Keeping People Safe: The Critical Role of DAS in Emergency Communication
In the last decade, a series of disasters – from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to school shootings – has put a spotlight on the need to upgrade communications technology for the sake of public safety. Emergency medical personnel must be able to reach one another in the heat of a crisis. Victims must have a way to let loved ones know they are okay. Phones and radios can even help responders find those who have been hurt.
Prime Communications, Inc. helps assess and install new public safety Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) as well as cellular service amplifiers. We also work with clients to evaluate existing systems and determine whether they can be upgraded or replaced.
“Existing systems may not need to be updated to ensure an occupancy certificate, and it’s tempting to just let it go because it’s hardly ever used,” said Ron McNichols of Prime. “But most organizations want to make sure everyone’s safe in an emergency.”
This article will help you understand some of the issues you may find your organization facing and solutions you might apply to improve both public safety DAS and cellular service in your own building.
Security as a Service: Smart New Payment Model Saves Money & Improves Protection
Why hasn’t your organization signed up yet?
The physical and digital security of your organization is non-negotiable. Everything hinges on keeping assets and employees safe while you do business. That’s why many companies sink large amounts of money into their security systems. You probably do too, if you’re involved in managing security.
But, as you may be aware, there are issues with traditional security purchasing – especially now in the face of economic stresses related to COVID-19.
The biggest issue companies are facing is obsolescence. Security equipment loses value rapidly, just as a car loses value the second you drive it off the lot. Security system components notoriously wear out before you have the funds for replacement, or worse become outdated when new technology is introduced. At the end of your system’s lifespan, you can be left with a huge bill to replace or upgrade all or part of it. Not convenient (and potentially devastating) if your operation also is struggling financially.
If only there was a system that didn’t become obsolete, or is there?
Safety in the Wake of COVID-19: How Technology Can Get You Back to Work
As mandatory lockdowns end and the American people prepare to slowly return to their normal routines, businesses across the country have become concerned about precautions they need to take to create a safe workplace. No business can survive without its workers, but an outbreak at the office, warehouse, or hospital ward can mean even more downtime and a potential shutdown. After months of slow or no business, it could be an existential threat. Not only that, if a worker or customer ends up getting sick and believes the company was too lax in taking precautions, they might pursue legal action. There can be other, less obvious issues as well. Tensions are running high, for example, increasing the likelihood of physical confrontations in offices, store aisles, warehouses, waiting rooms and hallways.
Essential Healthcare Projects: Meeting Challenges During a Crisis
In a major healthcare crisis, hospital administrators are called on to ramp up technical systems quickly to meet critical needs. At such a time, certain services are designated essential personnel, including those who implement medical infrastructure, networking, patient monitoring and nurse call systems. During a crisis, as with other types of workers, some of the regular contractors will likely go absent due to illness, fear, or quarantine requirements. When that happens, administrators must quickly find reliable contract vendors to fill the gaps and keep systems going.
This article provides important information and advice to ensure the successful selection and onboarding of contract technical personnel during a healthcare crisis.
Mass Notification Simplified: Automated 2-Way Discreet Messaging
One of the biggest problems in dangerous scenarios, such as active shooters, natural disasters and medical emergencies, is communication. How do you get word to the other side of a building or campus to let others know of the danger, so everyone has time to escape or find shelter or a hiding place? Until now, primary options for communicating dangerous events – other than running down the hall in person – were phones (voice or text), email, two-way radio and panic buttons, each activated separately, by different people. The time lag, exposure to human error and incomplete coverage could be, to put it delicately, deadly.
Now, thanks to a new ability to easily combine technologies and automate plain-language mass messages, the risks of dangerous events have been decreased. Lynx’s Duress and Emergency Notification System is saving lives and it leverages your existing infrastructure reducing the costs.