RADAR and LIDAR Certification

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2-Way Communications Services is about more than two-way radio systems. Most of our customers are familiar the products and services provided by the Fleet and Network Departments … but the company’s RADAR and LIDAR certification program is still a (welcome) surprise to some.

2-Way Communications Service is the only authorized factory service representative for Kustom Signal in New England. We can certify not only the Raptor, Golden Eagle and Talon RADARs, but the Pro Laser 3 and 4 LIDARs as well. And if your hardware isn’t Kustom Signal, the techs can still certify your gear. They have the knowledge and test equipment needed to get the job done.

Certification is usually done on site, and removal of the RADAR units from a vehicle is not necessary. Same-day LIDAR certification happens on site as well. Of course, certifications can be completed at any of our offices too … and a warranty comes with all our work.

The RADAR/LIDAR van is fully outfitted, providing the availability of on-site factory certified repairs for most emergent needs. The van is even outfitted with a printer, so the customer receives a copy of the certification documentation before end of day.

If your annual RADAR/LIDAR certifications are due soon, call Travis at Communications Service (603-431-6288) to schedule a visit. We’ll come out at your convenience and get the job done quickly and correctly.

A Comparison of Analog and Digital Radios

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In the two-way radio world, there are two types of radios available; analog and digital.

The main difference is the way in which signals are transmitted and received.

An analog radio works by picking up the signal from a transmission site using carrier radio frequency waves. Listeners tune into analog frequency stations on their device. They listen to the electrical radio waves as they are transmitted directly from the radio station to the analog radio. These radios waves are transmitted continuously, without interruption to the sound.

Digital radios work by picking up a processed signal which turns sound into patterns of digits rather than the radio waves which are used for analog transmissions. These digital signals are transmitted via satellite to listeners’ radios by the same technology as is used for digital television signals.

Pros and Cons of Analog Radio:

Pro

  • Analog radios are relatively inexpensive when compared to digital radios. They are far less complex and easy to use.
  • The number of products and accessories offered is much larger and provides for more options.
  • Analog systems make good use of bandwidth and are well understood.
  • Analog radios are eco-friendly by comparison to digital radios.
  • Analog radio waves broadcast a continuous signal, so every tone of a transmission is heard as a complete sound.
  • Analog systems use the natural voice, which is a feature preferred by many users.

Con

  • Typically only one two-way conversation can occur at a time on each channel.
  • Analog systems require hardware receivers and transmitters that are designed to fit the particular transmission.
  • No software-driven business applications are available for analog radios.
  • Analog radios cannot filter out other noise around the sender.
  • There is no privacy on an analog radio.
  • Analog radios pick up interference from other transmitting stations.

Pros and Cons of Digital Radio

Pro

  • Digital radios have greater range than analog.
  • Digital and analog voice signals can be combined in the same digital devices.
  • Digital signals can be handled by standardized antenna systems and existing infrastructure equipment.
  • Digital radios have far more capabilities, such as: voice filtering; direct and group calling; text messaging; call privacy.
  • Longer battery life.

Con

  • Radio frequency noises can impact the signal received on a digital device.
  • First-time users may experience a steep learning curve.
  • Digital is currently typically more expensive than analog.

When considering your next fleet radio purchase, it will help to understand which transmission type will suit you best. Assess the level of reception of digital and analog radio signals at the location you intend to use the radio to help ensure you are making the right choice. Keep in mind the United States is moving in favor of digital transmission, which may affect the long-term worth and usability of analog models.

Whichever  you choose, the Sales Team at 2-Way Communications will be happy to help with the selection of radio and accessories that best meets your needs.Give them a call at (603) 421-6288 or send an email to sales@2-way.biz.

Motorola’s MotoTRBO SL 7000e Series

SL 7000eHere’s a quick look at one of the MotoTRBO radios that’s part of the current Motorola promotion, the SL 7000e series.

The SL 7000e Series is designed for the the ultra-busy manager and features a slim and light form and incorporates high performance integrated voice and data.

