Driven to Work: Walkie talkies for highway repair

With several million pounds committed to highway maintenance within the United kingdom yearly, contractors require fast, trustworthy comms. Two way radios offer everything they need. In spades.

Our motorways are, in many ways, the backbone of The uk. Without our roads in excellent state, it is not an embellishment to understand that the country might come to a entire and unmitigated standstill. Trucks making deliveries, freight brought in from oversees, travellers going to and from visitor sites, people going to work, the list is virtually infinite. So what part do two-way radios play in this ongoing drama of the roads?

Well, accept it or not, contractors frequently work round the clock to be able to lessen interruption and make sure that our highways are as secure and efficient as Humanly possible. These contractors are managed from management centres that utilize a variety of mobile teams: groups of expert professionals who are mobilized and co-ordinated approximately entirely by 2 way radio. Contact with the control centre demands a quality radio, but so does contact with a fellow expert who might be further away than a reasonable walking distance. When time is of the essence, nothing beats instant communication.

Two way radios used for highway repair need to be strong, durable and high performance. Sound needs to come back through clearly in spite of probably bad conditions and traffic noise. Furthermore, the device needs to be as strong, determined and expert as the contractor who wields it.

For a variety of reasons, these lines need to be safe, so the two way radio system employed by contractors is highly fortified. These radios need a huge signal coverage area also, as the contractors never identify where they will be working from one day to the next.

Then, of course, there is health and safety to think about, especially during time where visibility is bad and there is a high level of traffic. If an disaster of any kind happens, rapid, consistent communication can, quite literally, save lives. Two-way radios that are used in highway maintenance are usually equipped with ‘emergency modes’ and ‘lone worker’ modes (where the walkie talkie, if it has not been used within a set period will automatically issue an alarm) as well as other safety features.

Fundamentally, highway maintenance would be virtually unachievable without the utilization of 2 way radios. Its not only within the United kingdom, either, most countries that employ a big enough network of roads also use 2 way radios in order to better connect with associated employees. Quite how the Romans managed without them is likely a great mystery to the modern highway contractor!