Interoperability is vital to many organizations and is often mentioned as one of the key reasons to go with one product or solutions over another. However, this term can be quite ambiguous as the range of interoperability can vary significantly.

At Omnitronics, we strive to give organizations complete interoperability and flexibility from between frequency bands to full inter-agency cooperation across protocols. Hover over the headers below to find out how each of these can be achieved.

Interoperability between Frequency Bands

Often organizations require multiple frequency bands to manage their communications. Take the example of an Oil Rig. They may require marine band to talk to passing ships, air band for helicopters and UHF or VHF for personnel on the platform itself. Ideally all of these parties should be able to communicate with each other quickly and easily. By adding Audio Bridges to your network, this is made possible.

This technology also makes Rebanding and Narrowbanding simple, without any downtime. Click here to learn more.

Interoperability with Phones

By adding SIP compatibility to your network through IP gateways, phone users are able to access radio networks from their desks or even from their smart phone.

Interoperability between Analog and Digital for Simple Migration

A common hesitation many organizations have towards upgrading their radio networks to digital is the significant time and cost associated with changing over all their radios at one time. This is especially complex when there are radios spread across large geographical areas.

By using a combination of IP gateways across your radio network, RediTALK or Alto dispatch operators can communicate to all radio users no matter if they are operating Analog or Digital radios.

This means that organizations can gradually phase the upgrade of their repeater sites over multiple budget periods and that over the course of the migration everyone can keep talking to each other.

As far as the dispatch console operator is concerned, their screen will look the same regardless of the protocol. It won’t matter to them what is under the hood, just what functions are available to them on any particular channel. For example, the digital channels may have the option of individual calling whilst the analog channels may have the option for Selcall.

Interoperability between Digital Protocols

Although many digital radio protocols state Interoperability as one of their benefits, in truth this is only within that single protocol. In order to ensure that you can communicate with radios of all varieties, conventional and trunked, you can use the DRG100in conjunction with RediTALK or Alto dispatch consoles.

The DRG100 can be programmed to convert a growing list of digital protocols into one common protocol, without the loss of the added functionality each of these protocols provides.

This means that not only can your organization ensure that it is flexible to adapt to future changes in technology but can also support inter-agency cooperation with partnering organizations on differing technologies.