If you have been using two-way radio technology for some time, you will not be surprised by their extensive functionality and that in many applications they are the preferred and/or required communications technology. However, for those newer to communications scenarios where rugged devices, instant, reliable and group communications are required, some of the areas mentioned in this post will likely be surprising. What are the benefits of two-way radios? Here are 8 things you might not know about two-way radio technology.
1. They Can Operate Without a Network
You never have to worry about losing service with a two-way radio. Whereas cell phones rely on cell reception, data, and wifi, two-way radios are a self-contained communications network. This means that if for whatever reason cell phones aren’t working, you can always count on a two-way radio to be operational when you need it.
2. They Can be Waterproof and Sandproof
Certain two-way radios are built to withstand very harsh environmental conditions. Rain, snow, and dust do nothing to stand in the way of these rugged radios. Many two-way radio models are waterproof and dustproof. Some can be submersed in water for up to 30 minutes, in a depth of three feet and still be functional.
3. They Can Greatly Improve Efficiency & Responsiveness
Multiple personnel can be dispatched at one time reducing the need to call each team member individually. In addition, multiple team members can communicate instantly assuring that someone is addressing a given situation as quickly as possible.
4. They Can Communicate Across Great Distances
With the right technology in place, a two-way radio’s coverage can be extended across a very wide distance - 30+ miles. Normally, obstacles in a radio’s line of sight will block or diminish its signal. But by placing a device called a “repeater” in a high location, the coverage area is increased. Repeaters receive and transmit signals with much more power and wattage than portables.
5. They Can Act As Remote Controls for Other Devices
Did you know you can activate other devices with a two-way radio? Certain radios have a function that enables them to act as a remote control. Some examples of this function’s uses are to start an irrigation system or open a gate. This is a very convenient feature for security professionals.
6. They Can Have An Indoor Positioning System (IPS)
If your field of work requires you to be able to locate and track employees, two-way radios with IPS functionality could be particularly beneficial for you. The IPS feature provides real-time location data of two-way radios using Bluetooth beacons. A worker in distress can easily be found with this technology.
7. They Can be Reached by Telephone
Many two-way radios have what’s called a telephony feature, which allows for communication between the radio and a landline, or cell phone. This is possible because radio base repeater stations can be connected to telephone networks. Telephony functions are very helpful if there’s a need to communicate with someone in an office, for example, who doesn’t have a two-way radio.
8. They Can Send and Receive Text Messages
In case there’s a situation when verbal communication wouldn’t be opportune, some two-way radios can now send and receive text messages to each other. This feature provides for quick and discreet communication. Modern technology and the connection of networks allow for these all-in-one radios.
The possibilities with two-way radios are endless. Because of their many capabilities, two-way radios are useful devices for many fields, from construction and law enforcement to churches and schools. With the right features in use, a two-way radio can be the answer to all your communication needs.