5 Reasons 2 Way Radios Have A Leg Up on Mobile Phones


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As an authorized reseller of Motorola business two-way radios, Forestry Suppliers, Inc. often receives questions about the benefits of using two-way radios rather than mobile phones. While mobile phones have replaced two-way radios in some markets, significant benefits remain for users of two-way radio in markets like engineering, construction, forestry, golf courses, landscape management, and education.
For industries that want to compare Motorola business Icom two way radios to mobile phones for their communication needs, here are five reasons why two-way radios may be the better choice.
1. Continued Service During Emergencies. It’s National Safety Month, and two-way radios can be an important safety tool for your organization year-round. In the face of an emergency or disaster, two-way radios continue to function even when mobile and land lines can fail. Plus, you can contact every team member instantly without dialing separate phone numbers.
2. Durability. Two-way radios are designed to be lightweight but extremely durable. There’s no need to purchase an additional protective case. In fact, most models are built to military and IP specs. When you drop Walkie talkies, the polycarbonate housing does not crack or break, which is important whether you are in an office or in the field. Plus, battery life for industrial two-way radios spans from 12-26 hours, depending on the model.
3. Cost-Effective. With two-way radio communication, businesses can use resources efficiently and productively. Two-way radios do not require monthly fees, service contracts, or calling minutes. Businesses using two-way radios can also save time, paperwork, and money by avoiding employee cell phone reimbursements. Finally, in most industries, teams and work shifts cut costs by sharing radios, rather than one radio or phone per employee.
4. Clear Communication. Two way Radios are designed for clear audio communication in harsh conditions, with features such as wind-noise reduction and high durability that meet military standards for resistance to vibration, extreme temperatures and moisture.
5. Easy to Use. With touch-button talk communication, two-way radios are intuitive to use and reduce time needed for training. Models within the RM and RDX series of business radios also feature cloning capabilities that let you copy one radio’s settings to additional radios quickly and easily.
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5 Things You Should Know About Kenwood Walkie Talkies


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There are high demands for Kenwood two-way radios in the market nowadays. People from different industries like to use these radios for 2 main reasons. These radios provide strong audio quality and they are cost effective. Although there are many good comments about this manufacturer and its products, there are things you need to find out more before you purchase the two-way radios.

• Is Kenwood a reputable brand?

Yes, it is a reputable and reliable Japanese manufacturer. It manufactures high quality audio and transportable radio equipments.

• Are Kenwood 2 way radios suitable everywhere?

These radios are very popular among different industries. They are commonly used in construction sites, hotels, retail shops, farms, hospitals, warehouses, factories, resorts, and many more. They work perfectly in the functioning environment which covers a huge area. For your information, all radios developed by Kenwood are fully programmable and compatible. They are specially designed to locate the proper frequency in a convenient way. You can operate the radios in a simple manner. No special technique is required. Being a user, you can make use of the stereos to communicate with your co-workers at the work place clearly. Job can be completed easily with additional mobile users.

• What are your choices?

The two-way radios are specially designed to suit different individuals’ needs. Basically, these radios are grouped into 2 main categories, i.e. business radios and client radios. They can be found in unique forms. Some models are light and portable. You can carry these hand-held or palm-held radios in a convenient manner when you go for camping, jungle tracking and hunting. Some models are heavier with high electrical power but they last longer. Seriously speaking, Kenwood business radios come with great re-chargeable batteries. They can operate non-stop for 14 hours and above. Besides, there are several radios customized for military services. Since there are so many models available, you are advised to choose one which suits your needs most.

• Is this radio durable?

In general, the life span of two-way radios produced by Kenwood is about 5-7 years. The life span can be extended if you take good care of them during your utilization. You need to take note the durability of the radios is sometimes affected by the atmosphere.

• Are these products costly?

All these radios are not expensive. I would say it is worthwhile for you to invest. Being a smart user, you are advised to compare the prices in the market first before you purchase so that you can get the lowest deal.

The two-method radios produced by Kenwood can be found easily in the market place. You are recommended to find out more about Kenwood ProTalk Sequence because it is currently the best-selling model in the market. Spend some time to know more about the product. You will be able to pick the right tool to increase your work efficiency.

