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MoD awards Link Microtek 4-year support contract for naval infra-red communications system

Link Microtek has won a 4-year contract from the UK MoD for the provision of spares, repairs and other support services for the company’s Azdec mobile infra-red communications system. Installed on board various ships within the Royal Navy fleet, the Azdec system provides totally secure, wire-free, short-range voice communications, giving personnel the freedom to roam unhindered from their base positions.
The robustly constructed system consists of a compact base station, a number of fixed infra-red antennas, a choice of headsets, operators’ belt-mounted battery packs/control units,
and a central battery-charger unit. Typical items to be supplied under the new arrangement are expected to include replacement battery packs and additional headsets, and the prices of all equipment and services will be fixed for the 4-year term of the contract.
Commenting on the development, Link Microtek’s managing director, Steve Cranstone, said: “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement because it enables us to deal direct with the MoD, rather than working through a third party. Not only will we be able to provide the Royal Navy with a much improved service, but the procurement process will also be more efficient and cost-effective for the MoD.”
Employing low-level infra-red digital encoding technology, the Azdec system poses no health or EMC hazard and fully satisfies the MoD’s TEMPEST requirements.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:27

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New lightweight headset provides maximum comfort for prolonged use of secure infra-red comms system

LM421 New HeadsetA new lightweight headset has been specifically developed for air traffic control (ATC) or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control-room applications. Based on Sennheiser’s ATC-qualified HME 46 product, the new headset has been modified to incorporate an Azdec infra-red transceiver and yet weighs only 330g, making it extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

 

Azdec systems provide totally secure, wire-free, short-range voice communications, giving personnel the freedom to roam unhindered from their base positions. There are no RF emissions and the infra-red signals cannot be detected by any conventional method, so it is impossible for anyone to eavesdrop on what is being said.

The systems support multiple users in either a control centre or control tower environment. In a control centre, they can be configured to provide a communications cell associated with each desk, while in a control tower multiple channels allow the free movement of several controllers throughout the coverage area.

The new headset is about half the weight of a standard Azdec headset – a reduction that has been achieved by transferring some of the electronics to the belt-mounted battery pack. Employing low-level infra-red digital encoding technology, the lightweight headset produces exceptional quality audio, and there are no ocular or other health hazards.

Available options include a VOX level control – enabling the user to optimise the setting for VOX trip - and split headset operation, which allows the controller to communicate selectively with aircraft or other controllers or to make and receive external telephone calls.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:03

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Azdec at ATC Global

We're pleased to announce we are exhibiting at the ATC Global exhibition in Amsterdam March 12th - 14th http://www.atcglobalhub.com/page.cfm.

Visit us at the Link Microtek stand R204, Hall 9. As well as our ultra secure infra red voice communication system on show will be radio frequency monitoring and directional finding equipment from Narda Test Solutions.

The Narda IDA-3106 is a hand portable ultra fast interference and direction analyser. It is designed to identify and locate the sources of radio signals. Either intentional or unintentional sources of interference can be quickly identified and unique ‘Smart DF’ software manages the triangulation results and automatically calculates emitter positions.

The Narda NRA family of rack mount spectrum analysers are ideal for monitoring systems such as radio beacons either locally or remotely; the NRA data can be viewed and operated via the internet so several units can monitor large areas with data fed back to a central control room.

The Azdec infra red communication system supports multiple users in either a control centre or control tower. In the control centre environment the system can be configured to provide a communications cell associated with each desk, while in a control tower multiple channels allow the free movement of many controllers throughout the area. On show will be our new adapted Sennheiser HME 46 headset specifically designed for ATC applications.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:24

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