How Industrial Networking Improves Emergency Preparedness
Emergency situations can pose significant health and safety hazards. In such situations, effective emergency preparedness is essential for ensuring that workers have the required equipment, instruction, and information they need to stay safe. While crises are often unavoidable, taking steps to effectively prepare for them can help minimize the damage they inflict. One way to effectively improve emergency preparedness is by utilizing industrial networking equipment. To further understand how industrial networking improves emergency preparedness, continue reading.
Using PoE for announcing IP speakers
In the case of an emergency, communication is of the utmost importance. Proper communication is essential for providing people with the information they need to navigate an emergency situation, avoid hazards, and stay safe. As such, IP speakers are extremely beneficial.
IP speakers contain built-in amplifiers, which can provide a significant sound output that enables greater coverage.
Such IP speakers utilize revolutionary PoE technology. This provides them with reliable, uninterrupted power, which is vital during extreme emergency situations. Because IP speakers use PoE, they can be plugged into an industrial switch without the need for any additional power connections.
In the case of an emergency, IP speakers will help provide critical guidance and information to people in precarious circumstances. Using IP speakers, you can make announcements from one or more computers or phones. Depending on the communication needs posed by the emergency situation, you can make an announcement through a single speaker, group of speakers, or every speaker on your entire network.
The sound quality of an IP speaker will depend on the digitized audio bandwidth. The standard transport bandwidth of most IP systems is 64 Kbps or more to ensure clear communication.
Associating IP cameras with IP speakers
IP speakers utilizing PoE can be used in conjunction with an IP camera system to further improve emergency preparedness. Network-attached IP speakers that are located near an IP camera can be used to communicate to those in the area that the camera is monitoring. For example, if someone witnesses surveillance of a group of people moving toward a dangerous situation, the IP speaker can be used to redirect them and guide them to safety.
PoE visual displays
In addition to vocal communication, visual instruction can also be invaluable during an emergency situation—especially situations in which ambient noise is too loud for people to hear information coming from speakers. In such cases, PoE visual displays can deliver important messages and notifications to warn people about dangers and effectively communicate measures they should take to proceed safely.
The industrial networking infrastructure of such PoE visual displays makes it possible to provide accurate, reliable, real-time information to those who view them by effectively connecting various components of the network. PoE further allows you to create reliable, multi-display digital signage installations that can be deployed anywhere regardless of local AC power standards, plugs, or outlets.