Analogue Versus Digital Two-Way Radios Explained

Analogue Versus Digital Two-Way Radios Explained

The move to digital radio from analogue has increased over the last seven years, and this trend shows no sign of decreasing across companies, which rely upon two-way radios for their communications. Here we breakdown the significant differences to help you understand the digital revolution.

  1. Range. Both analogue and digital signals diminish as distance increases from a stationary transmitter. However, digital two-way radio offers improved audio quality at a greater range than analogue through better resistance to interference from other signals and avoiding the imperfections of transmission and reception which are typical of analogue.
  2. Quality. Digital two-way radios are naturally noise cancelling. This is through the use of codecs and other techniques.  So staff working in a noisy environment such as a factory or a construction site can have clearer transmissions with each other.
  3. Battery. Transmitting analogue radio is power-intensive, but new digital technology allows some radios to function about 40 percent longer on a battery charge than a comparable analogue system. The is mainly because the digital radio transmitter is not constantly on.
  4. Data. Digital two-way radio allows users some of the data functionality enjoyed by cellular users, such as text messaging.
  5. Security. Digital two-way radio is easier to secure than analogue, which suffers from notable loss in voice quality when scrambled for privacy purposes.
  6. Tracking. Advanced lone worker and emergency facilities are available with the GPS tracking technology featured on digital devices.

We hope that these few pointers help to explain the key benefits of digital two-way radios, however analogue two-way radios still have their place and we are happy to spend time discussing your current requirement or how an upgrade from analogue to digital would work.

For more information or a demonstration of our technology, please contact sales@foresolutions.co.uk or call 02380 249 860