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3 Reasons to add AudioFetch to your College Campus

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A college campus is a vibrant place of learning, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  The atmosphere is ripe with growth and learning, and the technology available on campus for various activities is a great opportunity to inspire students and faculty alike. An audio solution that transmits audio over wifi could be a great addition to any higher education audio-visual department and opens up some creative opportunities to enhance the experience of everyone on campus.

STUDENTS

Students work hard to become informed and expand their knowledge and skills.  They learn from books, professors, visiting lecturers, and each other. They attend multiple classes and spend long hours studying.  To unwind they sometimes look to the Student Union to share a meal, a televised sports event or an episode of South Park or Jeopardy.

One television, turned up loud enough for so many people to hear, can seem blaring to those who are more interested in talking to their friends.  For students who are studying while they eat, the noise of the television that rises and falls with the excitement of sports announcers’ voices or the music of commercials can be very distracting.  Or perhaps there are several televisions showing different programs and one can’t be heard over another, creating a cacophony of noise. And what if students with hearing disabilities just want to hear what’s on TV more clearly?

Any streaming device that transmits audio via wifi to a user’s smartphone, would be a perfect solution to manage noise levels in shared student spaces like the Student Union or dorms. Think of the peace in having an audio-streaming device that would allow students to listen to any TV through their cell phones.  Earbuds would prevent distracting anyone sitting nearby, and students could still watch together by tuning in to the same channel.

PROFESSORS

Seeking to vary the classes or impart direct knowledge, a professor might take a class of students to a museum, a play, a special lecture or a local engineering facility.  Communicating with students might be distracting to others at the museum, play, or lecture, and might be impossible in a plant, however, a personal PA system that streams audio directly to student smartphones would allow the professor to communicate with all the students over any other noise and without disturbing anyone nearby. Not only that, through direct streaming, students are more likely to hear every word of instruction through their earbuds and are less likely to be distracted or miss something vital because of ambient noise.

GUEST LECTURERS & PRESENTERS

Very often during the semester, a college will host a special visitor who might lecture on politics, environmental issues, the entertainment industry, or host a Q & A.  These special presentations are open to the public and many people from the community attend. Students attending the college or members of the community whose first language is not English are at a slight disadvantage because they might miss the nuances of the speaker.  Wouldn’t a translator be a big help? A translator could be a volunteer from the community who transmits the dialogue over streaming audio, allowing everyone to hear the lecture in their own language. Not only that, but attendees with hearing impairment could also benefit from an audio streaming device that amplifies the sound of the lecture directly into their ear buds.

An AudioFetch education sound system that streams over wifi could solve so many on campus challenges and be a great addition to the student and community experience.  If you would like to know more about our audio streaming solutions, contact us today!

 

Hit a Home Run with AudioFetch!

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Here comes fall!  The days get cooler and the leaves start to turn.  Fall is a beautiful time of year made greater because it is the season of one of the greatest contests in baseball.  Even people who aren’t big fans of baseball will watch the playoffs and the World Series. Their favorite team may not be in it, but they will choose sides and root for a winner, hoping for evenly matched teams that will carry the series for all seven games.

The thing is, baseball has always been a listening sport.  People used to turn on their radios on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and listen to the game.  That’s why baseball has one of the best announcers in sports – Joe Buck. And, this year, when the 114th World Series begins on October 23, crowds of people will gather in their local pub or sports bar to watch with friends and hear Joe Buck talk about the plays and stats.

With an audio wireless streaming solution that connects to your WiFi, you can set your televisions to whichever games are happening and customers can hear the game they want, no matter where their tables may be, simply by using their smartphones or tablets. It’s a solution that makes all patrons happy – your sports fans have the best possible audio experience, and those who aren’t interested in the game can listen to another option if they choose.

Installing a system that streams audio over wifi in time for the World Series can mean more Instagram moments and Tweets tagging your bar as the best place to watch the World Series, not to mention the year-round benefit. A streaming system can make your establishment the best destination for football, basketball, hockey, and every world championship game.

Get ready now, and contact us to see how we can help you give your patrons a better game day experience.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GIVEAWAY!

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AudioFetch is the absolute best platform for providing local audio over WiFi to smartphones and tablets across any application. The Fetch-family of products are employed in fitness centers, sports bars, restaurants, churches, universities, lecture halls, theaters, tour companies, airports, correctional facilities, community centers, casinos, auctions and more. Our solutions are easy to install and stream audio to your customers smart phones, so you get to avoid upkeep and tracking of clunky equipment.

