Harris VCS21™ system offers enhanced management and control
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
MADRID -- (Business Wire)
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
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
“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
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
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