Harris Awarded $12-Million WATERCOM Telephone Contract

The Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla., has been awarded a contract from Waterway Communications System, Inc. (WATERCOM) of Jeffersonville, Ind., for the design, manufacture, construction and maintenance of a new marine telephone system covering more than 4,000 miles of inland waterways. Total value of the turnkey contract is estimated at $12-million.

For the first time, a single telecommunications network will be available to commercial vessels on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway providing them with automatic direct-dial telephone service into the public telephone network.

Commenting on the contract award, WATERCOM president, Kenneth W. Peters said: "Harris was selected because of its experience in designing advanced systems and its wide array of telecommunication and information processing technologies. The WATERCOM network will not only initiate a high-quality voice service, but will also directly transmit computer-based data between vessels and shore." The WATERCOM contract was awarded to Harris' newly-formed Telecommunication Networks Division, based in Melbourne, Fla., which will be responsible for overall network design, implementation and maintenance. The radiotelephone products used in the network will be designed and manufactured by Harris's RF Communications Group, Rochester, N.Y.

George P. Roberts, vice president and general manager of the Telecommunication Networks Division, said: "WATERCOM is exactly the type of customer our division was formed to serve. We are able to draw upon the extensive technology, engineering and manufacturing resources of all Harris divisions in response to customers who wish to be served by one supplier for total systems capability."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 32,  Oct 1983

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