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Back-to-School Boost Helps Academy Trust Prepare for Covid

A pair of schools in North London have been keeping pupils and staff safe at the start of term with help from a beefed-up fleet of two way radios.

Chingford Academies Trust, which runs two secondary schools in Waltham Forest, contacted Brentwood Communications with an urgent request to increase the number of radios it had in operation across the two sites ahead of the return of students.

Like all schools, one of the biggest challenges facing the Chingford Trust ahead of reopening has been putting in place measures to maintain social distancing throughout their campuses in order to safeguard pupils and staff against the virus.

Senior leaders recognised the importance of having a robust two way radio set up so staff could communicate freely across both sites as they managed student movements. The Trust already had a number of handsets, but ahead of the start of term felt they would not be adequate to meet the new requirements.

Rapid turnaround

The Trust’s existing radios were a set of Icom IC-F2000 analogue licensed handsets. They were quite happy with the way these models were working for them, they just wanted to increase numbers.

That simplified things for us in terms of having to do a full site assessment and then make recommendations about which products would suit their needs best. Our main challenge was ensuring the new devices were delivered and ready to go in time for the first pupils returning to school on Thursday 3rd September.

We completely understood the importance of having these new handsets on site and in full working order by this date – we’ve been pushing our own supply lines throughout the pandemic to meet the urgent needs of all of our clients. So we were very happy to deliver another 30 IC-F2000 units in just three working days to ensure both schools could kick the new term off with full protocols in place.

The handsets were accompanied by an equal number of chargers and were set up with 16 channels on the same Ofcom Simple UK Licence the Trust already had in place across both sites.

The Icom IC-F2000 is a highly versatile and reliable analogue two way radio ideal for use in places like schools, offices, shops and light industrial units. Its slim, lightweight design and classic two way radio controls make it extremely user friendly, while its robust build and impressive audio quality guarantee long-lasting performance in all environments.

If you need extra communications support to help your organisation cope with Covid, get in touch with our friendly team today on 01245 403520. We stock an extensive range of two way radio products from the world’s leading manufacturers and will always strive to meet your deadlines, however tight.

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