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LG partners with Harris to deliver digital spectrum solution for emergency response data transfer capability

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Delivering Vital Data Directly to First Responders, MPH(TM) Offers Public Safety, Homeland Security Capabilities




LG-Harris Technology Helps Provide Critical Communications Services

LAS VEGAS, April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on efforts by
the nation's broadcasters to use a portion of the digital television (DTV)
data stream to relay vital information to police, fire, medical and other
first responders, MPH(TM) in-band mobile DTV promises to bring a new
dimension to communications in emergencies, both natural and man-made.

Developed by LG Electronics Inc., its U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith, and
Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), MPH provides robust over-the-air DTV
signals and vital public safety information to mobile, pedestrian and
handheld devices. MPH allows local broadcasters to deliver local news,
weather and traffic information, both video and data, even when traveling
in fast-moving vehicles or using handheld devices away from home.

At its exhibit at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
convention here this week, Harris -- with the cooperation of New Hampshire
Public Television, the University of New Hampshire and Project 54, a
collaborative R&D effort between the university and the New Hampshire
Department of Safety -- is demonstrating delivery of public safety-related
data over a locally generated MPH channel. This demonstration is enabled by
the SkyScraper(TM) datacasting system, a unique point-to-multipoint content
distribution system developed by Triveni Digital, Inc., another LG
Electronics subsidiary.

Dr. Jong Kim, president of LG's Zenith R&D Lab, said, "At a time when
Congress and the FCC continue to search for TV-spectrum solutions to the
communications challenges posed by events such as 9/11 and Hurricane
Katrina, MPH has the potential to become an important new asset.

"By introducing the element of mobility," Kim said, "MPH enhances the
delivery of critical data such as building blueprints, hazardous materials
locations and evacuation routes. With its proven capability, MPH can
transmit emergency information not only to institutions, but also to
individual police officers, firefighters and hospital personnel via
handheld and in-dash devices in their rapidly moving vehicles."

Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications, added,
"Datacasting critical-services information directly to first responders,
including those en route to an emergency, is yet another contribution local
over-the-air broadcasters will make to their communities.

"With its powerful and highly flexible data pipe, the DTV broadcast
infrastructure represents a valuable new resource in situations ranging
from police, fire and medical emergencies to severe weather and homeland
security crises. The advent of MPH mobile DTV seems certain to make
public-safety datacasting even more effective," he said.

About LG Electronics

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology
innovator in mobile communications, consumer electronics and home
appliances, employing more than 82,000 people working in over 110
operations, including 81 subsidiaries around the world. LG Electronics USA,
based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is LG's North American subsidiary. In the
United States, LG Electronics sells a wide range of consumer electronics
(digital display and digital media) products, mobile phones and digital
appliances under LG's "Life's Good" marketing theme. LG's U.S. R&D
subsidiary, Zenith, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a long-time leader in
consumer electronics technologies and a pioneer in digital HDTV. Zenith
merged with LG Electronics in 1999. For additional information, please
visit http://www.LGusa.com.

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 almost $5 billion and 16,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000
engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class
assured communications(R) products, systems, and services. Additional
information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com.

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