Your best bet, be it for general use in academic studies, health and safety concerns or simply security, would be to employ a digital two-way radio
, something like the Motorola SL4000. Iâm specifically suggesting Motorola because they handle jobs like this all the time, several of which are detailed on their website.
In fact, the Motorola website details a case almost
exactly like yours, where this technology was employed to great effect.
According to the site, the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CSTCC) was in a situation just like the one you outlined in your email. Hereâs the basic issue...
âCSTCC is comprised of three campuses
and over 1.3 million square feet.Â Until recently, the college used an all-analog system,
components of whichÂ were 15
years old.Â According to Raymond Mirizzi, Director of Facilities atCSTCC, âWe needed to upgrade our whole
communications system,â and itÂ was vital that the entire campus be covered with a
radio solution that wouldÂ support very clear, consistent and secure
How a two-way radio network helped the situation is also detailed.
âThe three-part campus needed a supervisory channel that would provide theÂ flexibility for critical security officers and related personnel to communicateÂ during times of crisis. Of
course, because such emergencies can arise at anyÂ time, it was also critically important that the migration from analog to digitalÂ proceed smoothly and quickly because even brief downtime
could put theÂ campus at riskâ.
There are lots of companies other than Motorola, of course, but thereâs no denying that they are giants in their field, with a long history of customer satisfaction. They are something like The
âAâ Team in that respect. Still, if your budget doesnât quite allow for bells and whistles, there are a number of quality independent firms that could do a very good job at a slightly more
The reality here is that bargains are the exception, not the rule. Thatâs why weâre always so happy when we get one. By far your best bet is to get an expert to design and implement your
facultyâs new communications method. It neednât be the biggest company, but you want to spend a good amount on communications, as they really do save lives.