Why Choose Digital DMR Two-Way Radios instead of Analog?

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Improved Audio Clarity

The DMR Digital technology provides improved noise reduction and protects voice quality over a longer distance than analog, especially noticeable towards the end of the transmission range, where analog radios will have a lot of static and background noise. The digital processing of the signal allows the receiving radio to screen out the background noise and reconstruct the signal even when it is very weak. This keeps the transmission clear and increases the effective range of the digital radios over analog radios where the signal clarity and strength drops off dramatically at the end of the coverage zone.

 

Better Battery Life and Power Usage

Getting through a full 10-12 hour work shift on a single battery charge has always been a challenge for the analog handheld two-way radios. The DMR technology uses the transmitter of the radio only half of the time compared to a narrowband analog radio, which reduces the drain on the radio’s battery almost by half. This increases the actual talk time of a single battery charge by up to 40 percent. Overall battery consumption per call is reduced, and longer usage time in the field will be noticed between recharges.

 

DMR digital radios double the capacity over existing analog equipment

A Regular analog two-way radio system uses an entire 12.5KHz narrowband channel to provide a single talk path for communication. However, the benefit of using a DMR digital radio system is that it supports two simultaneous and independent calls over the same narrowband 12.5kHz channel. This results in doubling the channel capacity of the radio system which allows businesses to split departments and users into different completely independent and private talk groups.

 

Do I need to switch all my analog radios to digital?

Digital radios work in either analog or digital mode.This digital technology allows you to migrate your analog radios to digital one radio at a time, one channel at a time or switch out the whole system at one time.

 

A Final Word On DMR

DMR technology offers Professional Two-Way Radio users the possibility to upgrade their analog equipment to digital at their own pace and improve the coverage, system capacity and audio clarity of the transmissions. The DMR standard provides a versatile platform and wide range of two-way radio equipment that can be used in virtually any business environment.

Budget Concerns Should Never Trump Your Student’s Safety

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On a far too regular basis, something heart-breaking will occur at a school like Newtown or Columbine. And for the next few weeks following the disaster, school boards across the nation push their school staff to get proposals for emergency equipment upgrades.

So, the principals or others staff meet with vendors and gather proposals for making their schools safer.

But then the buzz dies down a bit, the urgency fades. And when the proposals are reviewed (if they are reviewed at all) then the staff are told “it doesn’t fit into the budget, right now.”

A Community School District in Indianapolis was determined to not let this “budget vs. safety” dilemma catch them off guard when they contacted us back in the Fall of 2013.

They knew their current communication system was inadequate to help them deal with these all-too-common tragedies. Specifically, they had no way to instantly alert all their member schools simultaneously if an “incident” were to occur.

1. Their regular phone systems were too slow. Phone systems are one-to-one communication and in an emergency you have to have one-to-many communication.

2. Their current analog two-way radio systems didn’t allow users to override regular communication in order to deliver emergency warnings. And unless everyone (at every school) happened to be on the same channel, one-to-many communication was impossible.

During any school emergency, reliable communication is the key. So, the district knew they needed a better way to communicate with all its schools, and they wondered if a new radio system could be the answer.  But would they be able to get everything they needed? They had received a grant from the state for new radio equipment, but would it be enough?

That’s when they found Discount Two-Way Radio and their exceptional service team. DTWR was able to expertly design and deliver a new two-way radio system with a digital repeater and digital hand-held radios which allowed each school to have independent, on-site communications as well as an emergency override that would broadcast to all schools.  This new system instantly provided the one-to-many emergency communication that the district required.

This district now has a cost-effective digital radio setup which covers their day-to-day and their emergency needs, and best of all Discount Two-Way Radio was able to help them stay under budget.

We hope that all schools nationwide have the proper safeguards in place to handle any emergency or crisis. But if you have doubts or are not sure your current budget will allow for new safety communications equipment, just give Discount Two-Way Radio a call at 800-895-5122 and we will help you create a safer, more secure campus today. No budget is too small when it comes to the safety of every student!