Communication in school is so important to the safety and overall wellbeing of students and staff. The Motorola Solutions 2017 School Communications Survey found that schools serve as an important trend setter for communication. They have a strong need for multiple devices on the job, as well powerful data applications. School employees want to be able to communicate instantly and utilize features like GPS tracking and text messaging.
Motorola surveyed more than 720 educators across 48 states including administrators, office staff, IT employees, transportation directors, teachers, athletics personnel, maintenance workers, and more. Here are some of the facts they uncovered:
- As of 2017, school personnel were using a variety of devices to communicate on the job. 31% of respondents said that email and Internet were their primary means of communication. This is a frightening fact considering the Internet could go out and email isn’t the quickest way to get a message across.
- 30% of respondents said that two-way radios were the primary form of communication. Cell phones and land lines fall next in line. Two-way radios are growing in popularity, in 2015 just 10% of schools used them as their primary communication.
- The most likely candidates to use two-way radios include principles, office staff, and maintenance personnel. Other staff that utilize two-way radios include district administrators, teachers, transportation employees, athletics personnel, operations staff, security, and safety teams.
According to Motorola, there are a variety of good reasons for school staff to utilize two-way radios.
“Two-way radios are purpose-built for highly reliable, instant communication between groups. Plus, two-way radios utilize secure, private networks that provide optimal coverage for the school and remain operational even during a crisis, allowing educators to communicate even when mobile phone towers are swamped by high traffic,” the study reports.
School Priorities vs. School Capabilities
While just about every school listed safety as their top priority, there was some disconnect between priorities and current capabilities. 92% of schools strive to create a safe and secure environment, but only 25% of schools had the measures in place to achieve this.
88% of schools say they want to have “always available communications,” but just 19% of schools have achieved this goal. In addition, 77% of schools want the ability to “hear clearly anywhere” and only 11% have achieved this. Furthermore, 76% would like direct communication with first responders, and only 17% have implemented the necessary technologies to do so.
Analog vs Digital Radios in Schools
Around 30% of schools are using analog radios, but there are so many benefits to utilizing digital technology, such as MOTOTRBO two-way radios. This is the leading form of instant communication, packing together features of a smart phone with the ease and reliability of push-to-talk.
Why are MOTOTRBO the best radios for schools?
There are many reasons why MOTOTRBO radios are the best for schools. For one, it gives a variety of different personnel – from the principle to the IT staff – a way to communicate using text messaging or push-to-talk. Plus, they have access to Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, MOTOTRBO comes with advanced features for added safety like Transmit Interrupt, this feature ensures that the most important information is prioritized in an emergency.
As a Motorola two-way radio dealer, we offer a variety of Motorola radios for rent and sale. We are more than happy to help you find the right system to make your school run more safely and efficiently.