06 may 2020
Two-way radio devices, commonly known as walkie-talkies, continue to be used by both individuals and professionals. They have significant advantages over mobiles or landlines for professionnal communications.
So why still use walkie-talkies for professional communication in 2020? We take a look at the advantages of the walkie-talkie, as a reliable and instant professional communication tool.
First, an operator network is not necessary to communicate with peers via walkie-talkies. Indeed, each walkie-talkie is both a transmitter and receiver of radio waves. It transmits and receives independently at low power, well below the power of mobile phones, but allowing communication at 5 km, and up to 40 km for long-range walkie-talkies.
A walkie-talkie therefore does not need to be connected to the operator network to operate. It picks up everywhere, even in the most remote areas, such as mountains, forests, mining areas, etc. These areas do not have local network coverage and the mobile phone does not pick up the network. Note that professional walkie-talkies transmit waves via a relay and therefore still require the rental of a radio frequency.
Two-way radios are also a secure way to communicate directly (since you do not have to go through the operator network). Motorola's TETRA solution guarantees secure, reliable, and efficient communications, meeting the cybersecurity issues of the various business sectors where communications are critical.
Two-way radio solutions allow you to communicate instantly, with as many people as you want, simultaneously. With the walkie-talkie, no keyboard for typing a phone number, no waiting time either. There is only one button to select the frequency of communication and a “Push-to-talk” button. It is that simple! All your employees' devices set to the same frequency can thus communicate simultaneously. Whether you are 2, 10 or 20, whatever, anyone can receive or send communications. It remains to harmonize communications to avoid the cacophony!
Note also that the sound quality of communications has greatly improved.
The walkie-talkie is also more reliable than the cell phone for communicating in extreme situations. Walkie talkies are more robust, resistant to shocks, weathering, and dust. Professional walkie-talkies meet a very high standard of protection against ingress of water and dust (IP65).
Walkie-talkies have worker protection functions, such as the "lone worker" function, which protects people working alone by forcing them to press a button regularly to confirm that everything is fine. The other worker protection function is the "man-down" functionality designed to alert employees if the worker falls or is in a health emergency.
These functions are very suitable in demanding work environments such as the forestry, mining, or petroleum sector.
As you can see, two-way radio devices - or walkie-talkies - still have a bright future ahead of them, despite an advance in developed mobile applications.