Published on 27 February, 2012
Barix AG, a pioneer in IP audio, control and monitoring, brings voice paging to the iPhone and iPad via the Barix Wi-Fi Paging App the first open-standards IP and multicast voice announcer application for mobile iOS devices.
The Barix Wi-Fi Paging App, now available in the iTunes App Store, enables zoned voice paging from iOS devices on commercial, public and residential properties. Barix's open-standards approach turns nearly any VoIP or IP Audio receiving device into a simple IP paging/announcement system. Besides the full range of Barix IP Audio devices, many IP phones are supported, as well as third-party IP Paging gateways and speakers. A one-time configuration process ensures that users can quickly set up a paging solution for immediate and ongoing use without hassle.
"Barix is bringing more than ten years of knowledge and leadership in VoIP and IP audio devices to the smartphone universe," said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix. "The Barix Paging App draws from our professional IP Audio and paging knowhow to make Wi-Fi paging available for millions of smartphone owners across commercial, residential, medical and professional markets."
Ease of use is central to the Barix Paging App. Upon download, users add existing paging receivers such as IP phones, IP speakers or VoIP paging gateways in the setup part of the application. Multicast addresses can be used to set up zones with multiple receiving devices. Configurations are stored within the app or an optional location device, ensuring a one-time setup process per site. For existing Barix customers, the configuration process can automatically discover Barix IP Audio devices.
Users can assign photos to each device or zone to create clear visuals for the paging targets. Once setup is complete, users can make announcements to one, many or all configured targets by simply touching the appropriate zone icons and initiating audio with the "push-to-talk" soft-button. Real-world applications include calling the kids for dinner, making general announcements to all classrooms in a K-12 school, paging doctors in a hospital, and announcing new security measures across a large corporate campus.
All Barix VoIP-enabled IP Audio products are compatible with the Wi-Fi Paging App, including:
- Single- and multi-zone VoIP Paging Gateways (Exstreamer and Annuncicom two-way audio product families)
- The "IP Speaker without the speaker" (Exstreamer P5)
- The ruggedised Annuncicom 155 for use in harsh environments
- The Exstreamer 205, which provides up to 50W output power for high-quality music distribution applications - and now Wi-Fi Paging
- Affordable Power over Ethernet (PoE) master paging stations (Annuncicom PS1 and PS16)