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AUSA – TEA Headsets High Threat Tier 1 Headset Universal Mounting System

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

TEA Headsets showed their High Threat Headset at AUSA. It features Combat Noise Suppression technology that protects the operator’s hearing against damaging noises they’re exposed to during combat. In addition to providing certified hearing protection the HTH has adjustable and amplified electronic hearing that allows wearers to maintain 360° battlefield awareness. Hear-thru audio can be easily adjusted using the HTH’s simple 3-button controls located on the left ear cup.

The HTH has an AUTO-OFF feature that turns off hear-thru after four hours of inactivity. Two AAA batteries provide 600 hrs of use. TEA offers the HTH with single or dual comms wires as well as several microphone options. The HTH is available in Black, OD Green and MultiCam.

I know a lot of you are using different methods to attach your headsets directly to your helmets rails. The Universal Mounting System works on a variety of headsets, so it might be the answer you are looking for.

You can quickly swap the ear cups from headband to rail adapter. Simply unscrew the thumb screw on the UMS to remove a headband or mount and then screw it back down to secure it after adjustments.

The HTH Tier 1’s low profile headband features an easy to remove, over the head, Velcro headstrap that allows you to retain the assembly for future use. Helmet adapters are available for Team Wendy, Ops-Core, Revision and other makes and models of helmet rails.


INVISIO receives follow-up order from existing army customer within NATO

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Stockholm, September 30, 2016

INVISIO (IVSO) has received an order worth approximately SEK 7.0 million from one of the company’s existing army customers within NATO. The order is a follow-up order and includes the INVISIO V60 communication and hearing protection system. Delivery is planned to take place in 2016.

The customer has been using INVISIO’s equipment since 2012 and earlier this year ordered products valued approximately 6.5 million.

INVISIO’s advanced communication systems with hearing protection enable professionals working in noisy and mission-critical environments to communicate and collaborate effectively. The systems consist of headsets and control units connected to an external team radio or a vehicle’s intercom system, for example.


MDM – TCI Bluetooth Module

Friday, September 30th, 2016

I was walking through the aisles at Modern Day Marine when I ran across the Quantico Tactical booth. It was like a mini trade show in itself, but one thing I wanted to get out right away was this Bluetooth Module for tactical comms headsets from Tactical Command Industries. It was set up as a component on a rig like you see below and was so unobtrusive I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it if Retired TACP Jim Price hadn’t pointed it out to me.

I picked it up to check it out. It’s super simple, connecting to the switch via a pigtail with just a few buttons to conncet your Bluetooth enabled device to the rest of your comms. The hardened three button design is standard with many commercially available Bluetooth headsets and earpieces and the buttons are large enough to be used with gloves on. It is rechargeable via mini USB.

Think about how often you use a cell phone. Now, you can integrate it into your gear, when needed. For some, it will be your primary comms. Others will fit it into the PACE structure somewhere. Shoot, some guys will connect their cell just so they can listen to music through their headphones.

Granted, this isn’t the first deployment of a means to integrate cell service. But this was designed by TCI to work specifically with their widely deployed dual communications architecture found in the later R.3 and the new R.4 dual push-to-talk systems. TCI’s dual communications system is specifically designed to separate the two audio channels so there is no shared connections and no physical or electronic way for audio from one channel to bleed into the transmission on the other. Additionally, their PTT’s incorporate a lock out feature that disables the opposite PTT switch from the one that is in use. Because of these features, a cellular device, which requires no PTT as the microphone is active once a call is placed/accepted, has its audio in mute mode while the other channel is in active use. This prevents radio traffic, either received or transmitted, from being heard on the cell phone. This feature keeps radio transmissions, which may be encrypted, off of the cell phone audio. That would be a major problem, enabling threats to work to undermine our encryption. This system is by far more secure than the common practice of using a cell phone by lifting up an earcup to talk on it. This may actually expose the phone to radio traffic that is not cleared for cell phone transmission resulting in inadvertant disclosure.

Finally, the module is impedance agnostic. It will work with both high and low impedance headsets. There is no need for an extra cable or impedance matching hardware to be incorporated.

The Blue Tooth Adapter from Tactical Command Industries is available for unit and agency purchase through Quantico Tactical.

MCL Wins Further Hearing Protection Order From UK MOD

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL), a Cohort plc company working with INVISIO Communications A/S, has received a further order for its S10 Tactical Hearing Protection Systems from the UK Ministry of Defence.

