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PTT/Devices/Carrier - Digital 2-way

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Jul 31, 2017

Apologize if I am in the wrong place, but I am in need for some information.

I have been looking for a dependable 'life safety" communications solution in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Over the last year I have been testing out PTT, conventional and digital radios

I looked at Motorola Digital but was told I needed at least 50 radios and that I would be lucky to get a frequency due to close proximity to the US. I looked at resellers who had a repeater, but they were too far away, or there was an obstruction between the test and the repeater.

I tried PTT over 3G and WIFI using a Iphone 5S with, or without bluetooth connection. That system failed mostly I think due to the IPhone and bluetooth channels.

I have seen some contractors use PTT on Bell, and they say that it works well. I mentioned PTT to a inbound Telus sales rep and they just about hung up on me.

If PTT, I would prefer to stay with a third-party supply for dispatch using the phone's data, or wifi.

I have also seen PTT portables, so not sure how they would work?

Because this is security related, when the key is pressed, I would like the phone or communications device to operate and call without a lot of fuss with connections.

Any thoughts? Thanks.


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Feb 1, 2010
Tampa, FL
You have a few options. If it is life safety, then I would find out what others in the area are using. I would use 2 way radio first, followed by cellular, then on to satellite. There are things you can do depending on the size of the area to cover to increase radio or cellular coverage. If you cannot find a radio vendor with PTT coverage or acceptable cellular coverage, then you may want to investigate satellited based PTT service. This is fairly expensive and is typically used by very remote workers (oil and gas exploration) and the federal government here in the US. Providers are Inmarsat, Iridium, and Skyterra (aka MSV). TT
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