Propulsion

Propulsion™

Propulsion™ is a modern dispatch console system optimized for mission critical communications requirements of Public Safety, Utility, Education, and Transportation agencies. Propulsion™ is especially well suited for Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier III trunked radio systems via the wireline Application Interface Specification (AIS), and other digital radio protocol systems including DMR Tier II (conventional), Project 25, SmartNet®, EDACS®, NXDN, LTR, Fleetsync™, and MDC 1200. The Propulsion™ solution can provide intelligent interoperability between these systems using advanced wireline and control station interfaces. This graphics rich user interface design can be customized to meet the preferences of each organization, as well as individual users, and is optimized for modern touch screen displays. Propulsion™ uses Catalyst’s industry leading Radio Control over IP (RCoIP) technology to extend the reach of your dispatch and interoperability solution while reducing the cost of connectivity.

Fully Customizable + Configurable UI

Propulsion™ incorporates modern graphics into a fully customizable user interface to improve dispatcher efficiency and minimize operator errors. The system administrator assigns a Catalyst-provided layout or creates a custom console configuration—what the dispatcher sees and what functions are available on the console—on a by-user basis. Multiple configurations can be stored on each console and accessed by each dispatcher as required.

Key Features

  • User layouts—configurable working environments created by an administrator for individual dispatchers that provide access only to the appropriate channels and functions
  • Intuitive User Interface easily adapts to current console layouts or new, innovative layout designs
  • DMR Subscriber Functions like Unit Enable/Disable, Monitor, and Alert.
  • DMR Text Messages – both short messages and free-form
  • Group, Individual, and Simulselect transmission—transmit to a single radio, a group of radios or even groups of radios on different systems at once.
  • Supports radio Unit ID with a centralized Alias Database, Emergency, a full featured call recording and playback module, and telephone interconnect
  • Select and Unselect audio—separate speakers for selected and unselected channels
  • SIP-based telephony or POTS lines can optionally be patched to radios using the Propulsion™ console
  • Auxiliary Input/Output relays for Door/Gate and other relay control with Custom Graphics and Audible Alarms (optional)
  • Paging: Integrated software-based solution supports multiple formats for basic paging (optional).
  • Footswitch and Headset Compatible.
  • 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

DMR Dispatch – from legacy to migration and beyond  

A key benefit of Propulsion™ is its ability to seamlessly manage radio communications for both legacy radio systems and new DMR radio systems through a single user interface. Combined with Catalyst’s IntelliLink™ Gateway, Propulsion™ simplifies the Dispatcher’s task through migration by providing a consistent interface while both radio systems are operational. 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, and IntelliLink™ can easily provide communications between legacy and DMR subscriber radios. After the final cutover, Propulsion™ integrates with Catalyst’s advanced RCoIP Gateway technology to improve communications on DMR radio systems compared to legacy analog radio systems. For example, Propulsion’s DMR capabilities include 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.

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Interoperability and Patch Management

Propulsion offers a full slate of tools for managing communications with multiple channels and talk groups.  Basic ad hoc patch and simulselect controls are standard.  The system administrator can uniquely include preconfigured patches in each dispatcher’s layout, thereby precisely controlling which channels that dispatcher is allowed to link. Administrators can also include a Patch Status window allowing a supervisor to view and disable any patch on the network; this tool allows supervisors to quickly understand which dispatcher created the patch and immediately disable it if appropriate.

A Complete Solution

Catalyst backs up Propulsion™ 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.

Features

  • 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—separate speakers for selected and unselected channels
  • Auxiliary Input/Output relays for Door/Gate and other relay control with Custom Graphics and Audible Alarms (optional)
  • Paging: Integrated software-based solution supports multiple formats for basic paging (optional).
  • Footswitch and Headset Compatible.
  • Group, Individual, and Simulselect transmission—transmit to a single radio, a group of radios or even groups of radios on different systems at once.
  • DMR Subscriber Functions like Unit Enable/Disable, Monitor, and Alert.
  • DMR Text Messages – both short messages and free-form
  • 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

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