Zetron has added an interface to its Project 25-compatible Series 4000 communications control system that lets users connect to Nextel’s nationwide Direct Connect push-to-talk network.

In addition, the company has added an application that lets users create a remote console position that connects to the main switch over an IP network. The information depicted on the remote console screen is the same as what is seen by operators in the main communications center, according to Zetron’s Eric Keltto. “If the communications center has to be evacuated, then you’d still be able to access the switch remotely,” Keltto said during this week’s APCO conference in Denver.

He added that transmitting data over an IP backbone offers a distinct advantage. “There’s no degradation over distance, as compared with a hard-wired environment, which has about a thousand-foot limit,” before degradation begins, he said.