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Harris Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSEHRS
S&P 500 Component
Industry Telecommunications equipment
Founded 1895 (1895)
Headquarters Melbourne, Florida
Key people William M. Brown, Chairman, President and CEO
Products Defense and Communications
Revenue Decrease US$5012.0 million (2014)[1]
Operating income Increase US$795.4 million (2014)[1]
Net income Increase US$534.2 million (2014)[1]
Total assets Increase US$4931.2 million (2014)[1]
Total equity Increase US$1825.4 million (2014)[1]
Employees 14,000 (2014)[2]
Divisions RF Communications, Integrated Network Solutions, Government Communications Systems
Website www.harris.com

Harris Corporation is an American Florida-based international telecommunications equipment company that produces wireless equipment, electronic systems, and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas for use in the government, defense, and commercial sectors. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 14,000 employees — including nearly 6,000 engineers and scientists.[3]

The company is the largest private-sector employer in Brevard County, Florida (approximately 6400 of more than 15000 company-wide).[4] The company was the parent of Intersil (Harris Semiconductor). Most of the wireless start-ups in South Brevard County were founded and are staffed by former Harris Corporation engineers and technicians.[citation needed] The company's Digital Telephone Systems (DTS) division was sold to Teltronics. In 2009, Harris was one of the top 100 federal contractors.[5]

History[edit]

Harris MR80C88 processor.

The "Harris Automatic Press Company" was founded in Niles, Ohio in 1895. They spent the next 60 years developing lithographic processes and printing presses before acquiring typesetting company Intertype Corporation. In 1957, Harris acquired Gates Radio a producer of broadcast electronics.

In 1959, they acquired microwave technology company PRD Electronics of Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]

In 1967, they merged with Radiation, Inc. of Melbourne, Florida, a developer of antenna, integrated circuit, and modem technology used in the space race. The company headquarters was moved from Cleveland to Melbourne in 1978.[citation needed]

In 1969, Harris Corporation acquired RF Communications and Farinon, furthering its microwave assets. The printing operations were sold off in 1983 and are now known as GSS Printing Equipment. GSS Printing Equipment later acquired Lanier Worldwide, which itself was spun off from Harris Corporation in the late 1990s.[citation needed][clarification needed]

In 1988, Harris acquired GE’s semiconductor business, which at this time, also incorporated the Intersil and RCA semiconductor businesses. These were combined with Harris' existing semiconductor businesses, which were then spun off in 1999 as an independent company, under the Intersil name.

In 1996, Harris Corporation formed a joint venture with Shenzhen Telecom Company to produce and sell Harris’ digital microwave radios and integrate them with other systems.[citation needed][clarification needed]

In November 1998, Harris sold its commercial and standard military logic (semiconductor) product lines to Texas Instruments, which included the HC/HCT, CD4000, AC/ACT, and FCT product families. Harris retained production of the Radiation Hardened versions of these products.

In 2005, the corporation spent $870 million on research and development.[6]

In January 2011 Harris re-opened its Calgary, Alberta avionics operation, Harris Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corporation. The expanded facility's operations include among others the support of the work to be completed under the company's six-year, $273 million (CAD) services contract with the Government of Canada for the CF-18 Avionics Optimized Weapon System Support (OWSS) program.[7]

On December 2012, Harris Corporation sold its broadcast equipment operations to the Gores Group which operates as Harris Broadcast.[8] Harris received $225M for the transaction, exactly half of what it paid seven years earlier for Leitch Technology, its final acquisition for the Broadcast division.[9]

Chief executives[edit]

Chief executives
Name Title Tenure
Alfred S. Harris President 1895–1947
Vernon Mitchell 1947–1955
George S. Dively Chairman & CEO 1955–1972
Richard B. Tullis Chairman & CEO 1972–1978
Joseph A. Boyd Chairman & CEO 1978–1987
John T. Hartley Chairman & CEO 1987 – June 1995
Phillip W. Farmer Chairman, CEO & President July 1995 – January 2003
Howard L. Lance Chairman, CEO & President February 2003 – October 2011
William M. Brown Chairman, CEO & President November 2011 – present

Board of directors[edit]

  • William M. Brown - Chairman CEO & President
  • Peter W. Chiarelli
  • Thomas A. Dattilo
  • Terry D. Growcock
  • Lewis Hay III
  • Vyomesh I. Joshi
  • Karen Katen
  • Stephen P. Kaufman
  • Leslie F. Kenne
  • David B. Rickard
  • Dr. James C. Stoffel
  • Gregory T. Swienton
  • Hansel E. Tookes II

