What are the very best comms for use in schools, colleges and universities

Editorial – Communication in educational institutions, colleges and Universities is a very important ingredient. Like all organisations of a large size, getting in contact of the exact person is usually hit or miss, two way radio communication is an ideal answer to the dilemma. Together with that, topical news stories of tragic proceedings in schools, have highlighted the requirement for improved comms and safety in schools, colleges and universities. 

After the recent school shootings in the US, school headmasters and governors have been made to think more carefully about the security in their school, {staff|teachers) and pupils. Communication is an important part of these security measures and everyday running of the school, so with that in mind kenwood have designed a communication system that suits any and all size school, college or university. 

Communication in schools, colleges and Universities is a very important element. As with all organisations of a large size, getting hold of the right person can be hit and miss, 2 way radio communication is the perfect answer to this problem. Along with that, recent news stories of tragic events in schools, have highlighted the need for better communications and security in schools, colleges and universities. 

Every education establishment, whether a school, college or university, owes its students, staff and visitors a duty of care while they are on campus and offsite on organised trips. 

Within the perimeter of a school or higher education campus, threats to safety and security can include injuries from accidents, natural disasters, such as flooding, storms and earth movement or from malicious acts including vandalism, theft, arson, bullying and personal assault. 

The ability to report threats and incidents quickly and efficiently is essential in managing risks, containing situations and implementing emergency plans. 

More educational establishments than ever are now relying on two way radio as their preferred method of instant communications on and off-site, whether in critical emergency situations or as tool to maintain safety, security and operational efficiency.


Typical applications include: 

  • Protection of staff in classrooms
  • Safety of students
  • Incident reporting
  • Management of support staff
  • Implementation of emergency plans
  • Coordination of on-campus activities
  • Management of field trips and events
  • Security and maintenance of site 

However as campuses have become larger and spread over multiple sites, buildings more complex in construction and with more activities taking place offsite, existing analogue hand-portable walkie talkies and small communications networks can be stretched beyond their designed capability and result in less than ideal reception dead spots. 

Now, with the extended coverage, reliability, ease of use and compact, rugged design offered by Kenwood NEXEDGE® Digital Two Way radios and walkie talkies and their unique analogue/digital Mixed Mode (which allows them to communicate automatically with any existing analogue radios whatever the make), management in the education sector have a predictable and economical path to migrate to the benefits of digital two way radio at an affordable cost. 

Kenwood NEXEDGE® trunked digital two-way radio systems and networks provide an ideal cost effective solution to on and off-campus radio communications; providing instant communication in voice and text between departmental and facilities management teams at various sites to ensure the safe and efficient management of schools, colleges and universities alike. 

Source – http://www.nexedgebusiness.co.uk/market_sectors/schools