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Singapore – Today Smart Walkie announced the launch of its 2016 model of its Smart Walkie-Talkie, the VP-2000. With VP-2000, logistics, hospitality, production and engineering companies are able to receive and deliver the best communication for field workers. Smart Walkie aims to make field communication a seamless experience.
The VP-2000 allows companies to empower their field workers with a instant voice smartphone that has unlimited range and can communicate in a group or privately. A user can easily talk to a group of co-workers by pressing the Easy PTT Button on the side of VP-2000. Unlike normal smartphones, the Easy PTT button makes instant voice communication, commonly know as Push-To-Talk or Walkie Talkie, easily accessible for field workers. Prior to VP-2000, users had a difficult time using smartphone walkie talkie apps as there is no easily accessible Talk button. With VP-2000, users do not have to switch to the Walkie Talkie app or even switch on the screen.
“Smartphone Walkie Talkie apps have been invented since 2012 but have had limited success in competing against radio based walkie talkies. One of the key challenge is that Apps expect users to look at the screen. We know from our user experience studies that field workers have their hands full most of the time and need their heads up as they move around their work environment.” – Zhou Wenhan, CEO, Smart Walkie
VP-2000 boasts of several unique features beyond its Walkie Talkie Mode. Users can send and receive text messages. When a text is received, the text is automatically read out using text to speech technology so that without touching the phone, workers are able to hear what is being communicated to you.
The Android OS on VP-2000 gives workers access to mobile apps that increases their productivity in the field. One such bundled app is the location-tracking feature which dispatch companies find very useful in improving routing decisions.
The Smart Walkie team is a spin off from Singapore largest Mobile Application Consultancy, 2359 Media Pte Ltd. Zhou Wenhan, whom is the CEO of Smart Walkie and 2359 Media’s co-founder, explains how the company got into an industry that is viewed by many as out-dated.
“The Walkie Talkie industry is not very well-know but an estimated 50,000 field workers in Singapore are still depending on these devices for work. Companies want to upgrade from their current walkie talkies for better coverage and ability to send pictures and even run smartphone apps. We are pleased that VP-2000 have proven very well in our deployments and provided customers a strong upgrade path from their current walkie talkies.
VP-2000 is available for a limited time at $349. Trial sets can be requested at http://www.smartwalkie.com.
Zhou Wenhan’s : https://sg.linkedin.com/in/zhouwenhan
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