At M.R.S. Communications, we stay on top of technological developments in security systems. In order to prevent a system from being compromised, it pays to stay a step ahead of potential malicious actors.
The use of two-way radios may seem outmoded. It often conjures the idea of speaking into a crackly brick, and receiving a distorted response. This perception of unsophisticated walkie-talkies is behind the times. Much like in so many areas, the technology at work in two-way radio systems has improved at great pace in recent years.
Here are some of the main features of modern two-way radios, and how they benefit those who rely on them.
Convenient and efficient
Today’s two-way radios are small and lightweight, and significantly more compact than they used to be. Not having to carry bulky equipment is an obvious benefit to users, who can be more nimble.
In addition, hands-free functionality can allow users to communicate over the security channel while also performing manual tasks.
Digitally encrypted transmissions
Nowadays, two-way radios send an encrypted digital signal, rather than broadcasting and receiving over an analogue frequency.
This comes with a number of advantages:
- Improved audio quality: The messages sent and received have crystal clarity, which greatly reduces the chance of misunderstanding. It also means users will spend less time repeating themselves, making for a more efficient system all-round.
- Increased range: The radios have a greater range, meaning that the area in which the security system operates can now cover a lot more ground.
- No interception: With analogue radios, it was possible to intercept messages if malicious actors discovered the frequency on which they operated. Now the messages are encrypted, and can only be decoded by private users with the correct secure key. This makes it nigh-on impossible for hackers to intercept messages and compromise security.
- Minimal network outage: As the radios are independent of phone networks, users aren’t at the mercy of a provider’s spotty reception, or its network going down.
Would you like to know more? Read our guide to how two-way radio communications work.
Text messaging and other useful functionality
Modern two-way radios also have increased functionality, which can make the users more agile. For instance, messages can be sent in text format if the user isn’t in the position to speak. Text messaging can also provide a useful paper trail in case communications are required for future reference.
Radios can also be GPS enabled if you need to know where users are in your network at a glance. Also, Bluetooth connectivity means devices within the system can be better aligned.
Dedicated alarm buttons and triggers
In case of emergency, radios can also feature triggers for specific alarms. Dedicated buttons can be used for alerting the emergency services, if required. Many security systems have ‘panic buttons’ to alert all users of serious issues.
Additional functionality can also be used to protect lone workers, for example. Alerts could be triggered after periods of inactivity, to ensure that alarms are raised if any workers are injured or have fallen unconscious.
The radios can also be integrated with other alarm systems in use in your network, such as fire alarms, or security alarms in shop doorways.
Are you thinking of creating a security network in your area?
At M.R.S. Communications, we know how to get the best use out of two-way radios. Which is why they form the cornerstone of our security systems. We also offer on-site training and ongoing support for all security systems we set up. Have a look through our case studies to find out for yourself how businesses have benefited from teaming up with M.R.S.
If you’re interested in creating a security network for the businesses in your area, we’d love to talk to you. We offer tailor-made security systems for all needs and budgets. Please get in touch today to discuss what would best suit your needs, with no obligation.