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Crossover Technologies Can Speed Innovation in Government and Commercial Markets, Harris Corporation CEO Tells Broadcasters


CEO Howard Lance Provides Keynote Speech at 2010 NAB Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV/MELBOURNE, FL - Crossover commercial and government technologies can speed innovation and create “actionable intelligence” within both markets, Harris Corporation CEO Howard Lance told broadcasters and government officials at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference last week. Lance was keynote speaker during the NAB’s Second Annual Military & Government Summit.

“What we’re aiming for is real-time situational awareness. The concept of situational awareness and the urgency of making informed decisions are as real for broadcast operations seeking to get the latest news and updates to viewers as it is for military commanders needing to get actionable intelligence immediately to soldiers in the field,” he said.

Lance explained that Harris sees a clear link between the demanding commercial broadcast world’s need to derive the most value from digital video content, and what government customers need to increase mission efficiency and, most importantly, save lives. The key to success is laying a technological foundation to create readily usable intelligence to accomplish the mission at hand.

“The broadcast industry has spent the last 50 years perfecting an architecture that enables viewers to watch video from all over the world — wherever, whenever and how they want it, on the device of their choice,” Lance said. “There is much learning that military and government customers can borrow from broadcasters, in terms of how they architect networks and infrastructures to support high-quality video content, and how they establish common standards that facilitate widespread situational awareness and actionable intelligence as a result.”

He pointed to the company’s Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine (FAME™) as one example of crossover technology viability. At NAB, Harris introduced new capabilities that integrate with its commercial FAME to further improve situational awareness by helping manage the massive quantity of video and other data that military and government agencies receive every day. (To learn about the latest enhancements that integrate with the FAME platform, visit

Lance also emphasized that there are innovations in the government sector that could be brought into the commercial arena to help broadcasters use content in ways not technically possible today. “Ultimately, crossover technologies are a win-win for both broadcasters and government customers,” he said.

The full keynote address, “Dual Utilization of Media, Entertainment, and Broadband Technology for Industry and Government Applications,” is available at

The NAB Show Military Summit, which debuted in 2009, was produced by NAB in association with Harris. This year’s summit examined the opportunities and challenges for military and government entities presented by evolving digital video and audio applications and compare military/government real-time acquisition and management with similar commercial broadcast ecosystems. It also covered how to do business with the government in the areas of information assurance and security technology.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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