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Two Way Radio: Plenty of Options for the Modern FM Team

25 January 2018

They say variety is the spice of life. If that is the case, there should never be any shortage of flavour working in facilities management.

As all FM professionals know, no two days are ever the same. One day it might be carrying out planned maintenance and testing on appliances and equipment, the next landscaping the exterior of the premises.

Health, safety and security routines might be interspersed by the need to carry out emergency repairs.

One factor is constant across FM - whether you are operating at offices or retail parks, warehouses or factories, schools or hospitals, facilities management tends to deal with large, busy premises.

Having to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities working over large areas, effective coordination is vital to FM teams. Two-way radio has a long-established role as the front line communication device of choice in FM.

Portable, mobile and wireless, two way radios provide clearer, more reliable audio than mobile phones, and with one-touch operation, are easier to use when you are busy doing a job.

In recent times, two way radio technology has diversified rapidly thanks to the arrival of digital.

Most traditional analogue two way radios offered more or less the same functionality - whole network broadcasting, a push-to-talk button, channel select and volume controls, and perhaps an emergency alarm button.

Digital two way radio, however, offers much more variety. From private calling to text messaging, GPS location tracking to WiFi connectivity to advanced trunking options, modern two way radios offer a far greater range of choices to suit the many different requirements of the FM industry.

Gaining an Edge

Take Kenwood’s NEXEDGE range, for example. These two way radios have an outstanding pedigree in FM, being used by the facilities management teams at iconic landmarks such as the CN Tower in Toronto and the La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.

The NX-3000 series includes a total of six models, ranging from the fully loaded NX-3320E full display and keypad model to the more straightforward NX-3320E3 non-display version.

The NX-3000 range highlights many of the advanced features modern digital two way radio can offer to FM teams.

Supporting text messaging, private calling, GPS tracking and Bluetooth connectivity to hands-free kits, the handsets are designed for intuitive team communication and coordination on the go in a busy work environment.

Turnkey trunking options allow for deployment at the largest premises, while all NEXEDGE models can connect to analogue and digital radios simultaneously, making them perfect for mixed fleets as you upgrade gradually.

But NEXEDGE two way radios represent just one end of the scale of choices available to modern FM teams.

While some teams are looking for advanced connectivity and performance options and are prepared to pay a premium for them, others are simply looking for reliable, cost-effective voice communication to keep everyone in touch on site.

Models like the Kenwood TK3302 continue to be extremely popular with FM operators because they offer dependable, affordable, no-frills performance.

They benefit from Kenwood’s famous audio technology to deliver consistently excellent sound quality, they are compact and easy to use, and crucially in a works environment, they are built to last.

With so much choice available in modern twoway radio, there is a product for every premises and every FM team. To find outmore, please visit

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