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Friday, August 26, 2016

Communication Cuts Through Chaos for Better Public Safety

When emergencies arise in crowded areas, the first priority of first responders is to quickly move civilians to places of safety. Whether the emergency is related to accidents, natural causes, criminal activity, or terrorist violence, panic and confusion in the crowd can greatly increase the risk of casualties.

When public safety is on the line, it is vital that law enforcement, fire departments, and other emergency responders have the ability to clearly communicate with large groups of people on a moment’s notice.

All too often, emergency situations create obstacles to communication:
  • Power may be cut off
  • Access routes may be blocked
  • Isolated response teams may be operating with inaccurate information
  • Teams may have difficulty getting instructions to large groups of frightened people

In establishing disaster preparedness plans, emergency personnel in all settings should have equipment on hand to guarantee that, whatever obstacles arise, communication lines will remain available.

Portable sound systems are an essential tool for responders to have on hand for these unpredictable public safety situations. Today’s systems come in a wide variety of models to serve different functions, but one central purpose is common to all: providing reliable, grab-and-go communication to calm, direct, and inform large groups of people in times of crisis.

Consider how form follows function to fit the needs of your response requirements:

Emergency leadership may need to direct response teams and civilians from remote locations. Sound systems can provide closed communication networks to cover large areas, using MURS two-way radios and radio-connected hailer speakers.

Multiple speakers can be set up in seconds in locations up to a mile apart, allowing for the broadest communication coverage from a single command center.
AmpliVox Sound Systems developed its Radio Hailer system for private security applications for the investment firm Goldman Sachs, allowing management to coordinate safety communication from multiple locations around its New York City and Jersey City offices.

Megaphones pack a great deal of versatility and power into compact, portable units. These easy-to-use sound systems are ready for action when needed, even under harsh conditions.

Today’s best megaphones use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to reduce weight and provide long-lasting charges, whether in use or on the shelf.

They can deliver voice coverage up to a mile, and also grab attention with on-board horn or siren functions.

For added safety and visibility, consider a megaphone that includes an integrated strobe signal light signal. AmpliVox provides its Mity Meg Rechargeable Megaphones to the American Red Cross to help disaster response teams coordinate emergency services.

In a chaotic evacuation, people will be looking for visible direction from authorities. Visibility can be greatly enhanced, even in dark or smoky situations, with simple tools like lighted traffic batons.

Innovative new products now combine that visual support with audio loudspeakers to guide people to safety. Useful in any traffic control or crowd management situation, these versatile products are especially helpful in emergencies.

Use vehicles as mobile command stations. When covering large areas, roof-mounted sound systems on emergency vehicles provide the most mobile and effective means of communication. Durable, powerful hailer loudspeakers can be heard for up to half a mile. They can be attached in minutes and powered directly from the vehicle.

These examples demonstrate the versatility and effectiveness that portable sound systems offer for emergency responders. Easy to use and ready to go, these emergency tools improve communication in any crowd control situation – which means improved safety for civilians as well as responders. Now more than ever, investing in reliable sound equipment must be a central part of any crisis management plan.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SW300 Mity-Lite Portable PA With Built-In Bluetooth and Storage Compartment

The AmpliVox SW300 Mity-Lite Portable PAis a six and a half pound portable PA system you can take anywhere, indoors or out to reach up to 350 people with crystal clear voice or music. Its powerful 35 watt amp can project sound to a room as large as 1500 square feet. It operates on AC power or an internal rechargeable battery that blasts up to 8 hours.

The SW300 Mity-Lite system is designed for use in all situations where you need to raise the volume of your voice to communicate effectively with a small audience. You can:

Carry it: Ergonomic handle provides a non-slip comfortable grip

Wear It: Free your hands to accomplish your tasks

Or Set It On A Tripod: For
a powerful clear sound

Mity-Lite embedded Bluetooth® capability lets you stream music from enabled device such as a smartphone.

The Mity-Lite PA control panel has a full range of features:

The AmpliVox Mity-Lite ships complete:

  • Unit with 35 watt and wireless receiver
  • Wireless handheld mic
  • AC power cord
  • Shoulder strap
  • And Carry Case

You can also add:

An optional S1073 tripod that serves as a stand for the unit or microphone...

... and an optional S2031 wired mic with 15’ cord is also available.

For more information on the SW300 Mity-Lite Portable PA, please visit:

Friday, August 05, 2016

Top 5 Boating Safety Tips

What are the most important safety tips when piloting a boat?

