For this article, we looked further into the costing of a body camera and what to consider when purchasing or hiring one out.
A body camera can come by many different names, including a bodycam, body worn video or a body-worn camera. No matter what they are called, a body camera is a wearable device that records audio and video.
Our team is here to help you decipher the technological jargon and get you fitted with a piece of equipment you can comfortably use and get the most out of.
All About The Budget
When looking to purchase a body camera, you need to firstly think about your budget.
These pieces of kit can range in price, so setting yourself a limit on how much you are willing to spend will allow you to narrow down your choices.
Spending over your budget, doesn’t guarantee you a better, more suited product. So, having a top monetary goal in mind, will ensure you don’t go over your allocated allowance.
If your budget is down the lower-end, or you are unsure of how much you would like to spend, hiring out your body cameras could be the best option.
When it comes to purchasing a body camera, our starting price is around £250 and goes up to around £500, depending on the specs and the memory capacity the device holds.
Knowing how you’re going to use your equipment is imperative when it comes to purchasing a piece long-term. Under our product page, we go into detail about each body camera we carry, including information about the video quality, the lens they have and which applications the model is compatible with.
Asking yourself key questions such as, what storage capacity do I need? Do I need motion detection or night vision features on my body camera? What applications will I be using alongside this technology, do I need it to be connected via Bluetooth or WiFi?
By researching further into these topics, you will be able to narrow down what type of body camera you will be looking for.
Our team is also happy to help if you have any further questions or need any help picking out what equipment is best suited for your and your team’s needs.
What Are The Additional Costs of Your Body Camera?
Finally, are the additional costs to consider when it comes to purchasing your body camera.
At the time of buying equipment for your team, having a firm understanding of how much you’re willing to spend on pieces of kit is essential, but what an added consideration should be is the future costs.
For example, does your team know how to use body cameras? This could be an additional cost which you could need to incorporate into your budgeting plan.
Here at Wall to Wall, our team offers training on all our products, including our radios, body cameras, our mobiles and repeaters. If your team does need more information surrounding this, feel free to contact us and we can walk you through your new equipment.
A two-way radio is an important tool for blue light services and private security companies because they provide a vital line of communication between operatives and headquarters. At Wall to Wall Communications, we’ve been providing the public and private sectors with two-way radios for 40 years and we have advised many businesses on the right radio systems to suit their needs.
As a business, you need to ensure that your data is not exposed. We previously discussed the frequently asked question: Are two way radios secure? Keeping on the same topic, we want to explore the issue of can a two way radio be traced? Two-way radios offer closed communication networks and these networks are known to be difficult for hackers to access. The networks rely on radio frequency, not an internet connection and radio frequencies can be hard to trace through GPS but it’s not impossible. Two-way radios traceability can be seen as a negative, but it also can be used to a company’s advantage to allow you to trace your employees whereabouts.
Can You Trace Two Way Radio Transmissions?
Tracing radio signals can be tricky because they aren’t as strong as a WIFI transmission, which makes it difficult to pick up a signal using GPS. Radio transmissions can be detected but they do have to be traced while an operative is using the device. There are several ways you can locate a radio signal which includes:
How triangulation works is that it measures the direction of radio waves from two to three points to locate the radio signal. The benefit of using triangulation to trace a two way radio transmission is that it only needs to measure the radio transmitters to pinpoint a location.
Trilateration is very similar to triangulation in tracing two way radio transmission but instead of measuring distance of the location of a radio signal, this method measures the time that it takes for radio waves to be transmitted between radios.
Can You Track Someone With A Walkie Talkie?
