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.