A school speaker system is critical for all K-12 school throughout the USA. How can you truly have an effective emergency communication plan without a speaker system in place? Mass audio communications is a basic requirement when an emergency occurs. In fact, it is the number one method to people affected by a crisis. People in a crisis need information and directions to take the necessary steps to stay out of harm’s way.
Students, teachers, and administrators all benefit with a PA system. It allows for the broadcast of daily announcements. Daily announcements include schedule alerts, lunch menus, early dismissal, and school assemblies.
Outdoor speakers unite the outdoor with the indoor. At different times of the day and year, there is a good portion of the student body engaged in a variety of activities outside of the school building. This can be physical activities, such as event practices and sports. Therefore, when installing a school speaker system, you should always remember that you need to provide coverage to your outdoor areas including your parking lots.
The other operational aspects that speakers provide is the ability to play a bell, chime or any customized message at a scheduled time. Bell scheduling is a key element for the smooth operation of the school day. The signaling of the start of school, class changes, lunch and the end of the day dismissals is easily accomplished with an accurate and reliable school bell system.
Networks are almost universally available in a school to be it wireless and wired networks. By having these networks in place it could not be any easier to install a PA speaker system. The old analog systems of having head-end equipment and service contracts have been eliminated.
Today, with the Wi-Fi and PoE speaker systems they utilize the existing computer networks available in a school. Each one of these systems has different advantages.
Wi-Fi speakers allow you to place speakers at any location within your facility if you have a good wifi signal and you have electric power. The Wi-Fi systems come to you already configured to connect to your network. This information is stored within each individual speaker.
Once you apply power to the speaker it will automatically connect to your network and is ready for broadcasts.
Poe Speakers will get their electrical power from a PoE switch. You can locate a PoE speaker at any place where you have installed a LAN cable. Once plugged into your ethernet the speakers join your network and are ready for use.
The central hub will hold the software that allows for live broadcast, bell scheduling and playing of music or pre-recorded messages. The central hub is typically a small raspberry server that could fit in your hand. You access the server with any browser.
As you enter the server via a browser you are then able to communicate to an individual speaker, a group of speakers or do an all-call.
In summary, a school speaker system will help your institution with day to day operational aspects and emergency situations. The most effective method of communication in a school environment is audio.