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.
To address these concerns, radio manufacturers engineered their new radios to provide both analog and digital voice communication in the same unit. This dual operation capability allows companies to keep their legacy analog radios in use along side of the new analog/digital radios. They can also continue to use their existing analog infrastructure with the new radios until the company is ready to switch over to a fully-digital system.read more
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. This gives 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.read more
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 Above)
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 communications.read more
Analog two-way radio has been the backbone of two-way radio communications for over a half-century. 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?read more
The merging of Vertex Standard Technologies and Motorola has been a long time coming. The story begins sometime around January of 2008 when Motorola decided to purchase 5.4 million shares of Vertex Standard making them a shareholder of about 78% of the company’s stake. Leaving the CEO and president of Vertex Standard with 20% of the company’s shares.
Fast forward to 4 years later in January of 2012 when Jun Hasegawa, the president and CEO of Vertex Standard decided to sell his remaining shares in order to steer away from commercial tier radios and focus more attention on Marine and Air-band businesses. On January 1st 2012, Motorola made the decision to buy out the remaining 20%, making Motorola Solutions the sole owner of Vertex Standard.
The goal for Motorola and Vertex Standard has always been to best serve our customers. This is why as of January 1st of this year (2018) Motorola Solutions has created a new line of Commercial tier radios which will include rebranded Vertex Standard radios. These radios are compatible with our MOTOTRBO line however they are not considered the same tier of radio.read more