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5 Reasons to Switch From Analog to Digital Two-Way Radios

Posted by Steve Cayton on Apr 25, 2016 5:38:18 PM

5 Reasons to Switch From Analog to Digital Two-Way Radios

Developments in modern technology have brought about the rise of digital two-way radios. Although analog two-way radios are still commonly in use today, digital radios afford so many new opportunities to their users. If you’re wondering whether or not you should make the switch to digital, here are 5 reasons why this transition could be the right move.  

1. Enhanced Transmission Quality

One common problem that analog two-way radio users face is loss of signal. When compared to analog radios, digital radios have better voice communication over a larger range. Their digital correction technology ensures a minimal loss of voice communication, even if the signal drops. Digital radios also have the ability to decrease background noise, which makes transmissions come in even clearer.

2. Channel Efficiency

Analog radios often experience another issue - crowded channels when there are one too many users on the same airway. This is because they weren’t created to function with the mass amount of users that now exists. Digital two-way radio users don’t have the problem of crowded airways. Because they have the ability to double the capacity of a 12.5 kHz channel, more people can communicate without interference on the same channel.

3. Longer Battery Life

Digital radios have a 30-50 percent longer battery life than most analog radios. Their transmitters are not constantly “turned on” like analog radios’ are. Analog radios may need their batteries to be switched out and recharged frequently, while digital radios can last all throughout a long work shift.

4. Cost Effective

Digital two-way radios can sometimes save you money in the long run. Analog radios often require maintenance and repairs that can be very costly. This is due to the fact that technology is quickly advancing and some manufacturers are already stopping the design of new analog radios. This could be a sign that one day, analog radios will be outdated and no longer applicable to current business communication needs.

5. Extended Features

Many industries require their communication devices to have advanced capabilities that analog radios simply can’t offer. When analog radios were first developed, businesses didn’t have the same communication needs that they do now. However, if a modern day plant needs real-time location data to track an employee, a digital radio with Indoor Positioning System (IPS) functionality can provide that information. Digital radios can also send and receive text messages, as well as be reached by a landline or cell phone.


Hopefully this post provided a good starting point overview for whether the move to digital two-way radios is the right move for you. If you’ve found that your organization requires more capabilities than analog radios have to offer, contact Amerizon Wireless to take advantage of our diverse supply of digital two-way radio solutions. We also carry a variety of analog radios, if a simpler method is more appropriate for your business.

 

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