Motorola to launch Moto X in Europe


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SAN FRANCISCO: Motorola has announced that its flagship Moto X smartphone is heading for Europe. Moto X will arrive in France, Britain and Germany with the start of February, according to the Google-owned firm.

“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware — we invented mobile communications,” Motorola Mobility UK general manager Andrew Morley said in a statement.

“Now, as a Google company, we’ve become the kind of company that can build a 4G smartphone like Moto X,” he continued. “It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services.”

Prices in Britain will range from 25 pounds ($41) per month on contract to 380 pounds total without a SIM card, according to Motorola.

The price will be 429 euros ($586) in France. Moto X launched in the United States last year. A low-cost version of the smartphone, the Moto G, is already sold internationally.

Both Motorola smartphones are powered by Google’s Android software. Motorola is pushing all the buttons to regain prominence in the smartphone market, including aggressive pricing, according to chief executive Dennis Woodside.

Woodside, in an interview with AFP last week on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said the Google-owned unit is seeking to gain ground against rivals including Apple and Google.

Since being acquired by Google, Motorola has introduced the flagship Moto X handset in the United States and the Moto G, a less expensive phone geared to cost-conscious consumers worldwide.

“There will be different phones at different price points but we’re going to be very aggressive there,” Woodside said.

“When we priced Moto X at $399 in the US as a promotion, we sold tens of thousands of units in a matter of eight minutes.”

The Moto X was originally introduced at $599 unlocked, without a contract, while the Moto G was priced at $179 in the US.

Motorola, once among the leaders in the mobile phone market, has been struggling in recent years as makers like Apple and Samsung grab most of the market share and profits.

“This is a business where scale matters and what’s been really important for us to start putting products out there that we’re excited about and get consumers excited about. That’s what we’ve done with Moto X and Moto G,” he added.

Woodside declined to provide specific sales figures but maintained that since launching the Moto X and Moto G, “we are seeing our best days ever for smartphones.” Post a commentALSO ON TOI
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Two way radios are used for communication purposes. They let a user send as well as receive signals over different channels. These radios find use in variety of applications. They use radio waves for communication and these radio waves have different frequencies. Therefore, Two Way Radios operate on different frequencies. These frequencies may differ from one place to another. Also the transmission rate depends upon the frequency that the radio uses. When low frequencies are used, data transmission can take place over a short distance. In case a high frequency is used, data transmission takes place over a larger distance.

The CB (citizens band) radio is an option with both mobile and handheld styles that provide 40-channels and have an output of 4 watts. They are generally sold as an individual Walkie Talkie and you would need to buy one for each person. The CB radio tends to be a little larger and bulkier than the other radio options.

It is common to find that a Two Way Radios covering the Family Radio Service (FRS) channels will cover the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels as well. FRS radios have a maximum power of 1/2 watt, so you don’t want to roam too far from each other and hope to communicate. If you purchase a radio with both FRS and GMRS capability, you can operate on the FRS channels without a license, however, to operate on the GMRS channels you will need to obtain an FCC license, but not everyone in the family needs one. The FCC license is issued to facilitate the activities of an adult individual AND his or her immediate family members. Family members include a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and in-laws. One license can cover the whole family, but the licensee is responsible for everyone operating under their license and will need to insure all users follow the rules. GMRS radios operate in the UHF band so the radios are compact and light weight. The power of these radios is generally from 1 to 5 watts, and they are most often sold in pairs for about the price of one handheld CB radio.

One of the latest and little known new services is the extreme radio service (eXRS) that uses new technology referred to as “Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum” technology and operates in the 900 MHz band. The eXRS two way radio boasts of being able to provide superior communications over a greater range when compared, under the same conditions, to the FRS and GMRS radios, plus they require no license like the GMRS does. When sold in pairs they are about the same price range as the FRS/GMRS Two Way Radios.

