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

If pushed, We have to say that I often imagine a little old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (and even a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making many of the devices himself and then explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the models that they use because they work and they work well. Basically, wired models continue to be more reliable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as needing to contend with more limited bandwidth. Basically, you will need dependable tech when you’re within the field. Lives are at stake in some cases.

This simple, trusted earpiece might be relied upon to do the job, every time.

Another benefit thatwired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this example, at the least) may be the fact that a wired set needn’t take an additional battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a result, would have a somewhat restricted operational capacity. It just causes a lot more headaches for people who, let’s face it, previously have a good 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’ technology is really rather common and has been used by a variety of individuals and organisations beyond the secret service. It is possible to even buy a wireless version, but do not expect the secret service to be interested!

I could argue another point, but this is just a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when you see a secret service agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any form of uniform (beyond a dinner suit, sun glasses and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is really a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not merely is this not a regular person inside a suit, but also that the area in which you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can possibly call down all the other agents within the direct area, also as police, fire brigade and anybody else he/she believes is essential. That subtle reminder is likely an extremely powerful crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this individual has eyes all over the place and could, probably, actually ruin your month. As I said, it’s merely a hypothesis, but It looks like it makes sense.

Posted Dec 31, 2014 at 11:10am

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