How Talkpod LTE/PoC Two Way Radio Can Assist Highway Maintenance

How Talkpod LTE/PoC Two Way Radio Can Assist Highway Maintenance

Radio communication has been around since the late 19th century with the advent of Morse code transmissions. The early 20th century saw the development of the first "walkie-talkie" for military use, marking the evolution of two-way radio technology into a reliable means of communication for nearly a century.

Recently, two-way radios have integrated with mobile technology, giving rise to Push-to-Talk Over Cellular (PoC) or LTE/PoC radios, which leverage mobile networks for communication. These radios, equipped with multi-network roaming SIM cards, find the strongest signal available, allowing for instant nationwide communication as long as a cellular network signal is present. This feature is especially beneficial for businesses with staff who travel extensively and need broad-scale communication.

LTE/PoC radios, which can appear as smartphones or traditional two-way radios, come with features like an emergency button, Man Down, and Lone Worker functions. Most of these devices allow 'Over the Air' programming, and their data services are typically accessible via monthly subscriptions.

In contrast, traditional two-way radios operate on radio frequencies and are independent of mobile networks, making them reliable for remote locations or areas with limited mobile coverage. Options for two-way radios include unlicensed "walkie talkies," operating on PMR446 frequencies for short-range communication, and licensed two-way radios for professional use with extended range and security, requiring an Ofcom license.

Determining whether LTE/PoC or two-way radios are better for your needs depends on your operation's location and scale. LTE/PoC radios are ideal for widespread communication through mobile networks or Wi-Fi, whereas two-way radios are indispensable for reliable communication in areas with poor mobile data coverage.

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