Harris to deliver ATC communication system for Chile’s new Santa Barbara Airport

21 July 2013 (Last Updated July 21st, 2013 18:30)

Harris has received a contract to deliver its Liberty-STAR Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS) package for deployment at Chile's new Santa Barbara Airport.

Harris has received a contract to deliver its Liberty-STAR Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS) package for deployment at Chile's new Santa Barbara Airport.

The new Liberty-STAR VCCS system features a modular architecture, open-platform software and hardware to assist in delivering an optimised communications solution for air traffic control (ATC) towers, airline and area control dispatch, flight service stations and mobile shelters.

The system also incorporates touch-screen operator positions, radio interfaces, telephone interfaces, GPS Time Source, and a System Maintenance, Administration and Reconfiguration Terminal, or SMART POSITION.

As part of the contract, Harris will be responsible for supplying an integrated package of digital VHF radios, antennas and accessories.

"Harris will be responsible for supplying an integrated package of digital VHF radios, antennas and accessories."

Harris Government Communications Systems Mission Critical Networks vice president John O'Sullivan said: "Given the unique geographic and economic conditions that surround the area, Harris understands the role a safe, secure and efficient airport can play in a region like Santa Barbara."

The firm will also deploy its Liberty-Radio Control Equipment (RCE) gateway solution, which is capable of tracing any radio link and relaying it over diverse transmission mediums.

The solution will also enable airport authorities to communicate in harsh situations and in isolated environments with limited digital service with dependence on legacy links and older analogue technology.

Harris will also be responsible for system installation and offering operation and maintenance training for the ATC and technical staff.

The current contract marks Harris's third in Chile, after previously delivering communications systems to South American countries including Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil.