Control, Manage and Protect your Network Easily & Automatically with Intuitive Security Solutions from Dell – SonicWall

SonicWall acquired by Dell

SonicWall, originally a private company headquartered in San Jose, California, and now owned by Dell, sells a range of Internet appliances primarily directed at content control and network security. These include devices providing services for network firewalls, UTMs (Unified Threat Management), VPNs (Virtual Private Network), backup and recovery, and anti-spam for email. The company also markets information subscription services related to their products. The company solutions also serve to solve issues surrounding HIPAA and PCI compliance issues.

On March 13, 2012, USA Today said that Dell announced its intent to acquire SonicWALL, which then had 130 patents and 950 employees. Dell’s acquisition of SonicWall became official on May 9, 2012.

Acquisition Overview
Dell has successfully completed the acquisition of SonicWALL, Inc., a leader in advanced network security, secure remote access, and data protection. SonicWALL’s industry-leading Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewalls complement Dell’s security solutions portfolio, enabling it to offer customers a broader range of enterprise offerings.

Why SonicWALL?
Dell has taken significant steps to expand its enterprise solutions portfolio to offer customers a complete range of products and solutions to help customers simplify the management of their IT infrastructure. SonicWALL expands Dell’s rapidly growing security portfolio, which includes Dell SecureWorks security services, cloud security solutions and data encryption solutions, and Dell KACE vulnerability and patch management.

Customer Benefits
Dell SonicWALL solutions are available for small and mid-sized business customers through large enterprise customers. They are deployed in large campus environments, distributed enterprise settings, government, retail point-of-sale and healthcare segments. Due to the constantly evolving landscape of threats, organizations need to deploy more comprehensive, dynamic security solutions. Dell SonicWALL’s dynamic network security and data protection enable Dell to offer comprehensive Next-Generation Firewall and Unified Threat Management solutions. In addition, Dell SonicWALL also provides Secure Remote Access, Email Security, Backup and Recovery, and Management and Reporting to organizations of all sizes. Its Global Management System allows network administrators to centrally manage and provision thousands of security appliances across a widely distributed network.

SMC Ethernet Switches – Fast – Reliable – Low-Cost

SMC is a leading provider of networking solutions for small and medium businesses (SMB). SMC puts more than 30 years’ experience to work in every product and solution the company manufacturers. The company’s worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, CA, and they operate additional offices in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. SMC maintains a global presence through regional offices located in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Founded in 1971, SMC maintains its global presence by supporting customers from regional offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Japan. In their 40 year history, they have grown to become an industry leader offering innovative networking appliances to customers around the world.

SMC’s products are designed with ease of use and overall value in mind, value at purchase, and value in operation on the network, so that users can enjoy innovation, rather than struggling with it. Sold through a network of highly-qualified resellers/integrators, the products are further supported by SMC’s easily-accessible technical resources. The company backs-up the quality and ease-of-use that’s built into its products with an industry-leading warranty program and expert technical support. SMC provides toll-free access to live technical support worldwide (24/7 in U.S. and Canada) in ten languages to supplement its comprehensive on-line knowledge base and responsive email support. And, its cross-ship product replacement service gets customers back on-line faster when problems arise.

SMC will continue to be the premier SMB networking appliance solution provider by:
● Designing and delivering amazing products that connect, empower, and inspire
● Being a trusted strategic partner for customers
● Delivering consistently high quality products to customers
● Offering valuable support and services to customers
● Investing in innovative new technologies that offer strategic benefits for customers

In 1997, SMC became a subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, a global outsourcing partner for networking and communications solutions. Leveraging SMC’s design, engineering and marketing strengths with Accton’s expertise in optimizing silicon designs and streamlining manufacturing has since added to the company’s success. In 2003 the Accton-Philips joint venture, Arcadyan, which bridges the networking and consumer electronics gap, added even further to SMC’s pool of product and R&D resources.

Accton – Corporate Brief:
Accton was founded in February 1988 by a small group of young engineers, dedicated to the design of Token-Ring and Ethernet products. Since then, Accton has become a global OEM/ODM leader in advanced networking and communication equipments. Publicly listed in Taiwan in November 1995, Accton has its international headquarters in Taiwan’s Science-based Industrial Park in Hsinchu. With more than 2500 employees worldwide, Accton has developed preeminent networking products and is renowned for its technological expertise, breadth and flexibility. Accton represents the center of a vast communications technology and customer partnership network that spans the globe. The company’s technological capability spans a wide range including Ethernet, DSL, Cable, GPON, WiFi and WiMAX and is marching to the Next Generation Network. (NGN). The aim of NGN is to transform all information and services through one IP network. ‘Making Partnership Work’ is more than just a slogan – it’s Accton’s way of doing business.

