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January 22, 2013

Barix Supports Crestron Rava SIP Intercom and Phone Tech

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Barix is a specialist in IP audio and control will support Creston Rava SIP intercom and phone technology, which will enable the easy integration of Rava-enabled touch screens with analog devices.

Fred Bargetzi, Crestron VP of Technology said, “We’re thrilled to have Barix support our protocol because it bridges the gap between digital (SIP communication points) and analog door stations.”

The Barix SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) firmware will enhance intercom panels for better peer-to-peer communication between devices, eliminating the need for a central server simplifying VoIP integration. This serves both residential and commercial use.

Crestron Rava touch screens will feature SIP allowing voice intercom, telephone and paging within homes, offices and in small business environments. The Barix firmware makes Rava-enabled touch screens and analog door stations compatible so customers can continue to use existing analog installed devices when upgrading to Rava touch screens. Barix firmware helps the devices detect each other on the network enabling peer-to-peer device connectivity.

Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix AG said, “This solution evolves our relationship with Crestron, using Barix’s strong IP audio and control expertise to develop a unique solution that reduces infrastructure, simplifies installation and enhances communication across Rava environments.”

Most homes use independent door station and intercom systems that are excluded from home automation system while some homes have integrated page-all intercom systems, which can be enhanced with discrete peer-to-peer operations. The Rava protocol support from Barix offers a retrofit solution that seamlessly communicates with the homeowner’s existing door station.

Deploying the Barix solution is accomplished by connecting a Barix Annuncicom IP two-way audio hardware device directly to a door station. eHolovision, which manufactures intercom entry panels for door stations, also offers an alternative.

Barix is expected to provide the same functionality to all panels equipped with Barix IPAM Series modules and will deliver peer-to-peer SIP and Rava compatibility without additional hardware.

Recently Crestron announced that new in-wall and tabletop docks for the iPad mini are in development and will be available soon. The iPad mini is not only smaller than the iPad, but also uses a different connector. 

Edited by Ashley Caputo
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