Businesses need effective low cost communication solutions within their teams and certain sector require radio communication more than others. For example:
- Hospitality and leisure
For most companies, investing in radio communication means one-off payment of buying the radios (unless you’re leasing them) and getting a business radio licence from Ofcom. It is much cheaper than issuing your staff mobile phones and paying for contracts. Though, most radio communications are not private so anyone with a scanner can listen to what you’re saying regardless of so called ‘privacy tones’ which I will explain in a separate post. Just remember, you should never pass sensitive information on the radio and that’s why the UK Police and other emergency services use encrypted digital radios.
Many businesses would also consider licence-free radios such as PMR446/LPD433 in Europe or FRS/GMRS in the United States if they’re on a budget and don’t mind kids playing hide and seek in the nearby park hijacking their channels because there are only 8 in the case of the PMR446.
Spending a bit more money you can have your dedicated company frequency with low or no interference and the £200 Motorola or Kenwood radio you pay for is likely to outlast your staff even with moderate level of abuse. Be warned, some of your expensive radios tend to migrate to eBay because of their desirability. I have seen businesses buying a load of Baofeng BF-888 UHF radios at £10 each and treat them as disposables. It is very hard to recommend which is the best solution for your business but you can get in touch with via email: firstname.lastname@example.org