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Technomad MOUT Systems Power Training and Simulation on Military Bases

Technomad offers a complete range of high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) programs, fueling simulated warfare environments for military troops and combat soldiers in training.

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MOUT, also known as Urban Operations, defines combat in cities, towns and other urban environments.  Technomad’s expanding presence in MOUT drills on worldwide military bases provides soldiers with realistic training for urban warfare.  The company has many high-profile MOUT training projects live today, including the National Training Center at Fort Irwin and Zussman Urban Combat Center.

Technomad PA systems inject realistic sounds into simulated combat environments, including those common in urban environments.  The Technomad SuperConductor military audio player injects simulated flash bangs (grenades) and artillery into MOUT exercises in place of pyrotechnics.  The SuperConductor injects other realistic sounds such as incoming fire, blank rounds for OPFOR (opposing forces) and human screams to enhance the overall “shock and awe” of the training event.

MOUT exercises help soldiers differentiate true threats from general civilian activity once in theater.  Such training also helps soldiers better determine appropriate tactical responses in a “four-dimensional battlefield” with crowded sightlines, restrictive fires, and increased threats of enemy ambush from concealed locations.  This teaches soldiers to engage possible threats from all directions.

Technomad MOUT systems provide exceptional speech intelligibility and audio reproduction over broad areas with exceptional ease of use.  Technomad meets MilSpec 810F requirements with fully weatherproof, highly durable designs, including tactical, mobile PA systems (Technomad FireFly); simple Turnkey PA systems covering at least one square mile; and massive networked Giant Voice PA systems to cover much larger areas.

The SuperConductor audio player recorder packs a rich feature set into a 1RU form factor.   Users upload audio files in a hassle-free manner at high speeds.  The SuperConductor offers immediate, manual playback from a front-panel, push-and-turn knob; and automatic playback of files via down-to-the-second scheduling.  Audio files are triggered for single-event playback or repeated many times via user-defined schedules.

Complete Technomad PA systems for MOUT operations include weatherproof loudspeakers, an amplifier, mixer, wired or wireless microphones, cables, connectors and gasketed, self-casing lids for extra loudspeaker protection.  All audio components are delivered in a pre-wired, shock-mount equipment rack for maximum protection in the field.  Technomad also offers its Land-Mobile Radio (LMR) interface for tying radio communications into exercises, as well as IP intercom systems for networking multiple communications points, including indoor locations.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 800-464-7757 x 710
International: 617-275-8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

Technomad Ships Large Order to USMC Firing Range

Technomad LLC, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, has shipped a large order of fixed and mobile Technomad Military PA systems to a military base in North Carolina.  The durable, weatherproof systems will provide instructional audio and public address on firing ranges for United States Marine Corps unit training, and inject “in-theater” realism for both the firing ranges and simulated Iraqi villages on the base.

The USMC has long used Technomad Military PA systems on its firing ranges at the North Carolina base, citing weatherproof construction, audio quality and long-distance projection as critical elements of the system that are vital to the unit’s mission.  The new systems address safety issues on firing ranges currently lacking PA systems, and replace decade-old PA systems from other vendors.

Firing Range with Technomad Loudspeaker

Technomad is delivering two of its new FireFly tactical mobile PA systems for us on smaller firing ranges.  The FireFly is the first backpack-portable, weatherproof, self-casing, all-in-one PA system for the military and offers superior audio quality, high power output, quick setup and rugged durability.  The FireFly systems provide loud and clear command and control capabilities to operators, along with unimpeded mobility to avoid shooters as they move between yard lines.

The USMC unit is also adding five fixed, turnkey Military PA Systems featuring multiple Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers with gasketed lids for extra protection.  The complete systems also feature amplifiers, six-channel audio mixers and Technomad SuperConductor military mp3 players among other components (wired and wireless microphones, speaker stands, cables and connectors) — all pre-wired within shock-mount signal processing racks.

The SuperConductor adds instant, manual playback capability from a front-panel knob position; and scheduled audio playback capability for base operations and training purposes.  The SuperConductors will replace older CD and cassette systems that were previously used for audio playback, providing a simple way for commanders and soldiers to upload sounds and background noises for single-event or repeated playback.  This enables repeat commands on the firing lines, as well as the injection of weapon- and war-related sounds for combat simulation.

The SuperConductors will also play back audio files in the villages and on the firing ranges that add to confusion of combat, including Muslim worship prayers, gunfire and vehicle sounds.

USMC Firing Range

The base commander in charge of equipment purchases notes that the first Technomad system on the base is still in top operating condition after five years of direct sun and rain exposure and living through two significant hurricanes.  The communications department, which handles system installation, has also purchased several Technomad Military PA systems to broadcast live voice and music during VIP ceremonies and other special events.

