Our mission is to improve our customer’s safety, security, and business efficiencies through meeting their fundamental wireless communication needs.
1950’s – Our modern-day communications systems venture began in 1953 when Nick Reisenweaver, the chief engineer at WSJS television in Winston-Salem, NC began a “sideline” two-way radio business. The booming post-WWII economy helped Reisenweaver successfully grow his organization, as he met the dispatch communication needs of taxis, oil & coal trucks, and other mobile businesses. Obtaining a radio dealership from General Electric, Reisenweaver quickly became one of GE’s top resellers – so much so, that he launched Reisenweaver Communications, Inc., also known as RCS, in 1959, eventually leaving his television engineering position to focus solely on his fledgling wireless communications company.
1960’s – Reisenweaver used his WSJS relationship to acquire radio antenna rights at the tv station’s new Sauratown mountain site, the highest in the region. This, along with rights to the top of Wachovia Bank’s new downtown Winston-Salem office tower, facilitated RCS’s attaining licenses for launching mobile telephone and paging divisions. New radio products with low-maintenance transistors replaced old tube-and-crystal technology, transforming the mobile communications industry. Construction trades, power companies and others took advantage of the practical business efficiencies afforded by the technology advances, causing explosive growth for RCS.
1970’s – Due to poor health, Reisenweaver sold RCS’s divisions. Donald L. “Chuck” Shipton, an RCS employee and radio technology visionary, acquired all the company’s divisions except paging, which was divested to another corporation. RCS also opened offices in Lexington and Greensboro, NC, allowing it to better serve customers throughout the greater Triad region of North Carolina.
1980’s – Under the leadership of Chuck Shipton, RCS experienced exponential growth in the ‘80s. Shipton credited the reaping of such success to a philosophy of charitable giving. With the deregulation of the paging industry, RCS re-launched its paging division, far exceeding its initial business goals.
Many of the regions’ largest organizations became long-term RCS customers during the ‘80s and remain loyal customers to this day. During this time, RCS also acquired inexpensive radio-frequency licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. This would soon prove to be one of the most fortunate purchases the company ever made.
1990’s – The cellular boom. During the ‘90s, large cellular companies emerged nationwide. The value of RCS-owned radio channels skyrocketed, as radio frequencies were needed to build out expansive cellular networks. RCS sold a large portion of its privately-held frequencies, using the funding to acquire another local two-way radio and paging company, launch its CALL24 Wireless Callbox manufacturing division, launch Cornerstone Towers, its tower building & maintenance company, and build a new corporate headquarters building in Winston-Salem, NC.
2000’s – RCS changed its name to RCS Wireless Technology to better reflect its core business competencies. As large cellular companies dominated the evolving mobile communications landscape, RCS made customer safety and security a priority. Its CALL24 Wireless Callbox Division gained a national reputation for reliable emergency communication, growing its education, medical, corporate, and government customer base. The company’s local service department grew to meet the mobile communication needs of regional fire, police, first responders, and business dispatchers. In addition, RCS Wireless Technology introduced numerous safety-related products, including an improved CALL24 S-Series Wireless Callbox, a wide-area public address system for campus environments, computer-aided communication dispatch, and most recently, launched a new video surveillance division – CALL24 Security. This new division serves not only its North Carolina customers, but helps CALL24 callbox customers nationwide in “visually” securing the areas around their callboxes.
Call CALL24 Wireless at 800-441-9191 for more information.