 

Here’s what’s new in these next-generation radios:

  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Indoor location tracking
  • Integrated accelerometer for optional Man Down
  • Upgraded audio for greater clarity at high volume
  • Improved expandability
  • Increased UHF transmitter power for greater range

SL 7000e Series radios include:

  • SL 7550e: Color display, Full keypad, UHF
  • SL 7580e: Color display, Full keypad, 800
  • SL 7590e: Color display, Full keypad, 900

MOTOROLA SL 7550e FEATURES

  • Dual internal speakers deliver loud, clear audio quality.
  • Tri-color LED indicator for clear, visible feedback of calling, scanning, roaming and monitoring features.
  • Contoured push-to-talk button provides comfort and is easy to access.
  • Four-way navigation disc for easy scrolling through menus and channels (supports up to 1,000 channels).
  • Three programmable option buttons for quick access to frequently used features; ability to program up to nine of your favorite features into a single programmable button; also supports emergency call.
  • Audio connector port supports discreet wired audio accessories (wireless Bluetooth® audio also available).
  • Built-in photosensor intuitively adjusts backlighting on the screen to optimize viewing in all types of conditions; special “day/night mode” changes screen and illuminates icons to make them clear and readable in varying light conditions.
  • Large, high-definition, five-line, color display offers high clarity and resolution.
  • Intelligent Audio feature automatically adjusts the radio volume according to the environment’s noise level.
  • Innovative antenna design optimizes range performance.

Motorola SL 7580e Features

  • Dual internal speakers deliver loud, clear audio quality.
  • Tri-color LED indicator for clear, visible feedback of calling, scanning, roaming and monitoring features.
  • Contoured push-to-talk button provides comfort and is easy to access.
  • Four-way navigation disc for easy scrolling through menus and channels (supports up to 1,000 channels).
  • Three programmable option buttons for quick access to frequently used features; ability to program up to nine of your favorite features into a single programmable button; also supports emergency call.
  • Audio connector port supports discreet wired audio accessories (wireless Bluetooth® audio also available).
  • Built-in photosensor intuitively adjusts backlighting on the screen to optimize viewing in all types of conditions; special “day/night mode” changes screen and illuminates icons to make them clear and readable in varying light conditions.
  • Large, high-definition, five-line, color display offers high clarity and resolution.
  • Intelligent Audio feature automatically adjusts the radio volume according to the environment’s noise level.
  • Innovative antenna design optimizes range performance.

Motorola SL 7590e Features

  • Dual internal speakers deliver loud, clear audio quality.
  • Tri-color LED indicator for clear, visible feedback of calling, scanning, roaming and monitoring features.
  • Contoured push-to-talk button provides comfort and is easy to access.
  • Four-way navigation disc for easy scrolling through menus and channels (supports up to 1,000 channels).
  • Three programmable option buttons for quick access to frequently used features; ability to program up to nine of your favorite features into a single programmable button; also supports emergency call.
  • Audio connector port supports discreet wired audio accessories (wireless Bluetooth® audio also available).
  • Built-in photosensor intuitively adjusts backlighting on the screen to optimize viewing in all types of conditions; special “day/night mode” changes screen and illuminates icons to make them clear and readable in varying light conditions.
  • Large, high-definition, five-line, color display offers high clarity and resolution.
  • Intelligent Audio feature automatically adjusts the radio volume according to the environment’s noise level.
  • Innovative antenna design optimizes range performance.

If you’d like to learn more about these radios, or demo a MotoTRBO, call your 2-Way Communications account manager. It only takes a two minute phone call to get it started.

The XPR 7000e Portable Radio

 

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The XPR 7000e Series is designed to keep the skilled professional better connected, more safe and more productive. With high-performance integrated voice and data and advanced features for efficient operation, these next-generation radios deliver superior two-way portable radio performance to your organization. The radio is tested to tough military standards and is waterproof to IP68. It won’t let you down.

Here’s a partial features list for these next-generation radios:

  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Over-the-air software updates
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • Indoor location tracking
  • Integrated accelerometer for optional Man Down
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Improved expand-ability
  • Better battery life (up to 29 hours)
  • Better range (up to 8%)
  • Better waterproofing (IP68)

Bluetooth® audio lets you talk without wires, integrated Wi-Fi enables remote software upgrades. Total visibility of your resources is provided by indoor and outdoor location- tracking capabilities. Your organization stays connected as it grows via xpr_7000e_fkp_front_0317support for trunking and legacy analog technology. Text messaging and Work Order Ticketing simplify complex communications, and data capabilities support advanced applications. 29 hours of battery life is available via the latest energy technology, and range is boosted because of the improved receiver. The audio amplifier and industrial noise cancellation delivers loud, clear speech. The orange emergency button on XPR 7000e Series radios summons help with one touch, and the integrated accelerometer automatically calls for assistance should you fall.

The XPR 7000e Series radios include:

  • XPR 7550e: Color display, Full keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7580e: Color display, Full keypad, 800/900
  • XPR 7350e: No display, No keypad, VHF and UHF
  • XPR 7380e: No display, No keypad, 800/900

Connect with your account manager to learn more, or to set up a demo.