The order, valued at more than £2 million, will provide hearing protection for RAF, Royal Navy and Reservist personnel and follows this month’s completion of the initial order supplying more than 19,000 systems to the British Army. MCL and INVISIO completed the programme five months ahead of schedule, with the contract including a full support package for the next four years, training, documentation, spares and project management.

Under the latest order, MCL and INVISIO will also provide a full support package for the next three years, with the option to extend for a further three years.

MCL Managing Director Darren Allery commented: “The THPS DCCU contract is a great success and we are delighted to receive this follow on order. Our size, agility and partnership with INVISIO and the MOD has enabled us to achieve the in service date ahead of schedule and complete deliveries to the Army well within the schedule.”

Commenting on the INVISIO S10, Major General Richard Talbot Rice, Director Land Equipment, said: “The INVISIO S10 hearing protection system will deliver a key capability for the Armed Forces, providing first rate situational awareness and better prevents hearing damage to personnel on operations whilst offering more comfort.”

The S10 Tactical Hearing Protection Systems for the Dismounted Close Combat User (THPS DCCU) are a significant step forward in the technology designed to protect the user’s hearing in training and combat situations.

It is an in-ear hearing protection and communication system for use on a single radio and consists of an in-ear hearing protection headset with control unit housing the electronics for situational awareness and impulse noise protection. It is made up of two components the X5 Bone Conduction Hearing Protection Headset and the inline control unit.

(The MCL/INVISIO S10 Tactical Hearing Protection System)

The system uses advanced digital signal processing, miniaturised audio components and ergonomic headset design to provide the most natural hearing possible. Instead of traditional sound wave technology, the patented INVISIO Bone Conduction Technology uses a small and comfortable in-ear microphone that picks up vibrations from the user’s jawbone. The vibrations are converted into sound, delivering crystal clear communication under extreme conditions, even when whispering.

SOF PEO C4 Industry Collaboration Event – Non-RF Comms

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

USSOCOM’s AT&L Program Executive Office-Command, Control, Computers and Communications (PEO-C4) / has announced and industry collaboration event focused on non-RF Communications to be held 7 and 8 December, 2016 at SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida.

They wish to meet with selected experts from industry to facilitate technical discussions on active and passive non-RF communications.

The discussions will focus on the following areas of interest:
• System scalability on various sized platforms
• Data rates and power levels
• Transmission ranges
• Non-RF equipment solution sets
• Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Deception/Low Probability of Exploitation
• Non-RF communication in a wide variety of environments
• Near and far field capabilities

Interested parties need to respond by Oct 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm Eastern. Visit www.FBO.gov for full details.

SILYNX Announces New Partnership with OpticsPlanet, Inc

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Maryland – Silynx Communications, Inc. (Silynx), a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of tactical, in-ear headset systems, announces a new partnership with OpticsPlanet, Inc, a leading online dealer of technical and high-performance gear. This relationship provides OpticsPlanet’s large customer base of knowledgeable and discerning users with access to Silynx’s battle proven tactical communications and hearing protection equipment.

“We are very excited to offer the versatile line-up from Silynx Communications,” said Alex Royzen, Manager of Supply Chain Development for OpticsPlanet. “Their hearing enhancement, protection, and communication devices are a natural fit with the variety of customers we cater to in the shooting, hunting, tactical/military, and outdoor markets.”

All of Silynx products will be available to civilians, military, and law enforcement alike.

Early TEMPEST Phone From NSA Museum

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

This large, rotary phone was a prototype for a TEMPESTed telephone. TEMPEST is a cover name that is now used throughout the government and industry to refer to frequency emanations leaking from electronic devices as they are used. Even back in World War II, the U.S. Army was warned about a teletype mixer that emitted signals each time the machine stepped. The signals could be intercepted 100 or more feet away revealing the plaintext message.

This early prototype TEMPESTed telephone was mounted on a plaque and presented to Lowell Frazer in 1985, presumably upon his retirement. Frazer was a communications security mathematician whose leadership spurred government and industry interaction in the development of TEMPEST equipment. He also ensured that TEMPEST concerns were part of the cryptographic evaluation process.

To learn a little about TEMPEST history, read “TEMPEST: A Signal Problem”.

Scroll Factory – Bn Cat Eyes Pre-Order

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Despite being called “ranger eyes” all over the internet, the proper name for the luminescent markers placed in the back of PCs (Patrol Caps), Helmet Camouflage bands and Packs is “cat eyes”. They just happen to be worn by Rangers, along with others who patrol at night.

Scroll Factory is offering a pre-order for cat eyes in the Ranger Bn shapes. These are Glow-in-the-dark patches with Velcro backing.