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LtoR: Jason Clarke, PRO, Boyne Fishermen's Rescue & Recovery, Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR Integrated Solutions and Eugene Brannigan, volunteer, Boyne Fishermen's Rescue & Recovery

New paging system for Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue improves communications flow for emergency call outs

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Thursday, 7th December 2017:  Leading two-way radio and paging solutions provider, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has deployed a voice-activated paging system for Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery.  Based on Swissphone s.QUAD paging technology, the high-performance, robust communication system triggers a combination of tone and voice paging to over 30 volunteers of the marine search and rescue organisation.

The ability to target individual groups such as the boat crew, vehicle crew and the emergency services with custom pages, helps to streamline communications amongst the team.  Significant improvements in paging coverage across the varied terrain of Drogheda and surrounding areas save valuable time in responding to emergency calls.

Commenting on the new system, Jason Clarke, public relations officer with Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue said.

“It’s vital that our volunteers get the page or else we can’t provide the service.  With our old system we had to despatch several pages and even then we were never sure if our volunteers had received the page.  With our new system, based on Swissphone paging technology, I can be confident that pages are received and acted upon immediately, saving precious minutes as we mobilise volunteers to respond to the emergency at hand.”

Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue offers a range of emergency services to the local community and beyond.  Its core service centres on an inshore rescue boat, which operates 24×7, 365 days a year, responding to any incidents on the River Boyne and along the coast at Clogherhead, Laytown and Bettystown. The group also provides a community first responder service and subsurface water search and recovery nationwide.

“We chose Swissphone paging technology as it has been specifically designed for emergency service applications,” said Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR Integrated Solutions.

“The pagers are robust, waterproof and very comfortable to wear.  A bright LED indicates when a page has been missed and device memory can save up to 16 minutes of voice messages.

“Moving from a UHF to a VHF system has also had a positive impact on coverage levels.  Rescuers must have complete confidence in the system as they need high-performance communications that won’t let them down,” he said.

The volunteers have responded well to the new technology as Mr Clarke explains.

“The crews are very happy with the new pagers as they sit flush with their belts.  They’re strong, robust and don’t damage easily.  They like the simple layout of the device with just four buttons and they can get up to a week of battery life on a single charge.  The pagers can be easily recharged in the docking station overnight and our volunteers never forget to do this.”

Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery solely relies on donations from the public to maintain the high level of service it provides. Christmas and the New Year is a particularly busy time of the year for the rescue organisation.  Anybody wishing to support the work of this voluntary organisation can do so by making a secure donation via the website at www.boynefishermensrescue.ie , or by clicking the donate button on our Facebook page or even arranging a visit to our purpose-built boathouse on the Marsh Road in Drogheda where  a donation can be made in person.

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About Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery
The Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service is a voluntary marine search and Rescue unit based in a purpose built Boathouse on the Marsh Road in Drogheda Co. Louth. We operate a 24/7 365 Days a year emergency pager water rescue team which includes an inshore rescue boat service, which is accredited to the Irish Water Safety. We also provide underwater search teams nationwide throughout the 32 counties of Ireland for any invent which may occur on our waterways. We provide a wide range of services to the community including a swiftwater rescue team, 4×4 response and flood response rescue just to name a few. A full selection of services provided can be found on our website.

In recent years we have become a linked resource of the National Ambulance service as the community first responders for the Drogheda area known as the Boyne Fishermen’s Community First Responders.

For more information, please visit http://www.boynefishermensrescue.ie/

About EMR Integrated Solutions

EMR Integrated Solutions is a leading provider of 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, utilities, transport, 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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Pictured above left to right are:  Jason Clarke, PRO, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery, Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR Integrated Solutions and Eugene Brannigan, volunteer, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery

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

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 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

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.

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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.

The EMR team announcing the company's expansion to the UK market.

