Speaker Alert is a modern, flexible, future-proof alternative to a traditional wired tannoy system. It delivers an alert message to an area. This could be in a building or outside in a car park. The Speaker Alert speaker units are intelligent devices that communicate with RapidReach using mobile data networks and Wi-Fi.
Activate the Tannoy System using the Notification Panel
Activate your speakers quickly and easily using the Notification Panel. The Notification Panel is an always-on touch screen. Either use pre-configured blue buttons, a free text box or a combination of the two. In seconds you will be able to send an alert to all or selected speakers. The Notification Panel is easily configurable to meet your requirements:
Messages can be activated from the Notification Panel, a computer or a smartphone. The messages that are delivered to the speakers can be pre-configured or created on the fly to suit the nature of the event.
Rest assured, that if there is a drop in Wi-Fi or a temporary power outage, the speaker unit will switch to a data connection and continue unaffected. The 24 hour battery backup also provides peace of mind in the event of a power outage.
RapidReach has many options that can be combined with Speaker Alert, these include phone calls, SMS, SmartPhone Alert app and Desktop Alert. For example, running Speaker Alert together with SmartPhone Alert is a proven means to mobilise first aid teams, security teams etc. and allows them to confirm a response via their phone, this could be their ETA, if attending a first aid incident.
How does it work?
The speaker unit is ready to use out of the box. The speaker unit is registered in a RapidReach account and after that it is activated, ready to be used. Installation is simple. The only connection is the power cable. If Wi-Fi is to be used, these Wi-Fi network settings can be registered in RapidReach.
The volume and duration of the alert can be controlled on a speaker by speaker basis. The speaker volume can be specified for the entire system, for specific alert messages or individually for each speaker.
During power interruptions, the speaker units will continue to work for 24 hours, without power supply, assuming that either cellular networks or Wi-Fi can be used.
Within the RapidReach monitor screen, the speaker units can be monitored to ensure that alert messages are delivered to individual speaker units.
When an alert is delivered, it can play a notification sound through the speaker to attract attention, before playing the message.
The speaker units are very easy to install, simply plug into the mains. They can be portable or fixed to a wall. There is no need to install cabling to connect the speakers to amplifiers or a tannoy system. The only cable necessary is the power cable and without power the speaker is able to operate for 24 hours.
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No audio cables as in old Tannoy Systems
A significant part of the cost of a speaker system or a Tannoy System is to connect amplifiers with speakers. Cables has to be pulled through the facilities. This costs time and money.
RapidReach Speaker Alert uses wireless intelligent speakers that connect through mobile data and/or WiFi. Since the RapidReach Emergency speakers are wireless you can easily move them around. You don’t need to decide on a fixed installation.
If there is a power outage, the speakers are able to work off battery for 24 hours and deliver messages in the building.
Automation through text to speech
Speaker Alert is totally integrated in the RapidReach. This means that the speaker announcements and the emergency notification messages can be integrated into the same scenario.
Speaker Alert uses text to speech. You don’t need to record the message on the fly but you type the message and proofread it before you send it. You can also use predefined messages to make sure the quality of your messages are good.
Tannoy System replacement
RapidReach is a replacement of old Tannoy systems. The setup is much easier. No need to draw audio cables. Much lower up from cost. Greater control by selecting speakers to play messages. High flexibility, one speaker could easily be moved to another location.
Speaker Alert FAQ
Speaker Alert can be used in a variety of situations, such as
- Building lockdown or evacuation – controlled lockdown or evacuation during an incident
- Site evacuation – communicate with all areas of a site
- Alert a localised area to a specific danger, for example, airborne contamination
- Muster point communication
Yes, RapidReach can replace Tannoy Systems making the speaker system much more flexible and cost effective.