L3Harris Engineers and Products

by L3Harris on 10/04/2019

Ying Huang:

"I have worked at L3Harris for over 22 years having started at Vivid Technologies. I joined as a software developer working in the role for more than 10 years and then transitioned to being a program manager for the last 10 years.

As a senior program manager within engineering, my main responsibilities are passionately driving the delivery of new high quality products from design concept to final solution, leading cross functional team of product development projects and other sustaining initiatives. From the start of a project to its completion, I ensure it meets the requirements, is within the budget and is delivered on schedule.

Currently I mainly work on MV3D product, it is a non-rotating gantry standard 3 EDS system (Explosives Detection System) for Checked Baggage. As a senior program manager, I was part of the project management team, driving MV3D system from a prototype to its final product.

While working with cross-functional team including R&D, software, mechanical, electrical and system engineers in multiple physical locations (MA and FL), it is essential for me to work very closely and effectively with the wider team. From establishing project objectives and plan including budgets and resources, to delegating assignments to team members, and tracking key activities to successful completion. It took years of efforts by a multi-disciplinary team to develop our fantastic product.

The non-rotating design of the MV3D plus the lack of labor intensive assemblies like air conditioning mean the MV3D currently has a quarterly PM  schedule with additional checks made at six and 12 months. The similar EDS with rotating design normally needs more frequent weekly PM. MV3D delivers an unbeatable combination of innovative technology, superior threat detection, reliable performance and cost efficiency."

John Price:

"I have been with L3Harris for 17 years. My primary responsibility is to lead all software development activity for the MV3D. I have worked on many products that provide security for the flying public at L3Harris including MVTHR, Provision, Clearscan and Optinet.

The MV3D is one of the first high speed scanners that utilizes state of the art architecture that allows it to process a very high rate of passenger bags per hour. I started on the hardware, later moving on to the system control, image analysis, networking, and GUI software. This software makes the MV3D operate efficiently at many airports.

We follow a practical development process for both the system software and hardware to enhance the product throughout its lifecycle. To ensure customer satisfaction, we start our process with concise requirements where many concepts could then be generated. After a review we select the viable concept and launch our development. Along with the coding activity, we hold many reviews, communicating our status to each team member. Our final product is extensively tested prior to being delivered to the airports.

Typical project development times range from two months to six months. The primary benefit an MV3D is to provide highest level of safety for the flying public. The MV3D is one of a few large x-ray systems for checked baggage screening systems available in the world utilizing a fixed gantry versus the rotating gantry design. We proved it could be done and I am proud to have participated in its design and deployment."

Darin Beaudreau:

"I’ve been with L3Harris now for just over a year. I am part of a team responsible for developing software for our x-ray systems, working on anything from software updates to new features that provide more efficient processes for our security agents and the flying public at airports.

Much of my work is on ClearScan, which is a baggage scanner used in airport checkpoints to check for the presence of potential threats inside of passenger bags. It allows the operator to take a look inside the bag without having to open it and determine if the bag needs to be searched more thoroughly. I am currently working on improving the user interface which helps the operator to evaluate contents within the x-ray images. ClearScan allows you to see a full x-ray image of the insides of a passenger’s bag. It can be used to spot things that an operator manually searching the bag would never find. This combined with the speed at which ClearScan is able to process x-ray images allows us to make air travel safer while speeding up the airport checkpoints.

Prior to any development work taking place we always make sure that the requirements are well understood. I conduct research, engage our customers, and evaluate for similar features from other products before inventing new code. Every piece of software created undergoes extensive testing before being released to the airports. My development could take between 1-3 months before being completely deployed at the airports.

A bonus fact; we are the manufacturer who created the first CT system for the airport checkpoint application in the world. By constantly improving our products and ultimately enhancing the security and passenger experience, we look forward to seeing an increase number of our systems deployed at the airport worldwide."