Lisa MacGillivray

Lisa MacGillivray is Marketing Director at Chicago Communications.

Recent Posts

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

Manufacturing Day Inspires Next Generation of Chicago Manufacturers

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct. 6 is Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing aimed at increasing the public’s understanding of the industry in the U.S. and inspiring the next generation of workers.

Companies, organizations, schools and libraries are holding events all over the country, including factory tours and open houses, as well as presentations from local manufacturing leaders.

In Illinois, more than 80 events are planned, with at least 11 in the Chicago area. Let’s take a look at a few geared toward the next generation.

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Tags: Manufacturing

How Chicago Communications is Celebrating Customer Service Week 2017

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Customer Service Week 2017 is Oct. 2-6, and we here at Chicago Communications love having the chance to recognize our fantastic customers and hard-working customer-facing staff.

We strive to make outstanding service an everyday occurrence, and this week of events is a way to spotlight that even more.

Here’s a look at how we’re celebrating Customer Service Week 2017.

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Tags: National Customer Service Week, Customer Service

FAQs About STARCOM21 for Public Safety

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, September 25, 2017

Ask anyone in our shop who works with departments and municipalities that aren’t already enjoying the benefits of STARCOM21 for public safety, and they’ll tell you: They have a lot of questions.

They want to know about the reach, features and, of course, cost for STARCOM, the public safety radio network for the state of Illinois.

With those conversations in mind, here are some frequently asked questions about STARCOM21 for public safety.  

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Tags: Public Safety Communications

Questions to Ask When Buying a Frequency Scanner

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Whether you’re new to scanning or an experienced hobbyist looking to upgrade your equipment, it pays to be clear on what you’re looking for.

Listening to police frequencies and the conversations being held over the emergency response system of your area is an eye-opening experience, and to make the most of it, you’ll need the right equipment.

To help with your decision-making process, here are some questions to ask when buying a frequency scanner.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications

Top Tech Tools to Enhance Safety in Schools

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enhancing safety in schools is a challenge that requires a range of solutions, from changes in behavior to advancements in technology in schools.

Given the budgetary concerns facing campuses large and small, it’s important to invest in technology for school safety that’s both effective and cost-effective.

As you’re researching solutions for your own school, district or campus, here are our top tech tools to enhance safety in schools.

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

Listening to Police Frequencies? There Are Apps For That

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Technological advances have made it easier than ever for officers to keep in touch over police frequencies – and for the public to listen in.

From inexpensive frequency scanners to free smartphone apps, the opportunities are seemingly endless for people to monitor police radio and public safety traffic. While most of the interest is harmless, there are examples of the technology ending up in the wrong hands. 

Here are just a few of the ways that listening to police frequencies has never been easier.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications