EMR takes high achiever award at NISO 2017. Pictured l-r: Harry Galvin, president of NISO, Derek Glynn, COO, EMR, Colm Farrell, safety representative, EMR and John Thompson, incoming NISG chair

EMR ‘achieves high’ at this year’s National Irish Safety Organisation awards

Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced that it has been recognised as a ‘high achiever’ at the National Irish Safety Organisation’s (NISO) awards.

This prestigious accolade is made to organisations that achieved a Distinction Award or greater over the previous five years.  To-date over two thousand award submissions have been made to NISO and NISG, its counterpart in Northern Ireland.

Now in its 26th year, the awards are an all-island affair, which recognise the positive and proactive culture of safety management that exists within Irish organisations.

Commenting on the win, Derek Glynn, chief operating officer with EMR said:

“The High Achiever award reflects EMR’s continued commitment to health and safety within our organisation.  The wellbeing of our staff is a key value of our organisational culture and one that we continually reinforce through ongoing training and guidance.”

Pictured l-r:  Harry Galvin, president of NISO, Derek Glynn, COO, EMR, Colm Farrell, safety officer, EMR and John Thompson, incoming NISG chair

Pictured from left to right are: Dean Reardon, sales executive, EMR, Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR and Roddy Greene, general manager, Mondello Park

Mondello Park revs up its two-way radio comms with help from EMR

Leading network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced a deal with Mondello Park, Ireland’s only international motorsport venue, to upgrade its digital two-way radio network.

Covering over 100 acres, the network streamlines handheld radio communications for 40 staff and helps to provide better customer service to the venue’s 140,000 annual visitors.  By purchasing rather than hiring radio equipment, the organisation has been able to slash ongoing communications costs, with a return on investment of less than 18 months.

Commenting on the deal, Roddy Greene, general manager with Mondello Park said:

“The move to digital radio provides a performance boost to our communications and gives us better coverage throughout the complex.   All track marshals, support crews, medics, gate staff and maintenance teams rely heavily on the radio network.  With race meets taking place every weekend between March and October and corporate events during the week, it’s the only way to communicate across the site.  It’s really important for us that the radios perform well,” he said.

EMR upgraded staff handsets to the Motorola MOTOTRBO™ DP1400 as Dean Reardon, sales executive with EMR explains.

“We chose the Motorola DP1400 digital handset for this project as it provides a rugged, high performance reliable portable communications solution, ideally suited for the high-use and demanding environment within Mondello Park.

“The new digital technology within the DP1400 handset allowed us to deliver a user friendly multi-channel communications network, which segregates voice traffic for the various track marshals, operations, gate staff and medical personnel during race events and enhances staff operations and visitor safety levels within Mondello Park,” he said.

This traffic segmentation works well according to Mr Greene and allows staff to rapidly respond to and manage any adverse events on site.

“We chose EMR as the price was right and the service they gave us was excellent,” said Mr Greene.  “They delivered on time, on budget and recommended a solution, which protects our technology investment.  We can add lots more functionality including lone worker protection if we wish.  When we make any capital investment in technology, we have to ensure a level of future-proofing and EMR helped us to achieve that,” he said.

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Pictured from left to right are: Dean Reardon, sales executive, EMR, Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR  and Roddy Greene, general manager, Mondello Park

 

The EMR team out in force again at GT5K 2017

EMR pounds the pavement in support of GT5K 2017

A large contingent of EMR staff hit the pavements around Dublin city quays yesterday evening, in support of this year’s Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge (GT5K 2017).  Joining more than 5,000 runners from up and down the country, the team competed for the second year running on a 5K circuit at Dublin’s Docklands.

Ciaran Quinn finished the best of the EMR team, completing the circuit in a fantastic time of 17 mins 25 secs, to finish in 60th position, beating his performance in last year’s event.  Deirdre Shanley did the best of the ladies with a great time of 26 mins 10 secs.

Commenting on the event, Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR said:

“The GT5K has become an annual event in the EMR calendar and once again this year, we had great fun participating.  The event really fosters a sense of camaraderie among staff while also supporting a very worthwhile charity, with the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation.  We already have next year’s pencilled in.”

