Airman 1st Class Robert Ringer III, RF Transmission Systems Technician, sets up one of four new Whelen Giant Voice systems in order to demonstrate the new technology for 5th Combat Communications Group leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)
(From left to right) Tech. Sgt. Jason Douglas, RF Transmission Systems supervisor, Airman 1st Class Robert Ringer III, and Senior Airman Jesse Turner, RF Transmission Systems technicians, position the Giant Voice system for the demo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Horton)
by 2nd Lt. Daniel Pittman
51st CBCS OIC Plans and Programs
3/21/2014 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The 5th Combat Communications Group, in partnership with the Robins Air Force Base Operational Contracting Office, recently purchased and received four new Whelen Giant Voice systems. The Giant Voice systems replace the older ADT Giant Voice systems that were previously used.
The upgraded systems will greatly increase mission capabilities, while more importantly providing improved safety for the deployed warfighter with louder alarms, sirens and an expanded coverage area.
For the same price as the previous ADT systems, the new Giant Voice provides many upgrades and improvements.
It's equipped with solar panels which are designed to trickle charge the battery packs that power the speakers and expand on self-sustainment.
This feature alone will save a significant amount of money over the life of the new system when compared to the older ADT Giant Voice which required a gas powered generator.
Because the new system doesn't have a generator, it doesn't require grounding. That reduces valuable deployment and set-up time. In addition to time and money saving features, the new system has new software and hardware upgrades which allow for the system, alarms and sirens to be remotely operated. That enables sirens, warnings and other announcements to be made at a moment's notice.
Finally, the new system has a significantly larger coverage area than the previous one.
This coverage area expansion is because the speakers carry a higher power ratio and decibel level while also being attached to a taller tower.
The new Giant Voice system will greatly increase the mission capabilities of the 5th CCG, while also saving time, money and more importantly, lives.