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Updated:February 28, 2011
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Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 is a software appliance that enhances emergency calling from Cisco Unified Communications Manager. It helps assure that Cisco Unified Communications Manager sends emergency calls to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the caller's location, and that the PSAP can identify the caller's location and, if necessary, return the call. Cisco Emergency Responder can also notify customer security personnel of an emergency call in progress and the caller's location.
Cisco Emergency Responder helps Cisco Unified Communications Manager customers comply more effectively with their legal or regulatory obligations and reduce their risk of liability related to emergency calls.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5.
Table 1. Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 Features and Benefits
Automatic location of IP phones by MAC or IP address
• Eliminates the need for administrators to update location when an IP phone is relocated
Emergency calls routed by location
• Routes calls to a PSTN gateway capable of reaching the responsible PSAP for the caller's location
Identification of caller location to PSAPs by Emergency Location Identification Numbers (ELINs)
• Eliminates the need to update the Automatic Location Information (ALI) database when an IP phone is relocated
Integration with Intrado V9-1-1 Service
• Centralizes and automates the initial administration of ELINs and Emergency Response Locations (ERLs) for on-premises users, especially for customers with many sites in regions served by different local exchange carriers (LECs)
• Facilitates emergency call completion with user-entered location information for off-premises users such as teleworkers, irrespective of their proximity to the customer premises
Emergency callback to ELINs
• Facilitates PSAP callback to reach the most recent callers from each location, including callers from stations without direct-inward-dialing (DID) numbers
Emergency call alerting by voice, web, and email
• Helps onsite security to assist emergency callers immediately, and to direct fire, police, or ambulance services when they arrive
Remote user authentication
• Enables shared user passwords with Cisco Unified Communications Manager
• Simplifies software installation and upgrade
• Enhances system security and stability
Platform Support and Product Compatibility
Table 2 lists platforms and other products compatible with Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5.
Table 2. Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 Platform Support and Product Compatibility
Cisco Emergency Responder user licenses are required for all types of devices capable of placing emergency calls, including wired IP phones, wireless IP phones, software telephony clients, and analog gateway foreign-exchange-station (FXS) ports. You must order a minimum of 100 Cisco Emergency Responder user licenses with Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 server software. You can order additional user licenses separately. Cisco Emergency Responder user licenses are shared by both Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 servers in a redundant pair. You do not need to order duplicate Cisco Emergency Responder user licenses for Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 servers in a redundant pair.
Each Cisco Emergency Responder server requires a server license, including each server in a redundant pair. Server licenses are included in all orders for Cisco Emergency Responder software, and can be obtained only by ordering software.
Table 3 lists the product specifications for Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5.
Up to 30 emergency calls per second, depending on server platform
Reliability and availability
Redundant (active and standby) hardware and software servers
English and Canadian French (onsite security user interface only)
Table 4 provides capacity information for Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 on various hardware platforms, assuming one synthetic voice alert per emergency call. Note that different virtual-machine profiles provide different capacity on Cisco UCS B200 and C210 platforms.
Table 4. Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 System Capacity
To place an order for Cisco Emergency Responder, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page and refer to Tables 5 and 6.
Table 5. Cisco Emergency Responder 8.5 Ordering Information
Cisco emergency responder
Cisco emergency responder user license 10 phones new
Cisco emergency responder version 8.5 software new
Cisco emergency responder user license 10 phones upgrade
Cisco emergency responder version 8.5 software upgrade version 7.1
Cisco emergency responder user license 10 phones additional
Cisco emergency responder edelivery
Cisco emergency responder user license 10 phones additional edelivery
Table 6. Cisco Unified Communications Software Subscription Ordering Information
UCSS Cisco emergency responder
UCSS Cisco Emergency Responder 1 Year 10 Users
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 2 years 10 users
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 3 years 10 users
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 5 years 10 users
UCSS Cisco emergency responder edelivery
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 1 year 10 users edelivery
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 2 years 10 users edelivery
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 3 years 10 users edelivery
UCSS Cisco emergency responder 5 years 10 users edelivery
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THE CUSTOMER ASSUMES ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROPERLY CONFIGURING THE CISCO EMERGENCY RESPONDER. CISCO HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH A USERS INABILITY TO REACH EMERGENCY SERVICE RESPONDERS (INCLUDING INABILITY TO ACCESS A PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT) OR THE INABILITY OF EMERGENCY SERVICE RESPONDERS TO IDENTIFY A USER'S LOCATION. CISCO STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT ALL CUSTOMERS VERIFY AND TEST CONFIGURATION OF THE CISCO EMERGENCY RESPONDER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING INITIAL CONFIGURATION AND ON A PERIODIC BASIS THEREAFTER. CISCO FURTHER RECOMMENDS THAT ALL CUSTOMERS PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRUNK AND BANDWIDTH CAPACITY TO ENSURE THAT AUDIO PATHS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY CALLS.
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