Harris has provided three demonstration voice communication systems to the Federal Aviation Administration for use in the agency’s NextGen air traffic control initiative.
Under a 15-year contract awarded last year, Harris is building an Internet Protocol-based national airspace voice system for the FAA’s modernization project, the company said Wednesday.
The demonstration units are based on Harris’ VCS21 technology and are intended to familiarize air traffic controllers, field engineers, operations managers and maintenance personnel with the platform.
John O’Sullivan, vice president of civil programs at Harris Government Communications Systems, said the company aims to help the FAA move to a single IP-based system from one with multiple switches.
In a separate announcement, Harris said it will also implement a dual-core architecture designed to update IP services the agency provides to controllers and pilots through an existing telecommunications infrastructure network.
The company built the network to facilitate video, data and voice communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, as well as secure FAA and military facilities worldwide.