Communications Trends that Are Transforming the Health Care Industry

Posted by Cathy Kulnig-Dastice

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When I think about the communications trends among our health care industry clients, one of the biggest emerging themes is collaboration: Hospitals and medical centers are looking for devices, applications and solutions that bring departments, agencies and sites together on the same platform so they can keep in touch to address situations.

Every health care client is different, and within those clients, each department has their own unique communications needs, from the emergency department, to facilities, valet and beyond. As I mentioned in a previous post about school transportation, all of our communications solutions are custom built for each client. Part of our challenge then is to develop systems that work well for each client and all of its parts.

It’s an exciting time to be working in health care, and here are the communications trends that are transforming the industry:

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Bright is the New Black and Other Trends for Two Way Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 16, 2017

As they roll out new products and features, two way radio makers typically have a strong message for customers: We hear you.

Manufacturers say the newest trends – from high-visibility colors to more lightweight options – have been developed in response to feedback from customers across industries and use cases.  

As we look ahead for 2017, here are some of the trends we seeing for two way radios.

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Technology in Education Case Study: Why One District Made the Smart Switch to Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Technology in education is constantly evolving in exciting ways, from apps that aid in learning to communications equipment that enhances school safety. We know that administrators are always looking for economical ways to use technology to address their challenges, so we’d like to share this case study from one Illinois district that made the smart switch to radios.

By transitioning staff and administrators from cell phones to MOTOTRBO two-way radios, Fremont School District 79 (SD 79) not only improved communications, they transformed their school safety.

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the specific advantages that radios have over cell phones for Fremont SD 79 and districts like it.

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These Radios Are Firefighter Equipment Built for and With Firefighters

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Firefighter equipment, particularly communications equipment, has countless jobs to do when it comes to protecting firefighters from hazards and keeping them safe, so nothing in the design can be left to chance. Their equipment needs to meet their unique needs for durability and enhance their ability to carry out their lifesaving duties.

In general, getting the right public safety equipment is a matter of priority, whether it’s radios for the field or consoles for dispatch. With that in mind, the unique needs of firefighters led Motorola Solutions to work with the firefighting community on the APX 8000XE Series of two-way radios and accessories.

“We felt, let’s invest, let’s really figure out what it is that firefighters need,” says Scott Richards of Industrial Design and Human Factors for Motorola Solutions.

In a launch video for the APX 8000XE radio and XE500 Remote Speaker Microphone, Richards says it was important to understand exactly what firefighters face.

 “What kind of environment are they in? What kind of challenges do they encounter? And let’s go and design a purpose-built series of devices and solutions.”

The APX 8000XE radio and the XE500 Remote Speaker Microphone have unique features tailored for the fireground, so let’s take a closer look at some of them.

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7 Must-Have Motorola Radio Accessories

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Motorola radio accessories are the best way to kick everything about your Motorola radio up a notch – or more. Accessories take devices that are already built to be mission critical and tailor them to what individual users, businesses, public safety agencies and industries need.

They go through the same rigorous testing as the radios themselves to ensure that they meet the same standards for durability and reliability. And across each category of accessories, there’s a wide enough range of functionality to give each one versatility for different users.

As you’re looking to outfit a new or existing radio, here are 7 must-have Motorola radio accessories to keep in mind.

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Looking to Upgrade Your Hotel Wifi? Survey Says You're Not Alone

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 2, 2017

If you’re planning or considering upgrades to your hotel wifi this year, a recent survey says you aren’t alone: the global Zebra Hospitality Vision Study reports that more than three-quarters of the hotels/resorts surveyed worldwide are expanding their wifi coverage.

The reasons for the expansion are clear: today’s connected consumers not only want lightning-fast hotel wireless, they’ve come to expect it — and more. They also want to use their smartphones and other devices to do more, and they want to interact with staff who are equally connected.

For the December 2016 global report, Zebra Technologies Corporation surveyed nearly 1,200 hotel and resort workers and almost 1,700 consumers in two global studies. (Incidentally, Extreme Networks acquired Zebra Technologies' Wireless LAN business in late 2016.) Let’s take a closer look at what they uncovered.

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Innovative, Budget-Friendly Wireless Communication for Government

Posted by Owen Lauerman

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In government and public safety, wireless communications aren’t a luxury, they’re lifesavers. Every year, the equipment and features available become even more sophisticated in their ability to ensure everyone’s safety. That knowledge is one thing, and getting the budget and funding approved is another thing.

Our teams are well aware of the challenges that government entities face, and we tailor communications systems that fit agencies’ and municipalities’ needs today and into the future.

As I’ve talked to clients and kept track of trends, here are some of the most innovative and budget friendly wireless communication solutions for government that I’ve come across.

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Creative Ways to Streamline School Transportation With Communications

Posted by Cathy Kulnig-Dastice

Thursday, January 26, 2017

School transportation is one of the parts of running a district or campus that has the most moving parts -- quite literally. Buses and other vehicles have to be dispatched and tracked, student class and activity schedules must be coordinated, and for all of that to happen successfully, reliable communication is essential. Whether your district is large or small, your communications solution is tasked with keeping everything running smoothly and all personnel in contact.

Compared to cell phones, radios offer enhanced durability, reliability and functionality, as well as reduced cost, and they’re an ideal way to centralize communications. Two-way radios and mobile radios are user-friendly, and the overall solution is easily scalable for when districts are ready to expand their capabilities or number of users.

In this blog, I'll share some creative ways to use communications to streamline your school transportation system.

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What FirstNet Means for First Responders

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

So much of what is written these days about FirstNet has to do with the delays that have dogged the initiative since the very beginning and continue five years later. With all of the controversy, it’s easy to lose sight of why FirstNet was created in the first place and what it means for first responders.

Given the latest delays and the possibility for future uncertainty, it’s helpful to take a virtual step back to understand exactly what’s at stake for the country’s public safety communications.

The First Days of FirstNet

Congress created the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, in February 2012 “to establish a nationwide broadband network for public safety.” Creation of the network was the final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to connect police officers, firefighters and EMS providers and ensure as close to universal interoperability as possible.

The authority is led by a 15-member board with representatives from government, public safety and the wireless industry.   

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How Two Way Radios Transformed School Safety at One Illinois District

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When Fremont School District 79 (SD 79) wanted to improve school safety at its three Chicagoland campuses, administrators were focused on communications, both among staff and with public safety agencies, and we knew two-way radios were the answer.

We’re proud that we were able to provide a solution that blended Motorola two-way radios and a Teldio application to make the district’s 2,200 students safer.

Fremont SD 79 covers 36 square miles in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Mundelein in a part of Lake County that’s semi-rural. Forest preserve and rolling hills make it pretty isolated, and cell coverage can be spotty.

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