Community colleges often offer spread out campuses where students are able to socialize, learn, and study in a more relaxed atmosphere than the average college or university provides. That presents unique challenges to administrators, faculty, and maintenance staff, and security, however.
Especially when it comes to communication. Push to talk two-way radios can be instrumental tools for facilitating faster, more effective communication between community college personnel no matter what is taking place on campus, including the following:
- Campus-wide emergencies
- Specific medical emergencies on campus
- Student events
- Athletic events
- Visitor weekends
- Family weekends
- Fire, security and safety drills
- Homecoming celebrations
For all these events and more, these are just a few reasons why push to talk two-way radios are the answers to community college communications needs.
Cost-Effective Communications Solutions
Push to talk is much more cost-effective than cellular communication. Not only are the radios, themselves more affordable than mobile phones, but the service costs considerably less as well.
Change is the only constant at the community college level. There are semesters when enrollment is soaring and those where fewer students are making the investment in learning and their futures. It is much easier to add or remove service, as needed with push to talk than with mobile phone communication.
Push to talk communications offer many options that provide communication over great distances, allowing communication throughout the campus, and, in many cases, well beyond the confines of campus. Additionally, two-way radio communication isn’t vulnerable to power outages that would interfere with other types of communication, especially if cell towers lose communication.
Panic Button Communication
During emergencies, two-way radios offer panic buttons that cut through all other communications to send out wide alerts related to the nature and scope of the emergency. Whether the emergencies are about student injuries, chemistry lab accidents, or weather related incidents like the tornado that hit William Carey College in Mississippi.
In a day where school shootings are front and center on news reports, it is impossible not to consider the usefulness of push to talk radios for coordinating efforts to manage active shooter events on community college campuses.
The safety of students and staff is paramount, and two-way radios allow campus security to coordinate with local law enforcement and first responders to contain the situation and render aid to those affected quickly and efficiently.
Contact Peak PTT today to learn more about how push to talk two-way radios can help make your community college operate more safely and efficiently through improved communication. Phone: 855-600-6161