The Best of All Worlds? Push-to-talk Communications with Nationwide Coverage + Lower Upfront Costs

Our partners at Motorola Solutions have introduced a new two-way radio that we know will meet the needs of many of our customers: Push-to-talk capability that runs on a cellular network.

“This is going to be a good fit for customers that have multiple, geographically dispersed locations and need a simple, cost-effective communications solution,” said Aaron Mulkey, BAYCOM Communications Consultant. “It utilizes WAVE OnCloud, a broadband push-to-talk subscription service from Motorola that uses the cloud to extend two-way radio communications.”

The WAVE Two-Way Radio TLK100 will be useful to medium- and large-sized businesses with task-oriented workers who require constant, daily communication with dispatch or management. It also will be helpful for industries with field services where tracking vehicle locations and ongoing communication with field teams is essential for business operations. This may be especially applicable in industries such as private security, construction, manufacturing, retail, and transportation and logistics.

Compared to smartphones, the TLK100 devices offer:

  • Greater durability
  • Longer battery life
  • Ease of use: Communicate instantly with team members across the country at the push of a button.
  • Fewer distractions: No texting or internet, so your teams can focus on critical voice and team communications
  • Support from BAYCOM, not a cell phone carrier
  • Lower upfront costs

Compared to conventional two-way radios, the TLK100 devices offer:

  • Nationwide coverage with WAVE OnCloud
  • The ability to bridge multiple job sites, facilities and operations without needing to set up or maintain a complicated infrastructure
  • Rapid deployment: No need for FCC or spectrum licensing, or manual programming
  • Lower cost

“One of the other big selling points is that you can tie these devices into other, existing solutions,” said Mulkey. “WAVE OnCloud does have a phone app. So theoretically, you could have executives on smartphones using Motorola’s WAVE OnCloud application to do push-to-talk. You could have schedulers or dispatchers on the TLK100s. And you could have service or maintenance guys on a conventional radio system with the high-end infrastructure and the super rugged radios tied in. We can design a plan to incorporate and meet the different needs of all three.”

Learn more about WAVE Two-Way TLK100 radios on our website or contact us to learn how this solution can benefit you today.

GPS Capability Adds Value When Renting Two-Way Radios

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.

Read more about the benefits of two-way radio rentals on our website or contact us to see how a rental solution can help your organization communicate quickly and reliably.