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

We'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

You bring the BBQ, we'll bring the tasty (and free) tech

Posted by John Merline

1/22/15 2:57 PM

Your FrontRow crew in California is packing up the booth for TCEA in Austin, and all we can think about is Texas barbecue. Tay-stee! We'll be bringing our secret sauce to the party: the hot new Juno Connect integrated school communication system, plus five drawings for free FrontRow classroom technology during the show. If you want in on the action, come by Booth 1645! See you in a few.
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Topics: Integrated communications

FrontRow Welcomes Jaime Mendez to Our Team

Posted by John Merline

9/24/14 12:01 PM

We're excited to announce that we've hired Jaime Mendez as FrontRow's new Architectural Consultant. Jaime will help school designers and facilities directors incorporate even more of our campus-wide communication systems in school building specifications. Some of you may know Jaime from his recent work as Manager of National Accounts and Construction at LightSPEED.

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Topics: Integrated communications, Networked PA, bells and intercom

Why Communication is Key to Safety in Schools.

Posted by Stephanie Seufert

2/13/14 4:04 PM

As a parent, safety in schools is something that is always top of mind. As a professional who works in the educational technology industry, I have insight into the tools needed to create a safer learning environment for kids.  And while I do not claim to have all of the answers (far from it), there are certain things I am keenly aware.

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Topics: Integrated communications

BICSI what? The Building Industry Consulting Service International organization, that's what.

Posted by Stephanie Seufert

2/12/14 3:58 PM

We've just returned from the bi-annual BICSI Conference and Expo (#BICSI) that took place in Orlando, FL earlier this month. 87 degrees and balmy.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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Topics: Integrated communications