Aswell as being a great form of communication for teams in the workplace, two way radios also house many safety features that could be the difference in saving a workers life. Here we have highlighted a few of those features, whilst some also have instructional videos showing you how they work.
VOX Voice Activation
VOX Voice Activation is a feature that is present on the majority of two way radios. A simple function that allows for hands free communications whilst using your telecommunications device, VOX is ideal for a variety of differing working environments. Some radios come readily equipped with a VOX function meaning that no additional needs to be taken, but should a radio not have it readily programmed accessories can be purchased that are VOX capable, from remote speaker microphones to headsets.
Global Positioning System otherwise known as GPS is a mechanism that will use a number of satellites in order to locate the position of a radio. Sending a signal back to a base station or repeater, this feature allows for a person to effectively manage their time via the knowledge of the exact location of each member of the team. Working hand in hand with another feature that we will mention, GPS can be useful when used in cooperation with the Man Down function, allowing for the operative to be found should they be in a dangerous position within the work place.
A feature that is vital in dangerous working environments is Man Down. Whilst remote monitoring individual workers this feature can detect the orientation of the radio, detecting whether the radio is upright or not this will assume that the radio is on its side and that there is a problem at hand. Automatically detecting the issue, an alert transmission call for help will be activated and sent out to team members. Working similarly to how a smart phone works, whereby it can detect whether you are holding your phone in landscape or portrait mode, a system capable of GPS will also work in connection with this feature allowing for the operative to be found easily.
Lone Worker is a feature that works in a similar manor to Man Down. Monitoring activity levels should the radio detect that it has been inactive for a pre-set period of time, 30 minutes for example, a sound will be played on the radio. If this sound is not responded to by the operative then an alert will be sent out to the other radios within the fleet, or initially to a base station for the operator to then dispatch someone to the scene of the incident. Lone Worker is often readily installed into many radios at a middle price point, radios such as the DP1400 from Motorola or the PD405 from Hytera.
Should an important messaged need to be relayed to a team quickly then Transmit Interrupt should be a feature of high priority to both you and your business. Should an immediate danger become apparent, Transmit Interrupt will allow for a high priority transmission to interrupt any ongoing communications between operatives. Transmit Interrupt can also be used for instances non urgent, whereby if a new set of instructions needs to be relayed then this is a great tool to use, allowing for effective and efficient use of workers tine.
An emergency button is often present on two way communications devices, this is usually an orange colour and placed on the top of the radio. This can be programmed in order to raise and alarm to a base station or other radios within a group, if the devices being used have a display then the screen will showcase the ID of the radio in danger allowing for swift action to be taken. Seen on almost all radios, this is a safety feature that is of utmost importance in almost all working environments. Schools are able to take advantage of it should a disturbance be caused in class, or on a construction site where a person may be injured or urgent assistance is required.