Redline Communications Group and Morcom International have installed Redline’s 3GPP iLTE network in Arlington County, Virginia.
“This industrial-grade broadband wireless solution utilizes the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and provides improved broadband access, increased network stability and reliability, and minimal latency for real-time applications,” a statement from Redline reads. Redline is in the business of providing industrial wireless broadband network connectivity for mission-critical applications, Morcom designs and implements broadband wireless infrastructure systems. The statement said that Redline and Morcom completed the project’s first phase in a third of the time it usually takes to execute and deploy such projects.
According to Redine, the initial goal of Arlington County was to offer remote connectivity to educators as they sought to provide broadband internet access for remote learning to teachers and students throughout the county’s school system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Arlington County has been impressed by Redline’s and Morcom’s responsiveness and overall support of the county to date,” said Jack Belcher, Arlington County’s chief information officer. “The throughput capacity has been most evident in the speed with which they installed critical internet connections for educators — all under the CARES Act deadline.”
The CARES Act provides $31 billion in emergency funding to students, schools, institutions and states and gives states $13 billion to support school districts.
Arlington County has taken on operations and maintenance of the network itself minimizing the operating expense of the network, Redline disclosed. This step included the county acquiring its own private Redline FlexCore Evolved Packet Core (EPC) server via the infrastructure arrangement.
“The term, mission-critical, really begins in the classroom, whether it’s distance learning or on-site learning applications,” said Reno Moccia, Redline executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Redline is pleased to support Arlington County’s overall dedication to shared broadband wireless access and to connectivity, indoors or outdoors — and we look forward to our continued relationship.”
Manuel Ojeda, Morcom’s founder and chief technology officer, said that the COVID pandemic necessitated a great deal of agility in the design and implementation of this service.
Source: Redline Communications
A group of wireless technology companies — JMA, Federated Wireless, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Vectrus and Perspecta Labs — have deployed a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-enabled private 5G wireless network at the Marine Corps Logistics Command warehouse in Albany, Georgia. This new private network will support a broad set of smart warehouse use cases, including warehouse robotics, barcode scanning, and virtual reality applications.
“As a U.S.-based manufacturer and innovator, JMA was excited to be a part of an all-American team accelerating the adoption of 5G for our military’s logistics, warehousing, and maintenance,” a company spokesman said. “JMA’s software solution, XRAN, will give the base’s network an unprecedented level of flexibility. Instead of expensive hardware replacements every three to five years to keep up with technological advancements, XRAN will allow the network to quickly and continually evolve through simple software updates–all while matching the performance of the best custom hardware.”
This solution will usher in a new era of innovation and connectivity for government and military applications, and this deployment of XRAN comes at a time when the Department of Defense (DoD) is investing heavily in boosting U.S. leadership in 5G. In October 2020, DoD announced $600 million in awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five U.S. military sites, representing the largest-full scale 5G tests for military applications that also have applicability to the commercial world.
“5G policy is increasingly important for U.S. national security,” company spokesman said. “The transition to 5G is critical to continued U.S. leadership – both in business and in military applications. That’s why the ability of American companies to support the Pentagon’s efforts to strengthen the nation’s warfighting capabilities, as well as U.S. economic competitiveness is so essential.”
JMA’s private wireless network solutions for enterprises and government users are turnkey operable. Existing IT personnel can manage the network with just basic training, providing marines an opportunity to learn and evolve new core skillsets for post-service civilian careers.
Geoverse, a private cellular network operator, today announced it is the managed service partner for the Citizens Broadband Radio Network (CBRS) network being rolled out across Tucson, Arizona, by the city’s municipal government. The network will enable remote learning and multiple smart city applications in the first phase and new use cases and applications in follow-on phases. According to Geoverse, the city’s private network is one of the largest municipal cellular deployments rolled out so far in the United States.
The city has deployed the Geoverse GeoCore Evolved Packet Core (EPC) as the critical control element to manage the CBRS radio network infrastructure from JMA Wireless, the Spectrum Access Service (SAS) from Google, and the many user devices. Mobile devices and end points will be populated with a Geoverse subscriber identity module (SIM) card, enabling them to securely connect to the private network and utilize capabilities such as roaming if they travel off-net.
With the increasing requirement for remote learning, multiple school districts across Tucson faced an all-too-familiar problem: Many households lacked the resources to connect their school-age children. With limited resources and budgets, these school districts approached the city’s IT department to see how it could help address this digital divide.
Collin Boyce, the city government’s CIO, embraced the challenge and quickly developed a strategic plan that started with a school and city-county partnership. Local municipal assets such as city fiber and building rooftops and towers, combined with federal grant money, resulted in a viable plan to solve the student connectivity issue near-term, while also creating a network that could benefit the community elsewhere long-term.
A Wi-Fi approach was considered, but the required equipment, installation resources and related costs to connect the 31 neighborhoods, five school districts and almost 100,000 students proved problematic. Instead, the city evaluated LTE and CBRS, identified key advantages they offer, such as signal reach, performance, proven security and seamless mobility, and ultimately that became the foundation for the municipal solution.
