Communications

Communications

The Baton can be programmed to interact with a variety of wireless communications networks for a wide range of functions. The Baton cannot automatically hack encrypted networks or scrambled communications, these features only provide access to the networks. The descriptions below reference the local terminology and technology that the reader will most likely be familiar with, but is capable of accessing the equivalent networks of foreign or alien origin, when in such a setting. Being able to access a network does not automatically provide knowledge of how utilize that access. All communications features can be combined with the PDA.

1. Broadcast Receiver: This function allows the Baton to receive AM/FM (and other) ‘commercial’ radio broadcasts, as well was Over-the-Air Television broadcasts, and produces a small control panel to provide frequency selection/tuning, as well as volume control. Must be combined with the PDA function to view video broadcasts.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

2. Civilian Band: Provides access to a band of radio frequencies commonly known as ‘CB Radio’ that allows open short distance communications.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

3. Hands Free: This function must be combined with any of the Communications functions. Allows repositioning of the baton to upper arm, back, or shoulder, and allows the function to remain ‘on’ even though the baton is not being held, to allow ongoing or prolonged communication while freeing up one’s hands for other activities. Sometimes known as ‘Speakerphone’.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points, for an additional 0.5 points. a more advanced version that uses bone conduction, directional microphones/speakers, and/or sub-vocal systems for more clandestine communications. This more advanced feature can also allow for vocal commands for some features when it is on (including directing communications functions, such as cell phone numbers, radio channels, private channels, etc).

4. Mobile Communications: This allows the Baton access to local ‘Cellular’ or ‘Mobile’ networks, usually used for personal communications. The Baton will produce a small control pad that allows interaction or ‘dialing’ to communicate with other devices on the network. This includes but is not limited to CDMA, GPRS/GSM, and HSPA networks. When combined with the PDA function the result is essentially a Smartphone.
Programming Point Value:1 point.

5. PAN Connection: This function allows connection and possible link with short-range radio communication devices (such as Bluetooth or IrDA) that assist in the creation of Personal Area Networks. Can be combined with several functions.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

6. Satellite Communication: Allows the Baton to connect with a variety of Satellite networks or communications (provided they are available) for a variety of purposes. Satellite Radio or TV reception is most common, but Satellite versions of Mobile Communications is also possible. Again a small control panel is made available.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

7. Scrambler: This feature allows the Baton user to encrypt their communications on the various networks they have access to. It also allows the decryption of ‘subscription’ services, normally combined with Broadcast and some Satellite features, can also be used to access some Mobile/Cellular networks, but not to listen in on the conversations of others.
Programming Point Value:1 point.

8. Shortwave Band: Provides access to Medium and High Frequency radio bands. This has a number of uses, mainly receiving or ‘listening-in’ or communicating long-range, or with utility networks and internationally. When combined with the some of the Sensor features can be used for over-the-horizon radar.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

9. Two-Way Communication: Allows communication on various two-way radio networks in a manner similar to the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ that allows ongoing communications between two or more parties. Can also access ‘Police’ and ‘Military’ radio bands. This feature also allows Batons to communicate with each other in a similar manner using an unknown unique communications network accessible only by Batons.
Programming Point Value:1 point.

10. Wireless Fidelity: The function provides the ability to connect to ‘Wi-Fi’ networks that can allow the Baton access to various interconnected computer networks. This is mainly used in conjunction with the PDA function.
Programming Point Value:0.5 points.

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