Gifted Communicators

A Roundup of Recent Notification, Intercom and Awareness Solutions


Scalable System Joins Access Control and Intercoms 
IX Series from Aiphone

This network-based communication and security system features video entry security, internal communication, emergency stations and paging. The scalable system is easily expandable as an enterprise’s needs grow. All units and applications in this system can unlock doors remotely on the network, assist on-site visitors from an offsite location, broadcast emergency announcements and communicate using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) network.

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Configures for Automatic Action During Incidents 
TalkMaster Focus Automation Tool from Digital Acoustics

If an intruder breaks a window at a facility, this tool can trigger a loud announcement that the premises is under surveillance and that authorities have been notified. Through software and hardware triggers, such as contact closures and sensors, the software platform can be configured to take automatic action. The system also features automatic text-to-speech so that when an alert is issued, the notification can be read as spoken voice over paging speakers and horns in the affected area.

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Simple Connection to Make Building-Wide Announcements 
PS1 from Barix

With two backlit push-to-talk buttons, volume control and a built-in speaker and microphone, this intercom solution gives security officers, receptionists and other operators a simple way to make announcements to an entire facility. Systems integrators and enterprise security leaders can take advantage of existing infrastructure for this IP-based solution, reducing costs and equipment requirements. Bi-directional capability enables intercom for facility-wide, two-way communications, making this solution more than just a paging device.

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Provides Full Control of Building Audible and Visual Notification Tools 
SAFEPATH from Eaton

This multifunction supervised paging, messaging, background music delivery and emergency communications system provides full control of a building’s audible and visual notification appliances. It interfaces with most existing phone system page port, CO port and line-level signals, and can instantly mute background music when a page or alert is broadcast. The system comes standard with an on-board digital voice messaging system with eight standard messages, a hand-held microphone, power supply/battery charger and other features.

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Connects Mass Notification Devices for a Unified Alert System  
BlueAlert MNS from Code Blue Corporation

Designed with schools, hospitals and corporate campuses in mind, this software solution quickly informs and directs people in emergency situations. It provides CAP-compliant notification to an array of systems, including blue light phones, public address speakers, digital signs, fire panels, email, text message, desktop alerts and social media. Enterprise security leaders can use this software to integrate third-party mass notification platforms with a custom Web service tool.

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