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Geoff Ward, Boston Bruins coach, tosses earpiece into fan’s beer

headset. earphonesMy basic review of this new radio accessory it starts up well, looks rather awesome, is simple to run and really energy resourceful, the earpiece is a excellent item. I’m pleased I purchased it, read more underneath.

Who doesn’t like a fan giveaway while attending an NHL game? You know, a keepsake to remember your amazing (and pricey!) experience: Hats, bobblehead dolls, magnetic calendars, a used earpiece tossed into your lap by an NHL assistant coach.

Wait, whaaaaat?

Witness Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward taking out his earpiece and tossing over his shoulder, as it lands in what appears to be a Boston Bruins fan’s beer during their 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night:

Should have been you, Bob Beers …

A few reactions to this moment, first captured by Barstool Sports (watch it in GIF form there):

1. Ew. Gross.

2. It appears the earpiece is malfunctioning, which is why Ward decides to rid his auditory system of the equipment. It’s pretty much the hockey version of Luke switching off his targeting computer during the attack on the Death Star, only with 100 percent less Obi-Wan Kenobi and 100 percent more NHL assistant coach ear funk landing near a fan’s beverage.

3. The entire clip is sold on that one moment when the fan looks up to the heavens, wondering what exactly had fallen on him during a Bruins game. Being that it’s Boston, we imagine he was relieved it wasn’t projectile vomit.

4. Not for nothing, but that’s a hell of a circus shot. You could win H-O-R-S-E with a shot like that.

5. No, seriously, ew. Gross.

If you’re the fan in the clip above, drop us a line at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. If only to let us know definitively if the earpiece went in your beer. And whether you drank it.

CONNECTING STAFF SEAMLESSLY AT SOUTH FLORIDA’S PREMIER RESORT

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Lauded for its stunning oceanside location, impeccable service and sophisticated Mediterranean villa-style architecture, Acqualina® Resort & Spa on the Beach is one of the premier luxury destinations on Florida’s Riviera coast. Guests expect a flawless five-star experience at Miami Beach’s only AAA rated Five Diamond resort and Acqualina sparkles, year after year.

Service at this jewel on the Atlantic is legendary and a legion of staff attends to guests with immediacy and discretion. As industry accolades grew, Acqualina looked inward to see how it could enhance its award-winning service and improve productivity throughout the resort.

The Challenge

IMPROVE THE WAY STAFF COMMUNICATE AND COLLABORATE

Interacting across four and a half acres, from intercoastal suites to residential mansions, the staff at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach depend on clear, reliable, digital communications to support their activities and help them respond seamlessly to guests.

“Two-way radio communication at our resort is critical,” explains Juan Velez, Acqualina’s IT Director. “We need all our employees to be informed what happens, all through the resort. Our resort is divided into four main departments – engineering, security, housekeeping and the front desk. They all use two-way radios for internal as well as interdepartmental communication.”

In the past, Acqualina’s different departments used the same radio with the same features to communicate and collaborate. This one-size-fits-all approach wasn’t ideal for the individualized and nuanced nature of their tasks. Maintenance’s duties, for example, were distinctly different from management’s. While an engineer would want the audio on his radio to automatically adjust as he walked from a quiet corridor to a noisy boiler room or read work order tickets without scrolling through screen after screen, resort managers sought a more stylish device to complement their professional attire. And security personnel and the front desk required a portable so discreet, it was virtually invisible to guests.

No matter the device, the department or the staff member using it, Acqualina wanted to make sure all their different radios worked seamlessly together.

MOTOTRBO DELIVERS THE

RIGHT DEVICE FOR THE RIGHT USER

MOTOTRBO’s expanded portfolio offers the ideal solution for Acqualina’s different people and diverse needs. Rather than relying on a single device for multiple departments, MOTOTRBO provides the breadth and depth of two-way digital radios with industry-exclusive features. Only MOTOTRBO puts the right device into the hands of the right user.

Acqualina’s management is excited by the way MOTOTRBO radios work seamlessly together – from the feature-rich XPR™ 7550 to the ultra-thin SL 7550. “When I first saw the MOTOTRBO SL Series, I thought it was a cell phone,” says Velez. “It fits absolutely well with all our uniforms. It looks professional when it’s in sight, and it can be discreetly concealed.”

Security Officer Max Jenue-Gens believes the innovative features on the new MOTOTRBO portables, such as Intelligent Audio which automatically adjusts the volume based on background noise, increase his department’s efficiency.

