L3Harris Exec Offers Business Update 1 Year Post Merger
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Comments

The L3Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications (PSPC) business is weathering the coronavirus pandemic as it reaches its one-year anniversary of the merger between Harris and L3 Technologies.

While the pandemic has pushed out the timelines of contracts with public-safety and critical infrastructure groups, no contracts were canceled, just slowed, said Nino DiCosmo, president, L3Harris PSPC. He said some of the statewide system and other contracts are starting to pick up again and are expected to get back on their original schedules in the second half of the year.

One of the benefits of the L3 Technologies merger was the opportunity to take advantage of supply chain synergies, giving L3Harris more leverage with suppliers to receive better prices. DiCosmo said the next 12 to 18 months will bring new products “that will be pretty impressive.”

“We continue to believe that the converged device is the right device for the near and medium term in public safety,” he said. “Users still want the assurance of the LMR network and the form factor but they see the value proposition extended by LTE …”

He said the pandemic has highlighted the fact that LMR is still the primary network used by all L3Harris PSPC customers across various industries including public safety, utilities and mass transportation. However, the need to bring in extended user groups, such as field hospitals and COVID-19 testing sites, has highlighted push-to-talk (PTT) on LTE networks. L3Harris has offered its BeOn PTT product free in recent months to address the need.

“It was the first opportunity to see the convergence of LMR and LTE,” he said.

In August, 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 technology vendors offering products and services that are complementary to L3Harris’ core network and radio platforms.

The number of MCA partners has expanded, and L3Harris plans technology integration with Tyler Technologies and Live Earth, in particular. Live Earth data streams such as weather, mapping and traffic, will be delivered to L3Harris Symphony consoles. The integrated mapping capability in L3Harris radios will be available in dispatch centers using Tyler software, so dispatchers can see where XL portable users are on a map.

“Open standards and interoperability are very important,” DiCosmo said. “Those technologies need to interoperate seamlessly, whether during a health pandemic or civil unrest.”

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