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Types of Communication Equipment

9/24/2013 12:44:44 PM | by Anonymous

Communication Equipment

Communication Equipment are devices that aid in the communication process between individuals. They have escalated in the recent decades to the extent that society is spoilt with choices in the way they send and receive information. These days, communications are mainly run by software. However, the hardware still remains relatively important. Communication Equipment exist in various forms, each with their own operational way and usage. The following are the different types of Communication Equipment:

1. Automated Voice Answering Systems

They are basically answering machine that receives messages and provides the requested information. They are largely used by large companies receiving large volumes of customer calls regarding their service. Answering systems also help to prevent human error and decreases the workload of call centre employees. This way, the employees can also utilize the time used to answer calls more and perform more important tasks.

2. Intercom

Intercom is a type of communication equipment. It has fixed microphone units that are connected to a centrally located control device. The device provides the aid for an individual to communicate their message to a large audience in a large area. For example, a supervisor making an organizational wide announcement, he can use the intercom to do so for convenience and transmission of the message to his subordinates. It can either be wireless or hand-wired; some even uses transmission via radio frequency. Some examples of intercom users are television stations, communication facilities and power plants.

3. Telephone

A telephone is a machine that converts sound signals into a type that other telephone devices can convert into perceptible sound. This permits two individuals to converse with one another from a protracted distance away. Similar to intercoms, telephones can be wireless or wired, digital or analog. There are varieties of accessories like the answering machine and headsets. They are to augment the capabilities of the telephone.

4. Pager

A pager is a device that receives signals from another party. It then alerts the user for the received signal. The pager beeps, flashes or vibrates as a form of signaling. It also displays the text with a call back number the user should call to. However, the usage of pager has decreased significantly with the rise of mobile technology such as mobile phone and tablets. Despite the fall in usage, pagers are still being in use in places like restaurants, hospitals and factories in some cases.

5. Radio

Radios are the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of frequency. Walkie talkies and citizen’s band radios are examples of radios people use to communicate with one another. They usually have a receiver, transmitter receiver and an antenna. They usually have a base or mobile configuration. They normally have an advantage over telephones in terms of communication as these devices are usually free of charge.

6. Fax Machines

Fax also known as facsimile is commonly known as telefax or telecopying. It is the transmission of scanned printed materials in visuals. They are sent through a telephone number connected to an output device normally a printer. The original document is scanned with the fax machine, followed by the processing of contents as a single fixed image. It is then converted into a bitmap and transmitted through the telephone system. The fax machine receiving the image converts the code and prints it on a paper copy. For decades before technology gained popularity, the scanned data were transmitted as analog. Fax machines retain certain advantages. It is particularly in the transmission of material sent over the internet unencrypted which may be vulnerable towards interception. It is without the need for telephone tapping. Some countries do not recognize electronic signatures on documents that are being faxed. Others have however enjoyed the continued support in business.


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