The MNx Integrates the control of
radios, telephones, intercoms, PBx circuits, microwave
channels, and consoles with a single, compact,
The MNx Communications Control System is a smaller
version of Penta's proprietary PCx
network switch, featuring user-programmability,
flexibility and ease of operation.
The non-blocking switch can control up to 32 lines and
consoles. It uses the same line and console interfaces,
host software, and control consoles as the PCx,
which gives users universal modularity, flexibility, and
familiarity of operation.
Windows-based control consoles provide touch-screen,
mouse, trackball or keyboard control over any or all
circuits connected to the network switch. The
password-protected consoles allow operators to access
radios, telephones, other consoles, and to conference an
unlimited number of circuits.
fiber optic lines
- Networking, multi-tasking and interfacing to other
subsystems (such as ATS, CAD, CTC, GPS and SCADA
systems) are possible with the MNx system. Penta has
designed the system for maximum flexibility so customers
receive the most efficiently integrated packages
available. The company has integrated MNx systems
with other control systems, written console software to
run in tandem with other subsystem programs, and
combined dispatching and public address control
functions in the same system.
- The MNx system is evolving continually to incorporate
new and innovative technologies. Operators can now
create forms and generate faxes from their consoles --
without exiting the Penta software. They can send
and receive data from the consoles (via e-mail) and
on-line communications services. Data also can be
employed to control radios (using ANI and other
selective call protocols).
- Console Configurations
- A variety of console configurations are available
with the MNx system. Typical console hardware
consists of a fully equipped desktop or tower
computer, LCD display, a Penta MNx interface and
associated audio components.
- The operator interfaces with the console via
touch-screen, mouse, trackball or keyboard provided
with each console position. Screen
presentations are well-organized to facilitate quick
access to all functions.
- Operator consoles communicate with the MNx system
via console interface cards and console audio
cards. The console interface card provides the
mechanism by which the console communicates with the
switch. The console audio card supports the audio
portion of the console's operation with isolation,
filtration, amplification and compression
Miniature version of PCx
- Integrates the control of all types of electronic
- Offers unlimited patching and conferencing
- Employs a non-blocking audio switch matrix design.
- Modular architecture provides for easy additions
- Custom software can facilitate networking,
multi-tasking, voter steering and other specific
- Operator consoles are PC-based units available
- keyboard control.
- Console software runs in both DOS and Windows
- Interface Cards
- Microprocessor-based line interface cards provide
the interface between the MNx system and most types
of two- and four-wire communications circuits.
Only one type of line card is used in the system; no
special interface boards or control modules are
required to communicate with various types of
lines. Additionally, user programmability and
configurability have been designed into the card to
permit field adjustment of signaling and line
- Other unique features of the line interface card
include adjustable transmit and receive levels, DTMF
in and out, transformer isolation, voice activity
detection (VOX) and receive-line compression.
The line card also is available with a modem, a
logging recorder output, a digital front end, and
other optional modules .