|Starfleet Equipment & Devices|
|• COMMUNICATOR||• TRICORDER||• PADD|
|• MEDKIT||• PERSONAL PHASERS||• PHASER RIFLES & HEAVY WEAPONRY|
A communicator or combadge functions as a personal communications device for Starfleet personnel.
Symbol of Starfleet Membership
The design of the device incorporates the emblem of Starfleet and serves as a symbol of membership within Starfleet. Removing a combadge from its proper placement on one's uniform constitutes being out of uniform. Such an act is done so when resigning from Starfleet or when wishing to speak "off the record."
Subspace Transceiver Assembly
The heart of the communicator is the Subspace Transceiver Assembly (STA). This incorporates a low-power subspace field emitter and an analogue to digital voice encoder.
For security purposes the communicator can identify its user bioelectrical field and temperature profiles using a built-in dermal sensor array. If another crew member tries to use the communicator without security override authority, the communicator will not activate. During normal situations, security codes are changed every five days. In emergencies the codes change at least once every 24 hours.
Each communicator has a removable microfilament which can be used to modify the internal circuitry and activate additional systems, such as a homing signal. If the combadge's outer casing is broken, the homing signal is activated automatically to help rescue teams find bodies/survivors.