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NX5000 Blu Tooth Function w MSA G1 SCBA

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Jul 14, 2002
Has anyone used the Blu Tooth function on the NX5000 with the MSA G1 SCBA respirator which apparently also have Blu Tooth capability?
I will ask Kenwood, but in past talks with R&D over this, this SCBA is on the list of "suggested" devices that will work with the NX-5000 portables.
Dec 30, 2003
I worked on this a little bit for a customer. There are a few issues:

1) Bluetooth range of the mask has been severely limited -- think like 2' radius of the mask. Keeps radio on firefighter A from pairing with the mask on firefighter B.

2) PTT. Unless MSA is going to provide a Bluetooth button on the mask itself and Kenwood will allow the radio to pair with it in addition to the audio gateway, the only way to key up the radio is to push the PTT button on the side. You could pair a separate PTT button device with the radio but....yea...

3) This technology is designed so that you can talk on your phone while driving. I feel that it is not a mission critical life safety-type technology. How many of us have had fun pairing our phones with the radio in the car or a Bluetooth headset? Imagine trying to do this with no visibility in a 500 degree room while trying to find the victim you've been told is somewhere in the house. There is some serious research and case study work that needs to go into this before I'd wear it into a burning building and I've been going into burning buildings for 11 years.
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