Business Segments[edit]

RF Communications[edit]

RF Communications[10] supplies secure tactical radio communications for military, defense, and other government organizations.[citation needed] The Falcon range of software-defined radio systems encompasses manpack, vehicular, handheld, and personal-role radio applications. Falcon III is a multiband, multimission tactical radio that enables networked battlefield communications through its wideband networking capability. Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications[11] designs and builds communications networks and products for customers in the public safety, civilian, federal agencies, utility, transportation, and transit markets. Products range from VIDA networks, to P25IP and OpenSky wireless communications systems for first responders to VIDA Broadband solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Government Communications Systems[edit]

Government Communications Systems develops, produces, integrates, and supports systems for defense, national intelligence, federal and civil customers. Its customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and national intelligence agencies, as well as Federal civilian agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, U. S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.[citation needed]

Government Communications Systems is composed of three customer focused businesses—Defense Programs,[12] National Intelligence Programs,[13] Civil Programs.[14]

Mass surveillance[edit]

Harris Corporation manufactures and markets multiple surveillance products, such as the Stingray phone tracker, and the Hailstorm phone tracker (see below); These devices masquerade as legitimate cellphone towers in order to trick the mobile handset into connecting to it instead of the real cellular network, so that authorities can monitor all wireless voice and data traffic originating in a given area, as well as to pinpoint the location of mobile handsets.[15][16] These devices have proven controversial as they siphon up the communications of all handsets in their vicinity, including those of innocent individuals not suspected of any wrongdoing or crimes.[17] Harris corporation has also come under fire for requiring local municipalities, police departments and state governments to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) and to hide their usage and field trials of these surveillance technologies from citizens.[18][19] Such NDA may violate public record and open access laws. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) among others have filed several lawsuits over denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and violations of the public records laws of Florida.[20][21][22] On 27 May 2014 ACLU of Florida had an appointment to review documents pertaining to the usage of these surveillance devices in Sarasota, Florida. However, the US Marshals office intervened in the last moment and seized control over the documents by claiming ownership of them.[23][24]

In September of 2014 the ACLU received documents and emails between Harris Corp. and the Federal Communications Commission relating to FCC approval of Harris' surveillance systems.[25] ACLU then sent a letter to FCC stating, in their view, Harris mislead FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) staff during the regulatory review process by falsely claiming the systems were only used in emergency situations and not criminal investigations.[26]

Mobile Phone Monitoring Products from Harris Corp.[27][28][29][30]
Product Introduced Cost Features
Stingray 2001 $68,479 IMSI-catcher. Gathers information from mobile phones including location and metadata
Stingray II 2007 $134,952 IMSI-catcher. Gathers information from mobile phones including location and metadata
Kingfish 2003 $25,349 Surveillance transceiver for tracking mobile phones
Amberjack 2002 $35,015 Directional antenna used to help track mobile phones; used in conjunction with Stingray, Gossamer and Kingfish
Harpoon 2008 $16,000-$19,000 Amplifier to boost the signal of a Stingray or Kingfish
Hailstorm ? $169,602 IMSI catcher. Gathers information from mobile phones including location and metadata. Also can intercept content.
Gossamer 2001 $19,696 IMSI catcher, smaller than Stingray, can be used for denial-of-service attacks on phones.
Triggerfish 1997 $90,000-$102,000 Intercepts mobile conversations in real time. May be obsolete

Integrated Network Solutions[edit]

Integrated Network Solutions, which includes Broadcast Communications, supplies technology solutions to TV stations and networks; cable, satellite, telecommunications, and other media content providers; government customers; and sports and entertainment organizations.[citation needed]

List of Harris acquisitions[edit]

Below is a list of all Harris acquisitions, starting in 1995.

