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ADV ProductsMoto GadgetsNew Scala Rider Headsets Take Hassle Out of Group Intercom

New Scala Rider Headsets Take Hassle Out of Group Intercom

Mesh network tech offers improvements over Bluetooth for group intercom.

Published on 05.24.2016

The new scala rider PACKTALK and SMARTPACK intercom headsets are making communication between groups of riders easier and more convenient than ever before. They use an innovative wireless technology that lets riders communicate over an interconnected mesh network, rather than the standard linear pairing between Bluetooth headsets.

All Bluetooth intercoms rely on a daisy-chain/linear pairing for group intercom (3 or more helmets). Each link is a bridge to the next headset, and vital to maintain communication for the group. If a single link leaves, or goes out of range, group intercom can collapse.

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Now, thanks to scala rider’s auto-adaptive Dynamic Meshwork Communication (DMC) technology, each rider is directly connected to every other rider in the group. Multiple riders can communicate in a virtual network and remain connected even when one or more riders disconnects from the group for any reason.

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With the new PACKTALK and SMARTPACK headsets everyone can ride freely, randomly overtake each other or even drop off and seamlessly re-join without causing a breakdown of communication to the other riders. PACKTALK’s private chat feature also allows you to have a private conversation with one individual in the group and its DMC Bridge lets you connect other Bluetooth-only devices, or even a mobile caller, to the group intercom. All of the features can easily be configured with a smartphone app and pairing multiple headsets is performed all at once instead of one device at a time.

All of the features in Cardo’s existing top-of-the-line scala rider products – such as voice controlled operation, music, radio, full operability from smartphones (Apple/Android) and more, are also incorporated into the devices.

Scala Rider Headset Smartpack TalkPack

The new Scala Rider headsets address many of the frustrations riders have with Bluetooth headsets by simplifying group intercom and taking the hassle out of disconnecting riders. Pricing is $329.95 for a single PACKTALK headset and $289.95 for a single SMARTPACK. Twin packs are $579.95 and $499.95 respectively.

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Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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Tom and Lisa
Tom and Lisa
May 25, 2016 11:15 pm

Yes! Good to see a post about this. We’ve had these (the Pack Talk model) for 7 months, +\- 8,000 miles and they’ve been brilliant. The DMC seems to have yet caught on with folks as many of my buddies still (must) get enjoyment from spending 30 minutes pairing up for each ride with their respective headsets. Another couple we ride with has Pack Talk as well. We created a “pack” with the 4 headsets when they got them, now, they always “just work”. Lisa and I works. The two of them works. And all 4 of us together (each of us on our own bike) works. We meet at a fuel station just off the highway, and as soon as they get ready to exit we start hearing them, always an enjoyable moment.

It works just as you have described; we had used Bluetooth headsets before, but once we upgraded to DMC there’s simply no going back…

October 24, 2016 1:20 pm
Reply to  Tom and Lisa

Great to hear about your experience. We DO need to do a better job of letting the public know that motorcycle communication can be simple. DMC™ IS easy. Thanks for chiming in and enjoy them!

March 1, 2019 1:37 pm

Smartpack now does 15 rider DMC with the latest firmware update.


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