Three things are essential in the realm of communication: a sender, a receiver, and a message.
In today’s constantly-connected world some senders are automated, and some can even respond to the needs of a receiver without the benefit of human interaction.
The constant is the message (which comes in multiple formats).
Before the Internet, the written word on paper was the gold standard in communications technology, and with the development of the printing press, it was shared across the world—to wider and wider audiences.
Today, the written word has become somewhat more ambiguous—in part because of the potential anonymity of the sender, and in part because it is impossible to consistently gather both message and tone from the written word. These shortcomings were part of the reason that the invention of the telephone was such a success.
On the telephone, the receivers could now hear the voices of their friends and loved ones—the senders—while receiving the messages. From that, they were able to intuit tone and context, as opposed to the stark nature of the written word alone.
While the written (or typed) word has partially filled the void, the need for communications over long distances has never slowed—especially in cases where distancing has become a requirement.
Traditional digital and analog two-way radios and walkie-talkies are used with great success in a wide variety of environments where the sender and receiver are distanced and need instant push-to-talk communications, but these radios and systems are sometimes met with the difficult tasks of covering tricky environments and/or considerably long distances.
That’s where Push-to-Talk over Cellular comes in.
Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) operates over existing nationwide cellular networks or over Wi-Fi networks (with or without internet connectivity), and PoC devices act as two-way radios, providing instant push-to-talk communications on-site or across the city, the state, or even the nation.
Since PoC devices use cellular and/or Wi-Fi networks for operation and not radio frequencies (RF), they don’t require any special FCC licensing or frequency coordination fees to operate legally.
That means immediate, effortless, clear, and unambiguous voice, text, and even (as in the case of the Hytera VM780 bodycam and push-to-talk radio for example) the possibility of live-video communication—wherever you are, and whenever you need it—at the push of a button on a device that has the familiar look, feel, and operation of a traditional portable or mobile two-way radio (or bodycam, in terms of the aforementioned Hytera VM780).
Some of the Push-to-Talk over Cellular solutions available from Warner Family Brands have the ability to track assets (like vehicles and fleets), stream live video, and facilitate secure, encrypted communications, as well as the secondary ability to send text where voice communication is impractical.
The universe of PoC products, services, and networks is ever-growing, and our experts are dedicated to staying abreast of current and developing technologies in order to continue to offer best-of-breed solutions and support for your communications needs.