A SAFE RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE

As COVID restrictions start to ease, businesses are faced with the challenge of providing their employees a safe return to the office. From a hybrid workplace model to monitoring building occupancy, flexibility and support may very well be the key to a successful return to the workplace.

Today, we are going to talk about Hybrid Workplaces.

HYBRID WORKPLACE

A hybrid workplace, or hybrid office, is a flexible workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both in-office and remote workers.

Hybridity, in its most basic sense refers to mixture. A hybrid office provides business the benefits of remote working. Increased flexibility, reduced carbon footprint, labor-cost optimization, and increased employee satisfaction along with the strengths of a traditional workspace.

The definition of a hybrid workplace model is intentionally vague. As hybrid workplaces are not a new concept, the percentages differ greatly from pre-pandemic. For example, before the pandemic, it was common to see the remote/in-office split at 20/80. The pandemic seemed to flip those numbers around to 80/20.

Amongst the hybrid schedule discussions are a 3-2-2 schedule which allows workers 3 days at home, 2 office days and 2 days off. Depending their needs this can also be 3 office days, 2 days at home and 2 days off. Clearly, striking the correct balance between collaboration, company culture and the convenience of working from home is important.

While the hybrid workplace model will look different from business to business, the core focus is flexibility and support for all workers.

CREATING YOUR HYBRID WORKPLACE

MEETING SPACES

Hybrid Meeting Space

A hybrid workplace will make us rethink our office space design, especially, the areas where collaboration takes place. For instance, you will have to consider, not only your office worker, but those working remotely. This might include a variety of meeting spaces to accommodate various numbers of participants and tasks required during these meetings.

What does all this mean? Undoubtedly, organizations will have to become collaboration focused. In addition to the traditional, well equipped, conference room there will also be an increased need for smaller meeting spaces or “huddle rooms” with the same ability to connect with remote workers.

INCREASED VIDEO CONFERENCING

Increasing numbers of remote workers will demand more video conferencing spaces. Subsequently, this creates the need for well-equipped spaces to enable seamless connection and the ability to support all video conferencing platforms.

Prior to 2020 only 2% of the 27 million huddle rooms worldwide were equipped to support video conferencing.  Likely, this will dramatically rise with the increase of hybrid workplaces.  Traditional meetings will now be a complex mix of team members who are split across meeting room, remote and even some joining from their on-site offices.

Hybrid Video Conference

COMMUNICATION THROUGH DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Office Digital Signage

Digital signage can help businesses share critical company communications throughout their offices. For example, they can display safety guidelines, company safety policies, or announce upcoming events and company news.
Customizable screens can be reminders to employees of maximum occupancy and to practice social distancing.
Welcome screens outside of meeting rooms can include room schedule information. Thus, they can easily communicate upcoming occupancy, cleaning schedules and aid in confirming room availability.

 

COLLABORATION IS CHANGING

 

Pre-pandemic, collaboration was primarily done in-office. Organizations and workers alike, recognize the benefits of in-person interaction. Previously, groups of people could gather to brainstorm and have ideas flow naturally as momentum grows and snowballs into innovation.

During the pandemic, teams had to make the shift to working remotely and to create the same momentum at a virtual level. These same teams will be tasked with once again shifting to accommodate hybrid collaboration.

 

YOUR HYBRID WORKPLACE PARTNER

 

Switching to a hybrid workplace need not be an overwhelming task. The netRelevance team is prepared to assist in making sure that your network is primed for creating your hybrid workplace. Contact your netRelevance professional to schedule a consultation and site survey, today!

“Hybridity, in its most basic sense refers to mixture” 

IT Closet Cleanup Guide

The cleanup of an IT closet can be quite cumbersome; therefore, you may be asking yourself where do I start?

 

 Identify 

The best place to start is to identify the closets that need cleanup. For example, gather a list of closets that you want to address as this will help you understand how big of a task this may be. Starting with the MDF (Main Distribution Frame) as it usually is the most important closet that houses your head end network equipment. 

