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WHY TWO-WAY RADIO IS A GREAT CHOICE FOR INSTANT COMMUNICATION

At some point in every WWII movie there is a dramatic scene where a soldier gets pinned down by gunfire, grabs his two-way radio and makes a plea for help before it’s too late.  Although this may be a corny example, it does illustrate that two-way radio has been the first choice for instant communication by mission-critical organizations for quite some time. 

Although military personnel have used radio communication ever since it was introduced back in the 1940's, Community Emergency Operations and thousands of businesses soon followed, making two-way radio the "go-to" choice for anyone seeking a robust communication system for over 60 years.

In fact, two-way radio is considered mission-critical for business and public safety officials, now more than ever. One reason is that two-way radio has high-operational efficiency in emergency situations, whereas other communication systems, like cell phone networks, often become overloaded leaving users unable to connect.

Another reason why two-way radio is so popular is that it provides the ability to easily connect instantly to one person for a private conversation, or to many people simultaneously for a group conversation without having to go through awkward set up commands and operations. 

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What is the difference between THE CP200D Analog and the CP200D Digital TWO-WAY RADIO?

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The CP200D radio is the latest incarnation of one of the most popular Motorola two-way radios ever produced. Evolving from the popular P series of analog radios in the 1990s, the CP200D does something that its predecessors could never do – it operates in both analog and digital modes- often referred to as “dual mode.”

This is important because the dual-mode feature allows a fleet manager to easily incorporate CP200D radios into an existing analog radio system without having to change anything in the current operation.

Once the older analog radios are replaced with the newer “dual-mode” radios, the fleet can be switched to a full-digital operation with simple reprogramming. Moving a fleet to full-digital operation allows a company to gain the many benefits that digital technology provides over the older analog technology.

See is it time to migrate to digital? Analog vs Digital Two Way Radio 

Although there are several benefits in upgrading to a digital two-way radio system, some people believe they will remain on an analog system for many years. To accommodate this sector of the market, Motorola offers the CP200D in an “Analog Only” configuration.

This configuration costs slightly less than the dual-mode version because it does not include the software upgrade that allows for digital operation.  To upgrade the Analog Only radio for digital operation, a software upgrade must be purchased and installed into the radio.

It is important to note that purchasing an Analog Only radio and adding a digital software upgrade separately is actually more expensive than purchasing a dual-mode CP200d model that is already digitally capable and requires no additional software upgrade.

For people who believe they will never go digital, the CP200D “Analog Only” costs less money and works great as an analog radio. For people who see the benefit of a digital system, the already enabled CP200D Digital or dual-mode radio is a better choice. See our CP200D Product Page for spec sheets and brochures.

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EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY SOARS WITH NEXT-GENERATION MOTOTRBO™ FROM MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS

 

For business mangers, downtime means a loss of productivity and lost opportunity. Motorola Solutions helps decrease communication downtime and increase employee productivity by offering businesses Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™ digital radios that boast many features, including Wi-Fi connectivity and BYOD interoperability, that can save hours of lost time daily.

With any radio fleet, the process of updating each users device can be time-intensive. With a many workforces, the coordination alone creates a major headache at best case. With WiFi updates, organizations are saving hundreds of hours as well as increased fleet management efficiencies.

What’s New in These Next Generation Radios
The dramatic enhancements to the MOTOTRBO portfolio deliver the audio quality, coverage, battery life and built-in intelligence that allows users to work confidently and safely.  CLICK HERE for Radio Specs and Information

Safety

Background noise, such as a busy classroom, fluctuating road noise, and the clamor of a busy environment

  • Good for the environment - radios meet and exceed all regulations for minimizing potentially hazardous substances      
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IS IT TIME TO MIGRATE TO DIGITAL? PART FOUR : EASE OF MIGRATION

Two considerations that organizations face when switching from analog to digital are: one, the potential loss of investment by decommissioning analog radios that still have a use-value; and two, the potential interruption to normal operations during the transition period.

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IS IT TIME TO MIGRATE TO DIGITAL? PART THREE: VOICE & DATA

In Part Three of this series on Digital Migration, we cover Voice and Data. 

Part Three: Voice and Data  

Today's digital two way radios have enhanced voice and data capabilities that give radio users the ability to run productivity-enhancing applications directly from their hand held radios. Current applications include messaging, location based services, bar code reading, and form applications. And according to radio manufacturer information the growth potential for new application development looks very promising as third-party developers report interest in developing more applications for the industry.

Because of these new data capabilities, the term "Smart Radio" has been coined to refer to the latest release of digital radios. In reality, the name is sort of misleading because typical smartphone activities like surfing the web, sending video/images and synchronizing with remote office desktops are not available on the radios due to the large bandwidth required by the applications.

For many business managers, this is actually a blessing in disguise because they can control the type of the application workers access on their device during the workday (Think, no work time lost on facebook, snapchat, etc...) and more importantly digital radios have no monthly fees.

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IS IT TIME TO MIGRATE TO DIGITAL? PART TWO: BETTER CAPACITY

In Part Two of this series on Digital Migration, we discuss Better Capacity.

Part Two: Better Capacity

Regulatory pressures and real-world needs are driving a demand to expand the capacity of the business designated slice of the RF spectrum by leveraging new technology. As it happens, digital two way radio technology is very bandwidth efficient and actually allows two separate "channels" to operate on a single 12.5 kHz frequency, effectively doubling its capacity. (See chart below)

In addition to making efficient use of the RF spectrum, this feature helps minimize licensing costs associated with operational expansion because the additional channels do not require additional frequencies. For a fast growing business that is expanding its radio operations this can mean significant savings while expanding communcations. 
 

In the following excerpt from TDMA TECHNOLOGY, a whitepaper published by Motorola Solutions, the details are explained.

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IS IT TIME TO MIGRATE TO DIGITAL? DIGITAL VS ANALOG TWO WAY RADIO

Analog two-way radio has been the backbone of two-way radio communications for over a half-century, but in recent years a demand for new features and capabilities that analog technology cannot provide has raised the question for many radio managers of whether it is finally time to begin migrating their systems to digital.  While the "digital versus analog" debate will be argued for years to come, the following posts should provide useful information for anyone asking themselves the question: "Is it time to migrate to digital?"

Improved voice quality, greater capacity, longer battery life, as well as data features not available on the old analog systems, are just some of the benefits gained with a move to digital. In regard to looming regulatory pressures that demand greater spectrum efficiency to solve the issue of frequency congestion, digital technology provides a good solution to this problem by virtually doubling the channels on a single frequency. Download WHY DIGITAL TWO WAY RADIO WHITEPAPER to learn more.

In this multi-part  series on Digital Migration, we cover the topics of Better Range and Voice Quality, Better Capacity, Voice & Data, and Ease of Migration.  The chart below shows how digital radios provide greater Range and

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