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4 Decisive Public Safety Communication Technology Trends For 2015
Author: Dave George
Dave George, President of Pryme Radio Products and a Wireless World Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert, unveils his annual public safety communication trends forecast & new products
Trend #1: Convergence Culture
The gap between cellular and two-way radio industries’ will continue to close; many agencies have already started replacing 2-way radios with cellular devices for PTT communications. Further, we are seeing that cell phone users are increasingly asking for 2-way radio type accessories, while radio users are requesting cellular-style peripherals. It’s a clear indication that these two industries will continue to converge over the next year.
Trend #2: Application over Device
Regardless of it being Voice or Data, getting the message across effectively will continue to be more important than the device or the network used to transmit it—which are simply facilitators. Mirroring that of the computer industry, the unique needs of each user and each situation will play an increasingly important role when choosing communication devices - it’s all about the hardware fitting the end-user’s application. This trend, paired with the blending of cellular and two-way, will continue to bring forth unique ‘flavors’ of two-way/cellular products and apps across both industries.
Trend #3: Long Live Value
The communications’ product market is over-saturated with low-end suppliers offering goods at considerably cheaper costs, which can be very tempting to budget-tight agencies. In order to survive, higher-quality manufacturers will be pushed to provide customers with added value not available through low-end Importers.
Trend #4: Data Drive
As for other trends on the horizon. We are starting to receive a lot of requests for radio adapters for data, not voice, as well as mics, PTTs and headsets that can be used with tablets and PCs. Expect to see products meeting those needs very soon. Customers are truly the reason behind any company’s new products and upgrades. Listening to them is the key for any manufacturer who wants to stay ahead of the trends in this industry.
Dave George is President of Pryme Radio Products and a Wireless World Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert.
For nearly 30 years, PRYME Radio Products has been a leading manufacturer of high quality products to professional users of mobile communications. PRYME is devoted to the two-way radio industry - from public safety and security to healthcare, facilities management, and beyond. For more information, see: http://www.pryme.com/