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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.
Refer to the following URL for the complete Cisco IPICS documentation set: http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/
Quick Start Guide
Cisco IPICS PMC
Tips for Using the PMC
The following tips will help you to use the Cisco Push-to-Talk Management Center (PMC) most effectively:
•Open only one instance of the PMC on a given PC at a time.
•The dispatcher assigns the voice channels that you can use on the PMC and also creates, activates, and deactivates the channels that support the VTGs.
•The PMC retrieves its personalized list of channels from the Cisco IPICS server.
•When a channel is activated, you will see the PTT button highlight on the PMC. (If your ability to transmit on a channel has been disabled by the server, the PTT button will not highlight.)
•Before you start, check the placement and settings of your microphone.
•To talk on a channel, click and hold the PTT button before you speak.
•You can simultaneously listen in and talk on multiple voice channels that are activated.
•Talk in short bursts and monitor the receive and transmit indicators to make sure that you are not talking over other Cisco IPICS users.
Identifying the Buttons on the PMC
The PMC GUI includes the PTT channel button, and buttons to activate the channel and control the volume level. It also includes indicators that blink when you receive and transmit traffic.
Figure 1 shows an illustration of the PMC with the 4-channel mouse skin.
Figure 1 PMC with 4-Channel Skin
Using the PMC Key Assignments
You can use key assignments to quickly access the PMC buttons, and other features, by pressing keystroke sequences to activate the corresponding function.
The following table lists these keystrokes and the function that each one provides in Cisco IPICS release 1.0(1).
Cisco Standard PMC Key Assignments
PMC Line No.
Note: Refer to the Cisco IPICS PMC Installation and User Guide for complete details and procedures as they relate to the information that is contained in this quick start guide.
Setting Up the PMC
Check your Windows audio settings and choose the preferred or default sound device option to limit echo that can be caused by multiple microphones picking up traffic on the same machine.
•Open Control Panel to configure your audio settings for use with the PMC.
•Check your microphone for proper record and playback capability.
•Check the volume level on your PMC client machine.
Launching the PMC
To launch the PMC application, choose one of the following options:
•Double-click the PMC icon that appears on your desktop.
•Navigate to Start > Programs > Cisco IPICS > PMC; then, click the PMC icon.
Using the PMC with Cisco Security Agent (CSA)
Whenever CSA prompts you for permission, while you are performing any operation on the PMC, be sure to always click Yes to grant permission and continue with that operation.
Logging in to the PMC
To log in to the PMC:
1. Launch the PMC.
2. At the login prompt, enter your user name and password; then, click OK.
PMC user names are case-insensitive; passwords are case-sensitive.
3. At the location selection prompt, choose your default location and your PMC version from the drop-down list boxes; then, click OK.
4. The PMC retrieves the personalized list of visible channels from the server.
Using the PMC
After you log in to the PMC:
1. Click the Activate button on the PMC to directly join the talk group 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 and transmit indicators for PMC traffic.