Technomad Military PA systems are used around the world for military/Giant Voice applications including mass notification, force protection, combat simulation and training, large range firing systems, PSYOPS, operations scheduling and tactical/mobile PA.  The SuperConductor is often integrated into Military PA System applications to simplify and enhance audio playback, add field recording capabilities and introduce message repeating for training drills, emergency situations and general base information.

ABOUT TECHNOMADTechnomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 800-464-7757 x 710
International: 617-275-8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

Technomad Military PA System Helps New Civil Affairs Brigade Unit

 

 

Technomad LLP, a leader in high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, announces that the US Army 361st Civil Affairs Brigade in Germany is using a Technomad Military PA System and SuperConductor mp3 military player/recorder for military training and simulation.

 

The 361st Civil Affairs Brigade is a new Civil Affairs unit within the US Army Reserve Command, established to diplomatically work with local populations in foreign environments.The unit’s Annual Training Exercise emphasizes this diplomatic effort, training soldiers to fight for battle as well as to talk, negotiate, persuade and assist the local populace.The goal of the Civil Affairs Unit mission is to “Win The Hearts and Minds” of locals through civil military operations.

 

The Civil Affairs Brigade Unit Relies on Technomad's Clear Audio and Powerful Output to Reliably Cut Through the Nearby Dense Forests During Training Exercises
The Civil Affairs Brigade Unit Relies on Technomad's Clear Audio and Powerful Output to Reliably Cut Through the Nearby Dense Forests During Training Exercises

 

 

The Technomad Military PA system, featuring two weatherproof loudspeakers, an amplifier and mixer among other components, plays an instrumental role in the exercise, partially acting as a force multiplier during convoy lane training to simulate explosions.The system was also used at a simulated displaced personnel camp, projecting crowd noises, music and other sounds to enhance the training environment and create a foreign environment for soldiers.Audio files were programmed in the SuperConductor ahead of the exercise for easy recall via a front panel knob and push button.

 

“Adding realism to every bit of training is paramount for soldiers to understand how to react in foreign environments once deployed,” said CPT Ryan Bromenschenkel of the US Army 361st Civil Affairs Brigade.“When the day comes to perform at your given task, you can perform with ease knowing that you have been there before through extensive training.The Technomad Military PA System helps us achieve this realism by providing a portable system with outstanding audio clarity.We were able to mentally prepare soldiers by playing foreign sounds, music and language whether inside the personnel camp or a half a mile away in the forest.”

 

Bromenschenkel noted that the amplified sounds projected from the Technomad system were able to cut through the heavy dense forest and the sounds of nearby loggers.He added that the entire system can be set up in five minutes or less with ease, which was pertinent with only 12 personnel on site to set up for the entire exercise.

 

The goal of the Civil Affairs Unit's Mission is to “Win The Hearts and Minds” of Locals Through Civil Military Operations; Technomad Military PA Systems and SuperConductor Military Audio Players Help Them Achieve this Mission.
The Unit's Mission is to "Win The Hearts and Minds" Through Civil Military Operations. Technomad Military PA Systems and SuperConductor Military Audio Players Help them Achieve this Mission.

 

 

Technomad Turnkey Military PA Systems offer a unique combination of power, compact size, weatherproof construction and clear speech and music reproduction, providing far superior intelligibility than traditional ‘horn’ speaker systems that suffer from inherent distortion and narrow audio bandwidth. The complete systems include Technomad weatherproof loudspeakers with gasketed lids for extra protection, a pre-wired amplifier, a six-channel mixer, source equipment, a dynamic microphone cables, connectors, and a shockmount equipment rack.

 

Options include the SuperConductor, a 1RU system that allows for manual and scheduled playback of audio files from a front panel position and without the need for a computer or web browser; and the ability to record field audio and immediately schedule the files for playback from its internal sound library.Scheduling can be as straightforward or complex as desired; sounds can be programmed to play hourly, daily, weekly or annually, also making the unit ideal as a message repeater in both critical and non-critical situations.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad LLP, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 


Technomad Military PA Systems Provide Mass Notification Training at Keesler Air Force Base

 

Turnkey and Modular systems, Technomad SuperConductor 2.0 mp3 player central to 81st Training Wing courses on operating mass notification systems

 

BOSTON, November 12, 2008 – Technomad Associates, LLC announces that Keesler Air Force Base, one of the largest technical training wings in the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), is using Technomad Military PA Systems for mass notification and simulation classes.The classes comprise the Ground Radio Communications Apprentice and Expeditionary Air Force Deployment Block for the 81st Training Wing of the AETC.The block provides students with detailed instruction on the setup, operation, field maintenance, and breakdown of mass notification and alert systems in real-world Air Force deployments.

