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Biamp Vocia VO-4 4 Channel Output Expander
Vocia is more than the next-generation in Biamp DSPs. It's a fundamentally new archetype. By leveraging current IT technology, Vocia delivers a superior alternative to the traditional architecture of centralized processing and routing. Instead, Vocia's distributed networked approach gives you unprecedented scalability, flexibility and reliability.
Vocia was designed from the ground up to meet the exacting specifications and requirements demanded of professional-grade, multipurpose paging systems, thus providing a solution that is future proof. The decentralized architecture distributes processing and page routing across the network — eliminating the potential for a single point of system failure. Vocia is both EN 54-16 product certified and EN 60849 and AS 60849 system verified. You can depend on Vocia to simply work, day after day, in the simplest overhead paging applications to the most advanced paging and voice evacuation systems spanning multiple zones and structures.
Vocia uses standard IP technologies such as CobraNet® to lower the cost and effort of implementing single-site systems, as well as existing IP networks for multi-site installations. Best of all, Vocia comes standard with Biamp's legendary sound quality and reliability. You can depend on Vocia for sound that moves people.
The software that controls Vocia provides an easy, at-a-glance overview of your universe — regardless of how many worlds it includes — and is designed for ease-of-use and intuitive interfacing. It can be used for programming, monitoring and live audio and control. Specifically Vocia's sophisticated software capabilities include self-monitoring of the overall system health, which automatically sends email alerts on the status. Remote monitoring allows system managers to check on the status of the system from anywhere just by logging in.
The Vocia CobraNet® Bridge is designed to interface to any CobraNet audio system using explicit bundle numbers. Now you can expand existing audio systems and add Vocia functionality for critical paging and life safety functionality.
With Vocia’s advanced features like the scheduler, third-party control, remote and system health monitoring, and a sophisticated log viewer, never has managing a multi-zone, multi-building system been so fast and easy.
Biamp is committed to continuous product evolution to meet the changing needs of the market. Vocia is a robust solution based on a networked architecture — a proven approach that the IT industry has used for decades. Vocia's decentralized networked design eliminates the single point of system failure. This distributed approach provides redundancy for all critical system components and comprehensively monitors system health.
Biamp is committed to developing audio systems that deliver success. Whether it's installing a critical paging system or ensuring the products used meet set standards, Biamp's commitment to certification is ongoing.
Vocia's EN 54-16 product certification and EN 60849/AS 60849 system verification and are examples of this commitment. We are also working directly with the NFPA 72 code writers in the US to ensure the voice intelligibility is incorporated and the benefits are brought to market.
Vocia is both product certified and system verified. We believe Vocia is a great fit for combination systems as it provides the reliability for life safety paired with the audio quality for a high-performance, critical paging system.
What is EN 54-16?
EN 54-16 is a product standard governing "Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment" (VACIE) which was issued by the European Union Construction Product Directive1 (CPD), also known as Directive 89/106/EEC. This EU directive ensures that all products sold in the European Union are safe to use and install. There are four levels of conforming to the CPD starting from self-declaration (for example the CE mark alone) up to testing and certification by a Notified Certification Body (for example EN 54-16). The EN 54-16 standard was approved by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on 20 January 2008 and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by March 2011.
As the first U.S. manufacturer to earn EN 54-16 certification, Biamp built Vocia from the ground up to comply with requirements for Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment (VACIE). You can depend on Vocia to simply work, day after day, in modest overhead paging applications as well as advanced paging and voice evacuation systems spanning multiple zones and structures.
To learn how to implement an EN 54-16 compliant system, reference our VACIE document.
EN 60849/IEC 60849/AS 60849
EN 60849 "Sound Systems for Emergency Purposes" is a system standard created in 1998. As such stand-alone products cannot be certified against this standard. Biamp has obtained verification of Vocia used in an EN 60849 compliant system from an independent technical consultant and member of BDSF. IEC 60849 is the international version of this standard and AS 60849 is the modified adoption of the IEC standard in Australia.
Sure, Vocia desktop and wall-mounted stations look good. But did you know that each one comes standard with full Vocia smarts?
Inside you'll find enough embedded DSP capability and on-board memory for all your public address needs. Customize your paging system with up to 999 user-configurable page codes. Prevent unauthorized use via PIN codes. Device-specific configuration information is stored locally so the paging stations keep working even if other components become unavailable. The centralized monitoring feature makes it a snap to replace or expand the system with new components.
