What sorts of things do agents take with them once they’re on an assignment outside the office?

You would think that the U . s . FBI (being the United states secret service and all) would have access to an earpiece a little cooler that just the conventional ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn’t you?

If forced, I have to state that I tend to imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (or even a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making all the gadgets himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the versions they use as 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 having to deal with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you will need dependable tech if you’re in 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 that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this instance, at the least) is the proven fact that a wired set needn’t take an extra battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a consequence, would have a somewhat limited operational capability. It just causes a lot more headaches for individuals who, let us face it, already possess a good bit on their plates to begin with.

According to ‘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’ tech is really rather popular and is used by a number of individuals and businesses beyond the secret service. You can even buy a wireless version, but do not expect the secret service to be involved!

I might contend another point, but this is just a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a FBI agent, you identify them as such without observing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a suit, shades and an earpiece), the headset, then, is really a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person in a suit, but additionally that the area where you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.

With one remark to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down all the other agents within the immediate area, as well as police, fire brigade and anyone else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is likely an incredibly powerful crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this individual has eyes everywhere and will, potentially, really ruin your week. As I said, it is just a theory, but It looks like it makes sense.