Analog vs. Digital Two Way Radios: What’s the Difference?

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.

Contact us today to learn more about the potential benefits digital two-way radios, like the Peak PTT-84G,  have to offer your business and how we can help you enjoy these benefits best. 1-855-600-6161