Are you in the logistics business, and are using conventional walkie talkies? Or, are you looking to purchase one? Read on to learn why you should consider smart walkie talkies!
Singapore has a good mix of localised private networks and public nationwide networks which serve businesses and enterprise users. These networks usually operate on digital trunked radio (TR) technologies, such as the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN), and are allocated under the 800 MHz spectrum band which is reserved for enterprise communications.
The iDEN technology is a proprietary network developed by Motorola in 1993, from which most walkie-talkie systems in Singapore operate on today. Business and enterprise users usually prefer such dedicated networks for increased security, flexibility, and control, and use features that are not typically found on public mobile networks. These features include the ability to make one-to-many group calls and mission critical Push-to-talk (“PTT”) functionality – where information can be verbally communicated to all field staff in different locations simultaneously, especially so in logistics companies.
In 2019, IMDA proposed the reallocation of spectrum for enterprise and mobile use, where the sub-band 814-821/ 859-866 MHz would be designated for public (commercial) trunked radio users. The existing iDEN public trunking network will thus be refarmed to this band. The impact on users is expected to be minimal as the frequency changes are done on the base stations’ end and will not affect the customers’ terminals as the proposed bands are still within the existing operating band of the iDEN network.
However, as technology evolves, the network originally established to provide push-to-talk services has evolved as well. The iDEN technology is a narrowband technology, and it is limited in terms of the ability to meet the security requirements that are important in today’s world.
An LTE (Long Term Evolution) network promises to fulfill the requirements needed in terms of bit rate, latency and coverage, could be deployed effectively in their large coverage footprint, and, best of all, could be built for mission-critical needs.
It is thus expected for the reallocated band to eventually be converted to a public LTE trunking band to meet the continuing needs of enterprise users, in order to support higher bandwidth data services, compared to existing trunked radio technology.
As such, if you’re an existing iDEN walkie talkie user, it’s never too early to consider upgrading to smart communication devices that support 4G/LTE networks.
We will compare between 2 main available solution providers that you can choose to upgrade from your iDEN devices:
|GRIDTalk||Smart Walkie Talkie|
|Devices||GRID’s Rugged smartphone||Blackview Rugged Smartphone|
|Data Package||1GB (free voice data)||5GB|
|Mobile Device Management|
To manage and secure your smart devices.
|Contract Duration||3 Years||3 Years|
|Haulio HCS App Compatibility||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||Standard Warranty||L3 Comprehensive and Accidental Warranty
+ Next-day replacement of devices to prevent business downtime
|Notifications||NA||Messages can be set to be read aloud for your drivers, to reduce device usage when on the road to improve their safety.|
|Other Features||Payable||Location Tracking, SOS, Unlimited Groups, Web Dispatcher, Recordings all included as part of subscription at no extra cost.|
|Pricing||Get in touch to learn more||S$44/device/month for the BV5900 device with PTT5 plan|
If you’re a trucking company looking to upgrade your walkie talkie devices today, you’re in luck!
Haulio has partnered with both GRID and Smart Walkie Talkie – truly manage your trucking fleet and drivers seamlessly with the Haulio Connectivity System HCS)!
The Haulio Connectivity System (HCS) allows hauliers and controllers to easily communicate and manage their fleet and drivers through the cloud-based platform for controllers, and drivers’ app for receiving job notifications.
In one rugged device, your drivers will be able to:
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