Critical Message Delivery, Now For All Via Barix RackBox


IP audio and control company Barix is bringing its IP paging and intercom expertise to large broadcast and emergency response networks with RackBox, a universal cloud-based, any-to-all platform for widespread delivery of critical messages.

Initially custom-developed for a large national U.S. TV broadcaster, Barix has now designed RackBox to serve a broader set of paging and intercom needs inside and outside the broadcast industry.

In addition to TV and radio networks, Barix says RackBox is ideal for professional alarm and notification applications over military, emergency response and business networks that serve many locations. RackBox’s single-button user interface enables immediate delivery of important messages to all stations over local and wide-area networks — “push to talk” in its purest form.

RackBox systems are scalable, with each device programmable as a transmitter, receiver, or both. Using independent, ultra-reliable Barix AudioSpread devices, the system replicates the live stream globally to receivers anywhere without depending on multicast or complicated configurations. An optional management portal supports real-time monitoring and central configuration.

RackBox’s hardware ensures constant availability, assisted by redundant power connections, and the system layout can be set up using dual-network paths while integrating with an organization’s central IT infrastructure. Its limited bandwidth requirements, low latency, and standards compliance makes the RackBox system ideal for use on existing IT infrastructure, Barix says.

The transition from satellite-based communications has been especially appealing to broadcasters who have been using similar satellite-based systems for decades. RackBox allows broadcasters to quickly communicate critical information, breaking news, and operational info across its complete network of stations, using available, low-cost IP networks.

— Brian Galante

The 19-inch 1U RackBox integrates Barix’s IPAM400 IP Audio module at its core, with support for multiple audio formats, interfaces, and IP-based streaming and control. The Linux-based programmable module adapts the latest standards, allowing users to comfortably operate RackBox on standard IP networks.