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Digital Radios

Two-way radio has been a successful analogue communication solution for generations. But in today’s technologically advanced environment a new platform is at the forefront – a digital platform that breaks through to higher levels of performance and productivity and is revolutionizing the way mobile professionals communicate.

 The features of digital two-way systems include:

  • More simultaneous talking paths are possible, and information such as unit ID, status buttons, and enhanced text messages can be embedded into a single digital radio channel.
  • Bandwidth consumption is reduced.
  • Digital signals can be handled by standardized antenna systems and existing infrastructure equipment.
  • The digital conversion of a user’s voice reduces external background noises. And the digital technology platform is ideal for reducing environmental noise levels during transmission, such as inside noisy manufacturing and processing plants or outside in windy conditions.
  • A number of new software applications are available for use with the digital platform.
  • The digital platform provides a migration path that allows for simultaneous use of digital and analogue radios.
  • Digital radios, like all new digital technology, can be somewhat more expensive.
  • Due to the additional features and enhanced functionality, a learning curve exists for first-time users.
  • Digital signals are intolerant to radio frequency (RF) noises, and in the presence of too much RF noise, the signal can result in an error.
  • In addition to the various advantages and disadvantages listed above, the sound quality for both analogue and digital is very high within their peak performance areas. An analogue radio will produce a clear signal—accompanied by the standard white noise—within its peak performance range. Once the signal moves further and further away from the transmit (center) point, the audio will slowly fade out until it is unrecognizable. By contrast, the digital signal will stay strong and clear to the limits of coverage.