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Weather proof portable PA system

Technomad : 26 August, 2009  (New Product)
FireFly military PA system is a portable unit designed to fit in a rucksack and which is both high powered and weather proof
Weather proof portable PA system
Technomad, a supplier of high-powered weatherproof PA systems and communications equipment for military, security and other government applications, introduces the FireFly Micro PA Unit, the first portable, weatherproof, self-casing, all-in-one PA system for the military. The FireFly meets the requirements of a man-pack PA system while offering Technomad's unsurpassed combination of audio quality, high power output, quick setup and ruggedness.

Technomad is known worldwide for its Military PA Systems, which offer long-range audio output for fixed and mobile military/Giant Voice applications including mass notification, force protection, combat simulation and training, and ceremonies and events. The FireFly brings the same exceptional audio quality and durability for smaller-range applications where portable, backpack-carried audio can benefit tactical military operations in the field. Applications include Special Forces and PSYOPS missions where the FireFly's loud, clear audio output and long battery life allow troops and military personnel to broadcast voice and audio on the move.

At a lightweight 25 pounds, the FireFly is useful for mobile vehicle-mounted applications and fixed building-mounted PA systems for training and events. The standard package features an internal four-channel mixer and battery, a wireless microphone and modular expansion slots for audio sources including mp3 players, CD players and the Technomad SuperConductor military player module. An optional network interface allows operators to stream audio to other PA systems or receive audio over a network via a wireless, Ethernet LAN or analog twisted-pair connection.

For tactical operations, the addition of the Technomad SuperConductor military player module, an operator can schedule a sequence of sounds at a specific time, hide the unit and move to a safe location. The combined force of the FireFly and SuperConductor can automatically play back messages, weapon simulations and sound effects at the target. The efficient loudspeaker design features a unique, anti-resonant horn design for minimal distortion and smoother audio response.

Technomad's standard weatherproof construction is taken one step further with the FireFly, which offers a fully-sealed design when in "case-mode." Military personnel on the move can completely immerse the FireFly in water when its lid and hatch is closed. The unit also floats when in case-mode. The back controls and screens are visible through the clear back hatch, and once opened in a safer environment the operator can make adjustments of the weather-resistant rear controls.

The FireFly's quick setup time and ease of use makes it perfect for firing line training, A/V event support, ceremonial use, or other around-the-base audio applications. Setup time from case-mode to operating is just 30 seconds.

"The Technomad FireFly Micro PA Unit is the only system of its kind available to military personnel today, delivering real efficiency in the form of a rugged, backpack-portable PA system that can quickly be set up by a single operator for immediate use," said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. "Due to its special electrical design, the FireFly offers more power than any other portable device today with more than 100 watts of amplifier power, peaking to 300 watts on demand. Combined with a highly efficient loudspeaker design that offers 130db output in a 25-pound package, the FireFly is the most powerful portable PA system on the market."

The FireFly can operate from external AC power and external DC power (vehicles) in addition to its standard internal battery power. Add-on battery pods extend battery life, and other high-performance options are available as special orders. The unit comes in standard black and is available by special order in desert sand, olive drab, forest green, grey and white.

Since 1996, Technomad audio systems have been in use with military and government agencies including the White House Communications Agency, Zussman Urban Combat Training Center, Ft. Knox, USMC Parris Island, GTMO, Seymour Johnson AFB, Offutt AFB, Naval Undersea Warfare Centers and dozens of U.S. military facilities worldwide.
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