With the goal of breaking down the barriers between emergency response services, Cisco is advancing an Internet-based technology that it says connects disparate communication techniques.

The Internet Protocol Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) acts as a translation service between legacy radio technologies. The new software supports Session Initiation Protocol, thus enabling Land Mobile Radios (LMRs) to communicate over the Internet with other devices, including walkie-talkies, mobile phones and Internet telephones.

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