MSA is proud to announce G1 Bluetooth compatibility with Kenwood portable radios

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Communicating clearly and effectively is always a challenge for firefighters given the prevalence of loud and often piercing background noise at a fire ground. Overcoming this hazard and making two-way communication between firefighters more reliable is the goal of a new collaborative effort between global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) and JVCKENWOOD, a leading developer of critical communication solutions.

With a common vision of making Bluetooth-enabled voice communications more readily available to firefighters, the two companies announced today that MSA's industry leading G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) now allows voice transmission — via Bluetooth technology — over a number of Kenwood portable radios, including the VP5000, VP6000 and NX-5000 series. An elegant and wire-free design makes pairing of the two components easy, while reducing snag hazards. The end result is an innovative communications solution that ensures two critical pieces of life-saving equipment — a firefighter's SCBA and portable radio — are working in concert. "MSA has been committed to improving firefighter safety for more than a century," said Steve Blanco, President of MSA's business in the Americas. "Our collaboration with JVCKENWOOD and the integration of their Bluetooth technology into our G1 SCBA is a great example of the G1's versatility and the ease with which new technology can be added to the platform to enhance firefighter protection."

To enable the Bluetooth personal-area connection between the G1 SCBA facepiece and the Kenwood radios, the two devices are paired in a manner similar to the pairing of a cell phone and a car stereo or entertainment system. Once this link is established, a firefighter can follow normal operations without introducing a new potential snag point, or an additional piece of equipment. "JVCKENWOOD is committed to working with leaders in the fire service to help keep firefighters safe with the latest mission-critical communications solutions," said Karthik Rangarajan, Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Product, JVCKENWOOD. "Kenwood NEXEDGE and Kenwood Viking P25 radios now seamlessly connect to MSA's G1 SCBA to enable firefighters to speak clearly to each other and their commander via Bluetooth technology when wearing their G1 SCBA facepiece," Mr. Rangarajan continued. "This is another example of how JVCKENWOOD is putting firefighter safety first and working closely with leading manufacturers on solutions that make the firefighter's job simpler and safer.

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