Using your smartphone could hurt you.
In emergency situations, time is of the essence. You need instant communication to reach out to others and receive support. Apps like WhatsApp may have network issues such as recently the entire network was down for almost an hour which effect millions of users in the UK.
Smartphones are great for social media, business calls, and sending texts.
But in a time of crisis, they are not reliable.
As Halloween is less than 3 days away, we thought we'd share our take on the 5 simple facts that could save your life in an emergency!
- Mobile phones require data
Smartphones depend on data to make phone calls. Some buildings, discrete places, and underground areas have limited access to wireless networks, inhibiting your ability to send messages.
The physical design of smartphones hinders your ability to quickly send emergency messages. Phones are equipped with many buttons, and often pass-codes that must be entered before you are able to access a communication channel.
In an emergency situation, speed will be critical.
Two-way radios are also built with contemporary technology to provide you with a fast method of communication.
Smartphones are often built with fragile material. Their glass screens can shatter, and their thin structure can break. Cough cough iPhone cough*
Radios, on the other hand, are built with top-of-the line materials to ensure optimal durability. They withstand temperature fluctuations, as well as exposure to sun and rain. Their rigid structure protects them from shock or trauma, meaning they can endure being dropped or kicked around.
- Man Down/Lone Worker Feature
Radios come equipped with built-in, extra emergency features that will allow your employees to feel safe and confident in the environment they work in.
This feature sends a signal across multiple locations within the radio system. This signal can be triggered by a few actions:
- Vertical, or horizontal tilting (indicating that someone has fallen)
- Lack of motion
- Operator fails to respond to a message
- Panic Button Feature
Most radios come equipped with a panic button. Operating this button is easy; simply press the button in the event of an emergency.
Making the change to two-way radio systems will ensure you have a reliable communication route for first response.
We hope these digital radio facts help you make the right decision!
Don’t wait until it’s too late.