We hear first hand from the organisations we work with just how successful radio communication can be when it comes to security and crime prevention. But where do you start when it comes to rolling out an entirely new system?
Implementing an effective radio security system isn’t an easy task, but it’s an extremely useful tool to help reduce and manage crime. If you’re thinking about launching a communications system in your local area, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve outlined some of the things you should consider, and how you can effectively administer a new radio system to users in your local area.
Why do you need a communications system?
First and foremost, have a think about why you want to implement a communications system. Are you looking to improve safety and security in a retail centre? Or perhaps it’s for nightlife employees? Or maybe a mixture of both?
Having a thorough understanding of your needs will help your radio communication provider identify the best two-way radio system for your town or city. For example, a busy shopping centre might need a package like StoreNet; a service that allows retail communities to be in instant communication with each other to proactively reduce and manage crime. A pub in a city centre, however, might be best suited to a system like NiteNet; a radio management system that alerts users of current issues that are taking place in other nightlife venues in their local area. You can read more about the benefits of StoreNet and NiteNet on our blog.
It’s also worth noting that portable and mobile radios are designed for a variety of purposes. To make the most out of your radio system, it’s important that you implement the right type of radio for your requirements, and that’s where we can help. You can talk to a member of our team about various radios to determine the best model for your needs, and our expert team of engineers will ensure the system is setup correctly.
How many people will be using the system?
Prior to implementing a two-way radio system, it’s essential that you know how many people will be using the radios. Not only will this help you keep track of who can use the radios and where they are located while in use, but it will also help your radio provider know how many people require on-site training. Not all communications providers offer on-site training, but at M.R.S. we promise not to just send you a radio in a box. We take the time to ensure that all users are comfortable and confident using the radios.
You might also want to think about who could benefit from receiving a higher level of training. We provide trainer training to radio users to allow them to teach, train and help other users with the radios quickly and efficiently.
Do you know what distance you need your radios to cover? Geographical reach is a pretty important consideration to think about before you launch a radio system. The distance of the geographical reach will impact the type of radios that you require, so it’s definitely something to think about.
If you require vast distance coverage, you may also need a radio repeater. Repeaters (or base stations as they’re often known) enable two-way radio signals to cover longer distances, which is ideal for communicating with other businesses or colleagues who are located far away. These are particularly useful for large events – such as music festivals – where people are often trying to communicate from large distances.
When it comes to choosing a radio provider, one thing to look out for is whether they offer ongoing support. The last thing you want is to implement a new system, only for problems to arise further down the line and you’re not able to ask the provider for advice or guidance.
At M.R.S., we ensure that our clients receive all the support and guidance they need. Whether it’s one day, one month or one year down the line, we’re always happy to help however we can.
Ongoing support can also be useful if the number of radio users begins to grow, or if you have a high turnover or users. With continual support and training, you can feel assured that all radio users are competent and capable of handling situations and using the radios as intended.
If you want to find out more about implementing a communications service, talk to M.R.S. Communications. We’re extremely experienced in radio communications, and we’d love to talk you through how our communications systems can help prevent and manage crime in your local area.