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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

School bus drivers need to upgrade to FCC regulations to ensure proper communication

School bus drivers need to upgrade to FCC regulations to ensure proper communication

In less than a year, FCC narrowbanding requirements will begin to be enforced in the radio industry. Since devices manufactured after 1997 generally meet the operational frequency of 12.5 kHz or less, it is unlikely that many businesses will have to allocate significant resources to adhere to the initiative. However, sectors like the transportation industry that use more dated technology could face hefty fines for noncompliance. Recently, an online seminar on narrowbanding was put on by Mark Crosby, the president and CEO of Enterprise Wireless Alliance, according to School Transportation News. The webinar, entitled “The FCC’s Narrowbanding Mandate: Why, When and How,” explained the consequences that the educational transportation industry faces by not upgrading outdated two-way radio technology. The problem is that many school bus operators have licenses that allow them to communicate on a secure, private frequency. But after January 1, 2013, civilians will have access to these channels, which will render any radio operating above 12.5 kHz vulnerable to public chatter. When trying to coordinate the daily...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Mass transit authorities putting two-way radio technology to use

Mass transit authorities putting two-way radio technology to use

Communication is of the utmost importance in the mass-transportation industry. Subway and bus operators need up-to-date information on route changes and traffic patterns, as well as the ability to interact with nearby officials to coordinate daily actions. Two-way radios are one of the most cost-effective and practical solutions for communication, and transit authorities across the United States are beginning to weave portable radio into their operational infrastructure. According to the Courier-Journal, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC), which takes care of the greater Louisville, Kentucky, metro area, recently installed two-way radios on their buses that allow dispatchers to pinpoint the real-time location of any bus, as well as link communications with the MetroSafe emergency communications system. More recently, the New York Post reported that the MTA unveiled a proposed $8.6 million initiative that will supply 2,700 Motorola two-way radios to local transit authorities. The Mag One BPR40 portable two-way radio is just one example of a device that can assist transportation officials. The unit has features like repeater...

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Motorola Two Way Radio News, Safety and Security | 0 comments

Rescue teams can find innovative uses for two-way radio

Rescue teams can find innovative uses for two-way radio

When it comes to search and rescue operations, portable radios have been in use since their invention in the mid 20th century. The benefits of these devices are well known, but rescue authorities can find creative solutions to challenging situations by using two-way radios in unique ways. For example, a rescuer might consider the Motorola XPR6350 when facing a unique dilemma. Extreme conditions that have flammable gas and dust will not have any effect, which would be good for firefighters. The radio will function even if submerged in water, perfect for an aquatic environment like the ocean or a lake. Aid workers can even attach the unit to a K9 team, allowing missing people to use integrated features like the MOTOTRBO Location Services application to send their location to nearby rescue teams. The list of technology that comes with the Motorola XPR6350 are even more applicable. The IMPRES Li-ion 1500 mAh Submersible battery is waterproof and holds a charge for an impressive amount of time, which is good for...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Motorola DTR650 spotlight

Motorola DTR650 spotlight

There are a lot of great two-way radios available, but the Motorola DTR650 stands out in particular. This is one of the bestselling portable radios on the market based on its cutting-edge features and digital capabilities. The DTR650 is a new digital two-way radio for on-site use. It is perfect for industrial applications, as it has coverage of up to 350,000 square feet or over 30 floors of a building when using the long whip antenna. Furthermore, because it is a digital radio it features its own 11-digit identification and a variety of calling options. Digital one-to-one calling allows users to talk privately to a specific radio. When you use this feature to call another user’s radio, they will be alerted with a signal or vibration and their unit will display your information, much like caller ID on a cell phone. The DTR650 can also make digital one-to-many calls,which allow employees to take part in a public group call or a private group call. With this feature, your staff...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Efficiency Uses | 0 comments

Churches can benefit from two-way radios

Churches can benefit from two-way radios

In many ways a large church is like a thriving community or university campus. The variety of departments, pastors, deacons and other church staff must stay connected in order to ensure that all activities go smoothly. A wireless communication system such as two-way radios can be very beneficial in these regards. Many churches put on spectacular musical performances every Sunday. The musicians, band or audio operators must be able to coordinate with the choir in order to begin a musical number at the appropriate time. The children and youth departments at a church could also use an efficient means of communication to provide security in day care or watch over potentially rowdy students. Parking can also be a concern at churches so staff may want to consider asking members to volunteer to direct traffic using two-way radios to communication with one another. A radio such as the Motorola BPR40 could be perfect for these applications. This radio is compact and lightweight so that it can be slipped into a...

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