Collier County

Harris Corporation Supporting Lee Williams Wildfire Fighting Efforts

March 8, 2017

Harris Corporation reached out to emergency management officials and first responders in Collier County, Florida, this week to offer support in battling the 7,000-acre Lee Williams wildfire.

Starting Sunday, company officials offered whatever materials the fire crews needed to continue the seamless communication among the different state and local agencies involved in fighting the fire. Those materials include spare radios, batteries, chargers and support personnel on standby.

Additionally, Harris offered use of its Helios intelligence and analytics platform, which uses existing traffic cameras to provide situational awareness in emergencies. Helios can provide historical information and predictive analysis of traffic and road conditions, weather, wind and visibility. The Helios network detected poor visibility along a 25-mile stretch of I-75 as a result of the fire, and it continues to capture and process images of the affected section of the highway.

Harris has also offered aerial sensing technology called Geiger-mode LiDAR after the fire is contained to help assess damage to property and the environment and plan necessary recovery and restoration.

Harris provides the communications infrastructure for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Collier County Emergency Management in addition to the state agencies responding to the fire through the State Law Enforcement Radio System. SLERS includes the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and others. Harris also provides communications for FPL, which is in the area managing power interruptions resulting from the fire. All the local and state agencies and utility can communicate seamlessly using Harris technologies.

About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems and Electronic Systems. Learn more at

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