In 1934, in the Japanese city of Kobe, Tsunetaro Nakatani inaugurated the TOA Electric Manufacturing Company in order to produce horn speakers, microphones and amplifiers. Little could he have known that over 80 years later his vision would become one of the world’s leading specialists in the research, development and sale of commercial and professional audio and security equipment.
Now with 19 subsidiaries operating across Japan, Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, TOA uses its extensive knowledge and technical expertise to create acoustic sound fields that make the lives of millions of people safer and more pleasant. Having built an enviable reputation for the quality of its audio solutions, the company constantly seeks to improve its technological capabilities in areas such as acoustics and networks, and has consistently developed market leading products and systems.
TOA also has a worldwide network of certified distributors, which ensures immediate access to thousands of products across its seven key product groups – voice alarm systems, intercom systems, speakers, professional sound, distribution products, wireless systems and conference systems.
The wide variety of cutting-edge technology within each group means that the right solution for every requirement and every location can be specified – indeed TOA is renowned as the provider of more solutions for more markets than any other company. Providing the perfect sound for every market application – whether it is within leisure, education, retail, transport, healthcare, industrial – TOA systems ensure the highest-quality sound reproduction and intelligibility.
A global approach and attitude means that TOA is committed to adhering to the highest recognised standards across all areas of its operation. For example, the company has earned certification under ISO 9001, the international standard recognising effective quality-assurance efforts, while its quality-management processes ensure that all requirements for product planning and development, as well as for production, installation and subsequent services, are met.
TOA takes its responsibility and commitment to the environment seriously and is committed to eco-friendly technology and product development, which is encapsulated in its ISO 14001 certification. The company is also involved in the development and revision of various standardisation measures in the areas of voice evacuation and intercom, and was one of the first companies in the world to have a fully EN54 compliant public address and voice alarm (PA/VA) system – the VM-3000.
A terrorist incident, a traffic accident, an intruder, air pollution, a nearby fire, or even a dangerous dog roaming around outside, are situations that require clear communication within a building. PA/VA enables announcements and instructions to be transmitted audibly to all persons in a building to keep them safe. Winner of the InAVation Award 2017, the VX-3000 is a cost-effective, robust, reliable and energy-efficient system, which combines all of the important functions for PA/VA in one unit. Also available as a wall-mounted option, the VX-3000’s limited number of components makes design and installation much easier, saves space, reduces cable complexity and enables rapid system configuration.
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