A word of caution; relying too much on non-technical
dispatch personnel detracts from their core duties.
If that is the only option available, it needs very clear
operating procedures, easy-to-interpret alarms and
Even very small systems should still be monitored.
Active 24/7 monitoring will likely be impossible to
fund, even with the approaches above. Instead, install
all the necessary alarms and bring them to a central
terminal with logging and messaging capabilities.
Determine which alarms warrant 24/7 immediate
notification and which can be cleared the next working
day. For example, you do not want to be woken every
time a site’s voltage drops below 105 V, but you do not
want to wait till the morning when your main repeater
loses power altogether.
To summarize, even the simplest Public Safety
communications systems are much more complex
and vulnerable than their predecessors. While
this is recognized by majority of the Public Safety
community, it is not reflected in current system
All modern radio systems should be monitored in
some form. There are technical and logistical solutions
to fit any size and any budget. So there is absolutely
no reason to rely on complaints from the users to alert
you when the system goes down. Just do it.
• Intelligent Access Control
• Networked Perimeter Security
• Intruder Alarms
• Integration with CCTV systems