Remote Imaging System Is among Hundreds of Military and Law Enforcement Applications to Rely on Iridium Satellite Short-Burst Data Device
BETHESDA, Md. - October 29, 2007 - Iridium® Satellite is pleased to announce its role in providing global monitoring and transmission capabilities to Harris Corporation's Falcon Watch RF-5408-RI Remote Imager, part of the Falcon Watch Remote Intrusion Detection and Surveillance System. The Harris solution is an innovative remote imaging and unattended ground sensor product used in military and law enforcement applications.
Falcon Watch incorporates a remote imager for use in long-term, unattended military and law enforcement operations such as intelligence gathering and border security. The remote imager taps the Iridium network through the Falcon Watch Intelligent Gateway to communicate data since only Iridium's global coverage can provide the real-time, situational data required in any remote location or harsh condition around the globe.
"Iridium's global coverage is a key component of the Intelligent Gateway since it is often deployed when and where other systems won't work," said Scott Scheimreif, assistant vice president for government programs, Iridium Satellite. "The Iridium short-burst data modem (SBD) is ideal for embedded applications such as the Intelligent Gateway, because it is able to transmit data efficiently anywhere in the world."
The Falcon Watch Intelligent Gateway supports missions by supplying wireless long-haul connectivity between Falcon Watch sensors in the field and assigned command and control centers. The Intelligent Gateway provides beyond line-of-sight Falcon Watch sensor data via the Iridium Satellite network using the SBD devices. The Falcon Watch sensors process information from various detectors and transmit messages to the Intelligent Gateway when events occur. The Intelligent Gateway further processes multiple alarms to create actionable intelligence reports that are then passed via Iridium to remote operators for display using the Falcon Watch Sensor Management Application. Harris Corporation began delivering Intelligent Gateway-based systems in August 2006.
"The Iridium satellite network and Iridium devices allow us to transmit data and images quickly and efficiently, which is critical for military and law enforcement personnel," said Robert Post, product manager for sensor systems, Harris RF Communications. "These personnel often have limited resources and must prioritize their responses to reported alarms."
About Iridium Satellite
Iridium Satellite LLC (www.iridium.com) is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. The Iridium constellation consists of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares. The constellation operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world. The Iridium service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company also designs, builds and sells its services, products and solutions through a worldwide network of more than 150 partners.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government, defense and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com
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