It's also easy to add background music or other audio sources to your Vocia installation using the six-channel Vocia Input (VI-6) device. The VI-6 has local audio signal processing and receives control and power over standard CobraNet® networks.
The VPSI-1 adds even more flexibility by integrating third-party control systems with Vocia Desk Stations, Wall Stations and the VI-6 Input device. The VPSI-1 also integrates with custom control touch screens and third-party microphones.
It's clear — having intelligent Vocia input devices in your critical paging and life safety systems makes you look smart too.
Vocia desktop paging stations are as intelligent as they are well designed. Choose a Desk Station 4 (DS-4) to employ four user-configurable page codes or the Desk Station 10 (DS-10) to enjoy as many as 999 page codes.
The wall-mounted Wall Station 4 (WS-4) and Wall Station 10 (WS-10) give you more options to deploy a flexible, dependable Vocia paging and voice evacuation system in any environment. You have the choice of either four (WS-4) or 999 (WS-10) user-configurable page codes.
The VAM-1 hand-held, push-to-talk device is ideal for making localized (gate) pages in airports, but can also be used for simpler general paging systems that require live paging.
For EN 54-16 certified life safety systems, the Emergency Wall Station 4 (EWS-4) and Emergency Wall Station 10 (EWS-10) are both EN 54-16 product certified and provide the same reliable functionality and features as the WS-4 and WS-10 devices.
Vocia output components are smart enough and tough enough to ensure your messages are heard.
They have embedded DSP and on-board memory to process and store messages and configuration information locally.They also include comprehensive fixed-chain digital signal processing and receive audio and control signals over standard IP and CobraNet® networks.
The Vocia Output (VO-4) device converts four channels of digital audio input into line-level analog audio outputs. It's easy to tailor the output — including gain, filters and a compressor/limiter — through its software-configurable local signal processing. The VO-4e is used to monitor and supervise high-quality third-party amplifiers or powered speaker systems. The VO-4e supports the use of the Vocia ELD-1 and the ANC-1 devices with generic amplifiers, and can be used in a voice evacuation system where EN 54-16 compliance is not a requirement.
The networked multi-channel Vocia Amplifiers (VA-8600 and VA-8600c*) provide eight channels of modular amplification with up to 2400W of power per chassis via AM-600 and AM-600c* cards and optional channel-to-channel or device-to-device failover — all easily configured using Vocia's intuitive software. Add the new Vocia VA-8600 Failover Module (VFOM-1*) card and expand the failover options to include 7:1 channel failover or two sets of 3:1 channel failover. Add the End of Line Device (ELD-1) for remote line monitoring, and you'll always know the system's speakers are live and fully active.
Need to control external devices during paging, like attenuator over-ride relays? The Page Active Relay Module (PARM-1) card allows this optional capability to the VA-8600 amplifiers.
For facilities with multiple small areas or zones, Vocia's family of small amplifiers offers eight different configurations to perfectly fit the system and demands required. The VA-2060* and VA-4030* are ideal, providing a plethora of options and features for designing a customized system for any size space. The enhanced models (VA-2060e* and VA-4030e*) enable you to route local channels to the output with available analog inputs and provide dual power supply. No matter what the application, ensure messages and pages are heard within a variety of acoustical environments with the Ambient Noise Compensation (ANC-1) device for automatic ambient noise compensation.
After all, when you know you're going to be heard, you want to sound good.
*Certified for use in an EN 54-16 life safety system
Vocia® servers are ready to help you conquer the world — or multiple worlds.
The powerful networked Message Server (MS-1) supports global paging functions like message playback, event scheduling, VoIP paging interface, logging and remote access — even inter-world paging and communications via TCP/IP. As a central repository for system configuration, the MS-1 makes your entire Vocia system more flexible and easier to maintain.
You can also create and manage courtesy announcements through a web browser using the Vocia Text-to-Speech Server (TTS-1). Modular and scalable to many zones and languages, the TTS-1 constructs announcements based on user-defined templates.
The TTS-1nc Text-to-Speech and middleware server with built-in software enables the automation and prioritization of critical paging messages directly from Rauland-Borg nurse call systems.
Vocia servers operate over Ethernet and CobraNet® networks. Just another way they put the world at your fingertips.