Mission Statement:
● Provide top-notch products and services to improve people’s quality of life.
● Supply customers with unparalleled services based not only on the results but also on the process.
● Maintain integrity and honesty within the Accton organization.
● Create maximum business benefits to share with customers, shareholders and employees while constantly striving to give back to the society.

Pelco Security Cameras & Surveillance Systems

Pelco by Schneider Electric offers the industry’s best security cameras and video surveillance systems including fixed and dome analog cameras, IP Cameras, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), video management solutions, and specialty thermal Imaging camera systems designed for low-light, indoor and outdoor video surveillance operations.

Schneider Electric Expands Investment in IP Video w/Major Additions to Pelco line

Pelco to launch more than 50 new IP cameras in 2013, continues focus on being an IP-driven, customer- focused security leader

DALLAS, TX – April 10, 2013 – Schneider Electric today announced a major expansion and commitment to its Pelco IP Video Surveillance product line by announcing the planned rollout of more than 50 new IP cameras in 2013, including the new Sarix IL10 Series mini box and micro dome cameras. Schneider Electric continues to make major investments in IP video, expanding its R&D effort, product line and industry-leading education and training programs to meet the needs of partners and customers.

With the Sarix IL10, Schneider Electric is delivering on customer needs and preference, with a cost-effective, high-definition IP network camera that is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses.

“Over the last several years we have made immeasurable advances in our IP camera and digital video products and services. Schneider Electric is one of the few companies whose great success in analog has been equaled and surpassed in its IP business,” said Herve Fages, senior vice president, Schneider Electric, Pelco Video Line of Business.

The company has achieved several major milestones in its continuing evolution as an IP market leader:

Schneider Electric expanded its Fort Collins, Colo., facility, the center of development for its Pelco IP and megapixel security products. The new facility, which includes new test laboratories and workspace, is double the size of the previous building. Schneider Electric has plans for further investment, expansion and hiring efforts at this facility to drive the development of IP technologies.

Today, more than 80 percent of Schneider Electric’s Pelco customers rely on Pelco IP video products for their security solutions and that number is growing rapidly.

More than 90 percent of Pelco R&D resources are focused on IP products.
In addition to the new Sarix IP cameras that will be launched this year, there will be extensions to other popular lines including the Spectra HD high-speed dome positioning systems, Thermal Imaging and Video Management Systems. Earlier this year the powerful Esprit SE IP Integrated PTZ and Pressurized Camera System, built to endure extreme environmental conditions, was released. These pan/tilt cameras feature dynamic window blanking, auto tracking, internal scheduling clock, electronic image stabilization, and multi-language menus – all formerly reserved only for high-speed domes.

Schneider Electric’s existing IP solutions, such as the Endura and Digital Sentry Video Management System platforms, will continue to evolve, incorporating video security standards, including support for and compliance with ONVIF, IPv6, and DIACAP Information Assurance protocols.

In addition to investment in development of new IP technologies, Schneider Electric is continuing to focus on Pelco brand customers and partners. “For decades, customer service has been our hallmark,” Fages continued. “And today more than ever, we are focused on our resellers, integrators, third-party developers, partners and end users to choose Pelco with confidence, and help them thoroughly leverage the power of our extensive IP video product offering as well as a myriad of tools, services, and industry-leading education and training opportunities.”

For more than 20 years, Pelco has been respected as a leading provider of video security products, primarily analog-based cameras, matrix systems, recorders and accessories. “The Pelco brand has always stood for stability, experience, and service. Those qualities are as important to us as they are to our partners and customers,” added Fages. “We’re pleased to be able to better project these qualities by proudly declaring our identity as an IP company. We are driven now more than ever to not only fulfill our customers’ needs but to exceed their expectations.”

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 30.8 billion US dollars (24 billion euros) in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

Establish Cabling & Infrastructure Standards

You probably have a standard phone type for everyone’s desk,  a standard PC all employees, even a standard type of data equipment in your communication room. If you are preparing to start a new structured cabling project, there is a simple but very important item to check off before beginning: defining your company’s cabling standards.

There is a lot that goes into the preparation including: Selecting the right contractor and checking their references, selecting the correct cabling standard; Category 5e, Category 6, Category 6A, or fiber optics, determining how many total cables are needed in your building, suite, or at each location/outlet. What type and how many feed cables are necessary from the demarcation point of the Carrier Services company to your communication room.  The cost/budget and timing/lead-time are very important factors as well.

Here are some tips to create well thought out cabling/infrastructure standards for your company: Create a labeling scheme that makes it easy to identify a cable out on the floor.(When ECS designs a system we usually use this sequence: Building/Floor/Com Room/Rack Location/Patch Panel/Port)

  1.  Standardizing on a jack color for different types of devices can give you, your IT staff and employees a quick reference on where they can or should plug a device into the wall.  Example would be having white for voice, blue for analog devices and orange for data.  This is less important when creating a “universal” system that allows for every jack to go to the same patch panels and be used for “all of the above”.  But, if you need or want that separation, different colored jacks (and patch cables in the communications room) are a great way to achieve it.

Using faceplates with more ports than necessary can save the cost of replacing that faceplate later.  If every station is a standardized at two cables, the cost
of using a four port faceplate instead of a two port is negligible.

Standardize on one brand, color and type of cable and jacks so you have an interchangeable system.  A lot of manufacturers use what is known as “keystone” jacks and faceplates.  These are mostly interchangeable, but not always.  ECS recommends using these.  Keep a record of what you have installed for future reference.

Other items you may want to consider for future proofing:
a)    add extra cables now to areas that may have growth to save expense in the future.  If you have an area in your space that you can fore see adding new
employees in the future, why not put in some extra cable now, instead of paying for it later when there is furniture/people in the way and it costs
more to install.  Not to mention the interruption in your business for the time it takes to install in new cables.
b)    Make sure to have an accurate floor plan or “as-built” of your space with the voice and data outlets clearly marked.  This makes finding the correct
cables, jacks, & patch panel ports easy.
c)    Document adding any Moves, Adds, or Changes (MAC) you may perform after the install for an accurate record of your cabling/infrastructure.

(Article by Charles Bressler – ECS Account Manager)

The American Legion Department of Oregon selects ECS & Avaya

Recently one of the American Legion Department of Oregon locations in the Portland Metro area needed to replace their old, antiquated telephone system. They were having constant problems and needed to do something, but what ?  Everyone they spoke to, had the “best” product, and the “best” service.  Every solution was also way over the allotted budget.  They were considering purchasing another consumer-grade telephone system from a big-box electronics store and finding someone to install it for them.  Even though they knew this type of solution typically only lasts a short time before it’s outdated and there’s no one around who remembers how to work on it.

While looking on the internet for an experienced service-based company for installation services, they came upon ECS.  After some discussion about consumer-grade products versus actual commercial level products, the American Legion Department of Oregon asked for a proposal.  Much to their surprise, they were able to purchase not just a commercial level telephone system, they were able to afford an Avaya (formerly AT&T/Lucent Technologies) IP Office telephone system.  They were overjoyed at the prospect of installing a system with the track record of reliability of Avaya.

The installation went great & they are happy.  They have a new telephone system that is upgradable, expandable, and ultra-reliable.  Their new system is Avaya, and with over one-hundred (100) years of experience in the industry, they’re not worried about it being obsolete any time soon.  They’re also not worried about someone to service it either because they found a new technology partner: Efficient Communication Solutions, Inc. (ECS)


Proper Grounding in the Server/Telecom Room is Critical

Data centers, big and small, one rack or twenty, need to achieve unprecedented levels of uptime to keep pace with modern business demands.  Proper data and voice system cabling is the first level to achieving uptime goals, and a major part of that system is the network grounding.  Proper grounding of the data center improves system reliability and protects equipment. Lightning strikes miles away from a building can generate a surge that will travel through either aerial cables or buried cables to reach electronic equipment.  Power surges are a common occurrence and problem.

There are two goals when installing a grounding system.  The one everyone immediately thinks about is to create a low resistance path to ground, by carrying that energy away from the equipment to the shortest direct path to an earth ground.  The other purpose for the grounding system is to equalize electrical potentials. The goal is to have all conductive materials at the same electrical potential to minimize current flow. Current flows occur when there is a difference in potential between components. If the current flows across a piece of equipment, damage may occur. That means all equipment and all metal materials including racks, cabinets, other enclosures, and ladder racks/cable trays must be bonded to the grounding system. This is going to reduce surging between different parts of the data centers.

