March 11, 2013
Pennsylvania’s Fastest Growing County Awards Harris Corporation $42 Million Contract to Modernize First Responder Communications
MELBOURNE, FL/BOSTON, MA, – Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has received a $42 million contract from Chester County, Pennsylvania to deploy and maintain an emergency communications system that will deliver superior coverage, interoperability with surrounding radio systems and the capacity to meet future growth. Harris, an international communications and information technology company, will install a Project 25 (P25) Phase II system – the most advanced technology available – to meet the county’s needs.
Harris will install remote transmitter and receiver sites and modify the microwave system that connects the remote sites to the 9-1-1 operations center in the county Government Services Center and the South Coatesville Site. In addition, Harris will replace the county’s 9-1-1 consoles and equipment for the emergency responders, including new mobile radios, portable radios and control stations for emergency responder applications. Harris also will maintain the new system for eight years after implementation is complete.
The Harris P25 Phase 2 system is part of the VIDA® network, a unified Internet Protocol-based voice and data communication system based on APCO P25 industry standards. VIDA delivers full IP management features, including interoperability without intervention of console operators, IP consoles, and other benefits inherent in open IP architecture systems.
“There’s no doubt that the new system will make our emergency responders and our residents safer,” Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell said in a joint statement. “Chester County is the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania and we have to ensure our communications capabilities grow as well. We’re looking forward to working with our first responders, many of whom are volunteers, as we move toward construction of this new system.
“This is a major undertaking for the county and we are pleased with the scope of the Harris proposal and the company’s level of commitment to Chester County,” they added. Harris’ design exceeded the county’s technology and coverage requirements with guaranteed 97 percent coverage throughout the county.
“We’re looking forward to working with the county and the first responder community,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “We’re confident that our system design is the best fit for the county’s current and future needs.”
In public safety and professional communications Harris is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to next-generation, secure public safety-grade LTE (Long-Term Evolution) solutions for voice, video and data applications, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios. Harris has more than 80 years of experience in public safety and professional communications and supports over 500 systems around the world.
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.