Upgrading Your Current Two-Way Radio Equipment Couldn’t Be Easier!

Currently using equipment that’s a few years old? Want an upgrade but need reliable professional advice? Are you using analogue equipment and would like information on a digital upgrade radio or even the latest Push To Talk over Cellular (PTToC) tech? We explain in more detail some of the differences between traditional 2-way digital radio vs PTToC and the option of going down a phased migration route.

I’ve already got a traditional radio system, should I upgrade to PTToC?

Until recent years there was only really the choice between two-way radio & mobile, with the key concern being analogue to digital migration. We now have Push To Talk Over Cellular (PTToC) that’s joined the party. These solutions now enable you to combine
advanced smartphone technology with many two-way radio features over 3G, 4G, 5G or WiFi networks, using your existing Android or IOS mobile phone if you wish or an alternative compatible device.

Phased Migration Paths
You don’t have to change everything at once. Many people are still on analogue radios, so the first phase will be about moving to
digital. For customers who already have a digital radio network we can incorporate PTToC devices by adding in a gateway that allows communications between the digital radios and cellular devices. This is a great way to try the newer technology without the outlay of replacing all your kit at once, or use PTToC to extend your coverage to another site where expanding the radio network would not be viable.

As well as the key comparisons we made earlier, here are a few extra features associated with PTToC:

  • Hardware warranty is an important consideration. They can range from 12-36 months on kit purchased outright, however leasing or contracting your hardware as part of your business communications deal often provides inclusive warranty as long as you are in contract. PTToC devices such as the Sonim XP8 we used for Golden Square Shopping Centre generally come with longer warranties.
  • With PTToC you can have one device that acts as a mobile phone and radio using cellular and WiFi connectivity, whereas with radio you may still need company mobiles for some employees.
  • Easy to set up
  • No Ofcom licence requirements
  • No limits to an area or site, it can be used wherever there is 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G or Wi-Fi coverage
  • Users can have one-to-one or one-to-many calls
  • PTToC devices differ in functionality according to make and model, however some have many features normally associated with two-way radios on a compatible “two-way radio phone” device, or via an app on your existing phone or tablet. Make sure your chosen supplier advises on the right combination of hardware, software (App) and tracking Bluetooth beacons if the enhanced indoor and outdoor location tracking feature is on your wish list.

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