How an Arizona Fire Department Got New P25 Radios Without Grant Money

With the millions of things that emergency responders have to worry about, having clear and reliable communication while on the job should be the last thing they fret over.

That’s why buying two-way radios which meet the P25 CAP standard is a must. The problem is, the federal grant money to buy them is all but gone – and these P25 two-way radios are much more expensive than regular ones.

That was the dilemma facing one Arizona municipality whose fire department needed P25 radios, but was being quoted outrageous prices of up to $5,000 per radio by Motorola salesmen.

They simply could not afford the amount of radios they needed at those prices.

Until they found us.

“You don’t need to spend a fortune for your P25 two-way radios.”

When this was communicated to the fire chief, the sense of relief was palpable – but he still had his doubts.

Motorola had so thoroughly entrenched itself with government officials nationwide over the years that it was practically the only brand anyone knew, capturing an estimated 80 percent of the market. So when we started talking about RCA, he was a little skeptical at first.

To convince him to switch, we programmed a couple of our RCA RPX4500 radios to work with his existing ones and shipped them off the same day for him to test them out as loaners.

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Flawless operation at the best price

When he saw how flawlessly the RCA radios worked with his current setup, and how these were actually louder and sounded clearer than the comparable Motorolas, he was hooked. All we had to do was talk price and seal the deal.

Well, he was in for a big surprise, because we were able to put together a package which got him SIX TIMES as many radios as he could have gotten had he stuck with Motorola.

The fire department was able to get all of the new P25 radios it needed while saving a LOT of money – we are talking tens of thousands of dollars.

To this day, this fire department remains a happy customer.

All the features you need

Unlike Motorola, RCA does not put useless features in its radios to drive up costs and block out competitors. In some states Motorola installed proprietary encryption on its radios which prevented compatibility with other brands, for instance.

Instead, our radios only have the features you really need. For example, our P25 two-way radios are interoperable, as they should be, to communicate with other companies’ radios in emergency situations.

Also, the sound on the RPX4500/4600 is loud and clear, and the battery life is long. Military-grade strength ensures your radios will be around for years – and our four-year warranty reflects that (the longest in the biz!)

It’s just a great radio, and we offer it at a great price.

If you would to test a unit out, no strings attached, just call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time to see if you meet our requirements. If you decide to buy, for large orders, we can even set you up with credit terms if you qualify.

I want to make switching to RCA a no-brainer and painless for you. Call me.

Ben Burns

Summit Cove: Improving the Customer Experience with Two-Way Radios

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Ok, so your ski resort or hotel has finally become a winter wonderland and it’s the busiest time of the year for your well trained staff. You’re expecting the guests to come pouring in during the holidays… But, are you prepared to give them the best vacation experience of their lives?

Not if you don’t use two-way radios to help your staff communicate better and stay coordinated.

Summit Cove, a property management company with over 300 properties in Keystone Resort Colorado, decided to switch to BR250 two-way radios because they needed instant communication for their staff to work more efficiently. Peter R., the owner of Summit Cove said, “Originally we were using phones with radio like features that worked on a network, but they were not very reliable.” The staff also realized that, “When they needed an immediate answer from another staff member, pulling up a schedule to determine which members were working, pulling up their phone number, calling and hoping they answer was not really a good option,” said Peter.

The entire Summit Cove staff switched to using RCA radios and equipment. The housekeeping, maintenance and guest services team are all using BR250 radios as well as the check-in and operations teams at both of their local office locations. To have radio coverage over such a large area, Discount Two-Way Radio helped Summit Cove design and set up multiple repeaters to cover their entire service area, allowing for real time communication with their entire operations team. Peter said, “We have recently upgraded to two repeater channels so that our Housekeeping, Maintenance and Ops teams can expedite communication without the interference of cross-talk and we have seen an increase in productivity.” He went on to say that, “We have been able to cut down the amount of time it takes us to respond to customer’s issues to under 5 minutes.” The instant communication that using two-way radios has provided now allows Peter’s staff to cut out the simple but time consuming steps they used to take to contact others for assistance and it has greatly improved how they complete their daily tasks.

The staff at Summit Cove said they were grateful to have two-way radios during a recent power outage. “We had a power outage and the Verizon Wireless tower and our radio repeater towers went out at the same time. We had over 700 guests staying with us at the time and our office phones were down so we switched to our radio to radio channels. We were able to still communicate with another area of the resort that still had internet access and we were able to talk down the road with them to give the information our front desk needed to keep checking guests in. In the hospitality industry our hourly cost of operations gets incredibly expensive if we have to sit and wait for the phones and power to start working again,” said Peter.

