FirstNet: Bringing Illinois Public Safety Dedicated Mission Critical Wireless Broadband Data

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Friday, September 18, 2015

Note: This is a guest blog post courtesy of Bill Springer, an Illinois FirstNet System Architect, aimed at educating you on the important aspects of FirstNet in Illinois.

Imagine a public safety first responder able to communicate on a dedicated cellular-type nationwide network; accessing databases from the field, transferring data and images on demand without delay. The establishment of a national communication network for first responders was one of the final outstanding recommendations from the 9/11 commission to help increase national security.

It is anticipated that the broadband network will be built with standards-based 4G/LTE broadband technology, allowing for much faster data transmissions than legacy networks. It will enable a new host of next generation applications for public safety, such as high-definition streaming video & pictures, database queries, download building plans, and much more. FirstNet can make this a reality.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Cellular Technology

Better Broadband Networks Contribute to the Internet of Things

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you have a fear of technology, your worst nightmare may be coming to fruition sooner than you may have hoped thanks to the Internet of Things. Although this major up and coming telecommunication advancement raises questions about artificial intelligence, it is expected to improve efficiency across all sectors of business and matters of personal life.

What Is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) will use wireless networks to connect most devices, particularly those that collect data that can be shared. These items act as sensors, detecting activity that can be transmitted to other devices in the network. For example, your smartphone will communicate with your coffee maker, your car with your smart watch, and even your laptop with your refrigerator. 

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Technology, Cellular Technology

Don't Let Poor Cellular Coverage Ruin Your Holiday

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Well, it’s hard to believe but the holiday shopping season has begun. How do I know? As luck would have it I spent one of my days this past weekend at the mall with my daughter. The mall was absolutely packed. It was wall-to-wall people and wall-to-wall parking. Here I thought I was getting a jump on my holiday shopping by going before Thanksgiving, but apparently everyone else had the same idea.

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Tags: Cellular Technology, Bi-Directional Amplifier

THE CONNECTED RESORT with MotoTrbo Applications

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting the right information to the right person at the right time can mean the difference between a returning guest and a dissatisfied customer; that’s why guest satisfaction is at the top of the priority list for any organization in the Hospitality sector. Rapid response, attention to detail and well-informed staff are key to ensuring the experience is memorable for all the right reasons.

Hotel staff often uses a variety of disjointed independent communication tools such as cell phones, pagers, WiFi phones, paper work tickets and email to stay on top of customer requests. Large facilities and remote areas result in poor coverage, missed notifications and delayed responses to guest requests when it matters most. Furthermore recurring monthly fees and a constant desire to reduce operational expenses has pushed more and more hotels to explore the benefits of two-way radios.

Guaranteed coverage on a private network, durable portable devices, and integration to current building infrastructure systems and guest management systems via data applications make Motorola’s MOTOTRBO an excellent option for hotels of all sizes.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, MOTOTRBO, Hospitality, Cellular Technology

Vertex is a No-Brainer for Two-Way Radios

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


The world of two-way radios is quite technical, so how do you uncover which one is right for you and your business? Most of us don’t have a background in the operations and features of these two-way radios, yet they are the vital solution to our communication needs. Between different brands, styles, sizes, frequencies, and capabilities, it could be an overwhelming process to dig through. This is why many schools opt for a cell phone option.

But if you choose a cell phone plan for your communication system, what are you REALLY missing out on?

If you’re in the education market, Chicago Communications suggests taking a peek into the Vertex Radios.  “What’s the need for special communications in schools?” you might ask. If your school has a lower enrollment, two-way radio communications can help keep track of when school busses arrive and depart, keeping school officials who may be outside the building connected to those who are inside, etc.  If your school has a higher enrollment, knowing where your staff is located at all times is critical to ensure school safety. The need for instant communication is necessary for any size of school to provide proper safety for school administrators and students.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Wireless Communication, Cellular Technology, Education, Safety Solutions, Vertex

Top Communication Tool for Schools - Two Way Radios

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September marks the beginning of the school year for many districts, and the reoccurring concern amongst parents and educators alike is “How safe are students at school?” With
tragedies of violence, missing children and medical emergencies heading its way through schools, being in constant communication between administrators, teachers, and bus drivers is very necessary. A survey conducted by Motorola showed 99% of administrators, maintenance, teachers, transportation directors, and other school staff said their top priority was keeping students safe and secure. 

Most people rely on the convenience of cell phones to keep in touch with those close to them in times of emergencies. However, does this translate well into the school environment? Not only do many school districts implement a “no cell phone policy”, but it also isn’t the most convenient form of communication out there. Think about it: You’re a school hall monitor and you notice a fight breaking loose down the hall - you have to reach into your pocket, scroll through your contacts list (be honest, we don’t have too many cell phone numbers memorized since the turn of the decade), find the appropriate number, and hope the person you are trying to reach picks up. This can take an upwards of 30+ seconds, just to summon help. In these types of circumstances, seconds are crucial. Now, if this hall monitor was equipped with a two way radio, he or she could have easily utilized the Push to Talk (PTT) feature and alerted not one, but everyone on that channel of the event occurring. The hall monitor could not only call for help, but secure the location for students in less time than it would have using a cell phone.
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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Wireless Communication, Cellular Technology, Safety Solutions

Telecommunications: A Look Back at 1983

Posted by Jill McNamara

Thursday, September 8, 2011

 A Slice Of ChiComm's History

We all know technology has come a long way in the past few years, especially with cell phones. Looking back nearly 30 years and you’re talking giant leaps for mankind right? Let’s take a look back at the year 1983. Do you remember what life was like? Cultural Highlights of the year include: the final episode of MASH airs, McDonald’s introduces the McNugget, President Ronald Reagan announces that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use, & in the Communications world, the first 1G network was launched in the USA by Chicago-based Ameritech,  using the Motorola DynaTAC mobile phone. The last bit was extremely influential to ChiComm as a service center for Motorola then and it made business boom, to say the least. ChiComm would get anywhere from 40 to 70 customer visits per day for mobile phone installs in cars. And that was before the mobile telephone service had even been officially launched. ChiComm had worked with Illinois Bell for the 2 years prior to the mobile phone launch with a trial system to test and run repairs in the Chicago area as well.

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Tags: Chicago Communications, Wireless Communication, Cellular Technology