The most common mistake in grounding is to daisy chain equipment together.  This allows for the entire row of equipment to become energized with stray current, potentially causing damage to all the equipment.  Each piece of equipment should have an individual ground to the bus bar, then out to the main building ground.  Also, having the correct size ground wire.  6AWG is the TIA 607-B standard for the data center.  The larger the wire, the less resistance to ground, the quicker that surge gets away from the equipment.  The “up-stream” of the ground service must get larger as well.

The other anomaly proper grounding can defend against is electrical noise in the data center that is introduced on data cables because surges are not correctly dissipated.  This noise can create network problems and, even worse, lost data.

Surges, sags, spikes and brownouts are real everyday occurrences.  Surge suppressors are another necessary piece of equipment for the data room.  Surge suppressors work like a smart power strip.  When everything is operating normally at 120/VAC, the power suppressor sends the power to the built in outlets.  If a surge happens, the suppressor sends the excess power from the power line directly to the ground.  An Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) is usually a surge suppressor with batteries, allowing the equipment to continue to operate even in the case of a power failure.  The amount of battery storage and how much equipment is attached will determine how much time the system will continue to run.  Usually enough time to go and properly shut down the effected equipment.

Most equipment manufacturers will not warranty their equipment for power spikes, so why wouldn’t you want to protect your equipment investment by also including proper grounding techniques, surge suppression, and even UPS  in the Server/Telecom Room ?

(Article by Charles Bressler – ECS Account Manager)

Voice and/or Data Jacks for all occasions (even under water)

In today’s high powered data world just about everything needs a connection to the network.  Recently, ECS has installed data jacks to connect nitrogen tanks to a monitoring system.  Another installation was at a seafood processing plant, right on the processing line, with the crab legs, discarded ice and fish parts.  We’re looking at the same solution for a milk processing facility later this year.  What these sites and many like them have in common is condensation or direct water contact with the data jack. Water is a huge corrosion agent of all the components inside the jack.

In fact, as in the case with the seafood facility, the water is in the form of direct pressure washing on the jack, faceplate and all the areas around them.  The client installed touch screen computers along their line for order processing and fulfillment.  Their productivity should rise without the need for their employees to constantly return to the office to check orders, stock levels etc.  This can be done from their own workstations.  But, because it is food processing, the need to clean the work areas thoroughly on a very regular basis was needed, as was a data connection that can withstand their cleaning efforts.

Enter the industrial network jack and components.  These are not new, I remember being introduced to them a dozen years ago.  However, in our new smart everything and connected world, I can imagine these becoming more popular.  All major manufacturers make these and they come in different flavors (5e & 6, 2-Port& 4-Port).  They have a sealing gasket between the jack housing and the stainless steel faceplate to keep out moisture, dust, oils, direct water contact, detergents, etc.  They are also very effective at limiting the affects of vibrations that some machinery can generate (think a data jack mounted directly on a conveyor belt system).

The jack housing includes an attached screw on cap that keeps the jack protected when not in use.  There are also patch cables that have the same cap on the ends that provide a more permanent connection that doesn’t have to be unplugged and re-plugged constantly.

The cost on these are significantly higher than a normal faceplate and jack, but think of the savings and peace of mind they will bring when one doesn’t have to constantly troubleshoot or replace their connectivity due to a jack failure, ironically adding connections to your equipment to boost production, only to have it stalled due to connection problems.

This application works great on docks, manufacturing plants, high water and condensation areas, conveyor belts, machine shops, production areas, restaurants, and any outdoor areas.

(Article by Charles Bressler – ECS Account Manager)

Frequently Asked Questions about SIP Trunks

What is a SIP Trunk ?
A SIP Trunk is primarily a concurrent call that is routed over the IP backbone of a carrier using VoIP technology. SIP Trunks are used in conjunction with an IP-PBX and are thought of as replacements for traditional PRI or analog circuits. The popularity of SIP Trunks is due primarily to the cost savings of SIP, along with the increased reliability as backed by the SLAs of SIP Trunk Providers.

What are the advantages of SIP Trunks versus Analog Circuits ?
SIP Trunks are cheaper than analog circuits while maintaining the same service quality that businesses expect from line quality. SIP Trunks cost approximately $17 per trunk, versus $40 per analog circuit. In addition, long distance termination charges associated with SIP Trunks are much cheaper than traditional analog rates.

