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Resort opts for IP-enabled emergency intercom

by Brian Sims

Bandos Island Resort and Spa, a Maldives Islands resort, has enhanced its on-site solutions with the addition of IP-enabled audio. The system, installed by Maldives-based systems integration company EIT Private, integrates two-way audio technology from Barix as part of an intrusion alarm solution for the site’s business offices. The complete solution, which includes video surveillance and remote monitoring components along with the emergency intercom, was implemented following recent burglaries at the resort’s headquarters, located in the Jazeera Building in the capital city of Male. The audio element employs two annuncicom devices, with one at the main Jazeera building control room and a second in a control centre on resort grounds, where all remote monitoring takes place. This enables a direct connection for intercom communications between the two control rooms over a 13 kilometre distance. EIT Private Director, Mohamed Afzal, estimates that the networked solution delivered cost efficiencies when considered alongside a legacy audio system. The IP-enabled option additionally eliminated interference concerns in the process. Long-distance audio is streamed between the two devices over a WiFi link. The IP audio solution uses open software, allowing the integration and customisation of the hardware. The system delivers flexibility for audio streaming, allowing users to choose any type of format or compression, depending on the network’s capabilities. The configuration for the Bandos Island Resort and Spa system uses standard voice over IP (VoIP) protocols for communication between operators. SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) calls can be initiated to allow communication with multiple receiving devices. Remote access control at the main office building entrance is also made possible. Set-up is claimed to be simple, with streaming enabled between the two devices within minutes of configuration. The units detect each other over the network once set up and powered on.

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