Finally, the marine VHF band radios are another option. The FCC eliminated the individual licensing requirement for voluntary ships operating domestically which are not required by law to carry a radio. So your personal, non-commercial, watercraft is exempt from a licensing requirement. Portable, handheld versions are generally found in the power range of 1 to 5 watts. They are sold as individual radios like the CB handhelds. The Cost of these radios is higher than the others, but if you are a fisherman, there is a price you are willing to pay for your safety through communication. Not only are these radios capable of land to water communications, but land to land as well. This is often an overlooked capability of “marine” radios.

Blame Obama, not Motorola


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The March 29 McClatchy article (“Radio giant Motorola systematically vanquishes competition to dominate statewide mobile radio, broadband”) that ran in the Sun Herald about Motorola and Mississippi is very misleading.

In the wake of Katrina, it was clear to everyone that a survivable, interoperable communications system for federal, state and local first responders and military personnel would be the best way to mitigate risk and protect lives and property.

Gov. Barbour testified to that fact before Congress, with overwhelming agreement, and no one argued to the contrary.

The Stafford Act — the federal disaster assistance law in effect when Katrina hit — provides states with additional funds for future hazard mitigation expenditures. The amount of hazard mitigation grant funding is set by law at 7.5 percent of the total FEMA payments within the state for public, individual and certain other disaster assistance resulting from the disaster.

Mississippi used a portion of that funding along with state bonds and federal appropriations to build the Mississippi Wireless Information Network. MSWIN operates statewide today, and is managed by the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission, which I served as chairman from 2008-2012, thus far the longest serving.

The article implies Motorola, which won the contract to build the two Way Radio system in a sealed bid competition, somehow cheated or got preferable treatment in winning the competition. Motorola’s bid was $90 million, or almost one-third lower than the next lowest bid. According to state law, Mississippi is required to award competitive bids to the lowest bidder. How could the state have given the contract to anybody else?

The article also implies that Motorola deliberately underbid in order to win and then increased its contract profit by requiring change orders paid for by the customer. That assertion is also grossly misleading. As with any large project, there were various change orders for the LMR system. However, the changes orders were requested by the state, not Motorola, and were outside the scope of the original contract. An $18 million increase to the original contract was necessary to implement parts of the Obama administration’s stimulus package.

Unfortunately, the authors did not bother to get the correct data, understand the timeline or report the facts. In particular, even with the change orders, the final contract value was still nearly $70 million less than the next lowest bid the state received for the LMR system.

Time and again the story implies wrongdoing by distorting the facts. At the beginning, it states that Gov. Barbour announced plans to build a second next generation wireless communications system, as if Gov. Barbour conjured up another project for Motorola to bid on. This project was part of the Obama administration’s stimulus package, in which Mississippi competed for and was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to receive a $70 million BTOP grant to add broadband service/4G LTE capabilities to MSWIN. Not only would this technology improve statewide communications for Mississippi’s first responders, but also rural health care would be improved through programs, such as MED-COM at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, which was part of the grant too.

Before the BTOP project began, the Commerce Department reviewed and approved Mississippi’s competitively bid contract, which Motorola had won with the lowest bid. More than halfway through the construction, however, the Commerce Department abruptly suspended Mississippi’s, as well as many other states’ projects. In Mississippi, the project was entirely in compliance with its grant provisions, on schedule, and within budget. It would be operating today had the Obama administration not pulled the plug.

Before the end of his second term, Gov. Barbour requested an audit of the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission in order to verify that all dollars were spent appropriately and legally. The state auditor found that all was in order, and issued a clean audit report. That shows true responsibility and leadership.

The real scandal is how the Obama administration provided tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in grants to upgrade broadband wireless communications in Mississippi and several other states, and then, halfway along, Obama’s Commerce Department suspended the grants and stopped the construction without any just cause and in clear violation of its grant obligations here in Mississippi.

That’s the real story the public needs to hear, not that the lowest bidder by one-third got a construction contract.

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BearCom Details Range of Wireless Technologies Used by Security Industry to Improve Coordination.


