Capabilities-at-a-Glance  

In addition to standard console features, Scout supports the following for IDAS Multi-Site Trunking endpoints:


The capabilities outlined in this document are available with Scout 4.5 and later.

Capability

Description
Interface Method Communicates with subscriber units using VPGate and a direct IP wireline connection to IDAS endpoints.
Unit Calls
(Individual Calls)

Allows a unit to send and receive a direct voice call to and from a single unit. Units can be either dispatchers or subscribers in the system.

Group Calls

Allows a dispatcher to establish voice communication with a group of subscriber radios or consoles. All members of the group hear the conversation.

Announcement Calls
(All Group Calls)

Allows a dispatcher to establish voice communication with multiple groups of subscriber radios.

Selectable Talkgroup

Allows a dispatcher to change which talkgroup is currently being used for voice communication. This is accomplished using the frequency/channel selector tool. Selectable talkgroup endpoints can be used by dispatchers to communicate on talkgroups that are not needed frequently. Talkgroups that are needed frequently or are used for emergency calls should be assigned to stationary talkgroup endpoints.​

PTT-ID/ANI Alias
(Unit ID)

Gives a dispatcher a visual indication of the identity associated with the last voice transmission. An identity can represent the raw subscriber unit ID (PTT-ID) or an alphanumeric string representation of it (ANI Alias). The identity can be displayed in the Activity History and on the associated endpoint pad using the ANI pad extender. For example, a PTT ID of 2527 can be aliased to “Fire 1.”

Over the Air Alias

Gives the dispatcher a visual indication of the identity associated with the last voice transmission without requiring use of an ANI alias table.

Console-Controlled Encryption

Allows a dispatcher to enable encryption to prevent unauthorized listening to outbound voice communication.

The interface supports AES encryption. ​The dispatcher can dynamically change encryption keys and methods. Key management is handled using the Avtec Encryption Key Manager.

Transmit Encryption Mode

Allows a Scout System Administrator to set a transmit encryption mode. Encrypted Only sets the endpoint to transmit encrypted audio at all times. Clear Only sets the endpoint to transmit unencrypted audio at all times. Dynamic allows a dispatcher to toggle between the two. Received audio is not affected by this feature.

Auto Transmit Encryption Key

Allows a dispatcher, upon PTT, to automatically apply a transmit encryption key, matching the received key of the last incoming encrypted audio.

Encryption Key Manager

Allows a Scout System Administrator to load multiple encryption keysets for use by VPGate endpoints.

Tone Generation

Allows a dispatcher to send tones or to send tone specifications when WAV files cannot produce the desired output. For example, a dispatcher could send an alert tone to announce bad weather or other alarm conditions.

Paging Tones

Allows a dispatcher to send paging tones or to send tone specifications when WAV files cannot produce the desired output. For example, a dispatcher could send a page to a specific subscriber via tones.

Channel Marker Tones

Allows a dispatcher to send channel marker tones or to send tone specifications when WAV files cannot produce the desired output. For example, a dispatcher could send a channel marker tone to indicate the channel is in priority status and should not be used for routine transmissions.

DTMF Decoding

Notifies a dispatcher with either a call or an ANI when inbound DTMF signaling is decoded.​

Unit Alert
(Call Alert)

Allows a unit to send or receive a request for another unit to call them back. Units can be either dispatchers or subscribers in the system. Functionality is similar to a page.

Unit Check
(Radio Check)

Allows a dispatcher to verify operational status of a subscriber.

Unit Monitor
(Remote Monitor)

Allows a dispatcher to hear any audio picked up by a designated subscriber’s microphone. Depending on the system, there might be no indication to the subscriber that a Unit Monitor is in progress.

Stun/Revive
(Disable/Enable)

Allows a dispatcher to temporarily stun a radio so that it cannot transmit, receive, or power on and off. Reviving a stunned radio returns it to an operational state.

Lone Worker

Notifies a dispatcher by automatically sending an emergency call/state when a Lone Worker-enabled subscriber is not used within a preset time.

Emergency Call/State

Notifies a dispatcher of an emergency situation in the field using a unique ring and visual indication. When a subscriber presses the emergency button or dials the emergency DTMF string, the endpoint generates an emergency call and activates the emergency state. Until the emergency state is cleared by the dispatcher, no further emergency calls from that subscriber can generate an Emergency Call.

AMBE Vocoder

Applies a high-quality voice compression codec primarily used in digital mobile radio applications.

Late Entry

Allows a dispatcher to join an ongoing conversation without having to wait for the next transmission or call when an endpoint registers or changes a channel.