What are the advantages of SIP Trunks versus PRI ?
SIP Trunks realize their primary benefit over PRIs from cost savings. SIP trunks typically cost $17 per trunk for unlimited inbound and local calling along with a long distance rate under 2 cents per call. When coupled with line oversubscription (e.g. a 30 person company purchasing just as many SIP trunks as they anticipate having concurrent calls….typically 8 to 10) SIP Trunks are a very cost effective way for a business to save money. Lastly, a primary benefit of SIP Trunks over PRIs is that SIP Trunks can be purchased in increments of 1, whereas PRIs usually have to be purchased in increments of 23 channels.

When should a business use SIP Trunking instead of hosted ?
A business should look into purchasing SIP Trunks when they decide that their needs are best met with a premise-based system. This system is often referred to as an IP-PBX. Coupled with SIP Trunks, an IP-PBX serves up similar features to hosted solutions. SIP Trunks typically save a business customer money over a hosted solution in that a SIP Trunk can serve the needs of three to four employees (depending on oversubscription) while a hosted seat is needed for each employee.

What equipment do I need to be able to use SIP Trunking ?
SIP Trunks can work with a SIP-ready PBX. SIP Trunks can also be made to work with traditional analog or key systems with an IAD (Integrated Access Device). The SIP Trunk service provider will need to interoperate with the underlying equipment manufacturer. However, it should be noted that with the advent of standards around RFC 3261 and SIP Connect, the challenge of finding SIP Trunk Service Providers with SIP Trunk compatible equipment is significantly decreased.

Will I need more Internet bandwidth when I buy SIP Trunks ?
SIP Trunks are virtual circuits delivered over an Internet Access line. Depending on the number of SIP Trunks purchased, and the amount of excess Internet connectivity, a business should consider purchasing more Internet Access. However, it’s important to know that when a SIP Trunk is not being used, the bandwidth otherwise allocated to a SIP Trunk is freed up for use in less intensive applications, such as e-mail and general web use. This dynamic allocation of bandwidth is yet another feature of SIP Trunks versus more traditional technologies, such as analog or PRI circuits.

ECS selected to implement a fully integrated Gigabit network for voice, data, & video for locally owned, international produce company in Clackamas County, Oregon

When a locally owned, international produce company in Clackamas County Oregon decided to build a new state of the art headquarters, warehouse & distribution center in Canby, Or, they knew they wanted to equip it with the latest technology, so they contacted Efficient Communication Solutions, Inc. (ECS).

ECS is installing CAT6 Cabling throughout the facility for voice, data, & video.  A SonicWall firewall will be implemented to protect the companies’ network.  SonicWall, originally a private company headquartered in San Jose, California, and now owned by Dell, sells a range of Internet appliances primarily directed at content control and network security. These include devices providing services for network firewalls, UTMs (Unified Threat Management), VPNs (Virtual Private Network), backup and recovery, and anti-spam for email. The company also markets information subscription services related to their products. The company solutions also serve to solve issues surrounding HIPAA and PCI compliance issues.

The customer selected the Avaya IP Office with AccessLine SIP Trunks, and Avaya 9608 IP Phones for their voice communications.  The Avaya IP Office 500 is a highly modular unified communications platform designed to meet the requirements of small and medium enterprises. The award-winning IP Office 500 gives growing companies a complete solution for telephony, messaging, networking, conferencing, customer management, and unified communications. With just a single model that scales from 5 users at a single site to 1,000 users across up to 32 sites, IP Office provides an unprecedented set of leading-edge communications capabilities to help employees work smarter and serve customers more effectively.

For over 20 years, AccessLine Communications has been meeting the exacting communications quality standards of Fortune 50 companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Standard Register, Federal Express, Sun/Oracle, and Internap. AccessLine believes business communications shouldn’t be complicated or expensive. That’s why they built an enterprise-grade phone solution for small to mid-size businesses. The AccessLine design ensures complete fault tolerance exceeding the capabilities of even their most advanced competitors. Any-Cast IP addressing insures calls take the shortest path to reach their network. Imagine a freeway with 20 on ramps and no matter which one was taken, it would always be headed in the right direction. More access points and a secure open registration allows service to be more available and of the highest quality.

