Push To Talk: What Is It & Its Importance!

Published On June 5th, 2024 Tech Talks

“Push-to-talk technology streamlines real-time communication in a single press.”

Push to talk (Ptt).. how different is it from a walkie-talkie? Or, are the two same with one being an American vocab and the other British?

Well, it is not because PTT is a technology that can be implemented on any software application or smartphone. Whereas, a walkie-talkie is a handheld device that works using radio waves.

And if we put it precisely, miners, contract workers, airport authorities, hospital staff, or any individual who works under time-critical situations would use push-to-talk chats to convey information across verticals.

So what is it, how does PTT work, who uses it, and a few more questions will be answered in the post below. Stay tuned!

What Is Push-to-Talk?

Push-to-talk is a type of technology that uses the half-duplex mode of communication allowing a single user to communicate at a time over the internet with the press of a button.

Though PTT allows more than two devices to be connected to each other, it allows only one user to transmit voice messages at a time.

Adding to this, there are different types of Ptt like Push to talk Radio, Push to talk Cellular, and Push to talk PC.

But you may ask me why go ahead with PTT when there is walkie-talkie? The transition to a futuristic approach is because of the list of disappointments that harden your worker’s collaboration and stops your team from excelling in productivity.

  • It’s so bulky & clumsy during peak priorities
  • It’s a hell of cost to repair & replace
  • The infrastructure is quite stagnant & No updates
  • Outreach of workers isn’t sufficient(No scalability)
  • Making efficient communication more complex
  • It is so dumb on effective customer service
  • It’s not futuristic enough for today’s business
  • It doesn’t give an opportunity to heighten your revenue

What do you say? Got hold of why you should give up this technology? Without any ado, let us see the next important part

How Does Push-to-Talk Work?

The Push-to-talk technology is based on the implementation of WebRTC and the Socket layer where the entire messages carry from one app to another. The feature can be integrated into any of your service apps or standalone apps.

Plus, with this modern technology, one can talk and the other(s) listen(s). The communicator is “always ON” where there is no necessity to dial numbers and wait for the other person to pick it up. It’s basically of two types;

  • One-to-one
  • One-to-many

Let us head onto the working mechanisms of push to talk (PTT) and here is how it works:

  • Ptt has to be first integrated into any device or software application to work.
  • To activate, users need to press the push-to-talk button and convey their message through voice.
  • Once the button is pressed, the voice message is captured via a microphone and transmitted to an individual or a group in data packets.
  • Since Ptt uses half-duplex communication, the sender needs to wait for the reception of the message from the recipient. 

And the process continues. Though it mimics the working nature of a walkie-talkie, both aren’t the same.

Who Uses Push-to-talk?

These days, PTT has become quite common in almost all major industries that have a steady workforce who needs to be in touch with headquarters or other departments 24/7. 

Therefore, let us see the different use cases where push-to-talk is greatly implemented.

Logistics & Transportation: 

  • PTT chats suit well for this department where truck drivers need to stay focused on their driving and update their head members about the shipment. 
  • Plus, it may hamper their sight if they are made to dial in long numbers or connect over the internet for voice calls. 

Construction & Mining

  • Both the sites are accident-prone zones and are devoid of internet coverage. 
  • Therefore, you need a technology that helps workers deliver fast communication when there is a threat to their lives.

Manufacturing & Warehousing: 

  • We all know that these departments are labor intensive and hence there is always a need to update higher management on the reception of stocks and other info.
  • In such a busy schedule, answering a phone call wouldn’t be a wise option, hence PTT plays a major role here.

Retail & Hospitality

  • Now, these departments are the sectors attracting customers by enhancing their satisfaction rates. 
  • So, implementing push-to-talk technology can smoothen the communication process between staff and help resolve customer issues sooner.

Security & Emergency Services

  • Firefighters, security officers, and agents mandatorily use the Ptt technology to communicate during time-critical situations.
  • As, in life-threatening scenarios, it is not possible to manually dial-in numbers or use typing protocols. 

Live Event Management: 

  • Event organizers, staff, and security personnel can seamlessly interact with others regarding decoration, catalogs, alignments, and more at the press of a button.
  • Plus, they can even connect with the logistics team to streamline communication balancing workload effectively.

Now that we have seen how push-to-talk can be used across different domains, let us see the real benefits of it.

