Public and private facilities of all types and sizes present their owners and operators with unique challenges in terms of ensuring the health, safety, comfort and efficient movement of occupants as they pursue their goals and pastimes. Regardless of the purpose of a facility, its size or the occupant traffic within it, the ability to manage and direct those occupants to where they need to be, and to inform them as to what is happening, is a fundamental need for facility operators. In many instances, this ability to communicate is safety-critical.
Visual communication can be very effective in helping occupants effectively navigate a building and find the services they are seeking. However, when it is imperative to be able to very quickly get the public's attention, whether or not they happen to be looking at a sign or display, audio communications becomes an essential strategy.
Being heard and understood can be difficult....
Delivering clear, audible and intelligible messages throughout any facility is typically far from easy. In certain environments there is a lot of background noise, and in others, the floors, walls and ceilings can either reflect sounds and cause distortions, or can block sounds from reaching their intended listeners. There can be "competing" sources of sound or noise and there can be a wide range of sounds.
But messages, speech and music need to be equally well heard, understood and even enjoyed by occupants....
In some applications, different messages need to be delivered to different groups of people in different places, all at the same time. Messages may need to be sent automatically at certain times, or under certain circumstances, even when there is no one available to speak into a microphone. It is often required that the "Public Address" system can be accessed and used by many different agencies or groups within a facility, for both routine announcements and for emergency communications.
....not a simple task....
One quickly begins to realize that designing and applying effective Public Notification systems is likely to be a complex, challenging task, requiring solid expertise, experience and highly reliable equipment.
Each of the challenges identified can be tackled very effectively by applying the right configurations of the right equipment. But in order to ensure that happens, it is very important that one work with the right designer, integrator and project partner. Following are descriptions of a number of application types, each which bears its own special challenge, and requires its own special solution.
IED systems have proven to be the Announcement Control Systems of choice for almost 40% of the 100 busiest airports in the world, and 24 of the top 30 airports in the United States. Easy to install and use, the IED Airport solution is a multi-function system that includes digital signal processing, powerful software, high-quality microphone stations, synchronized audio/visual paging, and incredible sound from the leader in audio management tools. The result is a seamless, scalable blend of IED hardware, software and networked support capabilities that enable the airport to reliably serve their customers every day
ESA Communications' industrial paging systems provide highly reliable and effective communications in a wide variety of industrial facilities, including power plants, chemical plants and refineries, aerospace, automobile manufacturing, pharmaceutical plants and others. Rugged, reliable equipment designed for the rigors of the harshest manufacturing environments, deliver conventional paging and emergency notification functions, as well as background music where and if desired.
Makers of mission-critical and high value products must now be extra careful and prepare their staff and their facilities to handle and respond effectively to environmental mishaps, threats to safety, acts of terrorism or disruption or in fact any other emergency event. Reliable notification both outdoors and indoors is a key tool in managing such situations.
Transit & Transportation
ESA Communications offers well-developed solutions for railway stations, bus terminals, ferry terminals and subway systems. Our supplier IED's development of Paging Systems for the transit market has defined the requirements for modern rail and transportation hub paging. IED systems offer the ability to deliver and integrate hundreds of stations and complete command centers, and thus fully support ESA Communications as a single source provider for systems of any size.
ESA Communications can tailor and configure top quality audio management systems for meeting facilities and convention centers of all types and sizes. (IED's computer controlled automatic mixing and the first "DSP based" sound system, has established them as leaders in the convention center market). We offer very powerful yet flexible systems that can easily and efficiently handle independent meetings in every room, and to allow communications to selectable groups of rooms.
Houses of Worship
Being heard clearly by the whole congregation is likely a goal of every spiritual leader. Houses of Worship, in all their glory, can at times be real acoustic challenges, and conventional audio is simply not effective. ESA Communications can provide excellent, innovative solutions that take into account the effects of varying congregation sizes, intricately shaped, reflective surfaces and high ceilings, so that everyone will hear "the word"
Stadia and arenas house large groups of enthusiastic fans, watching and listening to anything from Hockey Games to Rock Concerts. The Public Address and Audio Management systems that serve all the open and the enclosed areas in such facilities must be extremely powerful, but very versatile, to be able to handle the wide variety of difficult yet critical communication tasks involving large crowds.