“One of my favorite features is Intelligent Audio because we don’t have to keep on readjusting the volume on the radio,” Jenue-Gens says. “It helps us not deviate from the matter at hand by reaching to try to adjust the volume.”

ENHANCED DATA IMPROVES

THE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Acqualina’s Director of IT appreciates how MOTOTRBO’s enhanced data applications make workflow more efficient and personnel more productive. “The new color screen is a big improvement because we use this radio to receive HotSOS¹ tickets. We used to have a monochromatic screen with only one line. Now we

can read the entire message at one glance. This is helping us to improve our operations and become more efficient,” as Velez points out the large screen with five lines of text.

Maintenance Engineer Alberto Ruiz agrees. “It’s a lot easier to look at the LCD screen and look at the call and go to the room as soon as possible without interrupting anybody. Because of the LCD screen, you’re able to see a lot of calls a lot clearly. You’re able to get on

to the HotSOS ticket really quickly and close out the call and leave a memo on there as well. So it’s really convenient.”

INNOVATIVE FEATURES KEEP STAFF FOCUSED

MOTOTRBO’s industry-exclusive features are a first for a two-way radio, and Juan Velez underscores their importance in helping different departments perform

their duties and remain unobtrusive to guests. “We find the vibrate alert very useful. All our employees can use it while they’re in the public areas, or the directors and managers can use it while they’re in meetings or areas they don’t want to be alerted with a regular beep from a regular radio. The SL Series handles that really well.”

The photosensor on MOTOTRBO, which automatically adjusts the screen brightnes to ambient light, is a boon for staff who work in and out of the bright Florida sunshine. “It’s incredibly helpful when my team is moving between low light areas and high light areas,” says Velez. “The radio adjusts itself to display the buttons on all the layouts. And with night mode, you can actually switch the colors on your display so it shows a crisper image.”

CLEAR INFORMATION AND LESS CHATTER

As Juan Velez sees it, enhanced data applications are driving greater efficiency throughout the resort. Communication is clearly transmitted and voice traffic is significantly reduced. “With the new data communications, we’re using less voice, meaning our channels are more free of voice and chatter. All our employees are more focused on the job and they are able to perform a lot better and faster.”

Not only are more jobs completed each day without back-and-forth conversations, but MOTOTRBO eliminates confusion. “The work order tickets provide precise instructions on what needs to be done. There is no room for misunderstanding.”

FASTER RESPONSE

AND GREATER PRODUCTIVITY

“We use HotSOS to send messages to all our employees. Normally, the message takes one to two minutes to reach us,” describes Velez, versus the immediacy with which MOTOTRBO delivers the same application. “It’s a lot faster than we normally get even using cell phones. We get the messages faster and with this new screen, it’s a lot easier to read all the communications.”

What’s more, he points out, “We have noticed an increase in productivity because the messages reach our users faster and they are able to reach the guest request a lot faster than before.”

“With the data communications, we’re reducing the voice chatter and able to send one message without having to talk for two minutes. This has improved our communications tremendously. Especially when you have 120 orders each day.”

Juan Velez

Director of IT, Acqualina Resort & Spa

FLAWLESS FIVE-STAR SERVICE

From the front desk to the back office, MOTOTRBO is fortifying Acqualina’s ability to deliver an exceptional experience to every guest. “It’s about providing great customer service and making sure our guests feel safe,” says Max Jenue-Gens, Security Officer. “The bottom line for this radio and how it helps me do my job in a great way is clear communication. And for security that’s very important. We’re able to distinctively hear what is being transmitted loudly and clearly.”

“It means a lot that we have a radio that can provide that service because at the end of the day, I want

to be satisfied knowing I’ve given our guests and residents a five star Five Diamond service. And the new MOTOTRBO radio helps us accomplish that.”

Leveraging Digital Technology for Fast, Ef?cient Emergency Services

So to carry on my run of content pieces on this website, I have decided to share one of my favorite content pieces this week. I was hesitant to include it to this site because I really didn’t wish to offend the initial writer, but I hope he/she is happy that I enjoyed reading their work and planned to share it with my readers.

Named the “033 service” after the country’s emergency response telephone number, Tbilisi Medical Emergency Response Service Centre operates in and around the Georgian capital. The service provides 24/7 emergency medical care for Tbilisi’s 1.3 million citizens from its 120 ambulances and intensive care vehicles.

