Advances in technology have created a variety of channels through which you and your team can communicate efficiently. Whether you're on a mission, training or simply in the field, you should be able to receive and transmit critical information clearly and—often—discreetly. Here are some products that help you communicate while you’re on the job.
OTTO’s new Pro Series Speaker Microphone uses a durable and interchangeable cable assembly with a quick disconnect RJ45 feature, giving the user the ability to switch easily between radio platforms while in the field. The Pro Series has 360 degrees of rotation with clip detent stops every 45 degrees for secure attachment. Its 0.5-mm accessory jack for headphone use is ideal for discreet communication or loud environments. The Pro Series is cost-efficient, water-resistant and has an optional emergency button available for radios supporting this function. OTTO—888/234-6886 www.ottoexcellence.com
E.A.R. Inc.’s custom-fit earpieces, the Skeleton- and Receiver-Style, are specially designed for operatives in undercover occupations—FBI, SWAT, police and security teams. The Skeleton-Style allows for two-way radio transmissions to occur between a base operator and field operative via a small, clear tubing or amplified coil that’s usually worn underneath clothing. The product’s clear design allows it to be worn in the ear and remain undetected. The Receiver-Style earpiece is similar in design, but instead fills the entire ear as a solid mold. Ear impressions are required for proper custom-fit manufacturing, and both styles can be vented to relieve pressure and allow outside sounds to be heard. (Pictured: Receiver-Style.) E.A.R. Inc./Insta-Mold West—800/525-2690 www.earinc.com
PVP’s new Bluetooth-equipped Cell Phone (CP) Helmet Kit for police motorcycles features safe, simultaneous monitoring of two-way radio transmissions and cell phone calls. This feature allows the radio to be kept as the top priority without terminating calls. Radio transmissions are heard from both earphones and when a call comes in, radio traffic is routed to one earphone and the call is routed to the other. With a push of a button, you can conveniently answer and terminate calls, as well as activate your cell phone’s voice-command function. The CP helmet kits are available for most half shells, three-fourths shells and modular-style helmets, and are compatible with most communications systems—wired or wireless, PVP or other. PVP Communications—800/584-4119 www.pvpcom.com
The new Digital Pocket Memo (DPM) 9375 from Philips is a handheld, digital dictation and transcription technology device. It utilizes a push-button editing function for professional document creation, as well as a priority setting feature so urgent jobs are processed first. Its lightweight body and side-located control buttons make the DPM 9375 user-friendly. The device also has the ability to record in DSS and MP3 audio formats, and includes rechargeable batteries and an exchangeable memory card. Philips Speech Processing—905/201-4202 www.philips.com/dictation