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captaincab

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Hi there i am buying in to a cab company in philadelphia they currently use vhf ltr system however i am wanting to explore digital trunking options such as nxdn icom idas and even mototrbo i am not looking for a which one is better convo please. I am just lookin for input on system owners on what options i should be looking for option wise i want 2 channels maybe 3 one of which will be dedicated to a mdt style dispatch system. I am also looking for any dealers who can give me a ballpark price for mobiles as well as portables and base stations.

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Check with the larger local radio companies. Some of them might have leased access on their systems available.

Advantages are not having to get licenses, and not buying the infrastructure. You might have access to more geographic coverage, and more talkgroups or time slots.

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I replaced my old analog 800MHz trunked system a few years ago, and had to do the comparison between analog LTR, MotoTrbo and NXDN.
I found MotoTrbo and NXDN to be very similar in performance and capabilities. In the end I chose the Kenwood NexEdge NXDN platform for a number of reasons.

Either one will work well and do what you want to do. I wouldn't recommend investing in a lot of analog gear at this point in time, unless you get a really good deal on the service. Most vendors would end up selling you digital capable gear anyway.

In the end, it will depend on what the service provider you choose is running. Obviously you need to match their system. If you have a choice of both, look at ALL the costs, not just the upfront ones. Things like accessories and replacement parts (yes, you will need them) can nickel and dime you to death. Also, make sure you have a good shop in the area to support whoever you choose. That was one of the biggest driving factors for me.
 

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With MOTOTRBO systems, you're going to have a lot more 3rd party software packages to choose from, as compared to what's available for IDAS or NexEdge Systems. That may be important, if you want to take advantage of GPS/AVL or other data capabilities of the new digital systems.

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