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SYSTEM TO CUT TELEPHONE FRAUD; HARRIS AND SPRINT SELECTED FOR POTENTIAL $32 MILLION GEORGIA PRISON TELEPHONE PROJECT

 MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and Sprint (NYSE: FON) have been selected to provide a new system designed to reduce telephone and credit card fraud by inmates at Georgia prisons. The project has a potential value of $32 million over the next five years.
 Harris' Electronic Systems Division, Melbourne, Fla., was awarded the project by the State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services Telecommunications Division.
 The division will integrate, install and maintain a new inmate calling system that can handle outgoing calls and billing for approximately 16,000 inmates in 21 prisons located throughout Georgia.
 The new system will feature coinless payphones connected to Harris' Protocall 2000 Enhanced Services SystemTM, which has inmate call management capabilities specifically designed for correctional institutions. Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division will provide the network distribution system.
 The "collect call only" system is designed to reduce telephone billing fraud by assigning inmates personal identification numbers and a predetermined list of allowed telephone numbers. The system will automatically control the inmate's collect calls and not allow calls if he or she violates the predetermined numbers or other restrictions.
 Inmates previously were able to abuse the system, leaving telephone bills for collect calls unpaid. Inmates also were able to acquire credit card numbers and purchase large quantities of materials over the phone.
 To further curb abuses, the new system also features bilingual, automated operator services that eliminate contact between telephone operators and inmates. With the former system, prisoners often could persuade live operators to allow their calls to go through the network.
 "There are numerous uses for this type of advanced, transaction- based telecommunications system," said Lewis Kling, vice president- general manager of Harris Electronic Systems Division. "We will continue to work with Sprint to pursue other opportunities like this throughout the country."
 Harris and Sprint formed an alliance last year to market custom- designed telecommunications systems that incorporate the latest voice, data, and video communications technologies.
 Harris Electronic Systems Division is part of the 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: Jim Burke of Harris Corp., 407-727-9127, or the Georgia Department of Corrections, 404-656-5561/
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