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State of Maine and Harris Corporation Complete Statewide Public Safety Communications System


  • Provides improved audio clarity, extensive radio coverage for public safety communications
  • Statewide system supports communications across all jurisdictions
  • Improves response coordination among the 2,000 Maine state agency users

CHELMSFORD, Mass (March 2015) -(BUSINESS WIRE) For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA® (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and the State of Maine Office of Information Technology announced the successful full deployment of the Project 25 (P25) VHF statewide digital radio system, MSCommNet – Maine State Communications Network. The state’s new public safety communications network -- which features 40 transmit-and-receive sites, including seven solar-powered sites and seven dispatch centers -- provides statewide communication interoperability for more than 2,000 agency users, including state police, forest rangers, game wardens, correctional officers, and marine patrol personnel and other agencies, MSCommNet also provides for interoperability with all county and local public safety agencies.

State users report significantly improved voice clarity and coverage across the state using Harris portable and mobile radios, including the Unity® XG-100.

“The MSCommNet network provides unprecedented improvements to enhance the effectiveness of Maine’s law enforcement and state agency teams,” said Greg McNeal, Chief Technology Officer, State of Maine Office of Information Technology. “Our customers are extremely satisfied with the quality and the increased radio coverage Harris has delivered. With MSCommNet, our state agencies, no matter where in the field they are working, are connected.”

Maine’s new MSCommNet system deployment resulted from joint efforts by Maine’s Office of Information Technology; Departments of Public Safety, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Corrections, Marine Resources, Conservation, and Maine Emergency Management Agency; and local, county, and federal governments.

In public safety and professional communications Harris is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to next-generation, secure public safety-grade LTE (Long-Term Evolution) solutions for voice, video and data applications, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios. Harris has more than 80 years of experience in public safety and professional communications and supports over 500 systems around the world.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 13,000 employees — including 6,000 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