The Sennheiser ConnectStation streams live audio to a smartphone
Germany - MobileConnect from audio specialist Sennheiser provides live audio streaming to mobile devices for the very first time. The universal system uses a wi-fi connection to stream lip-sync audio content to the user's smartphone, which has an app that instantly converts it into a mobile receiver.

Applications are unlimited: whether it is in a theatre, a museum, a sports stadium or a company - MobileConnect can be quickly and easily installed and is also cost-efficient in use.

MobileConnect consists of a streaming server and a specific wireless LAN router. The system provides a closed network that users can connect to from their smartphone. The selected audio data are transferred to the device via the MobileConnect multi-channel app, thus enabling users to play the content conveniently through headphones. And the user-friendliness of the system is not limited only to the front end: MobileConnect can be installed in a few easy steps and is ready for use immediately.

"We are proud to be able to present our customers with really innovative streaming-based technology in the form of MobileConnect," said Andy Niemann, director Integrated Systems Division at Sennheiser. "This solution will enable our customers to simply use their own smartphones to receive audio contents in the future. They obviously know how to use their own device best of all and merely have to download the free MobileConnect app to their smartphone. At the same time, event organisers are no longer faced with the cost of providing, renting and maintaining the audio devices."

But cost-efficient application is not the only feature that makes MobileConnect interesting for integrators, companies or event organisers: "Additional features such as assistive listening in theatres, the provision of an audio track for silent screens in airport waiting lounges or simultaneous interpreting for public performances mean that MobileConnect enables our customers to upgrade and expand their range of possibilities," Niemann added.

Furthermore, the MobileConnect innovative streaming solution offers universal application. It can even be used in situations in which audio transmission has until now been impossible or only very limited, Niemann explained: "It opens up completely new opportunities in the field of digital signage as well as in many areas of assistive listening." System houses and integrators can therefore not only offer their existing customers an innovative solution for familiar application scenarios, but they can also acquire completely new customers.

MobileConnect is already being successfully used in pilot projects, for example in some theatres in Hamburg and at the Millerntor stadium of Hamburg's FC St. Pauli soccer team. What is more, audio specialist Sennheiser has already launched the CinemaConnect app, which works on the same technological basis as MobileConnect but is designed for use in cinemas. CinemaConnect provides audio description and assistive listening in cinemas, thus offering inclusive solutions for cinemagoers who have a visual or hearing impairment. The CinemaConnect solution has been in use in the Abaton cinema in Hamburg since May 2014 and is already available.

The MobileConnect system is available shortly. The free MobileConnect app is available for iOS and, in future, for Android and can be downloaded from the respective app stores.

(Jim Evans)

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