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Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) Systems

In the modern world, we all need to make sure we have instant access to each other.  Modern communications systems do a fantastic job of ensuring that we can push to talk and reach someone in our fleets or teams within a matter of seconds!

Push-to-talk is nothing new.  However, with the emergence of mobile data in the past decade, there has been a need to enhance the way we connect with each other.  That, thankfully, is where PoC comes in!

What is PoC?

PoC, or Push-to-talk over cellular, allows radio users to connect to others through data networks.  Not only that, but it means that users can get an instant response, providing others are connected through Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.  Naturally, emerging 5G standards will appear very shortly.

PoC first came into prominence in the last decade.  Following changes brought in by the Open Mobile Alliance, or OMA, devices are now able to connect to one another instantly over data.  This means that, ultimately, you can push-to-talk with international users, not just those in close range.  This is a massive boost to anyone managing fleets and teams cross-continent!

Traditional telephony cross-country can still be very flaky.  PoC through leading two-way radios is much more reliable!  PoC systems not only offer users the ability to speak instantly with users all over the world, they also resist connectivity problems, such as drop-outs and interference.

PoC is also very cost-effective.  Users and fleet managers will pay for this type of communication regularly, just as you might with a phone contract.  For example, most PoC devices will use SIM cards, which you can load up with data and pay for via contract.  It’s flexible, easy to manage, and offers users instant connectivity.

Where Do I Start with PoC?

There are plenty of great PoC devices out there.  In many cases, you can transform Android handhelds into two-way radios to communicate across country borders.  However, it’s always worth considering the features and connectivity you are going to need long-term.

Consider the size of your fleets, and which data plans are likely to work best for you.  If you need your team to communicate globally, PoC could be a fantastic choice.  However, it’s never worth leaping into a data comms setup until you have a careful plan in place.

At DTS Solutions, we provide a wide array of PoC devices and connectivity plans.  It’s likely to be the quickest, smoothest and most cost-effective way to keep your team talking from country to country.

If your business is going global, your comms should be, too.  Take time to look through our range, and make sure to get in touch if you need any help!