Case Study: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

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OUR CHALLENGE

​​​​​​Locat​ed in the East Midlands, the University of Northampton has two campuses which are less than two miles apart – Avenue Campus and P​ark 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.

 

BACKGROUND

“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”.

 

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.

 

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WHAT OUR SATISFIED CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY

Stephen Baggott BA (Hons), MSc (CPM)

"As with any projects it is important to not only have confidence in the product, but also in the suppliers. It was felt by the project team that DCRS had the expertise and an understanding of what the University expected and the best way of delivering this. Delivery and installation was successful in what was quite a tight timescale. Knowing that DCRS already have an understanding of our business needs allows for a collaborative approach to develop best functionality of the system and delivery."
Stephen Baggott BA (Hons), MSc (CPM) - Campus Operations Manager, University of Wolverhampton
2016-09-15T21:51:46+00:00
"As with any projects it is important to not only have confidence in the product, but also in the suppliers. It was felt by the project team that DCRS had the expertise and an understanding of what the University expected and the best way of delivering this. Delivery and installation was successful in what was quite a tight timescale. Knowing that DCRS already have an understanding of our business needs allows for a collaborative approach to develop best functionality of the system and delivery."Stephen Baggott BA (Hons), MSc (CPM) - Campus Operations Manager, University of Wolverhampton

Alan Holden

"I am involved in industrial distribution and based on my customers site. There was a requirement to improve communications between the maintenance engineers, production department and managers. As preferred supplier DCRS came to site and ran trials on different types of equipment. The result was a system tailor-made to my customer’s needs. Since then, I have used DCRS for new installations at other distribution depots, and have received an equally high level of service and customer satisfaction."
Alan Holden - MRO Specialist Müller Milk and Ingredients, Manchester (branch 337)
2016-09-15T22:00:58+00:00
"I am involved in industrial distribution and based on my customers site. There was a requirement to improve communications between the maintenance engineers, production department and managers. As preferred supplier DCRS came to site and ran trials on different types of equipment. The result was a system tailor-made to my customer’s needs. Since then, I have used DCRS for new installations at other distribution depots, and have received an equally high level of service and customer satisfaction."Alan Holden - MRO Specialist Müller Milk and Ingredients, Manchester (branch 337)

Mark Bramley

"Our site is a demanding place for radio technology: we’re in the middle of a very rural and hilly part of Derbyshire - the surroundings can impede RF performance, and background equipment noise is ever present. Working with DCRS we looked at the options to replace our old analogue radios and MOTOTRBO stood out as the best solution. With safety features including man down and override emergency calling, MOTOTRBO helps ensure the safe, efficient and productive operation of the team on our site."
Mark Bramley - Electrical Engineer, Hope Construction Materials
2016-09-15T22:03:50+00:00
"Our site is a demanding place for radio technology: we’re in the middle of a very rural and hilly part of Derbyshire - the surroundings can impede RF performance, and background equipment noise is ever present. Working with DCRS we looked at the options to replace our old analogue radios and MOTOTRBO stood out as the best solution. With safety features including man down and override emergency calling, MOTOTRBO helps ensure the safe, efficient and productive operation of the team on our site."Mark Bramley - Electrical Engineer, Hope Construction Materials

Dawn Osborne

"Customer safety is at the heart of everything we do at Meadowhall. It is vital that we have an effective public announcement system in place in the event of an evacuation scenario. We needed a system capable of quickly and effectively delivering clear communications across the entire site to both our staff and members of the public whenever it is called into action."
Dawn Osborne - Head of Operations: Meadowhall Shopping Centre
2016-09-15T21:59:23+00:00
"Customer safety is at the heart of everything we do at Meadowhall. It is vital that we have an effective public announcement system in place in the event of an evacuation scenario. We needed a system capable of quickly and effectively delivering clear communications across the entire site to both our staff and members of the public whenever it is called into action."Dawn Osborne - Head of Operations: Meadowhall Shopping Centre

Brian Allt

"The MOTOTRBO system ticks a lot of the boxes for worker safety within the plant. Personnel now have instant communication with anyone if they need help."
Brian Allt - Maintenance Engineer Technical Support, Rugeley Power Ltd
2016-09-15T21:59:58+00:00
"The MOTOTRBO system ticks a lot of the boxes for worker safety within the plant. Personnel now have instant communication with anyone if they need help."Brian Allt - Maintenance Engineer Technical Support, Rugeley Power Ltd

Lee Johnson

"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."

Lee Johnson - Security Manager at the University of Northampton
2017-03-14T12:26:42+00:00
"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." Lee Johnson - Security Manager at the University of Northampton

Ray Knowles

"We asked other companies to tender but DCRS were unrivalled in their professional expertise, competence and knowledge of Motorola two-way radio systems, “ said Knowles. “They were able to design and install the system within a few months and provide a support service tailored to our needs."

Ray Knowles - Safer Business Consultant CASED, Doncaster
2017-02-13T16:38:42+00:00
"We asked other companies to tender but DCRS were unrivalled in their professional expertise, competence and knowledge of Motorola two-way radio systems, “ said Knowles. “They were able to design and install the system within a few months and provide a support service tailored to our needs." Ray Knowles - Safer Business Consultant CASED, Doncaster

Tony Graves

"
As one of the leading Security companies in the UK, CIS Security are growing at a strong pace. I have been impressed with how DCRS have supported us in our growth, providing quality products and prompt customer service. We have a good partnership with DCRS as a supplier and have come to rely on them as a premium radio supplier with the high quality standards our customers expect."

Tony Graves - CIS Security
2017-04-21T14:58:13+00:00
" As one of the leading Security companies in the UK, CIS Security are growing at a strong pace. I have been impressed with how DCRS have supported us in our growth, providing quality products and prompt customer service. We have a good partnership with DCRS as a supplier and have come to rely on them as a premium radio supplier with the high quality standards our customers expect." Tony Graves - CIS Security

Mick Bellamy

"Working with DCRS in the past I knew of their professionalism, so it was a natural decision for them to supply us. They helped advise on the best radios for our needs and everything we required from our upgrade has worked flawlessly and we could not be happier with the equipment and service we have received from the team at DCRS."
Mick Bellamy - Building & Grounds Team Leader, Lincoln Castle
2016-09-15T22:01:26+00:00
"Working with DCRS in the past I knew of their professionalism, so it was a natural decision for them to supply us. They helped advise on the best radios for our needs and everything we required from our upgrade has worked flawlessly and we could not be happier with the equipment and service we have received from the team at DCRS."Mick Bellamy - Building & Grounds Team Leader, Lincoln Castle

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