C4i, a business unit of Exelis Inc. (NYSE:
XLS), has been awarded a contract extension by Airservices
Australia to provide its voice communications system to six
additional airports. This extension brings the number of Australian
airports served by Exelis C4i to 27, with presence at all Australian
capital city airports and 19 regional airports.
The Exelis C4i system, called SwitchplusIP®
Alarmon®, integrates all airport voice communications
for the Aviation
Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) services and alarm and telemetry
monitoring. The system also automates processes and procedures for
responding to critcal events faced by the ARFF at the airport.
Providing this integrated emergency response coordination system
reflects the Exelis commitment to extend leadership in the strategic
growth area of critical networks.
"The system, when connected to the Airservices national network,
provides a system of systems solution," said Peter Harrison, managing
director for Exelis C4i. "The benefit of such application allows for
resources at airports to enhance command and control capability which
assists skilled personnel at the airports during an incident."
The Alarmon product at each airport provides an integrated console, and
the system has the capability for remote operators to log on as local
operators. This enables all of the communications assets, local
procedures, numbers and contact personnel to be available through the
touch screen-based application as though the operators were physically
at the remote location. Information available includes radios, public
address systems, telephony, mobile phones, and building fire alarms. The
console enables monitoring of aircraft communications, ARFF
communications for personnel and vehicles, monitoring of building fire
alarms, control facilities, and true command and control capability to
manage real-time emergency response events at airports.
Airservices Australia and Exelis C4i won the "Technical Achievement"
award for Alarmon and its contribution to efficiency and safety at
airports by the Aircraft
Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) in 2010. ARFFWG is
a nonprofit international organization dedicated to the sharing of ARFF
information among airport firefighters, municipal fire departments, and
all others concerned with aircraft fire fighting.
Exelis C4i is based in Melbourne, Australia, and provides advanced
communications software that supports mission-critical communications
for a range of applications including air traffic management, defense,
public safety, mining and homeland security. C4i Pty. Ltd. was acquired
by Exelis in January 2013.
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information
and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable,
mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in
timing and navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, image processing
and distribution, communications and information systems, logistics and
technical services; and we are focused on strategic growth in the areas
of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and
composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs
about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more
information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com
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