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Analog communication has been around since the 1930s and has been the standard communication system ever since for two-way radios among those in the business world. However, there came a point where the analog method had no more room for further innovation or advancement in communication technology. For instance, most analog two-way radios can only handle one conversation at a time on each channel, limiting their usefulness and leading to potential communication logjams during times of high usage. So, what is the next step in two-way radio communication technology?

The Future is Digital

In recent years, there has been an explosion of digital technology that has revolutionized every aspect of our lives. From the media we consume to our careers, digital capabilities have broadened the horizon of possibilities. Compared to analog technology, digital technology generally processes information faster, more efficiently, and easier. For most industrial companies, the introduction of digital two-way radios has greatly impacted business. These digital innovations have become increasingly valuable in industrial and manufacturing centers, data centers, and sensitive environments including those that process oil and gas.

If you have not made the switch from analog to digital, you may have some initial concerns regarding how to incorporate digital technology into your work environment. If so, you should first know the key differences between digital and analog so that your questions can be answered, and you can feel more at ease with the transition.

What are the Differences Between Analog and Digital?

Analog systems use sound waves that represent AM or FM frequency radio waves. This method of communication was the standard for many years; however, digital methods of communication have many clear advantages over the traditional analog system:

  • Increased Range – Workers are enabled to communicate without the sound getting “fuzzy.”
  • Improved Audio Quality – Near-total resistance to latent interference and other signal crossings, allowing for better voice quality, even over long-distance.
  • Noise Preservation & Noise Reduction – This allows for technology like Sensear’s SENS® (Speech Enhancement Noise Suppression), permitting users to be heard clearly in the noisiest environments. SENS® Technology works by suppressing harmful and unnecessary background noise while enhancing speech wavelengths for clear and efficient communication.
  • Delivers More Information – Deliver data, such as GPS systems and text messaging.
  • Greater Portability & Flexibility – This allows for greater distance between radios, permitting workers to carry out their jobs without being limited by poor flexibility or underdeveloped portability.
  • Simpler to Use – Easier to use than analog devices, with features that are intuitive for modern-day users.
  • Availability of the Licensed RF Spectrum – The RF Spectrum is a national resource that is used to minimize any noise pollution of the radio spectrum and provide a greater number of advantages within radio spectrums available for use. Digital devices can access the RF Spectrum for simpler means of communication.

In addition to accessing the RF Spectrum, which allows a greater number of channels and users within the same spectrum, digital two-way radios are generally compatible with analog devices, which gives companies the seamless ability to upgrade their radios unit by unit without the up-front cost of going fully digital all at once. All these points are to say that there are several advantages to using digital two-way radios as your method of communication.

With Sensear’s broad range of two-way radio communication devices, we are excited to offer you premium smart industrial headsets or earplugs for your digital two-way radio communication needs. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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