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Is Audio Streaming Right for Your House of Worship?

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A house of worship should be a place that brings people from all walks of life together for fellowship. With young and old, bilingual speakers and various disabilities all coming together in one space, a house of worship needs solutions to help meet its congregation’s audio needs. It used to be that adding audio assistive technology to a place of worship wasn’t worth the trouble; programming changes and ongoing upkeep made it an expensive and burdensome addition. But modern solutions are able to eliminate all of that and leverage existing technology that works for everyone.

Here are a few of the reasons why a hearing assistive system could be a God-send for your house of worship:

Replaces Outdated Equipment

With a solution that transmits to users’ smartphones, you no longer need to provide all of the hardware to make it work. In the past, the place of worship was responsible for the upkeep and distribution of the end-user components. Now you can simply plug in the portable pa system, connect to existing WiFi or use the integrated WiFi, and congregants can instantly use their smartphones or tablets to access the wireless hearing assistive services without additional expense to your church.

More Hygienic Solution

Since the users have their own personal device–smartphones or tablets–you no longer have to collect, clean the equipment and replace dead batteries. Plus, units won’t fail and require replacement because of ordinary wear and tear. This saves time and money which could be put to better uses in the community.

Scales as You Need

Since everyone uses their own device, the house of worship won’t need to worry about not having enough equipment to meet the needs of the attendees. Each person uses his or her own phone or tablet, which permits the system to support a handful or a full house without issue.

No longer will you have to qualify a user as a means of rationing equipment, and members don’t have to worry about the stigma of using a bulky hearing assitve device. Everyone can choose to use the system or not, discreetly and at their leisure. And if there are members who want to use the product, but don’t have access to a cell phone, you can always suggest that other members donate their old phones for this purpose.

Expand the Service Without Expensive Infrastructure

With an audio streaming solution, you can expand to many different locations, such as overflow areas or nurseries, without expensive system add-ons. This ensures that members can be a part of the service, no matter what they are called to do within the house of worship. It can also serve as both a hearing assistive product and an audio distribution system, allowing use of areas in conjunction with the central worship area that provide even more space for growth.

With a wireless hearing device, you can get a simple, affordable audio streaming solution that helps members with hearing disabilities, provides language translation services and connects members in other areas of the building so that all can enjoy the service. Your congregation will never miss the good word!

The Top 3 Blogs of 2017

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We had an incredible year in 2017! We shared a lot of information about audio solutions for all types of businesses, as well as innovative ideas and tips for using audio to benefit your business and your community. However, the below three blogs were our most read during 2017. Take another look at these helpful posts, perhaps you might read something you missed.

Build Community with an Outdoor Movie Screening

Looking for a perfect way to bring your community together in an entertaining and unique event? We have a solution to help you make it happen.

How Audio Streaming Works

Local audio streaming over WiFi is an effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. Learn how audio streaming works.

A Better Solution to Hearing Loops

Considering installing a hearing loop system in your building? Wireless audio streaming may be a better solution for you and your guests. 

Stay tuned for more great content in 2018 and let us know on our Facebook page if there are any topics you’d like us to cover. As always, if you have any questions about our audio streaming solutions, please contact us.

Happy new year from all of us at AudioFetch!


New Richmond Area Centre Installs AudioFetch

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We hold a very high standard for customer service. While our products are easy to install, sometimes our clients still need some extra support to help with unrelated issues like wifi troubleshooting – and we are there for them! Our install at the New Richmond Area Centre was no exception.  With the slogan, “Health, Fitness and Fun for all ages,” the New Richmond Area Centre offers a variety of programming options for kids, families, teens and adults. With over 6000 members, AudioFetch was the perfect audio streaming solution for this dynamic community Centre, bustling with activity and audio tastes.

We sat down with Kayla Bertram, Workplace Wellness Manager at the New Richmond Area Centre to talk about the Centre’s experience with AudioFetch:

AudioFetch: What is the best part about being able to stream audio through the Centre? How does it benefit your team and your members?

Kayla Bertram: Members no longer have to rely on having a CardioVision attached to their machine and hoping that it works. There was a lot of confusion in our facility over the fact that you had to be moving the machine for the CardioVision to turn on  – with AudioFetch we no longer have to worry about adjusting the antennas to get the channels to come in clearly – they are all crystal clear and available right on the user’s device. For my team this means no more messing with CardioVisions to get them to work for members, and for members it means they will be able to listen to the TV (and hear it clearly) no matter which machine they choose.

