When it comes to choosing a DECT network or voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) network, the needs vary by industries—for some industries, DECT is a natural fit. Other industries may benefit from a WLAN network.
Whether DECT or VoWiFi is the best fit for your company is largely determined by your company’s industry, as each industry has unique, distinct requirements. Healthcare and hospitality need the resilience, mobility, and security a DECT network offers. DECT is also a natural fit for manufacturing. Here’s why.
Getting signal through thick and thin
In the manufacturing industry, signal needs to penetrate multiple buildings, floors, trucks, warehouses, and the like. Regardless of how many layers of material you find between an employee’s handset and the signaling apparatus, the signal needs to stay strong.
Wi-Fi is notorious for being spotty around the kinds of materials and construction found in manufacturing environments. However, the reserved radio frequency band used by DECT phone technology enables service regardless of location or other frequency interruptions.
Perhaps you have multiple hotspots in your manufacturing facility that provide a clear signal strength regardless of location, so you’re pretty enthusiastic about deploying VoWiFi. Maybe VoWiFi will work for you, but most manufacturing facilities would benefit from the seamless radio cell handoff you get with DECT networks.
Plus, with Wi-Fi, there’s no guarantee your VoWiFi approach will work at different destinations, which can come up in the case of deliveries or multiple-location environments.
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Want to simplify and speed up non-voice communications that need to go to a mass audience? SIP-DECT messaging functionality may be just what you’re looking for.
With SIP-DECT phones, you can reach all handsets in your workforce and ensure workers receive every alert. Whether you need to notify your workforce of a shipment arrival, a delay, or even an emergency, you can make it happen with SIP-DECT.
The freedom you’ve been looking for
Maybe one of the most convenient benefits of DECT phone tech (messaging aside) for manufacturing environments is the ability to share handsets between shift workers, with easy sign-in/sign-out for personal user profiles. It reduces the total number of devices you need while still being able to associate individual IDs to handsets.
It also doesn’t hurt that some handsets can be used hands-free. No longer do you or your employees need to devote one hand to a phone and the other to the task at hand—Bluetooth-enabled headset jacks make hands-free communications possible. Many phone features offer vibration-based notifications as well, so workers can check their phones when they receive alerts—a big plus in noisy environments where the audible sound of a ringing phone can go unnoticed.
Manufacturing-friendly DECT features
Maybe you’re still hooked to the idea of VoWiFi—which is totally fine. The right fit varies by industry, and even by specific companies. If you’re still weighing your options, here are some manufacturing-friendly features of our 632 DECT Telephone:
• Durability for work environments
• Ambient noise filter
• Hands-free operation
• Intelligent battery support
What’s your company’s environment like?
DECT phones are made for environments that even today’s smartest smart phone can’t adapt to. Take a careful look at what your company’s needs are before making your decision.