With parades, festivals, races and concerts happening nearly every weekend during the summer, we’re in the midst of a very busy rental season for two-way radios. Renting is an affordable, hassle-free way for event organizers, their staffs and volunteers to communicate with each other quickly and reliably.
One of the radio features that’s gaining in popularity among our rental customers is GPS capability.
“We can make available a computer program that shows the GPS coordinates for each of the radios in the fleet, so the organizers know where everybody is,” said John Kummers, BAYCOM Communications Licensing Consultant and Rental Manager. “This can be especially valuable for events like marathons and parades, where people are spread out over long distances and where there may be a need for services somewhere along the route. For example, ‘“Jeff I see you’re standing on the corner of First and Main. There’s a report of a person injured one block north of you,’ or ‘Chris, the water-station team at mile marker 12 reports it is running low on water. It’s a half mile west of your current location.'”
While summertime event coverage is largely responsible for the peak in rentals this time of year, the benefits of renting are not limited to public events. Rental radios give our business customers flexibility by providing additional, temporary communications coverage on an as-needed basis, so they can avoid having to buy and maintain radios that might otherwise sit idle much of the year.
- Companies that employ a seasonal workforce, such as those in construction or landscaping, often need to expand their existing fleet during certain times of the year.
- During company shutdowns, a greater-than-usual number of employees may be on site to upgrade machinery or conduct inventory.
- The set-up and tear-down for corporate trade shows can be completed efficiently with push-to-talk radios that enable group conversations.
And because we know some situations call for discretion, we also offer digital encryption with our rental radios so communications can remain private and secure.