AF: What has been the reception with AudioFetch at the Centre?

KB: Mostly it’s nice for me because I have less people complaining about the old system not working, and more [members] who are perfectly content with AudioFetch and no longer complain about the old system. Once a [member] has downloaded and successfully used AudioFetch – they seem content.

AF: What was your experience working with AudioFetch and installing the system? Can you briefly explain the WiFi issues and how AudioFetch helped to resolve them?

KB: I’m not a super nerd when it comes to technology, but I’d like to consider myself at least somewhat technologically inclined. So for me, set up was super simple. Pretty much plug and go. We did have some issues in the beginning getting AudioFetch to connect to our wifi and having to reset the system every single day. It was definitely a process to get it figured out, however Albert and Tim were INCREDIBLY helpful. These guys stand behind this product 100% and will do anything to help you get the problem fixed. I honestly cannot thank them enough for helping me through the process and getting everything to work like it should. We do not have an IT person at our facility so it was challenging for me to figure this out alone and Tim and Albert were able to help me get it up and running.

AudioFetch has solutions that are right for many different businesses. If you’d like to learn more about how we could help improve your customer and team experience, contact us.

How Audio Streaming Works

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We’ve all been there. You’re out at your favorite restaurant and whether it’s the big game or some breaking news, you want to tune in and hear the experience. This can be difficult with all the noise in a busy establishment. Streaming local audio over wifi directly solves this issue by allowing your patrons to easily connect their personal devices to the source. Patrons have their choice of volume, channel, and can easily catch all the action at their choosing.

How Audio Streaming Works

Streaming is basically taking an audio or video source and broadcasting it out. The content must be sampled then encoded. In the case of streaming local audio over WiFi, the stream is encoded into WiFi packets.

How AudioFetch Streaming Works

The AudioFetch platform is a designed specifically for very fast sampling and encoding of audio to be distributed over WiFi networks.  To this end, there is a dedicated audio processor for each audio source.  The For business owners, this well thought out design results in a a simple “plug-and-play” process!

Plug: First, you connect the audio source to the AudioFetch system you’re using. It could be a television, satellite, cable or IPTV input if using the traditional multiple-channel AudioFetch system, or a microphone if using the portable, single-channel FetchExpress. Note that AudioFetch provides 3 different audio connection issues to ensure your sources connect today and in the future.  Next, you connect the AudioFetch system to the wireless internet router via the Ethernet jack.

And Play: Once connected to both the source and the WiFi, the AudioFetch system automatically broadcasts audio from the source through the local WiFi network.

Users that have downloaded the free AudioFetch app and are connected to the local WiFi simply launch the  App and the audio automatically is streamed on their smartphone or tablet.

How AudioFetch Audio Streaming Over WiFi Works

Learn more about how AudioFetch works.

Local audio streaming is an extremely effective way to reach your patrons quickly, easily and often very personally. They’ll be happy that they can choose what they want to hear and view.  THose that don’t want to hear are grateful for the lack of noise pollution. For more information on how AudioFetch can work for you, contact us today.



The Best Tool For Your Business

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Has your company ever had an all-hands meeting where half the team had to listen from the hallway because it was too crowded in the boardroom? How about the last time you were in a packed bar trying to watch a game with 60 TVs playing other games? Have you ever had to sit in the back of church and miss the whole sermon? These are all hearing and communication challenges that a business PA system could easily solve. Installing a PA system can help businesses to regulate exactly the audio they want to provide to their staff or customers, simply using wifi to stream to their smartphones or tablets.

What type of businesses can benefit from streaming audio over wifi?

Businesses of all types and sizes can take advantage of wireless audio streaming. If you have employees, customers, audiences and/or guests that need to hear better or listen to music while working, a business PA system is a great addition. Here are just a few of the business types that can benefit:

Warehouses – Allow factory workers to listen to preselected audio options, broadcast important announcements and eliminate other distractions.

Office – Allow staff to listen to and curate audio options, and reduce distractions throughout the entire building.

Houses of Worship – Allow members to hear the sermon, regardless of where they are in the building, assist hearing-impaired members and provide translation services.

Theaters – Give guests an extra boost to hear audio regardless of where they are in the theater, as well as provide translation and hearing assistive services.

Event Centers – Allow guests to better hear audio for various types of events–lecture, speaker panel, musician, comedian, film, etc.–and provide translation services.

Community Centers – Allow guests to better hear audio for various community events, including speakers, educational/instructional classes, indoor or outdoor movie screenings, etc., and provide translation services.

