K-12 School Staff Can Activate Lockdowns, Announcements with New FrontRow Mobile App

Posted by Marcia Barahona

5/29/18 11:00 AM

FrontRow Conductor App for School Campus Communication LD

I love the fact that we're always innovating to improve campus and classroom communication and operations!

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Topics: ease of use, Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom, Conductor, paging, School Emergency preparedness, School Administrators, School Staff, K-12, edtech, school app

Be like Piedmont, a K-12 edtech success story!

Posted by Marcia Barahona

4/23/18 7:02 AM

Classroom Audio in Action - Mr Kessler Teaching Science LR

One of the most rewarding things about working in ed tech is seeing first-hand the impact the technology has on the learning and teaching outcomes of schools. One such example is the amazing transformation that San Francisco Bay Area's Piedmont Unified School District has undergone since adopting FrontRow classroom audio and campus communication technology.

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Topics: flipped classroom, juno, lesson capture, Integrated communications, audio, Conductor, classroom audio system, classroom sound, classroom audio, K-12, edtech, soundfield

FrontRow at #ISTE2017 - International Society for Technology Education

Posted by Marcia Barahona

6/26/17 5:27 PM

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Topics: ease of use, flipped classroom, sound quality, lesson capture, Integrated communications, professional development, amplification, audio, Teachers, School Administrators, School Staff, classroom audio system, classroom sound

Establishing Your School Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)

Posted by Marcia Barahona

4/20/17 6:28 PM

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FrontRow was in the news yesterday for paving the way for increased school safety with our latest smart microphone emergency-readiness features. The ongoing R&D for making our microphone and AV solutions tools for increasing school safety has led us to great insights as to how schools can approach EPP (Emergency Preparedness Plan) readiness.

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Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom, amplification, audio, ezroom, paging, emergency preparedness, EPP, EPP-ready, School Emergency preparedness

Tower of Power

Posted by Marcia Barahona

4/7/17 3:34 PM

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Today, wrapping up an exciting week in Toronto and Mississauga, Canada, for our annual FrontRow International Sales Summit, it is not the unexpected snow, chilly rain or wind gusts that have my attention. I am struck by the enormity and purpose of Toronto’s CN Tower and drawing unexpected parallels between it and our work in education.

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Topics: juno, sound quality, Integrated communications, amplification, audio

Basics of Distributed Audio

Posted by Rick Mathewson

12/3/15 8:02 AM

What is distributed audio?

A distributed audio system simply delivers audio to many speakers rather than to just a few. Examples would be hallways in a school, supermarket paging, health club background music, etc. These systems are commonly referred to as “constant power systems” or “70 volt systems” — even though 100V and 25V systems are distributed audio systems too.

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Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom, audio, Conductor

Technology in Education: CONNECT 2015

Posted by Milena Basile

5/20/15 1:36 PM

frontrow-at-connect2015-362x284Recently we had the pleasure of attending CONNECT 2015, the largest education technology conference in Canada. Held from May 5th to 8th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, the event brought together professionals from across the education sector to discuss best practices for integrating new technologies into classrooms, workplaces and libraries.

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Topics: Integrated communications, audio

What If My Network Goes Down?

Posted by Rick Mathewson

4/20/15 11:26 AM

Schools are steadily migrating away from analog, hard-wired paging and intercom systems to a more advanced network-based architecture like FrontRow Conductor. But there are still some who wonder about the reliability of a network-based system vs. an old analog fixed-wire system. Similar discussions occurred when the telephone systems migrated from the old analog punch-down system to today’s voice-over-IP telephone systems.

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Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom

How does Conductor work with my clock system?

Posted by John Merline

3/24/15 3:35 PM

It's important that the FrontRow Conductor campus communication and control system is perfectly synchronized with your school's “master time source." This time source is typically a Network Time Server (NTS) within the school's firewall, but can also be a server out on the Internet.

To accomplish this time sync, the Conductor server — along with most clock systems within the school — is "pointed” to the network address of this time source. Because both the clocks and Conductor stay in time sync by retrieving time from a common third source, Conductor is essentially neutral to your school's clock system as it does not normally communicate with it directly.

But, there are occasions where your clock system is unable to retrieve a network time sync. In this situation, FrontRow Maestro can come to the rescue by sending a time stamp signal to your clock system from a schedule. (Conductor can accomplish this as well, but it's not a good idea to clutter up the bell schedules with time sync commands.) This method requires that your clock system is able to receive a time stamp signal from either an RS232 command or a relay closure. Keep in mind that there would also need to be an Ethernet-to-serial or relay device between the Maestro network commands and the clock control chassis. The FrontRow CM800 is well-suited for this interface.

If you have any questions about this or other amazing things you can do with Conductor, just let us know!

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Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom

We're launching a new 2x2 ezRoom PlenumCore

Posted by Sean Penn

3/24/15 2:43 PM

media-control-frontrow-ezroom-c402-open-angle-500x495We're happy to announce that we've got a slick new 2x2 ceiling enclosure for the ezRoom classroom media control system. Called PlenumCoreit makes installation even easier, gives integrators more room and more options, and makes for an even cleaner look.

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Topics: ease of use, Integrated communications, Media control