Deciding Between Digital vs. Analog Two Way Radios

Digital two way radios are the future for a number of industries, in fact a number of businesses have made the transition to the technology already. With a number of advancements in the technology, digital radios have become a daily communication tool for a number of enterprises.

But it’s not the answer for everyone. Changing over a system from analog to digital can be a large shift for businesses, especially since only 10 years ago the majority of two way radios sold were in the analog platform.

Change can be hard. You have a system you know and can rely on. Luckily, there are options of two way radios with both analog and digital platforms, and the ability to choose either for your business needs. Below, we discuss some benefits to adding the digital platform to your communication needs.

What are the benefits of digital two way radio systems?

  • Clarity – Digital two way radios provide greater clarity than analog radio system options. The noise cancelling feature dulls background noise, like static. The technological advancements have only improved your ability to hear clear messages on your two way radios. A number of radios have Intelligent Audio built in, which monitors the levels of background noise, increasing the speaker volume to compensate for loud environments. When the environment becomes quiet, the volume is automatically decreased.
  • Coverage – Digital radios produce 25 percent to 40 percent better coverage than an analog-based radio system. Users of digital two way radios do not have as much loss of transmission. By meeting military specifications, digital radios have terrific durability and reliability and can easily be heard over longer distances.
  • Characteristics – Many additional features also improve with the switch to digital two way radios. Digital radios have a longer battery life. Some radio batteries even reach upwards of 24 hours before the need for a charge. Signaling options increase greatly, including a man-down signal which sets off an alarm if the radio is left horizontal for designated times, a loan worker signal, and Push-to-Talk Identification (PTTID) which identifies users and lets you know who you are talking to.

A number of radios have both digital and analog systems built-in, including the XPR3500 and XPR7550 on the portable side, and XPR2500 and XPR5550 on the mobile side, which enables organizations to ease its transition from analog to digital, and not have to jump into the change.

A number of industries and businesses have realized the benefit of working with digital radio technology, including manufacturing, construction and oil and gas. Industries such as recreation, agriculture and retail continue to use the analog mode.

As we move into the future, the digital technology is sure to take hold and grow into a commonly used tool for communications in most industries.

Nova Communications offers a wide-range of two way radios for your company. We are dealers of Motorola two way radios and serve a variety of customers in fields from public safety to energy to construction. Whatever your communication needs, we have the radio system for you. We can customize the best radio system for your company’s productivity and performance.

Contact us at Nova Communications today for more information on how to improve your communications.

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