Qioptiq logo Raytheon



Harris Corporation drew crowds at DSEi 2007 with a demonstration of the capabilities of the company’s International Government Systems business.

Harris showcased the Harris Border Security Shelter, a system for linking information and communications technologies to detect illegal border crossings or other threats to national security.

The shelter is a rugged, self-contained field command center that combines communications, command and control and sensor systems under a single roof, tied together with Harris tactical radio networking or existing networking infrastructure. The shelters can be permanently installed or rapidly deployed and are configurable and scaleable to customer needs.

Harris says the shelter is just one example of what the International Government Systems is doing for customers. IGS combines Harris’s expertise in large-scale systems integration with its portfolio of world-class tactical radio products and global distribution. Besides border security, other target markets include C4ISR, homeland security and national aviation communication systems.

IGS offers international customers a one-stop shop where they can obtain the best communication technologies on the market today – everything from video cameras and radar to tactical radios, sensors, situational awareness software and more – along with the systems expertise to link them into seamless, interoperable networks. In cases where Harris doesn’t have a specific product required for a unique application, the company looks to trusted, third-party suppliers to fill the gap. The IGS initiative draws on the engineering resources of all of Harris’s government businesses.

At DSEi, customers saw a demonstration of these capabilities in the form of the Border Security Shelter. The Border Security Shelter is a self-contained facility that collects data from a range of communications and surveillance sources, such as unmanned ground sensors, day and night imagery, ground radar and video. The data from a number of shelters can be viewed and fused at a headquarters to give an accurate view of the border security situation. Harris network management software provides a comprehensive view of the entire network at the command level, enabling immediate detection and quick response.

The shelter is built around a communications subsystem – either the Harris Falcon® II tactical radio network or existing customer infrastructure. Harris handheld radios provide secure communications between the shelter, individual users and command centers, as well as receiving alerts from the sensor field.

Engineers from across Harris link these technologies into networks. Customers benefit from Harris’ highly advanced capabilities in capturing and fusing data from multiple sources, processing the data to make it usable, and then transmitting the data to the right place at the right time for critical decision-making.

Military/defense and C4ISR solutions from Harris IGS include tactical networks and communications systems, satellites, secure wireless products, geospatial imagery and visualization, avionics, sensor products and antenna systems that can be used by government or commercial customers.

Public safety and homeland security solutions include integrated solutions that address system-level requirements for border security, command and control, satellite links, geospatial intelligence, as well as large wireless communications networks for emergency response during national disasters.

“Our customers depend on reliable, robust and secure communications systems,” said Steve Marschilok, vice president and general manager of International Government Systems (IGS) for Harris Corporation. “Harris businesses have the integrated capabilities to provide the networked solutions that meet the needs of our customers.”

Back to article list