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Rauland and Lone Star Communications – A History of Innovation and Customer Transformation

For over a quarter century, Lone Star Communications has served Texas Healthcare and K-12 Education Life Safety Communications like no other. What for decades was thought of as a “hardwired communications utility” are now IP based, software controlled enterprise communications platforms that can interoperate with different vendor technologies with ease.


In Healthcare – interoperability is not a luxury, it is a requirement. Unlike any other industry, healthcare evolves constantly with fresh new ideas to solve key issues. As Texas Health Resources put it best: “Responder 5 is the ‘hub’ of clinical workflow communications and the technologies connected to it are only as relevant as their ability to interoperate with it”. In the late 2000’s as the nurse call market leaders shifted from hardwired technology to IP based, software controlled technology they had a choice to make; develop proprietary systems or develop to open system standards. Rauland’s choice was to embrace open standards from the very first commercially produced Responder 5 system. The word “proprietary” is the direct opposite of interoperable and thus, overwhelmingly, providers world-wide have made Responder 5 their standard clinical workflow platform to make interoperability simple. In just a few short years, nurse call has moved from a “tactical utility investment” to the second most strategic investment to drive predictable outcomes, second only to EHR.


In K-12 Education – As it was in healthcare for decades, life safety communications for K-12 Education were tactical utility investments (i.e., intercoms). When Rauland introduced Telecenter U in 2012, it revolutionized the way we now look at life safety communications technology in schools across the country. It, too, is IP based and software controlled with heavy emphasis on Threat Management Automation. For the first time, a school district can take their emergency action plans for weather, active shooter, and other threats and automate their successful outcomes rather than depending solely on human behavior under extreme stress. Executive leadership, now for the first time in decades, have Telecenter U as their most powerful tool in their strategy to manage critical communications processes as well as simplifying routine tasks such as automated bell schedules, scheduled announcements and mobile connectivity using their smart devices for instant communication. Financially, it is a win for the leadership team as well. Telecenter U has a wide range of device interfaces to interoperate with legacy systems the district already has in place, that still work well, and have been paid for. Systems such as intercoms, access control, HVAC, security systems, and lighting that aren’t “smart” by today’s digital standards can now be controlled with intelligence by Telecenter U to further extend the life of these investments.