The Plantronics CA12-CD-S is a really well known unit by dispatches as traffic controllers as it offers the Push To Talk (PTT) feature that allows the user to mute the mic while in a console and reactivate it by pressing a button. However as time goes by the new technology and new requirements makes this a now discontinued unit and with this it brings the new Poly CA22CD-SC and CA22CD-DC now to takes its place. The difference between the CA12CD-S and the new CA22CD family adapters is that now it offers a higher encryption on the DECT frequency, now it offers 256-AES encryption, also known as Military level FIPS 140-2 thanks to its new chip. The CA22CD family now offers a micro USB port in the back of the base, allowing the user to plug it to a computer using a micro USB to USB-A cable, so no more need of special adapters. One special note that we have to address to the CA22CD family is that the CA12CD-S parts such as batteries, remotes, cables or adapters are not backwards compatible with the new CA22CD family, so you will have to get new batteries and remotes. The only thing that old users of the CA12CD-S adapters can use with the new CA22CD family is your Plantronics corded headsets.
This Plantronics CA12CD-S push-to-talk adapter, ready with a 6-wire headset adapter, and analog console cable- the PJ-7, will provide you wireless, encrypted communication with the ability of cordless PTT, which is key in radio/911 dispatch controller environments.
The Plantronics CA12CD-S is a direct replacement of the discontinued CA12CD PTT Wireless Adapter. Differences between the two models are all but nonexistent, all features between the two are roughly identical, other than the manufacturer’s new chip set. The CA12CD Remote is the only device from the older model that cannot be used with the CA12CD-S.
Plantronics Corded H-series Headsets like the one pictured above (Plantronics HW520), which ends in a Quick Disconnect (QD) module, clips into the matching cable on the PTT Remote Unit. All Plantronics H-Series Headsets are compatible this way with the PTT adapter.
Also available for the CA12CD-S is a USB Adapter. This cable would replace the Console Interface Cable (two-prong plug/adapter) and allow the system to plug into your PC. This is necessary if you’re using any special Softphone programs you may have.