Who even uses two-way radios anymore? Quite a lot of people, actually. Employees working in a variety of industries rely on this form of communication to help coordinate their colleagues, report updates, and it even helps ensure some workers are kept safe, in some situations.
With that in mind, we take a quick look at some industries where two-way radio communication is vital to business success.
Schools and colleges can be massive spaces to manoeuvre around these days, with staff spread out across endless corridors and departmental buildings. Using radios allows staff to effectively coordinate other colleagues and pupils when it comes to, for example, field trips, sporting events and even managing traffic and occurrences in the playground.
Why they’re better than mobiles: Two-way radios are easy for anyone to use – you just need to touch a button to communicate, meaning that no previous experience of using them is really needed.
In emergency situations, some systems will allow you to silence all radio chatter and communicate with every radio simultaneously. This allows all users to be informed of any situations instantly and coordinate accordingly.
Some models also include the ability to ‘clone’ settings across a set of radio handsets; meaning that set-up is made simpler.
#2. Hospitality and events
For this industry, the use of radio communication can be crucial to the smooth running of an event in terms of organisation and coordination – but also from a safety aspect. In addition, effective communication between colleagues can result in an improved event experience level and service for the customer / visitor.
Why they’re better than mobiles: People working at an event are often moving quickly between places, sometimes carrying lots of items – and whilst mobile phones are usually fairly lightweight, they’re by no means as durable as a radio – which are often built to military specifications to protect it from being dropped or accidentally smashed. It doesn’t need a protective case like a mobile phone does!
Whether it’s a new build, an office block, or even a vast mansion house – two-way radios are invaluable tools which allow construction professionals and workers from other aspects of the building trade – perhaps working on the same project – to keep in touch with one another whilst they’re situated in different site areas.
Between operating dangerous machinery and transporting heavy materials (not to mention the number of ‘bodies’ on-site that are constantly on the move), it can be a challenge to communicate with each other. Add to that all the regular noise and bustle on a construction site, and an effective communication device really is key to keeping things running well.
Why they’re better than mobiles: The communication channels have more clarity than a regular mobile. They’re actually designed to offer clearer reception, meaning that they’re just as effective in settings such as a busy building site. Two-way radios often include features which help to reduce wind noise and offer resistance to vibrations and wet conditions – something which mobiles simply don’t do.
Perhaps not a surprising industry to feature the use of this kind of kit, however, it still warrants a firm mention – just because it is so essential to the security professionals who need to perform their duties effectively, efficiently and safely.
For example, where an emergency services professional (such as a policewoman) needs to be deployed quickly to handle an escalating situation, two-way radios can enable quicker progress or resolution – be it a theft, accident or general disturbance.
Why they’re better than mobiles: Two-way radios win hands down against mobile phones when you consider the reliability factor. For security and emergency services professionals, it’s 100% critical that lines of communication actually work when there’s an incident or a crisis to manage. Radios also allow someone to communicate with multiple people in one go, compared to needing to call people via a mobile on an individual basis to relay exactly the same messages.
The problem with mobiles and regular landlines is that they’re vulnerable to breaks in service during an emergency or a disaster. Radios will always continue to work in these circumstances.
So, when it comes to the battle of which piece of kit is best, nothing can trump a two-way radio when it comes to service reliability, durability, communication clarity and ease of use.
It’s efficiency like this which can produce cost savings for businesses and organisations, efficiency and effectiveness in operations, and sometimes – even lives.