For 2020 Wall to Wall Comms is launching some exciting new products on the website! One of the first launches of the year is POC radios. With over 40 years of experience in two way radios, we like to think of ourselves as ‘radio people’. Whilst POC technology has been around for a while, the latest advancements in POC technology has made them another reliable option when choosing a radio.
What is POC technology?
POC stands for P.T.T Technology over Cellular. POC is essentially a two way radio that uses the mobile phone data network to communicate, instead of the traditional radio waves.
Is POC a new technology?
Despite POC only recently rising in popularity, the technology has been around for a number of years. When POC technology originally came about, mobile data was still working on a 2G network. This was slow and unreliable and meant that radios using the POC technology were being outdone by the two way radios using traditional radio signals. However, with the mobile data network progressing to 3G, 4G and 5G, POC technology radios have become more reliable and faster than ever.
Why choose POC radios over traditional two way radios?
There are two main advantages of POC radios:
Virtually unlimited range: Where traditional radios are limited to a range of a few miles. POC technology is only limited to where there is mobile data or a WIFI signal. Instead of relying on the assistance of antennas to communicate over long but limited distances, your team will have no limits to their communication.
Exemption from OFCOM licensing requirements: As there is a limited spectrum of radio frequencies, users of traditional radios require a licence from OFCOM. However, if your business is based in a densely populated area with many other businesses using radio frequencies, an OFCOM licence can be hard to obtain. With POC radios, an OFCOM licence is not needed.
Who does Wall to Wall recommend POC radios to?
Any business can benefit from the use of POC radios. POC radios are fast, reliable and of similar cost to traditional radios. However, with the range of POC radios being only limited to where there is mobile data network or a WIFI signal, businesses that span a wide area or travel over long distances can particularly benefit from their use. For example, taxi companies, couriers or any company with multiple sites across the country. Additionally, any business that is situated in a densely populated area such as London or Edinburgh where radio frequencies are in high demand, the use of POC radios can eliminate the hassle of obtaining an OFCOM licence or risk of interfering radio signals.
Wall to Wall Comms POC radios
Browse through our selection of POC radios that include the [list of POC radios here]. With a wide selection of radios, we have the perfect one for you. At Wall to Wall we also go above and beyond, buying your POC radios through us comes with a range of benefits including repair and maintenance, radio hire whilst your radios are being repaired and expert advice.
There are a variety of radios from licence-free, POC, ATEX to digital radios. At Wall to Wall Communications we are a proud supplier of a wide range of radios designed for each purpose and price point. For help choosing your perfect radio you can read our blog post “Which Radio Is Best For You and Your Business” to get some ideas, or contact us here.
2) Set up
When you either rent or purchase a two way radio through Wall to Wall Communications, you will have an experienced team that will help you set it up. If you are using a licence-free radio, you will be able to begin using your walkie talkies straight away by tuning every radio into the same frequency. This can be done by turning the dial, usually at the top or on the side of the radio that says “channel” or “frequency”. Alternatively you can choose your frequency by navigating on the LCD display. Repeat this with every radio you plan on using, setting them all to the same channel or frequency. However, if your radio isn’t licence-free, you will need a licence from OFCOM. You can learn about these on our blog post “OFCOM Licence: All You Need To Know”. If you have any additional questions about OFCOM licences you can either call us on 0208 770 1007 or email us at email@example.com.
3) Test your radios
Before you start using your radios, it is important to test them before splitting them up. Start by turning the volume up on all the radios and press the “push to talk” (PTT) button. As you hold the button down, wait 1 to 2 seconds and then speak into the radio that you are holding 0.5 to 2 inches away from your face. Wait for the sound to come out of the other radios to confirm they are working. The “push to talk” button is typically the large button on the side of the radio. After the radios are working fine in close proximity, test them again once they are where you will be using them. This will allow you to test the signal strength and the radios range. If you are having any issues with this, do not hesitate to contact the Wall to Wall team as there are many ways we can help boost signal and voice clarity.
4) Sending and receiving messages
Use the radios in the same way you tested them, repeating every time you want to send a message. After sending your message via walkie talkie ensure you release the PTT button to prevent it picking up cross-talk or white noise.
5) After use
After using your radios it is important to turn them off and re-charge them ready for the next use. This is particularly important if you are planning on using your radios daily.
During this turbulent time, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, being adaptable is key. This is something we at Wall to Wall Communications are practicing and supporting. As suppliers of two way radios for over 40 years, we understand their importance and value, now more than ever. Not only do two way radios improve security, efficiency and safety, but they also provide seamless communication whilst minimising face-to-face contact. This is something Tulleys Farm is demonstrating first hand…
Located in Turners Hill, West Sussex, Tulleys farm is adapting to the new normal. The latest government advice is to stay at home and only leave home for exercise, medical reasons, work and for groceries in a bid to slow the spread of Coronavirus. To minimise contact whilst venturing out to do the latter, Tulleys Farm has come up with the perfect solution… drive through groceries!
With Tulleys Farm closing its grocery business in favour of events six years ago, they have recently reopened their doors to help supply fresh veg and meat to the surrounding communities without face-to-face contact. Opening a new way of conducting business posed many challenges, of which Tulleys Farm and Wall to Wall were up for the challenge. Tulley’s needed a fast and reliable two way radio supplier to help them deal with increased business and a fast paced environment. This is where Wall to Wall Communications came in.
So what are Tulleys Farm doing that is so unique, and how have two way radios helped them?
Step 1: Drive to Tulleys Farm
Step 2: View their menu from the comfort of your car
Step 3: Read out your order from your car
Step 4: Pay using contactless
Step 5: Stay in your car whilst your order is packed
Step 6: Pop the boot of your car and your groceries will be loaded
Step 7: Drive home!
The two way radios we have supplied help the workers carry out this operation seamlessly. Instantaneous communication is vital for the staff to be able to relay orders to the runners, who then bag up the shopping, as well as allowing management to coordinate staff, all whilst allowing staff to maintain distance whilst working. The two way radios are portable, durable and easily cleaned (you can read our blog ‘How to Effectively Clean and Disinfect Radios’ here).
If you are looking for fresh meat and a wide range of vegetables and dairy products, Tulleys Farm is open 10am to 5pm every day where you can queue in your car.
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