Harris Corporation Network Management System Supports FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure Satellite Network
MELBOURNE, Florida, July 27, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that its NetBoss® network management system is providing all command and control services for the nationwide FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) satellite communications (FTI-SAT) network. FTI-SAT is replacing legacy satellite equipment at remote FAA sites to support radar, weather, and air/ground communications. Harris is the prime contractor and system architect for the overall FTI program for which NetBoss® is providing other network management capabilities. Harris announced on July 19 that the first of two “gateway” teleports for the FTI-SAT program had been inaugurated in Woodbine, Maryland.
FTI-SAT is a key component of the overall FTI program, enabling the FAA to utilize satellite, microwave or telecommunications technology to provide best-value communications. It will also enable the FAA to achieve significant cost savings over its legacy satellite network. The NetBoss® network management system from Harris allows users to administer and manage multi-protocol communications networks from a single console through a comprehensive set of applications, including network management, performance management, service activation, electronic bonding and billing mediation.
“FTI-SAT is an ideal application for the advanced capabilities of NetBoss®, and brings a level of visibility to the FAA’s satellite communications network never before available,” said John O’Sullivan, FTI program vice president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “Using a single system in a single location, FAA and Harris personnel can better manage and check real-time operational status of the satellite terminals, microwave radios and other elements that comprise the FTI-SAT network.”
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 expected to save hundreds of millions of dollars in operating costs over the life of the program. FTI equipment has now been installed and accepted at more than 1,600 FAA facilities, and nearly 7,000 operational services have been accepted and are in service nationwide.
As the prime contractor and system integrator for the overall FTI program, 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 consolidating the Leased Interfacility National Airspace System (NAS) Communications System (LINCS), the Data Multiplexing Network, the Bandwidth Manager, and the National Aviation Data Interchange Network, into an integrated telecommunications infrastructure. Requirements include replacing more than 20,000 circuits, upgrading switching and routing services, improving network monitoring and control, implementing a state-of-the-art security system, and providing network-engineering services.
NetBoss® is a turnkey, end-to-end Service Assurance solution for broadband, wireless and converged networks. The innovative approach to network and service management employed by the NetBoss network management platform provides the lowest total cost of ownership for network operations and maintenance, and enables operators to improve quality of service. NetBoss® functions as a scalable “manager-of-managers,” enabling users to proactively manage and maintain their entire network from legacy to next generation, from a single Web-enabled view. Progressive companies worldwide rely on NetBoss® for the automation and support they need to optimize network performance. The NetBoss® network management platform is a product of the NetBoss® business unit, an operation of Harris Microwave Communications Division.
About Harris Corporation
Harris 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 — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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