What Are The Benefits Of Push-to-Talk?

  • PTT can be easily integrated into any software applications or mobile devices thus alleviating the need to carry multiple devices at work stations.
  • They have a simpler UI making it easy to operate
  • There is no need for dialing numbers or typing procedures to make a call.
  • Ptt uses 3G or 4G thus providing crips audio quality signals to recipients.
  • It allows multiple users to participate in a group call at the same time.

Well, these were a few of the many perks that this technology offers. 

Wrapping Up!

We hope we gave you a fair insight into how push-to-talk solutions can cater to growing real-time communication needs. That being said, many messaging apps have been created to address this rising demand featuring PTT requirements.

However, the time and effort to build an instant messaging app from scratch is not easy, and hence people opt for chat API solutions. 

And if you agree with me, then simply integrate MirrorFly’s chat SDK into your communication app and be amazed by our 150+ customizable features, easy integration capabilities, multi-platform support, and much more. 

So, talk to our experts right away!


Vigneshwar is a seasoned digital marketer and blogger, extremely passionate about driving search engine visibility for websites. He thoroughly enjoys exploring emerging technologies and is currently honing his expertise in Chat APIs and their associated tech stacks.

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  10. Omkar Dounde says:

    Hi Admin,
    Thanks for sharing a valuable content of Push to talk application. I would like to clarify few doubts about Push to talk solution .

    1. How many teams or members communicate?
    2. What functionality did your previous technologies achieve?
    3. How much does PTT+ cost?

    Please send detail documents to this omkarm*****@gmail.com

  11. Avi Mayer says:

    Hello Admin,
    I would like to change our construction field tradition walkie talkie conversation into new technology of push to talk ios & android application. Before I implement this software on our construction industry i would like to know more details of your product.

    1. Is information stored in a secure cloud or on premised?
    2. Can users use any data network(2g, 3g, 4g & 5 g networks)?
    3. Is it possible to access the app on the web?
    4. Is there any comparison table of voicelayer.io, zello.com, eurekanetwork.org & voxer.com

    Kindly provide proper details to my all question very shortly.
    Avi Mayer.

  12. Santhra Bose says:

    Thanks for providing a wonderful details sharing your blog via your readers. Push to talk is one the very hottest software in an online market. There are lot of construction, transportation, field service industries avoid old walkie talkie transform to new push to talk app and provide a lot of features like reduce cost, one to one, group calling, recording, etc. Keep it up!!

  13. Dilipan says:

    Dear Admin,

    I had received more details about push to talk solution from this blog. I would like to clarify to my all questions about Push to talk services.
    1. Can users record audio so that they never again miss a meeting?
    2. How secure is your app? Do you offer end-to-end encryption?
    3. Is your application compatible with iPhone & Android Mobile phone?
    Please send more details to me. Am waiting for your reply from your end.


  14. Sandhiya says:

    Dear MirrorFly,
    Really very interesting group communication app sharing and explained more details via blog. I would like to interesting build a push to talk app to my project. Could you please guide or development document share with me.

    Am waiting for postie reply from your end.

  15. Mangai says:

    Dear MirrorFly Team,
    Its a great details and gathering a lot of details about push to talk solution.
    How secure is your app?
    Do you offer end-to-end encryption?


  16. Greg Moore says:

    Video conferencing certainly is an expensive solution in current online market. Its a great content. Imagine If you communicating with your groups face to face conferencing is one the best option. Great Team work!

  17. Nasir Ali says:

    Great tutorial hearing from your side. Could you clarify few doubts to me.
    1. How much does it cost?
    2. How does the cost change based on the number of devices?
    3. Do you offer free apps for a single personal device?
    4. Do you offer a free trial app?


  18. Logeswari says:

    Interesting solution with PPT, Is this work on wi-fi or bluetooth ? Is there any streaming or cloud server for data storage or route ?


  19. Ria Katiyar says:

    Hi MirrorFly Team,

    Few questions about Push to talk app, please:
    1. Can I connect to all users?
    2. Can you hosting on my server?
    3. Could you support all networks(3G/4G/5G/Wi-Fi)

    Please send the detail document to below id.

    1. Masi says:

      Hello Ria Katiyar.

      Thanks for your request here. Our ready made push to talk solution to fulfill all your requirements with 100% customizable. Our team will reach you soon for discussing more about the Push to talk app.

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