Closet cleanup, cabinet replacement

Important questions to ask yourself:
  • Is the room climate controlled? If so, can you monitor the temperature in the room?
  • Is there a need to add any vertical or horizontal wire managers?
  • Are the patch cables you currently have, the correct length or color?
  • Do you have cable patching matrix for all existing connections?
  • Do you have a rack elevation of each rack and documentation of all networking equipment?
  • What time of the day would you most likely have approval to avoid disruption to end users?
  • Is any of your networking equipment due for an upgrade?

Before you start removing those old patch cables it is very important to create a patching matrix for all existing connections.  This is important especially, if you have multiple VLANs (Virtual Local Area Network) across your stack of switches. Therefore, we recommend tracing all patch connections from patch panel ports to switch ports.  This will simplify the process when patching and subsequently for any future work in the closet.

 

During the documentation and cable tracing it would be a great time to identify quantity and length of patch cables required for the cleanup. When it comes to patch cables there are many different category ratings, colors and sizes. Recently, we started using Slim Run patch cables. Using a slim run patch cables allows you to have the same category rating but it’s 1/3 of the size of conventional CAT5e or CAT6a patch cables. 

Documentation and Cable TracingPlanning and Documentation

 

In addition, how is your wire management looking? Typically, there should be horizontal wire management between each switch and patch panel as well as vertical wire management to get from patch panel ports to switch ports. Using Slim Run patch cables allows you to use 1U wire management instead of the typical 2U wire managers.  Additionally, this will allow you to free up space in your network rack or cabinet.  Essentially, having proper wire management is key to an organized and clean closet.

 

Is your equipment due for an upgrade?

Router and Switch Installation

Are your network  switches  due for an upgrade? Ultimately, if you are thinking about upgrading your network equipment the perfect time would be during a closet cleanup. Completing the equipment upgrade and closet cleanup at the same time, will only require one outage and one visit from technicians.

 

If you are leaning toward upgrading your equipment after a closet cleanup, there are a few things you should consider:

 

  • Another outage will be required.
  • All patch cables will need to be labeled and removed from switch ports
  • All old equipment will need to be removed
  • New equipment would need to be installed
  • All patch cables would need to be patched in
  • Testing would need to be performed to ensure all devices are back online

 

During the cable clean-up, 4 out of 6 of the above tasks will already be taking place. Therefore, in the case that you decide not to upgrade equipment during the cable cleanup you may find yourself paying for labor twice. 

 

Executing Closet Cleanup

Closet cleanup, cabinet replacement

Once you have identified your closets, documented your connections, and have procured all the materials, it is now time to schedule your closet cleanup. Scheduling during a time when the network is not being used is very important. Ideally, you want to plan for an outage anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on the size of the closet. Please keep in mind, working on one closet at a time allows you to focus on a specific area.  The goal is to ensure the closet is back online and functional in the slotted timeframe.

 

Having the proper team is very important. Depending on the size of the closet you may need up to 3 technicians onsite. It may seem like an easy process to clean up the closet but there are many tasks that need to be accomplished.  These tasks include, opening up patch cables and striating them out, removal of old patch cables, installing any wire management, removing/replacing any new hardware and patching new patch cables according to the patching matrix.

 

Ideally, after the cable cleanup has been completed you want to ensure that you have a team to test devices that would be connected to the closet. For example, if a device is unpatched from the network it may need to be rebooted. The last thing you want is a end-user saying their device is not working.

 

netRelevance is Here to Help

 

Although this may seem like a time-consuming process, netRelevance is here to assist you every step of the way. No job is too big or too small and with our national coverage and cleanup methodology we are sure you will find value with our cable cleanup services.

Let us handle I.T

 

Your netRelevance professional is ready to provide additional information or assist in scheduling your Network Closet Clean-Up.

 

“The cleanup of a closet can be quite cumbersome; therefore, you may be asking yourself where do I start?” 

Does your network closet need a Spring Cleaning?

Spring is a time for renewal, growth and expansion.  We see evidence of it all around us.  For example, the blooming flowers and the return of leaves to our barren trees, remind us that this is the opportunity to start anew.  In most of us, this encourages us to do a little Spring cleaning.