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communication devices paraplegicBearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today advised organizations charged with physical and information security how four wireless technologies can help them enhance collaboration and assist personnel in the field.
Security organizations are well known for their ability to provide physical security, said Hugh Johnston, Product & Purchasing Manager at BearCom. But increasingly, they have become responsible for securing not only those physical locations but the information they house. As they do this, they are embracing four essential wireless technologies: two-way radios, speaker-microphones and surveillance kits, IP video surveillance, and remote call boxes.
Johnston added that the industry continues to refine the balance between vigilance and visibility. Discretion, mobility, and improved coordination are all benefits of wireless technologies, which have a long track record as effective force multipliers.
Two-way radios and repeaters are essential tools for security organizations. Among their most popular choices are the Motorola Solutions CP200, one of the most successful two-way radios ever released, and two radios in the Motorola MOTOTRBO digital line: the Motorola XPR3300 and the Motorola XPR6550. The Motorola XPR3300combines the best of two-way radio functionality with digital technology. The Motorola XPR6550 boasts advanced features one-touch calling, quick text messaging, and enhanced call management, making it ideal for professionals.
Now the CP200 is available in a digital version, the Motorola CP200d. The CP200d retains the CP200s simplicity and durability, and the form factor is virtually the same. The new model is backward compatible, so it uses the same chargers, batteries, and speaker-microphones as the CP200. Also available is a digital-capable version that can be converted later from analog to digital operation.
To keep radio communications simple and discreet, the security industry has long relied on speaker-microphones and surveillance kits. With a speaker-mic clipped to a shoulder, a security officer can talk without taking his or her radio out of its belt holster. A surveillance kit lets an officer in uniform or plain clothes hear what is being said without others getting that information. Two-wire surveillance kits let the user clip the mic to a shirt or jacket, while three-wire kits hide the push-to-talk button in a jacket sleeve, so the user can transmit without noticeable hand movements.
IP video surveillance is essential for security organizations needing to cover large areas and do so safely. Wireless cameras dont require extensive cabling, just a power source. These systems can be monitored remotelyeven from mobile devicesand they can provide recordings as well as live viewing. The mere presence of IP video surveillance has been shown to deter criminal activity.
Another established security industry tool is the remote call box, which brings radio communications to people who dont carry radios, such as those seeking access through a gate or interior door. The presence of remote call boxes also helps deter crime, and wireless call boxes eliminate the need for expensive wiring.
The one-to-many communication of two-way radios is perfectly suited for bringing attention and manpower to the right place in the face of a threat or an emergency, Johnston said, and more effective communication bolsters both the officer and public safety. Digital radios offer text and data communications, and digital radio transmissions can be encrypted so they are not available to outsiders with scanning equipment.

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How 2 way radios Work


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communication device for motorcycle helmetsCell phone technology advances at a mind-warping rate. But cell phones are still just really fancy Radios, and they have an Achilles heel — they’re completely helpless without a network of nearby cellular towers. Walkie-talkies, though? These old-school radios make short-range wireless communications possible in places where cell phones go to die.

Walkie-talkies are wireless, hand-held radios that are small enough to take just about anywhere. They look a lot like cordless phone handsets, with a body that includes a microphone and speaker, as well as an antenna. Unlike a phone, though, a walkie-talkie’s speaker and microphone are placed right next to each other, and the speaker is much louder, so that anyone within earshot can follow the conversation.

Walkie-talkies are battery-powered transceivers, meaning they can both send and receive radio messages. They have a half-duplex channel, which indicates that only one walkie-talkie on a channel can transmit a signal at one time, although many radios can receive that same signal. In other words, unlike your phone, in which both parties can interrupt or add to the conversation in a ceaseless flow of sound, walkie-talkies use a push-to-talk (PTT) system — you have to press a button in order to speak, and you have to release that button to hear sound coming from other units.

Because you don’t have to dial a number each time you want to transmit, walkie-talkies are quick and easy to use. And best of all, they don’t rely on finicky cell phone signals. The handsets transmit directly to each other, so they still work when cell networks fail during natural disasters or power outages. They’re designed primarily for short-range communications, in which groups of people are within a few miles of each other.

Businesses use walkie-talkies so that employees can chat efficiently in and around their indoor and outdoor structures. Wilderness lovers tote walkie-talkies so that they can keep in touch during hiking or hunting trips out where cell phone cover age is non-existent. Even baby monitors employ one-way walkie-talkie technology, so that you know if Junior is sleeping peacefully or attempting escape.