Day Wireless Systems Joins Brocade Partner Network as a Select Partner

Milwaukie, OR–July  6, 2016 – Day Wireless Systems, today announced that it is offering Brocade networking solutions, having joined the Brocade Partner Network as a Select partner. Day Wireless will deliver solutions and services primarily around Brocade’s campus network switch lineup.  Day Wireless secured accreditation to join the Brocade Partner Network as a Select Partner having proven its ability to efficiently deliver networking solutions to customers, as well as the organization’s extensive knowledge, skills, and expertise in the networking and wireless industry.

 

“Brocade is pleased to welcome Day Wireless as a Brocade Partner Network channel partner,” said Angela Quinn, Channel Manager, Western Sales region, Brocade. “As a member of the Brocade Partner Network channel program, they will have the ability to continually increase their knowledge of new and emerging IP technologies, which will lead to greater benefit of their customers.  Brocade is very excited to welcome Day Wireless as a partner in the West, and engage with all the high demands of IP business, with industry expertise in security, video surveillance, SLED and Healthcare solutions in the market.  With Brocade’s recent acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, Day Wireless Systems is well positioned to offer customers a complete end-to-end IT networking solution from the edge to core.”

 

The Brocade Partner Network channel program includes four partnership levels: Distributor, Elite, Premier and Select. All levels have been designed with specific requirements and benefits to help partners leverage and be rewarded for their networking product knowledge and solution support expertise. As part of this partner-enablement strategy, Brocade provides its partners with deal registration to help ensure project success and investment protection. In addition, Brocade has extensively expanded its dedicated sales, marketing and technical support offerings and incentives to help ensure profitable partnership engagement. All Brocade channel partners benefit from being part of Brocade’s extensive, world-class partner ecosystem, the Brocade Partner Network.  For more information on the Brocade Partner Network channel program, please visit http://www.brocade.com/en/partners/channel-partners/brocade-partner-network.html.

What are the Differences between the MOTOTRBO XPR 7550e Enabled, Capable, and the Legacy XPR 7550?

This article has been edited since the original post date of 3/2016 to reflect the current lineup of radios. (9/2016)

With so many different configurations of the XPR7000 series MOTOTRBO radio available, end users are bound to be confused.  Here, we try to break down the differences of just 3 of the models.  The top of the line XPR 7550e Enabled, XPR 7550e Capable, and XPR 7550.

The new XPR7550e will come in two versions, CAPABLE and ENABLED.

Both models will have the higher Ingress Protection Rating of IP68, optional UL (intrinsically safe) battery, Wi-Fi option, and improved receiver which boosts range by up to 8%.

XPR7550e CAPABLE models include:

  • 2100mAh battery
  • Optional Now Included– IP Site Connect
  • Optional Now Included– Capacity Plus
  • Optional Now Included– Linked Capacity Plus
  • Optional – Connect Plus, Capacity Max
  • Optional – Wi-Fi License
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

XPR7550e ENABLED models include:

  • 3000mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus or Capacity Max
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • Included – Wi-Fi license
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

The legacy XPR 7550 radio includes:

  • 2150mAh battery
  • Included– IP Site Connect
  • Included – Capacity Plus
  • Included – Linked Capacity Plus
  • Included – Connect Plus
  • IP67 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Optional – UL (intrinsically safe)

Which Radio Is Best for Me?

For users who are not needing the advanced feature sets of  MOTOTRBO, the CAPABLE radio option may be the radio for you.  The CAPABLE XPR 7550e radio comes in at a slightly reduced price point than the legacy XPR 7550.   The CAPABLE model also allows you to order the advanced options a la carte should you need them in the future.

Users who are operating on a MOTOTRBO trunked or multi-site system should consider migrating to the ENABLED version of the XPR 7550e. The price point is approximately 10% higher (MSRP) over the legacy XPR7550, however, the enhancements should justify the price increase.  Specific feature upgrades include Wi-Fi programming functionality, more ruggedness, better range, better batteries, and Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for indoor location.

Users who have a substantial fleet of legacy XPR 7550’s and do not want to mix their fleet can purchase the legacy version for the time being. Motorola will probably announce its cancellation this summer.  Motorola has temporarily increased the price of the legacy version XPR 7550 in anticipation of a cancellation in the near future.  After cancellation, the radios will be supported with service parts for a minimum of 5 years.  All audio and energy (batteries, chargers) accessories will be compatible with the “e” series models.