 

network closet cleanup
Spring clean your network closets

Just as you routinely clean/organize your home or office, your network closet should regularly be cleaned and organized.  Your network closet is subject to having many different people in and out, adding equipment and cables or it might be a victim of years of neglect.  Therefore, without a regular spring cleaning, your network closet is very likely costing you money.

 

Take an inventory

Some of your existing equipment may no longer be in use or so old that it is in need of replacement.  It can be difficult to identify inactive equipment if your closet is a cluttered mess.  Keep an eye on UPS capacity and battery health.  Batteries are the number one cause of UPS failure. Additionally, run routine self-tests on batteries and look for signs of damage.  As a rule, batteries should be replaced after four years of use.

 

Save valuable technician time 

Technicians often spend excessive time trying to work around a jumble of cabling and equipment.  By organizing your closet, you’ll reduce unnecessary costs of paying technicians for extra hours just trying to understand your standards to ensure using better installation practices.  For example, troubleshooting technical problems will be easier in an organized environment.

 

Set Expectations

An organized environment encourages others to be neat.  Likewise, vendors and technicians will follow your example and deliver their best work when working within your organizational standards.

 

Extend Equipment Life

Equipment can benefit from an organized closet and this can extend the life of your equipment.  In addition, dust, dirt and chemical residue wreak havoc on data storage hardware. 

 

Keep your cool

Heat is one of the biggest threats to servers and network equipment.  First and foremost, proper ventilation is critical in ensuring that your network equipment is up and running efficiently.  In addition, messy cabling can reduce ventilation allowing systems to overheat.   Clusters of cabling can obstruct cool, dry air from reaching your equipment.  Caked-on grime can impede the effectiveness of UPS fans and can cause damage to electronic boards. 

 

Static

Carpeting in your network cabinet causes static electricity, therefore, should be removed and replaced with a static-dissipative VCT vinyl tile to dissipate static. 

 

Plan Ahead

A network clean-up is the perfect time to look to the future.  For example, determine what your organization will need from your network during the next five years.  Is your business on a growing trend?  Are there plans for expansion and opening new facilities?  Equally important, how much more bandwidth and storage will be necessary to accommodate an increase in traffic?  What are the security and compliance requirements for current and future regulations?

Your netRelevance professional is ready to provide additional information or assist in scheduling your Network Closet Clean-Up.

“Just as you routinely clean/organize your home or office, your network closet should regularly be cleaned and organized.” 

Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving 2020, we want to share our genuine appreciation to our Customers and Partners.

So, we at netRelevance wish you and yours the blessings of Thanksgiving.

May you stay happy, healthy and safe this holiday and every day.

 

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

 

What is an IP Surveillance System?

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE PROVIDES PROTECTION AND PEACE OF MIND.

A reliable video surveillance system is important for any business. Protecting your assets helps protect your profits. Video surveillance goes by many names, including but not limited to, CCTV, security cameras, network video, video management systems and IP surveillance system.

Video surveillance

Video surveillance goes beyond fixed security cameras. New technology allows your system to perform as miniature computers. Some of the new features include motion sensors, mobile notifications and automatically contacting law enforcement. Managing and storing recordings have become more efficient, allowing business owners easy access to past videos.

Small business owners can now procure powerful video management systems at an affordable price. On average, business systems costs start at $1500. Prices vary depending on the type of system, number of cameras based on building size and other custom features.

Once you’ve made the decision to buy and implement a new video surveillance system for your business, most vendors can accommodate tailoring your system to fit your business needs. For example, if you need to cover multiple buildings or just a couple of cameras, there’s solution fit for you

THE BENEFITS OF NETWORK VIDEO

An IP surveillance system can deter criminals and also assist law enforcement in catching any potential thieves quickly.  It can also keep your employees accountable and help monitor their productivity, thus positively affecting your bottom line and reducing liability.

