Why IP Speakers are the future of PA Solutions
What is an IP Speaker?
Increased automation of Industrial and Public spaces brings in increased use of CCTV Systems, Public Announcement (PA) Systems, and other monitoring and control systems for these environments. The need to optimise the underlying network of any system crystallises the usage of single IP networks for all the components. Both the above reasons lead to the birth of IP Speakers, which are speakers connected over IP networks supporting SIP, IP Multicast protocols etc.
Traditional analog Public Announcement Systems have a paging station connected to an amplifier, from which multiple speakers are connected. In case of the IP Speaker, they can be connected anywhere in the network, and the amplifier is inside the speaker. Inherent from the architecture of having the amplifier in each speaker, the pricing per speaker goes high.
The network modernisation and the built-in Speaker bring in multiple advantages, which make it worth the higher price you pay for an IP Speaker.
The distances from analog PA Station to the Amplifier, and Amplifier to each Speaker are limited, as the quality and volume drops at longer distances. The IP Speakers overcome these issues, by having Paging System and Speakers connected over multiple routers, switches etc and the amplifier inbuilt within the Speaker. The concept of individual amplifiers inside the speaker increases the cost per speaker but brings in much higher reliability, and uniform operation.