L3Harris Forms Consortium of Interoperable Vendors
Monday, August 12, 2019 | Comments

L3Harris Technologies launched the Mission Critical Alliance (MCA), a consortium of technology providers driven to advance the capabilities, compatibility and security of mission-critical solutions.

The MCA is a partner program for leading technology vendors offering products and services that are complementary to L3Harris’ core network and radio platforms. Alliance members will explore technology synergies, furthering the development of interoperable communications in a connected environment.

“With the arrival of FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority), public-safety technologies are advancing at an accelerating pace,” said Nino DiCosmo, president, L3Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “More than ever, mission-critical end users need to know that their technologies are capable, interoperable, secure and compatible with existing solutions. The Mission Critical Alliance provides a framework for leading technology providers to openly collaborate and push new boundaries for capabilities, security and interoperability.”

Initial alliance members include Adashi Systems, Centerity Systems, Cradlepoint, Drakontas, Exacom, GE Power, MCM Technology, Realwear, Samsung Electronics America, Tait Communications, TRX Systems, Vintra and Zetron.

James Potter, senior manager of strategic partnerships for L3Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications (PSPC), said the consortium will help L3Harris leverage other experts to create an ecosystem of solutions. L3Harris conducts supply and management research, financial audits and investigations, and technical and security evaluations for all members.

"If you look at our primary competitor, they are just buying everyone, and users have to buy everything from them, Potter said. "We just work with the best and give our customers the best in the market. We give them the latest technology in the market."

“These like-minded technology innovators are committed to developing an interoperable ecosystem where mission-critical communications solutions function to specifically address user needs in an interconnected and internet of things (IoT) environment,” said DiCosmo. “At this time of important change in the public-safety communications technology market, L3Harris and our MCA members remain steadfast in our commitment to providing solutions that are compatible, secure and complete.”

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On 8/14/19, Jim Fraser said:
Hope it helps overcome vendors who boast Project 25 (P25) in sales but then refuse to program or key encrypt equipment of competitors so that customers in public safety can talk to each other.

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