Fort Hood Army Base Purchases 105 Voxtec SQUID SQ.200 Wearable Language Translation Systems

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Hands-Free, Eyes-Free SQUID System Provides Voice-Activated, One-Way Translation Capabilities to Deploying Soldiers

Voxtec Phraselator P2 and SQUID devices

By providing accurate translation of key situation-specific phrases, the SQUID allows Armed Forces personnel to perform their EOF procedures safely and confidently.

Voxtec International, Inc. (Voxtec), developer of the world's most trusted language translation systems, announced today that Fort Hood Army Base in Texas has purchased 105 of its SQUID™ SQ.200 wearable translation systems. The SQUID systems will be supplied to Soldiers about to deploy from Fort Hood to the Middle East in support of the Global War on Terror, providing them with reliable, tactical, one-way translation capabilities in several key languages spoken prominently throughout the region including: Arabic, Dari, Iraqi, Kurmanji, Pashto, and Urdu.

The SQUID SQ.200 was selected by Fort Hood as part of the Escalation of Force (EOF) kits provided by Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc. (ADS), a leading supplier of tactical and special operations equipment to all branches of the Armed Forces. Escalation of Force was developed as a U.S. rule of engagement to avoid unnecessary U.S. Military and civilian casualties resulting from insurgent suicide attacks or Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The EOF kit from ADS is designed to provide key tactical supplies for visual and audible warnings and non-lethal deterrents to Soldiers who may find themselves in an Escalation of Force situation.

"The SQUID is a key component of the Escalation of Force kit," said Sylvain Beaudin, Regional Account Manager for ADS. "By providing accurate translation of key situation-specific phrases, the SQUID allows Armed Forces personnel to perform their EOF procedures safely and confidently."

The voice-activated SQUID SQ.200 comes pre-loaded with over 2,000 situational phrases translated and recorded by professional linguists and categorized for easy access. Users select desired phrases and languages through verbal commands; translated phrases are clearly broadcast on the system's built-in weatherproof speaker or through an attached loudspeaker. Users can also move custom blocks of phrases into a "My Favorites" category to be translated in sequence for specific situations such as a roadside checkpoint or crowd control.

"With more than 6,000 of our Phraselator handheld language translation systems currently in use by Armed Forces personnel overseas, Voxtec understands the critical translation needs of our Soldiers," said John T. Hall, President of Voxtec. "We are proud that ADS has selected our hands-free, eyes-free SQUID system for its EOF kit, and pleased that Fort Hood has recognized its value in keeping our Soldiers and civilians safe."

About Voxtec International, Inc.:
Through its rapid spiral development product release process, Voxtec International develops and manufactures machine-based language translation systems. Voxtec systems include the handheld Phraselator® P2 and the wearable SQUID™ SQ.200, in use by U.S. Military, Coalition Forces, First Responders and Corrections Officers around the world. To support its language translation systems, Voxtec produces distinctive language modules in over 40 languages. Voxtec's proprietary Module Builder PRO™ software package enables users to design, customize and update their own language modules using a computer and a human translator. Voxtec creates world-class products through its commitment to advancing voice technology. For more information, please visit

About ADS, Inc.:
ADS was founded to support the needs of the military community in the Hampton Roads, Virginia region. ADS currently supports and supplies all federal, state and local government agencies. ADS is a DLA Prime Vendor, a GSA Contract holder and a DoD EMall Contract holder. The company holds GSA contracts with numerous tactical and special operations equipment manufacturers. The ADS business development team consists primarily of retired military and law enforcement personnel who have served in special operations, diving, recon, and the security community. ADS provides the tactical, special operational, and logistics support solutions its' clients need to complete their mission - at home or in theater. For more information, visit

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