With all eyes in the nation turned toward visions of safety and security, the creation of FirstNet is an attempt to provide a nationwide network specifically dedicated to first responders.
Congress authorized FirstNet in 2012 with the mission of developing and building a nationwide broadband network that allows first responders access to key information to aid them in their jobs of serving local communities.
Firefighters have dangerous jobs that are often made more dangerous by communication challenges and obstacles.These hurdles often slow progress, especially when dealing with major fires and coordinating tactics between multiple firehouses or “hotshot” teams who battle massive wildfires.
Push to talk (PTT) communication hybrid radios helps to erase many of the communication barriers leveraging existing Land Mobile Radio frequencies & cellular/wifi data networks. PTT communication can bridge the gap making communication easier than ever.
These are just a few benefits Hybrid PTT two-way radios and platform have to offer firefighters.
Panic Button: This is one of the most critical elements of communication for firefighters. Not only does it allow firefighters in an emergency situation to relay their information and signal their distress instantly, it also provides GPS coordinates and sends the message out to everyone at once so there is no need to relay the message wasting precious time and resources. With traditional two-way radios, mayday or SOS signals sent by trapped firefighters are often missed if other firefighters are communicating via radio at the same time. With PTT, the mayday calls come through and vital emergency messages aren’t missed.
GPS Locating: Another invaluable benefit is that you can locate individual radios on your map, so you know where all your firefighters are at any given time. This makes coordinating efforts to battle large blazes a much simpler proposition.
Crystal Clear Redundant Communication: Sometimes traditional Land Mobile Radios fail. Many times radio reception inside of buildings can be garbled. While, a PTT data driven device will work perfectly fine. Using a combination LMR/PTT solution allows for virtually no dead spots and actually complement each other.
Firefighting is a challenging profession in the best of situations. The brave men and women who follow this calling place their lives at risk every day. And, due to factors like:
Warmer temperatures in the summer
Drier conditions providing more fuel for fires
Lengthening fire risk season due to climate change
For mission critical applications using a hybrid 2-way radio gives you the best of both worlds. At Peak PTT, we are always looking at ways to improve and enhance our product offerings, we will be introducing a hybrid LMR/PTT radio in the not to distance future, and will conduct testing to see if it is a viable product to add to our line-up.
Shoot us an email – if this type of hybrid radio “Peaks” your interests you – firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 27th was National Waterpark Day. (Who knew there was such a day?). While many waterparks throughout the company remain open only during the summer months, some located elsewhere in the country (hint Florida -Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Volcano Bay as examples) are open all year round.
Push to talk can be an instrumental tool for managing school buses and communicating with drivers who are on the road. Many states and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have passed regulations banning the use of mobile phones by commercial transportation drivers.
Push to talk, or PTT, offers a viable solution that is safe for school bus drivers to use and complies with DOT regulations, while keeping drivers informed of important safety information, emergency notifications, and more.
Why Push to Talk for School Buses?
Push to talk technology through cellular or Wifi opens up a wide world of communication possibilities for school bus management to consider. Not only does it provide a means for effective communication between the district and school bus drivers about things like road construction rerouting, traffic congestion rerouting, weather-related issues, and other essential information, but, Peak PTT-84G radios are also equipped with GPS and panic button features.
This means if a fight breaks out on the school bus, a child fails to get off at his or her regular stop, or an accident occurs, the driver can send out an emergency notification with the push of a single button. When the driver sends this emergency message, it also provides the GPS location, so the appropriate help can respond immediately.
The benefits of GPS tracking for push to talk do not end there, though. Worried parents can gain invaluable peace of mind knowing that the location of the bus and driver can be tracked at all times, thanks to the GPS location technology in the radios.
This means you know when there are school bus transportation delays, you can get to the bottom of it, allowing you to address concerns, including parental concerns when they call to ask what’s going on. Better yet, because you know about the delays, you can send text alerts to parents on the affected bus. This small gesture lets parents know they do not need to worry. Everyone benefits.
DOT Compliances for Push to Talk
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when adopting PTT radios for your school bus management and communications needs is that the radios meet DOT standards for compliance. PTT radios do this because they enable communication without requiring the driver to dial phone numbers, reach, or take their eyes off the road. Communication is possible, literally, by pushing one single button.
Push to talk radios can benefit your school bus management efforts in all these ways and more.
Contact Peak PTT today and let us discuss all the ways PTT can help you manage buses in your district more effectively. For more information, for a free demo or to place an order, call us toll-free at 855-600-6161.
Analog radios have long been the standard for two-way communication. But, times are changing. Today, digital two way radios are quickly becoming the new norm for push to talk, or PTT, communication.
