Learn more about IP speaker endpoints in this podcast interview with Delora Senft from Advanced Network Devices.
I'm here talking with Delora Senft from Advanced Network Devices. Welcome Delora.
Thank you, Brad. AND is in partnership with Singlewire to provide IP speaker endpoints for notification with InformaCast. Delora, can you tell us a little bit about what types of IP-enabled speaker AND offers?
Yea, absolutely. So, we have three categories here at AND. We have outdoor speakers. We have an outdoor model that has a horn which allows for outdoor use. We have indoor models which include with and without display and then we have IP clocks, which are stainless steel format used for industrial front offices.
And then we have a category that we call legacy, which is our zone controller, which can be used with existing legacy speakers, so some schools find that very helpful.
IP speakers give you the individual control over speaker through a web interface, including the ability to control the volume level of each message without having to adjust each individual speaker.
Power over ethernet IP speakers gives you the individual control over speaker through a web interface. The ability to log into the InformaCast application to be able to click a simple drop down, modify the volume, without actually having to go on site. So, in a traditional analog setting, what people would typically do is adjust the speaker volume, either at the individual speaker. They use these things called "tabs", that you can adjust that from the volume up or down or they have to do it at the amplifier level, which affects all the speakers in that zone.
So the ability to get individual volume control on an individual device is extremely important at that point.
So, just an example of this. So, for a school, you could actually set the volume levels for each classroom, if each classroom had an IP speaker in it. Exactly. And no longer does someone have to travel on site to make that change. And you can it has those changes remotely too with that individual user to have control for that.
When is it a good time for an organization to think about making that transition to a Cisco IP Paging System? Listen to the podcast below to learn more about the options for implementing a Cisco IP paging solution in your organization.
When is it a good time for an organization to think about making that transition to IP Paging? You know if they have a bunch of buildings that have analog systems in place, can they upgrade in place now?
Yeah, so there's a few different ways to look at it. The right time, when you see the most cost savings, is when you're remodeling a facility, if you're constructing new facilities, IP speakers definitely fits into a cost savings model at that point.
The benefits of choosing IP speakers include louder volume and better volume control than with an analog speaker, and more control over which speakers (or zones) receive which messages.
Singlewire Software has developed two simple software tools that network engineers can use to determine whether your organization has multicast, SNMP, and AXL set up correctly on the network. These tools offer a great “quick check” of the network and are an easy way to validate that your systems are configured correctly. The Singlewire Multicast Tester can be used when your organization is not getting audio but insist that multicast is working on the network.
Learn more about this tool from Singlewire by listening to the podcast or transcript below.
The Singlewire Multicast and SNMP Testing Kit is available at no cost.Click here to learn more and download.
OK, Peter can you tell us about the multicast and the SNMP network testing kit that you have on the site?
Yeah, the SNMP networking tool or the CUCM tester as I like to call it and the multicast testing tool are things that I developed for our support team mainly and for implementation engineers because when some of the more common errors that people run into involve these items.
Learn more about this IP-based device that features an analog clock face, popular in K-12 schools.
Hi, I'm Pat Scheckel with Singlewire Software and I'm speaking to you today from the Singlewire Briefing Center. What I'm going show you now is the Valcom analog clock face with the built in power over ethernet IP speaker. This is something our customers have asked for over the years, particularly with our K-12 customers, because they want the best of both worlds.
Choose the IP speakers you want to send a message to when you deploy Singlewire’s InformaCast throughout your organization.
One of the biggest advantages of choosing IP speakers over traditional analog speakers is the zoning capabilities that come with each device you install. Every IP speaker is a PoE (power over ethernet) device that has its own IP address giving you the power to send an InformaCast broadcast to a single speaker, a small group of speakers, or all your speakers at once.
You could page potentially to one individual IP Speaker, or to all devices, or any mix and match in between there. Using InformaCast you can create predefined paging groups for the groups of speakers you send messages to regularly.
Singlewire Software and Valcom to Provide PoE (Power over Ethernet) Analog Clock with Talkback Speaker for use with InformaCast
Valcom clock/speaker device addresses demand in K-12 schools for an IP-based device featuring an analog clock face.
Singlewire Software, LLC, (www.singlewire.com), and Valcom (www.valcom.com) today announced the release of an InformaCast compatible analog clock/talkback speaker. The new analog clock/talkback speaker is a PoE (Power over Ethernet) device that provides audio and time synchronization via InformaCast and the IP data network. The clock-speaker pairing comes with a faceplate and options for recessed or surface wall mounting.
“K-12 customers have repeatedly asked us for this combination, because they want to blend the look of the traditional clock face with the IP speaker on the network. This approach still gives them the ability to connect to InformaCast, the industry-leading mass notification and bell scheduling solution” states Pat Scheckel, vice president of business development for Singlewire Software.
“We are pleased to be extending our offering of InformaCast compatible audio endpoints and answering the call we’ve heard from our customers for this analog clock and IP speaker product,” states John Mason, President of Valcom, Inc.
“Traditionally in analog systems, people were climbing up into the ceiling, taking a screwdriver, and adjusting something called a TAP to turn the volume up or down which is time consuming,” explains Brad Jungemann a Technical Architect at Singlewire Software. Facilities and maintenance, it takes them a lot of time to manage that.”