If you want to be a communications superhero, you need the very latest in wireless solutions, and you need them tailored to your needs. That’s why two-way radios can be outfitted with a myriad of applications designed to improve communications and organizational efficiency.
Apps aren’t just for smartphones—they also help users of digital two-way radios communicate from more places, manage organizational resources, and improve security. All that adds up to increased efficiency and lower costs.
Let’s take a closer look at five of my favorite two-way radio apps available from BearCom, most of which are designed especially for the MOTOTRBO line of digital radios from Motorola.
iTalkie from TABLETmedia is a quality text, voice, and location solution that is easily deployable, maintainable, and cost effective. It offers push-to-talk with presence-driven, phone-like calling and texting. It’s easily expandable because components can be dropped into the network without reprogramming the devices. Voice calls can be dispatched not just to two-way radios, but to handheld devices and personal computers as well. Employees can use their PCs to talk and send messages to others on their radios and handhelds. With iTalkie, users of radios and computers can finally communicate!
eztracker@trbo is a single-position application for continuous monitoring of a fleet using Google Maps. Radio users can be contacted by text message or voice call. It runs on any personal computer with Internet access tethered by a USB programming cable to a MOTOTRBO radio used as a control station. This TABLETmedia application lets dispatchers see the positions of vehicles and re-route them around traffic. Text messages can be sent to individuals and groups. All of that makes it popular with operators of trucks, taxicabs, and buses. Easy to install and operate, eztracker@trbo requires minimal training.
The phone@trbo system from TABLETmedia allows radios to connect to office phone systems, so that incoming calls are routed to radios. phone@trbo can be configured to route a call to a group or individual radio or to send it to a voice response system where the user can dial a specific radio or group. The phone@trbo system includes the iTalkie/RG radio gateway software, which allows expansion to all the features of the iTalkie solution.
SafeDispatch by SafeMobile makes desktop dispatching easier than ever with new features and a live mapping interface. Designed for MOTOTRBO, SafeDispatch lets users improve field communication, access critical fleet information, and enhance reporting. The application includes suites for voice dispatch, text messaging, e-mail, GPS, and telemetry. There’s an enhanced reporting suite for comprehensive data interpretation and a management module that provides easy management of user access privileges and subscriber accounts. The suites can be deployed one at a time or mixed and matched to create a custom solution.
SafeNet, also from SafeMobile, not only allows the tracking of personnel and mobile assets in the field, but it also gives users access to their radio solution from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Suites include GPS monitoring for speed and heading information, historical data and alarms, text messaging between dispatchers and any radio or group, and comprehensive data reporting.
That’s my top five. Have you got a favorite two-way radio app? Tell us about it!
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