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  • Spectra Tech Ltd: Speech Articulation Index (AI) Onsite Field Testing Services, Richard Lemker, Nationwide, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Springfield, Bowling Green, Knoxville, Portsmouth, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Frankfort, Lima, Bloomington, Huntington, WVA, OH, IN, KY
  • Spectra Tech employes sophisticated equipment and software to measure and document Speech Articulation Index (AI) values for open plan office spaces and other facilities where speech intelligibility or it's inverse - speech privacy - are important considerations. We can also provide assistance in designing solutions to increase intelligibility or privacy.

    • The Speech Articulation Index (AI) was developed to form a universal standard by which the intelligibility (or privacy) of speech within a given acoustical environment could be quantified.
    • To test the Speech Articulation Index value between two locations, one must measure the "source" location sound level (normal speech, raised voice, music, etc), the sound attenuation provided by elements of intervening construction (walls, cubicles, etc), the background noise level at the "receiving" location.
    • To determine the "source" sound level, a direct measurement can be taken at the location, or test data for typical sources previously documented can be used.
    • To test the transmission of sound through a particular construction, a broadband spectrum of noise is generated at all frequencies between 63 Hz and 16,000 Hz and amplified to provide a level at the receiving side that is sufficiently higher than the room's normal ambient noise level.
    • The average unweighted (fast response) sound levels for each octave frequency band between 125 Hz and 8,000 Hz (8KHz) is recorded at ten random locations on the "source side" of the construction for a period of 10 seconds or more.
    • The average unweighted (fast response) sound levels for each octave frequency band between 125 Hz and 8,000 Hz (8KHz) is recorded at ten random locations on the "receiving" location for a period of 10 seconds or more.
    • A reverberation time test is also conducted in the "receiving room" and if the room reverberation is not found to be within the nornal criteria, adjustments to the rating must be made accordingly.
    • Our Test System can also compute other speech intelligibility / speech privacy values for the given situation, including Privacy Index (AI), Speech Intelligibility of Sentences First Heard (SISF), and Speech Intelligibility of Sentences Known (SISK). Please see the technical notes below for an explanation of these variables.
    • Areas / rooms throughout your entire facility can be tested for compliance with the targeted performance crieteria. If defieicenies are identified, we can make adjustments and / or assist in developing solutions.
    • Plot / Print Test Results: We can provide documentation of test results by plotting / printing the test values on paper, and / or provide the reslts in PDF format.

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