If you are a frequent user of two-way radio technology, then you are familiar with their extensive functionality and know they are the preferred and/or required communication technology in many applications. However, if these rugged devices are new to you, you will likely be surprised by some of their capabilities and functionalities in areas where instant, reliable and group communications are required.
Here are the 8 things you may not know your two-way radios can do:
1. Operate Without a Network
You never have to worry about losing service with a two-way radio because they are a self-contained communications network. Cellphones, on the other hand, rely on cell reception, data, and WiFi. If your cell phone isn’t working, you can always count on a two-way radio to be operational and connect you to the team members you need instantly.
2. Resist the Elements
Specific two-way radios are designed to withstand very harsh environmental conditions. Rain, snow, and dust do nothing to stand in the way of these rugged radios. Many models are dustproof and waterproof. Some even remain functional after being submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
3. Greatly Improve Efficiency & Responsiveness
Two-way radios allow for multiple personnel to be dispatched simultaneously, a move that drastically reduces the time it would take to call each individual team member. In addition, multiple team members can communicate instantly, assuring that someone is addressing a given situation as quickly as possible.
4. Communicate Across Great Distances
A two-way radio’s coverage can extend across a very wide distance of more than 30 miles using a device called a “repeater.” Placing these devices in high locations prevents a radio’s line of sight from being blocked or weakened by obstacles and dramatically increases the signal. Repeaters receive and transmit signals with much more power and wattage than portables.
5. Act as Remote Controls for Other Devices
Some two-way radio models come with a function that enables them to activate other devices, acting as a remote control. This function is very convenient for security professionals and could be used to open a gate or start an irrigation system.
6. Utilize Indoor Positioning System (IPS)
Certain two-way radio models come with Indoor Positioning System (IPS) functionality, allowing you to locate and track employees. This feature provides real-time location data of two-way radios using Bluetooth beacons. The IPS technology could be beneficial when trying to locate a worker in distress.
7. Be Reached by Telephone
Many two-way radios have a telephony feature, which allows for communication between the radio and a landline or cell phone. This function is very helpful when trying to connect with someone in an office, for example, who doesn’t have a two-way radio. Telephony functions are possible because radio base repeater stations can be connected to telephone networks.
8. Send and Receive Text Messages
In situations when verbal communication is not optimal, some two-way radios can send and receive text messages to each other. Modern technology and the connection of networks allow quick and discreet communication 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.