美国防部启动第5个5G试验基地—内利斯空军基地(英文)

2020-05-30 智邦网

编译 致远

据c4isrnet网2020年5月29日报道,美国防部集中在4个军事基地组织5G测试,并宣布启动第5个5G研发试验基地:内利斯空军基地。

美空军作战中心和国防部负责研究与工程的副部长办公室将联合建立一个用于实验的5G无线网络(cellular network )。

美国防部5G技术主管兼5G开发负责人约瑟夫·埃文斯表示:“国防部认为5G技术对保持美国军事与经济优势至关重要”,“我们将于7月在内利斯基地开建5G网络,明年1月全面投入使用。”

该专用内网仅用于测试。

基地将用于移动测试,配备可移动设置手机发射塔(relocatable cell towers ),不到一小时就可随意安装拆卸。

基地测试于明年1月开始,将持续开展三个“12个月阶段”测试工作。国防部将通过“信息战研究计划”,使用“其他交互影响权限”(Other Transactional Authority),寻求商业软件样机组织网络测试。

样机分为两个方面:可持续运营(survivable)的指挥控制系统和无线网络增强的应用与服务。

关于可持续运营的C2,国防部希望建立或修改在5G体系架构内支持分布式规划和任务执行功能的软件,应用程序可使用音频、手势,增强现实设备和触觉,与软件接口;

关于网络增强,国防部需求新的5G应用途径,如“网络切片”(network slicing),允许运营商根据需要专用部分网络,以及软件定义网络。

在国家频谱联盟完成其他四个军事基地项目招标后,国防部决定在内利斯基地启动5G测试。

国防部推动在刘易斯·麦克霍德联合基地开展增强现实与虚拟现实5G测试、希尔空军基地的动态频谱共享测试、海军陆战队后勤基地和圣迭戈海军基地的智能仓库测试后,国家频谱联盟于3月提出样机招标书。

Pentagon to open Nellis Air Force Base for 5G testing

Just as the Department of Defense wraps up solicitations for 5G testing at four military bases, the Pentagon announced it will open up a fifth site for 5G development: Nellis Air Force Base.

Together, the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering will build a 5G cellular network for experimentation.

“The Defense Department recognizes 5G technology is vital to maintaining America’s military and economic advantages,” said Joseph Evans, DOD technical director for 5G and the lead for the department’s 5G development effort. “We expect to start construction on the network at Nellis in July and have it fully operational in January of next year.”

The private network will only be available for testing.

The base will be used for mobile testing, with relocatable cell towers that can be set up and removed in less than an hour. Testing at Nellis will start in January and continue in three 12-month phases. The department is seeking commercial software prototypes for testing on the network through the Information Warfare Research Projects using an Other Transactional Authority.

Prototypes must fall into two areas: applications and services for survivable command and control and wireless network enhancements. For survivable C2, the department wants to build or revise software that supports distributed planning and mission execution functions under 5G architectures. Applications can use audio, gestures, augmented reality devices and haptics for interfacing with the software. For network enhancements, the department is seeking novel 5G applications such as network slicing, which allows operators to dedicate portions of their networks for specific uses, and software-defined networking.

The decisions to open up testing at Nellis comes as the National Spectrum Consortium wraps up its solicitation at four other military bases.

The consortium began issuing solicitations for prototypes in March as DOD pushed to test 5G enabled augmented reality and virtual reality at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, dynamic spectrum sharing at Hill Air Force Base, and smart warehouses at Marine Corps Logistics Base and Naval Base San Diego.

The final solicitation closed May 29.

“The responses have been overwhelming,” said Randy Clark, vice chair of the National Spectrum Consortium. “Last year (the consortium) grew about 35 percent on the announcement or report that Congress would be releasing funds for 5G research. So far this year in 2020, our membership continues to grow. I think 25 percent in the first quarter.”

Responses have been evenly spread across all four solicitations so far, with about 40 responses each, Clark said. Contracts could be awarded in 45-60 days, he added, based on prior experience.

“The importance the government is putting on accelerating this research and engineering for national security reasons is paramount to ensuring the U.S. continues its global leadership in the 5G ecosystem,” said Clark.


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