Harris Corporation's BeOn First to Offer P25 Voice Over 3G Cellular and LTE Networks

Top Quote Industry's first software application to enable broadband LTE networks to support Push-To-Talk (PTT) communications. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 09, 2011 - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced today that its BeOn™ has become the industry's first solution to enable public safety subscribers on a cellular or public safety LTE network to talk to each other, exchange text messages and pass real-time location information to connected team members and the dispatcher's computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system. The BeOn software application delivers Push-To-Talk (PTT) voice over 3G cellular and commercial and public safety LTE networks — providing users with the integrated P25 (Project 25) feature set, including voice, text messaging and location services, making it the ideal solution for a variety of public safety communication users.

    "Since we first introduced BeOn, we recognized that public safety users could greatly benefit from the types of capabilities it offered," said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "We extended the solution's capabilities to deliver P25 features and functionality to public safety users. Whether on 3G commercial cellular or public safety LMR networks, first responders now have the interoperable voice solution they need to reliably communicate."

    With BeOn, voice communication services are delivered to first responders as voice-over-IP (Internet Protocol) data packets using wireless broadband IP data services. Because BeOn brings a traditional LMR functionality to a software-based network data service, BeOn can run across a variety of IP-based broadband networks, including commercial and public safety LTE networks.

    Harris, a proven leader in assured communications for defense and public safety, combined its experience in LMR with the interoperability of its VIDATM IP-based network to develop the BeOn solution for public safety. The innovative PTT solution designed to provide interoperable, P25 communications to first responder agencies. The Harris VIDA network platform is a unified IP-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.

    Harris' BeOn solution is built on the Harris VIDA network, currently deployed by public safety, public services and large private sector entities. VIDA enables high-performance PTT over commercial wireless networks, as well as seamless interoperability with legacy and future LMR 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 industry leading multiband, multimode radios, to public safety-grade broadband voice, video and data solutions. 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 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 www.harris.com.

    Contact Information:

    Victoria Dillon
    Public Safety & Professional Communications
    victoria.dillon ( @ ) harris dot com

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

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