Nothing is more reassuring than knowing children are protected while attending school. However, when an emergency situation occurs at a school, it leaves us wondering: Was the school able to communicate effectively? How can the police react faster? If the information from the school is not communicated clearly and quickly, it prolongs the time of reaction. First responders must gather all existing data in a matter of seconds. Those initial first moments of communication and data gathering could be the difference between life and death.
As another school year approaches, university police departments are gearing up for the large numbers of students, faculty, staff, and community that will converge on university grounds. With the fluctuating amount of people on campuses on any given day, university administrators understand reliable communications is essential to the safety and welfare of a university’s permanent and transitory population.
Security Staff and Crowd Control
Security staff is responsible for maintaining order, deescalating potential threats and conflicts, and coordinating first aid efforts during a crisis. They patrol heavily trafficked areas in and around campuses. Officers and security personnel may be put on duty at research centers and similar facilities that house sensitive, historic or classified materials. When department communication is directly tied in with local law enforcement, security administrators can report emergency incidents directly to first responders.
Last year I wrote all about the preparation for the Hamvention® in Welcome to the Big Show – complete with circus theme. I even spoke about trying to limit our activities to just three rings.
Well, this year we’re actually setting up the three rings: our main booth, the D-STAR booth, and new for 2016 our Land Mobile booth, where I’ll be spending some time.
We’re even bringing our own circus animal in Max, the Icom America mascot, star of the Zack and Max comic book adventures.
#IcomEverywhere — IC-7300 Front and Center
Wouldn’t it be great if your TV automatically chose just the right program for you based on your viewing preferences? And wouldn’t it be nice if it always showed the clearest and best picture when switching to that channel?
Having your best options automatically chosen, then provided for you, allows you to concentrate on the task at hand. In business communications with dealers and vendors, always receiving the best signal allows you to focus on the more important work.
Voting scan is a new feature in Icom’s IDAS™ radios which allows a mobile user to receive the best signal available so they can stay in contact with their internal and external customers. The feature functions just like a popular election. With the frequencies programmed in the radio and parameters and rules set in place, a vehicle can drive all across a geographical area and always capture the best signal as “voted on” by the vote scan capability.
This past weekend I saw the Jurassic World movie for the first time. Just as in all Jurassic Park movies, what starts out as an exciting journey with the possibility of viewing real live dinosaurs soon turns into a disaster. In the movie, a couple of boys are sent to the park by their parents during the holidays. A dangerous new dinosaur escapes as they are riding one of the park’s exciting attractions and the characters are unaware of the danger around them. When their aunt tries to contact them using a cell phone, the signal is unreliable and the call ends up dropping. While it was a great dramatic effect for the movie, it brings to light the need for two way radio communications.
Businesses such as taxi services and debris (recology) companies require a radio solution that allows their multiple vehicle radios to communicate to a dispatcher but not between each other. They find limited communication is beneficial in reducing the unnecessary conversations, which also reduces radio system load and ensures privacy. This can be achieved when a radio system is configured with a solution called split dispatch. Existing LTR system users are familiar with this feature, but split dispatch is also available in IDAS™ Conventional and IDAS MultiTrunk™ systems with the IA-10401 Split Dispatch Dongle.
When we want to extend the coverage of handheld two-way radios, the first option is typically to incorporate repeater as a solution. However, a repeater isn’t the full answer. A repeater, more times than not, will put out much more power and have a better antenna system than the portable radios that it is communicating with.
This presents a unbalanced system where the “talk out” of the repeater is much better than the “talk out” of the handhelds. In this case, the usable radius of the system is much less than what it could be.
Every year, technology professionals connect, educate and learn about the latest trends at Penton’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). This great event, originally founded in 1977 as the “National Business Radio Dealer Conference,” has become one of the largest industry shows for two-way radio manufacturers. Last year, the Expo welcomed over 350 vendors and more than 7,000 tech buyers. Approximately 75 countries outside the U.S. were represented at the convention, making IWCE truly a global affair.
Even after years of successful deployments, IDAS MultiTrunk remains a mystery for much of the LMR community. This lack of exposure is unfortunate because a properly deployed NXDN Type-D system is a reliable, cost effective, and bandwidth efficient straightforward solution. While P25 has all the hype these days, its implementation is cost prohibitive for many smaller public safety or commercial agencies. These entities typically require modest coverage area, yet more talk paths than a conventional system can offer, and the level of reliability that public safety demands. This mid-level solution is where MultiTrunk really shines.
Cruise vacations are a popular choice for families looking to avoid the high price of fuel for long-distance road trips. These types of vacations offer a complete package aboard a floating vacation paradise – ranging from family fun events for parents and kids, to individual activities so that each member of the family gets the most out the time spent on the boat.
To stay in contact during individual activities aboard a massive cruise vessel, many cruise-goers opt to purchase FRS radios (or similar devices) to communicate with each other. The unfortunate problem is that other families also buy their own communication devices; the result is an overcrowded channel lineup with very little quality of coverage. The frequencies used in FRS radios are not intended for good penetrating coverage aboard a floating metal vessel, thus frustrating parents and kids to the point of no use. If the cruise ship has a cell site aboard, the charges for use are normally very high per minute and not cost-effective.