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Springdale Police Department Moves Toward Digital Radios

Officials Have No Plans To Increase Encrypted Communications

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO J.T. Wampler Heather Bowlin, a dispatcher at Springdale Police Department’s dispatch center, works Friday.
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STAFF PHOTO J.T. Wampler Heather Bowlin, a dispatcher at Springdale Police Department’s dispatch center, works Friday.

SPRINGDALE -- Police operations could be safer when Springdale Police Department switches from analog to digital two-way radios, but newer devices have a feature that could make it more difficult for the public to listen in.

At A Glance

Analog Vs. Digital

Analog Two-Way Radios: Device usually has push-to-talk scanning, conversations where one person can talk to many people and limited encryption capabilities. The device allows one channel per frequency. The signal gets weaker as a person moves away from the radio transmitting site.

Digital Two-Way Radios: Device offers the same and more features than its analog counterpart. Depending on the brand, digital radios can offer text messaging, affordable parts and Internet connection. Digital radios also have a 30 to 50 percent longer battery life than analog radios. Digital radios have a larger range of transmission, the signal is clearer and they allow multiple channels per frequency.

Source: Staff Report

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For more information on the brand of two-way radios the Springdale Police Department will purchase, go to nexedge.kenwood.com.

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