In the global race for widespread 5G deployment, researchers along with the telecom industry has pushed the limits of lab testing and are ready to create larger test beds for 5G applications including VR and autonomous travel. The National Science Foundation has announced it will invest $100 million over then next seven years to build 5G test bed networks, starting with two U.S. cities, New York and Salt Lake City.
The NSF’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research initiative (PAWR) will start with a platform in New York City called COSMOS, covering one square mile in Harlem.
NSF announces major #PAWR milestone joining leading networking companies & associations to support next generation wireless research platforms based in Salt Lake City and New York City to advance 4G, LTE and emerging 5G. https://t.co/Q78yQyfWKK #NSFfunded pic.twitter.com/duTwRZzhMZ
— NSF Comp & Info (@NSF_CISE) April 9, 2018
“COSMOS is an outdoor laboratory that will allow us to test entirely new classes of wireless applications such as smart intersections that can process massive data in real-time,” said principal investigator Dipankar Raychaudhuri, an engineering professor at Rutgers University and director of its Wireless Information Network Laboratory.
Rutgers led by Distinguished Professor Dipankar Raychaudhuri wins NSF PAWR Award for $12.5M + $10M industry contribution over 5 years. Rutgers is the lead organization. Other team members: Ivan Seskar, Marco Gruteser, Thu Nguyen, Narayan Mandayam and James (Barr) Von Oehsen. pic.twitter.com/x8JKjcAacw
— Rutgers ECE (@RutgersECE) April 9, 2018
The incubator will enable real-world testing for Softare-Defined Radios, Edge Cloud, Advanced Optical Networking and more.
In Utah the Platform for Open Wirless Data-Driven Experimental Research (POWDER) will focus on massive MIMO and network optimization across future network transmitters, according to IEEE.
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