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HARRIS AWARDED $14 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ADVANCED COMMUNICATION AND TRACKING SYSTEM IN METRO-DADE COUNTY

 MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has been awarded a $14 million contract to create an advanced communications system in Metro-Dade County, Florida that utilizes Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology to link emergency and transit employees and track county vehicles.
 Harris Electronic Systems Division, Melbourne, Fla., was awarded the contract by Ericsson GE to provide the countywide, digital voice and data communications system that will connect fire-fighters, police officers, public works employees and transit employees in the 1,955- square-mile area. The contract represents the first mutual effort following the Harris and Ericsson GE alliance that was formed in August 1992.
 The communications system will provide automatic vehicle location and computer aided dispatch for almost 800 rail vehicles, buses, and other vehicles in the Metro-Dade County area. The GPS-based system will allow dispatchers to locate all transit vehicles on and off route -- within 50 feet of its exact location.
 The new system will even monitor onboard diagnostic data that checks, for example, engine temperature and wear and tear of the tires. It also includes an emergency system that can immediately dispatch local authorities to the vehicle location.
 Under the contract, Harris will integrate, install and maintain the radio and transit communications system for a population of almost two million. The division will provide the transit system and expand upon its existing microwave and fiber optic systems, while Ericsson GE will supply all mobile and portable radio communications equipment on the Enhanced Digital Access Communications System (EDACS).
 "Dade County is upgrading a 15-year-old system to help ensure the safety of the county," said Lew Kling, vice president-general manager of Harris Electronic Systems Division. "The Metro Dade County contract is the first in a line of opportunities that the Harris and Ericsson GE team will pursue together."
 Harris and Ericsson GE are also utilizing digital technology that will ease the transition into many future benefits such as video conferencing, mobile data terminals, and other law enforcement products that Harris offers. The transit system also allows for expansion of users that could double in the next three to four years.
 Harris and Ericsson GE have extensive experience in advanced communications systems in the Metro-Dade County area. During Hurricane Andrew, for example, Harris' microwave and fiber optic system not only survived the storm but assisted in the emergency response. Ericsson GE distributed 600 portable radios to local public safety personnel during the crisis.
 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 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: Pat Bowers, 407-727-4234, or Jim Burke, 407-727-9127, both of Harris Corporation/
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