Robert F. Linfield; Martin Nesenbergs

Abstract: This report covers two key tasks of the Access Area Digital Switch (AADSS) program being conducted by NTIA/ITS for the U.S. Army Communications Systems Agency. First, a brief introduction to digital electronic private automatic branch exchanges (PABX or EPABX) with stored program control is given, followed by some examples of system design. These examples offer a background, against which AADSS switching and signaling concepts, issues and alternatives can be reviewed. Furthermore, these systems provide integrated interfaces and digital switching to local access areas of the Defense Communications System (DCS). System functions and service features are discussed and initial cost projections given for installation sizes of interest. Second, digital and analog signaling techniques of all existing types are reviewed. The main concepts in establishing and maintaining circuit connections and other message transactions are outlined in present day and near future technology. Interface issues during the foreseeable DCS transition from analog to digital integrated systems, as well as other signaling problems in the access area, are summarized.

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