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IoT Solutions Winner: AXIS COMMUNICATIONS

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Axis Communications offers a range of network audio devices as a part of its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy. Nnetwork-based audio is the perfect addition to an existing security solution. Axis has developed its network audio products to create a flexible and future-proofed solution that benefits both integrators and end users.

Not only is audio a perfect addition to a physical security system, but Axis has redefined the concept of network-based audio to include public announcement and background music capabilities. For customers that want to integrate security with other business functions, the addition of audio provides the added value they are seeking.

An Axis network-based audio system is the perfect addition to a video-based security installation. Perimeter protection is a great example of this. If a potential intruder climbs a fence; the camera alerts a security guard to deliver a warning to the intruder. More often than not this type of warning is sufficient, preventing the need for additional security measures.

In certain environments, there is a need for informative messages and updates to be broadcast. This may be as simple as calling a member of staff to a specific area. This is simple with network audio technology. Furthermore, messages can be automated when used in conjunction with queue management software.

Audio technology from Axis can support retail stores and hotels with a need for background music. With pre-set volume and music choices, the solution allows for central and remote control, meaning better management of background music. The music can be combined with scheduled and live announcements, further helping to enhance the customer experience. Research has shown that productivity, mood and behaviour are positively influenced by music; something that can be actively exploited in retail and manufacturing environments.

The Axis audio solution is a complete all-in-one system. No additional hardware is required, meaning a smooth installation process with minimal storage space needed. Fewer components also mean lower costs. The system has no controls, which is a great benefit to a system’s maintenance as fewer mistakes can be made.

System management and fault search are both easier to control. Each speaker can be directly integrated within an existing data network. This can then be managed remotely via a PC or laptop. Products can be added and removed easily and effectively. PoE means only one cable is needed per product to supply power to the unit and transmit sound and data.

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