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5G networking – the fifth-generation mobile network – can provide various advantages in the maritime arena, with solutions for potential use in national defense and homeland security.
The US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and AT&T will develop and test 5G and edge computing-based solutions. Their work is expected to pave the way for unmanned and autonomous vehicles, that will enhance, for example, multi-domain situational awareness, command and control, training, logistics, predictive maintenance, and data analytics.
Under a three-year collaborative research and development agreement, high-speed, low-latency AT&T 5G networking and edge computing capabilities will support 5G-focused experiments incorporating artificial intelligence, data analytics, the internet of things, machine learning, robotics and smart base solutions.
Understanding the maritime potential of 5G technology can be relevant for communications and connection to computing assets in vast regions, such as the Pacific Ocean.
Experiments will be conducted as part of NPS’ Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) program, which facilitates maritime experiments with emerging technologies in different physical environments, at its main campus and a beach lab in California.
The work started in July 2020 and ends in July 2023, with 5G expected to go live in the middle of 2022, according to defensesystems.com.