RoIP: What Radio Over IP Is and Why It Matters

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Investing in digital two-way radios is an important step forward for your team, and as you’re unlocking more of the technology’s benefits, consider Radio over IP (RoIP) as an effective, low-cost boost that leverages networks you already have in place – the internet or VPN.

As the name suggests, RoIP works the same as Voice over IP (VoIP) and adds some key radio-specific functionality and controls, such as Push-to-Talk (PTT), radio identification and frequency change. Both technologies work by converting the sound of your voice into a digital signal that travels over your existing network or the internet.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what RoIP is, let’s take a deeper dive into why it matters and why so many companies, organizations and municipalities around the world are adding it to their communications toolkits.

Benefits of RoIP

Among its many benefits, RoIP can:

1. Save you time and money 

RoIP transmits via the web or VPN connection, meaning it can be deployed quickly and doesn’t rely on pricey leased lines or wireless links. And in terms of the speed of its functionality, it delivers the immediacy of the internet.

In the long term, cutting your reliance on physical lines will also make it faster and less expensive to add radios or consoles, upgrade and expand. 

2. Broaden your reach

Interoperability is the biggest RoIP buzzword, and what it means for you is the ability to connect users across disparate radio frequencies,WAVE_Hospitality.jpg legacy systems, dispatch consoles, computers and even smart phones.

Every stakeholder, regardless of their distance or mode of communication, can be instantly and securely connected over RoIP using an interoperability solution such as Motorola’s WAVE Work Group Communications.

WAVE is currently used by: the U.S. Coast Guard to connect bases on land with its ships, planes and helicopters; Washington State’s Emergency Management Division to help oversee public safety operations across more than 70,000 square miles of land; and the Canadian Pacific Police Service to link officers, dispatchers and other agencies across its 14,000-mile rail network and the border.

3. Increase your network’s reliability

The connections across radios and consoles in an RoIP system are part of a mesh IP network that has inherent resilience. Even if one part of the network fails, the other parts are still fully functional. Users say any outages are rare and brief.

To meet your needs for RoIP technology, contact Chicago Communications today! 

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