Well, are you looking for a Walkie-Talkie? You can find different models here on our website, but first of all, you need to know how they work so that you can choose the best one for your needs.

The Walkie-Talkie was designed in the military sphere, at the time of the Second World War, to overcome the obstacles of communication with troops on the front line and thus obtain the success of the missions. Thanks to the simplicity of the push to talk radio concept you can communicate at no cost with just the push of a button.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WALKIE-TALKIES AND TWO-WAY RADIOS?

We get asked this question on a regular basis. There is a lot of doubt on the difference between the these 2 radio equipment so to briefly explain the difference we have decided to bang our heads together and come up with this little explanation.

A two-way radio as the name suggests is a radio that operates in two ways, transmitting and receiving. Some people make the mistake of putting a scanner and two-way radios in the same category which is incorrect as most scanners only can receive.

A walkie-talkie is a radio that is portable. This type of radio can be commonly referred to as a “hand portable”, “handheld radio”, “handheld transceiver” etc. In simple terms, it is a radio that allows you to talk and receive while walking around.

SO ARE THESE TWO RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICES THE SAME THING?

A walkie-talkie is a portable two-way radio, but a two-way can be more than just a walkie-talkie.

A two-way radio can fit many applications for example:

Vehicle two-way radios that require 12 volts of power and an external aerial.

Two-way radios that are Atex approved for areas where dangerous gas or substance is present

Two-way radios that have a lone worker facility that alarms if the radio goes into the horizontal position for a predetermined time.

Two-way radios that have tracking facilities that can give your GPS position.

So as you can see, there is a difference between the two, but most if not all the major manufacturers do not refer to their products as Walkie-Talkies but as Two Way Radios.

People also tend to associate them with children’s toys, but that is definitely not the case. Now, modern walkie-talkies are much more developed than those that you probably had in your childhood, and with a whole panoply of new abilities like the fact that they operate with a power of 0.5 to 5 Watts, have long battery life, have a clear Lcd display to keeps you informed of bandwidth and battery status and to make communicating simple and clear, they have a talk confirmation tone or Roger beep that tells you when it is your turn to speak.

They can also be complemented with many useful accessories like: rechargeable batteries, rapid chargers, multi-port chargers, remote lapel speaker microphones, headsets etc.

Extremely convenient, most weighing just 100–200g and small in size, robust, ergonomic and lightweight they are great for practical everyday use and outdoor activities.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADVANTAGES TO USING WALKIE-TALKIES OVER CELLPHONES?

The convenience of the cell phone is irrefutable, especially regarding long-range communication because It allows you to send a video or a photo, text a message, or dial a number and speak to almost anyone, anywhere in the world.

While not as widely used as cellular telephones, the truth is that in many personal and business applications and situations, there are a lot of advantages to using push to talk devices over cell phones.

Let’s see some of them:

Walkie-Talkies are robust, easy-to-use, simple to work with and free to use! They are particularly useful for activities in the great outdoors like Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Skiing or Hiking, where a lack of mobile signal can cut your connections with the rest of the world. A walkie-talkie will allow you to communicate with someone else using another one on the same frequency and with an open line of sight they can easily have a reach of between 3 to 5 km.

It provides you with a way of contacting someone in an emergency, especially when a mobile signal isn’t achievable.

They are also very useful in harsh work environments where mobile phones are too delicate or out of signal range. Construction Site Workers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Lifeguards, Hospital/Airport/Shopping/Warehouse Staff use them on a daily basis.

Another significant advantage is the cost. Even compared to the cost of obtaining the most expensive license to operate a GMRS or business radio, cell phones can cost a lot more to own and operate. Walkie-Talkies are cheaper to obtain and free to use, not requiring any contracts or incurring in costly monthly usage fees or roaming charges. You can make the “calls” you want, and know that you will never have to pay anything for them.

  One of the most significant advantages of using them over cell phones in any environment is their ability to provide instant communication with no wait time. You simply pick up the device, turn it on and listen or press the PTT button to talk. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

COMMON WALKIE TALKIE USES/INDUSTRIES

Walkie-talkies are used in a wide range of different sectors helping business all around the world.

Their versatility and usefulness, enabling communication at all times have made them indispensable in many business environments. 

