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Zandar acquired as Harris builds ONE

6 December 2007

Last week, Harris Corporation confirmed its acquisition Dublin-based Zandar Technologies, a privately held developer and provider of high-quality multi-image display processors for the television broadcast and professional video markets. Zandar was founded in 1993 and has pioneered the concept of multi-image video display technology to provide one integrated interface for multiple sources such as cameras, TV channels or video content, writes Fergal Ringrose.

Zandar systems are used for virtual display walls for master control and situation rooms and broadcast trucks – providing centralised video and audio monitoring, alarms and corrective action. Customers include BBC and BSkyB, Alfacam, ESPN/STAR Sports (Singapore), ESPN (USA) and non-broadcast customers such as the FBI.

“We know Zandar very well and have high regard for their products,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Combining our product portfolios will provide us with immediate new opportunities and put us in a leadership position in a very attractive, growing worldwide market.

“The multi-image display processor market has grown rapidly over the past decade, as increasing numbers of video and audio channels require more monitoring consolidation and a flexible, scalable system for the prevention, detection and correction of signal errors. Zandar’s compact, scalable systems combined with the larger-format Harris Centrio systems, represent a great complement of product lines and an excellent platform for future growth through market expansion,” he added.

Deirdre Smith, chief executive officer at Zandar, said: “The combination of Zandar and Harris creates an organisation capable of providing exceptional system creativity, quality and value for the multi-image display processor market – with Harris world-class sales, channels distribution, service and support. Multiformat, multiresolution, and multichannel broadcast environments continue to present new challenges in video and audio monitoring, and we are delighted to be part of an organisation that is making the long-term commitment necessary to lead the industry transition to multi-image display systems. Harris has been a great partner during the past several years, and we believe our customers and employees will benefit greatly from the size, resources, and the research and development capabilities they bring to ongoing market pursuits.”

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