IP vs. Analog Cameras:
  • The two typical camera types that can be wired into a network video system are internet protocol (IP) and traditional analog cameras. IP cameras tend to be more expensive than analog cameras, but they have many features that analog does not.

Here is a comparison of features of the two camera types.

Remote Monitoring:
  • IP cameras allow users to view live network camera feeds in real-time. This can be viewed from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.
Resolution:
  • IP cameras traditionally shoot footage of 1MP- 5MP (megapixels). This offers clearer image quality when compared to the grainy footage from an analog camera, which offer one-half of a megapixel. IP cameras also offer a larger field of vision than that of an analog camera.
Video Analytics:
  • Video Analytics, only offered in IP cameras, allow mobile notifications and automatic recording when triggered by motion within it’s field of vision.  This helps protect your property outside of business hours against intruders in or around your building.  This system offers the user the ability to configure the system to flag and send notification directly to your mobile device and additionally record the event.  Some systems can also contact local law enforcement with one-touch.
Network Video Recorders:
  • IP cameras are compatible with network video recorders (NVRs). Analog cameras use the older digital video recorders (DVRs). NVRs provide higher quality and allow for ease in system scale up than DVRs.
PoE Switches:
  • IP cameras have the ability to connect over a power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch.  This sends data from the camera and keeps it powered.  PoE switches are traditionally more secure in the transmission of data.  
    Analog cameras require a switch to run the signal from the camera and a separate power source. This requires more wiring and complex installation.
Costs:
  • Although IP cameras are typically more expensive than their analog counterpart, their wider field of vision allows for fewer cameras required.  Therefore, reducing the overall cost of your full video surveillance system.

Analog vs. Network Video Recorders  

A central video recorder is required in all systems, to transmit and for archival of the footage.
We’ve seen the evolution from VCR to DVRs and now NVRs are the latest step in the evolution of recording technology.  
Software is a key component of any surveillance system. The software provides the tools for recording, monitoring and analyzing video footage. A standard web browser allows for remote viewing, but video management software is required for viewing and managing advanced features.
Basic NVR software provides live viewing, recording, and retrieving of video footage. More advanced NVR software platforms offer simultaneous viewing of multiple cameras, and multiple recording modes (continuous, scheduled, and triggered). Other features may include the ability to handle high frame rates, fast search capabilities, pan-tilt-zoom control, audio support, and remote access. Some software programs also support intelligent surveillance including facial recognition and advanced motion detection.
Here is the comparison between NVRs and DVRs.
Resolution:
  • While DVR’s offer D1 resolution, NVRs can record in 1080p or high definition.
  • D1 resolution is the traditional video quality commonly used in closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems with standard resolution of 720 x 480 pixels.
  • 1080p is a significant improvement as it’s resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, therefore, resulting in a clearer image.
Camera Connections
  • Analog cameras require connection directly to the DVR.  To scale up your system by adding more cameras, could require not only additional cables, but an entirely new DVR to accommodate additional cabling.  Proximity to the recorder can also be an issue as video quality begins to degrade the further the camera is from the recorder.
  • The NVR directly connects to a network, so many of these issues are eliminated.  IP cameras which are connected to the same network are able to transmit footage to the NVR directly. Scaling up your NVR system is easy, the system can accept a new camera once it’s added to the network.  There is no need to upgrade the NVR, but you may need to add an additional PoE switch.
Hybrid Video Recorders (HVR)
  • HVR are video surveillance systems that run both IP and analog cameras. The versatility of these systems is desirable. If you’re upgrading an old system and don’t want to do away with all of your old analog cameras, for example, an HVR can help you make the transition and prepare for a fully IP system in the future. 

What to Look for When Choosing a Video Surveillance System

Your Cameras

Resolution:

  • This is probably the most important consideration in choosing your system.  You will want a camera that can shoot at least 720p high definition, which would mean you’ll want an IP camera. Although higher in price, you don’t want to be budget conscience when choosing your cameras. 

Frame rate: 

  • The higher the frame rate, the smoother the video. The lower the frame rate, the choppier the footage. “Real time” is usually 30 frames per second (fps).