The Grant Thornton Corporate Challenge, run in association with Athletics Ireland, is aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business community in Dublin and Cork.  Proceeds from the race are channelled into Athletics Ireland’s Junior High Performance programme and 10% of each entry fee was donated to the ‘Make a Wish’ foundation

Full results from the event can be found here.

Pictured left to right are: Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR, Paul McMahon, executive engineer, Leitrim County Council and John McElwaine, capital programs regional lead, Irish Water

EMR selected by Irish Water to upgrade telemetry networks in €1m deal

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Friday 1st September 2017: Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has been selected by Irish Water to upgrade its telemetry networks in Waterford and Leitrim, in a deal valued in excess of €1m.

The upgrade plays a significant role in the battle against ‘unaccounted for water’, giving Irish Water greater monitoring capability and control over the water distribution network in those counties.  Increased automation and more granular visibility into water flows, pressure and quality provides early warning alerts to network bursts and improves the quality of supply for customers.

Commenting on the deal, Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR Integrated Solutions said:

“This capital investment project supports Irish Water’s ongoing efforts to streamline water distribution networks in the county, and having greater control over assets in the field allows them to quickly identify and react to adverse events as they occur.  Minimising network leakage is a key objective and the ability to remotely measure and monitor flows plays a critical role in helping Irish Water to achieve that.”

The Waterford network upgrade involved consolidating the telemetry network across the city and county, following the merger of both councils in 2014.  Telemetry Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and data loggers were deployed at over 200 logger sites* to monitor water flow and pressure on the pipe network, providing early warning alerts to network bursts.

The system also enables data acquisition from major water assets such as reservoirs and pumping stations and for automated remote control of these sites from the central SCADA system.

In Leitrim, the EMR team installed telemetry RTUs and GPRS data loggers together with the associated flow and pressure monitoring instrumentation at over 90 sites**, tying them back to the centralised SCADA system in Carrick-on-Shannon. This system augmented the extensive SCADA and telemetry network previously installed by EMR in the major water treatment plants and water distribution assets throughout the county.

“We build our telemetry networks based on principles of resiliency, reliability and flexibility, explains Mr Quinn.

“Where we have onsite telemetry, Irish Water can  monitor and control the water network remotely, increasing operational efficiencies, reducing waste and providing faster response times to adverse events as they occur.

“Utility providers are increasingly adopting the concept of smart networks and EMR is at the forefront of designing and deploying the technology to help them plan for the future,” he said.

EMR has a strong track record in the water utility industry.  The company has already performed two major network upgrades for Northern Ireland Water valued at well over
€1m and last year it announced its entrance to the UK market.

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Notes to Editors
*30 Remote Terminal Units or RTUs plus 175 data loggers which use GPRS networks to transport data were deployed in Waterford.

**30 RTUs with mains flow meter, 30 GPRS loggers with battery powered flow meters and 30 mechanical flow meters only, were deployed in Leitrim.

Pictured left to right are: Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR, Paul McMahon, executive engineer, Leitrim County Council and John McElwaine, capital programs regional lead, Irish Water

Pictured left to right above are: Darragh Quinn, Dean Glynn and Sam Flanagan, all participating in the Learn and Work Scheme

EMR announces participation in the ‘Learn and Work’ scheme

Leading SCADA network and telemetry supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its participation in the ‘Learn and Work’ scheme, a program run by Blanchardstown Institute of Technology and Regional Skills, Dublin designed to provide highly-educated students for the changing needs of industry.

The company is currently working with Dean Glynn and Darragh Quinn, students in Mechatronics (technology combining electronics and mechanical engineering), and Sam Flanagan, student of film and theatre practice in Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Work experience involves a combination of practical, hands-on projects as well as desk-based tasks.  Dean has been installing RTUs on water networks and working on process improvements for EMR’s ISO accreditation, while Darragh is currently enhancing EMR’s mobile SCADA application.  Sam has just completed a project to produce and edit a series of technical training videos for one of EMR’s major clients.

Commenting on the program, Derek Glynn, chief operations officer with the company said:

“Like many technology companies, we struggle to find the right people but this program fills the gap between the traditional degree and apprenticeship programs.  It allows us to tap into a skilled, creative and enthusiastic set of students at an early stage and gives them the practical experience which makes them work-ready as they exit from the academic environment.”

