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ATC's LRAD Systems Deployed in Haiti by U.S. Military to Enhance Communications

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January 26, 2010

ATC's LRAD Systems Deployed in Haiti by U.S. Military to Enhance Communications

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

The recent earthquake in Haiti has not only ruined the island nation creating devastation but has also interrupted communication across the land. In an effort to assist in communications with earthquake survivors, U.S. Military is deploying several long range acoustic device, or “LRAD,”  systems from American Technology (News - Alert) Corp., or “ATC,” on the island nation.

ATC is primarily a distributor of LRAD product line. Its proprietary LRAD directed sound systems facilitate military and emergency responder personnel to communicate clearly over distance - by broadcasting key information as well as instructions in multiple languages to groups and large crowds.
Officials with ATC said in a press release that the company’s lightweight LRAD 100X systems are being utilized to communicate to survivors who have gathered around aid stations, while the company’s LRAD 500X systems are being deployed on helicopters to deliver messages regarding the locations of aid stations and supplies across earthquake damaged areas.
ATC’s LRAD 100X is a self contained, hand held, portable loud hailer that can be utilized for clear communication at up to 1000 meters. Ideal for portable on-scene and tactical communications, the LRDA 100X portable communication tool can overcome the background noise of vehicles, vessels, sirens and crowds and ensures that message is heard.  It can be used as public address systems.
According to ATC, LRAD 100X is 20-30 decibels, or “dB,” louder than normal megaphones. It features optimized driver and wave-guide design to ensure clear and loud voice communication. Some of the interfaces include a standard microphone as well as rugged media player designed for easy operation in demanding environments.
ATC’s LRAD 500X has effective hailing and warning capability. It is portable and facilitates military and security personnel to communicate even in long-range. The system’s high-quality voice intelligibility and clarity offers a highly directional audio beam that achieves maximum sound projection and penetration beyond 2000 meters.
According to ATC, LRAD 500X has been selected by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army as their acoustic hailing device, or “AHD,” - for small vessels and vehicles. Additionally, the system’s operators have the ability to issue clear, authoritative verbal commands, followed with powerful deterrent tones to enhance response capabilities. The system also features extended frequency range to ensure that voice commands are clearly heard.
Officials with ATC said that company’s LRAD's performance record along with military construction standards, have made it the communications system of choice for police departments, security forces and military units. Additionally, features such as portability and rugged waterproof casing facilitate LRAD to be deployed rapidly in any type of environment.
“LRAD's multi-language broadcasts via helicopter quickly provide aid and relief messages to the civilian population that can be clearly heard from the air,” said Tom Brown, president and CEO with ATC. “LRAD's exceptional capacity to address small and large gatherings of survivors from the air and over distance frees peacekeeping personnel and emergency responders from having to individually provide instructions and directions, allowing them to attend to other critical duties.”

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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