WiFi will be provided by the EnGenius EAP350 which is a 2.4GHz Wireless-N Indoor Access Point that features 800mW transmit power for long range coverage, wireless speeds up to 300Mbps and a Gigabit port for connecting to a network switch. EnGenius is the leader in long-range wireless networking solutions for businesses. EnGenius Technologies, Inc. is the industry expert in feature-rich, long-range and enhanced sensitivity wireless communications technology for voice and data. Now small- to medium-sized businesses can introduce a wider array of devices and applications because EnGenius make their networks bigger.

Polycom is the customer’s choice for conference room calling. In a world where conference calls with partners, vendors, remote workers and global teams are on the rise, crystal-clear conversations are a must for productive meetings. Polycom conference phones deliver superb voice quality, expansive microphone pickup, advanced audio processing, and all the features that make conference calls seem as natural as being in the same room. For clear, productive conference calls, Polycom conference phones are the industry standard and a fixture in meeting rooms worldwide.
Polycom phones:
•Ensure everyone can be clearly heard, making meetings shorter and more productive
•Enable seamless conversations.
•Deliver 360-degree microphone pickup and other group voice capabilities
•Boost meeting productivity in an affordable and effective way

The customer chose ECS & Pelco for Video Surveillance, including a 6TB Storage Server and IP Cameras. Pelco by Schneider Electric offers the industry’s best security cameras and video surveillance systems including fixed and dome analog cameras, IP Cameras, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), video management solutions, and specialty thermal Imaging camera systems designed for low-light, indoor and outdoor video surveillance operations.

Of course, the customer chose Bogen for their overhead paging needs. Bogen Communications is the leading provider of sound systems and telephone peripherals for commercial, industrial, and institutional applications the world over.

How Much Does Acoustic Comfort and Privacy Affect Your Bottom Line?

Sound Masking for Offices

Reducing Distractions, Improving Profitability
In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, businesses are constantly searching for any advantage. Such searches often focus only on finding new sources of revenue when dramatic gains can be easily discovered with the workers and facilities you already have, by simply using sound masking to improve workers’ ability to concentrate on the task at hand.

Benefits of Better Sound Masking
The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System is measurably the most effective sound masking system available, reducing distractions and providing speech privacy in both open and enclosed office plans.  It’s also exceptionally flexible, providing privacy for offices as small as 50 square feet to multi-story facilities, with custom configurations to match your acoustic environment.

What does the VoiceArrest Sound Masking System Sound Like?
Through the use of true four-channel speech privacy technology, the VoiceArrest™ System simulates the gentle whooshing sound of a high-end HVAC system that covers conversations and other distractions. It’s like listening to quadraphonic surround sound – the sound is full, yet you can’t pinpoint exactly where it’s coming from. It uniformly blends into the office background virtually unnoticed – so natural that you won’t even realize it’s there.

What kind of spaces does the VoiceArrest Sound Masking System treat?
■Private Offices and adjacent public spaces.  Achieve confidential speech privacy in executive offices, counseling offices, law offices, medical facilities, HR areas, and many other spaces.
■Open plan cubicle workspaces: reduce distractions while improving productivity in call centers or other cubicle areas.
■Extraordinary spaces: Improve acoustics in areas with open ceilings, exposed beams, reflective surfaces and non-standard ceilings.
■Standard applications: offices and corridors with any type of ceiling tile.

Consistently Higher Privacy
The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System provides your workplace with a new, more effective level of privacy. Through the use of Direct Field Technology, the background masking that is distributed throughout your office is perfectly balanced in both volume as well as frequency content.

This improves your privacy in two important ways. You receive:
1. Greater levels of privacy per decibel of sound.
2. This higher level of privacy is consistent at all points within the treated area.

Privacy + Paging + Music
The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System can also easily upgrade to add paging and/or music to your environment using the same speakers that deploy the sound masking. You will be amazed when you hear our paging system. Due to the quality of our speakers and their placement, we provide the cleanest paging in the market without the usual startle effect. Background music can be added from a wide variety of sources.

Cost Effective Privacy
The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System meets a compelling need by providing state-of-the-art speech privacy at a modest price. Given the technological and performance advantages the VoiceArrest™ System offers compared to the old style plenum-based systems, most people expect it to be substantially more expensive. However, typical to true disruptive technologies, these new enhancements are accomplished in a way that allows them to be offered at competitive pricing even when compared to older, less effective products.

The VoiceArrest™ Sound Masking System is even more cost-effective when compared to other methods of increasing privacy, such as upgrading ceiling tiles, adding absorbent wall panels, or raising furniture panel heights.