Satnews Daily
September 29th, 2010

Harris... FAME, Fortune + The UAE (JV)

[SatNews] Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and Atlas Telecom have announced the launch of a new joint venture known as Harris Atlas that will deliver innovative intelligence solutions such as enhanced video management and geospatial 3D visualization specifically designed for the UAE.

The partnership will be officially announced at a press conference at Harris Atlas' new headquarters in Abu Dhabi, which will be attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Harris CEO Howard Lance, and Atlas CEO, Ahmed Seddiq Al Mutuwaa. While Atlas Telecom has a long-standing presence in the Middle East, having been established in the UAE in 1983, and Harris has delivered broadcast and RF communications products into the region in partnership with Atlas and others for more than 20 years, the venture marks Harris' and Atlas' official entrance into the region to focus on the delivery of large-scale, mission-critical intelligence systems. Among the initiatives the new company will roll out in the region is Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine (FAME) — a platform that provides video, audio and metadata (essentially data about data) coding, video analytics and archive capabilities. All this can be accessed from one central source at the touch of a button, helping government and commercial agencies improve their situational awareness and responsiveness. Users of the platform in the UAE would have better access to better-quality data, and be able to distribute it more quickly and efficiently. Another major initiative is the Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (E-GIS) solution, which provides high-resolution, 3D visualization and mapping for various government and commercial applications. The E-GIS solution reflects Harris' extensive experience in processing and combining multiple types of imagery and graphics into composite products that provide customers with advanced image exploitation. The solution uses advanced technologies for image processing, image data fusion, display technologies, and digital product generation.