cPCx Communications Control System is Penta's
premier platform for integrated radio, telephone,
emergency, and voice communications. The
cPCx is built on state of the art
telecommunications and open media platform.
If features fully redundant non-blocking Compact
PCI digital platform supporting the H.110 bus
architecture and IP based telephony. Open
interfaces include standards based VOIP, SIP, PRI,
T1, E1, FXO, FXS, and E&M. The cPCx includes
redundant hot standby CommServers with blade
servers running Windows 2008 server, Penta
CommServer Media application, PDC DataCenter using
SQL based database for configuration, event
logging, remote management and access.
cPCx is based upon a redundant design using CommServers
operating in a hot standby configuration. Failure
of the controlling CommServer will result in an
automatic transfer to the standby unit.
CommServers are continuously monitored to preclude
silent failures. Manual switchover between CommServers
is also available. These CommServer computers are
typically industrial grade rackmount servers running
Windows 2008 Server or later OS software.
supplies are redundant, hot swappable, and configured in
a hot standby fashion, as well.
cPCI telephony interface card has high powered
processors to meet the needs of open telephony
interfaces (T1, E1, ISDN PRI, Loopstart, Ethernet,
Subscriber loop), sufficient DSP resources to provide
enhanced services (switching, signaling, Interactive
Voice Response, Fax, Conferencing, SS7, VOIP), and are
all standards based in the hardware and software
Programmability: Penta shall perform initial programming
and data base entry before system shipment. The
communications configuration of the system (line
assignments to consoles, etc.) may be edited in the field
using menu-driven software; no replacement or modification
of hardware should be necessary.
central control equipment is designed to digital open
standards, redundant, non-blocking digital and IP
switching. Driving the cPCx is redundant
CommServers connected to the external circuits by means
of a protected distribution frame.
common control equipment consists of the following:
midplane to accept telephony cards in front and I/O
modules in the rear
Blade Servers running Windows server
(typically latest version with Latest Service Pack)
Channel interfaces to
radios, telephones, consoles, etc.
Each Commserver contains multiple
redundant and hot swappable power supplies, dual+ HDD
drives in a RAID X configuration, dual redundant fans,
voice and data to/from Voice Communications Consoles
is via a single or redundant (optional) Ethernet
console audio can be carried using DS-0, VOIP, ISDN,
or analog. (VOIP is the preference)
cPCx system is housed in enclosed cabinets of
approximately 2’ W x 2’ D x 7’
H. (Other cabinet sizes are available.)
DownloadcPCx Communication System Brochure
Download CPCx Dispatch Center diagram
DownloadcPCx VOIP Workstation Brochure
and Event Reporting
Applications: Penta’s MMI testing application comes
standard in the CommServer software suite and provides system
diagnostic and testing capabilities for the user.
Center (PDC): Penta’s SQL database front end
application providing system configuration, event viewing,
alarm, and reporting. System event and alarms can be
sorted based on a variety of parameters using SQL database
queries. Hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly
downloading of information is available.
The cPCx is capable of controlling the
following types of communications resources: