The City of Macon, Georgia has taken the first step to give its first responders an interoperable communication system that will seamlessly connect Macon police and fire departments and the Bibb County sheriff’s office.
The City of Macon has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) a $7.68 million contract to deploy a three-site 800 MHz Project 25 (P25) simulcast system designed to deliver highly reliable communications to the city’s public safety personnel. The new system will easily accommodate future growth, and integrate with new technologies such as LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks.
“Modernization of our legacy communications system called for a cutting-edge yet standards-based system to deliver necessary voice and data capability and true interoperability to our first responders,” said Dale Walker, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Macon. “The Harris solution proved to be the most fault tolerant option to give Macon’s public safety agencies the reliability, connectivity and functionality they need.”
The solution includes nearly 700 Harris Unity XG-100 full-spectrum mobile and portable multiband radios that operate on VHF, UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz frequency bands. In addition, the Harris P25 simulcast system will include an OpenSky ® overlay and Wi-Fi hot spots for a multi-tier mobile data solution that enables constant data connectivity via OpenSky modems installed in select city vehicles.“Our Harris solution fully delivers on Macon’s requirements today for interoperable mission-critical voice and data communications, with an integrated path to new LTE capabilities,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. The Harris P25 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. 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. Forward-Looking Statements: 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.