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Ops-Core RAC Headset Now Available For Direct Order

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

I know a lot of you have been asking for it, and now Gentex has added the RAC Communications Headset to the Ops-Core website for direct order. They are in stock and ready to ship. In fact, during a recent visit to their factory in Manchester, New Hampshire, I watched them assembling the RACs in anticipation of this move.

RAC consists of outer earcups, wireless earbuds and a boom microphone. It is a delicate balance between protecting and enabling hearing. From the beginning, Ops-Core wanted to offer an internal earbud, which greatly increases hearing protection. For example, with just the earcups, RAC offers 20db protection. By adding the NFMI earbuds, that protection is increased to 32 db. Adding RAC’s wireless earbuds isn’t analogous to adding foamies, which would block the Situational Awareness advantage. Additionally, wired inserts aren’t the answer because wires get in the way of pro masks, balaclavas, etc. Some systems use one form of RF signal or another but, that raises security issues due to encryption.

Instead, Ops-Core decided to use a magnetic system. It’s battery free and wireless. The audio signal stimulates a coil which becomes the transmit antenna. Because it uses a magnetic field to work, you must keep the coil contained in the earcup close to the earbuds. For instance, you can open the earcup slightly to vent, but you can’t move it to the rear in the storage position because the earbud won’t receive the signal.

The RAC features an interesting 3D hearing, Situational Awareness capability, made possible by the integration of what is essentially an artificial ear, combined with electronics. The intake for ambient noise is at an angle, like your ear, rather than flat across the front like on other systems. Inside the intake, the SA microphone is located at the top to avoid the effects of wind, and to help water drain down, after immersion.

Additionally, the external boom microphone is immersible and noise canceling. To swap sides for the boom microphone, you remove the plug and swap it. Although the earbuds are wireless, the earcuos are commected via a cable which is attached to the helmet via Velcro. Various cables are available for connection to comms systems.

Compatible with the Ops-Core FAST and Sentry Helmet Systems, RAC is designed to attach directly to the ARC Rail. RAC mounts to the lower, angled section of the ARC rail. This keeps it out of the way, leaving room for other accessories on the upper section of the rail.

The earcups are mounted on a gimbel to fit a wide variety of ear and head shapes, but one of the most unique features is that RAC has a built-in storage ability. The earcups rotate back to the rear of the helmet when not in use, creating a very low profile. In fact, the earcups aren’t visible from front view when stowed.

RAC is offered in Urban Tan, Foliage Green and Black. However, RAC accpets dipped patterns very well. Additionally, RAC can be purchased with the NFMI earplug capability or without. RACs purchased without the NFMI system are not upgradeable.

www.ops-core.com/rac-headset

Tactical Command Industries – 20th Anniversary Promotion

Monday, December 5th, 2016

This is an announcement from Tactical Command Industries, a tactical comms company and a brand under Safariland Group, regarding their 20th Anniversary and a special promotional sale they’re running.

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Tactical Command Industries, a brand of the Safariland Group, is celebrating our 20th anniversary. Originally founded by a SWAT team officer, TCI has built a business and a reputation for providing first responders, law enforcement, and military personnel rugged and innovative tactical communications accessories. Beginning with the SAS earpiece system, through the Liberator series headset, and finally the MAST antenna relocation kit, TCI continues to offer products developed from end user input and experienced development and design. Following the acquisition by the Safariland Group in 2012, our capability to develop cutting edge products has increased exponentially. The most recent addition is a professionally certified acoustics laboratory that allows our engineers and technicians to conduct in-house acoustic testing and certification.

To celebrate our anniversary we are offering discounts, as much as 30% off, on many items in our inventory, including the venerable TASC headset and the modern TABC3 bone conduction headset. Products can be purchased as a complete kit including a push to talk or as just a stand-alone headset.

Go to: www.safariland.com/our-brands/tci

Select your products and enter the promo code TCI30 in the “Apply Promo Code” field. If there are any questions don’t hesitate to contact TCI Customer Service 800-347-1200, and select TCI.

This celebration will end at the end of December. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own professional grade communications accessories at a significant discount.

Don’t forget about Shot Show, be sure to visit TCI in the Safariland booth #12762, where we plan to unveil new and exciting product.

USSOCOM To Conduct Market Research and Industry Day For Next Generation Communications Accessories

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Program Manager Special Operations Forces – Survival, Support, and Equipment Systems (PM-SOF SSES) is comducting q Sources Sought / Request for Information (RFI) and an Industry Day (ID) to discuss compatibility between the Next Generation Hand Held (NGHH) Radio and the manufacture of Communications Accessories (Headsets, Cables, and Push-To-Talk (PTT) Devices).

1st Special Forces Command in conjunction with PM-SOF SSES and Harris Corporation, manufacturers of the NGHH, are investigating the ability of industry to meet compatibility and performance requirements of COMACC that would operate with the NGHH Radio. COMACC is the interface between SOF tactical radio systems and the operator for voice communications. The focal point of this event is the compatibility with legacy COMACC, future COMACC and new generation SOF radios.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) of communications equipment, communications accessories, or integrators are invited to submit a capability statement describing their experience in these fields to the POCs identified in this announcement. PM-SOF SSES representatives, Harris Corporation NGHH program managers and radio communications technical experts, and military force modernization equipment subject matter experts will be in attendance to discuss COMACC and NGHH capabilities and requirements.

The Indsustry Day will be held 29 November 2016; 0900 – 1500 EST at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown in Rochester, NY.

To learn more with detailed instruction on how to participate, visit www.fbo.gov.

INVISIO Establishes US Subsidiary

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

INVISIO has established a wholly owned subsidiary in the USA to increase its presence in the US market. The establishment is part of the company’s strategic objective to build a strong presence in key markets. The company has also begun recruiting staff for sales and marketing of the company’s systems for communication and hearing protection.

The subsidiary, INVISIO Communications Inc, is to support existing customers and partners, increasing the customer base and develop and maintain business networks. INVISIO already has valuable customers in the US including the Army’s modernization program TCAPS and several Special Forces in defense and police services.

“In line with the company’s commercial expansion plans for key markets, we are increasing our sales efforts in the United States. The establishment of a separate office and a local organization bring us closer to our customers, partners and the industry, which benefits our continued penetration of the market. We believe that the interest in our solutions remains strong and we see good opportunities for continued growth in the US, “says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The subsidiary is located outside of Washington, D.C. and will initially be led by INVISIO’s CEO Lars Højgård Hansen. The recruitment of a sales and marketing organization is in progress.

INVISIO and reseller TEA Headsets will continue their long-lasting cooperation in the US market.

www.invisio.com

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.

www.teaheadsets.com

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.

www.invisio.com

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.