October 2011

Reduce Staffing Costs at Your Guard Booth, Guard Shack, or Gate House

Long Range Outdoor Wireless IntercomStaffing a guard booth, guard shack, or gate house with security personnel can be very costly. Even if you only pay minimum wage, every hour that goes by with a person sitting in the gate house costs you $7.25. Since that person has to remain in the guard shack, they can’t be productively doing anything else either. Also, when they take mandatory breaks, then the gate is left unmanned, which causes frustration to anyone who arrives at the gate during those periods.

The solution is to close down the guard booth and replace it with a long-range wireless outdoor intercom. With it, you do not need dedicated personnel to sit at the gate. You can use handheld two-way radios or base station intercoms placed in one or several locations. With the handheld radio, monitoring personnel can be mobile so they can still be productive at doing something else while attending to visitors.

Not only can staff talk to visitors, they can also press a button on their radio to unlock the gate remotely to let visitors in. There is no need for a trip to the gate.

With these intercoms, a range of a couple of miles can be achieved in some conditions so they should work for most applications.

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Increasing Profits for Security and Access Control Dealers

For security and access control dealers there are times when sales are lost simply because a customer doesn’t have the budget to pay for the costly installation required to implement a wired system. Or the customer may not even be able to run wires in buildings with historical significance, or across paved areas outdoors.

For pre-existing construction the installation of security and access control devices at building and property entry points can be a challenge. Trenching for outside cabling and routing cable through walls and ceilings of buildings is both messy and expensive.

The use of long-range wireless access control and security devices make installation much easier and therefore much less expensive to install. Using these wireless devices, access problems can be quickly solved in as little as a single day. Installation consists of locating the proper location for a device, mounting it on a pole or wall, and providing power either via an electrical outlet, batteries, or solar power.

These devices consist of wireless base station intercoms and handheld two way radios, wireless call boxes with remote gate opening and keypad capability, long distance motion and vehicle proximity sensors, and there are even wireless public address and remote switch monitoring devices that can work with this system. All devices can communicate at ranges of up to a mile or more with use of external antennas. No FCC license is required, however many devices can also be programmed to work with existing licensed two-way radios.

One of the best benefits of these products is that they not only eliminate the expensive wiring, but they give mobility to monitoring personnel. Personnel no longer have to be tied to a desk to receive calls and alert notices. That means they can be more productive.

You can find out more by watching the video below.

Increasing Profits for Security and Access Control Dealers

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MURS Radio…Multi-Use Radio Service Technology Guide

Many businesses and residences want some sort of two-way radio functionality, but they don’t want to get an FCC license to have it.  A MURS radio is the solution. The Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) is a private, two-way, short-distance voice or data communications service for personal or business activities of the general public.

The FCC defines short distance this way: “The usual range of communications between MURS devices is less than a few miles; connecting the unit to an external antenna can extend the range to ten miles or more.”  The range you actually achieve could be far less depending on your surroundings and height of receiving and transmitting antennas.

A detailed report on MURS is available by clicking here

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