Better Technology Means Better Acoustic Privacy
Office Acoustic privacy is often overlooked when building or choosing an office space. Whether the problem manifests itself in the form of distracted workers or confidential conversations being overheard, the real dollar costs of a noisy office can be painfully high.
One common misunderstanding is that privacy is a matter of taste, when it’s actually a measurable, quantifiable thing according to ASTM standards. When acousticians say that there’s a lack of speech privacy in an office environment, they’re saying you’ve got a low privacy index score. The privacy index is a way of measuring how intelligible speech is across a given space. In a given environment, there are three – and only three – ways you can improve your speech privacy score, often referred to as “the ABC’s.” This is important to understand. A noisy office costs you money, whether it’s patient satisfaction or workers who are unable to focus. But because noise – the problem – is measurable, it’s much easier and more cost-effective to solve than you might think.
The VoiceArrest Advantage
Covering solutions – the “C” in ABCs – have been around since the Romans installed fountains in their villas to drown out the noise of the crowds in their streets, and sound masking technology has evolved considerably since then. Modern sound masking solutions were initially developed by the Department of Defense and have been in wide use since the 1960s. The VoiceArrest system combines the latest innovations in speaker technology with a highly-targeted frequency spectrum to provide the most effective sound masking technology to date.