Cisco has unveiled internet protocol Interoperability Collaboration System (IPICS) 2.0 for interoperability designed to unify legacy and modern communications technologies for the emergency services.

The IPICS software, embedded in routers and other parts of the network, will create a single communications platform out of radio, IP, and non-IP networks, such as landlines and mobile emergency service radio technologies.

"This is hosted in the network where IPICS becomes an intelligent platform for interoperability," said Shmuel Shaffer, the general manager of safety and securities system business at Cisco.

The IPICS solution, embedded in the network, will work over any and all telecommunications infrastructures, including fibre and wireless, converting the various communications modalities into IP packets.

The IPICS system will also give responders web-based resource management with the ability to add or delete devices on the network based on the scope of an incident.

While Cisco is targeting the IPICS solution at first responders in its initial launch, Shaffer said that Cisco realises IPICS also can be used in a business setting, and later versions of IPICS will target the general business market.

For example, planes waiting on the tarmac for takeoff cost airlines approximately $500 (£254) per minute wait time. If a repair part is needed, the IPICS solution could be used to get a component and a technician to the plane more quickly than older systems that did not talk to each other.

A similar scenario might be played out on an automotive assembly line where one missing component can shut down an entire assembly line.

IPICS is available now. Initial pricing for software starts at $35,000 (£17,779).