Barix has announced upgrades for its RetailPlayer multisite background music streaming solution that enhance its versatility, help fault tolerance and expand the network connectivity options for its hardware endpoints. New Wi-Fi support is complemented by extended scheduling and fail over capabilities along with automated or manual playback of prerecorded announcements.
Offering the latest background music delivery technology on the market, the scalable RetailPlayer solution lets retail, hospitality and corporate customers easily and securely manage streamed music and messages across any number of locations over the internet. Hardware playout devices at the receiving sites feature advanced buffer technology for fast channel switching and resilience to varying internet performance. Meanwhile, the cloud-based or customer-hosted RetailPlayer Portal provides centralized configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching through a web browser or mobile device.
New channel management functionality in the RetailPlayer Portal enables playout devices to switch between multiple audio streams on custom-defined schedules automatically. For each hardware endpoint, administrators can schedule programming across a week by defining a playlist of which stream can be heard at various times.
Another major update to the RetailPlayer system enables scheduled or manually triggered playout of file-based messages and announcements. Recorded audio files can be uploaded to the centralized RetailPlayer portal for automatic distribution to specified endpoints’ local storage. The messages can then be played out at scheduled times, repeatedly at a specified interval or when triggered via assignable buttons in the mobile interface.
The latest updates for RetailPlayer hardware endpoints also add support for an optional USB Wi-Fi adapter to existing wired Ethernet connectivity. Finally, a new USB failover feature automatically switches audio to a playlist of music files on a connected USB drive if the live audio stream is interrupted, complementing the existing ability to failover to an internally stored playlist or alternative stream.
RetailPlayer’s new Wi-Fi support, USB failover, scheduled channel switching and volume management features are all available immediately, with file-based message play-out slated for release in September.