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Cisco Introduces Enhanced IPICS Capabilities for Mobile Communications

Date: 2013-03-12
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New solutions to deliver customizable interfaces and device support with reduced complexity for reliable Public Safety Communications

Cisco has unveiled a new set of multivendor, interoperable communications capabilities for operations and dispatch centers across government and enterprise industries such as public safety, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and education. The new Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution includes support for the broadest set of radio interfaces for interoperability, better encryption key management, and customizable interfaces for field dispatchers.

Cisco is working with IP Trade and Etherstack to produce an IP Command Touch Screen Console for greater ease of use and the Native P25 on Android Clients to bring wider field flexibility to support more devices and endpoints.  Public safety organizations are still challenged to achieve public safety communications interoperability across state, local, federal and private organizations.

Right: The Cisco IPICS Dispatch Console integrates with virtually any analog or digital radio system, supporting dynamic, any-to-any PTT communications. It also introduces rich interactive media IPICS incident support, giving dispatchers the power to consolidate information relating to an incident, and instantly share that information among IPICS incident participants.

For example, many public safety organizations have vendor specific proprietary systems and still use donor radios as the only way to interface to other systems.  P25 open standards, developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), allow the public safety agencies to achieve true multi-vendor interoperability using a variety of protocol standards. Many other organizations also face communications challenges across existing radio systems and require flexibility to incorporate other mobile devices such as smart phones.

The Cisco IPICS 4.6 communication solution supports Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), Console Sub-System Interface (CSSI) and TIA P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) standards.  Cisco provides full support and implementation of TIA102-BACA and TIA102-BAHA standards and allows for arbitration of CSSI, DFSI and encryption, so customers can operate multiple communications consoles on one talk group. This relieves customers of struggles when provided with partial implementation from existing vendors.

Shipments will be ready in Q2 of 2013.

For more information, see:

  A more detailed video explanation of ISSI, CSSI and DFSI is available on youtube here

- Corporate News/ (via Cisco, 3/11/13)



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