New York and Salt Lake City Selected As Wireless Research Testbeds

April 11, 2018
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To further the advancement of the wireless technology that will drive cities into the future, Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office will help develop and deploy testbeds in New York and Salt Lake City. These two cities are the first participants in PAWR’s program, which is designed to help drive wireless research. US Ignite and Northeastern University will operate the project.

Salt Lake City’s platform, POWDER-RENEW, will be a collaborative effort between the University of Utah, Rice University and leaders from both the State of Utah and the municipal government. The wireless research platform will cover 1.2 square miles of downtown Salt Lake City, 2.3 square miles of the University of Utah campus and a two-mile stretch connecting the two areas. The platform has the potential to reach 40,000 people and will specialize in advances in dynamic spectrum sharing and advanced wireless antenna technologies.

Work on COSMOS, the New York platform, will be led by researchers from NYU, Rutgers and Columbia in partnership with New York City, Silicon Harlem, City College of New York, University of Arizona and IBM. The COSMOS platform will drive innovation relating to ultra-high-bandwidth and low-latency wireless communications coupled with edge computing, as well as millimeter-wave radio communications and dynamic optical switching technologies.

“These networks are the foundation for a new breed of services rapidly becoming possible in neighborhoods and municipalities across the country,” US Ignite COO Joe Kochan wrote in press release. “One day soon, we’ll look back on the launch of these platforms as the beginning of a paradigm shift, a profound transformation of the fundamental ways in which we as Americans work, live, learn, and play in society.”

Both the National Science Foundation and a consortium of 28 networking companies fund PAWR. The NSF has committed $50 million in funding to the program. In addition, the PAWR Industry Consortium will commit a further $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions. Funding will be disbursed over seven years.

PAWR’s efforts will not stop with New York and Salt Lake City. The RFI for the program’s second round is currently out and can be accessed here.

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