Two Way Radios in Education

two way radios in educationTwo-way radios are a great source of communication for the Education industry. They provide an instant connection and immediately deliver crucial information that needs to be passed between staff or students. Another main reason for their popularity is that they are tough and durable so can survive an action-packed day in the classroom. On the current wide market, there is a model to suit any budget and requirements for any Nursery, School, College, and University.

More and more schools, colleges and universities are turning to two-way radios to protect their institutions against potential threats outside and also inside the classroom walls. It is a simple form of communication and is accessible instantly to all users.

Benefits of two-way radios for schools:

  • Staff can immediately be reached anywhere on campus
  • Security can be alerted to attend any dangers
  • Sharing critical first-hand information
  • Unsafe situations are resolved quicker
  • Two-way radio systems are available in case of any unpredictable situation (poor weather conditions, power cut, safety threats, etc.)
  • School radio systems can be directly connected to emergency services to guarantee higher safety precautions
  • According to Motorola Solutions (2014), ownership of a digital two-way radio system cost 50% less than unreliable telephone lines and mobile phones

We understand that educational institutions are often working with tight budgets, and that’s why we always offer to supply the most reliable and cost effective solution. Depending on the school’s size we firstly need to decide whether to go for licenced or licence free models.

Popular licence free radio within education sector is Icom F29SR (replacement for F27SR) as they are really cost effective, user-friendly, dust and waterproof which is particularly handy during school trips. Similar is the Motorola XT400 series XT420 and XT460. Motorola is a very popular manufacturer of two way radios and is the market leader in radio communication.

However, many schools require licenced radios as the area which needs to be covered by radio signal is much larger. If the budget is an issue we would definitely recommend you look at the Apex 500 which is particularly great for the budget conscious user. It is ideal for light use i.e. fire drills or school trips.

Similar models would be Icom F1000/F2000 (replacement for Icom F4000). It offers a reasonable price, it is incredibly lightweight and it is also dust and waterproof.

Some of the larger schools, colleges, and universities might require advanced communication solutions. The advanced communication needs of larger educational institutions can be covered by a digital radio system. Depending on the needs, requirements and budgets we would recommend the following options …

Motorola DP4000 series radios as these offer advanced applications and are tough and durable.

Similarly, Hytera’s digital system has been proven reliable and effective. You could have a look at the Hytera PD505.

If the budgets don’t allow you to stretch as far we can have a look at very durable Vertex EVX 534 or Apex 1000 and Apex 1200.

By choosing to invest in a two-way radio system for your Educational institution, you are ensuring that the whole site and every member within it is covered by the highest safety standard possible, as the system provides the reliability, proves its value and gives you the peace of mind your teachers and students deserve.

Case Study – NUSU

Testimonial – Regent’s University, Centre for Life, Kings School Tynemouth

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