With millions of pounds dedicated to highway preservation in the UK every year, contractors want fast, trustworthy communication. Two-way radios provide everything they need. In spades.
Our motorways are, in some ways, the backbone of Britain. Without our highways in tiptop condition, it is not an exaggeration to suppose the country might come to a entire and absolute standstill. Trucks making deliveries, freight brought in from oversees, travellers going to and from tourist sites, people going to work, the list is almost limitless. So what part do two-way radios play with this ongoing drama of our roads?
Well, believe it or not, contractors frequently operate round the clock to be able to reduce interruption and make sure that our highways are as safe and efficient as Humanly possible. These contractors are managed from management centres that use various mobile teams: departments of skilled professionals who’re mobilized and co-ordinated almost entirely by 2 way radio. Contact by the control centre demands a quality radio, but so does contact with a fellow professional who may be further away than a reasonable walking distance. When time is of the essence, nothing beats instant communication.
Two way radios used for highway maintenance need to be strong, durable and top performance. Sound needs to come through clearly in spite of probably bad weather and traffic noise. Additionally, the device have to be as rugged, determined and expert as a contractor who wields it.
For various reasons, these lines need to be safe, so the two way radio system employed by contractors is extremely fortified. These two way radios need a large transmittion coverage area as well, because the contractors never know where they’ll be working from one day to the next.
Then, of course, there is health and safety to think about, particularly during time where visibility is poor and there is a high degree of traffic. If an disaster of any kind occurs, quick, consistent communication can, quite literally, save lives. 2 way radios that are utilised in highway maintenance usually are pre-loaded with ‘emergency modes’ and ‘lone worker’ modes (where the radio, if it hasn’t been used within a preset period will automatically issue an alarm) as well as other safety features.
Basically, highway maintenance would be almost impossible without the use of 2 way radios. Its not only within the UK, either, most countries that employ a big enough network of roads also use two way radios so as to better converse with associated employees. Quite how the Romans managed without them is likely a fantastic mystery to the modern highway contractor!