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HARMAN Professional’s New IDX 100 System Integrates Paging, Messaging And Background Music With Scalable Technology

IDX 100 system integrates digital audio and wizard-driven software interface to make complex messaging simpler and more accessible for a broad array of installed venue applications.

SANDY, Utah — Harman’s IDX System is a seamless audio and visual information delivery solution that provides a highly flexible and scalable way to communicate important information for way-finding. It aids those who must navigate complex spaces like today’s airports, transit stations and other public spaces. Following a series of successful IDX deployments for large, sophisticated venue projects including convention centers, train stations and international airports, HARMAN Professional is now making its smaller-scale IDX 100 integrated audio and messaging system available to a wider market.

IDX 100 is a comprehensively-featured paging, messaging and background music system for serving up to 96 output zones. Using a small number of powerful system components and a building block approach to system design, IDX 100 represents a straightforward solution for even the most demanding communication system applications.

At the heart of the system is the PDC-100 controller, which provides centralized management and logging of IDX 100 system activity. The PDC-100 also provides storage of pre-recorded messages and playback of up to two simultaneous message channels. Signal processing and distribution is provided by the PDP-DSP processors, which manage digital audio for up to 48 output zones. PDP-BOB break-out boxes provide IDX 100 system scalability, with zone outputs in blocks of eight channels.

For systems requiring failover functionality, the CT16S amplifier switcher can be used to provide amplifier backup. The PDC-100 monitors the CT16S and, in the event that a primary amplifier channel failure is detected, the controller instructs the amplifier switcher to engage the appropriate idle backup amplifier channel. The PDP-DSP processor and CT16S amplifier switcher both feature General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) which allow IDX 100 systems to be integrated with external systems, such as fire alarms.

Day-to-day control of IDX 100 systems is facilitated by elegant desk-mount paging stations. Up to 12 DT-715 15-button paging stations can be used in an IDX 100 system and up to 12 DTE-710 10-button extensions can be used per paging station. Numerous system functions are assignable to buttons on the paging stations and extensions, bringing direct control of paging, message playback and background music to local users.

IDX 100 Designer is the setup, control and monitoring software application for IDX 100 systems. Its IDX System Wizard guides users through the step-by-step configuration process.

Commenting on the introduction, Iain Gregory, Market Manager – Installed Sound, HARMAN Signal Processing noted, “IDX 100 simplifies system design and deployment with no compromise whatsoever on feature-set or performance. Working closely with our software partner Com-Net and customers in the field, we’ve seamlessly integrated complex technologies to make IDX 100 comprehensive and cohesive, yet intuitive and easily deployable. It brings a new level of system integration and performance to schools, commercial facilities, smaller infrastructure hubs and other public areas.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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