Barix showed its latest IP audio and control devices at the event
Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, in-tercom, control, and monitoring, exhibited at ASIS International (September 10-13, Philadelphia Con-vention Center) for the first time - bringing its range of IP audio and control solutions to the professional security end user.
Barix exhibited within the Milestone Systems booth (#3126), underlining the increasing significance of audio in surveillance operations, and the importance of improving audio quality and flexibility of distribution for live paging and public address.
"Security professionals have realised that video is no longer enough," said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG. "Human beings have ears and a mouth to go with the eyes, and there is a clear advantage when all three of these senses are used in surveillance and other security-related applications. The ability to cleanly integrate high-quality audio and video over a common IP network delivers cost savings and greatly simplifies installation for the user."
Many video-centric security industry vendors have already integrated Barix audio over IP into their solutions, including industry leaders such as Milestone Systems. Milestone integrates Barix Exstreamer one-way and Annuncicom two-way IP audio devices into Milestone XProtect IP video management software to support paging and public address (one-way); and audio surveillance and intercom (two-way). Milestone also supports Barix Barionet IP control devices within its XProtect software to bridge physical device and software layers, effectively triggering camera movements and activating video recording based on motion, lights, doorbells and other events.
Barix showed its latest IP audio and control devices on the Milestone booth, including the Annuncicom 60 introduced this June and being shown to security audiences for the first time. The Annuncicom 60 is a low-cost IP audio device that serves as a gateway between VoIP, IP paging and intercom systems, and traditional components including call boxes, loudspeakers and microphones. The device offers plenty of flexibility, with operators able to issue verbal warnings or instructions to people under surveillance; or to communicate with callers at an SOS help point, for example.
Barix also demonstrated how its latest Exstreamer audio output devices with Power over Ethernet (PoE) and built-in amplification can help end users consolidate and minimise technology components at end points -- simplifying infrastructure and reducing deployment costs while offering very high audio quality for voice clarity.
Marcel van der Meijs, vice president of sales and marketing for Barix, offered a presentation on Barix integration to XProtect. Attendees learnt how IP audio can help security personnel more effectively draw attention to criminals, monitor activity and communicate, reliably trigger video recordings and alarms, and even deliver background music over the same network -- with priority interruptions for page messages, warnings and security announcements.
"There is no limit to the benefits that audio can bring to video-centric security systems," said van der Meijs. "The ability to talk back to a location in a city surveillance project, for example, can easily prevent a crime from taking place. And the ability to trigger lights and video in dark areas based on audio events can offer security personnel a clear picture into what is happening. Meanwhile, gunshots, screams and other emergency situations captured by these devices can automatically trigger alarms for immediate attention from monitoring centers. These are all important benefits that can make a real difference."