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26 February 2015

Invisio - Optimised Hearing Protection and Ear Piece Technology in Small Form Factors

Invisio is playing the waiting game in the Middle East as it expects its in-ear communications systems to begin replacing legacy over-ear solutions as armed forces start to realise there are options when operating in hot conditions.

Speaking to Military Technology at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi on 25 February, senior vice president for global sales and marketing, Carsten Aagesen, admitted the company had yet to find the same foothold as it has done to date with NATO nations and coalition partners.

However, he added: “We strongly believe in being at these types of exhibition and are working closely with the major military radio manufacturers to integrate our solutions for optimised hearing protection and ear piece technology in small form factors.”

Invisio is pushing its V60 advanced tactical communication and hearing protection system into the Middle East market, with this particular technology comprising a 20-m submersible, quad-com, plug and go system.

The unit, which can be attached to any legacy and SDR radio on the market, comprises 4 PTTs, head-thru controller and three command buttons. An in-ear headset with microphone makes it possible for the unit to maintain full radio functionality like full-duplex communication, radio sidetone, priority voice, VOX and keying the radios onboard PTT buttons.

“In-ear solutions are starting to become the default for military communications,” Aagesen continued. “The Middle East has pretty basic requirements with any headset doing for the moment. But they have the same exact needs to get a tactical headset as any other nation such as the frontrunners in the field in the UK, US, Australia and France.

“The importance of hearing protection is exemplified with the amount of money being spent on soldiers coming back from orations with diminished hearing,” he added while describing how the US was spending some USD1 billion per year on hearing solutions for impaired soldiers.
Soldiers operating on the battlefield can easily become temporarily deafened by gunfire, in particular rounds fired in close proximity from larger calibre machine guns including 7.62mm and .50-cal weapon systems. Muzzle blasts can lead to immediate deafening as well as Tinnitus or ringing in the ear.

Traditional systems have comprised anything from in-ear foam buds through to over-ear protection and communications systems such as Peltor and MSA products, currently in service with armed forces around the world.

“In the blink of an eye, a soldier can lose his or her capacity to be an efficient warfighter and a lot of countries have seen that. They want to take care of their troops as well as save money and this attitude is prevalent in the Middle East,” he concluded.

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