Choosing a new radio comms system? Avoid these common traps

Published: 11 Mar 2016
Author: Tiina Saaristo

When choosing a new radio communication system, there are some key traps to avoid. If you don’t, you could find costs spiraling and operational efficiency falling. That’s because you end up with a system that ticks all your requirement boxes, yet still won’t deliver what you need for your everyday work.

So what are the pitfalls? Read on to see the risks to avoid when looking for a new radio network.

You have to alter the way you work - even if you don’t want to

You choose a simple system that looks straightforward and easy to set up and use. Then you realise - ‘straightforward’ actually means ‘not very sophisticated.’ And because of that, it can’t adapt to the way your people have been accustomed to working. You have to alter the way you work to adjust to its limitations.

Extra time, expense, training, meetings – the problems just go on and on.

The system is secure, but not as secure as you thought

There’s secure and then there’s secure. Which one did the vendor mean when they sold you the system? Does it really meet your security needs? Security has at least five faces and it’s easy for a supplier to tick the security box without supplying what you really need.

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The system meets your immediate needs - and nothing else

So your existing system is obsolete or impossible to update. Buy a new one and everything is OK, right? Not so fast. It might solve your immediate problem. But what about the next six months? The next year? Five years? Will it adapt as your organisation changes and grows?

You get stuck with a single vendor that lets you down

Some new technology might look good – but you could find yourself stuck with a system supported by only one vendor. And what happens if that vendor turns out to be not as good as you originally thought, or worse, the company goes bust? In most cases you would be better off using established solutions available from many vendors – leave your options open by selecting different suppliers for the radio network infrastructure and the PMR radios

The ordered system just doesn’t get delivered

You think you’ve ordered one thing but you actually receive something quite different. Did you see proven references before you ordered? Were you really confident they had supplied solutions for organisations similar to your own?

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The good news

The good news is you can avoid all these problems. Download the new guide – "5 things you need to know when choosing a solution for secure radio comms" – and get the inside track on what to look for before deciding on your new radio communication system. Check these five items and make the smarter, more systematic decisions that will give you the communication system you really need.

Download guide: 5 questions to ask

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