Immediate comms is of significant value to engineering workers the world over. Two way radios are part of the lifeblood of the construction business. It isn’t an underestimation to call the use of walkie talkie infrastructures fundamental for the wellbeing of our industry, not only within the benefit of communication and efficiency, but additionally for safety.
Busy construction sites are instead one of the more challenging areas for two way radio networks to navigate. Building sites present abundant challenges for 2 way radio networks, such as background noise, signal coverage, ground to crane comms, protection issues and subcontractors requiring access to the system.
Additionally, the hardware itself needs to be solid and resilient. A construction-site radio should capable of bear harsh weather conditions, heavy impacts (like being dropped) and probable contact with liquid, paint, adhesives and sawdust, without adversely affecting performance. That is quite a tall order, however the two way radios are up to it.
David Ashfield is an skilled British I.T consultant who’s worked on several sites in the country as a subcontractor. He very thoughtfully spoke to us about his experiences with building site two way radio systems.
“If i was on location, I regularly had two two way radios at any particular time” he said, “the corporation I was working for had its official set and the site contractors had theirs. We used our personal set to speak with our own team, mostly to clear the traffic on the main system. However, our team needed access to the main system as well. While I was working on software, for example, I needed to stay in constant contact with the electricians.”
Mr. Ashfield said that, all through his most recent site job, five separate teams of subcontractors shared a similar system. A main office switchboard linked the groups. Trained professionals operated the switchboard, filling yet one more pivotal role in any key construction job.
Safety was of paramount significance always, he said. The secure channel was used for emergencies only. It was mainly employed to signal to the teams of impending safety checks and fire drills.
Construction sites are put up rapidly and effectively and, over time, buildings are born from them. These notable efforts are accomplished through the proficient teams of engineers, architects, electricians, builders and, obviously, people like Mr. Ashfield, who go in every day and work together to create new and exciting spaces.
Still, these achievements would be far harder if it was not for the 2 way radios they regularly utilize.