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Barix Audio Point
Give your Screen a Voice!
- Low-latency, high-quality audio streams
- Minimal infrastructure requirements at businesses
- Frame multiplier technology for better wifi performance
- API available to integrate Audio Point functionality within your own Apps
- Simple to set up and use
Barix Audio Point
is a system for superfast delivery of audio from digital signage players or other sources to listeners using their BYOD smartphones. Users experience the audio in sync with the action on the screen. Audio Point
is designed to give screens a voice in shops, airport lounges, gyms and anywhere else screens are found.
Audio Signage is the smartphone app that works with the Instreamer
to reproduce the audio on the user’s device.
Digital Signage has revolutionized how information is presented to customers; used for advertising and for informational purposes it is a great success, but Digital Signage is not perfect!
- With the screen volume turned up, DS competes with background audio in retail environments, or disturbs the calm in an airport lounge.
- With the volume off, or very low, the effectiveness of the signage is greatly reduced.
enables customers to opt in, using their BYOD mobile to elect to listen, for example if an advert has caught their eye and they want to find out more, or to here the breaking news commentary in the lounge.
The solution is based on a Barix Instreamer
, that generates a low-latency audio stream for real-time streaming to consumers. Consumers inside a store, or looking at a window display can receive the audio on their Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices.
The end-to-end architecture requires a Barix Instreamer
for the audio signal, which sends highquality, low-latency streams as a multicast transmission, streaming it direct to the user via a Wi-Fi access point. Consumers access the stream using the Audio Signage app.
Further InformationAudio source
The audio source could be a digital signage player, information point … anything with an analog audio output! The audio source signal is fed into a Barix Instreamer.
Wifi router/access point
The Instreamer takes an analog audio signal, digitizes it and sends it over the IP network as a multicast stream with very low delay (latency). The audio stream is referred to as a channel.
Audio Signage enabled smartphone
Audio Point channels are distributed to listeners over a wifi network, as a multicast. The Instreamer and Access Point must be on the same network, which must support multicast routing. Configuration considerations of the router/access point are discussed in an appendix.
Recommended smartphone OS versions
In order to listen to an Audio Point channel, the user needs a smartphone with an Audio Signage enabled app. The smartphone must be connected to the relevant network in order to get access to the audio.
Barix provides the “Audio Signage” app free of charge in Google Play and in the Apple App Store, which allows users to listen to the audio channel in an Audio Point installation.
When started, the app displays a flash screen, before displaying the available channel and giving the user the option to start playback.
- iOS 7 and later
- Android 4.4.2 and later
more information Audio Point