August 7, 2015

School Intercom Systems

When kids get dropped off at school there is an expectation that parents have that the needs of their child will be met. The school communication system must meet a facility’s needs in emergencies, scheduling and daily communications.

Marshall Industries has teamed with a carefully selected group of manufacturers to offer the very best products, pricing, and warranty. One of our partners is the Rauland-Borg Corporation and they offer both analog and IP based intercommunications systems.

In today’s market, there are many different kinds of communications systems. With all the different choices and options available it’s important to assess the needs of a school and get the most effective intercom system to meet those needs. Initial cost, while always a factor is not always the best way to judge. Determining the needs and expectations of the facility and functions and features of any system is a MUST.

When kids get dropped off at school there is an expectation that parents have that the needs of their child will be met. The school communication system must meet a facility’s needs in emergencies, scheduling and daily communications.

Emergencies:

We work closely with the individual facility to address their most critical needs and customize a solution to meet those needs.

The midst of a crisis is not the time to start figuring out who ought to do what. At that moment, everyone involved – from top to bottom – should know the drill and know each other.   The 4 key phases of crisis planning are

  1. Mitigation and Prevention – reducing risk
  2. Preparedness – planning for potential scenarios
  3. Response – follow the crisis plan
  4. Recovery – restore the learning/teaching environment quickly

School communications systems play a key role in these areas. Getting the right communication to the right people quickly is critical. Communication with district personnel, emergency responders, school administrators and other teachers must be done quickly and effectively.

Scheduling:

Students, teachers, staff and parents depend on schedules for a smooth school day. Designing a system that makes time management easy, from ringing bells to synchronizing clocks is a must.

Everyday communication:

Live paging for morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance, intercom calls from the front office and call in notifications need to be simple and non-disruptive.

The basic school intercom systems of yesterday are no longer sufficient. Communications systems need to be able to address the world we live in and utilize today’s technology. From the touch of a console or the school’s phone system or even a smartphone, we integrate features that are required in today’s communication style. Talking to the right person, right now, is of the way we communicate.

The intercom systems of today incorporate a rich feature set capable of so much more than basic one-way communication to a classroom. We can schedule events like locking doors and interfacing with security systems, sending an emergency message in a calm familiar voice, or sending an alert to both local and district staff, and these are just some of the critical communication features we offer.

Hopefully, emergencies do not happen every day, so the day to day use of the intercom must include features that help the school with daily tasks. Events schedules that are easy to program and adjust, like bells or music during class changes.

At the end of day, the system must be simple and easy to use and still meet the high-tech requirements of today’s environment. The first priority must be to make the system easy to access and utilize the most needed features.

If you’d like to see how Marshall Industries can help provide your school with the best intercom system to meet your needs, call us! We’d love to answer any questions you might have.

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