One definition of ‘better’ is: ‘more desirable, satisfactory, or effective’. Applied to digital mobile radio, it may be considered better in terms of value deriving from efficiencies, technical superiority over professional mobile radio or added value. That value becomes a challenge to realise when considering the initial cost of removing the old system, investing into a new system, as well as the integration with all other systems within a business, training its users, etc. So, what does ‘digital mobile radio’ have to offer to make it worthwhile?
Table: Comparison of Analogue and Digital Mobile Radio
The question may no longer be whether digital is really better, but might focus on ‘what is the best solution’ for a business. Consideration should be given to your current systems performance, business criteria, investment and future planning. For many businesses the upgrade to digital is well worth consideration in order to maintain viability, competitive advantage and connectivity. In today’s fast changing technology environment, future proofing is key – investing in a system that is scalable and allows for future upgrades without a complete system overhaul.
Moving to a new radio system because of regulatory pressure, obsolescence or changing requirements does not need to be a daunting task. DMR delivers a smooth and cost-efficient migration path when switching from analogue to digital, because:
- Your existing frequencies and sites can be reused
- Your existing site infrastructure can be reused
- Most terminals support both analogue and digital
- iWireless Solutions services provide migration support
The overriding consideration is the appropriateness and applicability of a technology for an organisation’s operations – dPMR, DMR, Tetra or even analogue. Companies that are ready to migrate to DMR can benefit from efficiencies by utilising DMR’s ability to connect to cellular and Wi-Fi, opening up a whole host of interconnections and coverage advantages. DMR can be termed technically superior to analogue when it is utilised to its capacity – i.e. its features and applications can be harnessed by the company.
Whether you are just starting to think about upgrade possibilities, would like an audit of your existing system, or would like to discuss options, please do speak to Mike Kennett, our Wireless Consultant.