Peter R. and his management team have been very happy with the radios they’ve gotten from Discount Two-Way Radio because they’ve helped them provide better service to their rental clients, and served them well during emergency situations. Moreover, Summit Cove has enjoyed the relationship Discount Two-Way Radio has built with them. “Ordering is super easy. When we order new radios as our operation expands, DTWR pre-programs them and we have them in our hands in what seems like the next day or two,” said Peter. He continued on to say, “Their warranty repair work is done fast and returned back to us quickly…DTWR has been a pleasure to work with and extremely easy to communicate with!”

If your resort or hotel is looking to increase your daily efficiency and improve your customer service, give the wireless communication experts at Discount Two-Way Radio a call and they will help you immediately.

After all, happy customers are return customers!

To view Summit Cove’s website, visit this link: https://www.summitcove.com/

Is Your Business Prepared for the Holiday Season?

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It’s hard to believe that November is already here! For many businesses and industries, this time of year brings a major increase in holiday shopping, events and festivities. With more people coming together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s activities this means that businesses that cater to such holiday crowds need to be well prepared to provide the highest quality service to their customers. To work more efficiently to handle the larger crowds, your employees will need to communicate faster and better for smoother productivity.

One of the industries that receive the largest influx of customers this time of year is the retail shopping industry. Retailers in malls all across the country will be hiring seasonal workers to provide extra customer support, and often times they are not well trained regarding the product and procedures. This creates a huge need for all of the retailer’s employees to be constantly connected so they can communicate the needs of customers, ask and answer product questions, and assist in monitoring for shoplifting. Through the use of compact two-way radios and discreet, push-to-talk earpieces, store employees and managers can easily transmit private one-to-many communications which will help serve customers better and be more efficient, increasing the store’s profits.

Other industries that are connected to retailers are mall security and maintenance workers. With more people out shopping, mall security needs to be even more vigilant to protect the crowds of people and help keep order in the mall’s retail stores, common areas and parking lots. Mall maintenance teams will need to respond to the many different facility issues that come with such large crowds. Electric outages, HVAC issues, malfunctioning elevators and escalators, clogged bathroom pipes, and many other issues become more prominent for mall maintenance during this busy season. Supplying mall security and maintenance with rugged professional radios that can withstand the daily usage of these demanding jobs will improve response time. Small consumer radios will not have the battery life, transmission range or durability that professional two-way radios will supply. And because maintenance and security often times have their hands full, adding accessories such as radio belt holsters and lapel speaker mics will keep them from ever having to remove the radio from their belt to transmit. Constant, reliable two-way radio communication helps security and maintenance respond faster to any issues or emergencies, thus making them even more effective during this busy season.

Event planners and churches get most of their business this time of year. They rely on two-way radios to keep holiday parties, festivals, industry galas, corporate retreats, award ceremonies, concerts, and worship services running smoothly. Depending on the size and type of event, your company or church may only need lightweight compact radios such as the RCA XR150, or for events at huge venues the RCA RDR3600 digital radio would be the best choice for covering long distances, penetrating lots of walls or obstructions, and provide you with much more functionality than a normal push to talk radio. Pairing any of these radios with our professional grade accessories such as surveillance kits, lightweight headsets or high noise headsets will help you provide the best experience for your event participants because your staff will be more coordinated and organized.

No matter what industry you’re in, using two-way radios can increase your business’s ability to handle the surge in seasonal crowds and improve your company’s productivity all year long.

Do you need two-way radios or do you already use them? If you give Discount Two-Way Radio a call at 800-895-5122, we guarantee that we’ll beat your local dealer on price and service.

Holiday Crowds Require You to Have Better Security Training

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‘Tis the season for consumers to buy presents, take advantage of bonus deals, and prep for upcoming holiday festivities. That’s great news for malls, stores, and retail outlets to start getting into the holiday spirit.

But with those larger crowds comes increased danger and increased responsibility for your security officers and staff.  When crowds are exponentially larger, emergency situations such as potential threats and natural disasters become even harder to deal with. But sadly, most businesses that deal with large seasonal crowds do not have adequate emergency procedures or evacuation plans in place.

