Helping Lydia’s House of Hope

2-Way Communications is excited and proud to announce our support of Lydia’s House of Hope, a transitional housing facility that is part of Seeds of Faith, Inc. Seeds of Faith is a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income people in the Greater Seacoast area.

Lydia’s House of Hope helps families combat homelessness and generational poverty. During a year-long residence, women and women-headed homeless families are taught integral life skills, laying the groundwork for independent living. The core concepts of accountability, responsibility, and industry are the message.

Lydia’s House is a multi-story building with different sections in varying states of repair. Three volunteer 2-Way Communications employees will be on site every month for a full day, working on projects assigned by Director Theresa Tozier. In January, the crew will be installing a learning center with four computer stations immediately behind the first-floor kitchen. What a deal! Creating a place for learning and developing computer and internet savvy all while being within a few feet of fresh, homemade cookies!

Learn more about Lydia’s House of Hope.

MotoTRBO Applications

 

Enhancing MotoTRBO Radios with Voice & Data Applications

Just like smartphones, people want more from their two-way radios. Voice & data applications deliver added value by improving productivity, enhancing employee safety, and helping reduce response times. Using existing facility communication networks and integrating with existing building infrastructure, these solutions are cost-effective, scalable, easy to install and very easy to use.

Voice and data applications enhance MOTOTRBO™ radios with additional features like telephone interconnect, dispatch consoles, radio recording, alarm management, and lone worker monitoring. All applications can run simultaneously on one radio or be used individually.

Teldio has created a suite of applications specifically for MotoTRBO systems. Applications allow you to make and receive phone calls on your MOTOTRBO™ radio, detect if a worker has suffered a fall, engage GPS Monitoring, and more.

For more information visit our MotoTRBO Applications page.+

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Light Captured For Drug Production

This isn’t about network technology, but it’s too cool to pass over. Researchers in the Netherlands have created a method for making simple drugs (like aspirin or ibuprofen) that uses a method similar to plant ( the chlorophyll-laden bio-organism plant) production.

Artificial leaves use a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) to guide light of a specific wavelength to channels bored through the material where drug reactants are concentrated. The energy from the light sets off the reaction.

The big picture: the ability to produce common drugs on a small scale, even on cloudy days … anywhere …  even in resource-poor areas. The article originally appeared in TechCrunch.

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Two-Way Radios: The Pros

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No surprise, here at 2-Way Communications we are big fans of using 2-way radios. It doesn’t matter what workplace – education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, transportation, utilities. Two-way radios are regularly chosen as the communication tool of choice by management and the front-line user. How come an almost 80-year-old technology is still a very valid tool for the workplace? Here are a few of the reasons why:

Privacy via a closed network – sharing isn’t always the right thing to do.

One-to-Many Communication – a time saver, speaking to all your crew at once.

Excellent reception and wide area coverage – no need to wait for an optimal signal. Touch a button and you’re in communication.

Effectiveness in ultra-noisy environments – The call always gets though, finding a quiet spot is no longer necessary.

Availability of safety features – like Teldio’s Centralized Lone Worker, Man Down Notifier, and Alarm Control System.

Ruggedly built for industrial environments – have you seen someone drop a cell phone or laptop recently?

We’ve all seen new technology become obsolete as better, newer things become available. Two-way radios, though, have been continually developed and enhanced to meet the needs of a variety of users. If you’re facing the 2-way radio / cell phone decision for your organization, give us a call. Once we understand your workplace communications needs, we can work with you on making an informed decision about purchasing or upgrading your two way radios, if that’s the best choice for you.

Roll Over On Your Friends? A New Ransomware

Ransomware is computer malware that installs on your computer, executes an attack, and demands a ransom payment. Simple ransomware may lock the entire system and display a message requesting payment to unlock it. More advanced malware encrypts files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them.

As above, there are different types of ransomware. However, all of them will prevent you from using your PC normally, and they will all ask you to do something before you can use it.

They can target any PC user, whether it’s a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider.

To protect yourself from ransomware, you can start by taking these steps:

  1. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall.
  2. Back up often.
  3. Enable your popup blocker.
  4. Exercise caution.
  5. Disconnect from the Internet.
  6. Alert authorities (perhaps the FBI, not the local PD).

As recently noted in WIRED, a new version of ransomware has been discovered that is unique – instead of forking over bitcoin, you can sell out a couple of your friends to resolve your own hostage situation … Happy Holidays, indeed! For more information: Popcorn Time Ramsomware.

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Why MotoTRBO

As technology improves, so does the capacity and quality of radio communications. Professional radios allow employees and management be more efficient, productive, and safe across industry verticals. The professional radio’s advanced digital technology provide real-time voice and data communications along with a host of data applications. Motorola’s MotoTRBO digital radios, from ultra-light portables to extra-tough mobiles, help you get the job done right, done efficiently, and done safely.

Features of these radios include crystal clear audio, easy-to-read displays, integrated Bluetooth, and integrated wi-fi. From the CPd and CMd series to the SL700E, these high-performance radios are safety-focused, productivity-enhancing, and every day rugged. Each model radio has been developed by Motorola with a specific user in mind:

CPd and  CMd series are rugged and simple, designed for the everyday user who needs to stay connected.

SL300 radios are slim and portable, designed for the customer service user who wants intuitive technology.

XPR™ 3000e and  XPR™ 2500 series offer a perfect balance for the busy worker who needs effective communications.

XPR™ 7000e and XPR™ 5000e series offer total connectivity for the skilled professional who refuses to compromise.

SL 7000e series radios are sleek and smart, just right for the business manager who needs complete control.

For more information regarding which radio would be the best for your organization, visit our Products.

Malicious Mobile Apps

Granted, you get a mobile phone, and one of the first things you think about is downloading apps for fun, socializing, or even an enhanced quality of life.

Thing is, there are legitimate apps that do what you think they’ll do, and ones that will  create heartache and discontent ’cause someone has taken advantage Android’s open-source status. These apps may steal money and personal information, and quite possible ruin your Holiday Season.

A great article about this problem appeared in WIRED, with more in-depth information about the whys, hows, and what you can to to protect yourself. Take a look:

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