Models:

There are several types of security cameras on the market.  Careful consideration should be taken based on your security requirements.

  • Bullet cameras are the rectangular or round boxes that are commonly seen mounted on a wall.
  • Dome cameras are usually attached to a ceiling and housed in a tinted cover.
  • Built-in Infrared (IR) gives you clear images in low light or darkness.
  • Thermal imaging cameras detects people, vehicles and objects regardless of light conditions or attempts at camouflage.
  • Vandal resistant cameras guard against tampering or destruction.

Indoor/outdoor:

  • Some security cameras are made specifically for the indoors so if you plan to use cameras outside, make sure you purchase weatherproof models. Water or dirt could interfere with the quality of your video feeds or, worse, break your camera. Some security cameras are minimally resistant to weather, while others are completely weatherproof. Be sure to determine what level of protection from natural conditions your security camera needs

Audio:

  • Audio recording is an option depending on the camera and the manufacturer. 
    Some cameras can record audio and store it. Some even enable two-way audio, so a person watching the camera can communicate with a subject in the camera’s field of vision. 
Video Recorder

Storage capacity:

When choosing a video recorder, the first question you must ask yourself is how much storage you will need. 

  • This will depend on a couple of factors including, the number of cameras in your system, resolution, the amount of archived footage you need to store and how long you require to keep it.
  • Many cameras shooting in high resolution will require a large amount of storage space. You have the capability to overwrite the oldest footage, but you want to make sure you’re running a large enough system so as not to overwrite archived footage that you still need.
  • If you find yourself in the position of requiring the planning of or scaling up your existing system, call your netRelevance professional for assistance.

Cloud storage:

  • Recorded video can be stored in the cloud as well as on your video recorder.  The advantage of cloud storage includes higher storage capability as well as remote access to your recordings. Uploads to the cloud can be scheduled outside of business hours to avoid eating up all your bandwidth and slowing down your network.
  • Keep in mind that many cloud services charge a subscription fee.  Although there is a possibility of additional costs, in the case that your hardware is damaged, stolen or tampered with, you’ll maintain access to your video archives in the cloud.  Always ensure that the company has proper cybersecurity measures in place to protect your data.

We are proud to partner with Axis and Milestone Systems for video surveillance systems, contact a netRelevance professional for assistance in design, pricing and installation.

“A reliable IP surveillance system is important for any business. Protecting your assets helps protect your profits.”

 

What is access control?

Access Control Basics

Access control systems are a type of physical security which allow you to restrict or allow access to a building or a specific area within a building. Usually, they are installed to protect businesses and property from vandalism, theft, and trespassing. For example, they are especially useful in facilities that require higher security and protection. Therefore, physical barriers, like retaining walls, fences, etc. can be effective, but access control allow you to control how and when a person can gain entry.

Basics of access control

The main components of an access control system include

Access point:
  • The entrance point which can include security gates, turnstiles and door locks. A building can have a single access point, or multiple including meeting rooms, offices or any room that houses valuable or confidential items.
Credentials:  
  • Credentials can include fobs and key card entry systems, encrypted badges, mobile credentials, PIN codes and passwords. 
Readers and/or keypads:
  • At the access point, readers send the credential data to a control panel to authenticate the credential and request access. If using a keypad or biometric reader (such a fingerprint scan, facial ID, or retina scan), users will enter their PIN or complete a scan prior to obtaining access.
Control panel:
  • The control panel receives data from the reader and verifies the validity of the credential. If approved, the control panel transmits to the access point via the access control server, and the door will unlock. If the data is not approved, the user will be denied entry.
Access control server:
  • The server retains user data, access privileges, and audit logs. The server might be on-premises or managed in the cloud. The threat from hacking and security breaches requires that system maintenance and software updates be performed regularly.

Basic vs. intelligent access control  

Basic access control might do the job of restricting access to a building or an office space, but that might not always be enough protection in today’s world.  A locked door can keep unwanted people out of your space, but how do you make sure that only the correct people have access to your credential data?  This concern is where intelligent access control comes in.

