Barix is enhancing its RetailPlayer Background Music Streaming Platform and will launch a new version in booth 5457 at InfoComm 2019. The scalable RetailPlayer solution enables retail, hospitality and corporate customers to easily stream background music and messages to any number of locations over the internet. 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.
Foremost amongst the new RetailPlayer enhancements to be shown at InfoComm is the FLEXA customization layer, which allows the RetailPlayer system and hardware endpoints to be adapted for customers’ specific requirements. First introduced in Barix’s programmable Barionet automation interface controllers, FLEXA provides a flexible framework to implement users’ bespoke feature requests. In one recent example, special capabilities were added to RetailPlayer hardware endpoints to read customer-specific metadata from the audio streams and forward it over IP to digital signage systems at the playout location.
RetailPlayer follows the latest IOT architecture approach to combine high-performance operation with stringent security. For example, if a RetailPlayer administrator allows local users to change streaming channels, the user is not directly controlling the hardware endpoint; instead, user interactions are sent to the central server, which in turn talks to the local device. These fast communications enable a highly-responsive experience as if the user were directly controlling the hardware, but with a level of security only achieveable through a centralized method.
Other new RetailPlayer features on display at InfoComm will include advanced user permission management and enhanced status reporting in the player devices. These capabilities join recently-added functionality unveiled earlier this year at the ISE show, including stream and local-playlist failover to overcome network connectivity issues, enterprise-scale hierarchical management of high numbers of endpoints, QR code-based smartphone control of local player devices, new deployment and integration options and more.
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