Earlier this month, Harris and Tait Communications announced an exclusive exclusive agreement between the two companies, including integrating the two vendors’ distribution channels.
Under the agreement, Harris becomes the master exclusive distributor for all of Tait’s products, including Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25), in North America. The announcement comes at the end of Harris’ DMR agreement with Hytera, whereby Harris was reselling DMR equipment from Hytera under the Harris name.
Harris and Tait are in the middle of their integration rollout plan, and it will be interesting to learn how the two companies products are positioned vis-a-vis each other, especially in mixed networks. This is where Catalyst can provide a major role for customers looking to take advantage of the new partnership.
One strong application for Catalyst is with current EDACS customers wishing to migrate to TAIT DMR. Since Catalyst has intelligent user interfaces to both Harris and Tait radios, including AIS, DFSI, CSSI, & Control Station Interfaces, these radios can exist on a single IP network managed with Catalyst Consoles. And, Catalyst Interoperability solutions provide a migration path for customers who wish to move from EDACS to DMR, EDACS to P25 Conventional, Etc. with or without Catalyst Consoles.
Another strong use case for Catalyst solutions is with Tait Conventional P25 radios. Catalyst Consoles and Interoperability solutions control Tait DMR Trunking Systems and Tait P25 conventional base stations today. The same cannot be said of the current line of Harris Consoles, including Symphony(r).
The industry should be pleased with the partnership, as consolidation can often simplify service and solution choices. Knowing that strong third party solutions that complement these partnerships exist and enhance application capabilities is especially helpful to customers.
Described as a first for public safety radio technology, Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. will demonstrate routing the Unit ID from legacy and current subscriber radios to the P25 subscriber unit’s display. This innovation leverages the messaging capabilities of the P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) standard to deliver Unit ID information to a device manufactured by RELM Wireless Corporation, and then on to P25 subscriber radios using the P25 Common Air Interface (CAI) Standard. This is the first time legacy radio Unit ID’s have been available to P25 subscriber radios without expensive, limiting infrastructure.
Routing Unit ID’s between different manufacturers and different frequencies is an important capability for public safety P25 users and a technology breakthrough. During public safety incidents involving multiple organizations on different radio systems, including multiple P25 frequency bands, or in direct mode, it is often critical that first responders know exactly who is speaking over the radio. Similarly, when an organization is transitioning from a legacy radio system to P25, first responders need to know to whom they are talking. The transmission of Unit ID’s enables a new level of communications capabilities previously unavailable to First Responders and others requiring critical communications.
The technology development accomplished by Catalyst is an innovation breakthrough, as it is radio manufacturer agnostic and infrastructure independent. The technology allows for the capture of the Unit ID of legacy radios from a broad range of manufacturers using signaling like SmartNet, EDACS, LTR, and MDC 1200, as well as more recent protocols like DMR, NXDN, and P25, across various frequency bands, and routes them all the way to the display of portable and mobile P25 radios in VHF, UHF, and 800 MHz, regardless of the P25 manufacturer.
The demonstration at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 82nd Annual meeting will take place in Catalyst Booth #1063 throughout the day on August 14 & 15 at the Orlando Convention Center.
And, we’ve issued a Press Release on this important technology. You can read the Press Release on our web site here.