Top 3 Reasons Why Motorola’s New MOTOTRBO Radios are a Game Changer for Radio Fleet Managers

Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables
Next Generation MOTOTRBO e series portables

On February 29th, Motorola introduced the Next Generation of MOTOTRBO radios, the “e” series.

Professional Portable Radios: XPR7350e, XPR7550e

Compact and Capable: XPR3300e, XPR3500e

Slim line portable: SL7550e

Professional Mobiles: XPR5350e, XPR5550e

All of the new radios have the same form factor and basic features of their similarly named predecessors – with the addition of some major enhancements that will greatly benefit radio fleet managers.

1. All new e series radios have an integrated Wi-Fi option

Managing your radio fleet has been becoming more and more complex with the explosion of digital technology. Adding an alias, changing a setting, or adding a frequency could mean reprogramming and “touching” every single radio.  This could mean pulling radios out of the field, or having our technicians go from jobsite to jobsite in order to reprogram your radios, costing you time and money.

Over the air programming while sounding great in theory has had its problems due to the very low data throughput these radios are able to receive in traditional two-way spectrum.

Wi-Fi capability in conjunction with Motorola’s radio management software allows the radio manager to make changes to a codeplug or update firmware from a central location. When users are in (company) Wi-Fi range the radio will notify the user of the new codeplug and they can simply update it.  What once took weeks, days, or hours now takes days, hours, or minutes depending on the size of your operation.

2. Better battery life

A new high capacity battery option will allow for up to 28 hours of battery life. This is huge for multi-shift operations where battery management is a huge hassle.  The hi-cap batteries will just about double the battery life of the standard batteries in the XPR3000 and 7000 series.

3. New Intrinsically Safe Option

There is now another option in the MOTOTRBO line for intrinsically safe (formerly FM, now UL) customers. The intrinsically safe option on the XPR3000e series has been coveted for some time by fleet managers looking to provide a cost effective, compact, digital solution for hazardous location communication.

 

 

Are you dealing with radio interference? Reality check…your frequencies are probably not exclusive.

Commercial and government two-way radio users are required to operate with an FCC license.  A common misconception is that once properly licensed, the frequency that gets licensed to you becomes exclusive in that area.  Frequency coordinators do an admirable job trying to mitigate interference by geographically separating users on the same frequency as much as possible.  However, in some metro areas it is just not possible.  There is simply too much demand for the finite resource of land mobile radio (LMR) spectrum.  Even the 2013 narrowband mandate has not relieved the pressure of the overcrowding of spectrum in metro markets.

Taking a look at several metro markets on the West Coast, you can see how congested the traditional LMR bands have become.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

  • The average UHF frequency in LA County is shared by 18 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (464.0375) is shared by 100 different entities.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

  • The average UHF frequency in the Bay Area is shared by 13 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (467.85) is shared by 40 different entities.

 

KING COUNTY (Seattle)

  • The average UHF frequency in King County is shared by 5.4 different licensed entities.
  • The most congested frequency (456.4625) is shared by 25 different entities.

 

Want to know who shares your frequencies?  Email us for a free report.

 

Co-channel radio interference can cause busy tones, cross-business transmissions, and can impact the safety and productivity of your workforce.

 

We have a solution!

Day Wireless Systems is working together with Motorola to provide large on-site radio users the opportunity to lease EXCLUSIVE spectrum in 900 MHz at an extremely low spectrum acquisition cost.  The licenses will be valid for 10 years.  900 MHz is excellent for in-building signal propagation and should be a consideration for companies concerned with dependability and security of radio systems using shared spectrum.  Motorola has a complete line of 900 MHz equipment operating on the MOTOTRBO platform.

 

For more information about this program, please email us.

How to spot contenders vs pretenders when it comes to DAS Integrators?

I recently had a discussion with Jim Muzynoski, who manages our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. The following series of posts are excerpts of our conversation. The conversation revolves around the requirement for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in buildings (International Fire Code ICC Section 510) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72).  DAS systems along with signal boosters are used to provide first responder/public safety radio coverage in buildings and other structures.

Part 3 of 3

What do you look for in a DAS integrator to show that they are a contender?

