About Networked Media Systems
A Networked Media System is any audio and/or video equipment that communicates over an organization’s Ethernet network. Networked Media Systems are designed to maximize system resources while simplifying system administration. By leveraging the existing network for both audio and control signals, a ready-built path is already in place to send those signals anywhere in the building, yielding a superior audio experience for paging, conferencing, and sound reinforcement.


Networked Media Systems provide nearly limitless possibilities.
Benefits include:

  • Cost Savings, resulting from simplified system design, installation, and operation
  • Efficiency, by being able to share processing resources over the network
  • Flexibility to only move endpoints as your system grows
  • Easier scalability into new areas and buildings
  • Interoperability, allowing you to simultaneously support multiple systems across a facility
  • A reduced need for cable and equipment, making installations more sustainable

Types of Networked Media Systems
Centralized NMS
  • Efficient
  • Cost-effective
  • Scalable
  • All DSP housed in one physical location
  • Simplified expansion into new areas
  • Routes all signals through a single point
  • Housing the DSP in an unoccupied space allows easier maintenance
Decentralized NMS
  • Shares resources between devices as needed
  • No single point of potential system failure
  • Zone-based, allows optimization for different scenarios
  • DSP at all endpoints
  • Reduced TCO
  • Self-monitoring
  • Ideal for critical paging systems

Recommended Applications
Here are several common scenarios that should be implemented with Networked Media Systems:


A strong conferencing solution is vital to companies of all sizes. Networked Media Systems can be integrated with a company’s existing VoIP systems, providing additional signal processing to consistently deliver crisp, echo-free audio.


Network Media Systems allow you to use zoned paging to broadcast messages only to the intended audience. Integrating paging with ambient noise compensation allows the paging volume to adjust up or down automatically based on the space’s ambient volume.


As businesses continue to evolve, the concept of a pre-defined space is disappearing. Instead, multipurpose and multi-use spaces are becoming more prevalent, and Networked Media Systems are particularly adept at supporting situations requiring quick and robust reconfiguration capabilities.


Networked Media Systems help with acoustically challenging environments. They require fewer cable runs — an advantage for historic venues and retrofits — and also eliminate the need for manual adjustments via advanced software features like dynamic processing and auto mixers.

More Information
Biamp offers powerful NMS solutions that leverage your existing network for a superior audio experience.

System Design Guide
Learn more about how Tesira and Vocia work together in a Networked Media System.

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