Digital radio communication offers a variety of benefits well worth consider for companies considering taking the plunge and diving into push to talk over cellular and WiFi services for their organizations over antiquated analog technolgoy.
Transmitting and Receiving Differences between Analog and Digital
The primary difference, when it comes to analog vs. digital two way radios is how the radio signals are transmitted. Digital radios transmit sound by processing it into patterns of numbers.
This is unlike analog that uses electrical symbols that resemble sound waves to deliver sound. The differences in sound quality are profound, but that’s not the only different between the two.
Other differences betweenAnalog vs. digital two-way radios communications include the following:
Digital radio communication is less power intensive than analog radio transmissions, meaning batteries last longer with digital radios.
Digital radios offer superior range over analog radios meaning there can be greater distances between two users who continue to receive crystal-clear sound quality.
Digital radios are capable of not only transmitting sound, but also of transmitting data, such as text messages.
Digital radios are also GPS enabled, allowing you to monitor productivity, receive status reports, and track employee locations.
Digital radios offer improved security features over analog radios, without sacrificing sound quality for that security.
Analog radios are only capable of handling one two-way conversation at a time (on the same channel).
Digital radios offer noise-cancelling technology that reduces background sounds so you they continue to be useful – even in noisy environments.
As you can see, the differences between the two are quite remarkable. Another point is this: analog radio has been around for a long time. While at the surface that might seem like a good thing. But advances in analog technology have largely been exhausted.
On the other hand, digital two-way radio communication is an emerging technology with plenty of room for growth.
Making the Most of Push to Talk for Your Business
Thanks to push to talk over WiFi and push to talk over cellular technology, two-way radio communication is once again becoming relevant for businesses and consumers alike. This is especially true since the FCC doesn’t require a license to operate push-to-talk radios operating via cellular and WiFi signals.
Peak PTT Digital Two-Way Radio Solution
Still have questions about analog vs. digital two-way radios? Peak PTT has answers and solutions that will help bring your business into the new millennium and beyond.
Implementing push to talk, or PTT, two-way radio communication in your business is one of the most effective things you can do for facilitating effective communication between workers on your property and out in the field.
PTT communication offers a variety of benefits, including:
Instant voice communication
Clear voice transmissions
Emergency alert notifications
And it does it all with an easy-to-use system that leverages the power of cellular data and/or wi-fi networks to deliver crystal clear voice transmissions via the Internet. Because voice messages can be delivered and received with the touch of a button, it eliminates the need for or risk of employee texting and driving, improving safety on the road as well.
Two-way radio communication works wonders in a variety of industries, including:
Now that you know many of the ways PTT communication benefits business, it’s time to explore ways to implement two-way radios into your business.
Educate Your Employees
Two-way radios have many features that may be unfamiliar with your employees. Adequate training needs to be provided before turning your people loose in the fields. They need training about the following:
Two-way radio features
Programmable buttons on their radios
Emergency features/panic buttons on their radios
How to use their radios to communicate with groups, and one-on-one
How to care for their radios when not in use
Not only do your employees need to be trained in how to use their equipment effectively, but also in who to go to, within your organization, whenever there are problems with the equipment, technical issues, lost equipment, stolen equipment, damaged equipment, etc.
Facilitate Use of Equipment
The easier you make it for your employees to use new equipment, the more likely it becomes they’ll embrace the new equipment without reverting back to old communications standards they are more familiar, and comfortable, with. Install mounting clips near vehicle steering wheels where radios can be placed and used while driving. Consider Bluetooth headsets to reduce possible distracted driving issues.
Implementing push-to-talk radios in your business, is easier than you might realize. Once the newness of the equipment wears off and employees grow accustomed to using their equipment, you’ll probably wonder how you ever got along without it.
By now you’ve learned the benefits push to talk (PTT) communication has to offer your business or organization. Now it’s time to choose the radio that works best for your people in the field to use.
The Peak PTT 4G LTE radio has a lot to offer your organization no matter what industry you operate in. These are some of the features included in your Peak PTT 4G Push to Talk.
GPS tracking is one of the most invaluable tools available to businesses who have people working in the field or out of the office today. With the Peak PTT-84G Radio, you get access to the exclusive Peak PTT GPS Tracking Portal.
This portal is exclusive for Peak PTT customers and not available with any other company. Our GPS tracking featured include device locations updated every 60 seconds, device tracking for up to 90 days in the past, geo-fencing, and SMS notifications for specified status reports.
In addition to instant communication, the PTT-84G radio also offers the convenience and safety of an instant emergency notification system that alerts everyone to the details of the emergency and the location of the emergency with the pressing of a single button. This aids in the dispatch of the appropriate emergency service providers to the scene.
