Business Radio – Choosing the right equipment for you.
It can be confusing for a member of the public who is tasked with choosing a business radio for their business, either as the business owner, or as an employee.
Fortunately we can help you understand the various options, as we recognise that most two-way radio dealers websites seem to be designed by ‘techies’ for techies.
I have taken the liberty of looking at other dealers websites, and trying to imagine that I knew nothing about two-way radio.
I am going to explain what all the jargon means, so that you can make an informed decision.
Business radios describe two-way radios that are used by professional business organisations.
When reading websites you will come across terms such as:
Lets start with Analogue (which would be logical I guess).
Analogue two-way radios are available as Handheld (also known as ‘Hand-Portable’ or Walkie Talkies); Mobile (fitted in vehicles), and Base Stations which are the ones that would be at a fixed location, such as a desk.
Analogue radios are the older technology (compared with Digital, which I will come on to later).
This does not mean that analogue is necessarily a bad choice.
Advantages of Analogue radio equipment is that it is generally cheaper to purchase than the newer digital equipment, which still caries a premium in price (though coming down).
You also tend to get a better built radio when compared with a digital one at the same price, which might be a consideration if you are on a tight budget, and need a certain level of resistance to dust and moisture (known as Ingress Protection).
Digital two way radio has been around for only a few years, and like in the early days of Video Recorders (For those old enough to remember them), there are two main competing standards that you will come across.
The two standards are firstly DMR, & secondly dPMR.
dPMR is the standard adopted by manufacturers, Icom & Kenwood.
DMR is the standard adopted by manufacturers, Motorla, Hytera, Tait etc.
DMR seems to be slowly winning, with Kenwood now also offering a DMR radio, as well as their dPMR radio range.
As a business user I would recommend you largely ignore the fact that there are two standards, and focus on what the radio system can do for you.
The two standards only become a consideration, when adding to existing digital radios that you may have. If this is the case, then you will need to stick with dPMR (or vice versa) to match your existing radios. We can help and advise you if needed.
One final thing to mention about the two standards is, though they are defined standards there are slight differences in interpretations of the standard between manufacturers.
This means that although for instance your DMR standard Hytera made radio is the same DMR standard as your motorola, some advanced functions may not work, though basic communications should. Ask us for help and advice if required.