We received a notification this week that due to rising component and material costs, Federal Signal will raise prices on select emergency warning product lines effective January 1, 2019. In order to avoid a price increase, the last day to place an order will be 12/30/18. Below is a summary of the approximate pending changes.
Federal Signal Product Summary Affected By 1/1/19 Price Increase
- Valor, Integrity, and Vision SLR lightbars increase by approximately +8%
- Allegiant, Legend, Legend LPX, and Navigator lightbars increase by approximately +10%
- HighLighter LED mini-lightbars increase by approximately +6%
- Beacons increase by approximately +5%
- Latitude stick and SignalMaster lights increase by approximately +6%
- XStream interior warning lights increase by approximately +10%
- Reverse Camera/Monitor Systems increase by approximately +25%
- SmartSiren Platinum, Pathfinder, and PA300 sirens increase by approximately +10%
- DynaMax E100C speakers increase by approximately +3%
Price adjustments for product lines not listed above will be announced in late January.
Responding to accidents or hazardous spills require fast decisions. Vertex Standard is focused on improving basic voice 2-way radio communications by adding features to increase safety in the workplace. Their emergency feature can be enabled easily in the radio programming software at no extra cost.
Emergency Alerts Can Be Programmed with Various Configurations
Your personnel can request help by pushing a radio button that will instantly alert their supervisor or co-workers. Alerts can be programmed with many options depending on your specific needs. Display radios will show the radio ID and continue flashing or the screen can be programmed to blank out and become silent for discreet requests. Alerts will time out after 5 minutes or keep trying for as long as 60 minutes. The microphone will open so those on the channel will hear the surrounding area without the user having to push the transmit button.
Lone Worker Radio Feature
The lone worker feature by Vertex Standard is available in the entire portable and mobile product line except the VX-5500/6000 series. Lone workers in remote or hazardous areas can activate the feature when needed. Depending on the radio programming, scheduled intervals from 5 – 80 minutes will remind the lone worker to check-in using the PTT (push-to-talk) button. If the pre-warning tone is ignored, the radio will enter emergency alert mode.
When two-way communications are critical, Vertex-Standard has a unique feature that provides a notification if in or out of range of the base or other radio users. The feature called Auto-Range Transpond System (ARTS) is available with VX-231 portables or VX-2100 mobiles and above.
ARTS Automatic Polling Range Indicator
Designed for lone-worker safety or search & rescue team accountability, the option must be programmed using radio programming software. It is basically an automatic polling system and can be set up for 25 or 55 second intervals. A short beep notifies the radio user of being in range. If out of range more than two minutes a short triple beep will be heard. When using a display radio there will also be a brief “IN RANGE” or “OUT RANGE” message on the LCD.
ARTS II Enhancement Includes Monitoring By Unit ID
The VX-450 series portables and VX-4500/4600 mobile radios have the capability of ARTS II. It uses MDC-1200 signalling to show which radios are in range. ARTS and ARTS II are not cross-compatible.