IP Console - Catalyst Communication Technologies


IP|Console™ is an advanced full-featured Radio Control over IP (RCoIP) dispatch system designed to meet the stringent reliability requirements of Public Safety, Utility, and Government dispatch applications, including Project 25 radio networks. IP|Console™ fully supports radio systems from most manufacturers and a multitude of radio system technologies such as Project 25 (P25), Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), Push-To-Talk over LTE, SmartNet®, EDACS®, NXDN, and more. For P25, IP|Console™ supports the Console Sub-System Interface (CSSI), the Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI), and various control stations using the Common Air Interface (CAI). For DMR, IP|Console™ supports the Application Interface Specification (AIS) for Tier III systems and the RF interface using various control stations for Tier II systems.

Fully Customizable + Configurable UI

IP|Console™ features a fully customizable user interface to improve dispatcher efficiency and minimize operator errors. The system administrator can assign a Catalyst provided layout or design a custom console configuration—what the dispatcher sees and what functions are available on the console—on a by-user basis. Configurations can be stored on an Administration Server and accessed by console positions as required, meaning that any dispatcher can sit at any physical console and load their own assigned layouts.

IP|Console™ supports large systems with capabilities such as user interface tabs that allow lightly used resources to sit behind more actively used ones.  Catalyst provides a variety of control modules including small sized resources for a channel or talk group, allowing for dense user interface.  Unique color codes can be assigned to sets of modules to provide additional differentiation.

Comprehensive control of Mission Critical Radio Communications

IP|Console™ plays an integral role in Catalyst RCoIP Systems, providing a command and control user interface for Dispatchers that need to interface with many of today’s complex radio networks.

Conventional Radios

IP|Console™ supports the P25 DFSI standard, and proprietary advanced control interfaces to Harris, Kenwood, EF Johnson, Hytera, and other LMR radios. Tone and DC control of other radios, including analog radios, provides an interface to virtually any conventional radio system for the Dispatcher.

Trunked Radios

IP|Console™ connects to P25 trunked radio networks through the standard CSSI interface and to DMR Tier III trunked radio systems through the standard Application Interface Specification (AIS) interface. As with conventional radio systems, Catalyst has a wide range of proprietary advanced control interfaces, tone control, and DC control to interface with digital and analog legacy systems such as SmartNet™, EDACS™, and LTR.

Broadband Push-to-Talk

IP|Console™ integrates with today’s LTE communications technologies provided by Verizon, AT&T, and other cellular carriers. Our P25 standard CSSI interfaces to Kodiak Networks PTT Gateway, providing advanced control of Mission Critical Push to Talk cell phones.


IP|Console™ interfaces to both PSTN and SIP Gateways that interconnect telephones, PBX extensions, or PBX systems.

Flexible Interfaces simplify communications

IP|Console™ easily connects to a variety of headsets, microphones, speakers, indicator lights, auxiliary contact closures, call logging recorders and more.

Key Features

  • Fully customizable layout can be accessed from any Console position
  • Wireline/infrastructure or donor radio interfaces
  • A full featured call recording and playback module
  • Alert tone generation
  • Powerful tools for managing patching and interoperability
  • Scalable and Reliable Architecture
  • User layouts—configurable working environments created by an administrator for individual dispatchers that provide access only to the appropriate channels and functions.
  • Select and Unselect audio—send audio from selected and unselected channels to up to 6 different speakers.
  • Auxiliary Input/Output Control with Custom Graphics and Audible Alarms (optional)
  • Paging – Integrated software-based solution supports multiple formats, stacked and steered paging (optional).
  • Group, Individual, and Simulselect transmission—transmit to a single radio or multiple selected systems at once.
  • Call logging—logs all calls on all connected systems, with optional recording and playback of logged audio.  IP interface to leading logging recorders.
  • Easy integration with Catalyst’s IntelliLink Interoperability software.
  • Optional Administrative Server software allows layouts to be saved in a central location and loaded to any connected console
  • Advanced Spectrum Management – accommodate multiple conventional channels on the same frequency

Dispatch for Mission Critical Communications

IP|Console™ is a scalable solution that can be cost effectively configured for a small number of positions or can support primary dispatch for a large city, county, or multi-state operation. The robust distributed IP based client-server architecture eliminates the need for a central switch, thus no single point of failure exists.

IP|Console™ integrates with Catalyst’s advanced RCoIP Gateway technology to perform a host of functions that meet the extreme information and reliability requirements for critical communications. Examples are the ability to decode and display critical messages such as unit ID and Emergency as well as the ability to intelligently buffer and stream audio to ensure transmission occurs as soon as possible but with no lost audio. Catalyst Gateways may be mixed and matched in any combination of wireline and wireless interfaces and disparate over-the-air signaling to meet the requirements of centers that dispatch to multiple radio systems. For more information on the benefits of Catalyst’s system architecture, click here.

Interoperability and Patch Management

IP|Console™ provides comprehensive tools for managing communications with multiple channels and talk groups and on different radio systems and LTE PTT.  This flagship console provides the greatest capacity for ad hoc and pre-configured patches as well as ad hoc and favorite simulselect in its standard configuration.  It optionally supports additional advanced interoperability controls like Channel Specific and Uni-Directional patching.  The system administrator can uniquely include preconfigured patches and simulselects in each dispatcher’s layout, thereby precisely controlling which channels that dispatcher is allowed to link. In addition, IP|Console™ includes interoperability technology from our IntelliLink™ Gateway product, providing Dispatchers with full access to the most sophisticated interoperability controls in the market.  Administrators can also include a Patch Management window allowing a supervisor to view, enable, and disable any patch on the network; this tool not only allows supervisors to quickly understand which dispatcher created the patch and immediately disable it if appropriate but also enables any pre-configured patch on the network.

A Complete Solution

Catalyst backs up IP|Console™ with a full line of accessories including a headset/telephony control unit that allows the dispatcher to use a single headset for radio and telephone, and various headsets, microphones, speakers, and foot switches. Catalyst prides itself in industry leading critical communications grade support services, including 24/7 technical support staff and professional installation and training services.


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