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Protecting children with school safety systems – Largs Academy

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In conjunction with North Ayrshire council Coeval have, in keeping with this modern new facility, provided 6 school signs. Programmed with the latest cutting-edge technology, they offer both local tablet control as well an extremely user-friendly Cloud Control platform.

It has been identified that having such responsive technology at their disposal provides North Ayrshire Council with:
• the ability to prepare their school plans with ease
• the ability to react in the event of emergency school closures as experienced throughout the UK in 2018
This level of technology ensures continued road safety provision around schools at all times with the ability to address both known and unforeseeable risks with ease.

Russell Brown (Traffic Technician – North Ayrshire Council )

“As part of the new Largs Campus School ( which incorporates Nursery, Primary and Secondary School). North Ayrshire Council promoted a mandatory part-time order to reduce the speed limit to 20mph during times of peak pedestrian movement at the school on Alexander Avenue.

We identified the need for 6 new Part-time flashing 20 school signs. The existing flashing 20 units on our network are controlled with the old type of timer using an antiquated programme that has to be run on Windows XP. The timers are extremely difficult to programme and process of inputting timing is cumbersome, time-consuming and very rarely works.

We approached Coeval looking for 6 new school signs and enquired about an easier way to programme them.

Coeval suggested a couple of options of either using Command Console via Bluetooth via an Android device or the option for a connection via GPRS using Cloud Control software. Initial demonstration let us identify the ease of use and allowed us to make an informed decision to proceed.

Coeval carried out the complete installation including poles, retention sockets, signs as well as full reinstatement to the footway as required. The installation was carried out in a timely manner to a high quality and the signs themselves are very impressive with a very good luminous intensity to the LEDs. The signs are solar powered and are essentially on for 5 hours each day and work well with no sign of power dip.

I recently reprogrammed the signs via Bluetooth using a tablet. The Command Console app is easy to use and the scheduler for the school signs is very manageable.

The app has many features that allow the user to adjust brightness of signs and check battery life, traffic data etc, depending on requirements. The tablet was able to pick up all 6 signs via Bluetooth with ease and I found it was possible to pick up all signs up from 3 different locations.

It proved really easy to reprogramme the sign, and took minutes. Using this system compared to our old system is night and day, it is really efficient and makes our job so much easier.

I also trialled using Cloud Control, to access the sign that had GPRS installed. The application itself was easy to use with a drop down map that you could scan and easily find the relevant sign.

This is definitely the way forward for controlling our network of electronic signs, as it means that the signs can be accessed remotely from the office, further improving efficiency and reducing necessity for time out the office.

The before and after service with Coeval has been brilliant and I would highly recommend them and their products to anyone.

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