iVENCS Public Address allows full control of public address systems across multiple sites, buildings and railway stations, all from within an intuitive 3D model.
iVENCS is the control system at the forefront of providing a complete control system for entire railway networks. iVENCS as a Station Management System (SMS) allows for the control of long-line public address (LLPA), for networks with public address systems and equipment spanning multiple platforms and stations. From within the one iVENCS control system, users can navigate between various stations on the network via a top-level line map, drillling down to the 3D model of the station and platform that they wish to monitor and control.
With iVENCS Public Address, users can directly select certain areas, or zones, on the 3D model to make direct live broadcasts or play pre-recorded announcements to the selected areas. iVENCS displays areas on the 3D model that announcements are being made to with their priority level indicated by the coloured shading of the area. For example a red shaded area could indicate a high-priority evacuation message is being played to that area, whilst a yellow shaded area could indicate a regular passenger information announcement is currently being broadcast.
With iVENCS Public Address, users can directly select certain areas or zones on the 3D model to make live broadcasts, play pre-recorded announcements and make Text-to-Speech broadcasts. iVENCS can even control the playback of background music around the site, where different choices of background music can be set for each area or zone, and the volume of each music source controlled as required. There is an option for a built-in MP3 playlist facility, which can run four music playlists within the iVENCS software.
iVENCS Public Address also provides the functionality to playback announcements in multiple languages, where the user can set a default language or set of languages for any particular type of announcement.
The Message Builder within iVENCS Public Address enables users to assemble public address messages from one or more stored message fragments. Users navigate an easy to follow wizard within iVENCS to build messages, inserting specific information such as departure times, destination stations, and even car number plates.
The inbuilt Broadcast Scheduler allows any recorded public address announcement or Text-to-Speech message to be automatically played at regular, timed intervals, whether it be particular days of the week, between certain times of the day, set with specific start and end dates.
The Broadcast Scheduler is useful for setting up automated security and safety announcements and for scheduling routine broadcasts such as passenger transfer and train arrival and departure information.
iVENCS Public Address can be linked directly to signalling and train running control systems, and even into airport operational database systems (AODB) to provide automated passenger service announcements without the need for any manual operation. Announcements can be configured to provide exactly the required information at set times, such as just before an arrival or departure.
Flexible volume and broadcast controls provide optimum listening comfort at different times of day. The system can be set to meet certain noise control requirements, and users can easily control the volume of the broadcasts for each area or zone, whether manually or by setting up a timed schedule of set volume levels at intervals throughout the day.
iVENCS Public Address works seamlessly with ambient noise sensors placed around the site, to provide consistently optimum volume wherever people may be situated. Users also have the freedom to enable or disable broadcasts according to the type of announcement and area – for example, to stop all automated security broadcasts on platforms 1-4 during night hours.
For audit and review purposes, iVENCS Public Address can provide a log of all previously broadcast announcements, with details and indications on if a message failed to be broadcast for any reason. The Message Log can be used to prove if a specific broadcast was made at a particular location, or at a given time, and provides metadata of the message and its components. A built-in voice recording facility ensures every freely spoken and live announcements are automatically recorded and stored on the system, and so can be made available for auditing and other review purposes.