How do businesses benefit from streaming audio over wifi?

Wireless audio streaming can provide numerous benefits for businesses to help increase customer and employee satisfaction, improve communication and enhance productivity.

Efficient Communication

You can create a single channel that broadcasts relevant messages, such as current promotions or specials, new menu items, upcoming events happening at your business, holiday hours and closures, etc. You can also use the app to alert guests of these messages by including links or PDFs in the drop down menu.  

Increase Revenue

If you are using a personal PA system at your venue, such as a house of worship or a concert hall, you can market the space as having hearing assistive technology that can amplify the sound for any patron in need. This can be a great marketing asset to broaden awareness of your venue and increase ticket sales or donations.

Encourage Diversity

Providing services and technology for diverse audiences can benefit both employees and customers. For example, your business could be able to provide real-time translation services to ensure that everyone is hearing the same message at the same time in their native language. Churches and community centers are great candidates for providing real-time translation services, but any public venue is likely to have an audience that would find this useful.  

Another great example is it can help the hearing impaired. One in eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Considering that that’s 13% of the U.S. population, it’s highly likely that your staff and guests have some type of hearing loss or impairment, and would benefit from hearing assistive devices. A PA system that uses wifi to stream local audio to smartphones provides these services, without requiring your staff or guests to own new devices or requiring your business to install a comprehensive sound system.

The ability to help your employees and consumers hear better, without distractions or distracting others, can enhance the environment in your business, increase productivity, communication, and improve your business’s bottom line. If you’re ready to help your employees and guests hear better, contact us to get started with your wireless audio streaming and business PA system.



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4 Non-Traditional Donation Type for Churches

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Churches and other houses of worship thrive on the generous offerings made by their members. But monetary giving during services is just one way that members can support their church. There are several others methods for giving and items that churches need to operate.

If you’re in need other types of donations or would like to expand the ways you accept donations, consider trying one (or all) of these unique and modern donation methods.

1. Mobile or Online Donations


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Mobile or online tithing allows your members to give in easy and convenient ways, ways that fit into their busy lives. With software like easyTithe or EZekiel, members can donate at the preferred time and using their preferred payment method, and can even set up recurring donations, all without requiring them to have cash on hand during services.

2. Unused Smartphones & Tablets

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If your members are anything like us, they have a drawer full of old smartphones and other mobile devices that they never use. These devices may not be the latest and greatest, but they still work perfectly. Ask your members to donate these unused mobile devices to the church so you can use them for educational games in nurseries, learning tools on youth retreats and listening assistive devices for elderly and hard-of-hearing members, or for those requiring translation services.

3. Stocks or Mutual Funds

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Stocks and mutual funds can benefit both the church and the member donating them. Churches can take advantage of increased funding over time if the markets improve, and members can take advantages of tax deductions. Win-win!

Note: You should always consult a tax professional before accepting these types of donations to ensure you are getting the most benefit and handling it properly. Encourage your members to also speak with a tax professional.

4. Vehicle Donations

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Selling a used vehicle can be a hassle, and trade-ins aren’t always as valuable as one would hope. Encourage your members to donate their unwanted vehicle to your church to eliminate the headache of selling, and get a tax deduction. You can then fix up the car and sell it yourself, investing the money back in the church, or donate the car to a family in need.

Through unique and modern donation methods, members can provide their support more easily, helping your church operate and grow more efficiently.



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How AudioFetch Stacks Up Against Other Wireless Audio Streaming Systems

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We often get asked by new customers how AudioFetch compares to the other wireless audio streaming systems out there. Our Competitive Comparison chart addresses the key features and benefits in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner. However, many businesses need more details to truly perceive the differentiating factors.

Below are specifics on how our products and services compare to others you may be researching:

Channel Options

When it comes to the number of channels and how they’re managed, you have options. AudioFetch Express is a single input unit to accommodate  a single audio source, or for multiple AudioFetch Express units to combine a few input audio sources to up to six channels on the AudioFetch App., we offer a single channel unit. For larger venues, the standard AudioFetch system can be expanded from 4 inputs all the way up to 64 inputs. Each AudioFetch chassis supports 16 inputs, and up to four AudioFetch boxes may be added to the network.Customers  can add 4-input cards in the field when expanding.

Additionally, you are able to label each channel so that users can quickly find “TV1,” “CNN,” “ESPN” or whatever makes sense for your venue.

