From its Melbourne headquarters, technology solutions provider Harris Corp. recently announced a new 7-year, $700 million contract with the State of Florida for a statewide communications network to link public safety, law enforcement, schools and government agencies.
MyFloridaNet-2 (MFN-2) will provide a secure, dependable communications infrastructure, including voice, data and video capabilities, linking many civic entities at both regional and local levels. Harris is partnering with five additional companies including FPL FiberNet, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Southern Light and Verizon, to fulfill its multi-year commitment.
“By implementing this statewide communications infrastructure, Florida’s state and local agencies will be connected so they can work together seamlessly and efficiently, whether in emergency situations or conducting routine business,” Carl D’Alessandro, Harris Critical Networks president, said.
The system will rely on the Harris Trusted Enterprise Network as its “backbone” with oversight from Melbourne. Comprehensive services will include internet access, email, and web hosting for K-12 public schools and libraries as well as interconnectivity for government offices.
“Harris is a Florida-based company with a vested interest here, and our mission critical network services will support the safety and economic growth of our State while generating cost savings over the life of the program,” D’Alessandro said.