EMR spreads its wings and extends presence to the UK market

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Thursday, 19th November, 2015: Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its expansion to the UK market, in a move that will take its portfolio of market-leading products and system design and engineering capabilities to the UK’s energy and water utility industries.

The development comes hot on the heels of a €1 million contract with Northern Ireland Water to upgrade the utility’s telemetry network.

EMR currently employs 22 at its base in Dunboyne, Co Meath and hopes to add to that number with the establishment of its UK base. The company specialises in designing and building wireless communication for media organisations as well as SCADA and telemetry networks for energy suppliers and water companies.

Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR believes that significant opportunity exists for his organisation to make a breakthrough into the UK, thanks to the rapidly changing nature of the utility industry there.

“Power generation and water utilities are facing a perfect storm of business challenges in terms of environmental constraints, security of supply and cost pressures. Aging network infrastructure is a burning issue for many of them but taking the right approach with the right integration partner will promote more efficient management of energy or water supply into the future,” he said.

The company’s UK headquarters will be based in Reading, a strategic location to target some of the market’s key players. A team of technical and project management professionals will support the rollout of EMR’s SCADA and network infrastructure deployments.

The UK utility industry is undergoing a period of substantial change, where many will be forced to re-examine their business models, according to Quinn.

“We believe we have the track record and expertise to generate strong return on network investment for all stakeholders and support continuity of supply,” he said.

EMR was founded in the early in 1980s and has a strong management team with a wealth of industry experience. The company has some of Ireland’s strongest brands on its books including ESB, Eir, RTÉ NL, Virgin Media and many of the country’s county councils.

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About EMR Integrated Solutions

EMR Integrated Solutions is a leading provider of 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, transport, 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 delivery large, complex, integrated solutions on time and within budget.

For more information, please visit www.emrsolutions.ie

At the annoucement of today’s launch into the UK market are the EMR senior management team.  From left to right: Alan Feenan, sales director communications, Derek Glynn, chief operations officer, Mark Quinn, managing director, Diarmuid Shanley, chief financial officer and Brian Martin, sales director, SCADA and telemetry.

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EMR winners of a 2015 NISO award

EMR scoops Distinction prize at the annual National Irish Safety Organisation awards

Dunboyne, Co Meath, 18th November 2015: 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.

The annual award ceremony is an all-Ireland affair, which recognises best-in-class Irish organisations for their commitment to health and safety in the workplace. Almost 2,000 award entries were received this year from a wide range of industries.

This was the third year in a row that EMR was recognised for its strong corporate commitment to health and safety. In 2014, the organisation was honoured with the North East, Regional Health and Safety Award, recognising the positive and proactive culture of safety management that exists within the organisation.

The company is well on track to receive the High Achiever award in 2017.

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

“EMR could not have achieved this without the commitment and ongoing co-operation of EMR’s staff to health and safety at work. Their dedication is a true reflection of our positive safety culture and serves as a real competitive differentiator for us, when bidding for business.”

Pictured above accepting the award on behalf of EMR is Derek Glynn, chief operating officer with EMR.

EMR's Mark QUINN today presented to a major conference on the UK water industry

EMR’s Mark Quinn presents to major UK conference on water industry

EMR’s managing director, Mark Quinn today presented to over 40 delegates at a major UK water industry conference.

The conference, entitled ‘Water: Process Control and Automation Engineering for the Water Industry’ and organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the most important events in the UK water industry’s calendar.

At a dedicated workshop, facilitated by the organisers, Mark presented on the future of digital polling radio in the UK utility water sector. He explored many aspects of the topic including next generation telemetry network and the drivers for change, the challenges of existing technologies and architecture, designing the engineer-led solution, RF network planning and engineering and managing the migration process.

Commenting on the session, Mark said: “It was clear from the level of engagement from delegates that many utilities are struggling with the question of managing and future-proofing their telemetry networks. As IP networks gather pace, many utilities are faced with issues around protecting existing network investment and preparing the ground for future technology developments.”

This year’s conference took place in Stratford on Avon, UK.