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In any manufacturing plant there are a lot of moving parts, involving people, processes, and equipment, and safety and security are paramount. Sources indicate that in 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers, translating to 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers.

Not staying informed about what’s happening on the floor can wreak havoc on operations. Two-way radios are key to factory communications and keeping employees and equipment safe.

Tags: Push to Talk, Manufacturing, MOTOTRBO, Two Way Radios

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Once you’ve decided to purchase or upgrade your radio fleet, a two-way radio maintenance program may be the last thing on your mind.

After all, you’ve just made a sizable purchase, and “maintenance program” sounds like more money. The fact is, though, that leaving the efficient functioning of your communications equipment to chance will cost more in the long run and could leave you without instant, mission critical communication when you need it most.

We've got another treat for you visual learners out there. Our latest video walks through the benefits of protecting your investment with a two-way radio maintenance program and why it’s worth the extra cash upfront.

Tags: Digital Two-Way Radios, Two Way Radios, Maintenance/Installation/Service

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Companies with great internal communications didn’t get to where they are by accident – they have worked hard to break down silos, enable collaboration and have the right tools at the ready.

Across industries, well-connected workforces are safer, more productive and more efficient, and there is a single solution that makes it happen: two-way radios.

What four things do companies with great internal communications already know? It starts and ends with radios.

Tags: Push to Talk, Digital Two-Way Radios, MOTOTRBO, Two Way Radios

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Motorola Solutions recently launched an exciting expansion of its warranty and service program for select MOTOTRBO two-way radios that’s called Essential Services.

Essential Services has two options, and all covered radios and repeaters purchased after July 16, 2018, will automatically be included. The plans can also be added to radios bought before that date, and it applies to all MOTOTRBO repeaters. For details, it’s best to contact us about existing coverage.

The program marks a shift for Motorola – and a boost for customers – so here’s a closer look at what it all means.

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

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Let's be honest, cell phones are a wonderful tool for personal communications; but when it comes to cell phones or two-way radios for work or public safety, the fact is that no phone, no matter how smart, can compete.

People who work in education, manufacturing, healthcare or public safety simply can’t rely on cell phone technology, and two-way radio communications offer so many more relevant benefits for nearly every situation.

From longer battery life to lower cost of ownership, here are 10 benefits to consider when deciding between cell phones or two-way radios.

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

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We’ve received hundreds of two way radio service calls here at ChiComm over the years, and as you can imagine, several common themes have emerged in terms of the types of calls and problems that users are facing.

As much as we love hearing from our customers, we want to save you from a service call if we can, and there are some basic steps we recommend you take before calling us for help.

Drawing from our decades of experience, here are some common troubleshooting tips and detailed steps for two way radios.

Tags: Two Way Radios

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Cell phone security, once an issue that few consumers or professionals ever had to consider, is now a real threat as more of us use phones for everything from personal banking to accessing work email and information.

Cell phones and other personal devices account for an outsized number of workplace security breaches, a vulnerability that can be avoided by switching to two-way radios.

Cell phone security issues that don't exist with two-way radios are yet another reason to make the switch.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Digital Two-Way Radios

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Two way radios are a natural fit for mastering secure school communications because they’re built with safety in mind.

Radios, particularly digital two way radios, have an endless array of features, functionality and applications that can be tailored for safety in any school setting, from K-12 to college campuses.

Keep reading for the key benefits that two way radios deliver in mastering secure school communications.

Tags: Education, Two Way Radios

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If you’re in the market for a new two-way radio solution, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the options: Analog vs. digital? Trunked radio system vs. Conventional? Repeater vs. Distributed Antenna System?

Working with trusted two-way radio service providers is ultimately the best way to determine which solution will best meet your needs, and it’s a good idea to go into your conversations with providers with some homework already done.

For now, let’s start with just one of your many options by helping to answer: What’s the difference between a conventional and trunked radio system?

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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Investing in digital two-way radios is an important step forward for any team or organization, and to unlock even more of the technology’s benefits, Radio over IP (RoIP) is an effective, low-cost boost that leverages networks you already have in place – the internet or VPN.

As the name suggests, RoIP works the same as Voice over IP (VoIP) and adds some key radio-specific functionality and controls, such as Push-to-Talk (PTT), radio identification and frequency change.

If you’re looking to extend your reach and lower your costs – and who isn’t? – here’s a look at what Radio over IP is and how it can help.

Tags: Two Way Radios

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