Harris Corp.’s technology provides backbone for communications at G-20 Summit

Yesterday, Harris Corporation announced that its VIDA® network and OpenSky® technology were used successfully as the communications backbone for the recent G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s STARNet system, which was built with Harris Corp. technology, allowed federal agencies, state and local police (as well as with Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh and emergency medical personnel) to work together, using a single communications tool. The PA-STARNet system processed more than 100, 000 calls during the G-20 Summit, according to the Pennsylvania Office of Public Safety Radio Services.

“The G-20 Summit was the kind of event where the PA-STARNet system provided the critical ability for federal, state and local officials to communicate in order to maintain public safety. PA-STARNet is a robust statewide network and our G-20 experience demonstrated the system’s tremendous capability, ” said Charlie Brennan, deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Office of Public Safety Radio Services.

“Pennsylvania’s vision for integrated and interoperable public safety communications was put to the test during the G-20 Summit, which brought thousands of people to the Pittsburgh area, ” said Harris president of Public Safety and Professional Communications Chuck Dougherty.”Our VIDA and OpenSky technology, which is the heart of the PA-STARNet system, met the challenge.”

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