Two-way radios are still the default source of communication between the warehouse or office and people on the street. A GPS 2-way radio adds the ability to pinpoint the location of outside employees. This provides real time routing changes and adapting faster to traffic and logistical requirements.
Providing two-way radio headsets and mobile charging units lets the employee keep in contact comfortably. 2-way radios also keep your outside employees safe by offering a fast and reliable way to call for assistance during an emergency. Look for features that ensure you connect every time such as:
1. Two-way radios with extended range to cover large metro areas
2. An outsourced system to cover entire regions
3. Long life batteries and mobile chargers to power the team
Select a 2-way radio to fit your needsDurability is a big concern when choosing a radio. Look for units that can survive a reasonable amount of wear and tear especially if the users will carry them outside of the vehicle. Excessive heat, cold and humidity can all affect the life expectancy of a 2-way radio.
Decide between a consumer or business 2-way radioBusiness 2-way radios broadcast on dedicated frequencies that are less prone to chatter which makes communications easier. A GMRS or FRS two-way radio are consumer frequency radios but can be used for business. Both two-way radios require Federal Communication Commission (FCC) licensing fees for each user but business models cover all of the available frequency bands.
FCC licensing fee for a FRS or GMRS two-way radio if your use will be light or contained to a small geographical area. Determine the true range of individual two-way radio frequencies with the RF Cafe range calculator.
Boost productivity with a long life 2-way radio battery and accessoriesTo get the most from the two-way radio system, accessories such as headphones, fast battery chargers and protective cases become a necessity. Easy to use accessories make the job easier and keep employees productive.
- Consider a "Push to Talk" cellular solution that is easy to manage with a range that a two-way radio can't compete with. Cellular solutions work well in most business environments and have the added benefit of fitting into existing business communication models.