Barix opens next generation Innovation Centre in Aveiro, Portugal
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IP audio and control innovator, Barix has announced the opening of a new research and development centre for next generation, intelligent audio technologies. Based in Aveiro, Portugal, the Barix Innovation Centre focuses on “what’s next” for the company, including audio analytics, anomaly detection, predictive maintenance and environmental sound monitoring.
Barix Founder and CTO, Johannes Rietschel identified Aveiro as the ideal location given its proximity to the University of Aveiro, one of Europe’s leading technical institutions. The company has been aggressively hiring local engineering talent, including recent university graduates, to fill key engineering and research roles. The close proximity to one of Barix’s long-term, strategic production partners, HFA SA, will further accelerate Barix’s ability to quickly build custom solutions at this new facility.
Barix’s business headquarters will remain in Zurich and will retain its local engineering talent alongside all sales, marketing, product management and other staff.
“Aveiro is known as Portugal’s ‘digital city’ and produces a high rate of digital technology innovations, many of which originate from university students and graduates,” said Rietschel. “Our new Innovation Centre places Barix in the centre of European digital development – a perfect home for Barix, which has brought Audio over IP innovations to broadcast, commercial AV, security, retail and other markets for 20 years. This new location does not replace our Zurich operation; rather, it will propel Barix innovation in new directions. And we will use our latest generation, modular platforms to build very powerful, reliable, compact and energy-efficient solutions that serve a continually evolving set of end user requirements.”