Digital communication decisions can often seem complicated. Technology is always changing, from hardware improvements to software updates to larger system overhauls. These changes often lead to misconceptions about digital communications technology – which can get in the way of your business or agency making the right decision about acquiring more modern technology or updating what you’ve got.
Being aware of these misconceptions can simplify your digital communications decisions and help you break down barriers to getting the technology your business or agency needs.
Mobile/Cell phones are better than two-way radios.
There is a misconception that the sound quality of a two-way radio might not be as good as that of a mobile phone. Two-way radios offer immediate sound transfer. You will need to choose the right equipment depending on your distance and surroundings, but new digital radios are transmitting the sound digitally and therefore are able to cancel background noise- transmitting only clear audio.
Comparatively speaking, mobile/cell phones are not only less reliable, they’re potentially more expensive and even dangerous in some work environments. The most efficient and effective communications strategies incorporate the use of digital two-way radios.
Some example of why two-way radios perform better than mobile/cell phones:
- Noise-cancelling technology
- More secure network
- More durable
- Longer battery life
Two-way radios are expensive
The cost of digital two-way radio equipment will differ according to the user’s needs. However, the non-rental cost is a one-off payment to cover the radio and the licence; there are no extra running costs or charges as compared to a mobile/cell phone system. Therefore, in the long run, two-way radios are actually a cheaper option. The cost of Ofcom general UK license is £75 for 5 years. It is easy to obtain the licence when you are purchasing from a responsible company such as Radiocoms, we will take care of all the paperwork involved in obtaining your radio licence on your behalf.
Purchasing your equipment is not the only option. You can hire radio equipment on a temporary or long-term basis for a fixed weekly rate. Hire rates depend on how long the hiring is for. For example, a weekend hire charge may be slightly higher than hiring the same radios long term. Audio accessories, chargers, and repeaters (boosters) are also available to hire.
Two-way radios don’t offer extra features/applications
There are many scenarios where a user simply only needs to be able to communicate with someone else, not much else is needed. However, it is far more common for people to use radios throughout their entire workday, and applications can help streamline their daily tasks. Newer models of two-way radios offer functions such as GPS, group call, private call, all call, text messaging, man down option (ensuring workers safety), lone worker option, vibrate alerts, busy channel (prevents talking over other users), transmit interrupt (override conversations), emergency calls, etc…
Here are just some of the areas data applications can help in:
- Fleet Management
- Dispatch Console
- Work-Order Management
- System Management
- Alarm Management
- Personnel Tracking
- Email/Text Gateway
When it comes down to it, digital two-way radios are incredible stand-alone tools. But, if you are looking to more effectively use your devices, and you want to learn more about applications for two-way radios, contact Radiocoms today for a free consultation.
We don’t need accessories
Whether you decide to rent or own your radios, take the time to consider what types of accessories you will need, from charging stations for multiple radios to earpieces and headsets. These accessories will help customize your communications experience just for you, your business and your specific needs, and ensure you and your team can stay connected and efficient at all times.
The coverage isn’t good
One of the most common questions people ask when they are in the market for a two-way radio or wireless intercom is how far do they communicate? Unfortunately asking this question is along the lines of asking, “How far is up?”.
If extensive coverage is needed repeaters can be IP linked to provide wide area coverage on digital radio systems so whole cities can be covered and different sites across the country can be linked over the internet. A clear two-way radio path is not always possible between two-way radios due to certain circumstances. We can, however, offer a number of solutions to provide you with coverage enhancement for your two-way radio communications.
Repeaters are used to extend or boost radio coverage. Either when obstacles are in the way of two two-way radios or when the distances between the radios are too far away from each other and thus poor coverage.
Repeaters provide clear paths around obstacles and shorten distance between radios to overcome these coverage problems.
Antennas work in harmony with repeaters. They act as a directional force for the signal that is being boosted by repeaters. We can provide many different antennas that can suit to any signal requirement.
Leaky feeders are antennas designed as feeder cables. They boost coverage to areas without a signal, such as underground or in basements. Having conducted detailed engineering coverage surveys, our engineers will know exactly where to install radio equipment to get the best two-way radio system coverage, providing you with seamless communications across the entirety of your premises.
We don’t need a supplier
Having a trusted communications provider to partner with saves time and money. Your provider will be able to determine every element of a successful communications strategy that you and your unique situation require. While your team is the expert on your business and your facility, your provider has the benefit of lessons learned from a large number of clients that have faced the same challenges you’re facing. They can design a plan specifically for you and eliminate the trial and error that can slow down your productivity.
Two-way radios are large and cumbersome
Two-way radio technology is constantly evolving. Currently available on the market are radios that are non-bulky and lightweight some are smaller than the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.
Two-way radios are only used in large organisations
A lot of people associate two-way radios with large organisations or institutions such as airports or police. However, two-way radios have unlimited usage. You can have 2 or 1000 radios. In fact, many small organisations use radios to communicate such as restaurants or offices.