Business Radio Industry Involvement
Business Radio is used in a very wide variety of applications covering many sectors of UK activity. Its use is often not immediately obvious to the general public until an incident occurs. For information, a selection of sectors employing business radio is provided.
- Distribution Logistics
- Emergency services
- Entertainment (for example, film production)
- IT sector
- Lifeboats (marine)
- Local Government
- National Government
- Oil Industries
- Petroleum Terminals
- Public Safety
- Retail Stores
- Retail Centres
These current uses form an impressive list already. However, professional radio communications with its characteristics of very high reliability and availability, even in peak periods, has now become a radio communication implementation philosophy applied to other important arenas.
In many schemes the operational staff also use public mobile networks, often for data systems. Mobile phone networks offer data services that meet the current needs of many customers. Thus, the public network is a data-service overlay onto to the essential Business Radio operational communications.
However, it may be that in the future, very high resilience data schemes may be needed by some users. This could be difficult to achieve with the current arrangements.
It is important to note that these user groups not only seek the supply of private systems but also often wish to have a complete suite of managed services.
The size of the users’ fleets vary considerably. Some teams have hundreds of radios while many are for the use of only small teams of less than 10 staff.