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Advantages of Two-Way Radios over Cell Phones

Date:Dec 10, 2020

Two-Way Radios Don’t Require Scrolling or Searching to Communicate

Two-way radios use one-button technology to talk, which means no contact list scrolling or searching for contact information when its needed. The radios can be programed for communication with teams or individuals, as needed, helping your employees communicate effectively even in emergency situations. Two-way radio networks can allow one person to call an entire group at the same time with the press of a button, without the need to orchestrate a conference call or set up work groups via mobile phone.

 

Two-Way Radios Enable Voice Communication Instantly

The one-button touch function allows on the spot voice communication when expediency is needed. The ability to communicate immediately is vital during an emergency, but also extremely useful when your production line is down and maintenance is needed ASAP, or a customer needs to know if additional products can be obtained directly from the warehouse. In comparison, mobile phones require both users have the needed battery charge and signal strength to communicate quickly. In addition, two-way radios, unlike mobile phones, function in remote locations as well as underground, and in other places where phones are unreliable.



 1Two-Way Radios Feature the Latest Digital Technology

Today’s two-way radios are digital, converting voice transmissions into data packets to be transmitted over traditional wired or wireless networks. This means your radios can send and receive texts, receive emails, and transmit voice signals globally via the web. Digital two-way radios also feature keypads and displays for texting, plus, the digital technology also means better sound quality and less battery power needed. Plus, these radios also have the ability to track employees’ locations and detect ineffective practices, which can be remedied to make your business more productive and successful.


Lower Total Cost of Ownership

 Two-way radios cost less than cell phones, especially with new smart phone models selling for more than $800. There are no monthly fees, service contracts, roaming charges, or calling minutes associated with a two-way radio. Also, several workers can share a radio, cutting costs by avoiding the need to issue one per employee.

 

More Efficient Radio Fleet Management

 A two-way radio system provides significant fleet management advantages over cell phones. For example, two-way radios can be restricted to system use. Radio users cannot use the system for personal calls. Not only do you know who is using your system, you can make conversations more secure by using digital encryption. Encrypted conversations eliminate the risk of secure information being intercepted by unauthorized users.


Durability 

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If you’ve ever dropped a cell phone, you will appreciate the fact that two-way radios are built to military specifications. Hytera radios are built to standards set by the US military for the ability to withstand dust, fog, humidity, impact, vibration, extreme temperatures, and water intrusion. Every Hytera radio is factory-tested for compliance with each specification.

 

Reliability

Two-way radio systems offer instant connectivity with the press of a button. This feature is vital in an emergency or hazardous environments in which instructions and information must be relayed quickly, such as between the control center and safety crew of a power plant. Cell phones are limited in this area because of the time taken by the device to connect to the network and for the network to establish a connection to another user. Additionally, two-way radio systems often include battery backups to ensure smooth communication during power outages and features that reduce wind and environmental noise.

Purpose-Built Devices

Two-way radios were built for short-term quick communications. You don't need to waste time dialing - just push to talk! With a two-way radio, an employee is always connected to their co-workers, even if they’re working alone at a remote site. This is even more advantageous if the location has spotty or non-existent cell phone coverage. Another advantage in the two-way radio design is battery life. Most cell phones can only go 2 to 3 hours on a charge, while two-way radios can typically last 14 to 16 hours - through a worker’s complete shift.