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Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System Release 4.8 Data Sheet

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The Cisco® IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution simplifies radio dispatch operations and improves response to incidents, emergencies, and facility events. Cisco IPICS dissolves communication barriers between land-mobile -radio (LMR) systems and devices such as mobile phones, landline phones, IP phones, and PCs, supporting communications among users of all devices, wherever they are located.

When time is critical, IPICS delivers information into the right hands at the right time and in the right format. By providing flexible, scalable communication interoperability, IPICS enhances the value of existing and new radio, telephony, and IP communications networks.

Figures 1 and 2 show the Cisco IPICS system.

Figure 1.      Cisco IPICS System

Figure 2.      Cisco IPICS Dispatch Console

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

Incident dispatch supports sharing of multimedia data, including:

   Archived videos

   Photos

   Alarm monitoring

   Journal and live statuses

   Web links to resources, such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and hazardous material databases, standard operating procedures, and maps

   IPv4 IP compliance (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority [IANA]) (New in Cisco IPICS 4.8)

   New Unified Media Engine

     Call assurance: Automatically reconnects Cisco Instant Connect users to talk lines sessions when they lose data connectivity

     Optimized multithreading media processing for better audio processing

     Faster channel activation

     Standards-based Real-Time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP) talker ID

     Session refresh, which maximizes resources

   Improved IPICS Dispatch console

     New media engine resulting in faster activation and clearer audio

     Simplified patching: Virtual talk groups (VTGs) and incidents cannot be patched together, preventing unwanted patches and feedback.

IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Consoles

IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Consoles is a new IPICS capability from IP Trade, a Cisco SolutionsPlus Partner (Figure 3). This new console supports advanced incident management and telephony features such as call queuing, call priority queuing, multiple line appearances, and hold and transfer capabilities. These capabilities are integrated with Cisco Unified Communications, allowing dispatchers to prioritize their work and achieve higher productivity.

IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Console is a 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.

Figure 3.      IP Command Touch Screen Dispatch Consoles

Figure 4.      Cisco Instant Connect Mobile Client

The Cisco Instant Connect solution provides an economical alternative to service provider solutions for mobile communications or expensive LMR portable radios. Cisco Instant Connect enables mobile personnel within your Wi-Fi coverage area to participate in Push To Talk (PTT) sessions using a Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone or an Android device with a Wi-Fi connection. In addition, personnel who are out of the coverage area can use nearly any analog or digital radio or a smartphone or tablet with a 3G or 4G cellular data connection or satellite connection.

Major benefits of Cisco Instant Connect include:

   Call Assurance: When the smartphone user roams outside of data coverage (Wi-Fi or carrier), the Instant Connect application will notify the user of the loss of connection through an audible beep and a visual indication. When the smart device roams back into coverage, Cisco Instant Connect will automatically reconnect the user to the talk group. Now users always know when they can communicate with their group.

   Low costs: Instead of paying monthly service provider fees for onsite personnel, you can deploy an on-premises IPICS solution. The savings from eliminating monthly fees quickly pays back the one-time capital investment. The Cisco solution is based on open standards, eliminating the need to purchase, support, and manage proprietary solutions.

   Cisco Instant Connect can be expanded for in-building coverage by adding Wi-Fi access points, integrating to carrier PTT service, bridging to LMR channels, and connecting to satellite data radios. With Cisco Instant Connect customers can save the cost of high-priced LMR infrastructure build-outs.

   High quality of experience: Cisco Instant Connect integrates with your existing Cisco Unified Communications and Cisco Collaboration services. Quality of service (QoS) and advanced voice codecs help to provide clear voice quality, even when the network is busy. Cisco CleanAir® technology constantly identifies and works around sources of wireless interference that might otherwise affect the user experience.

   Improved collaboration and situational awareness: Mobile personnel can access PTT, voice, video, and instant messaging from multiple devices, including personal smartphones and tablets if your organization has a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. Private and individual PTT sessions can be supported through Cisco Wireless IP Phones in addition to group PTT sessions. Combining PTT with rich-media applications can improve decision making and situational awareness.

   Scalability: Cisco Instant Connect can support thousands of users. Managing a single system saves time and money compared to managing multiple service provider contracts.

   Security: Cisco Instant Connect encrypts all PTT communications between the wireless access point and the Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone using the Advanced Encryption Standard 256 (AES-256) and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security standards. Users over carrier networks can use Cisco AnyConnect® technology to establish a VPN session between the mobile device and the system.

   High availability: If PTT is mission-critical in your organization, take advantage of high-availability options for the wireless network, server, applications, and Cisco Unified IP Phones. For example, if the signaling connection to the server drops, the Cisco Unified IP Phone can automatically reconnect to a secondary server, avoiding service interruptions. In addition, mobile personnel can swap out the Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone battery in the field, an option not available with many service providers’ PTT alternatives.

   Increased integration using open standards: Cisco Instant Connect is based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standard, avoiding the interoperability, integration, and performance problems associated with proprietary encoding schemes.

