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Wireless Pacific X10DR® Firefront™ Universal Appliance Communications System
October 17, 2019

The Firefront™ Universal Appliance Communications System allows up seven X10DR Elite devices to be connected to the Fire appliance host mobile radio to provide a comprehensive, local intercom and network access system for Fire fighters. Typical systems provide local at-scene, off-network private AES secure communications with the ability to also monitor and transmit over the vehicle’s main despatch mobile radio for up to 700 meters from the vehicle. Additional facilities include the ability to monitor other radio channels (e.g. volunteers using UHF radios) or the ability for multiple vehicles to link together into larger work teams with a shared local intercom network.

The Firefront™ system allows all team members to hear and communicate with each other by pressing their top mounted, grey coloured, Talkaround button on the Elite Microphone. For those situations when both hands are needed such as attaching a hose, the system also provides Handsfree mode. Handsfree mode is simply enabled by “double pressing” the Talkaround button. The user will hear a “handsfree active” tone alert. The user can then communicate freely with others from their team while focusing on the task at hand without the need to press any buttons.

Typically a user in Handsfree mode would wear either a simple earpiece plugged in the Elite Mic’s 3.5mm earphone jack or alternatively, might choose to use a lightweight headset or perhaps a specific breathing apparatus headset plugged into the bottom Hirose® 6 pin headset port. When Handsfree is active, the user will hear a periodic “handsfree active” tone in their earpiece/headset..

Besides the local intercom capabilities, the X10DR Firefront™ system also allows team members segregated or full access to the vehicle’s main mobile radio operating channel. A XCCP Console Command Panel provides the vehicle’s Commander the ability to dynamically assign the other (up to 6) team members, radio channel receive capability and/or the ability to transmit over the main or secondary radio networks. The system on power up by default is normally configured to typically allow full radio system access to the vehicle’s Commander, and a 2IC if so desired. Depending on the specific operational needs and equipment configuration, either one or both selectable user sub-groups (with 2 or 3 members) to also have authorized access to the vehicle’s radio/s can be provided by the Console Command Panel with a press of a button/s.

When a team member has radio monitor access assigned, they will hear both local intercom voice traffic as well as the main radio’s receive communications. Should someone be talking in local intercom mode when a radio reception occurs on the vehicle’s host mobile radio, then audio from both sources will be mixed and users will hear both conversations. When authorized they can also transmit over the main radio channel by simply pressing the large side PTT button to talk.

The Console Command Panel is normally located inside the vehicle cabin so user access can be pre-defined before arriving at the response scene. For long deployments where access requirements may evolve as circumstances change, additional Console Command Panels can be mounted elsewhere on the vehicle for easy access and so as to prevent the need to climb back into the cabin when a change is required.

To further expand the local intercom network, the Firefront™ communications system can be also attached to a 2nd mobile radio which could then allow:

Super Grouping : Multiple Firefront™ vehicle systems within range of each other who are sharing a common dedicated channel to be merged into a super-group where all Talkaround press to talk conversations are shared. (Note: Handsfree mode not enabled when super-grouping is enabled.)

Volunteer Connect: The vehicle’s Firefront™ system to be cross connected to a LMR/FRS/CB/PMR channel via the second connected radio and assigned by the vehicle Commander so those conversations can be shared with volunteer fire fighters who may be operating on their own volunteer radio equipment. This configuration can also be used to achieve multiple Firefront system patching as described above but utilizing a  predefined volunteer radio channel.

Built for intuitive at-scene operation, Firefront™ communication systems provides all team members with simple to use, lightweight, IP67 rated waterproof shoulder personal communicators, while ensuring effective, controlled access to the vehicle’s main radio network, as well as seamless, local “off net” intercom capability including the game changing, full duplex on site Handsfree operation.

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