The popularity of SIP-based communication systems has created a unique market for IP phones, call recording devices and a number of other VoIP-related gadgets and applications. One product beginning to make some noise (quite literally) is Algo Communication Systems' 8180 SIP Audio Alerter, a SIP compliant PoE audio device for loud ring and voice paging applications.
Designed with variable noise environments in mind, the 8180 SIP Audio Alerter is perfect for locations like restaurants, work sites and classrooms where decision makers need to communicate with a large number of people in an often disruptive setting.
The 8180 SIP Audio Alerter is a multi-purpose device that acts as a SIP speaker, a voice pager and an IP loud ringer. The dual end-point system offers two-way talkback, auto answer for voice paging as well as the ability to play, record and upload prerecorded ring sounds, audio files, music, sound effects and voice announcements.
The network-managed SIP endpoint solution sets itself apart from competing offerings through its SoundSure technology, which compensates for outside noise levels to make each message loud enough to hear but still comfortable to listen to. The system has also been proven to outperform electronic ringers in terms of volume and clarity, said Algo, which claims the system is eight to 20 times louder than typical telephones.
Users can customize the SIP Audio Alerter by adding output components like external speakers, slave amplifiers or visual alerter systems, which are ideal for quiet environments like churches, theaters and hospitals. An optional 1185 horn speaker can be added when outdoor ringing or paging is needed. The device can be configured using feature buttons or a simple web interface.
Similar to any IP phone, the Audio Alerter is registered with a SIP server through a network connection. The 8180 consumes about 1W of power when idle.