High Availability

Cisco Instant Connect Android SDK: With this solution developers can embed PTT functions into Android applications used in the workforce. Now PTT can be tailored to fit any application from retail environments, public safety, manufacturing, and virtually any operations scenario.

The Cisco IPICS system has the option of adding a secondary hot-standby server for both the Cisco Universal Media Server (UMS) and IPICS server to provide high availability with no single point of failure. If a primary server fails, the secondary server automatically takes over service without communication interruption. The servers can be geographically separated or located together. Administrative functions and data logs are synchronized to avoid any loss of information.

Enhanced IPICS API

A web service application programming interface (API) integrates IPICS with third-party applications such as command and control, physical security information management (PSIM), and computer-aided dispatch applications.

Table 1 lists the capabilities of Cisco IPICS.

Table 1.       IPICS System Capabilities

System Capabilities

Specification

IPICS Users in Database

Up to 50,000

Active Users

Up to 1000

Active Dispatch Consoles

Up to 250

VTGs

Up to 150 active

Radio Channels

Up to 1500 active channels

Dial-In/Dial-Out Users

Up to 200 active dial users

Mobile Clients

Up to 1000 active (included in Active Users earlier in the table)

Licensing Information

The Cisco IPICS server checks the license count for proper software and resource licenses. For example, one dispatch console license is required for each IPICS Dispatch Console client logged into the IPICS server, meaning that the Cisco IPICS Dispatch Console can be installed on as many PCs as needed, and the licensing is based only on the Cisco IPICS Dispatch Console sessions that are in use at any given time. Table 2 provides licensing options.

Table 2.       IPICS Licenses

Bundle

IPICS Server License

Virtual Talk Groups

Policy Engine

Radio Channel Ports

Silver Consoles

Platinum Consoles

IP Phones and Mobile Clients

Dial Ports

UMS

IPICS4.X-BDL1-K9

1

1

1

2

1

0

1

1

0

IPICS4.X-BDL2-K9

1

10

0

8

10

4

10

10

0

IPICS4.X-BDL3-K9

1

50

1

10

10

4

10

10

0

IPICS4.X-BDL4-K9

1

1

1

1

0

0

20

1

1

Ordering Information

The IPICS solution is available only direct from Cisco Advanced Services or through select technology partners.

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage or contact your IPICS account manager and refer to Table 3.

Table 3.       Ordering Information

Part Number

Description

CIS-IPICS-VM

Virtualized IPICS Software. Order this for a virtualized version of the IPICS system. Structure all software as options to this part number for physical delivery of software licenses.

L-CIS-IPICS-VM=

Virtualized IPICS Software. Order this for a virtualized version of the IPICS system. Structure all software as options to this part number for eDelivery of software licenses.

IPICS4.X-BDL1-K9

IPICS basic bundle used for small deployments. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

IPICS4.X-BDL2-K9

IPICS medium bundle used for Cisco Unified Communications Manager integration. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

IPICS4.X-BDL3-K9

IPICS large bundle used for large deployments. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

IPICS4.X-BDL4-K9

IPICS Instant Connect bundle used for on premise push to talk. The instant connect bundle does not include dispatch licenses but does include a UMS license. Order this as an options to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery

CIS-IPICS4-HA-K9

High availability secondary server bundle. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPPE4.0-K9

Policy engine server software, which provides the policy engine feature. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-CON4.0-SIL

Cisco Dispatch Console Silver License, used for primary dispatchers. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-CON4.0-PLA

Cisco Dispatch Console Platinum License, used for supervisors or dispatchers that need telephony features. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-MC

Mobile Client IPICS License. Order one per each Android and iPhone mobile client needed in the system. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-MC-100

Mobile Client IPICS License, 100 units. This includes 100 mobile client licenses for Android or iPhone devices. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-PHN

IP Phone Client License. This is used for each Cisco IP phone that needs to access talkgroups and channels. Order one per each Android and iPhone mobile client needed in the system. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-VIP-CHNL2

IPICS Channel/Radio Port License. Order one for each channel or radio needed on the IPICS system. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-VIP-DIAL

IPICS VIP dial-out ports. This is used for each dial-out port connected to a telephony system. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-VIP-VTG2

Virtual talkgroup (VTG). Order one for each desired VTG. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-OPSVIEW2

IPICS operational views. This feature allows administrators to segment dispatchers in the IPICS system. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-NATIVE-IDC

Native dispatch position for end-to-end P25 encryption. Order one for each desired dispatch position to have end-to-end encryption. Order this as an option to an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client. Order one for each single Cisco Instant Connect mobile client. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-10

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client-10 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-50

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client- 50 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-100

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client- 100 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-250

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client- 250 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-500

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client- 500 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.

CIS-IPMC-1000

Instant Connect Mobile or IP Phone client- 1000 Pack. Order this as an option to the CIS-IPICS-VM for physical delivery, or as an option to the L-CIS-IPICS-VM= for eDelivery.