NJ Transit Finds IP Mass Notification Easy and Economical

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When Andrew Stadheim, president of Barix Inc., discovered New Jersey Transit had flat-spec'd, sole-sourced the company's Annuncicom IP voice encoder, it was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the Garden State's public transit corporation had been using the equipment as part of a mass notification configuration for more than a year before Stadheim got word through his distribution channel that the agency had exclusively standardized on the purchase and use of the Annuncicom equipment.

The Annuncicom device, part of a line of encoders that convert analog voice signals to IP, allowed NJ Transit to convert its public address system, which originally was built only to reach one location at a time, into a central announcement system that could broadcast systemwide.

"It's an affordable way to do mass notification over existing infrastructure," Stadheim told me Wednesday at ISC West in Las Vegas. Previously, if an announcement needed to be sent, the word went out from the control center to the first remote location, which then repeated the announcement to the next, and so on down the line, a process Stadham likened to a "bucket brigade." With each Annuncicom unit priced at $200, the initial network of 30 locations cost only $6,000 to set up. NJ Transit has since expanded the network to reach all 400 rail cars it has in operation. Deployment in buses will be next.

The Annuncicom, as well as a lower-end Exstreamer line, are essentially IP adapters that allow a proprietary PA system to connect to a corporate Ethernet local area network or, if the operation is small, directly to the Internet (no PC required). The device accommodates Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). The latter allows it to connect to the Internet through a PBX. Pricing is all unit-based, said Stadheim, with no software licensing fees.

In addition to NJ Transit, the Chicago Transit Authority is also a major user, Stadheim said. Barix Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Zurich, Switzerland-based Barix AB.
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When Andrew Stadheim, president of Barix Inc., discovered New Jersey Transit had flat-spec'd, sole-sourced the company's Annuncicom IP voice encoder, it was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the Garden State's public transit corporation had been using the equipment as part of a mass notification configuration for more than a year before Stadheim got word through his distribution channel that the agency had exclusively standardized on the purchase and use of the Annuncicom equipment.

The Annuncicom device, part of a line of encoders that convert analog voice signals to IP, allowed NJ Transit to convert its public address system, which originally was built only to reach one location at a time, into a central announcement system that could broadcast systemwide.

"It's an affordable way to do mass notification over existing infrastructure," Stadheim told me Wednesday at ISC West in Las Vegas. Previously, if an announcement needed to be sent, the word went out from the control center to the first remote location, which then repeated the announcement to the next, and so on down the line, a process Stadham likened to a "bucket brigade." With each Annuncicom unit priced at $200, the initial network of 30 locations cost only $6,000 to set up. NJ Transit has since expanded the network to reach all 400 rail cars it has in operation. Deployment in buses will be next.

The Annuncicom, as well as a lower-end Exstreamer line, are essentially IP adapters that allow a proprietary PA system to connect to a corporate Ethernet local area network or, if the operation is small, directly to the Internet (no PC required). The device accommodates Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). The latter allows it to connect to the Internet through a PBX. Pricing is all unit-based, said Stadheim, with no software licensing fees.

In addition to NJ Transit, the Chicago Transit Authority is also a major user, Stadheim said. Barix Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Zurich, Switzerland-based Barix AB.
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