Here are just a few of the businesses that find value in using portable two-way radio equipment:

  • CONSTRUCTION

There are many benefits to having this type of communication equipment on a construction site. For one, workers need to be able to communicate knowing that their message will be heard loud and clear. So, they are a perfect way to:

            Stay within budget, as they’re much more affordable than many other communication devices

            Have reliable and durable communication equipment which can take rough handling, but is still lightweight and portable

            Promote the communication between workers and management

            Work in groups – radios with multiple channels are great for that

            Issue safety warnings on time

            Ensure the prompt execution of project plans

  • SECURITY

Having walkie-talkies is an essential tool for security staff everywhere since they need to be able to quickly respond to emergencies. Here’s why all security guards must have radio communication systems:

            Speedy and reliable communication between security workers on site and the command centre

            Reporting on suspicious activity on rounds

            Earpiece attachments allow for a subtler approach to radio communication when needed

            Quick response to ongoing crises and minor disturbances alike

            Calling for backup during high-risk incidents

            Summoning medical assistance

            Going through emergency protocols in coordination with other security workers and staff

  • HOSPITALITY

People who work in the hospitality business need to be able to respond to their clients’ wishes with all possible haste. Portable two way radios can substantially increase the productivity of hotel, resort, and restaurant workers by:

            Being a reliable and lightweight connection between workers, earpieces are a great choice for workers with more conservative uniforms

            Working through long shifts thanks to power saving features – unlike other devices which use up battery life faster

            Enabling different teams, like the kitchen or the main hall staff, to communicate within their group via multiple channel radios

            Allowing staff to keep management up to date on new developments, and vice versa

            Empowering workers to protect themselves and clients in emergency situations

  • RETAIL

It’s a well-known fact that the retail industry could be one of the most difficult fields to work in. Whether you’re dealing with difficult customers or outright shoplifters, walkie-talkies can help smooth things over. They allow for:

            Efficient communication between store management, security, stockers, and cashiers

            Direct and immediate job designation, so managers can call on a specific staffer to perform a task, instead of issuing orders over the PA system

            Preventing theft and violent incidents, quick response times

            Otherwise, calling police in the event of a physically threatening individual

            Arranging for the swift arrival of emergency health care providers

            Overall improved efficiency and profitability

  • EVENT PLANNING

Event planners can greatly benefit from working with a team equipped with two-way radios. Here’s how walkie-talkies can improve your event planning business, whether you’re planning a festival or a conference:

            Having a radio communications system can help an event planner know what their staff is working on at every stage of the planning process

            They allow everyone to coordinate once the event actually starts

            Crowd management staff will have an open channel to safety and medical teams in case of emergency

            Headliner or artist management will be able to see to the performers’ wishes

            The catering staff and waiters can quickly and efficiently replenish food

            Clean-up duties following the event can be easily assigned, without confusion

  • WAREHOUSES

Warehouse workers are an essential part of every supply chain. As such, they need to be on top of loading, transporting, storing, and shipping goods, as well as the security of the warehouse. Since warehouses can be rather large spaces, portable two-way radios can promote worker communication.

            Since working with large crates can be treacherous, being able to quickly report any hazardous activity can help workers steer clear of a dangerous area

            Workers can even use their arms while communicating over radio

            Radio systems with multiple channels can connect workers in different teams

            Organising various shipments will become easier, and the warehouse more productive

            They are durable enough to withstand the harsher conditions of a warehouse

  • AGRICULTURE

People working in agriculture and forestry industries need to be able to communicate across great distances in order to pass along information about crops. Here’s why two-way radios are the perfect farmer’s companion:

            Walkie-talkies allow open communication between the workers in the office and those in the field

            They are durable, so they’ll be able to take some mishandling

            Radios enable agriculture vehicle drivers to update the control centre on the situation on the ground

            Also, they make it so that everything is running smoothly, ensuring the efficient handling, processing, and delivery of the produce

  • HEALTHCARE

Hospitals and clinical practices need to be especially vigilant with their security and organisation. Here’s how healthcare providers can benefit from using portable two-way radios:

            Staying on task and promoting efficiency

            Helping staff stay up to date with patient comings and goings

            Especially helpful in rehab centres and nursing homes, where patients need constant care

            Smaller practices can use smaller devices, which are easy to keep on you

            Bigger hospitals would benefit from having radio systems with more channels

            Also useful to security and maintenance staff

  • EDUCATION

Schools are places which take care of our children for a significant portion of the day. So, they ought to enjoy the kind of security radio communication systems provide, such as:

            Helping maintenance and janitorial staff organise and communicate with each other

            Connecting school management to educational and other staff

            Helping with emergency protocols

            Efficient, safe and quick reporting on security threats

            School nurses need to be able to arrive quickly in case of accidents

            Special events. All staff should be especially vigilant during school events. Also, walkie-talkies would help with field trips

  • PORTS

Port employees need to be able to handle managing and transporting all sorts of goods. Having two-way radios will enable them to perform at the highest efficiency levels, and here’s why:

            Communication between port management and staff in various sectors

            Managing various shipments as well as incoming and outgoing cargo ships

            Directing ships to their wharves and moving goods on and off-board

            Maintaining open communication channels between security staff

            Reporting on malfunctions, or calling engineers in case of emergency

            Managing repairs and maintenance crews

  • PUBLIC SAFETY

There are many scenarios which may cause public safety risks. Various emergency personnel might need radio communication systems in these situations.