Tbilisi Requires Advanced Digital Technology while Optimising its Investment in Analogue Radios Tbilisi Medical was upgrading its fl eet to provide new ambulances and equipment for its skilled emergency teams. As part of the modernisation programme, Tbilisi Medical wanted to replace its existing Motorola analogue two-way radios with a digital system. Investing in a leading edge, future-proofed solution would help it save more lives by delivering uncompromising clarity for life-or-death critical communications to improve emergency response times. In addition to ensuring complete coverage across the city and its outskirts, Tbilisi Medical wanted to combine voice, text and position location services in a single device. Text messaging would allow paramedics and fi rst-aid teams to record and share written details of a patient’s condition, prognosis and recommended treatment. GPS capability would give ambulance controllers a real-time status of each vehicle’s current location and activity to minimise delays in despatching medical crews to the scene of an accident.

Also important was compatibility with the analogue radios used by doctors at the 10 hospitals in and around Tbilisi to where casualties are transported. The service needed a solution that was both affordable and could meet all its communications needs cost effectively. Tbilisi Medical’s long-term supplier and Motorola Licensed Partner recommended MOTOTRBO for its breadth of coverage, unrivalled audio clarity, cost-effective use of spectrum and depth of functionality.

Next-Generation Communications at an Affordable Price

The Motorola Authorised Partner set up MOTOTRBO base stations and DR3000 repeaters at Tbilisi Medical’s two control centres, installed a Motorola DM3601 enhanced display mobile radio in each of the 200 ambulances and built the GPS interfaces. Tbilisi Medical also purchased 60 DP3600 portable display and keypad radios for use by medical response teams working at the scene of an accident or in a patient’s home.

The display panel allows users to create and receive text messages, identify callers, scan channels and monitor traffic. The DP3600’s navigation buttons allow rapid access to the radio’s intuitive, menu’s driven features and one-touch programmable options. A large, press to talk button ensures ease of use, even when wearing gloves

MOTOTRBO’s support for digital TDMA technology splits a single channel into two virtual channels to provide twice the capacity of analogue. This gives Tbilisi Medical six channels for the cost of three and halves the number of base stations and repeaters needed. Two of the three channels are used to cover the east and west sides of the city, with each one providing voice and data over one virtual channel and GPS services over the other. The third channel is a dedicated emergency response covering the entire city. This has also been split to manage voice/data and GPS. The Motorola Authorised Partner managed user training for the new MOTOTRBO system. Ambulance crews were quick to learn how to operate the DP3600s and became competent users after just 12 minutes training. The eight control room dispatchers quickly adapted to the new system and continue to work closely with MZE to refine channel tuning and define and implement new functionality as they need it.

MOTOTRBO’s backward-and forward-compatible platform means that radios can be switched to analogue mode when ambulance crews need to liaise with hospital staff. Compatibility with analogue allows the migration to digital to be phased in over several years as part of the ongoing upgrade of its two-way radios.

MOTOTRBO’s built-in location tracking functionality has been activated in the Motorola DM3601 mobile radios to give controllers a real-time display of fleet activity. Dispatchers can programme the system to receive the geographical coordinates of each vehicle at pre-programmed intervals, on demand or upon pressing the emergency button. Integrated position location is of critical importance to Tbilisi Medical Emergency Response Service Centre and optimises fleet management, scheduling, route planning and despatching. Working from accurate real-time information is critical for controllers at the point of decision and helps save time, money and lives. The robustness of the DP3600 hand portables, that are also dustproof and water resistant, enables them to withstand sustained rough use in all weather conditions. The long-life battery also helps improve efficiency by allowing emergency crews to use the radios for around 16 hours before recharging is needed.

MOTOTRBO Helps Save Time, Money and Lives MOTOTRBO has streamlined both routine and emergency call-outs for Tbilisi Medical. The improved speech clarity of digital over analogue means clearer communications, with messages getting through first time, even against the background of traffic in a noisy street. The wider range has eliminated communication black spots at the city limits while integrated GPS has optimised response times. Digital also enables users to make one-to-one as well as group calls, which means that medical crews only receive calls that are relevant to them. MOTOTRBO’s emergency and man-down features ensure that all users are alerted instantly to a colleague in distress or requiring immediate assistance. MOTOTRBO is also highly affordable and meets all Tbilisi Medical’s communications needs at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.

Tbilisi Medical is the first emergency response service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to purchase MOTOTRBO, but anticipates that others will follow its lead. MOTOTRBO’s advanced digital platform breaks through to new levels of performance and allows organisations to meet their future needs flexibly and cost-effectively. Tbilisi Medical anticipates achieving a return on its investment in MOTOTRBO within 12 months.

