Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutes can benefit from using two-way radios (sometimes referred to as walkie-talkies). The improved communication will assist with the fast relay of essential messages for playground supervision, school grounds maintenance and security, as well as urgent classroom-to-office communication.
Benefits of two-way radios for schools:
- Instant secure communication with staff
- Improves health and safety
- Immediate response to Incidents
- Lone Worker feature for staff
- Private individual call
- Group Call - all informed
- Improves lockdown procedure with integration into alarm panels
Examples Of Two Way Radio Features
A popular feature that two way radios offer is the emergency alert. For example, if you have a team of 20 radios deployed on site, with each radio user having an individual contact name, the radio is able to issue an emergency alert to everyone. This emergency alert will emit an audio alarm and show the radio name which has triggered this (linking with individual call), reducing the time taken to respond.
Individual Call allows for radios with the private call / display feature to be given an individual name. This individual name is unqiue to that radio and is seen on all other radios' displays when that radio transmits a message. In an education environment, a two-way radio name could be assigned to a specific radio according to the school classroom it has been deployed in, or the name of the teacher using the radio. This also works in conjuction with the emergency alert feature, so that when the emergency button is pressed it will display the individual radio name so that action can be taken more efficiently.
Lockdown Procedure - Alarm Integration
Two-way radios can be integrated with a school's alarm system to provide greater functionality and a more rigorous communication system. For example, an alarm unit installed into the school building's fire alarm panel can send immediate alerts to the two-way radio, displaying all the relevant information and the location of the alarm that has been triggered. This can help a school's Fire Officers to co-ordinate the correct response, both in and out of school hours.
Another safety and security feature that can be used in conjunction with your lockdown procedure is the ability to install emergency Wi-Fi buttons across the school's site, an example being in classroom drawers or mounted on walls. These Wi-Fi buttons connect to the existing Wi-Fi system and the alarm panel. The buttons are programmed with three different steps, which are relayed depending on the amount of times the button has been pressed. If the Wi-Fi button is pressed once, a pre-set lockdown message is triggered and sent to the alarm system, along with the two-way radio that has sent the message. Once the alarm system receives this message it is quickly forwarded out to all the radios on site.
As soon as the lockdown is over, two presses of a Wi-Fi button issues another pre-set message letting everyone know the emergency is over.
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