Public address (PA) systems have been standard communication equipment for decades at schools around the country, whether grade schools or universities. However, modern PA systems come with significant benefits over their previous counterparts.
One of the functions of a PA system is to make school-wide announcements when emergencies happen. During other times, a public address system is a convenient way for school administrators to make routine announcements to the entire school, or to direct employees or students to report to a location when their current whereabouts are unknown.
Early PA systems
Early public address systems were not highly technological. They consisted of loudspeakers installed in each classroom and a microphone for the speaker in the location of their choice. The audio signal was carried on wires to the speakers in each room, and it was not high quality.
However, audiovisual (AV) technology has advanced considerably in recent years and modern PA systems are now highly technological and superior to the early PA systems that many schools still use.
What a modern PA system can offer
Wireless and digital equipment are available, which make the use and maintenance of PA systems far simpler than they were in the past. Sound quality equipment has also become more affordable and convenient for these audio systems.
Today, the options available in PA systems include:
- Wireless microphones
- Digital signal processors
- Telephone paging interface
- Ceiling mount speakers
- Wall mount speakers
- Horn speakers
- Industrial cluster speakers
- Modern multimedia possibilities
Modern systems can play background music for more creative announcements. They can also be tied into video displays if there is a need for a visual presentation along with the audio. These displays can be controlled in the same way as conducting a teleconference meeting.
Is your school in need of a new PA system? Contact Genesis Integration today for more information on how we can transform your school's current PA system.