Sunday, August 1, 2010

Harris Intros 700 MHz LTE for Public Safety Communications

Harris, in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, introduced its "VIDA" Broadband LTE solution for mission-critical communications for first responders.

Harris VIDA Broadband LTE is a 700 MHz solution that is part of the Harris VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) network platform for first responder communications. The VIDA network integrates VIDA Broadband LTE with P25 (Project 25) and OpenSky communication systems, which are in use by first responders across North America.

Harris said its network solution meets the requirements of the FCC National Broadband Plan, enabling public safety agencies to seamlessly integrate their existing narrowband LMR systems into the emerging nationwide, interoperable wireless broadband network. VIDA Broadband LTE also is designed to meet the emerging FCC cyber security and critical infrastructure survivability requirements, and will fully support the evolving technical framework for the FCC's Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC).

Existing VIDA customers can now integrate VIDA Broadband LTE networks into their current systems, allowing for future growth in capacity and capabilities. Likewise, new broadband customers can take advantage of the inherent interoperability of the VIDA core network to connect with legacy LMR systems.

"Harris is excited to bring together these two extremely powerful solutions into a single, unique public safety broadband network at 700 MHz," said Steve Shanck, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "Working with global LTE leader Nokia Siemens Networks means that Harris can ensure that first responders will have available the next generation of voice, data and mobile video communications, yet still keep a solid and secure connection to today's narrowband networks."

"At Nokia Siemens Networks we recognize that there is a real need for a robust, LTE voice and data solution for public safety communications," said Robert Fennelly, Head of Government Business, Nokia Siemens Networks. "With Harris, we are developing a way to put the benefits of true wireless broadband, such as streaming video and advanced situational awareness, into the hands of first responders."

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