed by Ortics as an interface module with digital and analog signals for local amplifiers.

Lorenz Trachsel, CEO of Ortics GmbH, said that Barix components are an ideal complement to his passenger information systems.  Amongst the benefits of the Barix solutions for Trachsel are custom programmability, enabling perfect alignment to customer requirements, prioritization of safety-relevant announcements, and integrated functions for line monitoring.

“Following very positive experiences with the integration capabilities, functionality and reliability of Barix products, it stood to reason that we should once again opt for the members of the Annuncicom family for the current project in Brazil,” said Trachsel.

Date posted: June 7, 2012

New low-cost, reliable VoIP and IP Audio devices optimize features and functionality  for universal applications

Barix has successfully marketed its two-way Annuncicom IP audio and SIP/VoIP devices around the world, bringing bidirectional audio streaming and control solutions to various markets within the commercial, entertainment, private sector and residential worlds.

Barix now builds on that success with the introduction of two new Annuncicom devices at InfoComm 2012 (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C11722) that are priced to compete in large-volume projects and applications.

The new Annuncicom 50 is built specifically for OEM applications.  Barix is now shipping to OEM partners, including a key player in the education and classroom automation market.  The device delivers Barix’s trademark rock-solid reliability, open standards design and multi-format audio capability at a very low cost for OEM customers.

The Annuncicom 60 is roughly 40 percent the size of existing Annuncicom devices — already renowned for the compact footprint they offter to systems integrators and end users.

Furthermore, Barix breaks new ground with the Annuncicom 60, a universal, programmable and ultra-compact device that offers the industry’s lowest cost today for reliable IP encoding and decoding.  The small form factor is roughly 40 percent the size of existing Annuncicom devices, which are already renowned for offering a compact footprint to systems integrators and end users.

In simple terms, the Annuncicom 60 is an ideal single-zone paging interface device that can decode VoIP codecs as well as MP3, AACplus and PCM audio.  Its inclusion of a built-in speaker amplifier, balanced line output and microphone interfaces, serial and contact closure control interfaces, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support is unique to the market — delivering universal functionality at a competitive price.

“The Annuncicom 60 brings full-fledged functionality for low-cost paging and intercom while providing the high audio quality and format flexibility required for background music systems,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG.  “With advanced capabilities like built-in, efficient amplification and PoE support to simplify installation, the Annuncicom 60 is ideally positioned to support the continuously growing number of IP Audio applications.”

The Annuncicom 60 enables striking cost and technical advantages for applications suited for many markets:

  • Reduces cost of entry for Barix IP intercom applications by at least 25 percent
  • Reduces high quality microphone encoder costs by at least 25 percent, whether for technical or security-related audio surveillance; or classroom lecture audio capture
  • VoIP and MP3/AACplus audio decoding capabilities enable merging of paging and background music applications
  • Lowest cost balanced output audio decoder solution for “mono” output applications (paging gateways, AM radio stations, etc.)

The Annuncicom 60 is also the lowest priced IP audio product from Barix to feature a symmetric output, making it suitable for in-store audio and general audio distribution applications requiring a 600-ohm balanced output.  The 5W amplifier, when combined with an efficient 8-Ohm speaker, provides enough power for a typical room, hallway, lobby or classroom — making it ideal for single room paging zones and audio “help points” in retail stores and visitor attractions, for example.

Date posted: December 6, 2011

Barix AG unveils its Annuncicom PS1 Paging Station at the ISE show in Amsterdam early next year (January 31-February 2, RAI Center, Booth 2E70).  The compact, elegant device gives commercial businesses, office buildings, educational institutions, medical facilities and others a simple, fully-integrated hardware solution for paging and intercom over IP.

The PS1 features two backlit push-to-talk buttons, volume control and a built-in speaker and microphone, giving security guards, receptionists and other operators a simple way to make announcements to an entire facility.   The device’s IP addressability enables a simple connection to the network, allowing systems integrators and end users to take advantage of existing infrastructure, reducing costs and equipment requirements.  Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability further simplifies installation, requiring only a single cable to the device.

The Barix Annuncicom PS1 Paging Station offers a simple, fully-integrated hardware solution for paging and intercom over IP

The PS1 can also merge with background music systems — ideal for retailers, restaurants, hotels, clubs and other entertainment venues that wish to break into a stream with announcements.  Bi-directional capability enables intercom for facility-wide, two-way communications — taking the PS1 beyond a basic paging device for ski areas, university campuses and other large areas that require talkback capability.

Barix introduced its first master paging station, the Annuncicom PS16, in 2009 to support complex, multi-zone paging and intercom applications.  The PS1 addresses market needs for a simple and reliable, yet elegant and affordable solution.

“Many Barix customers have reported the need for a simple, compact one-to-two button desktop paging station for universal use,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix.  “Hospital and school receptionists, for example, can page doctors and teachers or make general announcements without a learning curve.  Ease of use and reliability were of paramount importance in its design.”

The compact PS1 design accommodates wall-mount and desktop installations, with minimal real estate requirements.  This makes the PS1 ideal for central offices and control rooms, as well as secondary rooms and remote points.  A belt clip also enables mobility for those that need IP intercom on the move.

Existing Barix customers can easily integrate the PS1 with other Barix devices on a network, including Instreamer IP encoders, Exstreamer IP decoders and Annuncicom two-way IP devices — enabling a complete, customized Barix IP audio and control solution that meet the requirements of the facility.

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