Wide Area Networks Integrate With Smart Phones

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wide area networks enabled by applications like PDV’s DispatchPlus have gotten even wider coverage capabilities – without the need for more devices – through integration with smart phones and tablets.

ChiComm Account Executive Todd Niccum says the new feature is particularly a hit with company owners and managers who are already juggling multiple handhelds, including their personal cell phones, business cell phones, tablets and laptops.

“Another device wasn’t what they were looking for,” Niccum said.

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Tags: Radio System, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Push to Talk

How Two-Way Radios Work: Whiteboard Video

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For all of you visual learners out there, we’ve got something special: a whiteboard video that demystifies two-way radios, how they work, the five kinds of systems available and what features and functionality your team will come to rely on.

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Tags: Motorola Solutions, Radio System, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Digital

New Wide Area Network Features Include Private Address Book

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The makers of DispatchPlus, our wide area network application for MotoTrbo radios, have been busy this quarter with some new features we’re pretty excited about, including private address book. The address book functionality allows private calls between MotoTrbo users and Motorola’s Wave Mobile Communicator.

pdvWireless developed DispatchPlus as a go-to work management solution for dispatch-driven mobile workforces: The wide area network application gives dispatchers real-time information on drivers’ current location, route and communications, enhancing the power of MotoTrbo radios.

The application’s existing features already have customers talking, including superior voice quality, private and group calls, and text messaging – all for less than the cost of a cellular plan. The chairman and vice chairman of pdvWireless are the co-founders of Nextel Communications, a legacy that gives customers confidence in the application’s effectiveness.

The new functionality promises more of the same, so let’s take a closer look.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Radio System, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Product Spotlight

Chicago Communications' Wide Area Network Two-Way Radio System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When ChiComm Account Executive Todd Niccum talks to customers about DispatchPlus, our wide area network application for MotoTrbo radios, they all have the same reaction: “I can't believe how clear the communication is between the radios.”

DispatchPlus was developed and brought to market by pdvWireless, whose chairman and vice chairman are co-founders of Nextel Communications. The strength of the Nextel brand has helped win over both cell phone customers looking to make the sensible switch to radios as well as non-Motorola radio users looking to step up their service, Niccum said.

“The superior voice quality isn’t matched by any other radio or cellular system,” he says. And when customers hear of pdvWireless’ history, they say, “’Ooh, I used to have Nextel, they work great.’”

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Radio System, MOTOTRBO, GPS, Digital Two-Way Radios, Push to Talk

Bi-Directional Amplifiers vs Repeaters: How Are They Different?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bi-Directional amplifiers, boosters, extenders, repeaters – there is no shortage of options when you’re looking to broaden the reach and enhance the effectiveness of your cell and two-way radio coverage to combat dreaded “dead zones.” For now, let’s focus on just one part of the coverage picture – bi directional amplifiers and repeaters for two-way radios and how the two options are different. Looking at the two side-by-side can help you decide which will be the best fit for you.

Two-way Radio Bi Directional Amplifiers

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Radio System, Bi-Directional Amplifier

Practical Uses for RoIP

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Your large team needs a reliable communication solution and cell phones won't do. Two-way radios are a great alternative and when used with Radio over IP (ROIP) technology, your organization’s wireless communication needs will be exceeded.

What is Radio over IP?

Radio over IP uses an adapted form of Voice over IP technology to equip two-way radios with a signal to communicate across devices. The combined use of the internet, the IP part of the equation, and digital two-way radios makes this wireless communication solution possible.

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Radio System, Digital Two-Way Radios

Trunked Radio System Basics

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Coordinating communication efforts for large organization can require a lot of effort and resources. Fortunately, trunked radio systems can provide radio signals to multiple groups with a sense of immediacy and privacy.

How Does It Work?  

Trunked radio systems provide radio users with another option for wirelessly communicating with other members using the same radio system. Repeaters make the trunked system functional by re-transmitting radio signals to expand the coverage of devices using the frequencies. With signals going further, devices can transmit information across greater distances.

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Tags: Radio System

What's the Difference Between Conventional and Trunked Radio Systems?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When you are considering implementing two-way radios for your business or organization, it is all about finding the right fit. Not only do you need the right radios and accessories, but the communications provider that you work with should help find the right network for you: conventional or trunked.  

Note: it is important to connect with a trusted radio dealer to determine which radio network is best for you, but in the meantime, you may be wondering, "What's the difference between conventional and trunked radio systems?" 

Conventional Systems  

Conventional radio systems are typically the simpler of the two. In these radio networks, the system has dedicated channels to specific groups/users, and the user manually selects the channels they want. For example, channel 1 may be dedicated to field officers while channel 2 may be sergeants, and the user is responsible for selecting those.  

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Radio System, Technology, Digital Two-Way Radios

Not a "One Size Fits All" Wireless Communication Solution - Leasing

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The economy hit many of us hard in 2013, both businesses and individuals alike. So what do you do when you’re in need of updating, or even beginning your two way radio journey when companies need to conserve their working capital? You can’t hinder your ability to effectively communicate in order to meet budget requirements. Chicago Communications offers one possible solution to this problem.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Motorola Solutions, Wireless Communication, Radio System, Leasing

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (From the FCC, that is)

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“This won’t happen to me” or “We’ve been doing this for years, we won’t get caught” are things you may want to stop telling yourself when it comes to operating within your assigned radio channels.

If you’ve been operating on an improper radio frequency for years or even months, don’t think you’ve managed to find a loophole with the FCC.

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Tags: Chicago Communications, Radio System, FCC