SOMETIMES THERE'S NOTHING LIKE LOUD TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION. Case in point, the preceding sentence. Loud noises in the middle of a work day tend to get attention, particularly if the work day is normally quiet. That's part of the draw behind Viking Electronics' new IP phone, the SR-IP, a system that not only packs in some of the standard fare of IP phones, but also delivers a powerful, loud ringer to better draw attention to incoming calls and visitors at the door.
The SR-IP offers support for both voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) operations and session initiation protocol (SIP) options alike, which makes it a valuable communications tool that works in a variety of settings. Good news for the standard user, but that's essentially table stakes at this point. The system's real draw is its impressive ringer volume.
Reports suggest that the ringer—in either a standard ring or a door chime sound effect—can go as high as 93 decibels, which is about the same as a car stereo cranked to full volume. Considering that some reports note that noises reaching a decibel level of 85 can cause permanent damage to hair cells in the inner ear, it's suggested that users not be too close to the ringing at that volume. Since the system also includes strobe light connectivity, the ringer can even have a visual component for added response.
Beyond that, it also offers PC-based programming software for added flexibility, and can be set up with comparative easy by just downloading some software, setting up a static IP address and using the software to adjust settings anywhere that boasts an Internet connection. It uses Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems to run its operations, connects with a simple RJ-45 connection, and can be used as part of a call group.
Particularly useful anywhere there's a lot of loud noise, people wearing hearing protection, or both, the Viking SR-IP may well be quite a help in terms of connecting a shop floor or similar application to the rest of an operation. While it does pose some potential health hazards in its own right due to its volume, there are ways around this, and the comparatively short-lived nature of the exposure may not be so much of a problem. The visual component makes this even better; why worry about hearing it when you can see it?
Throw in the array of other features involved and Viking could have a real winner on its hands. There are certainly plenty of options when it comes to IP phones in the field, but sometimes, it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease...or the loudest phone that gets answered the quickest.