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

FrontRow Greetings from NFMT2017 Baltimore!

Posted by Marcia Barahona

3/7/17 2:57 PM

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One of the things that surprises our end-users, is the level of customization available with our products and the versatility of our easy-to-implement solutions. Though the first stakeholders one may consider for classroom sound and education technology are students, teachers and administrators, those involved in facilities play a crucial role in helping streamline classroom communications and school connectivity.

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Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom, Conductor, ezroom

Give the neighbors a gift this holiday: Turn off the bells

Posted by John Merline

12/20/16 11:59 AM


If you run a school in a residential neighborhood, you've probably gotten complaints about...yep, bells! Bells on the weekend. Bells on holidays. We even have students blogging about this insult to the common peace.

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Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom, Conductor

2015 Recap

Posted by Sean Penn

12/23/15 3:34 PM

Season's greetings from FrontRow! As we look back on 2015, it was quite a year!

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Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom, 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

What's new in Conductor 2.0?

Posted by Sean Penn

7/23/15 3:45 PM

In case you haven't heard, we released Conductor 2.0 and Maestro 2.1 last month. Available here for download for FREE to existing customers, the latest client and server software adds some huge new administrative and configuration abilities. 

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Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom

Send Text Messages with Conductor & Maestro

Posted by Sean Penn

6/18/15 1:43 PM

Many of our customers have asked how you can use Conductor or Maestro to send text messages for alerts and notifications. Using the email feature in Conductor and Maestro, this is very easy to do. 

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Topics: Networked PA, bells and intercom

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

FrontRow Welcomes Jaime Mendez to Our Team

Posted by John Merline

9/24/14 12:01 PM

Jaime_MendezWe'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