FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI)

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Enabling the Performance of Safe and Efficient Air Transportation Each Day Through a Highly Available, Secure Telecommunications Network


Harris Mission Critical Communications and FTI ... Did You Know?

The Harris FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network provides critical voice, data, and video communications for NAS operations and mission support functions. FTI securely connects over 4,500 national and international FAA and DoD facilities,   manages over 22,000 services, and supports over 50,000 users. Industry experts agree that Harris’ architecture “represents industry best practice and provides the FAA with significant improvements in reliability and capacity for future growth.”

Enterprise Architecture

  • Providing landline, satellite, and microwave technology

  • Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) communications

  • Internet Protocol (IP) communications

  • High Availability design of optical backbone:

    • Dual metro ring SONET access

    • Diverse paths

    • Diverse point-of-presence facilities with carrier class equipment

    • Fully redundant routed IP network

    • Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) for faster switching

    • Intermediate System to Intermediate System (ISIS) for fast convergence of the network

    • Data privacy through layer 1 segregation

  • Flexible architecture to support various protocols, telecommunication service types, data rates, interface types, physical interfaces, security levels, diversity options, and delivery options (accommodates legacy  Government interfaces as well as leading edge technology

  • Supports various levels of Quality of Service (QoS) to provide priority to critical services

Outstanding Performance

  • High availability services exceed .99999 availability

  • Audited site diversity

  • High-speed throughput performance (low latency)

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