Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New LogiCall System Now Available

We recently received an interesting call from a large warehouse operator.  He had a wired PA system with over 100 microphones throughout the warehouse.  The system worked fairly well except in communicating with materials handling vehicles.  Drivers often had trouble hearing the calls and were limited in their ability to acknowledge calls. This created both an operational and OSHA safety compliance issue.  Our caller wanted to know if there was a way to connect radios to the PA system.

The answer is YES, it's called the  LogiCall System.  The picture at the left says it all.  All that is required is the installation of an interface to the PA system.  That's it, in the center of the picture.  It's called an LPA.  Functionally, it contains a radio receiver, recorder/playback module, a delay timer, and a radio transmitter. Three versions are available - an unlicensed VHF model, a VHF model for use with licensed 2-way radio systems and a similar model for UHF licensed operation.  The cost is the same for all models - less than $600!

The next step is to add a radio on materials handling vehicles.  The vehicle operator can be provided with a headset or a horn type speaker (normally the preferred alternative), and a noise canceling microphone.  The cost is less than $500 per vehicle.  Now the vehicle operators CAN hear both administrative calls and emergency calls sent through the PA system.  Here's how!

When a call is placed over the PA system, it is recorded on the LPA, then rebroadcast by 2-way radio to the vehicle radios.  To acknowledge the call, the vehicle operator uses the microphone to respond.  The message from the vehicle operator is received by the LPA and rebroadcast over the PA system.  Mission complete!

If desired, administrative personnel can be equipped with commercial grade 2-way radios to communicate directly with materials handling vehicle operators WITHOUT going over the PA system.  The cost of the personal 2-way radios is less than $200 each.  Desktop radios are also available for office personnel for less than $350 each.  Both personal portable and desktop radios have the ability to communicate with vehicle operators and with each other as well as optionally accessing the PA system in the event of an emergency.  That can keep EVERYONE happy!

For additional information on OSHA safety requirements, please see http://the-communicators.net/2.html or for more information on the LogiCall System, just give us a call at 800.489.2611 or drop us an email to ServingU@falcondirect.com