Embrace the “bring your own device” (BYOD) culture, by allowing your customers to use their smartphones for hearing assistance, access to multilingual content, audio descriptions or any live voice audio.

Whether you’re a tour company, church, educational facility, theater or any other type of venue, we want to help your guests hear better. Now through September 30th, we’re giving away a free AudioFetch FetchExpress system to four lucky winners! Just enter your business information for a chance to win!

To give you an idea of some of the creative ways an audio streaming solution could help improve your business here are 4 of our top blogs to offer inspiration…

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Build Community with Theater Translation

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We live in a multi-cultural global society with large populations in every country speaking Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, English and hundreds of other languages. Yet, while we may seem so different from our foreign neighbors, we are intrinsically alike as we share similar emotions, concerns, intellect, and desires. We just express them differently.

One of the best ways to bring community together is through art – painting, sculpting, music, dance, and especially theater. Theater performances use various types of cultural language – verbal language, body language, costumes, and music. Some of the meaning an actor expresses in another language can be understood by gestures, facial expressions and movement. However, without understanding verbal language there is only partial understanding and much of a play, performance, or speech can be lost. For a complete artistic experience, a translator is needed.

A translator in a theater may sound like a terrible idea. Who hasn’t been annoyed by someone talking behind them in a theater?  The solution is to use a system that streams audio over wifi, sending a one-way audio broadcast to a user’s smart device via an app. A translator can speak only to those audience members who need to hear the event in another language through ear-buds. It’s a wonderful way to bring the audience in tune.

An assistive listening device for theaters that streams audio to your audience members’ smart devices means no need for additional hearing assistive devices, upgrades or care. AudioFetch solutions can connect with the wifi service already at the theater – without any wiring or bulky equipment. All the audience members have to do is download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple audio solution that could grow your attendance while creating a stronger community.

If you would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

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Translation Could Transform Your House of Worship

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Many churches have an English service as well as a service in another language such as Spanish, Chinese, or Armenian.  Yet, Sunday worship services are not the same every week. Sometimes there may be a guest minister or speaker from another state or even another country who will speak in only one language.  This means they will speak at one service and thus leave out many members of the congregation.

For those special Sunday presentations, it’s important to include everyone by offering to combine the congregation and use both languages. This way, all parishioners are together to enjoy the special service.  Of course, for everyone to understand the speaker, a translator is needed. The problem is how to offer a translation of the service into one language without disturbing the other congregation members who speak the other language.

There are several things to consider when deciding if translation is right for your house of worship, but if you have the need, an easy to install and cost effective option would be a device with multiple inputs that streams audio over wifi. A portable wifi sound system can be an excellent solution to ensure all congregants can hear the service clearly.

Translation devices for churches with built-in wifi send one-way audio to a user’s smart device.  A translator can speak only to those parishioners who need to hear the service in another language, and since the parishioner is using earbuds it prevents distracting anyone nearby. Not only that, it’s portability means you can take the solution anywhere–with built-in wifi, anywhere really means anywhere you want to hold a service! This can be an incredible advantage for houses of worship that hold events like revivals, carnivals, outdoor movie screenings or river baptisms.  Best of all, the entire congregation is together to enjoy the service and speaker wherever you are.

An audio solution that streams to your congregants smart device means the church doesn’t have to keep up with equipment upgrades or cleaning. It also allows the listener to do so discreetly. It’s like a very quiet PA system that allows your members to hear every word of the service, in their own language*, wherever they are. Further, offering translation at every service fosters a greater and continuing sense of belonging, and could lead to membership growth through its inclusive nature.

The AudioFetch Signature can connect with the wifi service already at the church, while the FetchExpress has built in wifi for endless service possibilities – without any wiring or bulky equipment.  All the congregation members have to do is simply download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple to install audio solution that could grow your congregation.

If you would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

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Minimize Installation Headaches and Costs: Why You Need a Flexible, Low Profile Wireless Audio Streaming System

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When selecting a wireless audio streaming system, minimize your installation costs and headaches with a system that can be mounted anywhere.  When you’ve spent countless hours and resources designing the optimal layout and design of your space, you’ll want to skip the clutter of clunky audio streaming equipment and the mess of expensive-to-run cords. You need something that is not only affordable, durable and easy to install, but also low-profile, out-of-the-way of customers and staff, and lends itself to easy in-ceiling mounting or rack mounting.

