Sound Masking System

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SOUND MASKING

BUSINESS INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE SPACE

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54% OF UK OFFICE WORKERS REPORT THAT NOISE IS AN ISSUE AT WORK

We have created our own sound masking system to protect privacy and improve workplace wellbeing. Unlike many other direct field systems, this unique solution offers an innovative, all-round immersive sound dispersion, ensuring the same sound quality for all listening positions.

What is Sound Masking?

Did you know noise has a direct impact on a person’s ability to complete a task in a timely and productive manner? It also has a negative impact on a person’s workplace wellbeing and stress levels.

Sound masking makes a building appear quieter by raising the ambient noise level in an office environment.

It is an effective method that, when installed correctly, has the potential to bolster acoustical privacy and reduce distracting noises, which in turn helps to improve the overall office comfort.

By creating ambient background noise, our systems are engineered to match the frequency of the human voice for greater speech privacy. Adding noise to a space may sound counter-intuitive, but our solution reduces the intelligibility of human speech. When you can’t understand what someone is saying, it becomes less distracting and you probably don’t notice them at all.

We can help you create a balanced, comfortable acoustic working environment.

The Stats

According to our Noise and Wellbeing at Work survey, sudden bursts of noise are the most irritating in the workplace, with the most annoying being:

74%
Telephone Conversations
65%
Personal Conversations
62%
Sudden Laughter
58%
Telephone Ring Tones
56%
Doors Slamming
40%
Music

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360 sound masking system

360° IMMERSIVE SOUND DISPERSION

Due to its 360° driver technology, the installation needs fewer speakers to work effectively compared to conventional systems.

This new solution has the ability to increase the privacy around the areas treated. Not only is the installation of this technology ideal to increase privacy in businesses, but it can also help to increase performance levels, eliminate distractions, and enhance the overall wellbeing of employees.

Five things you need to know about Sound Masking

What is noise?

Improving Privacy

It is no secret that privacy is an issue in the modern workplace. Open plan offices, glass meeting rooms and break out areas are great for collaboration and teamwork but more often than not, they lack sound privacy.

Sound masking is the addition of low-level noise into the environment to cover up unwanted background noise and increase privacy. A lack of sound privacy can result in dissatisfied and unproductive employees in fact, in our Noise and Wellbeing at Work survey it was found that 64% of people have overheard a confidential or sensitive conversation in the workplace that they shouldn’t have.

With the installation of sound masking in your meeting rooms, open plan offices and break out areas, it can help to protect client information, confidential business plans and sensitive conversations.

Privacy in the Workplace

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SOUNDSCAPES

Nature doesn’t loop so neither should your soundscapes.

As advocates of workplace wellbeing and specialists in sound masking, the introduction of soundscapes into our portfolio of services was only natural.

To combat stress and boost feelings of wellbeing, Remark Group have created their own soundscape solution backed by science and years of experience. Remark Group brings intelligent biophilic sound to the built environment.

Let Remark Group’s innovative biophilic audio treat your wellbeing area to a new kind of sound scaping solution. Inspired by natural sounds, each emitter creates an audio scape of healing sounds inspired by those in nature.

Imagine, the song of birds, hearing the rolling hush of waves as they meet the shore; the rustling sounds of the forest; with Remark’s newest solution, the landscape intertwines with the soundscape.

Biophilic soundscapes can also improve speech privacy with equal success to conventional masking.

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Increasing Productivity

61% of UK Office Workers say that they are interrupted by noise at least five to ten times a day. The interviewees then went onto report that it takes an average of eleven minutes to get back into a task after being distracted by noise, which means between 55 minutes and 110 minutes of a day are wasted just from noise distractions.

Over half of UK offices workers say that their workplace does not encourage productivity with sixty-five percent stating that their workplace impacts on their motivation to work.

For productivity levels in the workplace to increase we seriously need to think about the working environment and what employers can do to ensure that their employees are at their most productive.

