The Top 5 Two-Way Radios for Small Schools and Colleges Let's go! Home » News » Blog » The Top 5 Two-Way Radios for Small Schools and Colleges Blog: The Top 5 Two-Way Radios for Small Schools and Colleges Published: 26/10/2023The Top 5 Two-Way Radios for Small Schools and Colleges Effective communication is essential for schools and colleges to operate smoothly, especially in emergency situations. With tight budgets, affordability and reliability are key considerations when choosing two-way radios. Here are the five best models for small schools and colleges for the autumn/winter term 2023. 1) Hytera BD615 The Hytera BD615 is a rugged and reliable two-way radio that is perfect for use in various school and college environments. Its bold design meets military standards (!) for withstanding shock, vibration, and dust/water exposure, making it durable for daily staff use across campus grounds and buildings, and even outside of the school premises itself, such as when monitoring pupils around local shops and bus stops at the beginning or end of the school day. Despite its low cost, the BD615 provides high-performance communication and a range of features normally only seen in higher end commercial devices. Each device transmits voice exceptionally clearly without distortion, even over long distances, so staff can easily understand important instructions and announcements. BD615 2) Hytera BP515/BP565 The Hytera BP515 and BP565 models help coordinate groups of teachers, administrators, and security personnel around the school grounds, whether for routine daily communications, fire safety drills and evacuations, or sports days and other school events. With a capacity for up to 128 channels, separate talk groups can be assigned as needed. These radios operate for over 10 hours on a single charge, preventing loss of communication at critical moments when staff radios may run low on battery power. To combat noisy environments like bustling corridors or cafeterias, the BP515/565 come with intelligent noise reduction, so staff can hear conversations clearly despite loud background noise. BP515 BP565 3) Motorola Solutions XT420/XT460 With exceptional audio clarity, the Motorola Solutions XT420 and XT460 are ideal for making announcements in schools and colleges. Messages come through loud and clear to staff across campus buildings and grounds. The rugged, weatherised design can withstand constant daily use and the occasional drop, while IP55-rated waterproofing protects the devices from spills, rain and other moisture throughout the school day. Simple and intuitive to use, these radios require minimal training for staff to begin communicating efficiently, with customisable one-touch buttons providing quick access to commonly used functions and features. Despite its professional-level capabilities, the XT400 series has an affordable price point fitting modest school and college budgets, making comprehensive communication attainable for institutions of all sizes. XT420 XT460 4) Motorola Solutions EVX-S24 The compact and lightweight EVX-S24 is ideal for routine daily use by staff at schools and colleges, fitting comfortably in the hand and carriable in a pocket or handbag when not in use. The emergency alert function lets security teams broadcast notifications to other radios, enabling an immediate response in the event of breaches or threats. Additionally, with an IP67 rating, the EVX-S24 can be submerged in water up to 1 metre deep – making it the device of choice for poolside lifeguards and teachers supervising school swimming lessons off-site. Transitioning to digital technology can be a significant yet cost-effective upgrade for schools and colleges, and the EVX-S24 provides an affordable path forward while retaining analogue compatibility. EVX-S24 5) Motorola Solutions R2 The lightweight yet durable Motorola Solutions R2 is built for reliable performance and minimal maintenance over a long working life. Its smooth, streamlined design slips easily into a jacket or trouser pocket without weighing you down. To avoid missing critical alerts, the R2 continuously scans multiple channels for transmissions, allowing staff to monitor common security and emergency frequencies, making it a good option for gate staff and for teachers on playground duty. With a busy channel lockout feature, the R2 prevents staff from interrupting ongoing conversations, which improves team communication efficiency and reduces frustration in situations where there are multiple conversation streams being broadcasted over the network. R2 The Right Radio for Your Needs At DTS Solutions, we provide a wide range of budget-conscious two-way radios that are perfect for schools, colleges, and universities of all sizes. Hytera models provide quality and capabilities at low cost, while Motorola delivers renowned reliability and interfaces suited for staff. Equipped with these models, schools and colleges can keep staff connected affordably and effectively. To find out more or to discuss your requirements, please contact us today. Name* Company* Telephone* Email* How can we help?