The first thing is certifications with the manufacturers. Are they certified installers of Commscope, or Solid, or TE or Corning, or any of the manufacturers that we represent? If you have certified technicians and engineering staff for these manufacturers it shows that you are a legitimate integrator. Do you actually have a design team that can design these systems? In many cases there are companies out there that are just guessing where to put the indoor antennas. They might be able to get away with it on a couple of projects but in the long run, those systems are not going to work and be balanced, optimized systems.

Along with the design team, do they have the design software? The industry standard is IBWave. If you have an integrator that has IBWave, they are a legitimate company. Having general radio license GROL, a lot of the guys out there are not radio technicians and were dealing with public safety radio enhancement systems. So you want an integrator that actually knows radio frequencies and public safety radio frequencies and not just the carriers.

We carry spectrum analyzers, we carry Anritsu’s which analyze frequencies and strength of signal of these signals from VHF to 2700 mhz so we can handle all spectrum. We also have PIM testers as well, it shows what interference you may potentially run into based on the different frequency bands you are amplifying. PIM testers are usually used in cellular deployments. That gear is expensive gear and it’s definitely a differentiator between legitimate companies and ones that might fly by night.

Day Wireless is public safety radio focused. We have relationships with all of these public safety radio agencies. Because of that if we were to turn up a system and the system were to have a negative effect on the overall wide area network, the customer would actually end up calling Day Wireless to fix the wide area network. So we actually have a vested interest in making these systems work because we would be the ones fixing it locally at the amp, but also at the wide area network level as well. Because of that, we are different than most of our competition.

What happens when you cause interference on a public safety radio system?

If there is significant interference, the public safety radio system on the wide area network will actually not work. Police and Fire will actually try to key up their radios and they won’t be able to talk to dispatch or each other. If there is an emergency situation, they would have no way to communicate. And those types of situations we want to avoid at all costs. For companies that don’t know what it’s like for those guys and don’t live in that world everyday they are not necessarily concerned with that. Whereas that’s all we’re concerned about. We want to make sure there is none of that at any time. And the fines for that type of things can be pretty extensive as well. The FCC can charge you thousands of dollars per day. So there’s definitely reports of issues and if you don’t immediately fix them the FCC will drop the hammer.

Want to learn more about DAS? Check out the rest of our interview with  Jim Muzynoski, manager of our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. 

Part 1: How Much Does a DAS Cost?

Part 2: What is the Biggest Mistake Customers Make When Buying or Installing a DAS Solution?

XPR6350 Fire Sale Pricing!

Day Wireless has purchased Motorola’s remaining inventory of MOTOTRBO XPR6350 UHF radios and is offering them at fire sale prices. These radios were discontinued on April 30, 2015, but will be supported for Motorola service through May 30, 2020. This is a great option for customers who currently have the XPR 6350 and would like to stock up at a cheap price. Motorola’s recommended replacement product for the XPR 6350 is the XPR 7350.

 

CALL FOR SPECIAL PRICING! 800-503-3433

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  • IMPRES™ Li ion 2150mAh Battery (PMNN4077)
  • IMPRES™ Single Unit Charger (WPLN4232)
  • UHF GPS Antenna
  • 2.5″ Belt Clip (PMLN4652)
  • Accessory Dust Cover
  • Two Year Warranty
  • One Year Repair Service Advantage

What is the biggest mistake that customers make when buying/putting in a DAS?

I recently had a discussion with Jim Muzynoski, who manages our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. The following series of posts are excerpts of our conversation. The conversation revolves around the requirement for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in buildings (International Fire Code ICC Section 510) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72).  DAS systems along with signal boosters are used to provide first responder/public safety radio coverage in buildings and other structures.

Part 2 of 3

When a customer is building a new building, they put out a bid to a bunch of electrical contractors and the public safety DAS is in the scope and integrators end up bidding on the DAS portion. Often times, the DAS is viewed as something that might not be a mandatory item in the project. So it ends up being taken out of the scope and they’ll say they’ll do a change order if we need to later. Then they don’t plan for it, and forget about it as construction goes along and then at the last minute the fire marshal will come in and say they need a DAS. What that does is it drastically raises the cost because electricals need to run the cable, it’s very difficult to run cable on an already built building. Lead times are long on this equipment. It costs the contractors a lot of money because they can’t close out the project. And it causes a lot of stress on the deal because you’re rushing through this project when you’ve had years to work on it. So the most important thing is when it is in the scope, keep it in the scope. Plan for those costs because they are necessary. The fire marshal will demand that it goes in. Even if they are not mentioning it now doesn’t mean they won’t remember it at the last minute because it is a hot button issue.

