The new ADVANCE ProCom headsets by Stihl
March 2022 sees the introduction of the new Stihl Advance ProCOM headsets, an innovative headset for forestry professionals and landscapers that combines ear protection with intelligent communication for teams.
We’ll delve into detail on the many features of ProCOM headsets here, but for in-depth instructions and guidance on how Stihl ProCOM can be used, we'll cover that off in next weeks blog!
The hard-wearing headsets are available either as a headband unit, or as an accessory to fit Stihl ADVANCE X-Climb and X-Vent protective helmets. Stihl ProCOM can also be used with 3M compatible helmets from other manufacturers.
The internal components are well insulated and IP 64 rated, meaning the Stihl headsets can be used come rain or shine, and the Lithium-Ion battery can last up to 17 hours on one charge. All the control buttons are large enough to be pressed with gloves on, and are intuitively designed to be used with touch alone, so that all functions can be accessed without taking the headset off.
Stihl Advance ProCOM headsets have a communication range of up to 600 meters depending on the terrain, and can cater for up to 16 headsets. Each ProCOM headset acts as an amplifier and increases the overall range of the system, meaning workers located around the forest or worksite could communicate over much further distances than 600 m. If your team are spread over a wide area, a range alarm tells you in good time if the headset may lose connection to other team members. If required, hand-held radio telephone sets can also be integrated into the network via Bluetooth too.
With a high attenuation value (SNR 31) and active noise suppression, Stihl Advance ProCOM headsets reliably protect against the engine noise of petrol-powered equipment. What’s more, an intelligent audio function means that incoming radio messages are prioritized and heard by the user, so that warning calls from colleagues can be heard clearly over any radio or music playing.
Ambient mode is a fantastic additional feature that allows the microphone to pick up ambient noise and play it through the ear phone speakers. This means potential dangers such as traffic, plant machinery or members of the public can be heard despite the 31 SNR rating. And the best thing? Ambient mode will deactivate automatically as soon as a loud noise (like that of a petrol tool) is detected and switch back to protecting your ears.
The communication modes can be tailored to suit you and your team. For example, if frequent communication is required, microphones can be left unmuted. Alternatively the push to talk (PTT) button is ideal for less frequent communication in noisy areas, and behaves more like a traditional walkie-talkie.
Much like Stihl Dynamic BT ear protectors, it’s also possible to pair a smartphone so that users can answer phone calls or listen to music. Alternatively the in-built radio can be used with no smartphone required. The free ADVANCE ProCOM app adds extra functions such as saving your favourite radio stations, adjusting communication channels, and changing the microphone sensitivity to name a few.
For further information on the Stihl Advance ProCom headsets, head over to Balmer GM's online store!