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When to Migrate from Analogue to Digital Two-way Radios

when to migrate to digital two way radios

A lot of people understand the benefits of digital two-way radios and why they should migrate and even the how.  From our experience it is not always known WHEN you should be thinking about upgrading your analogue two-way radios to digital.  We aim to provide you with some extra knowledge, so you can make more informed and strategic decisions regarding your two-way radios. Many radio-users are finding that they need more than the capabilities that analogue two-way radios can offer to them. It’s no secret that the analogue two-way radio has reached the limits of innovation, whereas for digital it is only the beginning.

But WHEN should you strongly consider upgrading your analogue fleet to digital?  We give you the low down on a couple of reasons to migrate to from analogue to digital two-way radios.

When you have a crowded licensed channel

Due to an exponential growth in the use of two-way radios, the airways are becoming more crowded.  Analogue two-way radios were originally designed for only serving a handful of users and now the waves are no longer able to support the mass usage. Digital two-way radios can solve this issue.  Digital two-way radios make the most efficient use of the licensed 25 kHz and 12.5 kHz channels.  Some have integrated Time-Division Multiple Access (TDMA) which can work on 6.25 kHz. This essentially doubles the capacity of a 12.5 kHz channel. This channel efficiency means that more people are able to communicate over an existing channel, without worrying about interference. 

When you have problems with loss of signal and transmission quality

Digital two-way radios have enhanced voice communications over a greater range than analogue does.  The signal on a digital two-way radio although drops out slowly like analogue, its digital correction technology can make sure that there is minimal loss of voice.  Digital two-way radios are also noise cancelling, which means that the transmission remains clear, even in noisy environments.

When your business has sophisticated communication needs that analogue two-way radios can’t meet

Operations and needs are more complicated in these current times than there were when analogue two-way radios first came out.  This is due to evolving technology and an increase in tighter regulations and restrictions on companies.  This means that they need a sophisticated and tailored two-way radio system to suit their needs. Digital two-way radios have far greater capabilities than analogue two-way radios and can ensure than needs are being met.  E.g. GPS tracking, RFID tagging, text messaging, IP-connection etc.

When you are spending too much money on repairs

When you are constantly repairing and spending large costs on your analogue two-way radios, sometimes it can actually save you money in the long term using two-way radios.  This is because the cost of a digital two-way radio is comparable to analogue and is more durable.

A final word…

It is important to note, that although analogue two-way radios are still suitable for communication purposes, one day they may not be.  Manufacturers are now starting to even stop designing and creating new analogue two-way radios.  This means that eventually they will stop being relevant to modern-day needs. 

The good news is that migration to digital can be done at your own pace and in your own way.  If you are thinking about migrating your analogue two-way radios to digital two-way radios then check out our How to: Migrate from Analogue to Digital Two-way Radios blog post or contact us for a free consultation.



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