Lee Johnson, Security Manager at the University of Northampton said:
“The Hytera digital solution offered our Estates, Facilities and Security teams an enhanced clarity and reliability of communication; upgrading from our analogue system has enhanced the service for our staff in these areas.”
Located in the East Midlands, the University of Northampton has two campuses which are less than two miles apart – Avenue Campus and Park Campus and halls of residence which is located 5 miles away in the town centre. Estates, Facilities and Security required a connection to be made between all sites to give them one fluid, reliable solution to allow them to be contacted 24/7.
Effective communications between teams and locations to ensure student and staff safety was paramount in the brief from the University; especially as the University prepares to relocate to a new, purpose-built, town centre campus, Waterside Campus, which will open in 2018. Making sure the solution was also cost-effective was a key driver for the project.
“Until recently, the University used an all-analogue system, components of which were many years old and struggling with the increase in coverage requirements”. Daniel Scotney, Sales Manager, DCRS, “We needed to upgrade the whole communications system, and it was vital that the entire footprint was covered with a radio solution that would support them with very clear, consistent and secure communications”.
The multi-site campus needed a supervisory channel that would provide the flexibility for critical security officers and related personnel to communicate during times of crisis. Of course, because such emergencies can arise at any time, it was also critically important that the migration from analogue to digital proceeded smoothly and quickly because even brief downtime could put the sites at risk”.
Our Sales Manager was sent to work with the University to determine needs, assess the options, and help them make the right choices because of the change of manufacturer. Because HYTERA and their Smart Dispatch application is still a relatively new solution, it was also important to provide the University with a hands-on demonstration so they could get a sense of the potential that HYTERA could offer.
After the demonstration, the University was impressed with the product and the cost savings it offered. HYTERA supports a lower cost of ownership compared to analogue systems because fewer repeaters are required: two voice channels are utilised in one 12.5kHz frequency channel, so only one repeater is needed for every two voice or data paths.
Considering all factors, the University concluded that “we could replace our old system with this higher quality solution at a reasonable cost.”