26-Apr-2012 Source: Becker Avionics
Becker Avionics have announced that the Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Office (PBSO), Florida, has selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new Bell 407GX helicopter.
The aircraft is currently being outfitted with a law enforcement completion package at Bell Helicopterâ€™s facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The new Bell 407GX is equipped with the Garmin G1000H integrated glass-panel avionics system.
The Becker DVCS6100 was chosen by the Palm Beach Aviation Unit due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the aircraft. Beckerâ€™s Digital multi-channel audio and intercom system, with its software configurable profiles, provides the flexibility to specifically customize the system to meet the demanding operational requirements of airborne Law Enforcement organizations.
Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Becker stated, “Once again, weâ€™re excited that another airborne law enforcement agency has selected our DVCS6100 product. Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s department is a vibrant and active agency with a demanding mission profile and we are very happy they PBSO decided to equip their new Bell 407GX helicopter with our digital ICS. Palm Beach County is joining the growing number of airborne law enforcement agencies that have selected the Becker DVCS6100 for their demanding mission profiles, and we are grateful for their trust and commitment to our product.â€
About the DVCS6100
The DVCS6100 design provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. The built-in scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time requirements for constant re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the system is both easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements, thus saving time and money.
The DVCSâ€™ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that almost any customer requirement can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers.
The state-of-the-art Digital DVCS6100 will enhance the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, reduced wiring and weight, along with reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews to easily diagnose/isolate failures and to replace system components quickly.
No matter what the mission; from EMS to law enforcement, to passenger transport and surveillance or utility operations, the Becker Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform. At Becker, they focus on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
DVCS6100 Digital Audio System Features
The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionicsâ€™ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry. Since the market introduction of the 1st generation DVCS, over 1000 systems have been delivered, and all have achieved outstanding field reliability. The companyâ€™s continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker success story.
Beckerâ€™s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.
The product offers up to 8 communication transmit (TX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, as well as interface capability for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA). It is also the only commercial digital audio product available that can provide simulcast capability on 8 channels, along with a radio relay function, and emergency and slaved mode operation.
Up to 6 audio control units (ACUs) can be operated together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustments across different on-board systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions. The DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition.
About Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Aviation Unitâ€™s primary focus is airborne law enforcement. Responding to high-speed vehicle pursuits, searching for missing children, Alzheimer victims, burglary and robbery suspects as well as providing routine patrols are all part of the job of the PBSO Aviation Unit.
In addition, PBSO Aviation Unit operates as a back-up aeromedical platform, standing ready to assist Palm Beach County community in the event of a catastrophic incident. PBSO Aviation Unit assistance also other agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, DEA, U.S. Customs, U. S. Coast Guard, the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Wildlife Commission, Palm Beach County Environmental Units, Palm Beach County Commissioners and others.
PBSOâ€™s fleet consists of two state-of-the-art, Bell 407 helicopters, “Eagle I”, and “Eagle II”. Both aircraft are equipped with Forward Looking Infrared, video down link, GIS database moving maps, a powerful 30M-candle power searchlight and can be flown with the aid of Night Vision Goggles (NVG). The “Eagles” patrol the skies over Palm Beach County both day and night providing support to PBSO as well as other federal, state and local municipal agencies.
About Becker Avionics
Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications. Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world.
Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to: Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, Bell Helicopter, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xiâ€™an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol.
[photo shows existing Bell 407 and not the new 407GX on order]