Over the past ten years, the 2-way radio industry has seen a great deal of change. DMR offerings like Motorola’s Motorboat and Kenwood’s NexEdge are adding value to commercial and industrial organizations through the advancement of digital radio portfolios.
Voice and data are more transparent and increased in capacity with these technologies.
Additionally, 2-way radio vendors and accessory providers such as Sen Sear have placed a greater emphasis on safety compliance and awareness over the past few months.
In harnessing their power, digital radios Motorola can lead to increased safety for their users in 8 ways:
1. Support requests
There has been an emergency button on two-way radios for many years, but recent advancements in digital technology have provided a much broader range of options for workplace emergencies.
Modern radios offer a number of features that make making emergency calls possible. These include:
- People nearby are alerted by audible alarms
- A visual notification can be used as a silent alert or in conjunction with an alarm
- Opening the mic – so others can assess the situation
Send them to individual people (a dispatcher) or groups (all employees on the radio system), or send them to all employees at once. Organizations can choose from any of these options based on their preferences and protocol for dealing with emergencies.
Additional talk paths are available with some digital radio technologies, allowing transmission interruptions based on role. Using this tool, supervisors and rescue chiefs can drive their crew to safety when they must direct them away from dangerous situations.
2. Tangle-free & hands-free modes
The use of wireless accessories such as Bluetooth and other wireless adapters facilitates the transfer of sensitive data more easily and comfortably because users do not have to manage cables that can get tangled in objects.
The Bluetooth standard has been enhanced continuously in addition to the development of several push-to-talk (PTT) protocols. For those who prefer (or are legally required) to use hands-free communication, Bluetooth PTT protocols and headsets can be used with Bluetooth PTT protocols that differ between manufacturers.
When interacting with other radio users, they may find that voice activation (VOX), foot switches and throat microphones enable them to maintain their hands on the steering wheel.
Channel announcements, messages, and other information, such as the battery status, can improve safety. This allows the user to focus on tasks rather than glancing over to grab the radio while looking at the display.
3. Accessory compatibility with PPE
Personal protective equipment (PPE) first appeared on the market, making radio operation much more difficult. It is increasingly common for radio accessories to be combined into one two-way radio accessory as they become more compatible with different types of personal protective equipment.
All heavy equipment industries, including forestry, firefighting, mining, drilling, construction, and mining, require hard hats and radio communication. Hard hats can be equipped with a variety of audio accessories.
Moreover, many different solutions can be used to accommodate gloves and Hazmat suits with long fingers. A larger PTT button, respirator microphones, and earpieces made from weather-resistant materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions.
Industrial headsets in the form of muffs or plugs are available for those who work in noisy environments, as well as those who communicate at the same time with a two-way radio or Bluetooth device.
Work environments that are especially noisy may benefit from double protection (over-the-ear noise reduction and in-ear noise blocking).
4. Locating and monitoring the site
With tracking advancements, GPS and other positioning systems are used to send location information throughout the system. Additionally, this tool facilitates geofencing, which helps dispatchers set routes for their vehicles.
Geofences automatically send dispatchers or supervisors notifications whenever radios leave or enter designated areas on the map.
It is possible to contact the radio user after they have left their location to find out what their situation is and what is motivating their departure.
5. Being aware of the situation and controlling noise
Our previous posts have discussed in detail why hearing protection should be worn when working in loud environments.
How do you handle this scenario, however, when one of your production line members needs to speak with you? Some simply take off their hearing protection while speaking with you.