Included Tools and Accessories
Of course, there are certain items that come with your Peak PTT radio to ensure that it operates effectively. These tools include:
Your new Peak PTT-84G radio
A belt-clip for convenient carrying
One rechargeable battery
Charging station for keeping your radio charged
A power cord for your charging station
A 12-month limited warranty
The rechargeable 5200 mAh battery offers 42 hours of standby time and between eight and 12 hours of usage (depending on how heavily the battery is used during this time). The battery may be charged with a vehicle lighter adapter. The 12 VDC car charger is not included with your radio but is available to purchase.
Push to talk technology has grown by leaps and bounds since the 1990s. Today, it offers communications options that are highly effective, easy to use, and that promote safety.
These are a few benefits your drivers and your entire organization may appreciate about push to talk technology.
Noise Cancelling Technology
When you consider that drivers face numerous distractions both visual and auditory, crystal clear communication ensures they get the messages they need so they can stay on task and on target to meet their goals and complete their routes. It also means they don’t have to worry about rain, cabin noise, road noise, traffic noise or other things that might distort their outgoing messages or make it challenging to hear their incoming messages.
The fact that one button is all that is required to initiate communication allows drivers to convey status updates, send reports, and notify others of emergencies with the pressing of a single button. Emergencies happen on the road all the time, for drivers to have the ability to notify you in an instant when they occur is a huge weight off their minds, your mind, and the minds of their loved ones at home.
The real-time GPS locating and tracking of drivers means you can monitor their progress and the status of the cargo they carry from your computer. This ability helps you know that drivers are not deviating from their prescribed courses or allows you to seek an explanation when they do. It also helps you choose alternate routes when roadblocks, traffic jams, and other hazards send them on an unexpected detour.
It enables you to locate drivers quickly and send emergency responses when emergencies arise. Whether it’s a mechanic and another team to make deliveries or an emergency response team, you want to offer coordinates as precise as possible and PTT allows you to do just that. And through dispatch software, you can set alerts, geo-fencing boundaries and more.
Eliminate Texting While Driving and Comply with DOT Requirements
We all know texting while driving is a lethal combination. Push to talk walkie-talkie radios instantly removes this temptation and liability. Peak PTT radios, in fact, are a communication device that meets DOT compliance requirements.
Here’s one benefit of POC you are sure to appreciate as well: cost-effectiveness. Where other communications systems may require each individual to purchase and maintain expensive cellphones or land mobile radio systems and maintain, Peak PTT offers for drivers offers several cost-effective solution platforms.
Here at Peak PTT, we will be happy to discuss the nuts, bolts, dollars, and cents of our push to talk service and how it can benefit your business if you contact us today at 855-600-6161.
Amusement parks operate much like small towns. Some of them may even be the size of small towns with as many complications and potential problems to deal with on a day-by-day basis.
Communication is one of the most critical aspects of keeping your amusement park operating smoothly on any given day, which is why push to talk for amusement parks is the best way to meet your communications needs. These are a few key reasons why.
Instant Communication Between Various Departments at Your Park
Using PTT for theme parks and large-scale amusement parks allows you to communicate with specific departments that work within your organization:
Or you can send communications to all departments at once with the press of a button. Not only that, but these communications involve noise-cancelling technology, which means they are of crystal clear quality no matter how much loud music, thrilling rides and people are talking and laughing around you.
Panic Button for Emergencies
Another great features of using PTT technology for amusement park communications is the panic button feature which allows employees to send out very specific SOS messages for a variety of emergencies, such as:
Calls for security
SOS alerts can be heard by all park employees prompting the appropriate responder into action. Plus, GPS location provides exact coordinates allowing the appropriate help to arrive swiftly.
GPS Location Capabilities
GPS capabilities with push to talk helps in other ways as well. In addition to facilitating emergency response for emergencies listed above, they can be instrumental in reuniting children with frantic lost parents.
It can also be instrumental in providing precise locations for maintenance needs that must be addressed and even locate key amusement park personnel. Giving your employees opportunities to help excited children locate favorite characters hiding throughout the park is another application, for instance.
Since every PTT walkie-talkie doubles as a GPS tracker, you can locate every employee throughout the many acres of your amusement park.
Monitor Weather and Other Situations That May Affect Visitor Safety
Amusement and theme parks must keep wary eyes on the skies above to help promote guest safety. Certain weather conditions may render some rides and areas of the park inoperable. Communicating the latest weather news, giving orders to close rides, and providing all-clears for business to resume as usual can be handled with one-button communication thanks to push to talk technology for amusement park managers.
Ensuring that your park employees go where they are needed and do what is required of them is much easier when you have the power of push to talk behind your communications efforts.