Why Digital Two-way Radio?
A Modern Solution for Modern Needs
Two-way voice was one of the first commercial applications of radio technology. For most of its history, two-way radio has been an analogue medium. But that is changing. In the same way that digital technology has transformed other media, it’s now revolutionising the way mobile professionals communicate on-the-go in industries such as construction, transport, manufacturing, retail and government, with capabilities that no other mobile technology can provide.
Digital two-way radio technology offers many advantages over the old analogue systems:
- Greater spectral efficiency for higher calling capacity
- Lower licensing and equipment costs
- Enhanced voice clarity, even at long range and in difficult environments
- More reliable coverage
- Enhanced operational control, capacity and efficiency.
- Longer battery life in the field
- Flexible privacy between individual users and groups, without degrading voice clarity or requiring add-on hardware
- Combined voice communications and wireless data applications in the one device
- Flexibility to allocate channels to voice and/or data as needed.
Digital Two-way Radio Applications
Possibly the most exciting developments in digital two-way communications relate to data transmission and application capabilities. Digital two-way radios are fast becoming a versatile workplace tool, with capabilities for text messaging, barcode-reading, simple database queries, location-based services and digital radio apps. Whilst many of us are familiar with apps on our smart-phones, the full potential of apps for two-way radio systems is yet to be realised.
Analogue to Digital Radio Migration Options
The benefits of digital two-way radio systems over analogue are fast becoming impossible to ignore. If your business is still working with an analogue system, we highly recommend you start considering your options for migration to digital. As Victoria’s longest-serving two-way radio provider, CSE Crosscom understand that keeping operations running smoothly during a change in communication systems is vital to your business. So, if you are worried about the upfront investment and/or disruptions related to implementing a digital system, talk to us about a migration strategy that meets your needs. Options include:
Digital and analogue systems working together, phasing out analogue over time.
A good option is to tailor a solution that operates in both analogue and digital mode, so you can migrate work teams one talk group or department at a time – while still maintaining communication across your entire workforce. This also staggers your investment in new hardware over time and ease the IT burden associated with transitioning end users. This means choosing devices that operate in both analogue and digital mode, so that the two systems don’t operate side-by-side, but work together.
Separate digital systems for data with analogue voice communications.
To preserve your existing investment in analogue radio, a separate digital system for data can be implemented, while retaining analogue radio for voice communications. The draw back is that you are committing indefinitely to outdated technology and missing out on the capabilities of digital voice communication.