Cisco expands security offerings with push-to-talk mobile capabilities

Instant Connect enables users to communicate quickly over Wi-Fi networks

“Our security guards will traditionally carry a handheld radio, but I can’t afford to spend the money out of my budget just for the return on it to have 200 or 300 radios here in San Jose alone for the emergency response team members that we have,” Mauvais said. “In my mind, everybody always has their phone with them. So if you’ve got a handheld radio, a phone and a laptop and everything else, are you always carrying that stuff with you? To extend that out and not just have the phone and the texting available and the web, but to be able to have push-to-talk capability means I am more easily available and able to reach out to and get the information to handle an incident or a security event faster.”