Source – http://www.motorolasolutions.com/web/Business/Product%20Lines/MOTOTrbo/_Documents/Case_Studies/Static_Files/Emergency_Services_Tbilisi.pdf

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Why are there multiple connectors for Icom earpieces

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The four different Icom earpiece connectors connect the earpiece in question to four different types of two-way radio or, at least, four different types of connector.

Generally, it is good advice to make absolutely sure that your chosen earpiece can connect with the radio you intend to use. Not all radios use the same fittings, which is why there are so many different types of connector available.

A straight pin connector, for example, works best when used on marine radios, but is also compatible with Maxon and Vertex radios. Another thing to take into account is the activity that the earpiece is going to be used for. If the user is going to be standing still for prolonged periods of time, then he/she may require a different type to the one that may be preferable if the user is going to be engaging in strenuous exercise.

Two-way radios are used in a great many distinct environments, including shopping centers, building sites, roadway maintenance, fleet and transport operations, shipping, factory floor work, security, healthcare, private transport and much more besides. Because of this, there are many different types of earpiece connectors.

The four available Icom earpiece connectors indicate the jobs that the compatible two-way radios were likely designed for. This does not necessarily mean that an Icom radio would be unsuitable for other work, just that it is probably particularly suited to a certain type of job.

The different connectors also have distinct methods of working, even though their basic external operations are usually indistinguishable from one another. Icom have gone to great lengths to make their earpieces among the best in the world. One way they have done this is by allowing the earpiece connectors to be tailor made for specific tasks.

How Mototrbo radios are helping the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort improve.

What would you do if i said I had found a radio accessory short article that is not only interesting but informative also? I knew you would not believe me, so here it is the informative, excellent and fascinating piece

earpiece“With the old way, housekeeping would call the front desk, or the front desk would get a call from a guest. They would use a cell phone to call the right person and it might take ten minutes to reach them. With MOTOTRBO, the process is rolling within 30 seconds. A couple of minutes can make all the difference in the world to the guest waiting for someone to show up and fix the problem.”

– Steve McGuire, Director of Engineering, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

Integrated data capability can significantly increase staff efficiency and guest satisfaction

Integrated voice and data capability, as well as the operating software of the MOTOTRBO radios which enables easy integration of customized workforce applications, further increases staff productivity.

• Customer Relationship Management: If housekeeping needs a repair in one of the guest rooms, they can now radio engineering to report the problem. MOTOTRBO’s data capability allows the engineering supervisor to use the Guestware application to open a ticket and assign it to a staff member who verifies receipt. The application directs the flow of activity by monitoring the open ticket, enabling the supervisor to ensure the job is finished within the required time. When the repair is completed, the employee uses the radio to close out the ticket which documents the activity from start to finish. Supervisors can assign accountability and ensure that the problem is taken care of in a timely manner. “With the
old way, housekeeping would call the front desk or the front desk would get a call from a guest,” says McGuire. “They would use a cell phone to call the right person and it might take ten minutes to reach them. With MOTOTRBO, the process
is rolling within 30 seconds. A couple of minutes can make all the difference in the world to the guest waiting for someone to show up and fix the problem.”

• Telephone-to-radio interface: Hotel management and key employees working on-site or remotely can use mobile or landline phones to place a call that goes direct to the MOTOTRBO radio users on the resort property. Leveraging the Teldio RBX application enables third party convention services to contact radio users directly through cell or landline to meet guest needs, speeding response through immediate contact.

• Email messaging: MOTOTRBO radios can accommodate custom data applications that adapt the radios to specific business needs. With a third party application, the resort’s MOTOTRBO radios can convert email messages to text. For example, touch screens installed at the door of each conference or meeting room allow guests to request refreshments, initiate a room temperature request or other need. A text message is then sent via MOTOTRBO to the Convention Services staff, along with the location from which it originated.

• Text messaging: Text messaging enables discreet communications, allowing employees to receive and respond to requests from
the front desk without disturbing guests. In addition, security staff can send a discreet pre-programmed security text message indicating “incident in progress” to every security radio on the property.

Emergency alarm and staff collaboration enhances guest safety and security

The radios are also equipped with an emergency button that sends an audible alarm to all security radios and activates the microphone to transmit ambient noise, conversation and activity at the scene to the security radios. In addition, the MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus software enables an emergency or broadcast channel which allows collaboration between the hotel staff and security. During opening week two guests suffered medical emergencies. Hotel personnel sent out an alert and within minutes, medical and security

staff were at the scene.

