Four Harris Corporation White Papers Accepted for Publication in ATCA 2011 Conference Proceedings; Two Named Winners

Top Quote Four white papers from aviation and weather experts at Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) have been selected for publication in the Conference Proceedings at the 56th Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Annual Conference and Exposition. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 04, 2011 - " The conference is being held October 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

    The company's theme for the conference is "Transition to the Future...Trust Harris." Two of the papers received distinction as second- and third-place winners among all the submissions. Each addresses trusted technology solutions for the unique security and safety challenges posed by implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

    The winning papers:

    "Aircraft Access to SWIM for General Aviation," co-authored by Arthur Ahrens of Harris, Garret S. Livack of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Matt de Ris of North Star Group, LLC, was awarded second place. The paper discusses how technology in development for NextGen — specifically, System Wide Information Management, or SWIM — also can benefit the general aviation community. Low-cost computing devices can enable general aviation aircraft to access SWIM services without the need for significant investment in new equipment. The paper can be downloaded at Aircraft Access to SWIM for General Aviation.

    Harris also is providing interactive demonstrations of its SWIM solution during ATCA.

    "Advancing Situational Awareness for Technical Operations," co-authored by Sharon S. Chinoy of Harris and David J. Fischer of the FAA, was awarded third place. The paper discusses the critical need for improved maintenance tools to support maximum availability of the National Airspace System (NAS), and offers an overview of the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) Operations Situational Awareness Monitor (FOSAM) initiative, which provides real-time, net-centric, integrated NAS information. The paper can be downloaded at Advancing Situational Awareness for Technical Operations .

    Harris also is providing interactive demonstrations of its FOSAM solution during ATCA.

    In addition to Harris' contributions to the exchange of technical ideas through the white papers, John O'Sullivan, vice president, Harris Mission Critical Networks, is a panel member at today's conference session titled, "Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes, Oh My!" The panel will recap the impacts on aviation of recent disruptive global events and what is and is not being done to address this issue. Harris chief systems engineer and FTI system architect, Mark Graham, also will give a presentation on "network resiliency."

    Harris has extensive experience developing solutions for the air traffic control community. The company is the prime contractor for FTI, the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), and the Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS), which provides critical air-to-ground communications links between en-route aircraft and air traffic controllers throughout the continental U.S. Harris also is the prime contractor for the Operational and Supportability Implementation System (OASIS), and the Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure (ASTI) program.

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 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

    Contact Information:

    Sleighton Meyer
    Harris Government Communications Systems
    sleighton.meyer ( @ ) harris dot com

    Marc Raimondi
    Harris Corporation — Washington, DC
    marc.raimondi ( @ ) harris dot com

    Jim Burke
    Harris Corporation
    jim.burke ( @ ) harris dot com

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