Barix Launches SaaS Solution to Extend Paging to Smartphones
Set to debut at InfoComm 2019, Paging Cloud can be integrated with almost all existing paging and public address systems.
ZURICH — Barix, a provider of IP-based paging and intercom solutions, announces the release of Paging Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that brings paging into the smartphone-enabled mobile era.
Integrating with almost all existing paging and public address systems, Paging Cloud records paging messages and sends them directly to registered smartphones, enabling visitors in environments such as schools, museums and airports to hear announcements or emergency information on their own mobile devices.
Barix will debut Paging Cloud in booth 5457 at the upcoming InfoComm 2019 exhibition in Orlando, Fla., June 12-14.
Paging Cloud customers can page directly to mobile phones through their existing in-venue paging solutions, enabling them to reach people who might not clearly hear the announcements over the facility’s public address (PA) system.
Paging Cloud is ideal for delivering emergency alerts and event updates to visitors in public spaces; school students and teachers wherever they are on campus; and even volunteer firefighters at their homes, according to the announcement.
The new solution can also deliver less-critical pages such as conference session start time reminders or informing parents at home of school schedule updates caused by weather.
“Particularly in emergency situations, it is critical to make sure that everyone gets the message, but background noise or gaps in speaker coverage can cause people to miss PA announcements,” says Barix CEO Reto Brader.
By extending paging capability to mobile phones, all subscribed end users will receive all pages made by local staff as voice recordings on their smartphone wherever they are, Brader contines, and can listen to them as many times as necessary to understand the information.
“For example, no matter where a visitor is within a sprawling zoo, you can reach him or her with an alert about an escaped animal and instruct them to proceed to the nearest exit,” he says.
Paging Cloud is said to be a complete solution consisting of a hardware device for receiving and sending pages; a pay-for-use Cloud service for receipt confirmation logging, system monitoring, and subscriber and device management; and free end-user mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.
Integration with existing paging and public address solutions is completed by connecting audio from the current system to the analog input of the Paging Cloud hardware, allowing customers to extend their pages to mobile phones without changing their workflows, retraining their staff or replacing their equipment.
Paging Cloud works seamlessly with both Barix’s and other vendors’ paging and PA solutions.
The solution also makes it easy to reach variable recipient groups, the company states. An unlimited number of end users can download the Paging Cloud app from their device’s application store or via QR code, then self-subscribe to the venue’s paging system using another QR code. Operation without the app is also possible using SMS to distribute paging messages.
“Paging Cloud is simple to use for both administrators and recipients,” said Brader. “Combined with its ease of integration and affordability, any venue can ensure its visitors never miss an announcement again.”
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