The humble walkie-talkie has been the poster boy of two-way radio communications since development as part of the American WWII effort and has been around in one form or another ever since, serving industries of all kinds.

In today’s global, digital, connected markets, businesses face new barriers to growth with greater strain on communications and logistics. Pinch-points become harder to identify and inefficiencies creep in undetected.

More and more businesses are turning to full-duplex, walkie-talkie alternatives that strengthen the backbone of communications while also enabling capture of top-down, operational analytics that help ID and iron out hidden pinch-points.

So what is it about full-duplex voice-comms that has the walkie-talkie sending out an SOS? Let’s take a look at the side-by-side to see how full-duplex delivers much, much more than just simple voice communications at-a-distance.

 Walkie-Talkie VoCoVo Push-to-talk (PTT)
Simplex Communication
One-at-a-time, send *or* receive speech. Slow, high-friction, inefficient. Analogue low-fi, low-clarity sound.
Full Duplex Communication
Many-at-a-time send *and* receive speech. Dynamic, fluid, efficient. Hi-fi, crystal clear sound.
No analytics, no operational insight
You push, you talk. That’s about it.
VoCoVo Portal (Analytics)
For powerful headset data analysis driving operational change, cost saving and better opportunity capture.
No message casts
Err… you push, you talk. That’s about it.
VoCoVo Portal (Message casts)
Issues taking card payments? Instantly send recorded or uploaded company-wide voice messages and updates to all stores and all headsets from one central location.
No telephony integration
The phone rings—walkie-talkie knows nothing about it. Potential for missed calls and missed opportunity.
Telephony integration
Pick up external calls on-the-go via headset. Call transfer from headset-to-headset. Never miss important calls again.
Bulky, noisy, hand-held
Hands full? Too bad.
Prone to loud, unprofessional message-leaks into the customer environment.
Lightweight, discreet, hands-free
Hands full? Talk and multitask with ‘talk-lock’. Confidential and crystal clear. No message leaks into the customer environment.
Prone to overheating
Both high and low temperatures will reduce battery life and talk time.
Cool, consistent and stable
Lightweight stable-temperature components for long, stable 52 hour battery life and 9 hour push-to-talk time.
Prone to damage & breakdown
Often left free-standing and knocked off work surfaces. High potential for replacement costs.
Stay-on, robust, hard-wearing
Light, discreet and ‘stay-on’. Less prone to damage—only 3% failure rate.
Non-modular
Something went ‘snap, crackle, pop’? Get ready to replace the whole thing. Prone to obsolescence.
Modular & Scalable
Add and retrofit new hardware, replace or upgrade old parts,
integrate with 3rd party devices without redundancy.
Limited range and coverage
Out of range? Too bad.
Dynamic, flexible installation
Multi-cell, never-fail coverage. Add base units to expand available range across olympic-sized sites.