Technical Information

Streaming Radio
Channels

Streaming RadioThe Streaming Radio button (visible after pulling up the speaker grille) allows PulsePoint users to monitor live radio traffic to accompany the application’s incident list. When users navigate between agencies, the radio stream changes right along with the incident display to align with the agency selected. Including a streaming radio feed in your deployment will likely increase community interest and involvement which may ultimately result in better adoption rates and thus better patient outcomes.

Agencies implementing PulsePoint for their communities can include radio streaming with these three simple steps:

1. Plan which radio audio channels will be available on the app, e.g. one dispatch channel, two radio channels as a left/right stereo pair, or a multi-channel radio scanner feed.

2. Follow the detailed instructions below on how to set up and configure the internet streaming radio feed for your system.

3. Update your agency’s registration information on the PulsePoint portal with the URL for your internet radio stream.

Setting Up and Configuring Your Radio Feed

PulsePoint uses Broadcastify to stream agency radio channels within the app. Broadcastify is the largest broadcaster of live public safety audio feeds. There is no charge to broadcast an agency feed via Broadcastify. Each agency is responsible for originating and maintaining their own audio feed using the recommended hardware below or a compatible alternate configuration. An existing public stream for your agency may already be available in Broadcastify for use in the app (although an official feed in which you control the channel mix and audio quality is preferred). Simply browse Broadcastify audio feeds for your location to check availability.

Establishing a RadioReference.com Account

1. Begin by selecting the Live Audio menu link at RadioReference.com.

2. Your agency will be signing up to become an Official Feed.

3. Review the instructions on becoming a feed provider.

4. Register with a username, email address, and password for your agency.

5. After you have an account set up, login and fill out a Feed Broadcaster Application.

6. Once your RadioReference application is approved you will receive all the necessary information to configure your audio encoder and enable streaming radio in the app.

 

 

Updating Your Agency Registration Information

Once you have successfully set up and configured your streaming radio feed, the only remaining step is to add this information to your Agency Registration Information on the PulsePoint web site. You do this by logging on to your PulsePoint administration page (under the Developers menu on the PulsePoint home page) and scrolling down to the section titled “Include Optional Features.” In this section you enter the Direct Listen URL of your radio stream and check the box Streaming Radio Functionality (the Direct Listen URL is listed under the Technicals tab in your RadioReference Account). Once you save your changes, streaming radio will be automatically enabled for your user community. Enable Streaming Radio Functionality in the Agency Profile screen and enter your Radio Reference relay URL.

 

Recommended Hardware

This recommended hardware list and wiring diagram is provided for your reference.

Barix Instreamer Audio Encoder

PulsePoint recommends the use of the Barix Instreamer Audio Encoder to convert radio audio from a scanner, logging recorder, etc. into a high-quality MP3 stream for use in the app. The Instreamer must be installed in a location with power, internet and high quality radio audio sources nearby. We recommend that the Instreamer be connected to your internal LAN with a fixed IP address for ease of configuration and maintenance. Complete setup instructions can be found on the RadioReference Wiki.
Est. Cost $365

Behringer MX882 8-Channel Splitter/Mixer

The Behringer MX882 is compact signal distribution device that allows up to four radio channels to be combined (mixed) for a simplified user experience within the app. It also provides the ability to condition source audio and optimize levels.
Est. Cost $100

Barix Rack Mount

The Barix Rack Mount is an accessory that allows for the mounting of the Instreamer 100 and Behringer MX882 into a standard 19″ rack using two rack spaces.
Est. Cost $149

 

XRF-105 Audio Cable

This cable is used to connect the Behringer MX882 XLR outputs to the phono inputs of the Barix Instreamer 100.
Est. Cost $16 (Qty 2)

3-Pin Male XLR Connector

This demarcation point connector is used to terminate the agency audio channel cables at the Behringer MX882.
Est. Cost $15 (Qty 4)