Our systems are designed to deliver an unobtrusive background noise which imitate airflow, masking background noises in the office environment and thereby reducing distractions and increasing productivity.

Sound Masking and Natural Sounds in the Workplace

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Sound Masking for Healthcare, GP Surgeries and Waiting Rooms

It’s not just the office that suffers from a lack of privacy, 51% of people have overheard a confidential topic being discussed outside of work, in GP surgeries, hospitals and waiting rooms. Privacy is a fundamental human right, yet in places where you think you would receive the highest amount of privacy like GP Surgeries, waiting rooms and healthcare facilities, there seems to be a lack of it.

While healthcare environments continue to improve, striving to provide better patient outcomes and experiences, many hospital environments remain extremely noisy, disrupting patients and causing privacy concerns

Remark Group can provide solutions that not only increase the privacy around GP rooms and waiting rooms, but can also be utilised in patient rooms and healthcare facilities to promote rest and relaxation.

Our systems provides an ambient background noise level that reduces background noise and conversations, meaning patient privacy is restored and their overall comfort in places that could cause stress are reduced.

Sound Masking in Healthcare

Frequently Asked Questions

How does sound masking work?

It works by adding a subtle background noise into the workspace which helps to both mask any distracting sounds and improve speech privacy.

What does it sound like?

Sound masking releases a gentle noise that has been likened air flow, with the ability to mask speech and incidental noises, although not eradicating them completely.

Systems can also be intertwined with natural sounds including; bird song, water flowing and the gentle sounds of the ocean, creating a completely immersive environment for your employees to relax and collaborate naturally.

How much do systems cost?

We offer a cost-effective acoustic solution, that when compared with sound proofing is considerably cheaper. A small office area can expect to spend upwards of £1,500 for a complete solution.

How does masking compare to sound proofing?

Sound proofing does not block sound completely and can be an unreliable and costly method, not only is sound masking considerably cheaper but you have the ability to adjust privacy levels to suit the treated space. Sound proofing by comparison may help to reduce overall noise levels, but that can have the undesirable effect of increasing the levels of distraction caused by office noise. Sound proofing is also massively disruptive to install.

Can I control the sound masking system?

The simple answer is, yes. Our sound masking systems comes with the ability to adjust the volume levels accordingly to suit the ambient noise levels. If your space is set out into zones, you can also adjust the levels for each zone.

Is it just white noise?

Sound masking is a more sophisticated solution than white noise. It is designed to target the same frequencies as the human voice, having the ability to ‘mask’ it.

Is sound masking just suitable for office spaces?

No, it can improve acoustical comfort and increase speech privacy in almost every industry and workplace. We have an eclectic range of solutions available that can be integrated into almost any architectural concept.  Sound masking can benefit: 

  • Open plan offices 
  • Private offices
  • Huddle spaces and meeting rooms
  • Libraries 
  • Patient rooms and GP offices 
  • Recovery rooms in hospitals
  • HR areas

Will the masking be heard over the phone or video conferencing system?

No. All modern telephones and conferencing equipment come equipped with DSP technology which will easily filter out the sound masking.

Are there any ongoing costs after the initial deployment period?

Our commitment to support to your business doesn’t just stop after our installation: we do offer an optional provision for ongoing maintenance, to ensure that the sound masking solution is continuously working at peak performance.

While the sound masking system can be expected to operate without servicing for many years, we recognise that office spaces and the treatment environment itself does alter over time. For example, occupancy levels may increase as the business grows, or teams may relocate into different areas.

As part of our optional aftercare Maintenance Support Service, your business can receive one planned visit every twelve months for software and firmware updates, as well as recalibration of the audio levels to ensure that the system operates to both the business and the environment’s needs. Telephone support is also available throughout the year with our AV Support Desk.

Can I easily expand the system to other areas of the workplace if required?

Yes. Our systems are designed to allow further expansion of the sound masking into nearby offices without the need for a completely new installation.

To experience how The Remark Group can make a difference to your business, call 0800 597 5558 to request a demonstration.