Two-way, push-to-talk (PTT) radios have been in use for decades, and they are still synonymous with reliability, durability and security.
As the result of technological advances, two-way radios have made a huge leap forward in the move from analogue to digital. Digital radios offer the features of analogue plus an enormous range of additional features and enhanced functionality.
Yet some misperceptions still exist about making the move to a digital communications system.
Let’s break them down and examine why making the switch makes business sense on many levels.
Misconception 1: Transitioning to digital is too complex to undertake
The transition from analogue to digital communications can be quite complex. However, by partnering with the right organisation and working with experts, the transition can be completed successfully and smoothly.
An experienced organisation will utilise strategies that ensure an effective transition – without disruption to the business – by implementing a “graceful migration”. For example, by using MOTOTRBO in both digital and analogue radios at the same time, businesses can migrate slowly until they exceed the threshold of more than a certain percentage of radios operating in digital. In this way, the transition can take place in stages, using analogue and digital radios simultaneously for as long as necessary, with the flexibility to transition a business unit, an entire team or even one person at a time.
Misconception 2: Two-way radios are a fading technology
While smart phones combine the best features of many of the devices and applications we use each day, smart phones are not always the best tool for the job. The enduring popularity of analogue two-way radios proves this.
Today, the same digital technology that powers smart phones has also transformed two-way radios, combining the best aspects of smart phones with the reliability and power of PTT radios – in one device. For example, digital systems allow more simultaneous talking paths while being robust enough to handle location information, text messaging, Wi-Fi, dispatch messaging and telemetry. This additional information can provide valuable insights into a business and its processes.
For example, Vittorio Cox, manager, security, traffic & concierge, estate management at The University of Canberra says: “We used its two-way radios to establish how effective patrols are, and how busy staff are. We learned that staff do up to 16 kilometres per shift, so now we can manage fatigue and work out how many shifts per week is too many for staff. What was potentially a long term employment issue can be more effectively managed.”
Digital technology also brings interoperability to two-way radios. Using WAVE Workgroup Communications, you can experience instant unified communications across locations, networks and devices including smart phones, landlines and PCs. Using WAVE, Christchurch Airport staff members such as executive managers, IT and customer service not requiring two-way radios still need to contact two-way radio users and be aware of what is occurring throughout the airport.
In addition, digital networks offer much clearer sound, with features such as background noise-cancellation and intelligent audio that automatically adjusts volume to compensate for background noise. These, along with many other benefits, enhance team communications on the frontlines in a way that analogue radios and smart phones cannot, by utilising a unified communication and collaboration platform that offers real-time communication with enhanced group collaboration – at the push of a button.
Misconception 3: Making the switch is costly
Cost is often one of the biggest concerns for any business contemplating a move to digital. But cost is not as prohibitive as you may think. In fact, using a digital two-way radio system like MOTOTRBO is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your expenses, while getting more features.
Digital radios can reduce your bandwidth imprint and costs. With digital, you can immediately double the capacity of your existing 12.5 kHz channel, greatly minimising licence costs and increasing the flexibility of your currently licenced spectrum.
Once rolled out, companies will realise more predictable capital and operating expenses due to the greater visibility into usage patterns provided by a digital system, so you can manage your infrastructure more efficiently.
In addition, digital communications systems have been shown to increase operational efficiency, enhance productivity and improve worker safety, which all affect the bottom line.
A smart investment
From a low cost-of-entry to incredibly efficient cost of operation, digital two-way radios are a smart investment today and into the future.