Communication on a job site is an important part of keeping the project running smoothly and efficiently. Coordinating equipment, materials, and people requires a reliable mode of communication. Two-way radios have long been relied upon in the construction environment, but in recent years smartphones have become an option also. But are they really a better, more reliable form of worksite communication? Consider these top three points:
Built to Last: Smartphones are designed to look sleek and appeal to the average consumer – not to withstand the dirt, debris, and drops that are inherent in a construction environment. Two-way radios, on the other hand, are built to meet the demands of heavy-duty applications, including military and public safety functions. As a result, they are more durable and long lasting.
Cost-Effective: Cell service is an ongoing monthly expense. Relying on smartphones for jobsite communication means committing to a monthly plan, contract terms, and limits on data or minutes. Two-way radios offer the freedom to use radio signals whenever with no term commitments. After the initial purchase, usage is free and minutes are never limited.
Clear Communication: Though you might think a smartphone would offer crisper, clearer communication, that’s not always the case. Modern two-way radios are designed to compensate for environmental interference (including wind, rain, etc.) and deliver clear, understandable speech.
Keep your worksite running smoothly and efficiently – and choose the right means of communication to facilitate it. Two-way radios beat out smartphones in a number of key categories. Investigate your options today and keep your team connected!