Why Digital Two-Way Radios are Better Than Analog Communications

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the rate that new technologies are being introduced to both the public and private sectors, it can be difficult for organizations and businesses to keep up. This past decade, for example, has been both invigorating and challenging for today's decision-makers, as nearly every element of their business or organization faces an opportunity for innovation, but their budget simply doesn't have the room to accommodate everything. 

Naturally, this has led these decision-makers to prioritize the various aspects of their organization/business to determine which technology to upgrade. The unfortunate side-effect of this is that many have prioritized communication technology too low, resulting in avoidable challenges. Many organizations and businesses alike now find themselves still using outdated analog radio technology as their primary communications strategy when there is a superior solution readily available: digital two-way radios.  

With the ever-important need to stay updated in real-time, as well as the demand for innovative technology, digital two-way radio systems are the ideal communications solution for nearly every sector. If your business or organization is still relying on the outdated technology of your analog network, here are 4 reasons why you should make the switch to digital two-way radios.  

1. Extended Coverage and Elevated Performance 

One of the most debilitating instances in communication is when real-time conversations are disrupted due to poor coverage. This could be as simple as walking through a dead-spot in somewhere like a boiler room or basement that causes some disturbances in the communication, or it could be as severe as completely losing contact in an important situation, like a "man down" scenario. Whether your specific industry uses radio communication for basic communications, or if you have a strategy for a safety requirement, coverage is incredibly important.  

While the truth remains that all radios, digital or analog, will lose some clarity the farther out that they go, digital two-way radios will still provide a better, more clear experience while an analog voice will be difficult to understand through the static and disturbances 

2. Enhanced Call and Voice Quality 

Have you ever been speaking to someone on the phone while they are in a crowded public space like a mall or a festival? Chances are you had some difficulty hearing them through all of the other noise in the background (that came to the forefront pretty easily). That's because analog technology tends to pick up and transmit every sound in the background.  

So, for example, if you were on a busy campus trying to communicate with your faculty via analog, your staff would have a difficult time making out everything you said over the inevitable noise in the background of your campus. Or, maybe you want to communicate with someone on the manufacturing floor, but you are unable to clearly understand everything due to the machines in the background.  

While a digital communications solution won't magically make your call sound like it is in a library, it will make the voice quality more pure, providing an exceptionally enhanced experience for all users, and ensuring clear communication even in loud environments.  

3. Improved Battery Life 

With the rapid rate of innovation, it may be reasonable for us to consider the potential of "super long-lasting" batteries in the future. For now, however, battery life is still a major consideration in mobile technology.  

Because digital operates more efficiently that analog, there is an improved battery life in digital two-way radios. This improved efficiency helps reduce the rate of drain on the radio battery, thus providing you with a more dependable communications solution. Again, whether you are communicating for convenience or for safety (maybe both) you should be able to depend on your technology to last as long, if not longer, than what you need.  

4. Better Prepared for the Future 

Here is the truth: the rapid rate in which technologies are evolving is only going to increase. This means that both commercial and residential technologies will continue to go wireless and digital as we all become more connected. In order to stay connected, current, and relevant, your organization should consider making the move to a digital two-way radio communications solution today.  


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Topics: Digital Two-Way Radios