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L3Harris Awarded $93 Million Contract to Improve MBTA Public Safety Communications

Communication Systems
Dec 16, 2022 | 4 Minute Read

MELBOURNE, Fla. — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) announced today a five-year, $93 million contract to improve Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority public safety communications.

L3Harris will upgrade the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s legacy Enhanced Digital Access Communications System to a modern Project 25 standards-compliant system

The contract calls for L3Harris to replace MBTA’s current network with a new system built to Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Project 25 standards. The upgraded network will provide access for more MBTA operators, including MBTA police, increase the reliability and security of the network and help speed response times.

“As a trusted radio system support provider of the MBTA for more than 20 years, we understand the importance of public safety for the Boston Metro Area and what a new network supporting more-immediate collaboration between agencies means for the safety of all passengers,” said Nino DiCosmo, president, Public Safety and Professional Communications, L3Harris. “As public safety communications evolve digitally, our P25 standards-compliant solutions – already in use by transit authorities in Dallas, Miami and San Francisco – will add robust cybersecurity and seamless interoperability to help first responders protect their communities.”

L3Harris designed MBTA’s legacy communications system in 2001. Migration to the new P25 solution brings MBTA communications into the 21st century by improving radio quality and continuity of communications, and ensuring the safety of MBTA operations and maintenance personnel. The system will provide the foundation for the next generation of technology advancements with flexible architectures to seamless integrate new capabilities as needed.

In 2002, APCO and associated public safety organizations defined Project 25 standards for mobile radio push-to-talk operations to speed first-responder response and improve collaboration in the event of a disaster. The P25 standard calls for adopting standards for interoperable, digital two-way radio products, adding the ability to transfer data as well as voice and providing flexible architectures to incorporate features such as text messaging and encryption.

About L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about network capabilities and contract and order values are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. L3Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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