Saturday, March 8, 2014

The difference between Tetra and everything else

TETRA is an interoperable wireless integrated work flow management system - Everything else, including Analog, DMR, NXDN, and P25 systems are just 2-way radios.

So why do we say this?   Simple!  Everything else was designed for voice communications! TETRA was designed for voice AND data communications with 4 to 1 channel efficiency versus 2 to 1 channel efficiency for DMR and Phase 2 P25. The features that cost extra in other systems, like GPS, and Man Down capability are standard with TETRA. Additionally, integration with SCADA and advanced touch screen dispatch consoles are available that follow, select, and administer individuals and work groups.

TETRA is scalable to meet both current and future needs whether you are starting with a single site or looking at metro, county, regional, or even international coverage.  And, speaking of international support, TETRA is used in over 120 countries around the world and it is based on open standard architecture. Every TETRA radio, regardless of manufacturer, can talk to every other TETRA radio. No other mission critical communications system can offer this capability, including analog!

So maybe you've heard that TETRA is expensive compared to other technologies. Well think again! While it is true that TETRA is not your best choice for just a few radios, it is equally true that a few radios can be be served by a TETRA network at a cost comparable to DMR or NXDN.  Larger system users (250 units or more) with city or county wide coverage requirements can enjoy the benefits of TETRA radios costing approximately half that of P25 radios WITH INFRASTRUCTURE COST INCLUDED! And did we forget to mention that TETRA portables can operate in the full duplex telephone mode?

So if YOU are thinking about a new radio system, even if you are a small user, you need to be looking at TETRA!  For additional information on TETRA, just click here!  We'll be glad to tell you all about TETRA products, by Hytera, America's largest TETRA system provider.  Better yet, just give us a call at 205.854.2611. You'll be glad you did!