Remuneration is provided to the students over the course of the practical placement, which runs from May to September and the placement continues over the entire duration of their degree programs.

Student Dean Glynn really enjoys the practical nature of the work.

“I really like working in the field as it forces you to problem-solve and think on your feet.  While I found the academic theory of communications quite difficult in semester one, it all fell into place for me once I saw the technology in action.  Working in the field has given me some great ideas for our practical projects and I’m also covering topics such as Java and SCADA which aren’t even on the curriculum until year three, so this is really helping me to work ahead,” he said.

EMR is looking to expand the number of placed students to four, when Blanchardstown IT launches its BSc in Process Instrumentation and Automation program in January, 2018.

Pictured left to right above are:  Darragh Quinn, Dean Glynn and Sam Flanagan

31-5-17 Limerick Sucide Watch sponsored radio communication from EMR Integrated Solutions. Sarah Counihan, Dave Mullen, Ger McNamara, Chairman, Sarah Hopkins and Shirley Johnston Limerick Sucide Watch at their base in the Tait Business Centre. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Donation of radio communications equipment plays critical role in saving lives

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Tuesday, 30th May 2017:  Leading two-way radio and mobile communications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced a donation of life-saving radio communications equipment to Limerick Suicide Watch (LSW), a voluntary suicide prevention group that patrols the five bridges of Limerick city and along the banks of the Shannon waterway.

With this vital radio equipment, volunteers can communicate with each other more reliably, intervene more effectively in life-threatening incidents and summon the support of emergency services as required.

The donation includes two-way radio handsets, a charger, base station and antenna and serves a team of over 40 volunteers.

The rugged handsets provide robust, high quality voice communications within the team, but the radio frequency is also linked to the Irish Coast Guard, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Limerick Fire and Rescue, significantly speeding up reaction times to potentially fatal incidents as they occur.

Commenting on the donation, Ger McNamara, chairman of Limerick Suicide Watch said:

“The donation is critical for us.  We’re not relying on mobile phones, which really aren’t suitable due to coverage blackspots.  Our volunteers now have handsets that are easy-to-use and reliable and they can request assistance from colleagues or emergency services much faster.  With a relatively high suicide rate in Limerick, our ability to respond to incidents needs to be professional and this donation allows us to achieve that,” he said.

A typical volunteer shift lasts four hours and consists of foot and bike patrols along the banks of the Shannon.  The group is active for three days during the week from 9pm to 1am and at weekends from 12am to 4am.

Mark Quinn, managing director of EMR believes businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community wherever possible.

“Our organisation has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and we support wholeheartedly initiatives such as Limerick Suicide Watch.  We admire the courage and bravery of the volunteers who work in extremely difficult conditions and in all weathers and we’re delighted to support them in the valuable work they do.”

LSW hopes to increase its mobile patrols to seven days a week, extending the support it provides to people in difficulty.

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EMR named as Finalist at annual Pakman Awards

Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced that it was named as a finalist at the Pakman Awards, 2016.

Pakman is a national awards programme that recognises excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland. Read more

Pictured on the left above accepting the award on behalf of EMR is Colm Farrell, Field Engineer and Safety Representative with EMR

EMR scoops Distinction prize for fourth year running at the annual National Irish Safety Organisation awards

Dunboyne, Co Meath, 13th October 2016:  Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced that it has taken the prestigious ‘Distinction’ prize at the National Irish Safety Organisation’s (NISO) awards for the fourth year running.

The annual award ceremony, now in its 25th year is an all-Ireland affair, which recognises the positive and proactive culture of safety management that exists within Irish organisations.

This is the fourth year in a row that EMR has been publically recognised by NISO for its strong corporate commitment to health and safety.

Commenting on the win, Derek Glynn, COO, EMR Integrated Solutions said:

“EMR is well on track to receive the High Achiever award in 2017.

“Year on year, we see more interaction and involvement by our staff in preparation and submission for the awards, which reflects a collective drive to ensure that health and safety remains an engrained part of EMR’s organisational culture.”

