Harris Corporation Acquires Zandar Technologies

Harris
Corporation has acquired Zandar Technologies, a privately held developer and
provider of high-quality multi-image display processors for television
broadcast and professional video markets.

Headquartered in

Dublin,
Ireland, 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. Zandar systems are used for virtual display walls
for master control and situation rooms and broadcast trucks — providing
centralized 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,
such as the new Predator II and QS100 series introduced at IBC, 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 of Zandar, said, “The combination of
Zandar and Harris creates an organization 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. Multi-format, multi-resolution, and multi-channel broadcast
environments continue to present new challenges in video and audio monitoring,
and we are delighted to be part of an organization 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.”