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Barix and barox Join Forces to Strengthen Remote Monitoring of EWS Utility Systems

Highly programmable and flexible Barionet IP control devices from Barix deliver efficient, cost-effective solution for Swiss water and electricity supplier
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, August 29, 2017 — IP audio and control pioneer Barix has again flexed its IP muscle for a large utility supplier, helping Swiss water and electricity supplier EWS Energie AG remotely monitor its redundant fiber rings to ensure exceptional utility service for its customers throughout Switzerland.
Based in Reinach, Switzerland, EWS leverages three fiber rings operating in unison with 25 switches, all of which live on the company’s core IT network. All system communication, along with all transformer and pump control operations, is processed along these fiber rings.
As failures in utility service can happen in a split-second due to accidents, weather events and other system failures, EWS turned to Barix to establish an independent security solution to monitor performance across the fiber rings, and alert administrators in the event of a failure or breakdown. The company chose the Barionet 50 as an efficient, cost-effective and network-based monitoring solution that could be implemented on a very short timeline. The complete solution was seamlessly integrated to operate over the core EWS IT network. The IP network is provided by barox-communication Ltd of Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland.
A key benefit tied to the quick deployment was use of the Barix programming-language ABCL, an openly programmable language that enabled company engineers to write an application in a few simple steps. The application for EWS checks a web server in regular intervals, and leverages the IP protocol to confirm connection status every five to 255 seconds.
As errors and failures happen, four specific error messages can be differentiated and communicated to personnel, with clear indication to the appropriate actions that must be taken to resolve issues. As the Barionet 50 offers built-in relays, in urgent cases the relay will automatically trigger a phone call over the internal telephone system to the administrator. This Barionet application can be configured for two different relay-conditions and supports furthermore DNS-support and error-qualification.
According to EWS officials, three benefits tipped the scales in favor of Barix over competitive systems: stability,simplicity of installation, and a very attractive price point.
“The easy installation and the intelligibility were stunning with this device,” said Markus Steiger, a spokesperson for EWS. “The Barix solution was exactly what we were looking for, and we fully trust in the robust design and reliability of the Barionet 50.”
Barix is demonstrating its Barionet and IP audio solutions this week at Integrate, taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center in Australia through August 31. Barix exhibits at Stand C16. For more information on programmable Barix I/O devices and OEM modules, please visit www.barix.com.
Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide.  Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions.  Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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