Basic systems use keycards, fobs or mobile credentials to restrict entrance. Intelligent systems take it one step further in requiring ID authorization, entry schedules and entry requirements to limit access.  For example, you can require 2 elements to gain entry, something physical and some intelligence.  The physical could be a keycard or fob and intelligence could be PIN code, password or facial recognition.

Intelligent systems will use multi-factor verification by combining a physical barrier with user authorization.  The use of mobile credentials can incorporate an extra level of protection to your intelligent access control.  Smartphones most usually require a password, touch ID or facial recognition.  

What to look for in access control systems

Advancements in security technology, now affords many enhanced features and options in access control systems. Budgetary concerns should be factored in when choosing the type of credentials you’d like to use. Keycards are the most budget friendly choice, up front. However, the back end costs of keycards might end up costing you more over time. Keycards are frequently lost and require replacing which also poses a security threat, if the keycard ends up in the wrong hands. To increase the level of protection, you can purchase encrypted keycards or use two-factor authentication.

The best value and security would be in mobile credential.  It gives your users the ease of using their mobile devices to enter and exit the building and the probability of them losing their device, sharing it with co-workers or leaving it at home is greatly reduced.

You should always add the consideration of maintenance and system management when planning an access control system. Many legacy systems use readers and on-site servers which require in-person management and maintenance.  Older readers and slower system updates are prone to tampering.  The need to access or update your system remotely, has become increasingly important.  If this is the case for your business, a cloud-based platform should be considered.

What is access control that runs on the cloud?

With cloud-based access control, your access control hardware (readers, hubs and control boards) communicates with software via the cloud for a more flexible, scalable security solution.
Benefits include:

  • Remotely control your hardware including unlocks and lockdowns.
  • Instantly creating and revoking credentials for users.
  • Real-time notifications for access events and potential threats.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting without needing to be on-premises.
  • Automatic system updates from the cloud. Keeping your security measures up-to date.
  • Real-time audit trails for all access activity, which can be accessed from any authorized device.
  • Integrate your access control system with other building security software, for example, video surveillance, communication tools, and space management solutions.

We are proud to partner with Isonas and 2N for access control systems, contact a netRelevance professional for assistance in design, pricing and installation.

“The need to access or update your system remotely, has become increasingly important.  If this is the case for your business, a cloud-based platform should be considered.”

 

Connect PVM’s during COVID-19

It’s both digital signage and an active theft deterrent seamlessly integrated into a single device.
Traditionally, Public View Monitors
(PVM) reside in high-value, high-visibility locations with a focus on security. Now you can re-purpose that space by adding digital signage, without comprising the theft deterrent already in place. Clinton electronics Connect PVM’s and Axis cameras can work together with digital messaging. This can work as a reminder of mask mandates and proper social distancing.

Connect PVM Digital signage

It’s essential for retailers to keep their customers informed on topics like health, safety, store policies and checkout procedures.
Connect PVM during COVID-19 have the unique opportunity to make a difference by displaying relevant in-store messaging in real-time. Therefore, this information can help educate the general public and enhance customer experience.

All Connect PVMs feature a built-in HD camera that can be displayed in real-time, creating a sense of safety & security. This visual deterrent can be shown full screen, embedded in an ad, or hidden from the public. Specific events, such as motion or face detection, can trigger customizable responses for enhanced security awareness.
 Built-in Axis1080P HD IP Camera.
 Camera is always on, regardless of the content shown on the screen.

  • Face Detection.
  • Person Detection.
  • Motion Detection.

From design to installation or upgrading your existing system, netRelevance is your nationwide source for Digital Signage, PVM’s with built in HD camera and remote content update capability via a cloud-based management tool.

Digital Signage has the unique opportunity to make a difference by displaying relevant in-store messaging in real-time. This information can help educate the general public and enhance customer experience.  

 

Network Speakers

DOES MY BUSINESS NEED NETWORK AUDIO?
WHAT IS NETWORK AUDIO?

