4 Considerations for Implementing Location Services with Radio Dispatch

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The introduction of digital radio technology changed the way organizations communicate, and further development continues to yield new features. The integration of GPS information within radio dispatch systems has further revolutionized how networks are coordinated and controlled.

Location Services allow dispatch operators to do more than just speak to people in the field, they can accurately monitor the movements of those on their network. The productivity and safety benefits are vast, with response times in critical situations significantly reduced.

For a more comprehensive look at how GPS integration can benefit your organization, Omnitronics has produced this white paper – 4 Considerations for Implementing Location Services with Radio Dispatch.

Choosing the best location services for your organization can present a few challenging options, so this white paper presents four things organizations need to think about when implementing Location Services in a radio dispatch environment.

1. Functionality

GPS has been used for decades for gathering accurate location data, but further innovations have taken the technology far beyond just pinpoints on a map. Modern digital radio networks feature some terrific location functionality, and this white paper features details on:

  • Radio status and identification
  • Configuring geofences to control movement of users
  • Configuring custom warnings for certain events
  • Direct-dialling unique users from within maps
  • Viewing and playing back location history

2. Interoperability

Interoperability is important for many organizations, often mentioned as one of the key reasons to choose one product or solution over another. The ability to communicate across not only radio protocols but also radio manufacturers is critical for ensuring consistency and reliability.
Our white paper features further details about how interoperability can benefit any network, and examines some of the challenges that Location Services integration can address.

3. Integration with Dispatch

Adding extra functionality to a radio network carries the risk of over-complicating an already functional system. Recognizing the need to keep user interfaces intuitive and easy-to-use, Omnitronics has taken great pains to minimize the operator information load while optimizing performance.

To educate dispatch operators on how the integration of Location Services will impact their existing operation, within the white paper you will find some of the key interface features and how they are integrated into the dispatch console.

4. Costs and Licensing

Always a key concern for any dispatch operator is the financial impact of introducing new functionality. There are two elements at play here – costs associated with the Location Services product itself, and licensing from commercial mapping providers.

Mapping in particular is one of the areas where the cost structures can be confusing, with solutions including household names like Google Maps down to more specialized providers such as OpenStreetMaps and MapQuest. Our white paper breaks down your options in more detail, clarifying the pricing structure you can expect associated with Location Services and options to customize your solution.

To learn more, download your free white paper ‘4 Considerations for Implementing Location Services with Radio Dispatch’  here.

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