  • Carefx (2011)
  • Schlumberger Global Communications Services (GCS) Division (2011)
  • CapRock Communications (2010)[31]
  • SignaCert (2010)*[32]
  • SolaCom ATC Solutions (2009)
  • Tyco Electronics (MA-COM) Wireless Systems (2009)
  • Crucial Security, Inc. (2009)
  • Zandar Technologies Ltd. (2007)
  • Multimax (2007)
  • Aastra Digital Video (2006)
  • Optimal Solutions, Inc. (2006)
  • Leitch Technology (2005)
  • Orkand Corporation (2004 – Now Harris IT Services)
  • Encoda Systems (2004)
  • ImageLinks, Inc. (2004)
  • Hirschmann Multimedia Communications Network (2001)
  • Exigent International, Inc. (2001)
  • Wavtrace, Inc. (2000)
  • Lucent Technologies' Point-to-Point Microwave Business (2000)
  • Louth Automation (2000)
  • Audio Broadcast Group, Inc. (1999)
  • Pacific Research & Engineering Corporation (1999)
  • CHOICE Microsystems (1999)
  • Intraplex, Inc. (1999)
  • Agfa Copying Systems, Inc. (1998)
  • Trans-Comp, Inc. (1998 – Spun off with Lanier Worldwide)
  • Northeast Broadcast Lab (1997)
  • NovAtel Communications (1995)
  • Triplett Corporation's Cellular and Telecommunications Business (1995)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Harris Corporation FY '14 Fourth Quarter Summary". http://harris.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Harris Corporation Reports Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter Results". http://harris.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Harris Corporation, August 2013
  4. ^ Brevard County Public Schools, 10 October 2013
  5. ^ "Top 100 Contractors Report - Fiscal Year 2009". fpds.gov. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Peterson, Patrick (17 October 2010). "Harris considers PB overhaul". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1E. 
  7. ^ Harris Corporation
  8. ^ http://harris.com/press/article.asp?id=3558
  9. ^ Leitch agrees to $450 million acquisition by Harris, BroadcastEngineering, 1 September 2005
  10. ^ Tactical Radios & Defense Communications | Harris Corporation
  11. ^ Harris Corporation
  12. ^ Harris Corporation
  13. ^ Harris Corporation
  14. ^ Harris Corporation
  15. ^ "Secret Military Device ‘Hailstorm’ Used By Michigan Police, FOIA Request By Detroit News Denied". The Pontiac Tribune. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Gallagher, Ryan (10 January 2013). "FBI Documents Shine Light on Clandestine Cellphone Tracking Tool". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Campbell, Jon (24 January 2013). "LAPD Spied on 21 Using StingRay Anti-Terrorism Tool". LA Weekly. Retrieved 5 August 2014. "The portable StingRay device impersonates a cellphone tower, electronically fooling all nearby mobile phones — not just the suspect's phone — to send their signals into an LAPD computer. That signal reveals to police the location of phones in real time." 
  18. ^ Mike Masnick (20 June 2014). "New Emails Show That Feds Instructed Police To Lie About Using Stingray Mobile Phone Snooping". Techdirt. Retrieved 5 August 2014. "...police were claiming that non-disclosure agreements prevented them from getting a warrant to use the technology." 
  19. ^ Nathan Freed Wessler (3 March 2014). "Police Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracker From Courts Because Manufacturer Asked". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved 2 August 2014. "Police opted not to get warrants authorizing either their use of the stingray or the apartment search. Incredibly, this was apparently because they had signed a nondisclosure agreement with the company that gave them the device." 
  20. ^ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/02/secretive-stingray-surveillance-tool-becomes-more-pervasive-questions-over-its
  21. ^ https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/victory-judge-releases-information-about-police-use
  22. ^ https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/doj-emails-show-feds-were-less-explicit-judges-cell
  23. ^ https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/internal-police-emails-show-efforts-hide-use-cell
  24. ^ Kim Zetter (3 June 2014). "U.S. Marshals Seize Cops’ Spying Records to Keep Them From the ACLU". wired.com. Wired (Threat Level). 
  25. ^ Nathan Freed Wessler; Nicole Ozer (17 September 2014). "Documents Suggest Maker of Controversial Surveillance Tool Misled the FCC". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "ACLU and ACLU of Northern California Letter to FCC" (PDF). American Civil Liberties Union. 17 September 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  27. ^ Gallagher, Ryan (25 September 2013). "Meet the machines that steal your phone’s data". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Harris Corporation AmberJack, StingRay, StingRay II, KingFish Wireless Surveillance Products Price List". City of Miami, Harris Corp, Public Intelligence. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2014. "This price list for Harris Corporation wireless surveillance products was published on the website of the City of Miami." 
  29. ^ "Harris Corporation: Putting the "Sting" in Mobile Location Tracking". Insider Surveillance. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  30. ^ Gillum, Jack (22 March 2014). "Police keep quiet about cell-tracking technology". Associated Press, Yahoo News. Retrieved 3 August 2014. "...police didn't comply with the state's public-records law because they did not fully disclose Stingray-related records and allowed Harris Corp. to dictate what information could be made public." 
  31. ^ Harris Corporation Completes Acquisition of CapRock Communications
  32. ^ "Communications company Harris Corp to acquire IT compliance organisation". newstatesman.com. May 2010. 

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