Industrial IP Audio


  • Factory & Production
  • Industrial Plants
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Energy & Renewables
  • Automotive

Industrial Sound Systems

Many industrial sites and wider factory, production and manufacturing settings rely on an industrial sound system to provide general announcement communication and important audio messaging through mass notification to their workforce.  Industrial and factory tannoy system audio applications are also used regularly in support of industrial manufacturing production processes.

Typical industrial sound system audio applications: (explained in more detail below)

  • Tannoy system, Public Address (PA) & Paging
  • Background Music / Radio (BGM)
  • Intercom & Access Control
  • Scheduled audio Message Playout (shift-change, breaks, bespoke process/manufacturing audio messages – eg. alarms, production progress)

Industrial Audio Applications

Mass Notification (Tannoy, Public Address (PA) & Paging)

Industrial and factory settings are typically large sites, often with multiple buildings and large workplace areas & offices. Mass notification through audio communication and broadcast using industrial factory tannoy system, Paging and Public Address (PA) applications are regularly employed.

  • General Staff Announcements
  • First Aid Responder
  • Breakdowns & Maintenance
  • Security & Incident Reporting

Background Music / Radio (BGM)

Many factories and industrial settings employ audio systems to playout background music and/or radio. Generally restricted to the main workspace and production areas, BGM helps to counteract the production and processing ambient noise and ‘drone’ that is often encountered and associated within such busy and noise filled settings.

  • Stored Audio Playback (music player)
  • Radio  – Popular factory BGM choice providing entertainment, news weather / travel updates
  • Zoned Audio – The ability to select and playout different BGM to different rooms, areas & buildings

IP Intercom & IP Access Control

Most factory and industrial sites use access control measures at their gates, turnstiles and building entry points. IP Intercom elevates function and capability, offering full multi-media interaction and a wide range of access control technology options. 

  • Multi-media interaction
  • PIN, RFID, NFC, Fingerprint & Facial Recognition
  • SIP Telephony and ONVIF video integration
  • Integrate with Time & Attendance systems

Audio Message Playout

Pre-recorded audio tones and messages are used within many factory and industrial settings. On demand, triggered or scheduled playout of tones & messages are used for a variety of staff, operational and process requirements as follows.

  • Break & Shift Changes
  • Lockdown & Security Messages
  • Production & Process Messages and Alarm Tones
  • Informational Messages 

Audio technologies | traditional & IP audio

Audio coverage for industrial plants and sites with multiple buildings is likely to require a sizeable audio system installation with a large quantity of speakers. What technology to use (IP audio and/or Traditional audio) for such settings and selection of the various audio system components will largely depend on the required audio capability and functional application/s…. and of course cost.

Note: the choice of audio technology is not exclusive. Traditional audio and IP audio can be used mutually to create fully featured and cost effective industrial audio designs.

Mixed audio technologies...

An attractive proposition. As we have previously discussed, audio technology options are not exclusive. Combining IP audio and traditional audio can create highly capable and cost effective audio designs. For the industrial sector, we see IP audio being used particularly strongly in the routing and ‘distribution’ of audio (eg. between zones, different areas of the site and between buildings). We also see strong demand for front end audio inputs, such as SIP/telephony integration and IP audio player’s to derive music from streaming services or internet radio – controlled and scheduled via a web browser.

Audio technologies - Compared

Traditional audio vs IP audio…

  • Lower system, device and speaker costs
  • Wide manufacturer and product choice availability
  • Established sales and support channels
  • Wide skills base (sales, technical and support)

IP audio vs traditional audio…

  • Offers improved capability, scalability, management & control
  • Utilise existing network infrastructure cabling, protecting investment and lowering cabling costs
  • Provide topology and audio routing options not available with traditional audio
  • Requires little or no centralised system equipment 

Factory Tannoy Systems

A large proportion of our audio installation projects are within industrial and factory. Busy, often challenging and noisy environments, factory, manufacturing and production sites regularly present with particular installation issues and challenges. Factory tannoy systems are used extensively to provide a range of audio applications. Including staff calling, production and engineering co-ordination, medical, alarming and security / incident response.

Factory & Industrial Audio

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