Two Way Radios Used In Construction
Two way radios are broadly used within the construction industry to help the site managers to coordinate their workforce more effectively. Two way radios deliver crucial messages instantly, are robust and are one of the crucial safety tools on construction sites.
“We confirm that the service from Apex was very good and the very few radio repairs that were required were completed quickly and kept the siteoperational at all times.
All six of the radios were continually used since first delivery, and were especially important for the steelwork erection between the Steel Erectors, Crane Operator, Banksmen and our Foreman in horrendous winter weather conditions.”
Gerry Simpson – Contracts Manager
Benefits of Two Way Radios for Construction:
• Dust and waterproof
• Instant communication
• Man down and Lone Worker functions
• Unsafe situations resolved quickly
• Long battery life for when away from site office
Types of Two Way Radios for Construction:
With the construction industry needing a robust, loud and cost effective communication system, the Hytera TC-610 provides the perfect two way radio for the industry. Its small lightweight design means it is easy enough to carry yet can withstand being dropped. This radio has proven to have worked within the industry having previously been used by Mentor Construction.
Unique features of Two Way Radios for Construction:
Two way radios are perfect for construction sites as they are tough and durable. Many of the two way radios now offer ingress protection rating of 67 which means they are dust and waterproof – making them an excellent tool for working outside in harsh weather conditions or dusty places.
Furthermore, two way radios are rugged devices and are protectedagainst drops and falls and come with powerful speakers – again very handy for construction sites. Depending on the site’s size and infrastructure around, construction companies use both licence free and licenced radios.
Licensed or Licensed Free in Construction:
When you purchase your license-free radios you are all ready to use them. However, before you start using your license-free two way radios please follow the instructions in the manual, also you usually need to charge the battery first. Pairing of these devices is simple, please see radio manual
What is a radio licence? A Radio licence provides you with a unique frequency on which you can operate your radios legally and securely. This licence is obtained from Ofcom in the UK. The basic and most common Ofcom licence starts from £75 for 5 years. However, different types of licenses are available. For instance, there is a special nationwide licence to ensure that a large systems or premises throughout the UK operate on legal frequencies.
When you obtain your licence Ofcom will provide you with the unique frequency on which your radios will transmit. With a Site Specific Licence there are no legal ways other parties can listen to your conversations and all critical information is safe. With UK general licence you may have shared frequencies but the tones can be configured to ensure minimal interference occurs. Apex can provide this service at a small admin fee, please contact us for more details.
Digital or Analogue in Retail
These have been in the market for some time now (according to BearCom paper from 2010: “Analogue two-way radios have been used for business applications as far back as 1933, and they were originally placed into service by the U.S. military 20 years before then” ). So it is clear that this product has a strong history and position on the market and is widely used around the world. Analogue radios are traditional walkie talkies operating on analogue modes and using frequency modulation. They are transmitting natural voice. Mostly, only one conversation can take place while using analogue radio. They also require hardware receivers and transmitters. Furthermore, while using analogue radio in the broader area, voice might get lower and signal lost completely when the user is further away from the transmitter.
Digital radios on the other hand are operating in digital mode, which means they are using a mathematic system represented by binary numbers 1 or 0 to transmit the voice, which becomes digital. Therefore, the transmitted voice is much clearer. Furthermore, digital radios can recognise the background noise and simply not transmit it. Using digital radios in the broader area is more efficient and if users stay within limits of the coverage, the voice will stay the same and clear. Digital radios may also come with applications such as GPS, data tracking, more conversations at the same time, text messaging, emergency alarm and many more.
Audio accessories such as earpieces for radios are specifically designed for radio communications to complement your radios and their function. We supply a wide range of two way radio audio accessories available to fit your requirements and to enhance your radio performance. For instance for loud environments such as construction, ships, airports etc. we provide 3M Peltor and Sordin noise cancelling two way radio headsets
Body worn camera
Communication continues to become more and more vital in allowing organisations to operate efficiently and safely; however, there has been a significant shift towards the importance of deterring crime and collecting evidence. Until recently, the lack of suitable products in the PMR market has left a gap which many end-users have been unable to fill. However body worn cameras can be set to help deter crime and record important details which can either be used to help to identify criminals or help to prevent further criminal activity in the future.
Apex Radio Systems holds a large stock of carry cases and belt clips suitable for a wide range of two way radio models including our best selling Motorola radio cases. Walkie talkie cases which we offer are predominantly made of leather to ensure the best quality. We recommend them with your radio equipment as they offer an additional protection to your radios in cases of drops and falls. Cases can be used with a belt clip, carry strap or can be provided with a belt loop for extra security. For quick release there is the Klick Fast system of cases which works in a similar way to a press stud. Klick Fast system fasten cases to overalls and outerwear and allow for quick access and release of the radio.If you require hands free operation carry cases are perfect for you. Many different options exist to suit your needs, requirements, and comfort. We also sell ATEX approved carry cases for your intrinsically safe radio equipment.
We hold a very large stock of most manufacturers’ walkie talkie batteries including Icom and Motorola Radio Batteries. Our stock includes accessories for brand new radios as well as discontinued models. There are generally two types of batteries available for two way radios: NiMH (nickel–metal hydride battery) and Li-ion battery which is a lithium-ion battery. Li-ion battery has a longer lifespan and provides longer operation, however it is slightly more expensive than traditional NiMH.We hold a stock of genuine batteries which are made by the radio manufacturer, and the more cost effective type approved 3rd party versions. We can also environmentally dispose your old battery in lines with WEEE Regulations.