Network audio is unique in that it places all devices all required devices, such as the amplifier, digital sound processor, and even a microphone right at the edge. The speaker is an all-in-one device, allowing it to function as a standalone device without the need for large banks of equipment in a central communication room. A single cable run will provide both power and data to the speaker while allowing it to be tied to the network as an addressable device.
Having your audio system as part of the network allows for several systems to provide audio through the speakers. Devices, such as cameras or radar units, can create customized triggers to sound pre-recorded messages or allow a guard to communicate via the speakers to act as a deterrent. The speakers can also be integrated into a phone system or act as a standalone public address system with full feature-sets, such as pre-recorded messages, speaker grouping, and more. Most of the network speakers feature built-in microphones for remote health monitoring, ensuring the speaker functions and automatic volume adjustment to make sure the message comes across clearly no matter the environment.
The integration of the systems can be facilitated through a device-to-device communication protocol or via video management software(VMS). The software can offer versatile functions by allowing multiple sources to trigger the speaker(s). An operator of the VMS can also speak through the speakers and utilize them as a public address system or as a deterrent for an intruder trespassing on the property. Further, the system can be utilized to warn occupants of certain security or safety risks and as such safely facilitate an evacuation or lock-down. With the open-source protocols in play, the benefits are endless, as it is not yet another proprietary system for a particular application, but instead the solution for all applications.
Network audio truly is a game-changer for the audio world, allowing for feature-rich communication, per speaker health testing and all the features a traditional audio solution would have. With outdoor and indoor capable hardware, flexible form factors and additional features such as motion detectors built into the individual speakers, these devices are the perfect solution for any business aiming to protect its assets.