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24 Feb 10. Accusonic Voice Systems (AVS) introduced an ultra-light, multi-platform Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) intercom system, designed to provide a flexible communications infrastructure for confined-space mobile platforms. This new system, which is called the Integrated Multi Platform (ImP) Advanced Command and Control System, can connect up to 500 nodes simultaneously and is ergonomically scaled to meet the space requirements of light combat vehicles, tanks and assault boats. The ImP uses a 100MB Ethernet channel to simultaneously transmit voice, data and video to the vehicle crew allowing the warfighter a high level of situational awareness not possible with current legacy small vehicle intercom systems. As the first advanced command and control system configured for small platforms, the ImP was designed from the ground up using a software based infrastructure, unlike other vehicle intercom systems currently in use. This infrastructure allows the system to be fully customized for vehicle and mission type. Together with the system’s modular design footprint, it supports decentralized user access to all major tactical infrastructure networks for enhanced warfighter awareness. This feature also eliminates the need for a hard wired centralized interface, common to most conventional intercom systems, replacing it with a decentralized interface that allows single user access and control from anywhere in the loop. Meanwhile, battle damage resiliency is enhanced by the systems distributive design which, together with selective modular redundancy, allowing the system to keep working even in a degraded format. Furthermore, the system has the ability to automatically “self configure” when it is turned on. In addition to its decentralized architecture, the ImP’s inherent modularity allows it to be configured to virtually any mission-specific requirement, simply by adding modules, from a minimum of two stations to as many as 500. Expansion is made possible via the connection of additional power units and Ethernet modules. This feature, together with the system’s overall design simplicity, permits easy reconfiguration following initial installation, making it directly applicable for new multi-purpose hull and vehicle platform installations. In support of this capability, each module is designed to be easily connected and disconnected using for fast connection and mounting within small crowded spaces and a variety of bulkhead surfaces. Basic station architecture links a minimum of four users with two radios via individual Personal Control Units (PCUs) together with redundant Ethernet and power connections. Since each module is able to operate independently, access is not delayed by the need for single source connection. The PCU, which is the key module in the system literally gives the user personal access to the system and allows him to control radio and intercom selection. The module accommodates a wide range of headsets and allows rapid switching between handsets and radios via color- coded PTT switches. Other ImP modules include a Universal Ethernet Port (UEP) , which allows expansion of individual communication loops via modular interconnect, a Universal Radio Port (URP), which serves as a radio interface module for the individual user (via headset), and a Universal Power Port (UPP), which can support four PCUs and two radios. The introduction of the ImP Advance Intercom System, marks a major step forward in the AVS strategy to further reposition itself as a company that is capable of satisfying complex engineering applications.

24 Feb 10. Accusonic Voice systems demonstrated four different pre-production versions of the new Tactical Talker Universal Handset at the AUSA Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 24.
The units, which are derived from the concept prototype introduced at last year’s conference, incorporate mission related features and scaling metrics identified during field tests c

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