The U.S. Army has awarded the National Spectrum Consortium a potential $2.5B prototype other transaction agreement to help coordinate research and development projects designed to improve spectrum utilization, advance microelectronics and upgrade communications infrastructure to enable protected and resilient networks.
An award notice posted Tuesday says Army Contracting Command – New Jersey awarded the Spectrum Forward Consortium OTA on behalf of the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
NSC will serve as a liaison between the government and its member contractors on prototype projects to meet several technology objectives, such as accelerating the integration, maturation and deployment of 4th Industrial Revolution, digital technology improvements and dual-use information communications infrastructure that contribute to operational capability and operating in congested spectrum environments with users in co-located bands in a way that is resilient to interference, according to a solicitation for the OTA.
The Spectrum Forward OTA’s technology areas include massive multiple input, multiple output; 3D beam-forming; waveform diversity; multifunction radio frequency; cognitive spectrum sharing; machine learning; cognitive sensing; virtual reality; mixed reality; smart technologies; digital twin; and 5G.
NSC is an R&D organization that facilitates collaboration between industry, government agencies and academia and incubates novel technologies to advance 5G implementation and spectrum access and sharing.