It’s one of those words that you hear and never really think about – DECT – it is generally associated with domestic telephony but also has a variety of applications. Well DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications which started off as a European Standard for cordless telephone communication allowing a far larger range of channels than traditional analogue cordless phones. This brought with it increased security, less interference, enhanced sound quality and lower power consumption – all of which made the DECT telephone a desirable option.
The first UK DECT Cordless telephones were manufactured by Siemens ( now Gigaset ) for BT and included the BT Diverse telephones such as the 1000 series and were akin to early mobile phones in that they did little more than make calls – though they did that well. In the interim, now they have, like mobile phones, morphed into something more – many home phones now incorporating advanced features such as SMS, Nuisance Call Blocking and Colour Screens. DECT swiftly became an industry standard and its use adopted by many other communications devices such as the following :
- Baby Monitors – many household domestic baby monitors use DECT to communicate between the baby’s room and the parents’
- Headsets – many enterprise headsets for business use DECT to transmit the speech between headset and telephones
- VoIP Handsets – some cordless IP handsets use DECT as a means of communicating with the PBX
- Large Areas – with a network of base stations and DECT repeaters you can build a large area of coverage for cordless DECT handsets – great for public areas or large workplaces
But, as we have said – it is in the arena of DECT Cordless Phones that DECT made its name, it was conceived as a standard and has indeed become the de facto standard for home telephones. This is because as a protocol it provides great service for the consumer ( ie sound, security and reliability ) and as a standard it allows a variety of devices from disparate manufacturers to talk to each other and add to their functionality.