Harris Corporation Team Achieves Another Milestone in FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure Program
Transition of Legacy Network Hubs to New FTI Network Will Save FAA Millions of Dollars While Enhancing Safety and Security
MELBOURNE, Florida, August 2, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it has completed the installation and checkout of all the equipment and services required for the transition of 24 major hubs to the new FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network. The transition moves a significant portion of voice communication, flight data and weather information to the safest and most secure network operating within the civil sector of the U.S. government. Harris will continue to transition the remaining 137 major legacy network hubs to the more cost-effective FTI network over the next 18 months.
“The conversion of these major hubs from the legacy network to FTI will help the FAA more rapidly achieve its safety, security and cost-saving goals for the program,” said John O’Sullivan, FTI program vice president for the Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “We specifically targeted some of the largest hubs for upgrading this quarter and will continue to convert other sites - many of which are located at major FAA locations - as we complete the transition to the more modern, more efficient FTI network. These network hubs are located near major metropolitan areas such as Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, and Washington, DC.”
The FAA has already issued disconnect orders for 14 of the 24 legacy network hub sites and is positioned to issue disconnect orders for the remaining 10 sites in accordance with its goals for the current year. Legacy network hubs carry circuits that support nearly 90 percent of the FAA facilities to be upgraded through the FTI program. Targeting the replacement of these network hubs will accelerate the conversion of the more costly legacy circuits to FTI, generating millions of dollars in savings to the FAA. The FTI network also features enhanced safety and security, providing intrusion detection and a security feed directly to the FAA security center for seamless security threat assessment.
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 1,650 FAA facilities, and more than 7,000 operational services have been accepted and are in service nationwide. Harris remains committed to completing the work associated with all major network nodes by December 2007.
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 services carried on FAA legacy networks including the Leased Interfacility National Airspace 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.
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.
- Contact Information
- Sleighton Meyer
- Harris Government Communications Systems Division
- Harris Corporation
- Contact via E-mail
This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.
News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.