Here are the top 5.

#1 Understand Your Responsibility

Although you may think boating should be worry free compared to driving a car, each year there are hundreds of mishaps involving poor piloting, collisions with buoys or fixed objects, water skiing accidents and others.

You are responsible for the safety of everyone aboard your vessel at all times, and you have a responsibility to those with whom you are sharing the water.

#2 Be Ready to Communicate

Be ready to communicate to your passengers, or those being towed or to other boaters. A powerful voice reinforcement tool such as the AmpliVox ProMarine Waterproof Megaphone should be an important part of your safety equipment.

The ProMarine Megaphone includes not only power voice reinforcement but also a built-in horn and a siren.

#3: Wear Life Jackets

Each year there are hundreds of drowning deaths, most of them by victims who are not wearing life jackets.

70% of all boating fatality accidents result from drowning. Almost 85% of those who drown are not wearing a life jacket. Having life jackets aboard does not save lives — WEARING them does!

#4: Always Be Aware of the Weather

Always be aware of the weather as it could change suddenly. Being on an open body of water in a squall cannot only be terrifying but life threatening.

Before you go boating, rely on weather.com for boat and beach conditions, your marine forecast, and surf information.

#5: Alcohol and Boating Do Not Mix

Alcohol and boating do not mix any more than driving a car. If you are piloting a boat you are always the designated driver.

It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats from canoes and rowboats to the largest ships.

Have fun, and be safe. This message of boating safety is brought to you by AmpliVox, manufacturer of a multitude of reliable portable pa systems for indoors and out.

Monday, August 01, 2016

SW245 Power Pod PA With Digital Media Player and FM Radio

Imagine a PA system you can carry in one hand, yet is powerful enough to reach 300 people with crystal clear sound. Imagine a PA system with wireless capability that lets you stand 100 feet away from the unit yet still be clearly heard.

The AmpliVox SW245 Power Pod PA packs 50 watts of power into a unit weighing less than six pounds.

Yet it is loaded with features such as the ability to play recorded audio from an SD card or a thumb drive.

Loaded with a media player that gives you the ability to play recorded audio from a SD card or a USB thumb drive and includes FM radio with remote control.

You can even record a presenter’s speech that is spoken into the microphone onto the thumb drive. The media player and FM radio is accessible by either using the control panel on the unit or the remote control.

Includes a lapel microphone, headset microphone, bodypack transmitter and a handheld wireless microphone with built-in transmitter.

The wireless microphone has a range that allows the presenter to stand up to 100 feet away from the PA system while speaking.

Built-in single channel VHF receiver in the unit allows for only one wireless microphone to be used at a time.

Optional wired microphone can be plugged into the Power Pod PA to allow for dual presenters, with one presenter speaking from the wired microphone and the second presenter speaking from the wireless microphone.

The unit runs up to 8 hours off its internal rechargeable battery or AC power or DC power.

A full set of controls include:

There is also a complete set of recorder and playback controls on the media player.
The AmpliVox Power Pod PA ships complete:

It also includes a carrying case with pockets for accessories.

For more information on the SW245 Power Pod PA please visit:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

AmpliVox Sound Systems Donation Sends Healing Support to Sandy Hook Community

As part of its ongoing Community Connection Donation Program, AmpliVox Sound Systems has donated a variety of its top-rated products to the Healing Newtown program in Newtown, Connecticut. This innovative grassroots program seeks to help the residents of Newtown recover from the trauma of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in 2012.

Susan Marcinek, Executive Assistant for Newtown’s first Selectman Patricia Llodra, and Robert Rabinowitz, Secretary for the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, with the AmpliVox Modular Tabletop Lectern.

Shortly after the events at Sandy Hook, the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) created “Healing Newtown Through the Power of the Arts,” a program that encompasses arts space, classes, workshops, performances, art and music therapy, and special community events.

Run by the Town of Newtown through the NCAC and in association with the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Healing Newtown provides these services to help the community move past the tragedy in a healthy, healing manner.

The program has been widely heralded for its positive impact, and was singled out in 2013 for a Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of the extraordinary service it provided.

NCAC officials approached AmpliVox with a request for sound equipment to support its many public events and educational programs. AmpliVox responded with a number of its signature products:

Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphone

Extend your voice in large open spaces with the AmpliVox Mity-Meg Megaphone. It is ideal for crowd control, announcements in noisy environments or emergency services.

Use Mity-Meg Plus not only to talk, but sound emergency signals. Mity-Megs are powered by either conventional batteries or rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can be reused hundreds of times.