It is possible to track an operative using a walkie talkie, but it’s not always a bad thing. Many of our digital two-way radios include our unique trackitt software that gives real-time status updates from radio users. The application collects geographical information and stores it safely in the Cloud. The integration of trackitt into our digital walkie talkie allows businesses to build a picture of how well their radio operators are performing in their roles and to identify areas that need improving. Some more benefits of trackitt are:
Two-way radios are an important tool used in the security, construction, leisure and hospitality industries to just name a few. They play a key role in keeping the public safe, but also the user as well. Wall to Wall Communications has been in the industry for 40 years, so we know a thing or two about what businesses need from their two-way radios. We supply a range of analogue and digital two-way radios that suit a range of radio requirements for your business. The most common question that we see is how can I boost my two-way radio signal? This is an interesting question and there are many ways you can do this. In this article, we will give you our 5 tips for extending your two-way radio signal.
Install A Repeater On Your Site System
People work in all different environments which can pose a challenge to your two-way radio signal. Although radio signals can bend around buildings and travel great distances, the more work your radio signal has to do the weaker the signal will be. This can cause conversations to drop out or for people to be unavailable to talk. This can be a risk if you are out in the field. To combat the dropping out of signal, in some circumstances Wall to Wall Communications may recommend that you install a repeater into your two-way radio communication system. What a repeater essentially does is increases the power of your radio signal, enabling your business to always keep in contact with staff, in more challenging environments. This is a common solution for boosting your business’s radio signal.
Antenna To Boost Radio Signal
The size and design of an antenna does affect the range of your two-way radio signal. If your two-way radio communication system is currently experiencing issues with the signal dropping out, it might be best to invest in a new antenna. A better Antenna can help your business to reach areas that traditionally have poor signal and it will allow you to better keep in contact with your employees.
Regularly Change The Battery Of Your Two Way Radio
This might be obvious but it’s surprising how people have issues with their radio signal due to a dying battery. Typically, a battery that is in constant use should be changed every 24-30 months. This will prevent poor coverage, conversations being cut short mid-transmission and unclear communication. So if you use a full and healthy battery, your business will benefit from improved signal and better output from your two-way radios.
What Is A Leaky Feeder?
This is a great way to extend your radio signal to people working in tunnel environments or complicated buildings with thick or shielded interior walls. A leaky feeder is designed to be used by people who work underground, in tunnels or shafts. It is a cable that is used to leak radio signals to areas that may be difficult to penetrate with a strong two-way signal.
Two-way radios have been in operation since they were introduced into the military in WW2. Since then, they have been adopted by many civilians and they play a significant part in many firm’s day-to-day operations. They’re a great tool in keeping the public safe, but also play a significant part in protecting the people who serve the public as well.
The radios can come either with analogue or digital settings and the devices have a multitude of additional functions, which include location updates, discreet calls for assistance, instant messaging just to name a few. With a lot of two-way-radios operating in sensitive industries, where information about members of the public might be accessible, it’s important to know that your radio system is secure. Many people who may want to use the information discussed on two-way radios for criminal activities, need to be denied access to radio networks.
At Wall to Wall Communications, we understand your concerns so have ensured that we offer a range of walkie talkies that use the most up-to-date closed system technology on the market. If you have any questions on security or two-way radios in general, please feel free to contact us today.
How Does A Two Way Radio Stay Secure?
One of the top requirements for businesses that use two-way radios is that they are secure from interference from the public. As technology develops, so do the threats from hackers and criminals who want to exploit your communication system. Data security is an important aspect of any business that interacts with the general public. So your business may benefit from two-way radios that can protect your data. There are many aspects that you need to consider when purchasing a two-way radio, but here are the few features to expect from our range of walkie talkies:
Basic/advanced digital encryption
Scrambler feature in analogue mode
Supports multiple advanced analogue signalling modes(HDC1200, 2-Tone and 5-Tone)
Radio enable/disable (only decode), remote monitor (only decode)
More Ways To Keep Your Two Way Radio Secure
We understand that you may want to be over-cautious when it comes to security. If like us, you plan for every inevitability when it comes to your two-way radio, here are some tips for your business to maintain security:
Set up a privacy code that allows you to set up a secure channel
Use a headset to prevent conversations from being heard publicly
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