Modernizing Public Safety Communications
Your existing radios and voice system do more, with Cisco IPICS 4.8
If your agency uses Cisco Unified Communications as well as PTT radio communications, you can make both more valuable by adding Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS).
Hundreds of public safety agencies around the world already use Cisco IPICS to make radio dispatch operations simpler. IPICS improves incident response because personnel can join PTT talk groups using just about any device. That includes land-mobile radios, smartphones, IP phones, PCs and laptops, and even traditional phones.
The newest release, IPICS 4.8, has new features that improve communications, collaboration, and operations. Read More »
Tags: byod, Call Assurance, Cisco Instant Connect, Cisco Instant Connect SDK, Cisco IP Phone, Cisco IPICS, Cisco IPICS 4.8 Release, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Dispatch, internet of things, IoT, LMR, PTT, sdk
How Internet of Things Is Transforming Public Safety
Use Case 1: BYOD for Police Officers
The Internet of Things refers to connecting currently unconnected people and things, and it’s transforming public safety. This blog explains how police officers can securely use commercial smartphones and tablets in the field. Future blogs will describe other ways to use the Internet of Things to improve communications, collaboration, and operations.
Police officers are clamoring to use their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices for work. For law-enforcement agencies, allowing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is appealing because it can save money, and mobile apps for law enforcement improve situational awareness.
Until now, two things have stopped police departments from allowing BYOD. One is governance. To use smartphones and tablets for incident response, departments need a way to enforce standard operating procedures. Lacking this, the NYPD recently had to remind officers to use radios instead of smartphones for official communications. Here’s the article in the New York Post.
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Tags: 4G LTE, byod, BYOD for Law Enforcement, BYOD for Police Officers, BYOD for Public Safety, Cisco Instant Connect, Cisco IPICS, internet of things, IoT, LTE, P25, Secure Mobile Communications
As we gear up for the Internet of Things World Forum in October, it seems like a good time to start a discussion with the broader IoT community. The goal of this series is to have a focused weekly discussion on a topic relevant to Internet of Things. Since the theme of the IoT World Forum is “IoT is Here, IoT is Now” we’re using that as an initial theme for the chat series for the next few months.
The Tweet Chat will be run by @Cisco_IoT with the hashtag #IoTChat (creative, right?) the goal is to make this a community discussion (i.e. not Cisco-focused). We’ll have 6-10 questions (time permitting) and request that people answer Q(number) with A(number). Read More »
Tags: #IoTChat, internet of things, IoT, IoTWF, tweetchat
Public safety organizations worldwide are increasingly adopting and using secure broadband networks, supporting open standards and multivendor technologies, and using new public safety applications, while adopting new policies for bring your own device (BYOD) using Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets for their personnel.
The rate of adoption is continuing to accelerate because of the next technology trend, called the Internet of Things (IoT), which empowers public safety to make its communities and cities safer. In fact, according to recent research by Cisco Consulting Services, this represents more than $4.6 trillion in Internet of Everything (IoE) value at stake for the public sector.
First responders rely on mission critical communications and sensors to fulfill public safety needs, further empowered by the Internet of Things
The IoT is the next technology transition in which devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network. IoT is about connecting the unconnected.
At APCO, Cisco and partners will demonstrate next-generation public safety solutions based on open standards, secure networks, and Internet of Things technologies and solutions providing important benefits:
- Enhanced reliability: Cisco’s IP infrastructure keeps the mission-critical network running at the most critical times.
- Cost savings: Cisco’s software solutions allow less expensive endpoints to communicate with user groups.
- Improved operations: Agencies can now communicate with voice, video, and data in open collaborative ways.
- Multiple-vendor solutions: Cisco’s software allows customers to choose between many best-in-class vendors for an entire solution.
- Solution support: Cisco offers support for the entire system, including third-party components, with a single support call.
We will showcase new solutions for next-generation instant communications using private and public networks that are now available to government and enterprise customers. Cisco’s IoT solutions support public safety, utilities, and industrial customer needs with multivendor, interoperable broadband technologies for mobility: BYOD, bring your own application (BYOA), and bring your own interface (BYOI). Cisco’s technology gives system integrators the ability to connect different systems that unify P25, LTE, and public safety broadband technologies easily and affordably.
In the Cisco booth we will be demonstrating our newest IPICS software solution, which includes a software development kit (SDK) that enables application developers to embed Cisco’s push-to-talk technology into their applications. Cisco will highlight the Quantum Virtualized Packet Core is a software application that routes data over LTE networks. The Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core (QvPC) is one of the industry’s first commercial virtualized evolved packet cores, the new Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core (vPC ) solution redefines the paradigm of agility for service providers.
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Seven years ago, many people (including my mother-in-law) thought I had made a career-ending decision to accept a high-risk assignment and relocate to India. My mission: build from the ground up Cisco’s second headquarters, a Globalization Centre East in Bangalore focused on innovation, talent and partner development that envisioned 10,000 employees in three years, including the top 10% of worldwide talent. My charter included developing a world-class technology campus that also served as a showcase for incubating and advancing Smart City services worldwide, and to become the most relevant ICT company in India.
Was it the right decision?
Although half a world away from Cisco’s corporate headquarters in the Silicon Valley, I thought the new job was still full of great promise. India was and still is the world’s largest democracy, had a growing talent pool, a zest for innovation, a co-operative government, aspirational middle class and a potentially huge economy purring along at 8% annual growth.
In four years, we partnered with national and local governments as well as an ecosystem of commercial businesses to architect and develop a fully networked campus.The Smart + Connected Community inBangalore integrated building systems with IT systems and applications onto one IP network, enveloped by artfully designed buildings and collaborative work spaces.
Today, the 1-million-square-foot Globalization Centre East campus employs more than 11,000 people, houses Cisco’s Research and Development, IT and customer support teams with the best talent in industry. The campus also meets my original charter as the incubator for validating our industry-leading Smart + Connected Communities, especially Smart Cities, which today has projects on nearly every continent worldwide, encompassing more than 90 engagements.
All that has been extremely rewarding to see, but was it the right decision?
We achieved every critical objective except one: growing ICT technology throughout India itself. In my four years of living in India and after a number of subsequent trips revisiting there, I now realize that the promise and opportunity of India can be unpredictable. After several years of nearly double digit growth, India’s economy spiraled down, experienced high inflation, a weakening rupee, allegations of government corruption and financial policy decisions that spooked the international investment community.
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Tags: Bangalore, Cisco, Globalisation Centre East, ICT, india, Internet of Everything, internet of things, Narendra Modi, Smart + Connected Communities, Smart Cities, Wim Elfrink