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How Many Systems Should Campuses Use for Emergency Alerts?
How Many Systems Should Campuses Use for Emergency Alerts?

A Campus Safety Magazine survey suggests healthcare, K-12, and higher education markets know they need better communication systems. They need a system that can distribute information in multiple ways, using different devices, and has the ability to reach people onsite and remote.

Pandemic Communications
Pandemic Communications

Early in the pandemic, articles were published about companies discovering efficiencies and effectiveness in their work from home strategies. Some articles suggested work from home would be largely adopted even after the pandemic was over. But only a few months later, the tone of those articles seemed to change as we started to see the impact of less in-person collaboration.

Integrating Pro AV and Security Systems
Integrating Pro AV and Security Systems

There is a myth in the security industry that many integrators believe to be true. It’s that you need very specific proprietary lines, specific expertise, and particular skills to install and maintain critical communication systems in education and healthcare customers. Nothing could be further from the truth…

8 Essential Communication Components for Casinos
8 Essential Communication Components for Casinos

A checklist of important features to look for in a mass communications system for casinos.

Leveraging Manufacturer Services for Project Support
Leveraging Manufacturer Services for Project Support

Audiovisual, security, and tech rich systems are unique in their complexity and the rate at which the technology evolves. While expertly trained, integrators can sometimes be challenged by project timelines, product availability, interconnecting brands, and scope creep. More than ever, integrators should consider manufacturer services as a seamless part of their project support.

Fallacy of Adaptive Sound Masking Explained
Fallacy of Adaptive Sound Masking Explained

While adaptive paging, emergency notifications, and even background music is good, adaptive sound masking may create more problems than it solves.  We've compiled 6 reasons why adaptive sound masking is NOT effective in protecting speech privacy and reducing distractions. 

5 Things To Know About AtlasIED Manufacturing
5 Things To Know About AtlasIED Manufacturing

Travis Pranschke, Vice President of Global Quality and Manufacturing, offers some details about AtlasIED manufacturing advantages and what they mean to customers. 

How can Technology Help with Contactless Experiences in Hospitality?
How can Technology Help with Contactless Experiences in Hospitality?

For restaurants where service, ambiance, and the experience are a big part of why customers choose them, taking away all customer contact may be detrimental to their business. Technology can help.

Using Mass Communications to Support Successful Student Outcomes in Higher Education
Using Mass Communications to Support Successful Student Outcomes in Higher Education

Discussion about the relationship between mass communication and classroom technologies in higher education including how mass communications systems that support classroom instruction can be included in larger security budgets, on-premise vs. off-premise communication capabilities, and how mass communication systems can support successful student outcomes on college and university campuses.

Audio over Ethernet: Why Proper Network Configuration is Critical
Audio over Ethernet: Why Proper Network Configuration is Critical

Sending audio over ethernet networks has changed significantly since introduced in the mid 90s. as the complexity and size of a system increases, extra care must be taken to ensure that the network can reliably and quickly get the digital audio to where it needs to go.

Atmosphere 2.0: Your Questions Answered
Atmosphere 2.0: Your Questions Answered

AtlasIED's Atmosphere digital audio platform first hit the market in July of 2020 and only 8 months later, additional features and enhanced capabilities are being added. Gina Sansivero, VP of Marketing & Corporate Communications, Michael Peveler, VP of Sales, and Tom Lureman, Director of Engineering and Product Management, get together to explain the Atmosphere 2.0 firmware update and answer questions.

Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Traditional Hospitality
Bridging the Gap Between Technology and Traditional Hospitality

When discussing technologies that improve the customer experience, the conversation often goes to the devices/services that are directly used by customers/guests. Technologies that work behind the scenes are often overlooked.

How Technology Can Support Return to the Office
How Technology Can Support Return to the Office
As businesses strategize how to safely get employees back in the office, staggered work schedules, reduced onsite staff, and revised office layouts are common strategies being discussed. And while these changes will help with social distancing, there are still some glaring problems that need to be considered.
Digital Audio: The Key to Keeping Hospitality Alive?
Digital Audio: The Key to Keeping Hospitality Alive?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every sector of the hospitality industry. Restaurants, in particular, have felt the sting, as business came to a screeching halt temporarily while families went into hard lockdown. It didn’t take long, however, before restaurant owners started implementing new take-out strategies to stay afloat. Nimble and resilient, restaurant owners, managers, and staff have adapted admirably to COVID mandates. But the road to recovery isn’t over. As businesses continue to move forward, digital audio systems can play a vital in their success.

What Education Admins Need to Know about IP Communications
What Education Admins Need to Know about IP Communications

Almost every K12 school district had or still has an analog paging system that they use for daily communications. While these systems typically did the job they were intended to do, school districts who haven’t switched to network audio may be missing out on key features they didn't even know existed.  

5 Ways Audible and Visual Messaging Systems Foster Healthy Schools Post-COVID19
5 Ways Audible and Visual Messaging Systems Foster Healthy Schools Post-COVID19

Schools will implement protective measures such as masks, disinfectant, and social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus as K-12 students and staff return for the 2020—21 academic year. But how can communications technologies assist in the effort to provide safe and healthy schools?

