Major Product Update: Z-Series v4
This release brings a lot of changes overall in both feature set and performance.
There are also new resource configuration options and features, plus additional new overall system configuration options. The user interface has also been distinctly improved.
New Feature / Improvement List
Advanced Remote Integration
Equally important, wide area net and monitor connections are made with actual resources instead of relying on manually configured JPS Bridge resources. Audio can then be distributed between RSP-Z2s instead of always routing through the Z-Series Controller.
An optional “Discovery Mode” feature helps to simplify setup even further.
A new ‘Custom’ option is available in the net configuration options dropdown. Nets (two-way audio patches) can be made in any desired configuration.
Monitors (one-way audio patches) can be made in any desired configuration. Audio recording of nets is available (using a third party RTP recorder).
Trunked Radio Permit
The ‘Radio’ resource has a new feature called ‘Adaptive Transmit Delay’. This patented feature (US Patent 10630846) enables the RSP-Z2 to determine if and when the donor radio has a channel to communicate on.
If the radio takes longer or fails to acquire a channel, the resource can act appropriately by waiting longer before transmitting the audio or trying again to acquire the channel from the trunked radio system.
There is also a “Busy Channel” detection feature for conventional radio systems.
There are new options for performing backups of system settings and configuration, and then restoring it on other systems or on the same system in the future. Both the backup and restore features are configurable so that it is not an “all or nothing” approach.
There is also a convenient “Reset” feature to reset different parts of the system back to factory defaults.
New Resource Type: MCC Console
A new ‘MCC Console’ resource type is available. Previously, you would use a JPS Bridge resource to enable connectivity to an MCC Console stream.
With this new resource type, the audio priority is both configurable and set to a high default value. This assists in the typical scenario where the MCC Console operator’s audio should take precedence over other resource audio when there is a timing contention.
The dispatch feature has been greatly enhanced to allow multiple operators to each have their own dispatch resources. Combined with the advanced remote integration feature with RSP-Z2s, operators can now easily monitor and interact with resources across an entire wide area system with minimal configuration.
SIP has been improved to provide better connectivity to SIP registrars by using a single SIP port for communication instead of one per resource. Each resource gets a unique “username”, which is more typical of systems that provide multiple SIP endpoints at a single IP address.
There are also new NAT traversal options (ICE and TURN), as well as a refined list of options to facilitate setup and configuration.
Resource Status Information
Most resources have additional status information available to help diagnose configuration and connectivity problems. There are two forms of status – one for overall state/configuration, and one for connectivity. Clicking on the overall state icon on a resource will provide hints as to what might be wrong with the resource.
Allow RX / Allow TX Options
Each resource has “Allow RX” and “Allow TX” options in its configuration. This allows you to configure a resource to be “listen only” or “transmit only”, thus providing connectivity options for unique circumstances.
USB Flash Drive Behaviors
To tighten security, USB flash drives will no longer be used to perform software updates or capture log files. Instead, using specifically named files, a USB flash drive can be used to perform various reset behaviors in a more secure way. These options are configurable.
Additionally, log files are now downloadable from the UI instead of requiring physical access to the system.
Improved Profile Navigation
Profiles continue to provide pre-configured settings for various radio models and JPS radio interface cables. However, finding an appropriate profile for resource configuration has been significantly enhanced, as has the profile management tool.
USB Headset Improvements
Most third-party USB headsets will now work, including readily available and inexpensive USB soundcard dongles. They can also be plugged in and unplugged on a live system without requiring a system restart to function.
In addition, the USB Headset may now be operated in a combined “UI-PTT plus VOX/VMR” mode – allowing an operator to gate audio entirely as needed with a button in the UI, but speak normally otherwise.
Adjustable Web Port
The web browser port is now adjustable instead of only allowing the standard/default port (80).
Enable / Disable SSH
Turning SSH connectivity on and off is now available. Turning it off improves security, but turning it on can enable remote troubleshooting by JPS customer service.
The system will start and reboot significantly faster, configuration changes are much faster (and rarely cause audio disruption on other resources), software updates are significantly smaller, the user interface is faster and more responsive, and there are other improvements under the covers that improve efficiency and responsiveness.