Birmingham Public School District Upgrades Networked Public Address System with Vocia®

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Mar 18, 2013

Birmingham Public School District Upgrades Networked Public Address System with Vocia®

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, is pleased to announce the installation of a multi-facility, networked public address system in the Birmingham Public School District in Michigan.

The School District upgraded communications in all 15 of their buildings with Vocia, providing a unified communication system that provided clear, intelligible paging, schedule bells, and message announcements in each building. In addition, the system is also the on-demand emergency message platform throughout the district.

Dean Harris of Integrated Design Solutions acted as the consultant and system designer, and Bob Sullivan of Advanced Lighting and Sound managed the installation. Vocia provided the robust paging backbone and exceptional sound quality with remote system supervision over the District's existing wide-area network (WAN). It also provided expanded features and tied into the existing two-way paging infrastructure located in each classroom; and the ease of operation enabled the IT staff to monitor the system health from any remote location.

Because the buildings are located at least a few miles from each other, all are tied together with Vocia through the District's existing WAN, allowing for inter-building paging and integrating with the existing school bell system to playback pre-recorded school messages from a single administration location.

"Our confidence in Vocia was confirmed the first week of school when staff could really hear the difference in the bells and announcements. We're very happy with our investment in Biamp and Vocia." –Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Executive Director of Technology for Birmingham Public Schools

The facilities of the Birmingham Public School District in Birmingham, Michigan are made up of 15 separate buildings: eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one senior center, and the administration office.

About Biamp

Biamp Systems, LLC is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service. 

Recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Global Installed Audio Conferencing Enabling Technology Leadership Award, Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system, Cambridge® sound masking solutions, and loudspeakers for installed sound applications from Community Loudspeakers® and Apart Audio®. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, open floor environments, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, retail, hospitality, military and government, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional offices around the globe. For more information on Biamp, please visit

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