A report on mall security funded by the US Department of Justice, stated that, “Safety drills to test the staff’s knowledge of what to do in emergencies—when done at all—are seldom rigorous, seldom done with first responders, and are usually done without clear standards to measure their success.” Recent incidents in the news have shown that shopping mall employees are not receiving proper crisis training. One article mentioned when shots were fired in a mall, many of the store employees were frightened and unwittingly locked themselves in their store’s back office. Most first responders would probably agree that barricading yourself in the back office would not really stop an armed person from getting through a locked door if they really wanted to get to you.

You’re probably thinking, “Well how can I help make my business safer for my employees and patrons?” In a CNN article, Dan Murphy, a retired Bloomington, Minnesota police officer states, “Businesses can do a better job protecting customers..” but “..it takes time, commitment and the willingness to create and work through your plan.” Murphy implemented the mall “lock-down” plans for Mall of America, one of the nations largest shopping malls. Twice a month mall security directs patrons to seek shelter in the nearest store, alarms buzz, and a “lock-down” message is electronically delivered to each store. This triggers the store employees to lower their gates, turn off their lights and shoppers can then huddle in the back of the store.

The US Department of Justice report goes on to say, “None of the malls we visited had developed ways to coordinate with first responders in the event of an emergency. The only means of communicating with first responders was by phone.” This report on mall safety also explained how in only one mall they visited, security could communicate with tenants via two-way radio. But in all other malls in the study, the sole means of communication between mall security and tenants was by phone. Using two-way radios as part of your company’s safety drills will greatly improve response time and help to alert stores and shoppers in the event of a real crisis. Thorough and repetitive training is the key to any safety or evacuation plan.

No matter what kind of business you’re in, if you are experiencing a large amount of patrons during the holidays, you are responsible for their safety. Develop a healthy working relationship with your local police and fire departments and work together to plan out your crisis response actions. Be sure to use professional communication equipment like two-way radios with emergency signaling features and wireless PA systems to coordinate your staff’s actions while training and during a real emergency.

Murphy says that lock-down drills are not a silver bullet that will protect your business from emergencies, “But if the Mall of America can do it, with its 500 stores, huge eatery, and indoor amusement park, your business can do it too.”

To see the mall security report funded by the US Department of Justice and recommendations on how to improve security, click here: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/216641.pdf

Dan Murphy content is from CNN.com article The Simple Thing Your Mall Can do to Protect Youhttps://www.cnn.com/2013/09/28/us/shopping-mall-security/

 

Budget Concerns Should Never Trump Your Student’s Safety

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On a far too regular basis, something heart-breaking will occur at a school like Newtown or Columbine. And for the next few weeks following the disaster, school boards across the nation push their school staff to get proposals for emergency equipment upgrades.

So, the principals or others staff meet with vendors and gather proposals for making their schools safer.

But then the buzz dies down a bit, the urgency fades. And when the proposals are reviewed (if they are reviewed at all) then the staff are told “it doesn’t fit into the budget, right now.”

A Community School District in Indianapolis was determined to not let this “budget vs. safety” dilemma catch them off guard when they contacted us back in the Fall of 2013.

They knew their current communication system was inadequate to help them deal with these all-too-common tragedies. Specifically, they had no way to instantly alert all their member schools simultaneously if an “incident” were to occur.

1. Their regular phone systems were too slow. Phone systems are one-to-one communication and in an emergency you have to have one-to-many communication.

2. Their current analog two-way radio systems didn’t allow users to override regular communication in order to deliver emergency warnings. And unless everyone (at every school) happened to be on the same channel, one-to-many communication was impossible.

During any school emergency, reliable communication is the key. So, the district knew they needed a better way to communicate with all its schools, and they wondered if a new radio system could be the answer.  But would they be able to get everything they needed? They had received a grant from the state for new radio equipment, but would it be enough?

That’s when they found Discount Two-Way Radio and their exceptional service team. DTWR was able to expertly design and deliver a new two-way radio system with a digital repeater and digital hand-held radios which allowed each school to have independent, on-site communications as well as an emergency override that would broadcast to all schools.  This new system instantly provided the one-to-many emergency communication that the district required.

This district now has a cost-effective digital radio setup which covers their day-to-day and their emergency needs, and best of all Discount Two-Way Radio was able to help them stay under budget.

We hope that all schools nationwide have the proper safeguards in place to handle any emergency or crisis. But if you have doubts or are not sure your current budget will allow for new safety communications equipment, just give Discount Two-Way Radio a call at 800-895-5122 and we will help you create a safer, more secure campus today. No budget is too small when it comes to the safety of every student!