Two of Florida’s largest companies are linking to enhance public safety interconnectivity as Melbourne-based Harris Corporation and Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) partner to advance communications for 10 million FPL customers.
FPL reported that the change will comprise an upgrade from traditional analog radio to a Harris P25 digital network platform for its more than 3,000 employees, including dispatch and handheld equipment.
"Harris and Florida Power & Light have a long history of working together and implementing cutting-edge solutions that benefit our customers throughout the state," FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said. "This represents an example of two major Florida companies working together to provide our residents with the best level of service and support possible."
Most significantly, the transition will enhance response time for public safety personnel including first responders, a major advantage in a state that must regularly maintain vigilant observation of severe weather conditions. The all-digital network will broaden FPL’s range and quality across its 35-county service area.
"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," William Brown, chairman, president and CEO of Harris Corporation, said. "This initiative extends Harris' legacy of providing advanced technology to the state's utilities, first responders and other customers with mission critical communications needs."
Harris Corporation is a leading technology provider in Florida with 80 years of public safety and communications service.