Exelis C4i to deliver interoperable communications system to the Port of Darwin


Exelis C4i to deliver interoperable communications system to the Port of Darwin

MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Exelis C4i, a business unit of Exelis Inc. (NYS: XLS) , has been selected by Australian Maritime Systems to provide its SwitchplusIP®port and harbor control communications system to the Port of Darwin.

Located in the Northern Territory and often referred to as Australia's "Gateway to Asia," the Port of Darwin is primarily used by the mining, agriculture, horticulture, tourism and construction industries.

The Exelis SwitchplusIP system enables communications across dispersed maritime operations, management personnel and systems. Port procedures, radios and telephony are integrated onto a single touchscreen providing a complete operational picture for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) personnel. Single platform communication and automation decrease the time employees spend on manually recording and relaying information, greatly enhancing safety and efficiency for port operations.

"This order marks the fourth Australian port utilizing Exelis C4i technology, including the Ports of Sydney, Dampier and Townsville," said Peter Harrison, managing director for the Exelis C4i business. "Our system is ideal for ship traffic management, active monitoring of vessels and navigational advice. Its flexibility provides VTS customers with opportunities for tailoring and growth of the system to meet future maritime capacity and safety requirements."

SwitchplusIP can be mobile or land-based and uses VoIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol) technology to integrate legacy and modern equipment. The system is fully fault tolerant and has network redundancy at every end-point to ensure high availability, minimum downtime and rapid access to vital tactical communication assets at all times. The backup design allows for continuous operations in severe weather, such as cyclones, that may eliminate systems or radio sites.

Exelis C4i is based in Melbourne, Australia, and provides advanced communications software that supports mission-critical communications for a range of applications including air traffic management, defense, public safety, mining and homeland security. C4i Pty. Ltd. was acquired by Exelis in January 2013.

About Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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