One example, we just had a project in LA where the customer started the project in 2012. He hadn’t thought about the DAS since even though it was in the scope in the beginning. They took it out of the scope and didn’t think about it, three years later literally the day before occupancy the fire marshal comes in and says you need a DAS system. The owner ended up having to pay extravagant fees because they could not occupy the building until the DAS system was put up and it took about 6 weeks to get the system in because it takes a long time to get specific amplifiers in low frequency bands such as VHF and UHF. In that case it probably cost the guy a couple extra hundred thousand dollars just because he waited when he could have planned up front. We run into this sort of situation, it seems like almost every day.

Want to learn more about DAS? Check out the rest of our interview with  Jim Muzynoski, manager of our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. 

Part 1: How Much Does a DAS System Cost?

Part 3: How to Spot Contenders vs Pretenders When It Comes To DAS Integrators? 

How much does a DAS system cost?

I recently had a discussion with Jim Muzynoski, who manages our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. The following series of posts are excerpts of our conversation. Our conversation revolves around the requirement for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in buildings (International Fire Code ICC Section 510) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72).  DAS systems along with signal boosters are used to provide first responder/public safety radio coverage in buildings and other structures.

Part 1 of 3

How much does a DAS cost? What are the things to consider when pricing out a DAS system?

DAS (Distributed Antenna System) costs depend on a few different things. The first thing is the frequency range whether it is VHF, UHF, or 700-800 MHz public safety. Cost is going to vary based on the frequency; if it is all of the above it is going to be much more expensive than just one of those frequency bands. 700-800 frequencies are usually the easiest to do therefore it is usually the least expensive. VHF/UHF is more complex and it’s going to raise the cost. And if you need cellular frequencies obviously that’s also going to raise the cost. It’ll rise significantly if you need to get the 4 carriers involved.

How would I know what frequencies I need to amplify when it comes to Emergency Radio Coverage?

That’ll be based on each city or AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction). If you are in the City of Portland they have a radio system and would have certain guidelines and frequencies. If you go out to the Beaverton or Hillsboro (Oregon) area it is going to be a completely different radio system. Completely different frequencies. As a DAS integrator what we do is know the frequencies and fire code for the different cities and jurisdictions.

What about the building type? Do you see different complexities in say, condos vs a hospital?

There are a lot of variances with buildings. That’s definitely another factor that determines price. If you are dealing with a wood structure with regular windows (non-low-E) you might not need a DAS because the radio signal can penetrate very easily. But if you have concrete or steel or brick along with low-e windows it’s basically shielding the inside from the building from ever receiving radio signal. So you are definitely going to need a system for that. If you have underground parking in a structure you are definitely going to need a system.

You brought up something interesting in that you may not need a DAS system. So what would the process be like under this scenario… I’m breaking ground on a building and emergency radio coverage is in the fire code, but I don’t know if I’ll need a DAS or not. What is the process like in order to test if a DAS is needed?

Basically it’s almost impossible to test on greenfield new construction. Because most fire code says new construction 50,000sf or more needs a system if coverage isn’t already there, that’s what’s driving the test. As the building is being built, once the walls are in, the windows and ceilings, we’ll do a preliminary test to see what the coverage is in the building. And they have to meet certain radio signal standards. Which is -95 db for 90% of the building. 99% of all stairwells and elevators, critical areas. We’ll go in and do a 20 or 40 grid test, breaking each floor into even squares and test signal strength in those squares and we’ll see if it meets the criteria for fire code or not. If it doesn’t then it will need a system. If it does then you are good to go. We can provide you a certification to give to the fire marshal.

What would be the first step for someone interested in learning more about DAS?

If you don’t know what you need the first part of it is calling an integrator and seeing whether you need a system or not. That test is going to decide everything. A lot of times we’ll be able to tell you right upfront if there’s underground parking, there’s not going to be any coverage down there. That’s a guaranteed system that is needed. Or we would come out and do some testing to see exactly where you would need a system and we would design accordingly. So the first thing would be to contact an integrator and figure out what to look for and we can basically do a design and put you in a spot where you are not worrying about putting a system in at the last moment because that will raises cost as well.

