TSA Chooses Icom Radios for Airport Communications (10/14/10)
Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Comments

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) selected Icom America to provide lightweight, rugged portable VHF radios for the agency’s “whisper quiet” voice and text communications solution.

TSA deployed the Icom F50V radio at 240 airports nationwide. The “whisper quiet” voice solution allows TSA staff and supervisors to communicate quietly and securely at checkpoints. The contract initially included 10,000 F50V portable radios, which provided paging capability and vibration notification in addition to voice communications.

The solution is designed to allow agents to talk at normal voice levels via an off-shoulder microphone with other staff members, improving response time and ensuring a secure and effective screening process.

The contract was awarded in March 2009 as part of TSA’s Checkpoint Evolution, an initiative that incorporates enhanced officer training and cutting-edge technology to maximize checkpoint security. Radios shipped in late October and were deployed nationwide in early 2010.

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