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Radio over Internet Protocol

(also RoiP)

Radio over Internet Protocol definition

Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) is a technology that enables the transmission of radio signals over the internet, enabling long-distance communication and features not typically available with traditional radio systems.

RoIP connects at least one network node that’s radio to other nodes in the radio network via IP. These other nodes include two-way radios, dispatch consoles, POTS telephones, computer-based softphone applications like Skype, PDAs, smartphones, or any IP-accessible communication device. RoIP operates over both private networks and the public internet.

See also: VoIP

Examples of RoIP in use

  • Public safety and emergency services. Police departments, fire departments, and emergency medical services use RoIP to connect their two-way radio systems to dispatch centers via the internet.
  • Transportation and logistics. Trucking companies and logistics providers use RoIP to communicate with drivers using mobile radios over long distances to make fleet management and shipment tracking more efficient.
  • Manufacturing and industrial environments. Manufacturing facilities often have large areas where radio communication is essential for safety and coordination. RoIP systems extend coverage throughout these facilities.
  • Maritime communications. RoIP is used on ships and maritime vessels to connect radios on board with land-based communication systems.
  • Military and defense. The military uses RoIP to enable communication between troops, vehicles, and command centers in various locations. RoIP systems enhance interoperability and provide secure transmission.
  • Security firms. RoIP enhances communication among security personnel, especially in large commercial or event venues.
  • Utilities and energy. Utility companies use RoIP to connect their radio systems, enabling efficient communication for maintenance and emergency response in remote locations.
  • Amateur radio operators (Ham radio). Ham radio enthusiasts use RoIP to connect their radios to the internet and communicate with like-minded radio operators worldwide.
  • Search and rescue operations. Search and rescue teams rely on RoIP to communicate with remote teams and headquarters during rescue operations.
  • Mining and oil exploration. In rugged and remote environments like mines or offshore drilling platforms, RoIP helps maintain communication connectivity across large areas.