While both walkie talkies and two way radios can greatly assist your company and workforce in communicating effectively, there are some very important differences between the two that can really determine just how efficiently and dependably communication happens.
Business Walkie Talkies 101
Generally speaking, walkie talkies work at a shorter range than two way radios, meaning communications have to occur at much shorter distances apart for them to work properly and reliably. Benefits of using walkie talkies are that they often cost less than two way radios and they may not require your business to have a licence to operate. However, the risk with walkie talkies is that your conversations could be heard by others in the area because the information being sent is not encrypted and does not use its own frequency. Walkie talkies are also limited to using analog communication.
Business Two-Way Radios 101
On the contrary, two-way radios are digital and work at much longer ranges. They can send communications out to single or multiple radios, can talk to cell phones and can send messages using the same, encrypted frequency (requires Industry Canada Licence). As an added feature, communications using two-way radios can be extended even further with the use of a repeater system. Two-way radios may cost more than walkie talkies but they’re built with higher quality and ruggedness in mind to ensure companies get private and reliable communications in louder or harsher environments.
The Right Choice For Your Business
In the end, the right choice for your business is going to depend on the specific needs of your company and workforce. However, when comparing walkie talkies and two-way radios, there are very clear advantages when it comes to quality, reliability, range, and capabilities that make choosing two-way radios the smarter and more cost-effective solution for businesses.
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