Analog radio networks have served operators well
for decades. When a service becomes so ubiquitous
and trusted, the notion of ever replacing it can be
a difficult one. On top of that, the perceived cost
and disruption of replacing your communications
infrastructure can be daunting. It’s easy to understand
why many organizations adopt an “if it ain’t broke,
don’t fix it” attitude, and continue to use sub-optimal
technology, despite rising maintenance costs.
While analog radio is without question a well-established
medium, digital radio is no fad. For example, the DMR (Digital
Mobile Radio) standard was published over a decade ago. It’s
a mature, well-defined and trusted open standard, with an
increasing presence around the world.
Double channel capacity. Trunked DMR effectively doubles
the frequency capacity of existing analog systems, with TDMA
(Time Division Multiple Access) technology fitting two voice
channels into each frequency band. As your workforce grows,
and opportunities to access data become more compelling, DMR
will increase your network capacity without increasing your
Data applications. Analog radio served the communication
needs of yesterday’s workforce well, but today, everyday
business operations rely on data. DMR data transmission
increases safety and efficiency with applications for notifications
and messaging, location awareness, billing, asset management,
fault detection, and packet data services.
Clear, reliable voice calls. DMR voice communication is
undiminished, right to the edge of coverage. Breakdown in voice
communication can drastically impact operational efficiency –
even lead to serious worker safety issues. So it’s important that
the communication tools your workforce use deliver the clearest,
most accurate transmission available.
Open standards. DMR is an open digital mobile radio
standard used by utilities, transport agencies, mining, and oil and
gas companies around the world. In most cases, products that
meet the DMR standard can interoperate with other standards-compliant DMR networks, providing choice and competitive
pricing for hardware.
Ease of migration. DMR transmission technology is very
similar to analog radio, meaning the process of upgrading may
be easier and less expensive than you might think. Many modern
base stations are capable of operating in both analog and digital
modes, with the process of staged network migration in mind.
Why go digital?
After decades of service, older analog radio networks are
reaching the end of their economic and technological life. Some
will be obsolete or unsupported in just a few years. Fortunately,
digital mobile radio offers tangible advantages that create
valuable business efficiencies and workplace safety.
DMR delivers full feature-parity with analog radio. All the familiar
benefits that you and your workforce rely on are available, so
it’s easy to integrate DMR into your workplace processes. But
beyond the standard voice communications that you’re familiar
with, DMR offers some powerful additional benefits: