Two-way radios are somewhat thought of as a second option to mobile phones nowadays, however, even in our technology advanced society today two-way radios still serve a purpose.
Even though mobile phones play a bigger role in all our lives today, sometimes using a mobile phone doesn’t cut it, especially in some industries where mobile signal is low. The benefits of using a two-way radio are considerably massive if you look a little closer.
There are many benefits of using a two-way radio instead of a mobile phone including:
During Emergencies – During an emergency or disaster, mobile service and landlines may fail, restricting communication between one another. However, by having a two-way radio you will not be restricted. As well as this, two-way radios allow you to contact multiple people at any one time making it much easier than dialling individual phone numbers and repeating yourself.
Usability – Two-way radios are incredibly easy to use with limited buttons making them less confusing than mobile phones. Radios feature a touch button to talk and different channels if working in teams making it easy to switch from one to another. Industries that typically use two-way radios have a whole host of issues that will get in the way of using a mobile phone too including, gloves, wet hands, dirt, loud machinery and driving to name a few.
Handling – Two-way radios are extremely lightweight and long lasting compared to mobile phones. Even though your mobile phone will require a protective case on site, two-way radios are often built to military specifications meaning they are less likely to break when dropped. Mobile phones nowadays have smart technologies built into them which dramatically reduces battery life throughout the day, however, a two- way radio can last up to 12-26 hours before needing to be recharged.
Cost Effective – Two-way radios cost considerably less than mobile phones. Whilst mobile phones require monthly fees, service contracts or calling minutes, two-way radios can be shared by several workers avoiding the need to issue one per employee.
Communication – Two-way radios are designed to offer clear communication in most conditions unlike mobile phones where it depends on the signal in that area. Radios also include features such as reducing wind noise and allow resistance to vibrations, extreme temperatures and wet conditions.
Health and Safety – Some two-way radios feature a man down feature which lets other users know if the device has been tilted past a certain angle which may mean the radio user has fallen over or is injured. An alarm will be triggered alerting other users. More advanced radios also have a lone worker feature which uses a timer to measure inactivity. If the timer expires a warning is used and if there is no further response to that the alarm is triggered to alert the rest of the team. These features are really important and can potentially be lifesaving. These features are not available with your mobile phone making two-way radios a smart choice in high risk situations.