The Frontier1000 combines hearing protection, communication integrity, audio situational awareness, equipment compatibility and user comfort. The Frontier1000 specifically allows the user to communicate on a single channel radio transmission, keyed from the radio, with control of the “Talk Through” capability from a small chest mounted box.
- Small, lightweight and compact
- Provides clear audible communications with no boom microphone
- Protects the user's hearing against impulse and low / medium vehicle noise
- Allows the user to communicate on a single channel from a single radio source
- Comfortable enough to wear through operational missions
- Provides users with “natural” awareness of their local sound environment
- Powered from a single AAA battery - no dependency on radio batteries
Hearing Protection; Continuous and Impulse Noises
The Frontier1000 is a dual sided, lightweight, rugged, in-the-ear headset. It provides the means to listen to and key single channel communication via a Soldier Personal Radio. It also provides the soldier with passive hearing protection when either dismounted or when being transported in low to medium-noise wheeled vehicles.
Frontier1000 effectively combats battlefield impulse noises such as weapon discharges and explosive detonations. For these noises, containing high frequency components with extremely high Sound Pressure Levels (SPL), the Frontier1000 can provide more than 40dB(A) of protection.
For continuous noises presented by wheeled tactical vehicles and air platforms, the Frontier1000 delivers in excess of 24dB(A) SNR .
For greater levels of protection, the Frontier1000 headset can be worn with additional passive hearing protection.
Talk Through (Audio Situational Awareness)
Dismounted soldiers need to maintain their natural hearing while being protected from sudden impulse noises. The Frontier1000 maximises their situational awareness by ensuring they are able to hear the sounds in their local environment.
The Frontier1000 meets this need by providing ‘Talk-Through’ functionality with peak noise compression protection using external headset microphones activated from the Frontier1000 switchbox. The talk-through microphones naturally reproduce local ambient sounds and conversation, at unity gain, from ‘outside’ the headset giving the user a near normal experience through the headset.
Impulse noise hearing protection, when the talk-through is selected, compresses harmful noises entering the system to a pre-set safe level controlling their reproduction in the ear piece. The communications signal integrity is maintained throughout, ensuring no audio data is lost.
This feature takes a small amount of power from the internal AAA battery, giving a battery life of around 60 hours.
Compatibility with head worn equipment
The Frontier1000 has been designed to fit within the ear and have a very low profile. This makes the Frontier1000 compatible with all ballistic helmets and head mounted equipment, including protective eyewear.
Stability and Comfort
A key design objective of the Frontier1000 has been to maximise stability and comfort while fitted. The correct fitting of the headset is very simple and can be completed within a few minutes.
Frontier1000 offers a small, lightweight, robust package that does not use a boom microphone. The in-ear microphone detects the user’s voice from within the ear canal. This approach further improves the stability and comfort of the headset.
The headset is designed to be used with Comply Foam ear tips as standard while custom ear moulds are available as an option. Both of these solutions allow each earpiece to be fitted easily into the ear and offer comfortable use for the duration of mission profiles.
The Frontier1000 is a single channel communication system designed for direct connection to a Personal Radio. Radio communications is heard in the left ear while the user’s voice is picked up from inside the right ear and keyed using the PTT switch on the radio. This makes the system compact and removes the need for a boom microphone; ideal for minimising background, wind and external environment noise on outgoing communications as well as being less obtrusive for covert operations. The switchable Talk-Through facility allows for normal conversation and provides for good situational awareness.
The system comprises a headset, a switchbox/connection cable assembly and switchbox pouch. A top mounted connector on the switchbox provides the connection for the headset while the connection cable from the switchbox provides a direct connection to the radio. This level of connectivity provides for protection against snagging while the modularity allows for quick, single element, replacement if damaged or lost.
Alternative interface cables allow the system to be used with a range of military personal radios.
The only power needed is for the TT functionality and this is provided by the internal AAA battery. A fail safe mode essential for in theatre use ensures that Radio communication is maintained even when power is not available.