Harris Corporation Launches IP-based Air Traffic Control Communications
Solution for Global Aviation at World ATM Congress
*Harris VCS21™ system offers enhanced management and control capabilities.
*First 100-percent IP system of its kind that is scalable from 1 to more
than 800 controller positions.
*FAA’s National Airspace System Voice System solution to be based on VCS21.
IFEMA Feria de Madrid Booth # 1116
MADRID -- February 12, 2013
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information
technology company, today introduced to the global aviation community the
first pure Internet Protocol-based, air traffic control (ATC) voice
communications system that can be scaled to support 1 to 800-plus controller
positions. The announcement was made during the World ATM Congress being held
February 12-14 at the IFEMA Feria de Madrid.
The Harris VCS21™ is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system specifically
designed for ATC voice communications. Its network-centric approach replaces
proprietary, Time-Division Multiplexing communications hardware with
standards-based, VoIP-enabled voice nodes -- minimizing dependency on
traditional point-to-point communications.
VCS21 allows net-centric and legacy voice systems to coexist, enabling a
seamless transition during ATC modernization programs of virtually any size
and complexity -- from small, single-tower installations to national and
multinational voice enterprise systems. The system operates as a fully
networked voice enterprise, enabling enhanced capabilities for business
continuity planning, asset sharing, and future ATC facilities.
“Harris ATC systems are already deployed in more than 50 countries,” said John
O'Sullivan, vice president, Mission Critical Networks, Harris Government
Communications Systems. “VCS21 combines the ATC voice functions and algorithms
of our proven VSCS, Liberty-STAR™, and IRENA product lines into a modernized,
next-generation platform ready for the global market.”
VCS21 is based on the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol, enabling
VoIP communications compliant with EUROCAE ED-137B, Interoperability Standards
for VoIP ATM Components. It offers U.S. NextGen and Single European Sky ATM
Research features and functions.
Last year, the FAA awarded Harris a 15-year, $291 million contract for the
agency’s new National Airspace System Voice System network, which will be
based on the Harris VCS21 solution. The network will provide secure, digital
communications for pilots, controllers and ground personnel, and is a key
element of the FAA’s NextGen transformation to meet increasing traffic needs.
The World ATM Congress is sponsored by the Civil Air Navigation Services
Organisation, in association with the Air Traffic Control Association, and is
backed by leading air navigation service providers and industry suppliers.
Additional information is available at www.worldatmcongress.org.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company
serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5.5
billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees — including 6,000
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 harris.com.
Harris Government Communications Systems
Sleighton Meyer, 321-727-6514
Jim Burke, 321-727-9131
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