Harris Introduces Liberty-Radio Control Equipment for ATC Communications
- Optimizes network and operational costs by reducing bandwidth requirements.
- Supports multiple Telco communication links (4W, T1, IP, V.35, satellite) between control and remote site(s).
- Controls up to six radio resources in a redundant chassis over legacy networks.
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is introducing its Liberty-Radio Control Equipment (RCE) — a flexible gateway product that provides aviation authorities with the next generation of integrated radio control, network routing, and circuit adaptation solutions. The announcement was made during the 57th Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference and Exposition being held October 1-3 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, DC.
Capable of emulating any radio link and broadcasting it over a variety of transmission mediums, the Liberty-RCE will enable communications in harsh conditions and in isolated environments where digital service is typically scarce and reliance on legacy links and older analog technology is still required.
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The Liberty-RCE is capable of totally reshaping a network and offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing fluctuations in network traffic and demands on operations to be easily managed. The system allows for the operation and compression of up to six radios per chassis into a single 64 kbps link. The Liberty-RCE supports Split Site Operations as well as Dual Control Site Operations whereby frequencies from two voice communication control system (VCCS) sites (local or remote) can simultaneously access the same radio resources.
A commercial-off-the-shelf device, the Liberty-RCE was specifically engineered to multiplex voice and data signals transmitted between air traffic control (ATC) facilities and deployed radios over satellite, traditional telecommunications links, or newer topologies like Internet Protocol (IP). The Liberty-RCE will facilitate the transmission of data services including digital voice, legacy analog voice, SatCom, datalink, ADS-B, TIS-B, FIS-B, and is interoperable with any brand of VCCS or ATC radio.
The Liberty-RCE's compact 3U chassis offers a sophisticated, fully redundant architecture that ensures system reliability and offers exceptionally high availability to meet any critical communications requirement. The system is also configured with redundant power supplies that can operate in AC or a combination of AC/DC.
"Harris' Liberty-RCE provides authorities with an opportunity to take advantage of their existing infrastructure by extending investments made and allowing them to ease into new technologies at their own pace and as network standards evolve," said John O'Sullivan, vice president, Mission Critical Networks, Harris Government Communications Systems. "Whether deployed in a network operations center or in a remote location, the Liberty-RCE provides aviation authorities with a cost-effective, scalable and highly reliable communications solution."
Recently, the Liberty-RCE was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an interim solution after they encountered technical issues operating legacy RCE while deploying a remote air/ground communications facility on the oil platform Independence Hub in the Gulf of Mexico.
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