Digital Radios vs Cell Phones – School Solutions

Thanksgiving is coming up next week … and we have a lot to be thankful for. Thinking back on the who, what, when, where of the past several years, one of the things that’s obvious is the change in public safety. It’s not like when we were younger … especially in the K-12 schools. Reliable and effective communications across the school and school district will help keep our kids safe, so what’s the best comm gear to choose? Some ideas on that subject from Motorola are below.

Shout Out – On Belay


Medical issues strike every family, and cancer certainly impacts every member. Fortunately for local children, there’s an organization that understands they benefit from support during a very difficult time.

On Belay believes children who are in a family threatened by cancer are at risk. They are at risk socially, developmentally, academically, and emotionally. The programs at On Belay allow children to join and build a community among other youth who have or have had a family member with cancer through adventure based programs that encourage participants to uncover their inner resilience.

Such a great idea – play games, have fun, learn to climb and to belay, while in a supportive and caring environment during such a tough time. Best of all,  participants can return to as many programs as they wish. They are never turned away because of a change in their family member’s treatment.

Our company supports the work of On Belay throughout the year because of the value  and support they provide to the children of New Hampshire. If you’d like more information about this wonderful organization, you’ll find them online here: On Belay.

Whelen Engineering – Vertex Lights

When it comes to making sure you stay visible – daytime or night time – working in the rain, plowing … you get the idea … Whelen products can’t be beat.

Whelen’s Vertex Series are available in single color or split color and they offer three different optical light output models to direct light anywhere it’s needed. These small Super-LED® lightheads install easily with a 1″ hole and utilize an in-line lamp driver. The lamp and in-line lamp driver are fully encapsulated for moisture and vibration resistance, and each light mounts vertically or horizontally via two screws. There’s more, to include a five year warranty. Check out the store (2-Way Communications Service) for more information.







Lenovo ThinkPad Torture Test: The Water Spill

Not that anyone of us would intentionally ever spill a bottle of water on the laptop at work … still, accidents happen and you have to admit that knowing it won’t be the end of your company laptop will reduce the  “Oh, $^%$#@*!” factor.

The Lenovo development team runs a battery of stress tests on every ThinkPad before it ever goes to market. In the latest ThinkPad torture test–the classic water spill–the ThinkPad laptop continues unaffected while an HP laptop fails after 9 seconds.

Motorola’s Intelligent Data solution applied to Firefighting

Great concept turned into reality … by using intelligent data, fire fighters can see video of the fire before they arrive, communicate with equipment despite the searing heat, and rely on two-way radios to transmit clearly over the roaring flames. Everyone goes home safely …  wish this was available when I was dragging a hose. 15 seconds – take a look.

Whelen Engineering – Ion lights

This is one of the favorites over at Fleet Division’s garage. Whelen’s ION Series light heads are compact, versatile and designed to be utilized in a multitude of applications with numerous mounting options.ION V-Series™ light heads are available in three-in-one combination or in single color warning models.The lenses are hard-coated to minimize environmental damage from sand, sun, salt, and road chemicals. The list of additional features is pretty long, and includes a five year warranty. Take a look!


HikVision HD cameras

These guys are on the top of their game … Hikvision provides video surveillance products and vertical market solutions in the global market, through more than 2,400 partners in 155 countries and regions. By the end of 2015, Hikvision had an R&D team of 7,181 engineers, the largest of any video surveillance provider. The company has established partnerships with world technology leaders including Intel, Texas Instruments, Ambarella, Sony, Hisilicon, Western Digital and Seagate. Check out the quality of their product on our FB page!

HikVision HD Day/Night IR Camera