Harris delivers demonstration voice communications platforms to FAA

24 October 2013 (Last Updated October 24th, 2013 18:30)

Harris has delivered three demonstration voice communications platforms that will enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the new air traffic control communications system.

Harris has delivered three demonstration voice communications platforms that will enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the new air traffic control communications system.

The latest deliveries are a part of the 15-year National Airspace System (NAS) Voice System (NVS) contract awarded to Harris in 2012.

Under the contract, Harris will provide a secure, internet protocol-based (IP), voice communications system with enhanced management and control capabilities.

The network is based on the Harris VCS21 range of commercial off-the-shelf voice communications solutions.

NVS will be deployed in air traffic control facilities across the US, establishing a modern voice system for critical communications between air traffic controllers, pilots and ground personnel.

The contract is a key aspect of the FAA's NextGen initiative to transform the US air traffic control system to meet future requirements, and it also lower costs by eliminating multiple switching platforms that are operational in the NAS.

"Harris will provide a secure, IP-based, voice communications system with enhanced management and control capabilities."

The three new demonstration systems were installed at the William J Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey; the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Harris NVS Demonstration Laboratory in Melbourne, Florida.

The systems will enable FAA controllers, operations managers, field engineers and maintenance personnel to familiarise themselves with the new technology.

Harris Government Communications Systems NextGen Initiatives for Civil Programs vice president John O'Sullivan said that VCS21, air traffic controllers can leverage new capabilities such as dynamic re-allocation of controller workloads and enhanced, flexible management of the nationwide voice network.

"By helping the FAA to transition from multiple switches to a single, IP-based system, VCS21 will enable improvements in airspace safety, system capacity, flight delays and operating costs," O'Sullivan added.

Harris, based in Melbourne, Florida, is an International communications and information technology firm serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries.