Barix announced new features for its IP Audio Client family of IP audio decoders and amplifiers, which are used in applications like paging, emergency notifications and public address systems.
“New functionality includes integrated scheduling for recurring announcements, rotational advertisements and background music playlists; a REST-based application programming interface (API) for integration with third-party solutions; a built-in parametric audio equalizer; and RTP stream forwarding,” the company said in an announcement.
The new scheduling features offer three types of scheduled audio playback. Recurring “fixed time” messages such as bells and time-specific announcements can be scheduled across a week, while “rotations” enable multiple messages such as advertisements to be played in a specified order and interval.
Playlists of files stored internally can be scheduled for background music playout. Scheduled playback can be prioritized relative to other decoder sources such as live streams and paging messages.
The new REST API lets developers integrate IPAC decoders with their own custom management systems and software applications.
The features are part of the recently released version 2.9 IPAC firmware.
Relevant products include the IP Former TPA400 decoder with amplified output for 4-ohm loudspeakers; Exstreamer M400 decoder with line-level analog audio output; and Exstreamer MPA400 decoder/amplifier with up to 40-watt audio output for 2- to 8-ohm analog speakers.