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Planning for Police Body Cameras

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Today's law enforcement agencies are consistently faced with adopting new technologies in order to better serve and protect their communities. Here, we look at three ways that police body cameras have changed policing in participating departments, and what to look for if you’re incorporating police body cameras into your safety protocols.

Tags: Public Safety Communications

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Latest Data on School Security Measures

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

To enhance and ensure school safety, educators across the country are using a combination of policy and security technology to protect students, staff and visitors alike, according to a national survey.

The latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) describes what school security measures have been put in place for the 2015-2016 school year to improve safety. For each measure, an overall percentage is available, as well as breakdowns by primary schools, middle schools and high schools.

According to the NCES, here are eight things educators are doing to improve school safety

Tags: Education, Safety Solutions

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Bi-directional amplifiers (or BDAs), boosters, extenders, repeaters there is no shortage of options when you’re looking to broaden the reach and enhance the effectiveness of your cell and two-way radio coverage to combat dreaded “dead zones.” The following provides an understanding of the BDA system, and how it relates to the overall distributed antenna system, or DAS, to complete the coverage picture.

Tags: Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Wireless Communication

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All two-way radios sold or imported to the United States must abide by FCC regulations, according to an advisory issued this fall by the Federal Communications Commission. When it comes to VHF/UHG radios and FCC rules, here’s what you need to know to be compliant.

Tags: Digital Two-Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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In any manufacturing plant there are a lot of moving parts, involving people, processes, and equipment, and safety and security are paramount. Sources indicate that in 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers, translating to 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers.

Not staying informed about what’s happening on the floor can wreak havoc on operations. Two-way radios are key to factory communications and keeping employees and equipment safe.

Tags: Push to Talk, Manufacturing, MOTOTRBO, Two Way Radios

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Professionals in the hospitality industry know that providing superior guest service requires more than fresh sheets and late checkouts. Guests expect privacy surrounding their stays, and hospitality laws require that hotels protect guests’ safety and avoid negligence, which includes safeguarding their identifying information.

Here we look at ways improved communications can improve hotel guest confidentiality and make your guests feel safe and welcomed.

Tags: Hospitality, Video Surveillance, Digital Two-Way Radios, MOTOTRBO

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Slow or spotty WiFi can affect your business’s operations, safety, and appeal. Dreaded “dead zones” of weakened connectivity or holes in your coverage area can make it difficult to communicate, get work done, and bring people together.

Fortunately, a WiFi extender or repeater can be easily installed to eliminate these dead zones and improve connectivity.

Tags: Wireless Communication

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With today’s speed of information and tech-savvy civilians, social media is not a passing trend. And now more than ever, law enforcement and social media are coming together to keep people safe, informed and enlightened about the role of law enforcement in our society.

Here are the many benefits law enforcement officers across the country are gaining by tweeting, posting, and sharing; along with the challenges in social media they’re learning to overcome.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Next Generation Public Safety, Social Media, Safety Solutions

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Wireless networks’ ability to instantly connect us to the internet has made us more dependent than ever on this ever-changing and constantly growing technology. Nowadays, it seems as if it would be nearly impossible to function at the same capacity and speed without it.

But that leaves us with an important question: How to access and ensure secure public WiFi when we’re working remotely or catching up on our accounts away from home?

Tags: Wireless Communication, Wireless Networking

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Across the country, leaders are improving collaboration in healthcare through communications technology, and having a direct impact on patient experience, cyber security, and facility security.

Tags: Healthcare, Digital Two-Way Radios, MOTOTRBO

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