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Harris Corporation Researcher to Present Papers on Network-centric Communications Technology during ATCA 2008


Papers Highlight Roles of New FTI Network and VoIP Technology in Launching NextGen

WASHINGTON, DC, (ATCA, Booth #C130) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) researcher Mark Graham will present two white papers that address the role of advanced, network-centric communications technology in implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The presentations will take place during the 53rd Annual ATCA Conference and Exposition at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C., November 2-5.

Graham is the chief systems engineer and network architect for the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program, which ensures the efficient, secure and reliable transmission of voice, data, radar, weather and other information critical to the operation of the National Airspace System (NAS).

The first paper, titled “FTI: The Network Backbone for NextGen,” discusses how the FTI network has the capacity, security and reliability to support the major components of the NextGen. The FTI network is being upgraded to utilize an even higher-performing, Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexed low-latency optical backbone that will increase bandwidth capacity and create the foundation for network-centric NextGen capabilities. The paper is co-authored by Graham and Chris Collings, a Harris systems engineer, who works in the area of data link technology.

The second paper details the benefits of using voice over IP (VoIP) technology in the NAS. Titled “Approach to a Network-Centric FAA Voice Communication Enterprise,” the paper discusses the challenges of moving toward a network-centric enterprise architecture using VoIP and how these challenges can be overcome with sound system architecture, detailed planning, and the experience required to provide a non-disruptive, low-risk, secure VoIP solution that achieves the FAA’s NextGen vision. The paper was authored by Graham and Cal Hudson, a Harris systems engineer for voice switching technology.

“The theme of this year’s ATCA conference is ’Winds of Change,’ and these two papers provide an informative look at technology solutions that will form the foundation of changes critical to NextGen implementation,” said John O’Sullivan, vice president of FAA Programs for Harris Corporation. “Mark’s presentations will offer insight into low-risk, high-value solutions that can create the architecture for rapid implementation of NextGen and its benefits.”

Harris has a long history of developing and integrating system solutions for the FAA and the global air traffic control network. In addition to its work as prime contractor and system architect FTI, 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
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