The other weekend, despite my wife’s seemingly endless heckling (my wife is on-board for my gerneral geekyness, but this is over the top for her), I attended the Cowtown Hamfest with my son. My wife, as is probably general conception, views Amature Radio as 1970s era holdover with the median age of those participating to be somewhere their 60s or older. This may come as a shock to many, but amature radio has for decades been an area of cutting edge innovation in technology and many of the greatest engineers I know are operators. GPS Tracking with position monitoring on PC applications – only been doing it for about 20 years (the first app was in DOS). Voice over IP is also old hat, been doing it for over 10 years. The list goes on and on, to get to my point – even though it’s long past it’s prime as a “popular” hobby, two-way radio also has another huge following -business, especially transportation and public safety.
It’s not just truckers using a CB radio out there on the road, many businesses and government agencies use two-way radio to communicate in real time with their vehicle bound mobile workers. You might think the cell phone and Nextel’s service did away with that, but in case you have never noticed there are plenty of places that there is no cell phone coverage (and plenty of times it’s less than reliable). RF two-way radio remains an effective and cost efficient way to to communicate with multiple highly mobile workers simultaniously. Police, fire, transportation, the list goes on and on.
Now, what does this have to do with Lync? Well, to steal a phrase, there’s an app for that. In my last post I talked about how the how easy it is to develop powerful add on applications for Lync, here is another example. WAVE Lync Communicator (Website is here). Now, in addition to your normal contacts, you add two-way radios and “click to call them”.
Two-way radio isn’t going anywhere for a long time. Why not integrate it into Lync?
Thomas Kisner, MCITP