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Consortium III Unified Capabilities Audio Conference System

DOD-APL Listed - TN1710301 - IP Enabled Unified Capabilities Audio Conference System

Consortium III
Certified for use on all DISN Switching Systems - Local Session Controllers or Soft Switches
Voice Connectivity via ASSIP or PRI
Web Services browser interface for remote access using the AS-LAN and PKI enabled workstations.
Multiple Pre-set Conferencing Options
Advanced Scheduling capabilities

Forum Communications once again demonstrates its industry leadership, with the design and deployment of the first Unified Capabilities audio conferencing system using native Assured Services Session Initiated Protocol (AS-SIP) to interface directly with the Local Session Controllers (LSCs) on the DISN.

The Consortium III UCCS is a powerful conference server which has met Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) Certification, and Department of Defense (DOD) Unified Capabilities Approved Products Listing.

The Forum Communications Consortium III Conference Server is certified for joint use with all Local Session Controllers, Session Controllers, or Soft Switches on the DISA Approved Products List (APL) that offer an ASSIP or PRI Interface. The server is easy to use, offers comprehensive features, and can support from 20 to 2000 participants over multiple conference types including Pre-set Blast Dial or Meet Me Conferencing, Recurring calls, or Quick Conferences.

The Consortium III conferencing system provides real-time audio conferencing capabilities for the DoD. The system can support 2000 concurrent calls over multiple conference types including Meet Me, Preset, and Blast Dial Conferences. The conference system connects to the DoD via the WAN SS / LSC on the Assured Services LAN using AS-SIP with Encrypted Signaling (TLS) and media (SRTP). The conference system has a number of enhanced features, which include advanced scheduling, configurable security levels, internal recording, and programmable Pre-Set and Blast Dial conferences. The Consortium III can also play an integral role in the DoD Emergency Response capabilities. The Blast Notification Option allows you to create, manage, and distribute emergency messages via phone, email or text. The Blast Notification option can be de-livered as an integrated solution with the Consortium III Conference server, or as an independent, standalone solution.

The new architecture allows the system to be deployed locally or regionally, on a customer or vendor supplied local or virtual platform, or in a cloud-based environment.

The system user interface is provided by WebView, a secure, RESTful web services user interface which provides remote System Administration and User access to features. It allows the user to create, schedule, modify, and monitor conferences and participants using a standard web browser and a site PC over the DoDIN.

Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)
Voice Integration via ASSIP or T1 PRI
Remote Access for System Administration and User access via AS-LAN using a PKI enabled workstation
PreSet Blast Dial Conferences
Ad Hoc Conferences
Seamless Expansion from 20 to 2000 Ports
Flexibility and Control to Easily Administer Conferences

The system is certified for deployment in three different configurations:

Registered and directly connected to a session controller (SC) as an integrated ASSIP Component.
As a Standalone ASSIP appliance, by an SBC (Session Border Controller), and registered to any of the LSCs listed on the DoDIN APL
Connected to any circuit switch or gateway currently, or previously, listed on the APL with an ISDN Primary Rate Interface (PRI).

Consortium III
UCCS Deployed
on DoDIN

Consortium III 
UCCS System

Enhanced Login Security Policy

As detailed in JITC approval process, there are stringent policies regarding authentication of users. At both the OS and application layers, we have greatly enhanced the security of user authentication.

Multilevel Precedence and Preemption (MLPP)

During a crisis, when the DSN has been partially disabled due to physical attack or increased use, it is crucial for key personnel to be able to complete phone calls, rather than getting network congestion indications as they would on a disabled or overused civilian telephone network. To ensure that high-level calls go through, users can specify a precedence level for each phone call. In the case of network congestion, higher precedence calls will preempt lower precedence calls, and reuse their network resources.


APL Approval Letter
JITC Test Certification

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