5 Benefits of Using Two-Way Radios for Schools
When it comes to two-way radios for schools, there are a lot of misconceptions. Some people think they’re expensive, complex, or that they require too much power. As a result of these misconceptions, many educational institutions instead rely upon mobile phones and other communication solutions to plug gaps – not realizing the incredible benefits two-way radios for schools can provide.
We’ll break down the advantages of two-way radio communication devices for schools to highlight why two-way radio communication devices are superior and the best choice for schools looking for effective communication solutions.
Reliability and Connectivity
Perhaps most important of all, two-way radio communication devices are reliable. If more signal strength or coverage is required, what educational institutions need to do is add a repeater or use a larger antenna (larger antennas will boost the range of a two-way radio). Using two-way radios, educational institutions can create a bespoke and dedicated communications network that is unaffected by power outages or mobile signal loss.
Simple and Straightforward
Two-way radios are designed specifically for communication. They have no unnecessary features or functions unrelated to communication and are incredibly easy to use. The user only needs to select the right frequency and push the push-to-talk (PTT) button to communicate. It’s that simple.
Long-lasting and tough
Tested in harsh and hazardous conditions, two-way radios are built to last. Depending on the specific application, there are even two-way radios designed for submersion in water, exposure to fine particulates, or use in explosive environments.
Batteries in two-way radios are usually rechargeable and last an incredibly long time – on average between 18 to 24 months – and can be readily swapped if necessary.
Of course, conditions in educational institutions will be far from harsh and hazardous – but both teaching and non-teaching staff will no doubt be using the devices on a day-to-day basis, as well as moving about the premises quickly, so a rugged, long-lasting, and lightweight device is essential.
Visibility, Tracking and Incident Response
Two-way radios enable visibility and real-time updates through GPS tracking. GPS tracking can be used at device level but also integrated into computer systems using software for complete visibility. School security staff can then see where all teaching and non-teaching staff are from a single console.
Two-way radios also allow for indoor positioning – allowing educational institutions to track the radio units of staff inside when GPS is not available or inaccurate. Sometimes, a site can also be combined with these tools to eliminate signal black spots and share location tracking and information across an unlimited geographical area.
Finally, for rapid emergency response, all of these solutions can be connected with local emergency services. So if staff and/or students need help as soon as possible, security teams can quickly dispatch a request.
Two-way radio systems – i.e. radios, repeaters, accessories and software – can be costly in the beginning but over time will work out far cheaper than purchasing a fleet of mobile phones.
Educational institutions can also hire their two-way radio fleet rather than purchase. This allows them to pay a monthly fee and access the expertise of the two-way radio provider, rather than part with a large amount of money right away. The two-way radio provider can also offer advice and support, helping the educational institution to correctly set up two-way radio systems and optimize communications.
Some two-way radio providers will also write in maintenance as part of the hire contract, ensuring devices can be repaired quickly as and when required by the educational institution.
Contact Viking Communications!
Provide security and control to your educational institution with two-way radios communication systems. Contact Viking Communications, we have been in the business since 1964, always maintaining the consistent goal of helping our clients to communicate more effectively and efficiently. We are locally owned and operated, this allows us to provide professional service in two-way communications systems, with a personal approach for each client.