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HARRIS AWARDED $10 MILLION CONTRACT TO MODERNIZE PENNSYLVANIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

 PITTSBURGH, Pa. and Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has been awarded a $10 million contract to modernize the 20-year-plus communications system used to link more than 1,100 transit vehicles in Allegheny County, Pa.
 Harris Electronic Systems Division, Melbourne, Fla., was awarded the contract by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, to provide a countywide communications system for a fleet of up to 900 buses, 115 Port Authority police, and other maintenance and supervisory vehicles. Work on the contract will begin in September and be completed by winter of 1994.
 Harris will integrate and install the 450 MHz simulcast radio and transit communications system for a population exceeding 1.4 million. Ericsson GE will supply mobile and portable communications equipment.
 The new system will enable a driver to reach his or her appropriate dispatcher anywhere in the 2,400 miles of bus routes in Allegheny County. The system includes a transit control box with eight preset messages that a driver can relay to a dispatcher by pushing a button, such as "I am 10 minutes behind schedule." Also, when the driver radios a dispatcher, data is automatically transmitted such as bus driver identification number, bus number and route number. The modular system can be updated to include automated vehicle location capabilities to meet the county's future requirements.
 According to Lew Kling, vice president-general manager of Harris Electronic Systems Division, "The new Harris system will provide reliable communications and help improve the efficiency of the transit system."
 Harris Electronic Systems Division is part of Harris Electronic Systems Sector, which conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces a broad range of state-of-the-art communications systems for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide.
 Harris Corporation, headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, is a worldwide company with sales of more than $3 billion. The company is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semiconductors, communications and Lanier Worldwide office equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Burke, 407-727-9126, or Pat Bowers, 407-727-4234, both of Harris Corporation/
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