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Cisco Updates Embedded Services Routers for Personnel Operating Beyond Reach of Traditional Fixed-Network Infrastructure

Date: 2012-04-11
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Next Generation of Ad Hoc Mobile Networking Delivers Voice, Video and Data Applications in a Single Platform for Use by First Responders, Military and Government Markets

Cisco has announced enhancements to its 5900 Series Embedded Services Router (ESR) product line, including the 5940 ESR and 5915 ESR, to bring improved performance and added features to the ruggedized routers. The updates expand the capabilities of Cisco® Mobile Ready Net solution architecture, establishing a scalable mobile network that connects organizational resources with a high degree of security to connect users how, when and where they need.

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“The enhancements to the 5900 Series ESRs brings several critical features and performance improvements to the product line, enabling personnel to better communicate between vehicles and with distant command centers, as well as access information from remote cameras and sensors.” said Tony Jeffs, director of marketing, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group.  “These updates allow users to respond rapidly to changing data, to help save lives and increase effectiveness in harsh environments, such as those subject to power surges and extreme weather.”

The Cisco 5900 Series ESRs are the next generation of mobile and embedded networking, adding flexibility for industrial, commercial, military, homeland security and emergency response applications in even the harshest environments. The product line incorporates Cisco IOS® Software with Cisco Mobile Ready Net capabilities to provide highly secure data, voice and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across both wired and wireless links. When combined with UHF, VHF, Wi-Fi and other radio platforms, these routers enable transparent roaming over multiple wireless networks, without requiring a connection to the central infrastructure. The Cisco 5900 Series ESRs extend router functionality with security, link optimization and collaboration in one compact form factor.

Updates to Cisco 5900 Series ESRs include:

  • IP Multiplexing, a satellite link optimization technology that improves bandwidth efficiency for customers using satellite links with packet-per-second constraints.
  • Improved performance of up to 30 percent on Cisco 5940 ESR.
  • WAAS Express, a cost-effective, transparent, and easy-to-deploy WAN optimization solution that improves limited bandwidth link performance.
  • Extended number of Call Manager Express end points for Cisco 5940 ESR to support larger teams of up to 150 individuals.
  • Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol (DLEP), a link and route optimization technology, has been added to address the challenges faced when merging IP routing and radio frequency (RF) communications. DLEP is the latest protocol in the Radio Aware Routing (RAR) family.

For more information, see Cisco Mobile ReadyNet.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Cisco, 4/10/12)

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