Tiny Mic Suits First Responders
edited by Robert H. Williams
responders in protective suits now have an alternative to radios.
Audiopack Technologies of Cleveland, Ohio, is offering a voice audio
system that relies on a lightweight throat microphone to communicate
in hospitals, triage areas and decontamination lines where mask
protection is essential.
The HazAmp system also features a belt or chest mounted amplifier.
It permits users to communicate with other first responders or victims
in a variety of circumstances.
Mary Russell, emergency preparedness coordinator at the Boca Raton,
Fla., Community Hospital, noted that, “when you are in all
of that gear, nobody can hear you. We needed a way to communicate
and be heard 70 to 80 feet away. Communication is the key to being
able to handle any disaster effectively. If you cannot communicate
with your team and the casualties, you have a huge problem.”