Two-way radio communication making schools safer, more secure and vibrant places
Improving safety, security and amenities for pupils, staff, and visitors across the campus and beyond.
The range of risks within the education environment has changed significantly over recent years bringing safety, security and the processes required to implement an active duty of care policy both on campus and when off-site on field trips into sharp focus.
Campuses have become more prominent and spread over multiple sites. Buildings are more complex, and many activities occur outside regular hours and term times.
Within the campus, risks to safety and security can include illness, injury from accidents and natural disasters or malicious acts including vandalism, theft, arson, bullying and personal assault.
The ability for staff to report threats and incidents quickly and efficiently before they can escalate is essential to managing risks, containing situations, or implementing emergency evacuation and lockdown plans.
It’s fair to say that the need for reliable, instant communication to manage-down risks has never been greater, helping to foster an educational environment that is safe, secure, efficient, and conducive to learning.
BENEFITS OF TWO-WAY RADIO OVER MOBILE PHONES
Robust, low purchase cost and no dialling, waiting for a connection, dropped calls, service contracts, call, or data charges are just some of the benefits of two-way radio, providing instant communications at the push of a button indoors and out without unnecessary distractions.
Hand-portable two-way radios (walkie-talkies) can provide one-to-one, group and all-user communication options, giving you the flexibility to build a radio system that supports your operations. Whether it’s calls between teaching or support staff or alerting all team members anywhere on campus in the event of an incident requiring urgent assistance.
RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS MEETING THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR
More educational facilities than ever rely on KENWOOD two-way radio as their preferred method of instant communications on and off-site, whether in critical emergencies or simply as a simple to operate, reliable tool to maintain safety, security and operational efficiency.
Typical applications include:
- Protection of staff and visitors
- Management of field trips and events
ProTalk License-Free PMR446 – simple and effective
The simplicity and convenience of analogue and digital license-free PMR446 technology have made it a popular choice in the education sector. Its reliability, ruggedness and ease of use have provided instant communication for teaching and maintenance staff on campus. While also improving safety and the coordination of activities on field trips, where separate groups can keep in touch at the push of a button.
Digital dPMR446 is by far the most popular format with professional users. It offers better reception to the full extent of the coverage area. With 32 digital channels and 16 analogue channels, it’s particularly suited to operations in congested city areas and larger open campuses or where channels are allocated to specific departments. Durability, long battery life between charges and simplicity of operation in all conditions are some of the key attributes of the current generation of KENWOOD ProTalk dPMR446 radios, along with many more advanced features only previously found in licensed radios.
KENWOOD licensed digital radio – the flexibility to meet the demands of a modern campus
For large campuses or those across multiple sites, a licensed KENWOOD digital radiocommunication system brings even greater benefits, including:
- Individual, group and all radios calls
- Programmable automated alerts
KENWOOD DMR and NEXEDGE NXDN digital protocols both offer the capability to build flexible and scalable systems suitable for covering single or multiple campuses. In contrast, the native analogue/digital Mixed Operation capability (enabling radios to communicate seamlessly with existing licensed analogue radios) provides a predictable and economic migration path to full digital two-way radio implementation at an affordable cost; and the basis on which to build a future-proof and resilient campuswide communication system.
A KENWOOD DMR or NEXEDGE NXDN system equipped with GPS devices can not only provide multiple communications channels and talk groups. But also, the addition of the optional KAS-10/20 software or Trackuracy ‘asset’ tracking suites allow you to monitor and track every radio so you always know where staff are and can pinpoint and alert those closest to an incident to reduce response times.
Health & Safety (Including Site Lockdown and Evacuation)
Lone workers, including teaching, support and facilities staff working outside regular hours and term times, can have their radios programmed and monitored to be called automatically at predetermined times to check on their status. Should there be no response, an alarm will be raised. Similarly, a function key on the radio can be assigned to trigger an emergency alert which is transmitted immediately to all other radio users.
In addition to the efficiency that radio communication brings to coordinating everyday campus activities, it also serves to support health and safety and security policies, for example, alerting other staff to the presence of a stranger on campus, calling for assistance, and reporting accidents, bullying and anti-social behaviour.
However, radio communication excels in the event of a significant incident, whether that be a medical emergency, staff at risk or a more serious event that requires key staff everywhere on campus to be alerted instantly and to initiate evacuation or lockdown procedures.
KENWOOD two-way radio systems are widely used in schools and education facilities around the world including secondary schools in the UK, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Macquarie University (Australia) and the Western Kentucky University, (USA).
SECURITY & PRIVACY
As more products are connected by IP and to networked information and automation systems, there is a growing risk of leakage and theft of personal and other information, fabrication or destruction of data, and hijacking of products.
Secure encryption is an essential requirement in radiocommunications to provide security against eavesdropping, jamming and other malicious attacks on a radio system.
All KENWOOD digital radio devices are equipped with a voice scrambler feature as standard, while licenced NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR radios are further protected with more advanced encryption:
Voice inversion scrambler
Built-in digital scrambler as standard, optional upgrade to ARC4 Encryption for DMR
Built-in digital scrambler as standard, optional 56-bit DES encryption and upgrade to 256-bit AES (NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR) and 40-bit ARC4 encryption for DMR
Built-in digital scrambler and DES-56 bit (4 keys) as standard, optional hardware upgrade to 56-bit DES and support to 256-bit AES (NEXEDGE NXDN and DMR) and 40-bit ARC4 encryption for DMR)
The Communications Systems Business, Professional Systems Business and the Healthcare Business units of JVCKENWOOD Corporation are certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 international standards for information security management systems and JIS Q 27001:2014 Japanese industrial standards. Both of which specify standards for information security management systems and establish requirements and implementation of the framework to protect information assets.
JVCKENWOOD Corporation is rolling-out ISO14001 certification as an integral part of our environmental management system. To date, it has obtained certification at all of its business centres and eleven affiliate companies in Japan and all of its production companies outside Japan. Please visit our corporate website for further information on our environmental and sustainability policies.
BUILT TOUGH TO WITHSTAND RAIN, DIRT AND THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE OF EVERYDAY USE
As you would expect, all KENWOOD professional hand portable walkie talkies and mobile radios conform to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G for ruggedness and durability and are IP54/55/67 Water & Dust Intrusion rated, making them suited for use in any environment.
In addition, KENWOOD can offer ATEX IECEx devices for use in hazardous, explosive atmospheres.
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