The Mercury Communicator Unit (MCU) version 1.0 is the new release of a new hardware platform that complements the existing Mercury Product line. This single user operator station can not only intercommunication with a vast number of endpoints in a peer-to-peer manner but also provide the unique ability to simultaneously communicate with operators residing within different security domains when used in conjunction with the Mercury Analog Voice Bridge.
The MCU offers high-performance peer-to-peer multi-operator stations designed for critical communication in small to large-scale operations. The matrix-less architecture facilitates virtually unlimited scalability with each unit being able to simultaneously communicate with up to 64 endpoints and host up to 32 virtual panel applications.
The MCU is the latest addition to the Mercury product line which currently consists of the following products:
Capabilities of the MCU include the following:
The MCU facilitates a single-user operator station that can independently communicate with a vast number of other Mercury peer devices and SIP endpoints. MLS is achieved through complimenting the Mercury system with a Mercury Interface Unit (MIU) equipment with a bridge card to facilitate communications from the MCU operator station across security classification domains in a certifiably protected manner.
The MCU is a form factor design, that is typically positioned on a desk or optionally mounted underneath as opposed to being rack mounted. The compact design means it can be used in virtually any environment to compliment and expand the communications for the solution at hand.
The MCU as part of an MLS environment along with the Mercury Analog Voice Bridge is capable of traversing across as many as 20 independent security domains in adherence with industry standards. The MCU coupled with the M-AVB facilitates full duplex communication across two or more security domains. See below for a comparison between the traditional Guard approach compared to the TAVB Solution.
The browser-based User interface provides an elegant interface where resources within each security domain can be clearly organized and color coded. The visual and auditable call negotiation feature permits each user to have complete awareness and manual acceptance when accessing resources on different security domains.
The MCU can make and receiving SIP calls either through a registrar or directly (point-to-point) using a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier). This can be an elegant means of intercommunicating where the details of the remote systems are not known except for the extension which they can be reached. Call setup and tear-down is fast enough to allow on-demand communications between the MCU and the endpoint just through the actuation of a talk button on the virtual control surface.
Seamless Integration into Multi-Purpose Operator Stations
The virtual control surface that is hosted by the MCU offers a flexible and deployable solution that can be in the form of any size touch-screen monitor that is suitable for the operator environment or alternatively, utilize an existing system running at the operator station to access the Control surface using the latest versions of any major browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera)
The compact design of the MCU allows it to be mounted in an out-of-the-way location near the operator while providing a convenient headset connection point using Connector Panel Adapter (CPA) accessory which can be mounted under a desk or wherever is most ergonomic to the operator.
High Definition Audio
Whether communicating Peer-to-Peer or over a SIP call, the MCU provides high definition audio throughout all conversations.
MCU support for “Gold Disk” Windows Installations
All Mercury products allow a customer provided hardened or “Gold Disk” image of the Windows Operating system to be loaded onto the units and then have ES, DS or Core applications installed on top of that image.