Are you planning a two-way radio system?
Here is a list of considerations helpful for us to know when you request a quote or proposal. Preparing this information before contacting us will be helpful to better define the scope of your project and allow us to provide a more thorough proposal.
In your own words, what are you trying to accomplish?
Instead of listing “radios for my schools” or “radios to talk,” let’s try and identify specifically what you would like these radios to do. Things like reducing response times, fixing coverage gaps, and reducing cellular expenditures are all good examples. The more specific you can be, the better proposal we can make for your underlying needs.
Is this a single building, campus, or do you need a wide area covered?
Number of Locations
Will radios be operated indoors, outdoors, or both? Will they experience extremes of cold, heat, damp/rain, dust, etc?
Imagining all potential locations of operation: are they loud, quiet, or both?
Will radio operators be working in a hazardous environment?
Number of Radio Users
How many people will need consistent access to a radio? Remember to include:
Besides determining a radio count for a quote, having a solid idea of these numbers may impact the type of infrastructure needed.
Number of Departments or Talkgroups
Almost more important than the total number of individual users is the understanding of different talkgroups that will be using the radio system.
For instance, a hotel might have security, engineering, front of house, catering/events, housekeeping, and maybe a few others.
Understanding these talkgroup dynamics of where they’ll need coverage and how much voice traffic to expect could impact your radio model selection as well as your infrastructure needs.
Don’t underestimate the importance of accessories! Accessories have a very high correlation to the satisfaction of your end users. Here are some widely-implemented considerations:
Does your organization use any applications that might extend to radio users? Today, some radios have light data capability and some are full blown smart devices. By extending your work applications to radio users, you are able to leverage your existing software investment while needing to carry less devices. Some common applications include:
Once you’ve identified these considerations, you may then want to review and begin addressing our Pre-deployment Checklist, which are the next steps in the Two-Way Radio deployment process. As always, Contact Us with questions or to get the conversation started!
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OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:
Two-way Radio Pre-Deployment Best Practices
Two-way Radio Deployment: Training and Protocols
Two-way Radio Post-Deployment: Key Takeaways
Two-way Radio Devices and Applications
Motorola Accessories by Device Type