Network audio (aka Audio over IP, or AoIP) simply defined is transmitting digital audio over a network. It is a combination of software, hardware and network protocols. Delivering uncompressed, multi-channel and low-latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network.

It answers the need for different kinds of informative messages and updates. Used in places like schools, retail stores, hotels and other public buildings. For example, you can make live announcements calling someone to a specific area, make scheduled announcements or issue live announcements during an emergency. A network audio system is the perfect addition to a video based security installation. Perimeter protection is a great example of this.

Smart Network Audio

WHY DOES MY BUSINESS NEED A NETWORK AUDIO SYSTEM?

Whether you are looking to take your security safeguards to the next level or create ambiance in your office. An Axis Communications Network Audio System could be what you’re looking for.

Axis Network Audio Systems bring many benefits including:

Improved security
With event-triggered announcements and direct callouts.
Imagine if a potential intruder climbs a fence. The camera alerts a security guard to give a warning to the intruder using the audio system. “We can see you, you’re trespassing!”. Therefore, this type of warning is often sufficient, preventing the need for additional security measures.

Network Audio and Secuirty

Make live or scheduled announcements
Different zones, at the right time and right place.

Create ambiance
Flexible scheduling of great-sounding background music delivered via Axis speakers. Set at the right volume and at the time and place of your choice. In addition, you can also use our audio systems to deliver live or pre-recorded voice announcements whenever appropriate.

All in One
Get a single, cost-effective integrated system for background music and announcements with everything you need built right in.

Scalable
Both easy and cost-effective to update and add units to your solution as your needs change, regardless of whether you want to increase the size, add sites or simply take advantage of new features.

Central Control
Take control of the entire system, including network speakers, audio bridges and microphones, from a single point via a single, intuitive interface.

Easy to Install
You need only a single standard network cable for connectivity, power and communication and connecting to your existing infrastructure. Therefore, there is no need for tuning.

Easy to Integrate
Use integrated audio player and built-in or plug-in apps for music streaming, event driven or scheduled announcements, audio detection, health monitoring, and so on.
The Axis audio portfolio includes a selection of IP based speakers that can use existing IT infrastructure and can be powered by power over ethernet (POE). Axis can also supply IP to analogue convertors enabling existing passive solutions to be migrated and connected to an IP world.

 

Contact anetRelevance professional for assistance in design, pricing and installation of your Network Audio System.

“Whether you are looking to take your security safeguards to the next level or create ambiance in your office. An Axis Communications Network Audio System could be what you’re looking for.”

 

Keep Private Meetings Private

Keep Private Meetings Private

Introducing the Qt Conference Room Edition, a speech protection system designed for conference and board rooms.

The Qt Conference Room Edition is a cost-effective solution designed to Keep Private Meetings Private.

Next Generation Sound Masking?

Patented direct-field sound masking technology adds a low-level background sound outside of the conference room. The background sound is optimized to mask human speech which makes it less intelligible to unwanted listeners.

Why do I need it?

In today’s modern office the lack of speech privacy is a real concern. Acoustics and sound privacy are often overlooked during construction. The Qt Conference Room Edition allows businesses to achieve proper speech privacy – without sacrificing conference room design.

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Meeting occupants can easily turn the system on and off with the push of a button
  • Control module and privacy signs provide clear indication that the system is activated
  • Premium, minimalist design style seamlessly fits in with other conference room AV equipment
  • Easy to integrate with in-room Crestron/AMX control systems
  • Smooth sound masking ramp up and ramp down to limit disruptions
  • Can be turned on and off for meetings or left running at all times
  • Energy efficient and consumes less than 7 watts of power
  • Straightforward, low-impact installation
  • Out-of-the-box support for conference rooms with up to 40 ft (12 m) of exposed wall
  • Option to add additional emitters for larger areas

 

For design, purchase and installation contact a netRelevance professional to help you Keep Private Meetings Private.

 

“In today’s modern office the lack of speech privacy is a real concern. Acoustics and sound privacy are often overlooked during construction. The Qt Conference Room Edition allows businesses to achieve proper speech privacy – without sacrificing conference room design.”