In the last few months, COVID-19 has spread around the world, infecting hundreds of thousands of people. Now, more than ever, people are looking for comfort in faith and the support of religion, unfortunately, gathering in large groups is discouraged. How can we stay connected to our congregation during a worldwide pandemic? Some houses of worship are trying to stay connected via social media or host services that are live-streamed and facilitating video chats, but the feeling of community is lost.
Fortunately, there is a way to meet in person at your church building without the risks: drive-in services. With a Wi-Fi streaming solution your live service is broadcast to members who are safely inside their cars.
How Wi-Fi technology can be used for worship services
An audio over Wi-Fi solution such as Listen EVERYWHERE streams audio via an existing Wi-Fi server to smartphones and tablets, with virtually zero latency. After successful installation, parishioners connect to your network, download a free app, and select a channel to connect. With Listen EVERYWHERE you can have up to 1,000 users per server, and the system accommodates unlimited channels which allows you to broadcast in multiple languages or have an adult service at the same time as a youth service.
The Listen EVERYWHERE system is easy to use, and the app is free to download. In addition, the app is customizable allowing houses of worship the ability to change the app theme, channel names and images, welcome videos, banners, and more–you can add links (like calendars) or documents such as hymns or written scripture so that everyone can follow along. Once communities are able to resume regular gatherings, houses of worship can continue to use Listen EVERYWHERE to broadcast audio inside the building to people who need assistance hearing, or who are in another part of the building.
Advantages of Wi-Fi over FM
We all remember the fun associated with a drive-in movie theater, piling a big group of friends in the back of a pick-up truck. You may also remember the poor sound quality of the speakers outside the car, or the FM signal that would cut in and out. Audio streamed over Wi-Fi is a more reliable solution with superior audio quality over an FM system.
COVID-19 has interrupted life as we know it, but it doesn’t have to stop people from connecting with their religious communities. An audio over Wi-Fi system is the perfect solution for houses of worship to easily broadcast quality, reliable audio to parishioners safely inside their own cars.