A big thing we run into often with construction companies is that they’ll wait until the last minute to do a DAS system because they think they won’t need it, or it won’t be enforced by the AHJ. And then it’ll be the day before occupancy and the fire marshal will say “Where’s your DAS?” and then you’ll be in trouble. If you end up doing that and running that risk, that’s a costly risk because in most cases you’ll need cat & cable pathways and a lot of times you have hard lid ceiling it’s not an easy thing to do once the ceilings are up. It’s better to put these systems in while planning for them up front than to ignore it and hope it goes away, and then pay for it in the end because the install costs are dramatically more if you have to cut through hard lid ceiling as opposed to putting it in before the ceilings go up.

Typically if you are looking at DAS systems can you comfortably throw out a price per square foot based on different categories?

It really does wildly depend. If you gave me a specific jurisdiction where I knew the frequencies and I know the building type I could tell you.

For instance in Portland, OR a low-e glass, steel structure, 100,000 sf I would probably budget about a buck a square foot for public safety.

That same 100,000 sf building in San Jose might be $200,000 for that same building. If you add cellular it could be $400,000. So it can really go from 50¢ per square foot up to $5.00 per square foot depending on all these different factors.

Want to learn more about DAS? Check out the rest of our interview with  Jim Muzynoski, manager of our DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) business sales team. 

Part 2: What is the Biggest Mistake Customers Make When Buying or Installing a DAS System?

Part 3: How to Spot Contenders vs Pretenders When It Comes To DAS Integrators? 

Steve Shelton Appreciation/Retirement Thread

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Steve Shelton

 

On July 31st, Steve Shelton officially retired from Day Wireless and began the next chapter of his life, one filled with traveling, drinking wine, and lots of golf. I hope he can handle all of that…

Over the course of 15 years at Day, Steve wore many hats and was involved in many facets of our business. From sales management, to marketing, business development, and presale, Steve was involved in just about every large project Day Wireless has sold in the past 10 years.

Personally, I’ve had the privilege of working under Steve for 5 years in a marketing capacity. What he has taught me on a personal and professional level has been invaluable. Steve – you’ve been everything I could have asked for in a boss, a mentor, and friend, and I wish you a very happy retirement.

Thank you for everything. Jeff Nishimura


Steve,

You have saved my bacon so many times I’ve lost count! It has been beyond a pleasure working with you on some pretty cool projects – and some of them are still working!

Thank you for all you have done for Day Wireless and I wish you a long and enjoyable vacation – I mean retirement.

Matt Enser


Steve,

Let me say it’s been my pleasure to have worked with you all these years. I have always appreciated your professionalism and the way you go about your business. When you took over the RFP response team/process and implemented the methods for us to discuss and respond and create assignments and timeframes things went so much smoother. On occasion I’d have a last minute RFP we’d need to respond to and was nervous to even ask you to help with such a short window sometimes but you always just made it happen. You and your team. From a business standpoint your shoes and temperament will be hard to fill.

On a personal note, you’ve helped me see things differently at times and your calming manner has helped me dodge a landmine or two. You’re one of the good ones and I’ll miss you. Please stay in contact now and then. Best wishes in retirement!!! Jim Trevino


I don’t have one specific story about Steve.  To me, Steve is a collection of many of the character traits that I strive to improve on in myself every day.  Among those traits is Steve’s consistency and even-keeled demeanor.  When I first began at Day, one of the first projects that I worked on went through the pre-sale proposal team and I got to work with Steve for the first time.  We were up against a tight deadline and Steve had about 5 other projects that were due around that same time.  His task list seemed too large to complete.  However, he remained calm, didn’t rush, and continued to work without panic.  We met the deadline and I’m sure he met all of the other deadlines as well.  That same even-keeled approach translated into many other facets of our business.  Whether it was speaking with frustrated customers, negotiating internal relationships between divisions, or figuring out the best strategy to attack and win a project, Steve has been the ultimate mediator for our company.  He always tried to look at each deal with the Day Wireless Systems as a whole in mind.  That sort of “team first” attitude was a great example for others within our company to follow.  Personally, I have learned very much from Steve.  While I have learned much about business every day from him over the past 5 years that I have been with the company, I value most his passion and character as a man.  I’ll miss seeing him in the office every day and bouncing ideas for the future off of him.  He genuinely wants the best for people and has always been willing to help.  I wish him the best years to come with his family and on the golf course!  He has earned every minute!     

