Why Are We Still Using Two Way Radios? 10 Key Reasons Why
Many people who work in industries that do not require constant communication among colleagues may not see the value in two way radios. If the concerns or values of your operational teams do not fall into the productivity, safety or customer service category, there is a good chance you’ll never see the value in the technology – because you may never have to.
Two way radios do, however, continue to aid in communication in a number of businesses around the world. While the technology is almost 80 years old, it’s remained an effective tool that hasn’t changed, even as further technologies are developed.
So what is making an almost 80 year technology continue to be important for its users in what could be considered the majority of industries in North America?
It’s simple. The needs haven’t changed – workplaces still require communication among colleagues for both productivity, efficiency and, above all else, safety. But, with other technology doing more things, there was a need for two way radios to meet the demands of its users. And they do.
Let’s take a look.
Instant communication – In a number of industries that continue to use two way radios, there is no time for waiting for your team members to have optimal signal, or a quiet location where they might hear the message or call coming through. With the simple touch of a two way radio button, a message can be relayed to one or all of your team.
One-to-Many Communications – The time you will save by speaking with entire groups or teams in the workplace is one reason alone to consider a two way radio. Having that method of communication has been proven to increase efficiency and productivity in many work environments.
Easy to operate – Learning the basics of two way radio use is a matter of five minutes of training – certainly simpler than learning the ins and outs of the average smartphone!
Equipment that works as long as you do – Most people who use two way radios don’t put in an average eight hour work day – and they need a communication tool that can stand up to long shifts. With a lot of cell phones, batteries can drain quickly – but with the latest in two way radio technology, some batteries can last up to 29 hours!
Right radio for Right Job function – Unlike in the past, there is not one or two options of two way radios for your business. Motorola has developed a two way radio for every work environment, from the warehouse and manufacturing floor, to emergency services employees and compact options for office environments. Your team can be outfitted for the right radio and accessories for their position, and to service their goal while communicating as a team.
Manageable Costs – While the cost may seem daunting at initial glance, it’s important to note the benefits of purchasing a two way radio system. Most radio systems, for example, do not have ongoing monthly charges, and certainly do not need to replaced as often as cell phones. This makes it easier to budget for this investment.
Incredible Return on Investment – When you do make the investment, and once the operational, safety, and customer service improvements are calculated into the purchase of radios, the payback and return on investment happens quite quickly. Having these radio systems in place ensures the ability for less downtime, and therefore better efficiency and productivity among your team. That means, with employees time being used more effectively, that payback on the purchase can happen quickly – sometimes in a matter of weeks!
Easy migration to newer models/technologies – For a number of people, the switch from analog to digital two way radio systems can seem more difficult than it really is. In fact, the migration from analog to digital is quite simple for all users. And, with digital technology, your team can reap the benefits we’ve mentioned above!
Rugged devices – Cell phones, computers and other communication devices of today are not meant to be used in demanding, rugged work environments. We all know someone who has dropped their phones and cracked or smashed their screen in the process. Motorola two way radios are built with that in mind, and made to withstand everything from shocks, vibrations and, of course, drops.
Signal – Whether it’s no signal or dwindling signal, cell phones (even in urban environments) can sometimes not work well in certain work locations, including basements and warehouses. With in-building communication, team members don’t have time to move to better signal – especially when safety is a factor. The advantage of the latest in digital two way radios is the signal (or range) is consistent throughout – allowing the message to come through loud and clear.
Technology, as it develops, often becomes obsolete as its users find newer, better things to complement their needs. This could have been the same with two way radios. But, instead of no longer filling a void, they’ve been developed and enhanced to compliment the needs of its users.
So has our knowledge. Here at Nova Communications, we have a team of two way radio experts that are more than happy to understand your needs for communication in the workplace. Through our help, you’ll be able to see the value in either purchasing or upgrading your two way radios, and the benefit the latest in this technology can have for you. Contact us today for more information.