Hampshire based Voice and Data Solutions Provider 2826 Ltd has recently been given the green light to supply, install and maintain a Hytera DMR digital radio solution for the Bedales School 120-acre, Hampshire Estate. The School is home to three campuses; Dunannie (the Pre-prep), Dunhurst (the Prep) and Bedales (the senior school.)
The system will be used across the school’s grounds which include girls’ and boys’ boarding houses and an array of sporting facilities incorporating an indoor swimming pool, multigym, 8 indoor badminton courts, full size floodlit AstroTurf and 17 acres of sports fields.
The Hytera DMR system consists of a pair of UHF RD625 dual slot base station repeaters with battery backup offering seamless coverage across the entire estate. Hytera PD785 keypad and display handhelds were chosen for their IP67 robustness, long battery life and color display and keypad allowing ease of use of functions such as individual, group and emergency calls, text messaging and loan worker alarms.
“Due to our large rural location with minimal phone signal, we required a simple way to maintain effective communication between staff across the three school sites for day-to-day operations and in the event of a failure of our internal phone system. The Hytera radio system allows instant communication across our entire site which is isolated from our IT and Telephony network. With a battery backup, we can still communicate effectively even in the event of a complete power failure. We're extremely happy with the Hytera solution and the services provided by our partner 2826 Ltd.” S. Phillips, Network Manager.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Shane and his team at Bedales. Now that the system is fully operational we will be discussing further enhancements once the school is back in full swing and when COVID restrictions allow. Another contract win here further cements our position as the go to Voice & Data solutions provider in Hampshire and the surrounding counties”. Stuart Young, 2826 Founder.
Bedales was founded by John Haden Badley in 1893 to be a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools. That innovation has continued, and Bedales today comprises three thriving innovative independent co-educational boarding and day schools educating 3-18 years on its 120-acre setting in the South Downs National Park.
Bedales create an environment where questioning, divergent thinking, and the freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged. First rate teaching and learning, with formative and summative assessment, must underpin academic excellence. These qualities, which create lifelong learners and develop both critical and creative thinking, should permeate every area of our lives – whether that be in assemblies, conversations, classrooms or on the sports field.