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Communication isn't easy and needs to be thought about - Author Sean Fitzgerald

Created May 16 2016, 5:00 AM by Clare McFarlane

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When you consider communicating in today’s world, because of the technology at our disposal, there’s an expectation that everything should run smoothly. Sat in my office I often join conference calls where the first few minutes are spent adjusting my settings so I can hear, or be heard and it’s not just me, others suffer the same frustration.

This got me thinking. Take the relatively quiet environment I work in and it strikes me that us office workers have it easy when trying to talk with colleagues when compared with the loud, hazardous and frantic world of the factory floor. Not to mention the added pressure of every second counting when it comes to ensuring orders get out on time. From communicating the everyday instructions, right through to situations where unplanned downtime strikes or a worker’s safety is at risk they're many reasons why a communication platform in a manufacturing plant needs a high degree of reliability and intelligence.

Working for Motorola Solutions it’s reassuring to know that when our product teams go to the drawing board to either innovate new products or update existing ones the first step is to listen to our customers and what they want.

We appreciate that for manufacturers a radio is not just a radio - it needs to be more than just a device for voice communication. It is relied upon to enable today’s productivity, identify future efficiencies and always will always be a key device in ensuring employee safety. Combine this with the challenging environment that I mentioned earlier and it’s not easy to come up with a device that’s up to the job.

I would say the top five features a manufacturer should look out for when you are are considering a radio device fit for purpose are;

• Superior audio quality with noise cancelling functionality
• Mandown / lone worker applications to ensure worker safety
• Work ticket ordering to assign tasks more effectively
• Optimised to last a shift with longer battery life and greater range coverage
• ATEX certification for potentially explosive environments

But these are just the top five, take a look at our Communication Guide for Manufacturers which unveils the latest incarnation of our MOTOTRBO™ two-way digital radios. Built, as always with you in mind, this is intelligent radio for the smart, connected manufacturer.

I’m now about to jump on a conference call, wish me luck!

If you’d like to join the conversation about communication in hazardous environments, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Motorola Solutions Community EMEA LinkedIn Group.

Sean Fitzgerald is Senior Solutions Marketing Manager at Motorola Solutions
Connect with Sean on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-fitzgerald/1/705/4a0

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