Should You Rent or Own Your Two-Way Radios?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Rent VS Own" is one of the most common dilemmas people face in life. Should we be tenants or home owners? Should we lease this car or buy it? Should I just rent this movie or buy a copy? In most cases, there isn't a right wrong answer with this dilemma, as it truly relies on the unique situation you find yourself in. Believe it or not, this is actually the case when it comes to communication and two-way radios.

If you are looking into improving your communication with wireless technology, you've probably come across information about two-way radios. You may even be completely sold on them already, but you just aren't sure if you should rent them or own them. To help you make that decision, here is a quick look at some of the most popular reasons to buy or rent radios. 

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Education, Rental Equipment, Manufacturing, Healthcare

4 Signs You Should Invest in a Bi-Directional Amplifier Solutions

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, September 10, 2015

For those who own, operate, or work in large structures, bi-directional amplifiers may be perfect for you – and you probably don’t even know it. We’re talking to those in hospitals, manufacturing plants, school campuses, airports, and even shopping centers.

We’re going to list out 4 reasons that you should invest in a BDA solution, but first – what is a bi-directional amplifier (and why should you care)?

What is a Bi-Directional Amplifier?

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Bi-Directional Amplifiers

How to Improve Healthcare Communication

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Visiting the hospital as a patient or guest can be overwhelming, but imagine being apart of the hospital staff. There is nothing stagnant about a hospital environment; everything is fast-paced and incredibly dynamic, which can distract staff and compromise efficiency. As a healthcare professional, safety is your primary concern, so being attentive is expected - but without the proper communication solutions responding to patients or emergencies can be challenging.

Here are three tips to improve your healthcare communication:

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Wireless Communication, Healthcare, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios

Why Your Industry Needs a Communications Solution

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, April 20, 2015

Are you wondering how a communications solution can help your organization? Many people across many industries are looking into adopting a communications solution to help them stay safe, become more efficient, and reduce costs. Here are the ways radio and network communications solutions can benefit you and your industry.


School buildings and campuses become safe and efficient when the staff can communicate effectively. Creating an environment where students are always safe and can focus on learning is the core objective for schools around the country. In order to do this, schools need to adopt a comprehensive communications strategy that includes radio, network, security, and video solutions.

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Tags: Education, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Digital Two-Way Radios

Unplugging Healthcare: Wireless Communication on the Rise

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Friday, January 10, 2014

Technology evolution: we’ve seen such a transition in schools…from text books to eBooks, hand written papers to emailing assignments to professors, to text messages alerting parents of school closings. But what about healthcare? The wireless bandwagon knows no limits.

With the blistering cold taking my health from warrior to wounded status in a matter of a few days, it came to no shock that I found myself at the doctor’s office to start off 2014. But what I noticed next took me by surprise.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Interoperability, Safety Solutions, Healthcare

Hospitals Leverage Digital Radio System for Multi-site Connectivity

Posted by Jill McNamara

Monday, April 29, 2013

     In today’s Healthcare market, more and more hospitals are being absorbed by larger corporations. Since this trend has been picking up speed, radio systems which have typically been used for a multitude of uses (Security, Maintenance, IT and Janitorial services) are now creating disparate communications between facilities.

     At Chicago Communications, we had a similar situation with a customer that had 3 sites of hospitals spread across a 3 town radius.  The main site had five multi-story buildings with two parking garages and two problems: (1) They wanted to tie the sites together and (2) they needed to improve coverage. The hospitals were using analog radios and had several areas across campus that had poor to zero coverage.

The first solution: MotoTRBO Digital two way radios with IP site connect capabilities.

     We addressed their coverage issue by implementing a Digital Mobile Radio system (DMR). By leveraging a DMR, Hospitals can use their current Wide Area Networks (WANs) to create larger communications systems. This system will allow applications such as a Central Dispatch for Security services, Shared Maintenance, BioMed and IT resources between facilities, while still using a common communications platform.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Safety Solutions, Healthcare

Healthcare Facility Greatly Benefits from Digital Radio System

Posted by Jill McNamara

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Case Study: Conversion from Analog to Digital Increases Coverage for HealthCare

  Alexian Brothers Medical Center (ABMC) is a 387 bed facility that covers 2 campuses on either side of the street plus an off-site warehouse. They use radios throughout a 3 town area with the help from 2 repeaters that connect communication between Arlington Heights (where corporate is) and Elk Grove Village. There are about 20 radios placed amongst these locations with at least 8 in use at all times.

Dan Mccarthy (Director Of Security) is one of the main users along with other security incident command employees, whichever administrator is on call, as well as the facility’s maintenance staff. For Dan and his team, coverage is the most important factor to consider in a radio system. ABMC covers 2 million square feet, a lot of which includes medical and mechanical equipment rooms and different basement levels.

Their previous analog two way radio system was experiencing a lot of interference and dead spots. Chicago Communications provided a digital radio system solution that was able to penetrate through all areas and levels to provide clear & constant communication. Another benefit of digital is having the texting function, which comes in handy for example, when a mass message needs to go out quickly when an employee needs immediate assistance. The digital system us helping ABMC keep pace with wireless healthcare technology.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Safety Solutions, Healthcare, Digital Two-Way Radios

6 Scenarios Where Instant Communication Assists Healthcare & EMS

Posted by Jill McNamara

Monday, March 12, 2012

How Two Way Radios Benefit Healthcare

     In the healthcare industry, the most instant communication can often be the difference between life and death.  There is no time to worry about the reliability of your communication system. Instant communication is vital not only for safety in this environment, but also for productivity. When lives are at stake, a rapid, coordinated response using the best possible information is imperative. That may seem obvious, but the ways of achieving this communication certainly are not.

     With tighter budgets and constant concern over medical errors and staff shortages, hospitals and healthcare facilities are tasked now more than ever with finding ways to improve processes and the quality of care. The introduction of wireless healthcare technology to address these problems is a growing trend. Here we learn about 6 different scenarios where professional two way radios make a clear advantage to users in healthcare.

Scenario #1:

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Wireless Communication, Healthcare