Harris introduces Falcon networking system
Harris Corporation has unveiled the Harris Falcon networking system, an integrated and ruggedised end-to-end system for connecting warfighters in the field to the tactical cloud. According to a 22 February 2012 statement, 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.
The system is designed to address the fact that warfighters today face challenges accessing data when their missions take them beyond the range of command centre infrastructure. It 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 utilising 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 ruggedised smartphones and other lightweight devices on the battlefield. Harris also introduced a ruggedised tablet device for military applications that is designed to integrate with the Falcon networking system.
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.
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