L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) will offer its BeOn software application for free to health care and public safety workers, allowing users to turn their smartphones, laptops and other devices into an encrypted public safety radio, the company announced on Tuesday.
“Agencies that are currently using BeOn in their communities have called this offering a ‘game changer’ for their COVID-19 response efforts as they are now able to connect many users from a variety of groups without having to issue, manage and sanitize handheld radios,” said Dana Mehnert, president, Communication Systems, L3Harris.
With L3Harris’ technology, users will be able to access immediate communications to individuals or large talk groups. The BeOn service is available at no charge for 90 days to agencies responding to COVID-19 operations.
The process to download and start using the L3Harris BeOn software app takes less than 30 minutes and can be integrated into a variety of devices used by emergency responders including police, firefighters, EMTs, National Guard members and employees working for hospitals, health departments and local government agencies.
“While first responders rely on handheld radios for their day-to-day communications, many of these healthcare heroes do not carry or have access to handheld public safety radios,” added Mehnert.
In addition to L3Harris’ BeOn software to combat COVID-19, the company has earmarked $2 million in funds to support COVID-19 relief and recovery initiatives worldwide. L3Harris said that it has contributed to the American Red Cross and United Way’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds effort.
A team of engineers and scientists from L3Harris has partnered with the University of Utah Health to create online educational science, technology, engineering and math videos for students, build positive air pressure ventilators and manufacture medical-grade parts for respirators at Parkview Health in Indiana.
L3Harris has enabled employees affected by the pandemic to access various grant programs. The firm has also donated masks to a New York-based medical group and protective suits to a hospital in Virginia.
“Combatting COVID-19 requires a global effort, and we are focused on keeping our employees safe, helping our customers sustain their critical services and supporting efforts to combat the virus’ spread,” said William Brown, chairman and CEO at L3Harris and a former Wash100 winner.
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 air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries.