What are the most important features of a dual-mode device to help public safety and other industry professionals in their daily work? Who better to ask than the users themselves with their years of experience in using mobile communications in the field? So that’s what we did and our test users came up with five features they considered essential in a hybrid device.
When buying new smartphones for your organization, what do you do? Read reviews, talk to colleagues and industry experts? If you’re confused about all the changing technology, you might even look at market reports on the changes in the rugged smartphone markets. Reports are fine as far as they go, but eventually you have to bite the bullet and get into the specifics of products and how they...
Let’s get one thing straight – smartphones and apps aren't just for consumers. Professional organisations, including police, fire fighters and paramedics, are using apps. But which apps are they using and what would they like to use more of? The second Airbus Mobile App Survey provides some of the answers.
Ever wondered why TETRA radios work the way they do? Could they be more like the devices we use in our everyday lives? Can a smartphone cut it in the demanding world of emergency services? The whole concept of professional communication is changing as it adapts to new ways that people work. A novel product is set to rewrite the rules of professional communication. Read on for the full story.
Your new duty mobile phone or hybrid device looks good and will keep you and your customers safe – but how do you make sure you will still have battery power left at the end of your shift? Most smartphones use Li-On batteries these days – and here are eight great ways to make your device run for longer between recharges.
We hear a lot about public safety applications, or apps, designed for professionals, but how would they work in real life? How would a police officer or paramedic actually use them to make their working day go more smoothly? Take police officer John, for example. During the first half hour of his working day, he could easily need and benefit from the following nine apps – and more.
Having a smartphone with a push-to-talk function for group communication with a team of people sounds great. For example, volunteers working in an operation led by fire and rescue teams could use their smartphones and a push-to-talk application to communicate in professional TETRA talk groups. It sounds cool but how practical are today's smartphones in practice? Can they deliver the five...
What do you carry on duty? Your mission-critical radio. Smartphone. Mini-printer. Flashlight. Digital camera. Body worn camera. Tazer. Night-stick? Could you reduce the number of devices you carry? And how would you do it? Should you do it?
"Public safety professionals don’t use smartphones" – true or false? People may think they know all this about professional radio users: They don’t use smartphones in their work They don’t use ‘normal’ apps They wouldn’t use Apple iOS for work - ever. A lot of people know these "facts". Except, they don’t happen to be true.
We may not think of professionals as big users of smartphones and apps. When we picture ourselves a firefighter or a police officer on patrol, we think of them getting information using their TETRA or Tetrapol radios. Yet, it’s only logical that professionals too should benefit from mobile applications.