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Before you commit to buy a new two-way radio network or upgrade the one you have, it’s important to have a good idea of the features available and what they can do for you.
Advances in microprocessor technology are allowing manufacturers to cram more capabilities into portable radios every year. If you want for a clear picture of what they’ve been up to lately, stop by Vertex Standard’s Compare Radios page. When you click on the features you’re interested in, the page updates to show you which radios have those features.
The best business-class radios have features to keep your people safe, provide conveniences to make your operation more efficient, and keep your communications private and secure. Here’s a look a the key features in each of these categories:
Industrial-strength radios are designed with danger in mind — specifically, to summon assistance if the user is injured or threatened. Features to look for:
Some radios also can alert users when they have lost a connection, and can monitor the connection status of nearby radios.
These are more than “nice to have” goodies you can jettison to hold costs down. Many can perform vital business functions.
While digital technology is enabling many of these features, analog radios can have more convenience features than you might expect.
Radios use public airwaves, so anyone can listen in on your conversations. However there are ways to protect yourself from snoopers.
Finding the right feature mix
There are, of course, many more features available than we can list here. To make sure you’re getting all the ones you need — and not paying for capabilities that you don’t — pick a dealer with experience with your industry and a broad selection of radios from which to choose.