            Walkie-talkies are helpful during public events, like parades or protests

            They’re also essential in the aftermath of natural disasters, or acts of terror

            They offer efficient reporting about safety threats, injuries, theft, and other criminal activities

            They can help police, fire safety officers, and health professionals organise

            Hastening the implementation of emergency protocols

  • TRANSPORT & FLEET

Public transit services need two-way radios in order to run smoothly, to maintain public safety, and stay on schedule. Here are some specific ways radio communication systems can help drivers and passengers:

            Exchanging pertinent information about route changes between control centres and drivers

            Helping drivers share their status with their commanding officers throughout the day

            Notifying maintenance staff about malfunctions so they may arrive quickly to perform repairs

            Requesting assistance in case of threats or emergency situations

            Maintaining the safety of drivers and passengers

  • VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

Visitor attractions like museums, galleries, national parks, places of worship, and other destinations may benefit from two-way radios in many ways:

            Making sure everything is running smoothly

            Coordinating between management and staff

            Ensuring the safety of the staff and visitors

            Internal reporting on events, security threats, and accidents

            Executing emergency protocols

            Making arrangements for the prompt arrival of medical services

            Managing food and cleaning services

  • GOLF CLUBS

The staff working at a large, open space like a golf course must be able to communicate among themselves. And the workers on the course also need to coordinate with those working inside of the club. Fortunately, walkie-talkies can help these two groups communicate with each other and even become more productive individually.

            Course staff can report members who are breaking club rules to management

            They can also see to members’ wishes and call for additional help

            Inform management of members’ suggestions

            Club management can inform course workers of expected weather conditions

            Staff in the club can make sure everything is stocked, from food and beverages to the on-site shop

            Workers can be kept aware of members’ comings and goings, thereby improving the club’s overall efficiency and hospitality

            Management can see that irrigation specialists and gardeners arrive when the course is free to use

  • HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE

Highway maintenance teams have some of the most mobile jobs in the world. At any given point, they could be called away to do emergency road repairs, on top of having to perform planned maintenance. Two-way radios can help them do their job by:

            Being reliable and durable, not to mention mobile, communication devices

            Helping maintenance contractors coordinate and plan based on the materials and tools they need

            Setting up control centres in various locations as needed

            Extending radio coverage via repeater systems

            Aiding the communication of maintenance crews in different locations so they can share limited resources

            Calling medical emergency services in case of accidents

  • STADIUMS AND SPORT FACILITIES

Millions of people attend thousands of sporting events each year. How can two-way radios make each of those experiences special, and above all else, safe for visitors and staff?

            Scheduling events, whether they’re games or practices

            Internal reporting on various events

            Managing teams of athletes and visitors, keeping the groups separate and secure

            Enabling communication between management, ushers, maintenance workers, and other staff

            Keeping the security up to par during sporting events (as well as during regular hours)

            Implementing extra security measures during emergency situations

  • AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES

Airports can be hellish places for travellers as well as employees. The sheer size of the space can cause anxiety even to the calmest people. Here’s how two-way radios can help:

            Organising and directing traffic

            Managing the combined staff of various airlines, including management and flight crew

            Helping the flight crew sort out catering for upcoming flights

            Efficiently checking equipment between engineering crews

            Helping staff aid passengers and their families find where they’re meant to go

            Maintaining an efficient cleaning staff

            Overseeing cargo handling

            Border control inspections

            Reporting on accidents and threats

            Coordination between security staff

  • FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Facility management services provide a multitude of services in order to make sure their clients’ buildings are fit for the people who work in them. Since this is such a hard-to-define service, radio communication systems can help them in many ways:

            Communicating with clients

            Coordinating between management and staff

            Directing the janitorial and landscaping crews

            Ensuring the safety of everyone in the building

            Making ambulance calls and directing people in a medical emergency

            Performing fire safety checks as well as many other inspections

As you can see, this is one of the best forms of communication, suitable for different business and leisure activities. With more than 20 Years of experience, we can provide quality products and solutions designed to suit your specific walkie-talkie communication needs, so contact us today!