– Jim Muzynoski


Steve,

It has been a pleasure and an honor working with you these past 15 years, you will be sorely missed! Your position may be filled but you will never be replaced.

May God bless your future plans; I hope the very best for you and your family!

Live long and prosper my friend, missed you will be!

Darin DeMasters


Steve – Appreciate having the chance to work with you over the last several years. You’re a great teacher and have a wealth of knowledge 2nd to none. I’m sure not only I, but all of Day will truly miss you as business “go to guy” and personally. Wish you the best in retirement! PS – who’s supposed fall for my rubber snake gag after you’re retired!?

Regards,

Jason Knutson

 

Are Two-Way Radios Really Safer Than Cell Phones When Driving?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned talking and texting without a hands free device on January 2, 2012. The law excludes CB and two-way radios due to the simple, one-button push operation of a radio where drivers do not have to take their eyes off the road.

Recently, we had the opportunity to test this theory at a customer’s site. We set up a small test track to see if radios are really safer to use while driving in comparison to talking or texting on a cell phone.

The track was comprised of three main sections:

  • Curvy road track
    • Driver to make and receive calls during this section
  • Accelerate and stop – 1/4 mile acceleration to 30 mph and stop
    • Driver to place a call when traveling at 30 mph, and stop at the stop sign
  • Left or Right swerve around a cone based on 100 foot warning
    • While on a call, driver to follow passenger’s instructions to swerve left or right

DOT researchers have classified distracted driving into four categories:

  • Visual (taking one’s eyes off the road)
  • Manual (taking one’s hands off the wheel)
  • Cognitive (thinking about something other than driving)
  • Auditory (listening to the radio or someone talking)

The DOT favors two-way radio over cell phones primarily due to the visual and manual aspects of distracted driving.

“The odds of being involved in a safety-critical event are three times greater when the driver is reaching for an object than when the driver is not reaching for an object. The odds of being involved in a safety-critical event are six times greater while the driver is dialing a cell phone than when the driver is not dialing a cell phone. These increases in risk are primarily attributable to the driver’s eyes being off the forward roadway.”

 

 

Test #1 – Driving While Talking on a Cell Phone

Brandy (the driver) was able to navigate the curvy road track fairly well. However, any question that required a cognitive task forced him to focus on one thing or the other (the road or the call). He couldn’t do it. He focused on the road (the smart thing to do) and the conversation suffered.

Brandy:

“So I wasn’t paying attention…I was kind of more like paying attention to the road…”

Devin Edwards (Boss):

“I could tell you weren’t paying attention to me…I mean not really…You were only really halfway in the conversation.”

Brandy:

“Because I was thinking!”

The ¼ mile acceleration and stop proved to be difficult. At 30 mph, looking down at a phone for 1 second equals travelling 50 feet. There was about 150 feet that was allowed for deceleration. The driver blew through the stop sign on 3 out of 5 laps.

The driver failed to swerve in the appropriate direction on 2 out of 5 laps on the cone test.

 

Test #2 – Driving While Texting

Driving while texting proved to be extremely difficult and unsafe. The driver failed all three tests and it was obvious how difficult it was to text and drive at the same time.

Brandy:

“You find yourself looking at your phone more than looking through your windshield”

Me as a passenger:

“That’s not good…”

Test #3 – Driving While Using TRBOWEST (Motorola MOTOTRBO Digital Two-Way Radio System)

Brandy passed the curvy track portion fairly easily. You will notice on the video that he never takes his eyes off of the road. It was also noticeable in person that it was less stressful to converse over the radio than on a cell phone. I don’t have any science behind it, just an observation.

Brandy missed the stop sign in 1 out of 5 laps. This highlights some of the distraction that any cognitive function adds to the equation.

Brandy swerved in the wrong direction in 1 out of 5 laps. Again, this test stresses the cognitive overload of driving, talking to his boss, and listening to a passenger.

To answer the question, our tests strongly suggest that using a two-way radio while driving is safer than using a cell phone. You should never text while driving. However, even a two-way radio can cause distracted driving.

Best practices for using two-way radio while driving:

  • Keep conversations brief and business related
  • Keep the speaker mic within an easy arm’s length from the driver. If you don’t have to unclip the mic, even better.
  • Keep the radio volume loud and constant. Don’t turn up and turn down your volume throughout the day.

Thank you to Speeds Towing who was gracious enough to provide the manpower, time, and equipment to facilitate the test!