Mobile phones are everywhere, and everyone owns one these days. But as much as they have their uses, when it comes to business, it is, in fact, the good old Walkie-Talkie that tends to top the bill! Ok, not for all businesses, but for many, the Walkie-Talkie is a handy tool and here’s why:
The Better Choice For Your Business
Push to talk radio devices are essential communication options for many different companies and activities. So much so, that mobile phones are not even a considered choice. Being able to offer instant communications (and connections) between personnel, teams or even entire organisations, with easy accessibility as well as flexibility makes these devices the ideal choice. It’s also worth mentioning that they are also far less expensive to use than mobile phones.
Walkie Talkies are not that much different to mobile phones with the ability to text and also use GPS. But unlike mobile phones, these devices have the added advantage of being far more robust, which for some working environments is an absolute must. They are also a cheaper way to stay connected, so for business costs, it’s a big plus.
Two-way radios have a much broader range these days than early editions. They also offer voice privacy and increased capacity. Unlike mobile phone devices, their batteries have a much longer life, so there are no concerns about low batteries or even a dying battery whilst at work.
Many manufacturers and industries are using these devices reaping the benefits of the items mentioned above, as well as the use of integrated data applications. So, it’s not really a surprise why they are so popular. Some of the workplaces that include the use of Walkie-Talkie devices within their day to day schedules include hospitals, construction sites, educational places, law and enforcement, government departments and many more.
So, when working conditions require reliable communications for efficiency and productivity, not to mention safety aspects, why can’t a mobile phone compete with Walkie talkies in certain working environments? This is the question many ask, so let’s discover why:
- Signal Strength – You may assume that range could be problematic when it comes to Two-way radios, meaning that devices only work within a specific range. Still, the truth is that mobile phones can lose signal strength at much shorter distances and certain areas are extremely disruptive when it comes to getting a good mobile phone signal. For certain working environments, this is regarded as unreliable and often risky.
The loss of connection could also be costly to the business if communications and productivity are often disrupted. With regards to safety, certain jobs cannot take the risk when it comes to potential loss of communication, jobs such as manufacturing, and healthcare require something much more reliable. The good thing is that Two-way Radio devices are not prone to problems such as lack of phone tower connection, overload on connection, network outages or dead zones so are seen as far more efficient to use.
- Background noise – It’s hard to hear a conversation on a mobile phone when there is too much going on around you. In certain areas such as construction sites, it could be loud machinery that is disrupting the connection between workers. Walkie-Talkies have a feature that enables background noise to be cancelled out. Audio features such as noise cancellation and automatic gain control filter out the noise and adjust the volume at the same time.
- Costs – Mobile phones run on monthly contracts, as well as other added costs such as roaming fees etc. Two-way radios, however, are only a one-time purchase price, which is much lower than any mobile phone, plus there is also the possibility of renting devices too.
- Durability – You cannot get a more durable device than a Two-way radio. They can withstand some of the harshest conditions, hence why they are used in the army. Many are fully watertight as well as impact, shock and vibration tested to be able to withstand almost anything.
- Emergencies – Reliable with long battery life, fast connections and added safety features such as man down etc.
- Bigger connections – Unlike mobile phones which offer one to one connection, Walkie-Talkies can offer much bigger connections between teams or even entire organisations.
- Network security – Closed network communications mean that unlike public networks (which mobile phones operate from) they’re much safer and secure.
- Easier to use – No fuss approach means you simply use the ‘Push to talk’ button rather than have to use touch screen and search phone books for contacts.
- Functionality Some devices allow for actions such as text messaging, GPS tracking and ticket management meaning that nothing is lost by using these devices over regular mobile phones but judging by the capabilities listed above there is so much to gain instead.