Schools in! Reliable Communication in a single integrated system

The bell rings and school is back in session, teachers confidently prepare to receive their pupils, students enthusiastically enter the classroom and the building begins motoring through a day of exploratory learning. If only that was the end of the work needed to manage a school. We understand the daily complexities that surface for principals and teachers and the inevitable need to engage with each other. With this in mind, the abilities of each schools communication systems throughout the entire facility increasingly becomes a priority when assessing the overall effectiveness of that system.

In a K-12 setting, events can be planned or occur spontaneously. Working with a reliable audio and security system to deliver a clear public address or verify individuals at the front door has become a growing necessity. An issue can occur quite fast and having an unfailing, intelligible direct line to the office when a child gets sick in class, or delivering an outdoor announcement for imminent bad weather will make certain that message is heard. On the other hand, planned events such as school assemblies or daily scheduled announcements require an audio system that distributes clear speech for all to understand. That is where TOA really shines, with the quality and performance of their equipment for enhanced communication connectivity, regardless of the reason; TOA’s equipment excels within a well-designed solution.

TOA Corporation, based in Japan, is a leader and well-respected global audio manufacturer with over 85 years of experience and the parent company of TOA Canada.  Coast to coast, TOA Canada offers a full line of audio and intercom products that improve a schools communication ability to operate in a smooth, effective way. Their success and continuous innovation derives from a deep routed conviction to create equipment that works, is sustainable and operates with a practical approach. Engineers work methodically to design equipment for real world environments, focused on crafting communication products demanded by the market. An intensive quality control process takes place safeguarding the functionality of the equipment at all times. For these reasons and more, school boards across Canada have assertively employed TOA equipment for their campus needs for decades.

Let us reminisce to a time; sitting in class attempting to listen to the teacher but having difficulty hearing them. Was the voice to low? Maybe they were facing the chalkboard. Either way, students in these circumstances will tangibly have their learning ability impeded. To overcome the problem many schools have implemented TOA’s IR-800 Classroom Voice lift system that utilizes a wide dispersion centralized ceiling speaker with a coverage pattern to deliver clear speech evenly throughout the room. Along with a first priority teacher microphone to mute all other mics, the system has multiple configurations options to suit the needs of the school. The system is easy to install, can integrate to the school PA system for muting during announcements and connects with an Assisted Listening Devices for students with poor hearing. From a teachers perspective using the system significantly reduces vocal fatigue. Not surprisingly, the IR-800 is an accepted hearing enhancement for school boards and is a real game changer for improved absorption of information by students.

Paging, described as a one-way communication to one location or multiple zones. Appears simple enough, pick up a phone or a desk microphone press a button and off you go, however, TOA’s paging solutions offer more possibilities. Nowadays buildings require the integration of paging capabilities with other school systems along with the options for two-way communication, TOA equipment has a penchant for this form of assimilation. Schools are structurally diverse so their needs can be dissimilar yet, with the right selection and placement of communication products, TOA has all scenarios covered. Small or large rooms, outdoor or indoor, across the campus or multi-level, TOA offers paging strategies to operate in a variety of conditions. Utilize the system to page to one room, multiple rooms or another building and receive the same crisp sound as if paging to the room beside you.  Recognized for disseminating clear and intelligible sound, TOA speakers will enhance comprehension of messages during an emergency triggering a quicker reaction from individuals to follow instructions. Paging has grown over time; it is no longer as simple as clicking a button.

A popular location for school gatherings would be the gymnasium and auditorium where students and staff attend important informational presentations or occasionally, a good old talent show. Now these spaces are typically larger and TOA Canada would recommend high performing speakers and amplifiers for best results. Their product line includes a variety of line array speakers and a range of amplifiers that when combined properly will deliver the influential and intelligible sound required to engage the audience. The capability to connect a Digital Signal Processor further enhances the sound and is well worth it. With the proper project design and right mix of TOA products, these spaces will offer quality sound with minimal reverberation and increased utilization.

Parents, staff, and school boards appreciate just how vital an all-embracing communication system is for the everyday needs of a school.  A solution that includes clear sound, diverse paging functions, classroom voice enhancement and full building coverage, presents a resourceful and valuable path to success. What has become clear is when boards are ready to reinvigorate the audio and communication composition for schools, TOA equipment should be at the top of their list. Selecting an audio and communication leader, like TOA Canada, who works diligently to offer versatile and reliable products to the Canadian education market is a no brainer, they have been successfully executing solutions for years and have the experience to back it up.

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