The U.S. Department of Defense has unveiled a 5G request for prototype proposal calling for industry input into technology development related to augmented and virtual reality testbeds, networks, and applications at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.
Last week, the DOD issued two 5G Smart Warehouse request for prototype proposals for technology development at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Georgia and Naval Base San Diego.
“The DOD released another 5G-related request for prototype proposal, this one focused on developing augmented reality and virtual reality for warfighter training,” says Joseph Dyer, chief strategy officer of the National Spectrum Consortium.
“This is the third of four 5G-related RPPs, which will help ensure that the U.S. continues to have the technical edge on the battlefield. We strongly encourage our members to collaborate and respond to these important RPPs to support innovation and make sure that the United States remains a global technology leader on 5G.”
Specifically, the department issued the request for prototype proposals to support the following government requirements:
- NSC-20-2110 – Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Prototype 5G Testbed
- NSC-20-2120 – Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality 5G Network Enhancements Prototype
- NSC-20-2130 – Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality 5G Applications Prototype
This is the third of four requests for prototype proposals the department has announced and is planning to release in relation to 5G technology development. The other planned request for prototype proposal relates to dynamic spectrum sharing.
Members of the consortium in good standing can submit proposals in response to the request. More information is available here, and full proposals are due April 30 at noon EST.
The consortium is a team of technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and program managers from industry, academia, and government working to solve problems facing the U.S. regarding 5G and related technologies.