Perspecta Labs to support DoD on 5G tech experimentation
On April 5, Chantilly, VA-based Perspecta Inc. announced that its applied research arm, Perspecta Labs, received multiple awards for large-scale experimentation and prototyping of dual-use 5G technology for the Department of Defense (DOD). Perspecta Labs was awarded two prime contracts with a combined ceiling value of $8.1 million and a 39-month period of performance if all options are exercised. Perspecta Labs will also perform as a subcontractor on two additional contracts. The four projects represent new work for the company.
Commercial 5G mobile broadband technology delivers high speeds and significantly faster response times than current 4G technology, thus greatly increasing capacity for Internet of Things (IoT) networking and creating the ability to harness billions of connected sensors, smart appliances and wireless devices. By supporting full-scale testing of novel 5G prototypes in operational environments, the DOD will accelerate implementation of advanced wireless communications.
Perspecta Labs will lead and participate in large-scale 5G prototypes for logistics, smart warehouses, dynamic spectrum utilization and spectrum sharing.
“Operational-scale experimentation and testing are critical to achieving the potential of commercial 5G infrastructure in industries from defense, transportation and logistics to critical infrastructure, health care and manufacturing,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs. “Perspecta Labs is excited to design, implement and deploy dual-use 5G prototypes at DOD test sites as part of the world’s largest full-scale 5G experiments.”
On the awarded prime contracts, Perspecta Labs will perform the following:
- Prime award of $5.0 million over 36 months for Navy Smart Warehouse 5G Network Enhancement Prototype at Naval Base Coronado (NBC), California to develop a 5G-enabled smart warehouse focused on transshipment between shore facilities and naval units. Perspecta Labs will develop an end-to-end, device-to-logistics-server security solution for 5G and additional IoT capacity based on novel cybersecurity techniques, advances in 5G radio and a zero trust 5G architecture.
- Prime award of $3.1 million over 39 for months for Dynamic Spectrum Utilization at Hill Air Force Base (HAFB), Utah to address the challenge of enabling Air Force radars to dynamically share spectrum with 5G cellular services in the 3.1–3.45 GHz band. Perspecta Labs will develop an intelligent 5G system control based on machine learning and sophisticated signal processing techniques to rapidly detect and react to radar activity, interpret radar-obfuscated sensor data and improve spectrum utilization.