Harris Corporation Unveils Emergency Management Operations and Control System for Low-Altitude Aircraft during ATCA 2008
Portable Air Traffic Control during Disaster Response
WASHINGTON, DC (ATCA, Booth #C130) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is presenting the design of its portable, emergency air traffic communications and control solution for low-altitude rescue aircraft during the 53rd Annual ATCA Conference and Exposition at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C., November 2-5.
The Harris Emergency Management Operations and Control System (EMOCS) design addresses the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) requirement for on-site air traffic control of low-altitude planes and helicopters deployed by government and civil first responders during a disaster. Implementation of this capability, designed to coordinate the movement of aircraft operating at altitudes of less than 2,000 feet, would significantly decrease the probability of crashes.
The Harris EMOCS approach is a packaged solution that can be deployed in a shelter, vehicle or shipping container to provide instant, on-site operations, communications, command and control of rescue aircraft, and real-time collaboration with emergency response teams. In addition to providing emergency communications and navigation in the low-altitude airspace, the EMOCS can provide situational awareness and weather information.
The solution leverages the advanced radio communications and networking technology resident in the Harris self-contained border security shelter solution to provide communications among all first responders in the air and on the ground. Satellite links tie the EMOCS into the existing National Airspace System’s (NAS) traffic control network.
The Harris EMOCS capability is in development as part of a study contract awarded in November 2007 by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). An initial trial of the solution will take place in a major U.S. city once the study is complete.
“The Harris approach to the EMOCS design blends our expertise in mobile, tactical radio communications with our thorough understanding of the needs of the NAS, gained from working closely with the FAA on several major programs,” said John O’Sullivan, vice president of FAA Programs for Harris Corporation. “The EMOCS will play a critical role in disaster response and in making NextGen an important component of the national systems that safeguard our citizens.”
Harris has a long history of developing and integrating system solutions for the FAA and the global air traffic control network. The company is the prime contractor and system architect for the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure program, one of the largest government telecommunications initiatives ever undertaken. The network ensures the efficient, secure and reliable transmission of voice, data, radar, weather and other information critical to the operation of the NAS.
Other FAA programs developed by Harris include the Weather And Radar Processor, a weather system serving the en-route air traffic control environment; the Voice Switching and Control System, which provides the critical air-to-ground communications links between en-route aircraft and air traffic controllers throughout the continental United States; and the satellite-based Alaskan NAS Interfacility Communications System.
The Harris Civil Programs business provides precise, highly reliable, high-speed communications and information networks that improve productivity and information processing for federal agencies of the U.S. government including the FAA, Census Bureau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the Government Printing Office.
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 annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,500 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 www.harris.com.
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