Cisco® IP IPICS facilitates collaboration among multiple public safety agencies, an important capability for hosting major events that stimulate the economy.
• Economic growth: Cities can confidently host public events - and gain a competitive advantage with event sponsors - when they have a scalable, interoperable communication and collaboration system.
• Enhanced public safety: During event planning, the Cisco IPICS administrator creates one or more virtual talk groups that personnel from all agencies can join using any communications device. Enhanced interagency collaboration increases situational awareness and enables more informed decision making.
• Cost avoidance: The local government does need to maintain a cache of extra radios for the use of collaborating agencies. It also avoids the need to hire additional, temporary dispatchers to relay communications between people using different radio systems.
• Extended reach: City executives and other personnel who do not have radios, or who are outside the reach of the radio network, can join the channel using IP phones, cell phones, regular phones, or PCs with the Cisco PMC software.
• More complete coverage: With Cisco IPICS, personnel in areas with poor or no radio coverage can communicate using other communications devices, such as PTT radios.
• Enhanced command and control: The incident commander or chief of communications can use the Cisco PMC to monitor all channels simultaneously. Lights indicate which channels are active.
• Reliability and resiliency: By using Cisco IPICS, local governments gain the inherent benefits of IP networks, including resiliency, scalability to accommodate the public safety requirements of large events, and management using widely available skills and tools.
• Headquarters: Cisco IPICS server
• Branches and mobile command vehicles: Cisco integrated services router with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) feature set, which converts radio signals from analog to IP, and supports tone control at each district office
• Dispatch centers: Cisco PMC
• Financial stability: Radio systems have very long life spans, and municipalities look for a vendor with the financial health and stability to provide continued support.
• Independence from radio vendors: Cisco IPICS works with any vendor's radio system, giving municipalities the flexibility to deploy the system that best meets its business needs at the time.
• Availability of local partners for support: Local governments that deploy Cisco IPICS can receive deployment assistance and ongoing support from Cisco Advanced Services or local Cisco Advanced Technology Partners.
• Integrated IP: Whereas other vendors have approached radio interoperability by layering an application on top of the IP network, Cisco designed Cisco IPICS from the beginning to take full advantage of the inherent advantages of IP, including open standards, availability, redundancy, resiliency, and scalability. Integrated IP makes Cisco IPICS a comprehensive communications interoperability platform that is faster and has a longer life than interoperability systems that use IP for transport alone.
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