Our AudioFetch Signature is small and easy to mount anywhere. It doesn’t require an audio/visual rack, a heavy duty mounting point, or even a large table to rest on. About the size of a tissue box, it can be tucked away in the corner of an office or closet or mounted in a low profile location within the ceiling near the audio sources.  The option to locate AudioFetch with the TVs can save expensive installation of audio cables “home-run” to an A/V closet.  Additional ease-of-installation considerations include the ability of AudioFetch to function on non-internet-backed WiFi potentially eliminating an additional ethernet connection run.  And the AudioFetch standard of 3 audio connection types per input (analog, optical, and digital coax) eliminates costly optical adapters, and future-proofs your system.

The counterpart to the Signature line, the power-packed Fetch Express platform, provides the ultimate in ease-of-installation eliminating audio cable runs entirely.  The tiny Fetch Express, with its’ built-in WiFi, installs one per audio source then all connect as wireless clients to the facility WiFi.

Both AudioFetch platforms are small and light enough to mount behind a TV, or just above it in a drop ceiling, or open ceiling, keeping it out of sight from customers and reducing the need to run long cables which are not only unsightly, but a major expense and a potential future maintenance hassle.

When choosing a system to stream audio over wifi, make sure it’s heard, not seen. And make sure it provides the easiest and most economical installation.  If you need to replace a clunky, messy audio streaming system or would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

Be The Best Spot For World Cup

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Get ready! The men’s World Cup begins on June 14 in Russia with 32 qualifying teams representing every continent competing for the trophy.

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and the World Cup continues to break viewing records. 764 million people watched the last women’s World Cup, making it the most-watched event in the history of sports. Winning (or losing) a football match is a matter of community pride, and can set a whole nation to beaming (or moping).

This means that beginning on June 14, millions of soccer’s passionate and vocal fans will seek their local pub, restaurant, or sports bar to watch the games with a community of cheering celebrants.

Watching the game is ultra-important to the fans, but hearing it is important, too. When a host of people are shouting and high-fiving because their team just scored, there are fans supporting the opposing team who are hoping to hear the ref call a foul. Or suppose at that moment a player shouted something at the ref or a fight started. It’s that “what just happened” moment that no one wants to miss hearing.

You no longer need to make a choice between making customers choose just one game or no sound at all. With an audio wireless streaming solution that connects to your WiFi, you can set your televisions to whichever games are happening and customers can hear the game they want, no matter where their tables may be, simply by using their smartphones or tablets. It’s a solution that makes all patrons happy–your sports fans have the best possible audio experience, and those who aren’t interested in the game can listen to another option if they choose or nothing at all.

Installing a system that streams audio over wifi in time for the World Cup can mean more Instagram moments and Tweets saying, “I’M HERE!” Your bar or restaurant is the place to be. And think of the year-round benefit. Baseball, basketball, American football, hockey, and every world championship.

If you’re an American bar owner who is dubious about how useful this will be since the U.S. didn’t make this year’s World Cup, remember: the Women’s World Cup is in 2019, and they played the most-watched soccer game in the nation’s history.

Get ready now, and contact us to see how we can help you give your patrons a better game day experience.

Get Creative with a Portable PA System for Business

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Are you looking for a distraction-free PA system for your business? One that is portable, convenient, and affordable? The simplicity of the AudioFetch FetchExpress may be exactly what you need. With it’s simple design and ease of installation the FetchExpress can help keep communication with your customers, guests and team clear and effective.

How does it work?

Our portable PA system streams audio from a single source to anyone listening through the AudioFetch app on their smartphone or tablet. No complicated AV systems or bulky listening devices required.

FetchExpress connects seamlessly to your existing WiFi, so installation is simple and doesn’t require a mess of cords and plugs. The device also comes with a built-in WiFi function, turning you into a walking hotspot for outdoor or en-route use.

With options for broadcasting your voice with a directly-connected or wireless microphone, you are assured a quick and easy way to communicate without distractions for your listeners or others. If you need to broadcast from several sources, you can easily pair multiple FetchExpresses together or use our AudioFetch Signature system for up to 256 inputs.

All the listener needs to do is download the AudioFetch app to get started. We provide marketing material for your venue to let people know that AudioFetch is available and how to use it.

Who can use it?

There are many businesses that can benefit from an AudioFetch system, from houses of worship and tourism companies to warehouses and educational facilities, and everyone in between! Some of the creative uses include:

With a Portable PA system you can minimize distractions to ensure clear and direct communication with the people who need to hear it most.

The AudioFetch PA system helps businesses transform how they interact with their guests, customers and staff, leading to enhanced customer experience, improved productivity and increased revenue. It brings a personal touch to the end user while enabling the broadcaster to scale their operations. What more could you want? Contact us today for more information.

Audio Streaming Could Save Lives in an Emergency

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In emergency situations it is vital that communication be clear and immediately accessible to all involved. Loud speakers can become muffled and may not be appropriate to use in every situation.

