How to Conquer Vaping in Schools and Get Students Back to Learning

Kids will be kids. It’s their job to find ways to fit in and push back against authority. In the previous decades, this natural tendency has resulted in challenging trends ranging from ducktail hairdos, sagging jeans and disruptive toys, such as the “clicker-clackers” of the 1970s, to serious, illegal habits such as street racing, drinking, smoking and sniffing solvents. It’s a never-ending challenge for parents and educators.

One of the latest worrisome youth trends is e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” an activity that is putting kids in danger and taking too much focus off learning. Teachers and administrators are taking drastic, time-consuming action to fight the trend with little to no positive impact. However new technology, according to first-time users, has all but stopped vaping in some schools.


PRIME COMMUNICATIONS INCREASES COMMITMENT TO LPF

Prime Communications Increases Their Commitment to Retail Education by Becoming the Newest Bachelor Level Partner with The Loss Prevention Foundation

Prime Communications supports LPF by increasing commitment

Matthews, NC (October 16, 2018) – The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) announced that Prime Communications has advanced its partnership to become the newest Bachelor level scholarship partner. The Bachelor level partnership secures certification course scholarships and complimentary LPF memberships for Prime to distribute to those in the loss prevention industry.


Prime’s Amit Malla Announced Vice President of Security and Network Solutions.

It is with great pride we announce the promotion of Prime Communication’s Amit Malla to Vice President of Security and Network Solutions. Amit has been a dedicated Prime employee for almost 10 years, and we look forward to the future of Prime with his continued leadership.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Amit for almost 10 years now. Amit has been committed to this organization since the day he started as an engineer with Prime in 2010. Throughout the years Amit has held many roles from engineering to management. He has always performed his responsibilities in a professional manner while working diligently to expand his education and learn not only the industry but all of the silly idioms we use around the office. It’s truly humbling to work with someone who is constantly striving to learn and improve but still takes the time to lead those around him to grow as well.” stated Jamie Bumgardner, COO for Prime Communications.

Thank you, Amit for your contribution to this organization, for raising the bar and making us a better company. There is no question we would not be where we are today without you on the team!


Prime Achieves Aruba Platinum Status

(OMAHA, Nebr.)—After over 10 years of partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba Networks, Prime Communications Inc. (PCI) has been awarded Aruba Platinum status, the first Omaha-headquartered partner to achieve this level of recognition by one of the leading companies in network access solutions.

Prime Communications obtained elite status based on their performance in volume and value as a member of the award-winning Aruba PartnerEdge Program. The program seeks to recognize high-performing partners by providing benchmarks in sales and technical certifications correlating to four status levels: standard, silver, gold and platinum.


3 Things to Consider When Developing Your Emergency Plan: Starting with Your Technology

In our schools, workplaces and government buildings, we fear the unimaginable: an armed intruder.

Because these unfathomable scenarios are becoming more common, this increases the need for a fully-integrated emergency response plan. If disaster strikes without one, nothing goes to plan—the proper personnel are not alerted, radio frequencies are overcrowded blocking the transfer of messages, and delayed video footage prevents law enforcement from efficiently tracking and evacuating the scene. Each of these examples were a reality on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The sales and engineering team from Prime Communications Inc. (PCI) recently completed a training session with Jerry Wilkins, PSP® NREMT®-EMR, and professional active-shooter emergency plan operations expert from Active Risk Survival, Inc. During the training he shared security footage from the scenario described above and the Virginia Beach shooting. No, it was not easy to watch.

“The most difficult aspect of the video,” said Shannon Neubauer, PCI’s Director of Security Engineering, “was the fact that the footage being monitored by first responders was 20 minutes old.” By the time it was used for situational assessment, the shooter already had left the area and some of the people in the video had lost their lives.

It’s not unusual for an organization to find it is not as prepared as it thought when a real incident happens. “I see so many companies who go through the time and effort to put together an emergency response plan but when I ask them how they are leveraging their technology with the plan, the response is I didn’t take that into consideration,” Wilkins explained.

As a society, we can do better. And we want you to know your technology integrator can help.