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New Cisco system integrates push-to-talk radio with voice, video, data

Cisco Systems inc. this week demonstrated a communication system that it says is designed to integrate disparate pu...


October 26, 2005  


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Cisco Systems inc. this week demonstrated a communication system that it says is designed to integrate disparate push-to-talk radio systems together with other resources such as voice, video and data devices.

The Cisco Internet Protocol Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) consists of server hardware, push to talk management centre (PMC), voice over IP XML services and system software that the company calls the cornerstone of IPICS.

The software includes the Incident Management Application, Policy Engine, database information, authentication and security services, user management, and other back-end functions.

It also provides centralized management of the network resources and control plane functions to establish the interoperability needs for a given incident or operations event.

“We view IP as the future for all communications systems,” said Charles Giancarlo, Cisco’s chief development officer.

“Cisco IPICS technology has the potential to deliver a platform to provide an inexpensive solution for pervasive radio interoperability that helps organizations dynamically manage the flow of all types of information, collaborate across multiple networks and organizations, and improve overall operational effectiveness and efficiency.”

According to the company, the ability to incorporate and convey information contextually, so that it can be delivered when, where, how, and to whom it is needed, requires robust communications interoperability.

“Communications interoperability facilitates real-time interagency collaboration, which is a critical component in the successful and efficient management of many incidents and events.”

The technology is expected to be available in Canada within the next six to 12 months.