Chicago Logistics Center Could Move Forward

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In Chicago, logistics professional training is set to get a big boost with construction of a high-tech transportation, logistics and distribution (TDL) center at Olive-Harvey College. Work on the $45 million facility recently restarted after stalling last year amid Illinois state budget woes.

Industry Partnership to Fill Surge of TDL Jobs

The center is designed to help prepare students for 110,000 TDL jobs that are expected to come to the region in the next 10 years. The project was 60 percent done when work halted, and officials are hoping to finish construction in time for the Fall 2017 semester.

The facility is the first of its kind in Illinois and is a significant step forward for Olive-Harvey’s TDL programs, which focus on air, rail and road transportation. With a commitment to hands-on training, the program’s curriculum is being developed with industry partners and will serve an estimated 3,000 students.

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Tags: Technology, Manufacturing

How Is Man Down Application Different From Lone Worker?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, February 18, 2016

You’ve already wisely chosen to equip your staff with two-way radios, and now it’s time to activate some safety features for your workers who are on duty alone or who operate in isolated areas.

Both Motorola and Vertex Standard two-way radios are outfitted with various features intended to ensure worker safety and increase peace of mind, including the Man Down application and Lone Worker function.

Both features work a little differently, and here are some of those differences to keep in mind when deciding which application is right for your situation.

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Tags: MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

RTLS Offers Benefits of Indoor-Outdoor Local Positioning System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

During an emergency, seconds can feel like hours, especially when it comes to locating workers to make sure they’re safe or dispatching help when they need it. Eliminating any blind spots in your ability to track employees cuts both your response time and precious time spent looking for workers who don’t need assistance but can’t immediately be found during an accident or emergency.

The new Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Indoor & Outdoor Positioning System from Teldio for Motorola MOTOTRBO radios blends Bluetooth technology and GPS to give up-to-the-minute information on workers’ locations via a web browser that can be accessed on a computer or mobile phone.

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Tags: Technology, MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

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

Limit Downtime and Improve Efficiency with Two-Way Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The moment your assembly line stops, profitability goes down. Even a small pause in work can cause delays throughout the chain, which in turn causes losses. This is why manufacturing managers across the world spend much of their time researching and implementing new ways to limit downtime and improve efficiency.

One of the best ways that manufacturers are improving their efficiency is by improving their communications through the use of digital two-way radios. To illustrate how these radios can make such a difference, here are two scenarios - the first one without two-way radios, the second one with.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing, Digital Two-Way Radios

Efficiently (and Affordably) Improving Workforce Communications 

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We live and work in an era that will most likely go down as a time where we all became more connected than ever. Think about it – smartphones, tablets, and computers have completely changed the way in which we communicate with each other. Not only do we personally benefit from the ability to connect with friends and family across the globe in a matter of seconds, but we all benefit professionally, as well.

Business-critical communications have evolved over the years and are now at the point that mobile workers can connect with others regardless of their physical location or even their network. This improves the efficiency and accuracy of our work.

The technology is readily available for organizations to adopt, however, corporate infrastructure and IT spending is constantly under pressure. So, the challenge for decision makers is no longer “how do we connect our employees?” – the challenge is now “how do we most effectively and affordably connect our employees?”

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

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

Maximizing Warehouse Productivity - Part Two: Bi-Directional Amplifiers

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Your large warehouse is full of inventory to please customers but what if there was a way to delight them? The agony of waiting for your order to be processed and shipped can cause anxiety for the impatient online shopper or postpone projects for contractors. No matter the type of client your warehouse serves, becoming more efficient on the floor can and will everyone happy. 

Expediting your retrieval and packing processes make it possible, but it will require strong internal communication and coordination. Continuously navigating thousands of square feet is less than ideal and will not contribute to improved productivity, but integrating new technology can provide a solution.

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

Maximizing Warehouse Productivity - Part One: Two Way Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Managing a large staff can be a challenge within itself. Add on 10,000 or more square feet and then your communication can suffer significantly. Working in a warehouse setting can even seem chaotic and disjointed without effective means of communication.

Poor communication in a warehouse setting can:

  • Cause a delay in approvals and responses 

  • Restrict workflows and prolong assignments

  • Make it difficult to fulfill requests in a timely fashion

The good news is that there is a communication solution available for warehouses to alleviate some of these issues: two-way radios.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Manufacturing, 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.

Education

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