Hearing assistive streaming devices are an effective and useful alternate solution for efficient communication. In the event of an emergency, a communication system that streams audio over wifi can reach everyone in harm’s way through their smartphone via WiFi.  A password protected WiFi network can provide secure communications.

Following are five venues that could benefit from using a wireless audio streaming system in the event of an emergency:

Office Buildings

An office fire can quickly spread claiming multiple lives especially in a multi-level unit. Your office’s emergency coordinator can use a Personal PA System over WiFi to stream emergency instructions to employees on multiple floors. An added benefit is that this same system can provide multiple music channels to your team in order to increase their productivity.

Schools and College Campuses

Nobody wants to think about this kind of situation, but they’re in the headlines too often these days. A portable PA System that streams over wifi can provide teachers with a myriad of creative ways to take lessons out of the classroom, but it can also discreetly communicate emergency instructions to faculty, staff and students.

Warehouses and Factories

You may already be using a streaming solution to provide your team with music and other entertainment during work hours. This technology can also be used to make widespread announcements during an emergency, allowing your workforce to mobilize quickly and efficiently.

Hotels and Resorts

Extreme weather situations can ruin a vacation. A streaming solutions that can send instructions to your staff’s and guest’s smartphones, can help provide an excellent level of service to guests, despite the conditions outside.

Shopping Malls

In enclosed malls it can be easy to become disoriented when trying to escape an emergency situation. Plus, when you have masses of people in one space, it is vital to offer clear and accessible information and instructions. An audio streaming solution can broadcast directly to employee’s smartphones, providing them with instructions to help guide other staff and shoppers.

No matter the venue, with an audio streaming solution in place there’s one more tool at hand to make one-way communication clear and efficient for all involved. Communication is direct and widespread and the fear of unclear, unheard messages are no longer an issue when people can receive communication directly to their phone or tablet.  In the case of an emergency consider a plan that includes a broadcast system that you can rely on and trust.

If you would like to know more about Personal PA Systems or Audio Streaming Solutions, contact us today!

 

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The Benefits of a Personal PA System

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Whether you’re a factory manager, a tour guide, a minister or a sports bar manager, you understand the importance of keeping your people happy. Information is today’s currency, and there is so much of it, coming so quickly, that being able to convey and understand critical information is of top importance.

Communication is essential, whether between your business and employees, or your clientele. This can mean different things depending on your business; saving time, eliminating distractions or simply providing an impeccable experience. Whatever your goals are, an audio streaming solution could help you get there faster.

Have you ever presented at a business conference in a cavernous lecture hall or noisy convention center? How much time is spent trying to get the microphone or AV system working and repeating Q&A responses so that people in every corner of the room can hear? What if you could take advantage of smart phone technology, and everyone could stream audio from your presentation in real-time? You wouldn’t be competing with conversation in the back of the room, noise from the hall, or general din of a busy convention center. Your presentation just became more productive and efficient.

Maybe you’re expanding your business and need to train employees at your new location, but last-minute installation and finishing are still going on. If you used a personal PA system with built in wifi, your new team could follow you around the store, warehouse, or office without worrying about the distraction or disruption of the other work going on. Your employees will be trained in less time, saving you money.

Construction sites and factory floors are notoriously loud. Bring in new people or guide investors around the site and have a productive conversation despite all that’s going on. You will know they aren’t missing any of the important points.

Maybe you work with the public – education, fitness instruction, giving tours at a local museum or botanical garden, auctioneering, hosting book club at the library, guiding field trips through a nature preserve or historical site. Streaming your instruction will give your students and clients a better, deeper experience without interrupting or distracting others, and maybe even save your voice.

Does your church serve the hearing impaired? Let them listen in real-time with personal PA technology. Do you have a cry room or nursery separate from the sanctuary? Mothers and caretakers can keep up on the sermon without waking the babies. You can tend your flock in a way that meets their needs.

Additionally, you’re not limited to streaming your own voice. Maybe your business or agency would benefit from streaming music, or pertinent content. Anxious patients in the waiting room? They can stream soothing music. Bored citizens waiting for their number at the DMV? Offer audio from TVs mounted throughout the room, or a review of traffic laws while they wait.

Perhaps you want to provide some of the benefits of music to your employees, without allowing a free-for-all when it comes to internet streaming. This technology can offer a variety of options, pre-selected by you or your management team.

If this is something that would help your business increase productivity and efficiency, or create happier, more satisfied clients, Fetch Express is one option to consider. Contact us at AudioFetch for more information.