Harris-led Team Completes First Satellite Communications Site For the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure Program
MELBOURNE, Florida, May 10, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it has achieved site acceptance of the first satellite communications site as part of the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program. The Key West, Florida-based satellite site is the first of 42 sites that Harris will upgrade with new satellite communications equipment through its FTI Satellite (FTI-SAT) program.
“Completion of the first FTI-SAT site is another key milestone in the ongoing progress of the total FTI program,” said John O’Sullivan, FTI program vice president for the Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “The FTI satellite network will provide dramatic cost savings for the FAA as we transition services from the legacy satellite network to FTI-SAT. This project will enable Harris to provide the FAA with the best communications technology available for the best value at all remote sites. These sites serve as critical links within the FTI network, the most secure of any network serving civil agencies of the U.S. government.”
FTI-SAT is an important element of the overall FTI program for which Harris is the prime contractor and system architect. FTI-SAT will replace legacy satellite equipment at remote FAA sites to support critical radar, weather, and air/ground communications. The Key West site serves the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center, and is the first satellite site to be completed. The remaining sites will be upgraded over the next eight months with Harris microwave communications equipment and new telecommunications lines, or de-activated as part of the planned FTI-SAT rollout. Teammates on the FTI-SAT effort include Americom Government Services and Globecomm Systems, Inc.
During the 15-year FTI program, Harris is upgrading and improving telecommunications and operations functions at more than 4,400 FAA facilities nationwide, providing the FAA with a safer, more efficient network that is projected to save more than $600 million in operating costs over the life of the program. FTI equipment has now been installed and accepted at 1,500 FAA facilities with 5,000 operational services accepted and in service nationwide.
Other major program milestone accomplishments include the completion of an Internet Protocol over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (IP over ATM) backbone for the FAA in November 2005. The IP over ATM backbone interconnects the nodes of the largest FAA facilities across the nation. This backbone connects 21 Air Route Traffic Control Centers and is used to cost-effectively support the broad distribution of data throughout the National Airspace System.
In January Harris announced the completion of the Hawaii portion of the FTI network. All 21 FAA sites in the Hawaii system, together with all 98 associated services, have been transitioned to the FTI network. The cutover of Hawaii, a key operating segment within the FAA’s Western-Pacific Region, marks the first consolidated business area within the FAA to completely cutover from the legacy network to FTI.
In March Harris announced the completion of the 44 core sites comprising the new FTI Mission Support network, which replaces the FAA’s existing wide-area network for administrative functions such as payroll and e-mail. More than 70 percent of the FAA’s smaller sites have already transitioned to the Mission Support network and all transitions expected to be complete by June 2006.
Harris is leading a team of top telecommunications companies consisting of AT&T, BellSouth Corporation, Qwest Communications International, Sprint, Verizon Communications, and Raytheon Technical Services. The team is supporting the FAA’s replacement of the Leased Interfacility National Airspace System (NAS) Communications Systems (LINCS), the Data Multiplexing Network, Bandwidth Manager, and the National Aviation Data Interchange Network with an integrated telecommunications infrastructure. Requirements include replacing more than 24,000 circuits, upgrading switching and routing services, improving network monitoring and control, implementing a state-of-the-art security system, and providing network-engineering services.
Harris Government Communications Systems Division conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, assured communications™ solutions and information systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company’s diverse commercial businesses. Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees, including 5,500 engineers and scientists. The company’s four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
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