Barix announced extensions Wednesday to its RetailPlayer multi-site background music streaming solution, which the company says further simplifies installation, operation and management for systems integrators and end users.
A new playout hardware model supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) to minimize wiring requirements, while new software capabilities allow player devices to be turned on or off automatically and are tightly integrated into third-party management systems. Last but not least, an updated subscription model offers access to the platform’s core, cloud-based management functionality at no cost.
Barix’s RetailPlayer solution provides the latest background music delivery technology on the market. It enables retail, hospitality and corporate customers to easily manage streamed music and messages across any number of locations over the internet with stringent security. Robust hardware playout devices at each receiving site feature advanced buffer technology for fast channel switching and resilience to varying internet performance, while the cloud-based or customer-hosted RetailPlayer Portal provides centralized configuration, management, status monitoring and stream switching through a web browser or mobile device.
The new RetailPlayer SP400 playout hardware combines the same optimized buffer management, exceptional audio quality and compact form factor of the earlier RetailPlayer S400 model. However, it also offers new support for Power over Ethernet, enabling the devices to be remotely powered over the network via a PoE-equipped network switch. This simplifies installation by minimizing cabling requirements while flexibly allowing the units to be installed in locations without an available power outlet. With the RetailPlayer S400 and new RetailPlayer SP400, customers can now choose “power socket” or PoE.
Barix’s RetailPlayer Portal offers powerful and secure management of any number of RetailPlayer devices from an intuitive, cloud-based interface. Barix will showcase the new enhancements at the upcoming ISE 2020 show in Amsterdam, where the company will exhibit in stand 8-K275 on Feb. 11-14. Find out more about the Barix RetailPlayer here.