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What Is Push to Talk Over Cellular (PoC)?

If you manage some of the 800,000 law enforcement officers in the US, you likely are always looking for new ways to streamline your operations. Push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) technologies are an important alternative to traditional radios. They get officers and officials in contact with each other while on the field directly from a smartphone or PoC radio device.

Here, we’re going to talk about two-way radios and how they work. Read on to learn why it’s important to employ these systems ASAP.

What Is Push to Talk Over Cellular (PoC)?

PoC combines the basic concept of a walkie-talkie with modern cellular technology. They combine communications into a single device. This device looks and feels like a radio, but connects using cellular connections, not traditional radio technology.

PoC technologies were introduced in the early 2000s. They were designed to support 2G and 2.5G networks. Over time, they have evolved to support intense data applications with 4G/LTE coverage.

Efficient communication is mandatory in law enforcement so that officers can work together to stay safe and solve cases. They must also be able to communicate with their command staff and dispatchers to receive updates. For long-range communication or transports, the person that an officer needs to contact might not be close enough for traditional radios, and PoC devices provide an alternative solution.

How Does PoC Work?

With PoC, you get greater coverage than a simple radio would give you. It lets you communicate with anyone using the 4G or 5G networks similar to what your smartphone provides you. You can access it as a smartphone app, meaning that the user doesn’t need to carry multiple communication devices while in the field.

PoC is also a simple technology that requires no more infrastructure than a smartphone. You don’t need to download multiple pieces of expensive new software or link your phone to other hardware. It’s all done within a simple app interface that you can download from a reputable provider.

You can connect as many users as possible to a PoC network. This makes it an effective tool for large law enforcement teams or those collaborating with other police units or precincts.

Group calling is also made easier with PoC applications. It’s easy to develop specific talk groups and communicate with multiple people at once.  Updates can be pushed over the air (OTA), allowing for remote management. Traditional radios made this challenging because the user would need to put time and effort into linking multiple devices together (plus repeaters, new software, etc.)

10-8 Systems PoC Technology

10-8 is a top provider of PoC technologies. We ensure that your speech is clear so that others can receive your message. When you speak and send small voice packets through our platform, you can rest assured that it will come out clearly on the other end.

Our PoC technologies come with dozens of awesome features in addition to a clear connection. Our computer-aided dispatch system doesn’t just allow for voice transmission but also serves as a hub for all of an officer’s needs. Features you can access include crime reports, unit status monitoring, updates, self-initiated callouts, mapping, emergency button access, and more.

Invest in Two-Way Connectivity Today

Now that you know the basics of push-to-talk over cellular technologies, it’s time to begin using them to streamline your law enforcement operations. Our experts are committed to helping you find solutions that work for your specific applications. Contact us for a free system demo and pricing information today.


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