Harris to upgrade 31 stadiums and Pro Football Hall of Fame to HD
LAS VEGAS, April 16 /CNW/ -- National Football League (NFL) referees for
the first time will be able to review instant replays with the sharpest images
possible thanks to high definition (HD) technology from Harris Corporation
(NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology
The NFL has placed an order with Harris for the purchase of hardware,
software and services that will enable the league to upgrade its officiating
instant replay system to HD at its 31 stadiums nationwide. The instant replay
systems are used to help make determinations that are challenged by coaches
and booth reviews.
The order includes 33 Harris(R) NEXIO(TM) HD servers as the primary
servers with another 33 providing redundancy, an HD version of FORCE software
(Football Officiating Replay Challenge Expeditor), routing and distribution
gear. The new NEXIO(TM) HD server systems will replace the current analog
instant replay system, which have been in use since 1999. The existing systems
have been based on the Leitch VR-300 server, now considered older technology.
One of these systems will be sent to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
for display purposes. The original system was developed by Leitch Technology
Corporation, a company since acquired by Harris Corporation.
The new NEXIO(TM)-based HD instant replay system will be deployed and
ready for use at the opening preseason game on August 5th at the Pro Football
Hall of Fame between the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers on NFL
"The NFL wanted to move its instant replay systems to next-generation HD
server technology to maintain a continued, high-level of reliability for
future broadcasts," said Rich Zabel, vice president of sales for the Eastern
region, Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division.
"We are pleased to upgrade our systems to reflect innovations in
technology," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating. "The
new HD systems will provide our officials with state-of-the-art equipment to
further enhance their ability to make proper calls."
"Since today's NFL games are being broadcast in HDTV, it was critical to
have this official replay system also support all the major HDTV broadcast
formats," added Jeff Howard, the NFL's senior executive of engineering and
These Harris products are a part of an NFL initiative to provide HD
upgrades to the infrastructures of the 31 NFL stadiums nationwide. At each
stadium, the new HD instant replay system will be installed in the replay
booth, which are manned by replay official, a video technician, a video
operator and a communicator.
The two remaining HD instant replay systems will be used by the NFL to
train officials at its annual officiating clinic, slated for July in Dallas,
and at other training sessions.
"Our customers are transitioning to HD on a global scale, and we see them
embracing the reliability of our NEXIO(TM) HD server technology as they do,"
said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Corporation's Broadcast
Communications Division. "NEXIO(TM) is a reliable technology -- with thousands
of channels currently operating at broadcast facilities worldwide. The NFL has
enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Harris, and Harris met the NFL's
specific needs by working with the NFL on the FORCE development that
customizes the control application for Instant Replay."
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology
company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of about
$4 billion and more than 14,000 employees - including more than 6,000
engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services for global markets,
including government communications, RF communications, broadcast
communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com
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