There are hundreds, if not thousands, of uses of radio spectrum and technology. Everything from baby monitors and broadcasting to radar and radio beacons are applications of radio. This blog focuses on the first historical uses of radio—mobile radio. But mobile radio isn’t just for safety purposes today. Taxi drivers, tow truck dispatchers, and package delivery services are just a few of the businesses that make innovative use of mobile radio.
Technologies that underpin mobile radio were first put to work in the 1890s on behalf of oceangoing ships, which had previously relied on carrier pigeons and flags for their communications. In 1910, Frederick Baldwin and John McCurdy were the first to trail an aerial behind their bi-plane to demonstrate radio’s uses for aviation. In 1921, Detroit police commissioner William Rutledge was the first public safety official to use radio equipped vehicles. Today, maritime, aviation, and land-based mobile radio systems remain among the most important non-broadcast uses of the radio spectrum.
In fact, mobile radio has become such a key tool in all business communications that one of the FCC’s major challenges is ensuring efficient and effective use of the radio spectrum by business, while guaranteeing the reliability and interoperability of all public safety radio uses. In finding a way to make this all work, the FCC helps make America a safer and better place to live.
Communication is the key to conducting successful business. Quality communication can be challenging for employees that are mobile or spread out over multiple job sites. For years, companies that rely on fleet services, construction crews, or multiple in-home caretakers have created a constant demand for top-quality telecommunications services. Browse and shop our inventory at A Beep and if you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact us and one of our excellent customer service representatives will assist you with your purchase.