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HARRIS CORPORATION WINS $47 MILLION CONTRACT TO UPGRADE FBI'S NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER

 MELBOURNE, Fla., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has been awarded a $47 million contract to modernize the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
 Harris Information Systems Division in Melbourne will lead a team of companies to develop and produce the replacement for the existing 25-year-old NCIC system. The Harris team, which includes Amdahl, CDSI and Printrak International, Inc., won the award over five other bidders.
 NCIC's system provides on-line, real-time responses to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The agencies access the system's massive database, which has more than 10 million records of wanted and missing persons, stolen vehicles and other stolen property.
 Called NCIC 2000, the new Harris-engineered system will include mainframe computers and workstations, peripherals, a new operating system and application software. NCIC 2000 will also:
 -- Support more than 1.3 million requests per day from some 72,000
 users.
 -- Double the NCIC's current transaction rate to enable the system
 to handle 82 queries per second and give responses in one to
 five seconds.
 -- Provide on-line fingerprint matching capability to perform
 single-print positive ID against a file of more than 225,000
 prints.
 -- Ensure system reliability of .9995 availability for critical
 functions.
 The contract also will allow state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase desktop and patrol car terminals to access the NCIC 2000. A new feature, live scan readers, will permit officers at roadside stops or in precinct offices to confirm the identity of wanted felons or quickly resolve cases of mistaken identity. The live scan readers transmit an electronic image of the suspect's fingerprint to the national center to be compared with stored prints of wanted felons. The system will have a 98 percent probability rate of detecting a matching print on file and a 0 percent probability of a false identification.
 "NCIC 2000 will begin a new era for law enforcement facilitating rapid, accurate identification of suspects while enabling law enforcement officials to maximize efficiency," said Phil Henderson, vice president and general manager of Harris Information Systems Division. "Our technology and engineering expertise is ideally suited to help increase the effectiveness of information management for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation."
 Harris Information Systems Division is a part of Harris Electronic Systems Sector (ESS), which conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces a broad range of state-of-the-art systems for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide.
 Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, communications, semiconductors, 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; or the FBI press office at 202-324-3691/
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CO: Harris Corporation; Federal Bureau of Investigation ST: Florida, District of Columbia IN: CPR SU: CON

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