Harris Corporation Digital Signage System Chosen for Australia's Falls Creek and Mount Hotham Ski Resorts

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Solution uses wireless connectivity to overcome challenge of networking over mountain

Last Updated: February 26, 2007 5:08 pm GMT
(SYDNEY, Australia, February 26, 2007) Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has supplied Australian Alpine Enterprises (AAE) with the organization’s first digital signage network, which provides real-time ski conditions and other information to visitors at its Falls Creek and Mount Hotham resorts in Victoria, Australia.

AAE chose Harris Corporation’s InfoCaster™ -- a cost-effective, out-of-the-box, digital signage solution for content creators and cable broadcasters. A single InfoCaster™ workstation provides full-screen, multizone content to a local display screen. Systems also can be expanded to create an extensive digital signage network managed by InfoCaster™ Network Manager, which allows hundreds of InfoCaster™ players to be updated from a single location.

“We decided to replace the traditional signage with electronic signage because it allows dynamic changes to be made in real time as our marketing department sees necessary,” said Ned Woolley, AAE IT manager. “Our aim was to be able to provide visitors in all areas of the resort with up-to-date information, including ski conditions, lift ticket pricing, ‘What’s On’ info, weather news and entertainment.”

For stage one of the Falls Creek project, AAE installed an InfoCaster™ network consisting of seven players and screens located all over the mountain that are controlled by a single Network Manager. The snowy, mountainous regions of Falls Creek presented significant technical challenges during the installation, particularly concerning the networking.

“Due to the layout of the mountain and the cost of cabling, operators had to install a wireless 802.11b network over the mountain to get connectivity,” said Don Dennis, Harris national sales manager. “The system performed so successfully that AAE decided to roll out three more screens.”

The successful InfoCaster™ installation at Falls Creek led AAE to rollout a similar system comprising a Network Manager and three players at its Mount Hotham resort. Two of these players are used in the resort’s ticketing area: one as a guest channel and the other as a point-of-sale channel. The third player is used as a channel on the internal master antenna television system.

“Our technical issues were reduced at Mount Hotham because we housed all the machines in the server room, and because we had the experience from the previous installation at Falls Creek,” said Clint Zikesch, Mount Hotham Skiing Company IT manager. “We are absolutely delighted with the performance of the InfoCaster™ system and the entire Harris team.”

An InfoCaster™ workstation system contains both the InfoCaster™ software and video output card required to display digital signage. This turnkey system enables creation, editing and output of live digital signage content, and allows changes to be made to a layout in real time while the system is playing.

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™ 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 http://www.harris.com

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