COVID-19 Resources for AV Businesses
COVID-19 Resources for AV Businesses

Various Resources to Help AV Businesses Endure the Impact of COVID-19

Why an IP Phone Isn't "Good Enough" for Critical Alerts
Why an IP Phone Isn't "Good Enough" for Critical Alerts

Having a VoIP phone system is a good start, but if this is the sole method of communication during emergency situations, you’re going to come up short.

Why Ambient Noise Sensing is Critical for Critical Alerts
Why Ambient Noise Sensing is Critical for Critical Alerts

Having an emergency notification system is important. But ensuring your emergency notification system can do its job effectively by ensuring the notifications are received is crucial.

Communications System for Education - Campus Safety Conference
Communications System for Education - Campus Safety Conference

Doug Hall, Director of Technology for Mizzen Marketing, discusses how software is revolutionizing how emergency messaging is received.

ABC's of Office Acoustics
ABC's of Office Acoustics

Understanding the basics of acoustics in an office environtment can help tremendously in creating an environment that stimulates collaboration among co-workers while still providing enough privacy for confidential conversations.

It's a Phone!
It's a Phone!

IT Administrators deserve to know what impact any device may have on the performance and security of their network. It's their job. Answering this question in some cases may be difficult. But for the IPX family of IP endpoints, it's pretty simple.

Benefits of Using BGM in Education
Benefits of Using BGM in Education

Why would a K12 or higher education institution use background music? After all, background music is for hospitality such as hotels, restaurants, and retail stores right? Wrong!

Increase Your Sales By Highlighting Your Expertise
Increase Your Sales By Highlighting Your Expertise

The number one way to differentiate your business is to be the expert. The majority of people will pay more for something if there is additional value attached to it, like professional expert installation or follow-up technical service. The more you know and can convey to your customers, the more important your expertise becomes. 

What's the Difference Between Indirect and Direct Field Sound Masking?
What's the Difference Between Indirect and Direct Field Sound Masking?

Speech privacy and sound masking are a rapidly growing category in the commerical AV market. If you are researching sound masking you may have seen the terms direct field and indirect field masking systems. How do you know which is right for your facilty? The good news is AtlasIED can not only explain the difference but also has solutions for both applications. 

Every Business Needs A Great Music System
Every Business Needs A Great Music System

Audio/video media drives the business world today. Whether you are running a restaurant or a retail store, successful businesses are leveraging business music as a medium to create an experience that attracts and retains customers while also improving employee satisfaction.

How Can I Protect My Horns From LF Damage?
How Can I Protect My Horns From LF Damage?

Horn speakers and compression drivers have been around forever. They are incredibly reliable, cost-effective, and can cover wide areas for voice, tone and public address applications. Horn speakers and compression drivers benefit when using filtering that protect the compression driver from lower frequencies while making them highly efficient.

Once I Pick My Speakers Where Do I Put Them?
Once I Pick My Speakers Where Do I Put Them?

Speaker placement is one of the fastest ways to take a sound system from sounding great to you have to be kidding. Selecting the right speaker is only the first part of the job, getting it positioned to maximize its efficacy is just as important. Where should you start? Let AtlasIED help out.

Creating Acoustic Privacy In Healthcare Environments
Creating Acoustic Privacy In Healthcare Environments

One of the easiest and most cost-effective methods to address the quiet hospital is speech privacy technology. Speech privacy technology electronically introduces a steady, constant sound that masks unwanted noise created by conversations, equipment, and the normal operation of a hospital.

What is Unified Communications?
What is Unified Communications?

Unified Communications (UC) is a popular form of collaborative communications for all business types that leverages todays converged networks. UC can include many forms of communication including instant messaging (chat), voice (IP telephony), mobile convergence, visual signaling, and more, that enables the same notification to be pushed across multiple devices thereby breaking the distance barriers that are characteristic of traditional analog systems.

Speech Privacy is Important to all Businesses
Speech Privacy is Important to all Businesses

The best solution for today's collaborative office environments to reduce distractions is a quality Speech Privacy Solution, often also referred to as a sound masking system or a white noise system. AtlasIED speech privacy technologies pleasantly raise the ambient sound level in the environment by emitting acoustically optimized white or pink masking noise.

Safety Listings and Certifications
Safety Listings and Certifications

Safety Listings are specific standards that products are required to meet for given applications and uses. These include everything in a building from the electrical system to the plumbing as well as the loudspeakers, wiring, electronics, and racks used to support the paging, BGM, or emergency communication systems.

Common Questions Regarding 70-Volt Audio
Common Questions Regarding 70-Volt Audio

Few systems are as misunderstood as "70V" systems.  The most important trait of these systems is the use of transformers that are used to "step down" the signal voltage before applying it to the loudspeaker. This is necessary because the signal voltage is "stepped up" at the amplifier. Myths regarding these systems abound. Some are rooted in fact, others, not so much. These are some common misconceptions about 70V loudspeaker systems. 

What Skilled Office Workers Are Saying About WFH
What Skilled Office Workers Are Saying About WFH

Before people were working from home, noise distractions and lack of speech privacy negatively impacted productivity in all office environments. That has not changed. But people have become used to the sounds and privacy afforded to them while working from home, in their own space, where they are comfortable and protected. Some are looking forward to returning to the office, others are undecided, and a third group never wants to return.

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