Barix and Singlewire Align for InformaCast Public Address Solution

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, March 30, 2011 — As ISC West approaches, Barix announces that its Audio over IP devices and contact closure interfaces are now qualified for integration into Singlewire Informacast® solutions for professional security applications.

InformaCast is a mass notification platform that allows users to simultaneously send audio streams and text messages to multiple IP phones, IP speaker end points, computer desktops and overhead paging systems. Systems integrators deploying InformaCast systems can now use Barix Exstreamer decoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices for encoding/decoding to distribute IP audio streams to end points. Integrators can further enhance systems by installing Barix Barionet devices for interfacing to a variety of systems.

Singlewire Software targets its InformaCast software solution for organizations requiring emergency broadcasts, multi-location paging and complex audio scheduling needs. Live, pre-recorded and scheduled announcements are easily dispatched from a single button on an IP phone or PC. The addition of Barix Audio over IP hardware adds more interface options to the Informacast suite for two-way audio support and tighter integration to loudspeakers.

The integration of Barionet devices allows integration and alarm triggers to and from real-world interfaces such as relays, horns, contact closures, push buttons and displays. Barionet devices are open-standards-compliant, intelligent IP I/O controllers that directly interface to common electrical interfaces. Devices are programmable for special cases such as the extraction of alarming information from a serial data interface.

“Barix has a great reputation in the industry for manufacturing high-quality products and providing scalable solutions to their customers,” said Ken Bywaters, executive vice president of product development at Singlewire. “By making these systems compliant with Singlewire InformaCast, Barix customers will gain the value of industry-leading software tools to manage and deliver a host of next-generation notification solutions.”

At ISC West (April 6-8, Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Booth 7131), Barix will explain the InformaCast integration and possibilities — including the potential for two-way audio capability supported by Barix Annuncicom devices to enable talkback/intercom functionality. Barix will also detail how the new Barix Exstreamer P5, the “IP Speaker without the speaker,” provides flexibility of loudspeaker choice to Informacast deployments while lower the cost of IP Speaker-based systems.

“Barix has successfully performed proof-of-concept tests in conjunction with Singlewire in advance of bringing the full solution to market,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG. “By supporting InformaCast solutions, Barix can further diversify its IP paging and public address systems and deliver a more comprehensive solution to the professional security industry — while also bringing enhanced functionality to the InformaCast platform.”

All Barix products are inexpensive, low-power devices that are scalable to the growth of the operation offer high reliability through a PC-FREE design with no moving parts; and serve as a flexible platform for integration into virtually and operation requiring audio transport and delivery over IP networks. Barix also offers its programmable BCL standard open to all customers to easily customize applications for specific needs. Local control, audio relay and low-latency streaming are a few examples of custom programs using Barix’ BCL software environment.

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