Cisco Introduces Enhanced IPICS Capabilities for More Economical and Simplified Mobile Communications

Cisco Introduces Enhanced IPICS Capabilities for More Economical and Simplified 
Mobile Communications 
New Solutions With Etherstack and IP Trade Deliver Customizable
Interfaces and Device Support With Reduced Complexity for Reliable
Public Safety Communications 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/11/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)
today unveiled a new set of multivendor, interoperable communications
capabilities for operations and dispatch centers across government
and enterprise industries such as transportation, utilities,
manufacturing, healthcare, public safety and education. The new Cisco
IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution include
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. 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. 
Key Facts 
Cisco IPICS 4.6  

--  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.
--  Cisco Video Surveillance (VSM) Manager 7, available for IPICS 4.6,
    allows users to integrate video surveillance into live incidents.
    Dispatchers can drag and drop video surveillance cameras directly into
    incident communications channel providing voice, video, and data
    collaboration directly to the field personnel.
--  Encrypted keysets can securely be sent to the endpoints for end-to-end
    P25 encrypted calls and allow customers to change over their keys.
--  Dispatchers can now tear away parts of their graphical user interface
    moving their dispatching environment to multiple screens and folders
    for improved usability.
--  The full IPICS 4.6 solution is extended as a virtualized application
    the award-winning Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (Cisco
    UCS(R)) platform, the UCS E-Series. Organizations are able to save
    as much as 40% in network and infrastructure costs when applications
    become consolidated and virtualized.

Native P25 Over LTE Mobile Client for Workforce Enablement  

--  In collaboration with Etherstack, Cisco is demonstrating native P25
    over LTE open standards mobile clients for Android devices and
--  The P25 mobile radio client application will work on most Android
    devices for personnel who need P25-compatible radio capabilities to
    easily talk with other P25 systems.
--  The P25-over-LTE mobile client provides native P25 encoding/decoding,
    supplemental services, short messaging, location (GPS) services,
    end-to-end encryption, support for P25 over IP and key management
    using P25 standards.
--  As Public Safety LTE standards evolve, users with dual mode phones
    will be able to roam between carrier based LTE networks and D-Block
    public safety LTE networks.

IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Consoles  

--  IP Trade, a Cisco SolutionsPlus partner, is helping Cisco transform
    incident response by integrating into Cisco IPICS 4.6 a new capability
    called IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Console.
--  This new touch screen console supports advanced incident management
    and telephony features such as call queuing, call priority queuing,
    multiple line appearances, and hold and transfer capabilities all
    integrated with Cisco Unified Communications. This console combined
    with UC features allows dispatchers to prioritize their work and
    achieve higher productivity.
--  This console is a purpose built complete dispatch unit with integrated
    audio and customizable layouts to meet any dispatch environment.
    Dispatch teams have access to integrated, collaborative features for
    radio communications, unified communications and telephony.

Dan O'Malley, senior product manager, Cisco - Video Script 
The Cisco IPICS 4.6 communication solution delivers the ability to
reduce costs and complexity with the industry's best interoperability
via comprehensive support for Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI),
Console Sub-System Interface (CSSI) and TIA P25 Digital Fixed Station
Interface (DFSI) standards.  
The ISSI allows one agency to affiliate with neighboring agencies.
When one agency roams away from its radio coverage area, it can
affiliate with or roam onto a neighboring agency or network.
Therefore ISSI allows for neighboring agencies to interoperate with
separate systems and supports enhanced roaming and coverage.  
CSSI standard allows for dispatchers from different vendors to
communicate to one or many P25 radio systems. The arbitration CSSI
and DFSI enables multiple endpoints to connect to the same channel or
talk group for a multivendor approach.  
The DFSI standard provides the ability to connect directly to
conventional base-stations which are typically on the top of
mountaintops. This allows customers to replace expensive circuit
switched interfaces with IP backhaul directly to the base-station.
DFSI allows for analogue or digital mode where customers can migrate
subscribers from analogue talk groups to P25 digital talk groups.  
Shipments will be ready in Q2 of 2013.  
Supporting Quotes:  
Dan O'Malley, senior product manager, Cisco:  "With our new release
we are giving our customers choice in dispatch clients and we are
excited because these open standards will drive down system costs
similar to what SIP standards did for VoIP telephony." 
David Deacon, CEO, Etherstack: "With Cisco's IPICS solution now
incorporating Etherstack's LTE25 components, government agencies will
benefit from a solution that solves the most intractable
communications problem they face today -- how to transition from
isolated legacy narrowband networks to LTE, while providing a unified
user experience across network types. Regardless of currently
deployed infrastructure, by technology or vendor, Cisco now provides
a clear upgrade path." 
Didier Mattivi, CEO, IP Trade: "Cisco and IP Trade have developed the
industry's most comprehensive VoIP-RoIP communications solution,
integrating voice and radio capabilities in an ergonomically advanced
touch screen turret. The IP Command application is completely
integrated with Cisco CUCM and IPICS and offers large operator groups
instant communications capability via high-capacity line
visualization, line sharing, unlimited speed dials, sophisticated
call queuing and priority options as well as enabling key features
that operators count on like remote call pickup, ad hoc and meet-me
conferencing and an integrated handset/headset that allows them to
answer and switch between voice and radio calls." 
Ellery Hurn, partner product manager, Tait Communications: "Cisco, in
partnership with Tait Communications, is integrating its ISSI Gateway
to be compatible with Tait's standards-based P25 trunked TN9400
network, enabling a direct IP connection to the network using
standard TCP/IP. The gateway is also compatible with Tait's TB9100
P25 conventional DFSI base station. Our collaboration with Cisco
means that organizations have the flexibility to connect digital
smart devices with other subscribers on a mission-critical TaitNet
P25 network -- providing communications interoperability, regardless
of technology."  
Oscie Brown, general manager, SCANA Services, Inc: "SCANA has a
number of two-way radio systems that range from low to high band,
digital to analog and trunked to individual channels. For years
interoperability was just not practical for SCANA. IPICS has allowed
us to obtain interoperability across regions and systems, including
links to our IP telephone networks. IPICS has opened our future to a
wide spectrum of options."  
Thomas Burkett, senior product line manager, Harris Public Safety and
Professional Communications: "Harris Corporation has successfully
tested the P25 ISSI interface in a Virtual Lab environment. We are
now moving to live customer deployments using the ISSI interface.
Harris is excited to work with Cisco on the open IP standards for
public safety and look forward to delivering multivendor
interoperable solutions to our customers." 
Supporting Resources: 

--  Visit Cisco Physical Security at: or
--  Cisco will be demonstrating the new Cisco IPICS and SolutionsPlus
    partner solutions together with Etherstack in the Etherstack booth #
--  A more detailed explanation of ISSI, CSSI and DFSI is available here:

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About Etherstack
 Etherstack is a radio
communications technology company specialising in TETRA, APCO P25,
DMR and dPMR protocol stacks, wide area IP soft-switched core
networks and cryptographic products. Etherstack software is used on
fielded PMR radio equipment around the world. Etherstack works
closely with clients to achieve technical excellence and reduce risk,
cost and time to market.  
About IP Trade
 IP Trade is a pioneer in the design of advanced
session management communications software and has established itself
as a leading provider of ultra-reliable, high-capacity unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions designed for
environments where real-time communications capabilities are
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