Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System

Cisco IPICS PMC Quick Start Reference Card, Release 2.0(1)

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Quick Start

Table Of Contents


Tips for Using the PMC

Identifying the Buttons on the PMC

Setting Up the PMC

Logging In to the PMC

Using the PMC

Using the PMC with Cisco Security Agent (CSA)

Using the Enhanced PMC Features

For More Information

Quick Start


Tips for Using the PMC

The following tips will help you to use the Cisco IPICS Push-to-Talk Management Center (PMC) most effectively:

Open only one instance of the PMC on a given PC at a time.

Before you start, check the placement and settings of your microphone and headset.

You can use only those voice channels that have been assigned to you and which are visible on your PMC.

When a channel is activated, the PTT button highlights and changes color. (Refer to the Cisco IPICS PMC Installation and User Guide for the various channel states and appearances on the PMC.)

To talk on a channel, click and hold the push-to-talk (PTT) button before you speak.

Talk in short bursts and monitor the receive indicator so that you do not talk over other Cisco IPICS users.

Your ability to use certain PMC features, such as latch, multiselect, alert tones, DTMF, and All Talk, depend on the configuration in the server.

Identifying the Buttons on the PMC

The PMC interface enables PTT audio communications. Through the PMC GUI, you may simultaneous monitor and participate in one or more active voice channels at the same time. Figure 1 shows an illustration of the PMC 18-channel advanced console.

Figure 1 PMC 18-Channel Console

PMC Button Labels and Descriptions



 Activation/  Deactivation  button

 Activates  and  deactivates a  channel


 PTT Channel  button

 Click and hold to  talk on a channel


 Channel Select  check box

 Selects the  channel for PTT  transmissions


 Voice Replay  control

 Plays back  buffered voice  transmissions


 Volume up  button

 Increases the  channel volume


 Volume  down button

 Decreases the  channel volume


 Volume level  indicator

 Displays the  current channel  volume  level


 Server status  connectivity  indicator

 Specifies your  connectivity with  the server


 Menu button

 Accesses the PMC  menus and online  help


 All Talk  channel button

 Click to talk on  all selected  channels


 Select All and  Deselect All  (multiselect)

 Selects/deselects  all  assigned  channels


 Alert Tone  buttons

 Plays out alert  tones on one or  more channels

Setting Up the PMC

Open Windows Control Panel to configure your audio settings for use with the PMC; choose the preferred or default sound device option.

Check your microphone for proper record and playback capability.

Check the volume level on your PMC client machine and headset.

Logging In to the PMC

1. Launch the PMC by double-clicking the PMC icon that appears on your desktop, or by navigating to Start > Programs > Cisco IPICS > PMC; then, click the PMC icon.

2. At the login prompt, enter your server IP address or host name, user name and password; then, click OK.

PMC user names and server host names are case-insensitive; passwords are case-sensitive.

3. At the location selection prompt, choose your default location and your PMC version; then, click OK.

The PMC retrieves the personalized list of channels from the server.

Using the PMC

1. After you have logged in to the PMC, click the Activate button to directly join the voice channel and hear the audio stream.

2. Click the PTT button and hold to talk.

3. When you are done talking, release the left mouse button to return to listen-only mode.

Note:   Be sure to monitor the receive indicator on the PTT channel button for PMC traffic so that you do not talk over other Cisco IPICS users. When the receive indicator shows activity, you are receiving traffic. If you talk while you are receiving traffic, you are likely not being heard.

Using the PMC with Cisco Security Agent (CSA)

As you use the PMC, make sure that you always click Yes to grant permission and continue with your current operation whenever CSA prompts you.

Using the Enhanced PMC Features

Keyboard mapping—Assigns specific keys to each of your channels; transmit by pressing and holding the assigned key.

DTMF tones—Transmits DTMF tones for a fixed time duration to selected channel(s).

Select and multiselect—Selects one or more channels for send and receive data.

Alert tones—Plays out alert tones on one or more channels on the PMC.

Voice replay—Plays back buffered audio.

Channel Reordering—Reorders the channels that display on your PMC.

Direct 2-way and direct dial—Provides support for point-to-point connectivity.

Note:   Refer to the Cisco IPICS PMC Installation and User Guide for detailed information about these PMC features and other information that is contained in this reference card.

For More Information

For additional information about the Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (Cisco IPICS) PMC, refer to the Cisco IPICS PMC Installation and User Guide, Release 2.0(1) and the Cisco IPICS PMC Quick Start Reference Card, Release 2.0(1).

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