We have a wide range of skills and specialties here at Allied Fire and Security. Sure we are experts in home and office security, but we also have a great knowledge of CFATS (check out our blog from a while back if you are interested in learning more about CFATS and learning what it is it) and even pneumatic tube systems.
Pneumatic tube systems are one of those technologies that you’d never imagine had such a rich history as it does. When I was a kid, pneumatic tubes were those things that my mom stuck her paycheck in while we went through the drive-in window at the bank. Well…that was a long time ago, because today we all use direct-debit and online transfers and all that. But it all started with pneumatic tubes. So what exactly are pneumatic tubes and how do they work? Pneumatic tubes are systems in which cylindrical contains are propelled through a network of tubes using compressed air or sometimes by a partial vacuum. This system of transportation is used to move all sorts of solid objects including but not limited to small packages, pills or other medical supplies, notes or memos. This sort of transportation for small goods was widespread in 19th and 20th century businesses including hospitals, banks, among city workers, and railway stations.
Did you know that in 1853 the London Stock Exchange used a pneumatic tube system to send messages between itself and the city’s main telegraph office, which was approximately 200 meters away. You can bet that that system saw all sorts of interesting financial news of the day. The City of Paris used pneumatic tubes across almost a quarter of a mile to rely messages, as did the cities of Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and even New York.
Since the 1960s and 1970s when many of these pneumatic tube networks were phased out, these communication systems have been replaced by couriers (who can go greater distances if at a slower speed), fax machines, e-mail, and now text messages. But, interestingly enough, the pneumatic tube system technology continues to evolve for several industries that still find these high-speed networks necessary. For example, hospitals still widely use pneumatic tube systems to rely messages, prescriptions, small packages, and whatnot amid a large hospital.
Well, now that you know more about pneumatic tube systems, if you think that your company might benefit from such, please give Allied Fire and Security a call and we’d be happy to give you a quote or talk about the advantages of using this sort of transport system.