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December 27 2014


What types of things do agents take with them when they're on an job outside the office?

You would believe that the American secret service (being the American secret service and everything) would have access to an earpiece a little bit cooler that just the standard ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn't you?

If pushed, We have to say that I usually imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (and even a younger example like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making many of the gadgets himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and guard the President’s life.

This is simply not the case. They use the models that they use because they work plus they work well. Basically, wired models are still more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as having to contend with more limited bandwidth. Basically, you will need reliable tech when you’re within the field. Lives are at stake in a number of cases.

This simple, trusted earpiece can be relied upon to accomplish the duty, every time.

Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this instance, at the least) is the fact that a wired set needn’t carry an additional battery. Wireless earphones would require charging and, as a result, would have a somewhat limited operational capability. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for individuals who, let’s face it, already possess a fair bit on their plates to start with.

Reported by ‘AskJeeves.com

“The ear piece and mic that the secret service uses is called a Throat Mic. The Throat Mic has clarity that is unsurpassed, great sound quality, and allows for discreet interaction. It also has an acoustic air tube that makes it comfortable when worn for long periods of time”.

The ‘curly earpiece’ tech is really rather common and has been used by a number of individuals and organisations beyond the secret service. You can even purchase a wireless version, but do not expect the FBI to be interested!

I could contend another point, but that is just a pet theory with very little research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a FBI agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any form of uniform (beyond a suit, sun glasses and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is a subtle reminder to you, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person inside a suit, but also that the area where you now find yourself is being closely monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down all the other agents in the immediate area, as well as police, fire brigade and anybody else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is probably a very powerful crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet you know that this individual has eyes everywhere and could, probably, actually ruin your month. As I said, it’s merely a hypothesis, but I think it makes sense.

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