Cisco and NextiraOne Secure Polish Border with Communications and Video

Cisco and NextiraOne have completed a major deployment to extend and support the Polish Border Guard's information technology and communications platform. The project was co-financed by the European Union's Outer Borders Fund.

Under the scope of the project, NextiraOne experts have installed a dedicated Cisco wireless infrastructure, providing voice over wireless local area network, or VoWLAN, communications and Wi-Fi mesh technology for the 14 Border Guard posts located along Poland's borders with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

The Polish Border Guard deployment will provide a far more integrated communications experience for officers working across disparate locations. The use of voice over WLAN and the integration of the Cisco IP Interoperability and Communications System (IPICS) for push-to-talk communications aim at increasing responsiveness and further enhance safety and security.

The wireless platform includes two highly solutions, integrated for the specific use of the Border Guard in Poland: IPICS and a Wi-Fi mesh system. Wi-Fi mesh is an outdoor wireless solution that allows the Border Guard to extend its IP network to areas where access to a wired network is technically impossible or difficult to implement.

Cisco IPICS provides communications interoperability between wired and wireless networks by extending push-to-talk to IP networks. IPICS is basically turning wireless IP phones into universal voice communication devices, thanks to an XML client running on the Cisco phones.

All implemented indoor and outdoor wireless solutions are based on the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, which provides high scalability and helps simplify the centralized management of the infrastructure. Moreover, the deployment features a Cisco Unified Communications over WLAN (VoWLAN with Cisco IP phones) solution that provides high-quality communication services, extending wired corporate telephony networks outside buildings and facilities. In the future, this flexible implementation will help the integration of the new wireless phone system with existing analog radio phones.

The Cisco wireless infrastructure is based on advanced technology including IEEE 802.11n and demonstrates Cisco's leadership in radio frequency excellence for indoor wireless access. The 802.11n standard improves the reliability of 802.11 communications and provides up to nine times the throughput of 802.11a/g networks. 802.11n provides reliable and very fast connections to Wi-Fi for voice and video streaming, and delivers the capacity and performance to serve future demands on the wireless network.

The new infrastructure includes a physical security solution featuring video monitoring from Axis Communications and voice recording of wireless telephony from Nice Systems.

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