Emergency workers to get push-to-talk over 4G VoIP

Emergency workers to get push-to-talk over 4G VoIP


Harris Corp last week announced BeOn, a tool for managing group communications in business, public safety and other organizations with the click of a button.   “This is the next generation of push-to-talk communications, but broader and deeper,” said John Vaughan, senior president of global marketing for public safety and professional communications at Harris.

BeOn combines push-to-talk phones and police two-way radios for instant global communication.   The push-to-talk features are similar to Nextel’s Direct Connection, but uses VoIP technology instead.  The VoIP connection utilizes 3G and 4G networks to deliver information using its VIDA IP platform, currently deployed by public safety users.

This allows for wireless features such as text messaging, in addition to mobile radio services like group calling, individual calling, group scanning, distress calls, and dispatching.  One option that is sure to be a favorite is the “ruthless pre-emption” feature, where pre-designated individuals, like managers or fire chiefs, can be heard above other voices on the network. It’s also encrypted end-to-end.

At least two wireless carriers, yet unnamed, will provide BeOn service. One is in the US and the other over seas.  BeOn will be accessible to customers through many smartphone devices and specially designed rugged handsets.

Harris Corporation Unveils BeOn — a Unique Global Push-to-Talk Enterprise Solution

Innovative Solution Brings Land Mobile Radio Services to 3G and 4G Wireless Networks

HOUSTON, TX, August 2, 2010 (APCO International, Booth 231) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today introduced its BeOn® solution — the first professional push-to-talk solution designed to enable enterprises to have managed group communications anywhere in the world using both 3G and 4G cellular networks.

The Harris BeOn solution offers traditional land mobile radio features such as group calling, individual calling, group scanning, distress calls, and dispatch/administrative services, while integrating wireless services such as user location, user presence/status, and text messaging. With the BeOn solution, users can communicate instantly on a host of commercial smartphones or rugged devices with one or many people, over multiple GSM-based wireless carriers-domestic and international.

Harris’ BeOn solution is built on the Harris integrated VIDA® (Voice, Interoperability, Data and Access) network platform, currently deployed by public safety, public services and large private sector entities. VIDA enables high performance Push-To-Talk (PTT) over commercial wireless networks, as well as seamless interoperability with legacy and future land mobile radio (LMR) systems. The BeOn solution is a premier global mobile communication solution that is group-oriented, instantaneous and geared for enterprise customers covering large footprints. Its capabilities will allow users to create centralized dispatch services over commercial 3G or 4G wireless networks, or if needed, connect with legacy LMR system.

“Given our expertise in mission critical communications and the proliferation of mobile broadband, we seized a market opportunity to create a scalable, global push-to-talk solution delivered over wireless carrier networks, which enterprises can deploy at a competitive price point while offering key LMR user benefits,” said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications. “Among industries with global assets, large footprints or rural service geography — such as construction, transport or field services, our BeOn solution satisfies the need for mobile, group-oriented instant communication.”

Enterprises could rely on the BeOn solution’s unique blend of land mobile radio features and its powerful IP platform to organize users into talk groups for enhanced coordination and efficiency — whether local or global. For example, a parcel shipping company could utilize the BeOn solution to improve its delivery management and coordination for better customer service and savings on fuel costs, or government enterprise employees working in the field could better serve the community through more efficient managed group communications using the Harris BeOn solution.

Harris, a proven leader in assured communications for defense and public safety, blended their experience in LMR with the interoperability of its VIDA platform to develop its BeOn solution, the innovative, global push-to-talk solution designed to improve enterprise team coordination and increase productivity in industries where immediate accessibility is paramount. For more information on the BeOn solution, please visit www.pspc.harris.com/Solution/BeOn.asp.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

An Innovative Push-to-Talk Enterprise Solution [Harris]
Harris Corp. unveils push-to-talk over IP technology [Computer World]