Cisco has announced a new communication system that can integrate two-way radios with voice, video and data devices.
Cisco’s internet protocol interoperability and communications system (Ipics) is an IP network collaboration platform designed to tackle a problem faced by organisations that rely on two-way radio systems for their daily operations.
The radio networks are often isolated and cannot be integrated with other wireless, voice and data networks.
The new Ipics technology is designed to ensure both proprietary and standards-based “push-to-talk” radios are interoperable with each other and with analogue phones and IP-based wired and wireless devices, such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi laptop computers and PDAs.
The demonstration marks a move to make Ipics technology a new area of focus, the company said.
Cisco’s chief development officer, Charles Giancarlo, said, “Cisco views IP as the future for all communications systems.
"Cisco Ipics technology has the potential to deliver a platform to provide an inexpensive solution for pervasive radio interoperability that helps organisations dynamically manage the flow of all types of information, collaborate across multiple networks and organisations, and improve overall operational effectiveness and efficiency.”