Harris Unveils Falcon Networking System
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has unveiled the Harris Falcon networking system, the first end-to-end system for connecting warfighters in the field to the tactical cloud.
The system broadens and simplifies the delivery of secure video, data and other crucial command and control applications over both wideband tactical and emerging cellular networks.
Warfighters today face challenges accessing data when their missions take them beyond the range of command center infrastructure. The new system combines information technology resources, such as a computer server and Falcon wideband tactical radio, into an integrated, lightweight package that can be deployed to support missions at the tactical edge. By utilizing the Falcon networking system, tactical users can now access applications and other critical data files that were previously beyond their reach due to constraints in bandwidth and power.
To help transform the user experience in military communications, Harris designed the Falcon networking system with a 4G tactical cellular module that will enable warfighters to use ruggedized smartphones and other lightweight devices on the battlefield. Harris also introduced a ruggedized tablet device for military applications that is designed to integrate with the Falcon networking system.
"Harris is committed to developing technology that significantly enhances the utility of the tactical network," said George Helm, President, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.
"This system builds on our expertise in tactical communications and high-grade information security to deliver assured network connectivity, content and services, where and when they are needed. In short, our system delivers information to the right place at the right time in harsh and remote environments," Helm added.
The latest Harris integrated networking system includes Falcon III® multiband tactical radios, a network communications server, tactical cellular transceiver and intuitive edge devices. Built for upgradeability, the system can expand to incorporate additional devices.
Tactical cellular service in the system adds capacity, speed and 4G LTE standards to the battlefield with all key components — antennas, filters, baseband and controls - contained in a rugged enclosure. The system contains an LTE Core that provides basic voice, data, video and network management through a standards-based solution compatible with commercial user equipment. Future enhancements will include roaming and composed security solutions.