Pictured on the left above accepting the award on behalf of EMR is Colm Farrell, Field Engineer and Safety Representative with EMR

Pictured at the Grant Thornton 5K challenge are the team from EMR

EMR team out in force to support the Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge

A team of 15 runners from EMR took part in this year’s Grant Thornton Corporate 5K Team Challenge (GT5K).  Joining more than 1,200 teams from 139 different companies, the team successfully tackled a 5K course around a one-lap circuit at Dublin’s Docklands.

Ciaran Quinn finished the best of the EMR team, completing the circuit in a fantastic time of 17 mins 10 secs, notching up a very commendable 64th place finish overall.

Age trumped youth for second place with Alan Feenan turning in a strong performance with a time of 20 mins 32 secs, just edging out Terry McAuley who finished in 20 mins 38 secs.

The ladies from EMR also made their mark on the night with Deirdre Shanley clocking up a strong time of 24 mins 50 secs.

Commenting on the event, Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR said:

“We were delighted with the response we had from our staff in fielding four teams for the event.  Running is a great social activity and events such as this foster a great sense of camaraderie amongst staff.”

The Grant Thornton Corporate Challenge, run in association with Athletics Ireland, is aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business community in Dublin and Cork.  Proceeds from the race are channelled into Athletics Ireland’s Junior High Performance programme and 10% of each entry fee was donated to the ISPCC Childline Services.

Alan Feenan director of sales with EMR Integrated Solutions

New entrant to Irish pager market offers continuity of supply to critical industrial sectors

Dunboyne, Co Meath – Tuesday 22nd March 2016: Leading two-way radio and mobile communications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its entry to the Irish pager market, with its appointment as distributor for Swissphone’s range of pagers, pager accessories and alerting systems in the Republic of Ireland.

The deal combines EMR’s track record in delivering high performance personal mobile and two-way radio solutions to the Irish market and Swissphone’s innovative design and manufacturing capabilities in reliable alerting and work safety solutions.

At a time when some pager manufacturers are exiting the market, this latest move by EMR will support continuity of supply for critical users including those in blue light services, public and private healthcare and commercial sectors.

Commenting on the partnership Alan Feenan, director of sales with EMR said:

“Despite cannibalisation of the pager market by mobile phone technology, market demand for the technology remains strong in critical sectors such as emergency services, healthcare and industrial markets where lone worker protection remains a key health and safety issue.

“The addition of Swissphone’s portfolio of high performance pagers, pager accessories and alerting systems to our product portfolio gives Irish customers more value and choice. Swissphone’s continued commitment to quality and ongoing product development made their selection as partner a natural fit for us,” he said.

Swissphone’s products include specialist paging systems and mobile alarming products of particular interest to organisations with extremely time-critical message notification requirements.

“We are delighted to welcome EMR Integrated Solutions to Swissphone’s partner community and look forward to working with them in the Irish market,” said Angelo Saccoccia, CEO at Swissphone.

“There is a strong synergy between our companies and we believe that together we can provide Irish customers with superior paging products and services that will address their time-sensitive, mission-critical communications requirements,”

For the past 40 years, design excellence and commitment to product quality have been firmly rooted in the Swissphone company culture. From its production facility just outside Zurich, rigorous technical, environmental and climatic testing is carried out to ensure high performance device functionality, even in the most difficult and demanding applications.

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About Swissphone

The Swissphone Group is the leading, internationally-operating supplier that designs and produces secure and reliable paging solutions and resource management systems for public safety organizations (emergency services). The systems comply with international standards.

Swissphone was founded in 1969 by Helmut and Erika Köchler and it has been under Swiss ownership ever since. The company has a prominent market presence in Germany, Austria, France and in the USA.  In addition, Swissphone possesses a dominant market position in northern European markets owing to its proficient partners. The corporate headquarters and the production site are located in Samstagern in Switzerland near Zurich. See more at: http://www.swissphone.com/about-us-en/

About EMR Integrated Solutions

EMR Integrated Solutions is a leading provider of two-way radio, mobile communications, SCADA and instrumentation solutions. With a track record stretching back to the early 1980s and a management team with a wealth of industry experience, the company has established a strong, successful foothold in markets as diverse as retail, hospitality, utility, telecoms and public safety. The organisation has customers across Ireland, the UK and Europe and has the expertise, engineering know-how and project management capability to deliver large, complex, integrated solutions on time and within budget.

For more information, please visit www.emrsolutions.ie

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