Setup and Operation of the Technomad Audio Source Pack for Technomad Modular Military PA Systems is an integral part of the mass notification training for students at Keesler AFB
Setup and Operation of the Technomad Audio Source Pack for Technomad Modular Military PA Systems is an integral part of the mass notification training for students at Keesler AFB

 

Keesler Air Force Base, located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, is using two varieties of Technomad Military PA Systems for instruction: The wired Turnkey PA systems and the wireless Modular PA systems, for use in both the classroom and outdoor training areas.All systems come complete with Technomad IP56-rated weatherproof loudspeakers and signal processing racks featuring Technomad SuperConductor military mp3 player/recorders for manually injecting various alarms and tones into the training exercises.Each signal processing rack also includes a power amplifier and mixer, with wired and wireless microphones assigned to the appropriate systems.Technomad recently upgraded its systems at Keesler Air Force Base to ensure that students are being instructed on the most modern technology available.

 

According to Donald Lindsey, Training Specialist, the students learn how to first operate the systems in the classroom, assembling the various systems and exercising the different configurations in the field.The wired systems are ideal for simulating mass notification and public address within a restricted area, while the wireless systems are used to cover larger distances. The wireless Giant Voice Modular PA systems link multiple loudspeaker points with dedicated amplifiers and mixers together to the main system, and teach students how to properly align the system between the various points over both RF and IP connections.

 

“Our goal is that students graduate with a strong understanding of the importance of mass notification and alert capabilities to satisfy force requirements,” said Lindsey.“We reinforce the importance of mass notification in the operational Air Force and help to develop common sense regarding the size of the system needed.For example, we do not want to set up a multipoint system that can be heard a mile away when we only need to cover 200 yards.The alarms generated through the SuperConductor help our students differentiate between non-critical signals and those that are generated as prompts to take cover for protection.Students also learn the basic theory about the equipment so they understand the importance of accurate setup and the overall concept of the mass notification system, its various components and how to properly maintain them in the field.These are all very good lessons to reinforce.”

Technomad Turnkey PA Systems are used inside the classroom for the initial training procedures
Technomad Turnkey PA Systems are used inside the classroom for the initial training procedures

 

The Gulf Coast location of Keesler Air Force Base is well-known for its heavy rains and high heat and humidity.The Technomad equipment, with its IP56-rated weatherproof protection, is critical for outdoor training classes that happen rain or shine.The rugged construction of the equipment is also crucial in the field, where equipment is commonly put through harsh durability tests – intentional and unintentional.Technomad also provides gasketed lids for extra protection in very severe situations, which are easily clamped to the loudspeakers when not in use.

 

“The only element that interrupts our mission is lightning, so our equipment must meet weatherproofing requirements,” said Lindsey.“Durability is also a must. The rule of thumb here is if it can be broken, it will be broken.”

 

The Technomad Military PA systems are generally set up by two students, who also take turns injecting alarms and tones from the Superconductor to simulate attacks or all-clear situations. Students also use the microphones supplied with the system to enable live voice over the system to simulate mass briefings and other public address situations.The Technomad systems output CD-quality digital audio and provide clear speech intelligibility that is far superior to traditional ‘horn’ speaker systems, which suffer from inherent distortion and narrow audio bandwidth.This allows Lindsey’s students to output intelligible audio coverage that is heard loud and clear within very limited areas or over very large open spaces.

 

Technomad Military PA systems are used at military bases around the globe for a variety of training applications and military ceremonies, as well as mass notification, Giant Voice / Mass Notification / Big Voice,  and forward operating base PA systems.Technomad Military PA systems arrive to all military customers pre-wired and ready to use and built into rugged flight-cases.Typical setup time is 15 minutes or less, and setup can be accomplished by a single operator regardless of audio expertise.

 

System options include wireless microphones, telephone system interfaces, solar and wind power, DC power or ‘euro’ AC power adapters, and the new SuperConductor 2.0 military MP3 player and recording system.The SuperConductor 2.0 allows users to record field audio for immediate playback from a front-knob position, or scheduled playback of multiple files at any time— without the need for a computer or web browser.

 

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security / military technology / mass notification industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight networkable models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and FireFly ultra-lightweight PA system.  Technomad systems are widely used in FEMA CPG 1-17 / UFC 4-021-01 alerting applications.

