Multi-Tech and Bogen Deliver Simultaneous Overhead Paging over IP

3/3/2004 - Bogen Communications, a leading provider of sound systems and telephone peripherals, and Multi-Tech Systems, a leading data communications technology company, together enable businesses to provide company-wide overhead paging to locations within a facility, or across a campus, without running new lines. Bogen’s Telephone Access Module, along with Bogen amplifiers and Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP Voice over IP gateways integrate seamlessly to provide overhead voice paging over IP networks. Now, a business can make a company-wide announcement or page employees across a campus of offices more efficiently. They can even page remote office locations located thousands of miles away.

“This powerful combination eliminates the need for new wiring required by traditional overhead paging systems,” explains Dave Chambers, Senior Vice President of Sales, of Bogen Communications. “In most cases, running new wire between office locations is expensive or impossible, considering it might be to many sites across the country, or around the world for that matter. Leased lines and excessive long distance bills are becoming a thing of the past with VoIP.”

Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP gateways connect to Bogen’s single zone or multi-zone paging interfaces (Models TAMB, PCM2000, or ZPM3) and a broad array of audio paging equipment to enable voice pages directly through the IP data network. “Businesses with multiple buildings are already networked via Ethernet,” said Chambers. “The MultiVOIP gateways simply allow us to use this connection to the wide area network as a conduit for our voice paging systems.”

The MultiVOIP gateway connects directly to the Bogen zone paging systems or interface devices, which are compatible with virtually any telephone port type. The MultiVOIP gateway sends a voice page onto the IP network. It then utilizes another MultiVOIP gateway, at the remote end, to separate the voice page from the data network and send it to the amplifier.

To make a page, the user simply dials a particular paging zone number, and the page can be sent to individual buildings, zones within them, or be heard throughout the entire system as an “all-call page” – however, the user directs the call to be sent.

“Without this innovative joint solution, most multi-location businesses would simply give up on the idea of company-wide overhead paging at remote, or difficult to reach locations, because of the cost,” said Chambers. “Now we can provide these businesses with a cost-effective means to render emergency alerts, make general broadcast announcements, and ultimately improve overall internal communications with a simultaneous paging solution—not to mention enhancing employee safety, a key concern today.”

Multi-Tech MultiVOIP
Multi-Tech’s MultiVOIP Voice over IP gateways bridge voice communication to the IP data network. MultiVOIP operates alongside a company’s analog phone systems and telephone paging systems to extend voice communications to remote locations. They provide award-winning business quality voice connections with minimal bandwidth requirements (14K bps per call including IP overhead). MultiVOIP utilizes the existing Ethernet network without disrupting data or voice equipment. In addition, it is transparent to the user and provides the administrator web based configuration and management.

MultiVOIP/Bogen Models

Bogen’s Telephone Access Module The Bogen Telephone Access Module is a unique, dual-purpose voice paging adapter designed as an interface between a telephone system and the paging system. The TAMB allows paging announcements to be made through any telephone.

Bogen’s PCM2000 Zone Paging System Bogen’s PCM2000 provides expandable zone paging for applications requiring 1 to 99 zones, and up to 32 paging zone groups. Its multi-function modules ensure flexibility and future system expansion. It allows a system to be designed to be specifically tailored for a facility’s unique requirements.

Bogen’s Telephone Paging Amplifiers The Bogen Telephone Paging Amplifiers are wall-mountable and come in five models, ranging in power from 15 to 250 watts. Each model provides VOX-activated automatic muting of background music during a page, variable mute controls level of music during a page, gradual return of music following a page, night ringer, and Aphex® Aural Exciter circuit which increases clarity and intelligibility.

About Multi-Tech Systems
An ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.

Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has over 60 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s World Wide Web home page at

About Bogen Communications, Inc.
Bogen Communications International, based in Ramsey, New Jersey, and Munich, Germany, develops, manufactures, and markets telecommunications peripherals, sound processing equipment, and Unified Messaging products and services. Bogen’s products are sold to commercial, industrial, professional and institutional customers worldwide. For more information contact Bogen directly at: Tel: 201-934-8500 Fax: 201-934-9832

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