Lisa MacGillivray

Lisa MacGillivray is Marketing Director at Chicago Communications.

Recent Posts

ChiComm Partner Spotlight: Captain George Rabiela and Brady the Fire Dog

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, November 6, 2017

Captain George Rabiela has retired from the Chicago Fire Department, but he and his companion Brady the Fire Dog are still having a positive impact on people’s lives.

ChiComm has been fortunate to volunteer alongside Captain George at the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 Toy Parades, and we recently donated a lightbar to his efforts to help others.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to two of our favorite partners and tell you about their inspiring work.

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Tags: Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications

A Renaissance in Education for Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, November 2, 2017

When Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Thomas Kurfess asks new students in manufacturing engineering technology programs what they know about the industry, they reply: “Henry Ford.”

“They think it’s dirty and nasty, but if you go to a modern manufacturing facility today, it’s really clean and high-tech,” Kurfess told EdTech Magazine for a recent article. “It’s one of those things where you need to keep up with your training, because you’re using computers heavily.”

The Atlanta school’s new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility was built in collaboration with Delta Air Lines, and it’s part of the renaissance in manufacturing engineering technology education going on across the country.

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Tags: Manufacturing

Wireless Communications and the Future of Healthcare Technology

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The future of healthcare technology is an exciting landscape of better overall health, enhanced hospital safety and seamless access to information – all powered by wireless communications.

Digital two-way radios, IP phones, radio frequency identification and smartphone apps for healthcare, as well as upgrades to more traditional communications systems such as nurse call systems, are all playing a key role in shaping the industry’s growth.

With the benefits to well-being in mind, let's take a deep dive into understanding wireless communications and the future of healthcare technology.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Healthcare, Digital Two-Way Radios

Questions to Ask When Investing in Technology in Schools

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ensuring state-of-the-art technology in schools isn’t just about about the educational benefits, it’s also about school safety.

Having the best devices on hand, powering strong school WiFiand developing sophisticated school technology can make the difference in student performance and school security.

But how can you be sure that you’re choosing the right products and systems? Here are some questions to ask when investing in technology in schools.

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Tags: Education

The Future of Professional Two-Way Radios is Here

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

With two new additions to the MOTOTRBO portfolio, Motorola Solutions is delivering the future of professional two-way radios and repeater technology today.

The new SL3500e portable radio is a study in contrasts that’s been designed for business users: It’s small but powerful, sleek yet durable. The SLR 1000 repeater also packs range-extending punch in a compact design.

Let’s take a look at both products that represent the future of professional two-way radios and repeaters.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Product Spotlight

Step Up Campus Security With Statewide Radio for Public Safety

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Friday, October 20, 2017

In Illinois, STARCOM has made statewide radio for public safety a reality, bridging communications across local, state and federal jurisdictions, including colleges and universities.  

Given the importance of two-way radios as a top communication tool for school safety and even school bus safety, it makes sense to maximize their reach with a system like STARCOM, also known as STARCOM21.

Here’s a quick overview of what stepping up campus security with statewide radio for public safety looks like.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Education

Protect Your Warehouse Equipment with IP Video Solutions

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Everything about your warehouse equipment and processes is becoming more innovative and advanced, so isn’t it time for your security solution to keep up?

If you've currently got an analog video system, you’re missing out on the opportunity for the added features and functionality that an IP solution could bring.

Advanced manufacturing technology needs an equally advanced system to secure it, so let’s take a look at how to protect your warehouse equipment with IP video solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing, Video Surveillance

How to Build A Successful Campus Communication System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

There’s nothing like an emergency to put a campus communication system to the test.

Operations are running smoothly until, out of blue, a school security situation arises that makes you regret your reliance on cell phones and your decision not to upgrade your school WiFi.

If your emergency plans have been tested – and failed – or if you’re simply looking toward the future, here’s how to build a successful campus communication system.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Education

Public Safety Trend Watch: Emergency Radio Encryption

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, October 9, 2017

For public safety agencies and first responders, emergency radio literally saves lives. But what happens when criminals use public access to radio traffic against them?

Thanks to frequency scanner technology and other updated emergency communications equipment, police frequencies and other public safety traffic is largely accessible to the public.

But more jurisdictions around the country are rethinking that openness and turning instead to emergency radio encryption. Let’s take a look at both sides of the issue.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications

‘Flipped’ Classrooms and the Future of School Technology

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rapid advances in tech continue to impact nearly every aspect of our lives, and school technology is no different.

Innovation for new and existing technology in schools is affecting not only how we think about things like school safety, school bus safety and campus communication, but how students and teachers interact in the learning environment as well.

To dig a little deeper, let’s look at just one example of the future of school technology through so-called “flipped” classrooms.

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Tags: Education