Harris Corp., FPL partner to advance utility communications

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Harris Corp. and Florida Power & Light Co. are partnering to create an advanced digital system that will enhance communications for FPL's extensive operations, which serve about 10 million people throughout the state.

FPL, the nation's third largest electric utility, will transition from its legacy analog radio communications system to a Harris P25 digital network solution for its 3,000-plus employees who work in the field. The integrated system will include Harris' Symphony command center dispatch consoles, XL-200P advanced digital handheld radios, and the BeOn platform for integration of narrowband and broadband solutions.

"Harris and Florida Power & Light have a long history of working together and implementing cutting-edge solutions that benefit our customers throughout the state," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "This represents an example of two major Florida companies working together to provide our residents with the best level of service and support possible."

"Florida Power & Light and Harris share a strong commitment to innovation, and we are proud to partner with FPL to support millions of Floridians, including 6,500 Harris employees who call Florida home," said William M. Brown, chairman, president and CEO, Harris Corp. "This initiative extends Harris' legacy of providing advanced technology to the state's utilities, first responders and other customers with mission critical communications needs."

The all-digital network will extend the range and quality of FPL's communications capabilities across the 35 Florida counties the company serves, which is critical for crews in the field, particularly when responding to power outages.

The network also will enable FPL for the first time to communicate and coordinate efforts with first responders and other public safety teams during emergency responses and hurricane season. The new system is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and will be used by FPL's power delivery team and other field employees.

The new network leverages Harris' advanced technology, which is the foundation for FPL's existing communications network and Florida's State Law Enforcement Radio System. These reliable systems have successfully supported service crews and first responders during emergencies over the past 20 years, including the most recent Hurricane Matthew.

The new communications system is one of several enhancements that FPL has implemented in recent years to help it improve its service to customers. FPL operates one of the most advanced electric grids in the nation. Advanced technology helps FPL reduce costs and improve its system reliability, which is among the best in the nation – nearly 50 percent better than the national average.

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