Rechargeable Wireless Portable PA System

The AmpliVox SW720 is a powerful, portable multimedia PA system that puts you in complete command of your presentations.

The SW720 6” full range speaker and 36 watt amp project crystal clear sound to audiences up to 500 people in rooms as large as 2500 sq. ft.

Sound Equipped Modular Tabletop Lectern

You can use this two-piece tabletop lectern & base/AV cart combo separately or together. This lectern includes a generous paper stop and the cart includes a storage shelf and 4 casters (2 locking).

Great for training meeting & board rooms schools and churches. Use separately or set on Media Cart Base S260 to make a full-size lectern; Easy to assemble.

These versatile products will serve a variety of functions for the Healing Newtown mission.

“AmpliVox is proud to support the efforts of the NCAC and its Healing Newtown programs,” notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

“It’s inspiring to see the Newtown community regain its strength after the terrible events at Sandy Hook School, and we are glad that our products will help to continue their healing process.”

Monday, July 18, 2016

AmpliVox Adjustable Height Lecterns

The world is full of people of all sizes and shapes, and physical conditions. Some people are short and some people are tall. Some have physical disabilities, that’s why AmpliVox makes height adjustable lecterns that can easily raise or lower to meet the needs of the presenter.

For example, the AmpliVox ADA Lectern accommodates a person seated in a wheelchair at 31” high or a person standing at a normal height of 41” with motorized adjustment.

The AmpliVox Patriot Adjustable Height Lectern accommodates people of normal height at 36” inches or it adjusts to taller people with a table height of 56” with motorized adjustment.

The series 505A Executive Adjustable Height Lectern also accommodates speakers of different heights. This model raises from 38”-44” and has a locking knob to secure the lecterns desired height.

These three series of lecterns also give you options of sound or non-sound models.

Whatever model you choose, the desired height is entirely up to you. The AmpliVox adjustable height lecterns are part of its approach to adapting to customer needs with innovative products and responsive customer service.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hospitality Valet Podium Series Complements Your Business Decor And Image

The right equipment enables your hospitality team to smoothly manage traffic flow, store and protect valuable items, and communicate easily with customers in the hotel and restaurant industry.

Our host and valet stands serve all those functions efficiently while still complementing your businesses' d├ęcor and image. We offer practical, durable, and attractive options to suit all of your needs:
  • Car key management
  • Menu storage
  • Customer check in and check out stations
Enhance your Valet Services with a versatile selection of hosting and valet podiums, featuring locking cabinets and optional custom logo.

VN3230 Valet Podium

Portable Valet Podium: Heavy Duty Steel Construction

Enhance your valet services with a portable valet podium from AmpliVox. This rugged, weatherproof unit is the perfect welcome stand for valet employees. Its brushed stainless steel working surface and tough 12 gauge steel construction provide years of extended use.

Its locking key cabinet provides storage for up to 100 keys. There is a locking drawer, and an optional locking tip box. There is even an umbrella holder. The unit rolls easily on four heavy duty 4”casters that lock firmly into place.

Put the AmpliVox Portable Valet Podium to work in your facility. Choose model VS1050 with 50 key capacity or Model VS1100 with 100 key capacity. The Portable Valet Podium looks even better with your logo on it.

Hard Shell Valet Podium: With Key Storage

Our Valet Podium is built to last, constructed of hard shell plastic that makes it virtually indestructible. Weatherproof, waterproof, rugged and durable, ideal for outdoor or indoor public and function area use.

The flat top writing surface and its elegant sculpted profile with radius corners and swirls defines its design with harmonized aesthetics. Great for restaurants, hotels, golf clubs, or any venue requiring parking service.

Customize with company sign or logo to reinforce your brand. Lightweight, stylish and portable makes this podium perfect for diverse environments.

Mobile Event Booth: Creative Way To Reach Fans

Ideal solution for any school, pro-team, facility or organization looking for a creative way to reach fans, customers or supporters. Available with three different marquee types to accommodate any presentation need: computer monitor mount, TV mount or frame for graphics.

The front and sides of the base contain 3 total spaces to display your signage and graphics. Height adjustable marquee header with positions at 2 locking stops. Wire management and grommets available in base. Optional built-in PA Sound System available with your choice of wireless microphone.

Moves easily through doors and hallways, with the help of 4 heavy duty casters (2 locking). Designed for interior and exterior use, constructed of heavy gauge steel with a weather resistant textured black powder coat finish.