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TMCNet:  Harris introduces IP-based ATC voice communications system

[February 20, 2013]

Harris introduces IP-based ATC voice communications system

Feb 20, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Harris Corporation, a communications and information technology company, has introduced an internet protocol-based, air traffic control, or ATC, voice communications system that can be scaled to support 1 to 800-plus controller positions.

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.

According to the company, 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 facilities.

VCS21 is based on the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol, enabling VoIP communications compliant with EUROCAE ED-137B, Interoperability Standards for VoIP A Components.

"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 global market." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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