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May 3, 2010

Patrol 117

Filed under: cisco_200751004 — jlsantos22 @ 7:47 pm
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I have already started doing two (2) of the database management system – Cisco Partners Database and Cisco Suppliers and Vendors Database assigned to me.  Alongside doing these two (2), I also was taught the Internet Protocol Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS), an IP-based dispatch and response solution, which converts frequencies (from UHF/VHF radios) to IP in order to integrate it with IP phones, mobile phones, PCs, and mobile devices. Also called the “virtual talk group”, this group is not limited by its frequency bands for its communication, which minimize the bandwidth. This is a very useful and helpful tool for our public safety officials (policemen/fire fighters/paramedics).

I was also introduced to the broadband voice gateway. This is a device which allows you to make phone calls using the internet connection. In case of downtime or absolutely no bandwidth, it transfers the line to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The Internet Protocol (IP), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Media Access Control (MAC) Address, Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP), IPV4 and IPV6 were also discussed. I was shown the Digital Media Manager 4400G (DMM 4400G) – a digital media player which can playback and publish videos flexibly and remotely. 

What really interests me in all of Cisco’s products I’ve been introduced to so far, was the IPICS because I really think with proper funding we could really turn our local emergency service to cater to all our needs in the quickest way possible and without having to memorize long emergency hotline numbers. Apparently, ever since 2003, we are blessed to have a Patrol 117 hotline number and amazingly this emergency hotline number is accessible nationwide. This is great news! I never knew this, and all the while I thought the 117 number is only local here in Manila. Patrol 117 or the Emergency Network Philippines (ENP) is the Philippines’ national emergency telephone and vanity number (for mobile phones). This is the only emergency telephone number in the world that is accessible through voice telephony and text messaging. This project is a joint venture between the Philippine government (particularly the Department of Interior and Local Government – DILG) and Frequentis, a developer of communication and information solutions for safety-critical applications.

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of it.”:p

– jL (Jose Luis)

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