Mobile phones have allowed the world to communicate in ways we probably couldn’t have imagined 100 years ago. You can call someone in the other side of the building or someone on the other side of the world, but when it comes to instant communications that are reliable and rugged mobile phones have limitations. Their battery life isn’t great, they are covered in delicate glass and connection time can be slow.
To address this issue many farmers switched to CB radio in the 1970’s and 1980’s. CB radio was one of the best options to get instant long-range communications to help improve efficiency on the farm. This sounds great but bulky equipment, poor audio quality and shared channels gave CB radio its limitations.
This is where two-way radio can fill this gap. In recent years, this technology has leaped forward and allows for a wide range of features, including the use of multiple channels, increased battery life, private calling, job ticketing and lone worker functionality. Success in modern agriculture relies on keeping efficiency and productivity high, maximising resources and keeping the costs down. Roadphone NRB allows you to be flexible with your communications helping to reduce costs and maximise efficiency.
Working outside in the fields can be demanding, and your handheld radio equipment needs to be touch to cope. We have a number of personal handheld radios that are built to withstand, with high IP Ratings that protect against dust and water ingress meaning your equipment will last longer and work better.
Many smaller farms around the UK which are only a few acres in size may be able to use licence free radios which should be able to provide short range communications to users in the same field or with line of sight to the other user.
Success in modern agriculture relies on keeping efficiency and productivity high, maximising resources and keeping the costs down. Roadphone NRB allows you to be flexible with your communications helping to reduce costs and maximise efficiency. With a hire fleet of over 2000 radios, you can easily hire in additional radios to help you cope through busy seasonal periods.
It’s also worth considering the benefits a multi-site solution could bring you. By installing linked repeaters on your farm and those of your neighbours, you can instantly talk to fellow farmers in the nearby areas, providing increased resilience against theft, and enhancing safety when you’re working alone.
Two-way radios can be broken down into two main areas - Licensed Radio & Unlicensed PMR446 Radio . Both of these types of radio operate in essentially the same way, but the output power of the radios, coverage area and number of other users on the channel varies.
So, what’s the difference between Licensed and Unlicensed? Unlicensed radios operate on PMR446 frequencies, and are limited by law to 0.5W of output power, that’s only 1/10th of the output of a licenced handheld radio. This limits the range of the radios, which, like any other radio, can vary greatly depending on the terrain and number of buildings in the area. License-free frequencies are common across most of Europe, which makes them ideal for use in both the UK and when oversees.
Licensed radios have a maximum output power of 5W for handportables, and 25W for vehicle mobile units. The increased power helps with increasing coverage, and as licensed spectrum is controlled by the local licensing authority (OFCOM in the UK), the chances of encountering other users or interference on your frequency are reduced. You need to pay for licensed frequencies, and the cost varies depending on what your requirements are, how congested the spectrum is, and where you are located. Contact us, and we’ll advise you on the best approach to take.
UHF (ultra-high frequency) and VHF (very high frequency) are both bands of frequency spectrum which can be used to make two-way radios communicate. Your decision will depend on a variety of factors; what frequency spectrum is available, have you got existing radios you’d like to integrate with, and which option will provide the best coverage and performance for your needs.
Most of the leading radios from Motorola Solutions and Hytera are available in both UHF and VHF, and your trusted advisor at Roadphone NRB will advise you on what’s best for you.
Integrated ticketing system which allows dispatchers to create, assign and track job tickets through the radio network.
Alarms & Lone Worker
Messages at specific time intervals to confirm workers wellbeing, managers are reassured that their employees are safe.
Make voice announcements from the control room, to groups or individuals.
Use text messaging when discretion is required or routine communication needs to be delivered.
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