 

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 617.275.8898 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]

 

Technomad Military PA Systems Provide Audio for Brigade Training at Army National Training Center at Ft. Irwin

Weatherproof PA systems broadcast religious prayers throughout simulated Arab villages to replicate regional culture as soldiers prepare for Middle East deployments

BOSTON, November 13, 2007 – Technomad Associates, LLC announces that the U.S. Army National Training Center at Ft. Irwin in California has purchased 15 Technomad Turnkey Military PA Systems for its Brigade Combat Team training program, designed to prepare soldiers for Middle East deployments by injecting realism of the local culture into the training scenario. The National Training Center already has 15 Technomad Military PA systems in use to broadcast religious prayers within simulated Iraqi villages at the National Training Center. The new systems will be installed in new towns and villages for the same applications as the training area grows, and the program expands to include simulated Afghani villages.

The National Training Center is the Army’s primary training center for Brigade Combat Team training prior to deployment. The 28-day program replicates the regional culture of the brigade deployments, rotating between Iraq and Afghanistan. For a 14-day period, soldiers are deployed into the box, a 700-plus square-mile area that includes 13 towns and six cave complexes, complete with Iraqi-American or Afghani-American actors that speak the native language.

Prayers are broadcast from two Mosques in each town using the Technomad Military PA Systems to cover the towns and its outlying areas, with four Technomad loudspeakers pointing in different directions from the roof of each Mosque. The soldiers plug MP3 players directly into Technomad amplifiers to broadcast prayers. For Iraqi rotations, each town has one Sunni and one Shiite Mosque broadcasting prayers in Arabic. The Afghani rotations, scheduled to begin this fall, will feature prayers in the native Pashto language to replicate Afghani culture.

Calvin Phillips, Deputy of Training Support Division in G3, U.S. Army National Training Center, said that the main point is to overwhelm the soldiers with the regional culture by injecting as much realism as possible into the 24/7 program. We currently have 250 Iraqi-Americans in the box that bring an air of culture and language to the training scenario, said Phillips. The towns are set up to resemble the real thing as much as possible, and we replicate communications, logistics, and other problems soldiers will face when they are in theater. The Technomad Military PA Systems are essential to providing the sound and feel of being in theater, and ensure that all of the soldiers’ sensors are attacked. We use the systems to clutter the battlefield with audio, and the long range of the audio from the loudspeakers allows us to reach the outlying areas of the towns instead of just the town centers.

In addition to the four weatherproof loudspeakers, each Turnkey Military PA system includes a PA control rack with an amplifier and cables, and rugged flight-cases with protective gasketed lids that clamp onto the front of each loudspeaker and PA rack to protect the systems when not in use. The National Training Center’s location in California is susceptible to high winds that continually blow dirt and dust. Winds reach 20-40 MPH on a regular basis, and often reach 60 MPH or higher. These conditions, coupled with high heat and humidity, required a highly rugged and durable PA system that could withstand the harsh environmental elements of the region.

The ruggedness and durability is what initially attracted us to Technomad, said Phillips. We needed weatherproof PA systems that we could mount and leave in the box without the fear of them falling apart during a rotation. We are extremely hard on equipment, and nothing lasts forever out here. But the Technomad loudspeakers and amplifiers are extremely rugged, and with some forethought on our part they require very little maintenance downrange.

Phillips reiterated that the Technomad Military PA Systems are well suited to survive the harsh outdoor elements of the National Training Center. Heat is an issue most of the year out here, with temperatures reaching 115 degrees in the dead of summer, and in September and October the temperature can drop 60 degrees in a matter of hours. But wind and dust are the biggest issues. Dust gets into everything out here, and weaker PA systems would not be able to take that beating. The heat and humidity would dry out the systems, and then the overwhelming amount of dust will kill them. We’ve been using the Technomad systems for about a year now, and the loudspeakers and amplifiers have continued to function at top condition.

Phillips expects to take delivery of the next 15 Technomad Military PA systems this fall, sending 10 of them to new towns for Mosque installations. The remaining five will be added to the National Training Center’s bank of spare Technomad PA systems, which soldiers can sign out for change-of-command broadcasts and other ceremonies. Each Technomad Military PA System also comes with a microphone, which soldiers can connect to the amplifier for use in these applications, as well as loudspeaker stands for quick set up.

The Technomad Military PA Systems are very easy to set up, and the stands simplify the process, said Phillips. It’s nearly impossible to set up the loudspeakers incorrectly, which makes it easy for the soldiers. And the broad audio range of the loudspeakers means they can cover an entire parade field. They don’t have to worry about anyone not being able to hear.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD

Technomad Associates, LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security / military technology / mass notification industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range military PA systems and now offers eight networkable models with range up to one mile, as well as the SuperConductor military MP3 player and Firefly ultra-lightweight PA system.

For Additional information, contact:
Military Sales, Technomad Inc.
USA: 800.464.7757 x 710
International: 617.275.8898 x 710
Email: [email protected]