There are a range of terms used to describe an Audience Response System - sometimes referred to as its acronym ARS, Electronic Voting System, Audience Response or Student Response System.
Our electronic voting system gives each member of your audience a voice and allows them to be actively engaged, relay their levels of understanding and share their opinions via the use of our interactive credit-card sized wireless voting keypads.
There are many reasons for the use of audience response systems (ARS). The tendency to answer based on crowd psychology is reduced because, unlike hand raising, it is very difficult to see which selection others are making. The ARS also allows for faster tabulation of answers for large groups than manual methods.
Each person in the audience is issued a wireless keypad handset with which voting selections can be made. Each voting pad communicates wirelessly via a USB receiver which is connected to a voting computer. When the participants have answered and the voting has closed the aggregated data/results can be instantly displayed 'on the main screen' (usually via a data projector or plasma screens).