Revision’s SenSys ComCentr2™ Tactical Headset System: Groundbreaking Head System Integration, Enhanced Communications, & Unrestricted Situational Awareness
Revision’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System
In the modern era, noise-cluttered, sensory-overloaded battlespaces make command, control, and communication more essential than ever for mission success. As an all-encompassing tactical consideration, situational awareness is a radically more complicated and comprehensive concept than for generations past, even compared to just two decades ago. Troops on the ground must intuit waves of environmental stimuli and make split-second decisions in intense and sometimes claustrophobic settings. Dismounted forces operate in a wide range of different environments and conditions, maneuvering over greater areas, coordinating with fellow operators, engaging in missions over longer durations, and confronting more mercurial operational situations. Projections for the next generation of global conflict compound these current challenges, positing that information and technology dominance will continue to drive faster target acquisition and engagement, with shorter decision cycles.[i]
New technologies that address the command and control challenges of the modern battlefield will help inform how next-generation forces prepare and train for future conflicts where variables will undoubtedly continue to multiply.[ii] Today’s soldier systems must be more adaptable, more agile, and designed to compensate in disorienting conflict zones. Communications equipment, particularly, must enhance situational understanding and assessment; any augmentation of environmental cues can cause spatial disorientation and any lapse in clarity can diminish temporal comprehension.
Above: Revision’s SenSys Comcentr2 Tactical Headset System
Enter Revision’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System, a next-generation circumaural headset that enhances situational awareness, improves communication and protects the end user from hazardous peak and steady-state noises. Incorporating advanced technical functions in a sleek and user-focused design, Revision’s circumaural solution is ideal for the dismounted close-combat warfighter. The SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System incorporates technological developments from the past decade-plus into a self-contained, integrated unit: offering enhanced situational awareness, active noise reduction (ANR), and improved command and control.
Meticulous Engineering, Advanced Technology, and Intuitive User Control
Currently fielded in-ear and circumaural headsets have struggled to provide the necessary balance of operational performance, equipment compatibility and protection required to ensure full user acceptance. Leveraging past successes and new technologies, Revision’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System strikes the perfect balance on the three key points of hearing protection: noise reduction, situational awareness, and cutting-edge upgradable software. In a field that has seen many half-measures, Revision has developed an efficient solution that provides the comfort, protection, and sophistication warfighters deserve: ANR technology mitigates low-frequency, steady-state noise, such as that generated by vehicles; two forward-facing and two rear-facing microphones provide high-fidelity 360° situational awareness; and 3D spatial communication separates radio net transmissions to improve speech intelligibility and reduce cognitive burden. The system ensures dismounted close-combat warfighters are able to detect vital battlefield sounds in dense, noise-cluttered environment while enabling mission-critical communication.
Benefits of circumaural headsets far outweigh in-ear solutions—as they are more hygienic and do not require fitting from an audiologist, while providing total protection of the inner and outer ear—and better accommodate modular, mission adaptable integration. Revision’s circumaural headset system is has been engineered to the finest detail, contributing to a unique design that is comfortable, responsive, and optimized for intense, fast-paced maneuvers. The digital headset can be upgraded and customized to each user, eliminating the need to procure a new system to integrate with the latest technology. Additionally, Revision’s ComCentr2 system is designed to work seamlessly with modern helmet systems, including Revision’s Special Operations Forces helmet line, the Batlskin Caiman™ Head Systems.
Above: Revision’s SenSys Comcentr2 Tactical Headset System with Human Interface Device (HID).
The fully digital ComCentr2 system is plug-and-play accessible and USB-compatible with devices and computers, and features upgradable software that eliminates product obsolescence. The Human Interface Device (HID), an intuitive hand-held control unit, allows the user to quickly switch between radios and adjust volume. Unlike systems containing a fixed number of ports, the HID can be outfitted with a custom dongle, accommodating a variety of mission-specific configurations for multi-radio and multi-channel environments. Revision’s innovative, configurable dongle system supports connectivity to multiple legacy connections, new radio connections, intercoms and future systems.
Revision’s SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System will be available in the first quarter of 2018.
Total Head System Integration with Revision’s Batlskin Caiman™ Head Systems Suite
Revision’s background in integrated soldier systems—creating protective goggles, spectacles, and sunglasses; advanced helmet systems; and lithium-ion power management solutions—makes the company perfectly positioned to shake up the communications and hearing protection industry. Revision has worked in parallel with companies in this field, collaborating to seamlessly integrate helmet systems with tactical headsets and other headborne devices. Now, Revision has assembled the relevant requirements and technologies to deliver a headset communications solution that delivers more capability, integrates more options, and drives expectations forward. Revision’s integrated systems approach has always been developed from the individual operator outwards, focusing on human factors and operational outcomes. In Revision’s ongoing efforts to create the most effective, responsive equipment possible for troops in the field, the company is innovating from converging directions: creating helmet systems that are engineered to accommodate headborne gear and tactical headsets, as well as creating headborne accessories designed to work perfectly with the most advanced modern helmet systems. Revision’s lithium-ion Nerv Centr® batteries and power management systems provide centralized power for a variety of fielded devices and headborne equipment.
Revision’s pioneering Batlskin Caiman Head Systems suite is an especially noteworthy development in terms of total head protection system integration. Caiman helmets, developed for, and in collaboration with, Special Operations Forces (SOF) users, are fundamentally different helmet solutions, emphasizing scalability and mission-specific accessories. The elite Caiman systems represent the next-generation of head systems geometry, comfort, adaptability, and protection. The Caiman family includes the Caiman Ballistic Helmet System, the Caiman Bump Helmet System, the Caiman Hybrid Helmet System, an Applique that ballistically-enables the hybrid shell, two visor variants—one that attaches directly into the Wilcox® L4 Series Shroud and one that works in tandem with front mounted equipment—two mandible variants—one bump and one ballistic—a streamlined rail system, an innovative liner and suspension system, and helmet covers.
Above: Revision’s new SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System is designed to integrate seamlessly with modern helmets and specifically Revision’s Caiman head systems.
Revision’s Caiman systems are optimized for operators across the global SOF spectrum—humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping, counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency, low-intensity conflict and full-scale war, military freefall, maritime interdiction, combat swimming operations, search and seizure, and long range patrol—and across a wide range of extreme and volatile conditions—day or night, tropic or arctic, arid desert or open ocean, and beyond. The skeletonization of all system components in the Caiman Helmet Systems has significantly reduced the overall weight compared to currently fielded helmet systems, emphasizing scalability and mission-specific accessories for highly dynamic operations. Moreover, Caiman helmets are expressly designed to incorporate electronics, communications headsets, and other SOF equipment needs—particularly the SenSys ComCentr2 Tactical Headset System—making these ideal solutions for SOF operators as well as other international forces seeking this unique combination of agility, protection, weight reduction, and scalability.
The Caiman Hybrid Helmet System will be available in November 2017. The Caiman Ballistic Helmet System, mandibles, visors, helmet covers, and additional accessories will be available in 2018.