Those who are not often involved in the world of hearing protection may be unfamiliar with the term “Digital Signal Processing.” Also known as DSP, Digital Signal Processing is used by only elite headset companies to create a safe experience in unnaturally loud work environments. Those who are considering purchasing a headset may want to consider the importance of Digital Signal Processing and how it impacts the effectiveness of overall performance in headset equipment.

What Is Digital Signal Processing?

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Analog systems became popular among the general public around the 1930s and were particularly utilized within two-way radio communication systems. The analog two-way radio quickly became the communication system of choice among those in the business arena. However, as seasoned veterans in the field of on-the-job communication technology know, the analog method has hit the proverbial ceiling, leaving no room for further innovation and advancement in communication technology.

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Digital Signal Processing technology is one of the huge growth areas in the world of technology and is now a crucial part of everybody’s lives even if we don’t know it.

Digital technology encompasses many parts of our daily lives. From powering your Internet connection to your smart phone, to the new realm of digital cameras and to digital televisions, digital technology has fundamentally transformed our lives in so many ways.

The rise of digital signal processing is now enabling your high speed 4G smart phones to deliver wired internet at lightning speeds to your hand held devices and delivering superior speech quality through high bandwidth codecs.

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The Oil and Gas industry has been under attack for its safety record over the last few years. From the Deepwater Horizon disaster to recent oil spills in the Mississippi River safety is an ongoing and sensitive issue for the Oil and Gas industry.

Accurate and effective communication is critical to ensuring a safe working environment and this is even more critical in the Oil and Gas industry where hostile environments place additional challenges on workers.

That’s why safety leaders are focusing very closely on deploying the very best communication headsets in the Oil and Gas industry.

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Think about headsets, there are many options available for industrial customers to consider these days. From simple passive headsets that deliver a basic hearing protection solution to sophisticated electronic headsets that use Digital Signal Processing to separate speech from noise.

But when it comes to Intrinsically Safe Headsets the options are more limited because developing and manufacturing an Intrinsically Safe Headset is a massive undertaking in both financial resources and engineering capability.

As a result of the investment and technical know how needed to commercialize this type of headset only a handful of leading headset companies have committed the funds and devoted the necessary resources to commercialize an Intrinsically Safe Headset.

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Over the last 12 months we have seen a rapid increase in the requests for Bluetooth solutions from our customers. In fact 1 in 3 lead requests are specifically for noise cancelling bluetooth headsets to connect to a Bluetooth communication device.

So is this an indication of an industry undergoing rapid change? My answer is a cautious “yes”.

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As I sit down and talk with end users and partners about their high noise communication needs, it is clear the way workers communicate in industrial environments is undergoing rapid change.

The proliferation of digital communication devices now available in these environments has grown dramatically and it’s opening up new options for industrial companies to improve their communication strategies.

Communication is all about enhanced productivity and many of these devices offer not only improvements in the way workers communicate but how they communicate.

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