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BLOG: The digital age of two-way radios

Phey Teck Moh | July 4, 2012
Many form factors and features continue to reinvent the humble two-way radio.

Lifeline in high-risk sectors

Employers from industries such as mining, public safety, private security, oil and gas, warehousing and ports all have a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of lone workers. A PTT radio enables an instantaneous call for help when a worker is in distress. With the all important "man-down" feature, an automatic notification can be generated on the well-being of a worker by detecting the lack of movement or the tilt angle of a radio. This has proven to be a potentially lifesaving feature.

Unknown to many, two-way radios also have GPS tracking capabilities, which enables the easy tracking or locating of personnel when needed. Additionally, with its geo-fencing capabilities, a two-way radio is able to sound off an alarm when an employee gets within the proximity of high risk areas in a chemical plant or oil and gas installations.

Built for truly rugged use

From knobs designed for gloved hands, to an 'intrinsically safe' design for use in flammable environments, two-way radios are designed and built to specifications. As a critical tool for day-to-day efficiency and for ensuring the safety and security of workers, two-way radios are built to be protected from water and dust ingress. They are also designed to function in harsh environments and withstand intense shock and vibrations.

The digital revolution: Designed to last

The design and functionalities of two-way radios have come a long way since their advent, when these sets took up an entire backseat of a car. Today, they come in sleek, compact and easy-to-use forms. The digital revolution has further enhanced the functionalities and capabilities of two-way radios, with clearer communications, longer range and battery life as well as more efficient bandwidth utilisation. Additionally, dedicated applications to keep businesses running smoothly, such as text messaging, GPS tracking, work order tickets, dispatch consoles and network monitoring to maximise system up-time are making the two-way radio an indispensable tool in many organisations.

In fact, many form factors and features continue to reinvent the humble two-way radio.

Phey Teck Moh is corporate vice president, APAC, of Motorola Solutions.


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