Motorola Q3 Promotion

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MOTOROLA Solutions

Q3 PROMOTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS: July 1 – September 30, 2017

UNIFY YOUR WORKGROUP COMMUNICATINOS

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Migrate your technology from legacy
to leading edge!

Enjoy savings on Motorola’s Team Communications solutions with these special offers,available July 1 through September 30, 2017. Team Communications solutions are designed for the demands of industrial and commercial workers. Migrate your technology and take advantage of sizeable trade-in discounts on Next-Generation MOTOTRBO™ XPR 7000e, XPR 7550 IS, and SL7000e radios, the SLR 8000 repeater, and special financing.

XPR 7000e / XPR 7550 IS / SL 7000e RADIO TRADE-IN OFFER

There’s never been a better time to turn to Motorola’s Next-Generation MOTOTRBO radios to enhance workforce efficiency, productivity and safety. You can save $1,200 USD when you purchase 10 MOTOTRBO XPR 7000e, XPR 7550 IS, or SL 7000e series radios and trade in 10 eligible units.

SLR 8000 REPEATER TRADE-IN OFFER

A huge leap forward in technology, the SLR 8000 represents the next evolution in repeaters. Save $500 USD when purchasing the MOTOTRBO SL 8000 repeater with a trade in of a Motorola Solutions MTR 2000 base station or other industry repeater.

POWERFUL FINANCING OPTIONS

Thanks to Motorola, you have options. As a Motorola customer you can take advantage of special financing offers such as 0% financing with no payments until 2018.

WAVE Work Group Communications

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On Facebook the other day I shared a Motorola video on their WAVE technology. Incredibly cool  … push-to-talk (PTT) on any device, anywhere … here’s a brief overview of the technology.
This Motorola technology provides unified communications between your devices and networks, anywhere, anytime. By connecting your different networks to WAVE’s PPT platform, you can communicate between smartphones, radios, computers, and landlines.
The system allows you to leverage broadband, integrate networks, and use any device. This means you can now bring secure PTT to the smart devices your organization’s members are already using while connecting radio systems together for real-time coordination and better response. Your team members will be able to freely communicate on the device that suits them best, from virtually any location.
Motorola’s Broadband LTE solutions give you the ability to make the most of the data-rich, real-time information available through broadband LTE networks, smart applications, and intuitive devices. The result is anywhere, anytime access to multimedia information with the priority and security your organization needs.
The broadband PTT solution allows your organization to connect radio, cellular, WiFi, telephony, and more so that team members can communicate between these networks. Interoperability with broadband networks will keep your personnel connected despite the world’s rapidly changing communications environment.
Finally, Motorola’s WAVE Web Communicator enables PTT capabilities on any (that’s any) device via a web browser.
If you’d like more information about the technology, or how it can be applied to your organization, give the Communications Division Sales Team a call at (603) 431-6288.

Motorcycle Radios

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Motorcycles and two-way radios … makes sense, right? Using a cell phone is almost completely out of the question – you have to stay in control of the bike even while sending and receiving, and some states require “hands-free” operation of vehicles. Whether you are talking with another motorcycle rider or trying to communicate with a base station, two-way radios offer the perfect solution. Today’s digital radios are feature-rich, providing great benefit to the two-wheeler. Here are 4 features you should consider before buying in order to get the most out of your radio.

Headset Support

A two-way radio with quality headset support available will help you communicate with ease. Headsets come in numerous styles with a range of functions. It is worth taking the time to find one that works well while out on the road, protecting you and your team’s safety. It will also ensure you can communicate hands-free at any time.

Radio Range

Two-way radio range becomes more important when you are using radios to communicate between motorcycles. Motorcycles are usually used to travel a good distance which means you are going to need a radio system having a similar range. Also, if you are communicating between other bike riders you will need a greater distance of range under some circumstances.

Battery Life

Your battery must last at least a shift, or 8 hours … if your battery is short-lived it’s going to be difficult to rely on your radio throughout your travels. Motorcycles don’t typically come with power outlets meaning it’s impossible to charge your radio on the go. Check out earlier blog articles about quality Motorola batteries.

 Water & Dust Proof

Two-way radios used on motorcycles may be exposed to harsh elements. Having a two-way radio that is manufactured to IP standards is crucial. If not you might end up with a fully charged radio that is unusable because of exposure to dust or water. Which IP standard is right for you? Check out an earlier blog article for details about IP ratings.
If you’d like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team (https://www.2-way.biz). With years of experience, and a strong desire to develop a long-term partnership, you’ll get the information you need to help make a great choice for your organization.