Harris Partners with Zetron for Combined Offering in North America
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 | Comments

Console provider Zetron and mobile radio manufacturer Harris teamed to provide technology in North America. Harris will act as the prime contractor for joint Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25) projects, with Zetron as a subcontractor to Harris.

The partnership allows customers to receive a bundled solution from a single provider. Harris agreed to be Tait’s exclusive distributor in North America last year. Zetron will continue to work directly with Tait on other opportunities globally.

“Our expectations are that early joint projects with Harris will focus on utilities and public safety to leverage the Harris/Tait expertise in DMR and P25 communications,” said Charles (Lin) Lindsey, director of strategic partnerships for Zetron. “We will be working closely together to bring Zetron plus Harris/Tait DMR and P25 solutions to our customers. We will continue to support customers who purchased Tait and Zetron equipment together and who now will be serviced by the Harris-Zetron team.”

“We have worked with Harris over the years in other capacities, but this is taking our relationship to a new level,” Lindsey said.

The agreement is not exclusive, and Zetron will continue to work with other LMR vendors, and Harris will work with other console vendors. Harris signed a distributor agreement with Avtec in March.

“Harris continues to value its relationship with other console companies but believes that supporting customer choice and the broadest possible feature sets is best for the market,” said Paul May, senior product manager, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “The Zetron offering expands Harris’ ability to support customer choices with DMR and P25 conventional product offerings.”

Both companies are contributors to LMR open standards, as well as related emerging standards for LMR-to-Long Term Evolution (LTE) interworking. “We believe our customers benefit from our collaboration with the various standards bodies,” Lindsey said.

“The industry continues to evolve quickly, and this partnership represents our combined commitment to creating open and innovative solutions for our customers,” said May. “Harris is proud to bring its robust portfolio of system solutions for public safety and utilities to the partnership.”

Two-way radio vendor JVCKENWOOD owns Zetron.

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