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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Commuter colleges have unique security needs

Commuter colleges have unique security needs

All types of university campuses require some type of security presence, whether big or small, urban or rural, vocational or fully accredited. Security officials can better protect students and maintain a safe environment when connected to each other and central dispatch by a comprehensive two-way radio network. Radios such as the Motorola PR860 offer the voice quality and durability expected by government agencies that can help university campuses develop a strong radio communications network to maintain absolute safety and security. At commuter-only schools, such as the University of Massachusetts' Boston campus, the task of securing dormitories and guarding students overnight is removed. In its place, however, is the process of keeping parking structures and lots, and likewise student, faculty and staff vehicles, safe and in compliance with campus rules. As these types of colleges can be as spread-out as traditional universities, security guards may have a large area to cover. The UMass Boston campus, for example, is composed of parking lots and mid-rise buildings extending over a large peninsula...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Licensing | 0 comments

Pierce County residents soon to vote on emergency response measure

Pierce County residents soon to vote on emergency response measure

In order to fund a switch to narrowband-ready two-way radio equipment, improve the local emergency response network and bring the involved municipal departments under one roof, officials in Pierce County, Washington, have proposed an increased sales tax. The narrowbanding mandate, which will be enforced by the Federal Communications Commission as of January 1, 2013, requires all public institutions, businesses and organizations to migrate from wideband (25 mHz) to narrowband (12.5 mHz) radio spacing in order to free up more of the spectrum for emergency communications. With products such as the Motorola HT1250, businesses and civic organizations can upgrade to meet the narrowbanding requirements while updating their communication system to include the features of the newest two-way radio technology. The HT1250 offers the best audio quality in the industry as well as functions including an easy-to-read LCD display and data storage. The sales tax in Pierce County will be approved or defeated based on a referendum on the upcoming ballot. If the 0.1 percent increase passes, county officials will have...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Licensing | 0 comments

FCC to require GPS devices in new mandate

FCC to require GPS devices in new mandate

Although the narrowbanding mandate won't take effect for more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission already has another policy in the works. Two-way radio users will need to upgrade any equipment running on 25 kHz wideband spacing to the 12.5 kHz narrowband requirement by the end of 2012. The change is meant to open up the spectrum for more use by emergency response and other high-priority agencies. By investing in products such as the Motorola CP200 VHF radio, users can ensure they comply with the FCC mandate while also obtaining a durable, powerful device. A similar measure will soon change the cell phone industry, and may effect two-way radio production as well. By 2018, the FCC plans to require all cellular phones to carry a GPS device, in order to better locate users based on the coordinates their device provides to dispatchers and emergency response workers. "The Federal Communications Commission took action today to enhance the public’s ability to contact emergency services during times of crisis," the agency...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Affordable radios may make switch to narrowbanding easier for some communities

Affordable radios may make switch to narrowbanding easier for some communities

Due to the tough economic circumstances still present in most of the country, some communities are struggling to come up with the funds necessary to comply with the federal narrowbanding mandate. By January 1, 2013, all public and business two-way radio license holders must switch their equipment from wideband-only devices to narrowband-ready products. Many radios, such as the Motorola XPR6350, are full-featured options that offer new technology in addition to being narrowband-capable. The XPR6350 is part of the MOTOTRBO digital line of two-way radios, and is packed with features. In addition to increased voice quality, digital Motorola models offer advances such as text messaging and ID number storage. In order to invest in new devices such as the XPR6350, communities such as Hamburg, Pennsylvania, are looking for added revenue or loans. According to the Reading Eagle, this town in the eastern part of the state is counting on money from the county to make the switch to narrowband. "I think the commitment the county has made to emergency services...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Digital two-way radios a smart solution for wind farms

Digital two-way radios a smart solution for wind farms

Industries that require workers to spend time at dangerous heights can benefit from a comprehensive, dependable communication system. Two-way radios often provide the best solution, with the durability and features that can keep workers connected. At the Wolfe Island wind farm, a lack of cell phone reception meant that another communication solution was necessary for the installation and maintenance of the turbines. As workers commonly needed to perform tasks inside of the towers, a communication device capable of penetrating steel was necessary. Motorola MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios were a sensible solution. "We sent a technician up to the nacelle and had a technician at the bottom," said Mike Jablonicky, the site supervisor of the wind farm. "Previously, we would have no communications until that person reached the top and opened the door to use the radio. When we did this test with the MOTOTRBOs, we were able to penetrate the tower from the ground right up through the turbine to the top." Digital two-way radios such as the Motorola...

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