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While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a rare opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Shachar Harari, (below right) Chief Business Officer & Head of Cardo Crew at Cardo Systems Ltd.

We wanted to have benefit of Mr Harari’s unique experience and understand Cardo Crew as an innovation for the naval defence and maritime security arena worldwide.

MSD: Define “Critical Communications” and to whom does that apply from the Cardo Crew solution perspective?
Harari: We define it as communications in situations where sharing information with one another can have serious implications such as preventing accidents, warning of potential danger, or efficiently completing a task in real-time. In industries such as construction, health care, first responders or military we view the exchange of information within a team as critical.

MSD: As a real force multiplier, what are the physical and technical limits Cardo Crew helps to overcome?
Harari: With mesh, each unit can act as a signal hub. That means that the more users in a group, the larger the range for the entire group, which in turn also helps overcome obstacles such as walls or trees.

MSD: How does Cardo Crew’s solution integrate into legacy equipment and systems to work – does it add weight, body or battery burden?
Harari: If PPE in general, then ‘Our PRO-1 is a lightweight module that can be integrated into protective gear in a seamless way, without adding weight or size.’

Inside view of the Cardo Crew PRO-1 (image Cardo Crew)

MSD: What and why is mesh communications suited for modern dismounted communications on land (within and between platoons) and at sea (aircraft carriers and large ships)?
Harari: The mesh network is a stand-alone network without the need for a base station, not reliant on internet or cellular coverage, thus ideal for remote areas. It is also flexible, allowing members to change positions without the risk of connection failure. Different teams can operate in the same terrain without interfering with one another thanks to 8-channel support.

MSD: Where has it been successful and which sort of personnel use it as a benefit?
Harari: Our mesh technology has revolutionised the motorcycle industry, with over 700,000 mesh products sold and has become the standard for motorcycle communication. Through Cardo Crew we are introducing this technology to industries such as construction, forestry, and aviation.

MSD: What are the functional advantages and safeguards available with Cardo Crew?
Harari: Our solution allows 2-15 users to communicate wherever they are in full-duplex mode, without touching a button and at a distance of up to 3 miles for the whole group. The intercom network is self-healing, meaning that if members disconnect, the rest of the group stays connected. Returning member will be automatically re-entered once back within range or turned on.
It also includes Level Dependent/Listen Through which reduced loud and impulsive, potentially damaging noises to a safe level, while amplifying important sounds such as warning signals to increase situational awareness. All features can be voice activated.

MSD: What are its range limitations and how does it overcome them?
Harari: Range can be negatively affected by obstacles such as concrete walls, trees or hills. Adding users to a group can help overcome these problems as more units will act as signal hubs.

MSD:  Toda Raba, Shachar; L’Shana Tova!  (Thank you very much and Happy New Year!)