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To meet the unique demands of the manufacturing sector, Motorola two-way radios provide solutions that are as much about safety as they are about communications.

While workplace injuries and emergencies continue to decline across the industry, they do still happen, and instant communication and coordination can mean all the difference.

Here are three features and applications built to help enhance safety in manufacturing with Motorola two-way radios. To make the right selections for your facility, make sure to work with two-way radio service providers who specialize in workplace safety for the manufacturing industry.  

Tags: Two Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Manufacturing

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To earn the designation mission critical, a mobile radio for public safety must deliver the same robust functionality and innovative safety features as its handheld counterparts, and be easy to install and use.

Motorola has set the gold standard for land mobile radio technology for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency first responders, and the company has an estimated 80 percent market share in the United States, according to Morningstar.

It’s no wonder then that the top four mobile radios for public safety are powered by Motorola. Below we'll take a quick look at each one. To make the right selections for your department, make sure to work with two-way radio service providers who specialize in public safety.  

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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Best Two-Way Radios for Hospitality

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Thursday, March 1, 2018

What are the best two-way radios for hospitality? 

Selecting the right radio in this business needs to be informed by specific job responsibilities: Sleek handhelds are often best for front desk staff, whereas ruggedized products are needed for facilities management. Security staff often need discreet devices to do their job best.

For each staff role, there are radios, accessories and applications available that offer a full range of features and functionality to keep operations running smoothly and guests happy.

With guest satisfaction in mind, below are the specific two-way radio models that are best for three major staff roles in hospitality. Experienced two-way radio service providers can also provide helpful specifications and advice when making a selection.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Two Way Radio Accessories, MOTOTRBO, Hospitality, Digital Two-Way Radios

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As more districts are discovering every day, two-way radios in K-12 schools are the centerpiece of any effective safety plan.

Radios outpace cell phones in terms of reliability, durability and functionality, and there are tailored radio solutions available regardless of the communications challenges schools and districts face.

This safety guide with case studies provides a comprehensive overview for two-way radios in K-12 schools and the options available for overcoming infrastructure, geographic and logistical issues.  

Tags: Two Way Radios, Education, Digital Two-Way Radios

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With two new additions to the MOTOTRBO portfolio, Motorola Solutions is delivering the future of professional two-way radios and repeater technology today.

The new SL3500e portable radio is a study in contrasts that’s been designed for business users: It’s small but powerful, sleek yet durable. The SLR 1000 repeater also packs range-extending punch in a compact design.

Let’s take a look at both products that represent the future of professional two-way radios and repeaters.

Tags: Two Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Product Spotlight

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Keep On Truckin': Common CB Radio Lingo

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Each culture of two-way radio users has its own radio lingo: Public safety and the military have ten codes and the phonetic alphabet, and truck drivers have perhaps the most colorful sub-language with CB radio lingo.

Popularized by TV shows and movies of the 1970s and 1980s – “Smokey and the Bandit,” anyone?– ­CB radio lingo is still used by truckers today and continues to evolve. 

Here are some of the most common rated PG examples of CB radio lingo (remember that we said it was colorful).

Tags: Two Way Radios, Digital Two-Way Radios

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Understandably, much of the focus on school safety involves what happens to students when they’re on campus, but what about school bus safety? Among the tools for keeping millions of students, coaches, teachers and drivers safe on buses every day, two-way radios are at the top of the list.

For a variety of reasons, two-way radios are an ideal communications solution for school safety in general, and transportation in particular.

Let’s look at some of the ways to enhance school bus safety with two-way radios.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Education

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Ten codes, also known as 10 codes, are an important and enduring element of radio lingo, much like the main phonetic alphabet, police phonetic alphabet, and other radio-specific terms. Thanks to popular culture, even people who don’t use two-way radios are familiar with codes such as “10-4,” meaning “affirmative." (If you've ever visited our offices, you've likely heard these terms in use, particularly if you overheard a conversation with Shop Supervisor Emory Ludtke.)

Despite their pervasiveness in multiple industries and law enforcement, codes and other lingo are fading among certain radio users, leading some to wonder: Are ten codes a thing of the past for public safety? Let's take a look whether that's true, and why or why not.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Interoperability

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Like other forms of radio lingo such as 10 codes, the police phonetic alphabet grew out of a need for users to communicate quickly, clearly and without ambiguity.

The alphabet endures today not only because of its utility but because of its significant role in public safety culture – it’s hard to imagine officers communicating without it.

Let’s take a quick look at the history of the police phonetic alphabet and its role in public safety.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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Once you start using two-way radios, you quickly realize that mastering the equipment isn’t enough: there’s radio lingo to remember, too, including 10 codes and various versions of the phonetic alphabet.

Like the police phonetic alphabet, military phonetic alphabet and radio-specific terms, the codes were developed to help radio users communicate quickly and concisely under tough conditions.

To help you get started on your journey of learning radio lingo, here’s a look at the most common 10 codes and what they mean.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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