Dramatic cost savings and rapid return on investment

Currently the hotel chain uses push-to-talk cellular technology in their hotels around the world. Depending on the number of phones, service fees can reach thousands of dollars per month or more. Because the new resort has replaced their cell phones with MOTOTRBO, which is a private digital two-way radio system, they save $14,000 a month. Even when factoring in maintenance and other operational expenses, the hotel estimates that over a five-year period, they will net around $500K in savings when compared to cellular
and push-to-talk subscriber services. “We ran the numbers for them and calculated that they will achieve a complete return on investment within about 18 months,” says Sherman. Because of the dramatic cost savings and rapid ROI, the hotel chain is considering MOTOTRBO radios for their other properties.

With its new flagship property, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is proving that the right technology can significantly increase efficiency, reduce cost and keep its guests satisfied and coming back. With uninterrupted coverage throughout the hotel and grounds, enhanced features, increased capacity, crystal clear audio, and integrated data applications, the MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios help hotel staff throughout the resort maintain the gold standard of flawless guest service.

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Xbox One Stereo Headset & Headset Adapter to launch in March

headset. earphonesWith very little information on the internet about earphone’s, it is very rare when we get a chance to re post, with permission, an article from this industry.

The official Xbox One Stereo Headset and Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter will launch across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, Microsoft has announced.

For gamers without a fancy headset – or those simply wanting something new – the official headset could be the accessory for you. Priced 59.99, the headset offers a full-range (20Hz 20kHz) audio spectrum, a unidirectional microphone, and a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that puts all of the audio controls at your fingertips.

xbox one headset adapter –
The adapter makes it possible to balance the game and chat audio levels to hear only what you want, control the master volume, and mute the microphone.

The adapter will also be sold separately (19.99) for those gamers who already own a headset that they don’t want to replace. Simply plug the adapter into your controller and connect your compatible stereo headset. To add in-game audio connect your headset to the Xbox One via optical cable or to your TV via RCA cables.

Does Wearing Headphones Increase the Amount of Bacteria in your Ears? Asked by Ahmed from Surrey

headphonesCan’t get over how low-priced the earpiece is now, an amazing deal for a top-end product!

Hi Ahmed, how’s it going?

So, the short answer to your question is that anything you put in your ear will increase the bacteria levels present, simply by sheer dint of the introduction of a foreign object to your ear. You can consider this to also be true for cotton buds, earplugs and, of course, your index finger. Microorganisms tend to reproduce well in hot and humid environments and the ear, like the mouth and nose, certainly have all the right conditions for a germ-orgy of sorts (sorry for the image).

It has been said that using headphones increases the bacteria levels in your ears over 700 times.

To whatever degree this somewhat alarming statistic is true or false is, quite frankly, virtually impossible to determine. Put simply, there are just too many variables in the equation. Issues arise like ‘how many other people have used the headphones (are they shared devices like audio museum tours)?’ ‘How much bacteria is in the average person’s ear in the first place?’ or even ‘where are the headphones stored when not in use?’

All of these questions (and many, many more) would need satisfactory answers before we could start picking our way toward a definitive answer. According to our old friend Cecil Adams of http://www.straightdope.com, the ‘700 times’ factoid has its origins in a 1992 study in which experts measured bacteria found on 20 headsets of the type used by commercial airlines. According to Adams, the amount of microorganisms present on the ‘phones increased by 11 times, not 700 (as is often reported). A year later, the New York Times ran an article that is, according to Adams, the root of the old ‘700 times’ bit.

However, it should also be said that many different kinds of bacteria are vital to living organisms like us and, at any given time, there is an almost indescribably huge level of bacteria operating in your body. Yes, there is an increase in your in-ear bacteria if you use headphones, but it’s really not much different from the bacteria levels you encounter in your day-to-day life.

You may worry that this increase in bacteria can be damaging to your health (that is, after all, a reasonable concern). However, unless you suffer from regular ear infections, or any other easily aggravated ear-related ailments, the answer is a pretty definitive ‘no’.

Maybe if you dangle your headphones in the toilet before use, or get a flu-riddled relative to cough on them, you may have some trouble, but otherwise, the content of your ear is likely to be far more bacteria-friendly than the contents of your pockets (where the headphones are usually kept before use – if I’m any guide, that is).