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Two way radios have long been an essential tool for schools with uses in directing traffic, connecting administrators and staff, maintenance, janitorial, and more. In recent years, however, radios are becoming even more critical as part of emergency preparedness plans and as a tool to respond to safety concerns. Many schools are even assigning a radio to each classroom as a way for staff to communicate in the event of a safety or emergency event.
The type of radio needed will vary based on the use. A small, low powered radio may be sufficient for short range applications, such as directing traffic, but for communications within a school building a two or four watt radio is recommended. Most schools use thick concrete for walls, which is difficult for the signals of weaker radios to penetrate. Single channel radios are adequate for many situations, but multi-channel models may be helpful if you have several groups that need to have separate communications.
Locate your staff, students and buses instantly. Integrated GPS helps monitor location and manage
logistics. School officials can pinpoint each school vehicle to improve security, increase student safety
and effectively respond to emergencies, weather events, traffic and more.
Prioritize communication immediately. When emergencies happen, your security personnel need to
communicate instantly. Voice interrupt, emergency voice interrupt and data over voice interrupt, let's
you prioritize critical communication the moment you need it.
Manage employee attendance and payroll automatically. Eliminate manual errors and inaccurate
recordkeeping with time and attendance reports – tracking when bus drivers are on or off duty or picking
up students – and then providing an accurate and automatic payroll.
Respond remotely with tracking applications with operations-critical applications that enhance security,
increase efficiency and reduce costs. Now administrators can see the fleet’s fuel usage. Security can be
automatically notified if a door or gate is breached and remotely open or close it. And maintenance can
turn lights on or off, control sprinklers and handle many other tasks.
Reduce operational costs with two virtual channels within a single 12.5 kHz channel – double the cap-
acity of analog. Since you don’t need a second repeater, you save on equipment costs. And because voice
and data are integrated in one device, some radios save you the expense of additional equipment for text
messaging and GPS location tracking.
Hear clearly throughout campus. If your employees are making repairs or making their way through a crowded assembly, they must be able to understand the message. Some models automatically adjust the radio’s volume to fit the level of noise in the environment. The volume turns up in noisy places so they won’t miss a call and turns down in quiet settings so they won’t disturb others. And with background noise suppression, you can be confident communication comes through loud and clear.
Communicate without disturbing others. Whether your personnel are working in the basement, the bus garage, or on the football field, flexible solutions fit every user and every environment. Audio accessories feature audio technology to further suppress ambient noise, improve voice intelligibility and amplify loudness.
Wireless accessories free personnel to interact safely – so drivers can keep their hands on the wheel while they communicate and trainers can keep their radio in the medical bag while they attend to an injured player. These ruggedly reliable and Bluetooth compatible accessories range from lightweight earpieces to a wireless push-to-talk (PTT) you put in a pocket and link to any wireless earpiece
Remote speaker microphones make it easy for staff to communicate without having to remove the radio from their belt or jacket. Waterproof models are ideal for rainy days, outdoor sports events or helping children off the bus during inclement weather.