Analog radio works well, and proves itself every day in countless deployments around the world. However, analog two-way radio has reached the limits of innovations. Virtually everything that can be imagined using analog radio has been already been attempted or achieved over more than a half-century of experimentation and innovation.Today, a new platform is required to break through to new levels of performance and productivity.Many enterprises are finding they need more than the fundamentals that analog two-way radio delivers. Perhaps their licensed channels are becoming crowded and they need more capacity. Perhaps they need more flexible ways to communicate with users both inside and outside the work team. Perhaps they need access to data in combination with voice to improve responsiveness and productivity. Digital radio provides a powerful, flexible platform that professional organizations can adapt to meet these needs and more.By migrating from analog to digital two-way radio communications, these organizations can fill many of these needs immediately and build a strong technical foundation for adding new functionality to meet new needs in the future. Let’s take a look at each of these enterprise mobility needs in turn, and explore how digital radio technology can support a more responsive and adept mobile team.
Before we look at the advantages of digital, there’s a more fundamental question.With alternative and emerging technologies – such as cellular, push-to-talk over cellular, andVoice-over-WLAN – is there any reason for enterprises to stick with two-way radio at all? While there’s no single answer to this question for every organization, two-way radio offers certain advantages that make it the clear choice for the vast majority of mobile professionals who require an affordable, flexible, highly reliable solution – along with the power and range available only in licensed bands. Advantages of two-way radio include:
If you’re one of the tens of millions of professional who rely on two-way radio today, it will continu to be your technology of choice tomorrow. And if you’re not a two-way radio user today, you owe it t yourself and your business to explore what two-way has to offer.