Commitment to Open Standards

Promoting Interoperability and Choice

Zetron is deeply committed to developing products that utilize open standards such as Project 25 (P25), digital mobile radio (DMR) and Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA). That’s because open-standards-based solutions promote

  • Interoperability across systems, agencies, and jurisdictions.
    Products that utilize open standards can interoperate, even if they are
    from different manufacturers. Proprietary solutions typically do not support this level of interoperability.
  • The freedom to choose equipment that meets your needs and
    suits your operations. Proprietary solutions can limit you to a single vendor’s products.
  • The freedom to select equipment that fits your budget. Proprietary solutions often require that you use a particular manufacturer’s products, even if they are more expensive and less suitable for your operations.

Zetron’s Support for Open Standards
Zetron supports open standards both by developing products that are open-standards compliant and by advocating for open standards. Zetron also participates in many open-standards organizations, including P25, DMR, and TETRA.

Project 25 (P25)
Zetron has been a leader both in the development of P25 standards and in the development of dispatch systems that interface with other P25-compliant equipment. Zetron systems that support P25 include the AcomNOVUS, the MAX Dispatch system, and the Series 4000 Communication Control System.

For information about P25 and dispatch consoles, see Project 25 and Radio Dispatch Zetron Consoles. or view Zetron's P25 Application Note.

For additional information on the benefits of P25, see this article.

The importance of the P25 CSSIā€•and How to Plan for It
The P25 Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) is a critically important open-standards interface that links the dispatch console solution of one vendor to the radio infrastructure of another.

Thanks to the growing use of the CSSI among manufacturers, customers have ever-increasing opportunities to use a dispatch system that uses the CSSI with any radio network that also employs the CSSI.

To ensure that your RF network includes the CSSI, the CSSI must be specified in the RFP for your network. To see an example of boilerplate wording you can use to specify the inclusion of the CSSI in your RFP for an RF infrastructure, go to: boilerplate.

Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Compatibility
Digital mobile radio (DMR) is a digital-radio open standard that was developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for professional mobile radio users. The Digital Mobile Radio Association is a global organization that focuses on making DMR the most widely supported digital radio standard for the business world.

 

As a category 1 member of the DMR Association, Zetron works with leading radio, console and network suppliers to define and develop multi-vendor, open-standard interfaces that include dispatch consoles. Zetron's DCS-5020 Digital Console System supports DMR (Tier II) conventional. In addition, Zetron's AcomNOVUS, and MAX Dispatch console platforms incorporate the latest IP-based wireline DMR (Tier III) trunking interfaces.

TETRA Compatibility
Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) is an open standard developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). The TETRA standard defines a series of open interfaces, as well as services and facilities that enable independent manufacturers to develop infrastructure and terminal products that can fully interoperate with each other.

Zetron is an active member of TETRA associations throughout the world, including the TETRA Critical Communications Association (TCCA) and the Australian TETRA Forum.

Zetron's AcomNOVUS and DCS-5020 Digital Console System both support connectivity to TETRA networks.