Inputs & Outputs: It’s What it’s All About

When it comes to audio inputs, you also have options. Each AudioFetch unit allows for three different connectors–analog, optical and digital coax. This gives you the flexibility to install in whatever way works best for your business. It also eliminates the need for costly optical adaptor boxes. Less money, less equipment, less hassle.

Low, Low Latency

AudioFetch has one of the lowest latencies on the market. We wouldn’t claim lowest latencies, and neither should our competitors. That’s because each installation is different with unique circumstances–venue location, structure, your wifi network, surrounding networks, etc.–that could impact latency levels. Ours is low, and we’re more than happy to prove that at your venue. But don’t trust any company claiming lowest latency and be sure to read the fine print if they “guarantee” it.

Marketing So Simple Even Your Dog Could Do It

Regardless of their role–marketing, sales, admin, executive or owner–anyone at your organization can easily understand and manage the AudioFetch marketing portal for customizing the AudioFetch app. We provide some clear-cut instructions with your product, and that’s truly all you’ll need to get in there and create ads, view usage metrics, and download reports. App users tap your custom graphics and message then choose to be connected to either  a phone number, a website, or to send an e-mail.

AudioFetch Marketing Portal

The marketing for other wireless audio streaming products is so complex and cumbersome, they propose you pay them a monthly service fee just to manage it. That’s not a convenience fee, it’s because you’d never be able to use it on your own! We believe your resources, and your budget, can be used more wisely.

We Develop, Manufacture & Support Our Products

We don’t just sell AudioFetch products, we also continue product development of AudioFetch, develop each unit, manage manufacturing and assembly, and support each installation from our offices in Colorado. We do not private or white label any other companies’ technology or equipment. That means, we’re able to provide informed, effective and efficient support throughout the entire process, from installation to ongoing usage. There are no other companies, or board members to negotiate or appease and our design engineers and App developers are our own..

When you order an AudioFetch product, you work with AudioFetch exclusively. And when you work with AudioFetch, we work for you. Exclusively.

Custom-Designed Hardware

AudioFetch  is a custom-designed hardware platform to ensure the fastest, most efficient audio processing. We incorporate a microprocessor-per-input, so scaling multiple inputs is not an issue.

Other audio streaming systems use an off-the-shelf computer. These computers still need to run their normal operating systems in addition to the large software package required to process audio. These single processor units quickly become burdened, resulting in slower and less efficient audio streaming.

Barely Bigger Than a Tissue Box

Our flagship AudioFetch product is small, flexible and at 10”x6”x3”, it’s barely bigger than a tissue box. AudioFetch Lite is just 10”x3”x2” and FetchExpress, our single input, integrated-WiFi model is even more sleek. It’s about the size of a deck of cards (4.25”x2.5”x1”) and can easily be hooked on a belt or tucked into a pocket for hands-free usage.

Mounting Options

Due to the minimal size and weight of all AudioFetch units, AudioFetch can be installed virtually anywhere. However, for cleanliness and convenience, a lot of our customers like to tuck the unit out of the way. For these instances, we offer a single rack mount rail and all necessary hardware to flush-mount the unit within a standard 19 inch 4U rack space. If a unit requires rack-mounting, you should reconsider. This is a liability, not an asset.

Accessories ARE Included

Each AudioFetch unit comes with all necessary audio, ethernet and power cables at no additional cost. And this should always be the case, no matter what company or product you’re purchasing.

Simple, User-Friendly App

Our smartphone app was designed with simplicity and user experience in mind. We aren’t trying to recreate your website within our app with loads of links, information and distracting content. Our app has four main components–Main Menu, Available Channels, Volume Control and Advertisement space.

AudioFetch App Sections

The  simple interface makes the app intuitive for users of any age or tech-savviness. Once your customers download the app, they just need to open it and it will immediately locate the AudioFetch unit and connect. Your staff won’t have to spend their time explaining what it is, how it’s used or how to connect.

If you do want to provide an experience more akin to your website, you can always integrate AudioFetch into your own custom app through our API. Learn how this could benefit your business, and get instructions.

Monitor Usage & Performance

Through The Doghouse, our easy-to-use management portal, you can view usage metrics and download reports to learn how your customers are using AudioFetch to make improvements, and better understand your return on investment.

You can view reports such as Sessions Per Day, Listening Time, Session Length and Top 5 Channels. Access to these reports is provided at no additional charge.

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AudioFetch Metrics

Choosing the right wireless audio streaming system for your business can be a challenge. The more informed you are about the features and benefits will help you make a smart decision. If you have other questions about how AudioFetch stacks up, contact us today!