“The resulting CBRS infrastructure footprint and related deployment resources required were significantly much more manageable and therefore more cost-effective, which was significant in understanding the tight schedule and limited resources we were managing against,” Boyce said.
The municipal network offers high-performance wireless connectivity with download speeds of 50 Mbps. In addition, the GeoCore Service platform allows for network slicing across the cellular network, resulting in multiple virtual networks, each of which can each be dedicated to specific functions to help manage city infrastructure domains better.
Uses include connecting the city’s network of traffic lights, monitoring and managing its critical water systems, serving city parks and recreational spaces with public Wi-Fi, and connecting first responders. The network also will be the platform the city uses to offer its staff low-cost, high-performance internet service.
“Once we became more familiar with all the capabilities of LTE and CBRS, it became increasingly clear that Geoverse was the right partner to lead and manage the delivery of this technology for our community network,” Boyce said,
Rod Nelson, the CEO of Geoverse, said the network represents a major deployment for its coverage area and for its support of use cases, underscoring the value of what such highly capable networks can do. “We’re pleased to partner with the city of Tucson on such a critical effort to keep their communities connected and their schools open. This is a model other cities are closely watching,” he said.
Geoverse is a licensed mobile operator that provides turnkey connectivity solutions for enterprises, property owners, and communities. The company’s private 5G/LTE cellular network offering, which is based on CBRS and licensed spectrum, interconnects with major mobile operators, delivering a secure, flexible solution enabling value-added applications and high-performance coverage for users and devices. Geoverse is a subsidiary of ATN International, a company with more than 30 years of experience building and operating cellular solutions for enterprises, carriers and consumers.
The Rudin Family, in collaboration with Crown Castle International, has announced that 345 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has become one of the first multi-tenant commercial office buildings to deploy a wireless network using the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
345 Park tenants will be able to create and access their own dedicated, private broadband wireless networks, using a neutral host CBRS network, which has been built in the lobby and concourse levels. Additional areas within the building will be connected later this year. Construction overlapped with a full renovation of the lobby and concourse designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and coincides with the first anniversary of the FCC’s authorization of the CBRS spectrum band for commercial use.
The initiative, which doubles the current wireless capacity, will provide more flexibility for configuring wireless solutions for improved security and visitor features. While tenants, employees and visitors can use this higher capacity private network, it also allows building ownership to accommodate significantly more devices. The system will also support more bandwidth in the lobby for tenants and visitors as they adhere to new social distancing guidelines.
“CBRS is consistent with our company’s focus on shared assets for the benefit of all. This is of great value to building owners, tenants, and wireless network operators,” said Paul Reddick, vice president of Strategy, Business and Product Development for Crown Castle.
345 Park Avenue is WiredScore Platinum and currently uses the Nantum operating system, a smart building platform developed by Rudin’s start-up technology company, Prescriptive Data, to save money, make tenants more comfortable, and dramatically increase energy efficiency. The new multi-tenant CBRS network will seamlessly integrate with Nantum to provide faster real-time updates to both ownership and tenants including floor-by-floor occupancy data, indoor air quality, lobby occupancy and elevator wait times.
KPMG, a 345 Park tenant, recently selected Nantum to be part of a new patent-pending blockchain capability called KPMG Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI), which helps organizations more accurately measure greenhouse gas emissions and track offsets. The CBRS network brings increased bandwidth and heightened security to capture data continuously.
“Real estate owners and operators are under immense pressure to assess the impact of different climate risks on their assets, improve tenant experience and report progress toward emissions reduction goals to stakeholders,” said Arun Ghosh, KPMG One Americas Blockchain & Cryptoassets leader. “A CBRS network can provide the fault tolerant, local 5G backbone to enable KPMG Climate Accounting Infrastructure to capture highly granular data, powered by Nantum, to derive the trusted insights needed to measure progress toward net-zero by accounting for decarbonization and the transition to renewable energy.”
The CBRS network at 345 Park was designed with the infrastructure to meet future demands including 5G software-upgradable radios, which will provide faster speeds and elevated user experiences. Additionally, the private network was built as an Open RAN solution that will lead to lower cost and more flexibility.
Tessco Technologies and Federated Wireless are partnering to support the adoption of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) private networks in a number of industries including manufacturing, transportation and energy.
“We’re looking forward to close collaboration with Tessco in our efforts to accelerate adoption of CBRS in the private wireless market where it is already proving to be a game-changer in a wide range of industries,” said Iyad Tarazi, Federated Wireless president and CEO. “We are confident that this alliance will be beneficial to customers and suppliers, as well as to our two companies.”
Tessco provides a broad range of products as well as RF engineering and materials management via its proprietary OASIS platform. Federated develops shared spectrum CBRS capabilities, providing services including spectrum assessment, RF planning, CBRS training, and spectrum access through its spectrum controller. Together, the companies provide a full portfolio of CBRS solutions enabling end users, resellers, integrators, and contractors to expedite the design, installation and deployment of CBRS private wireless networks.
“CBRS spectrum availability represents an unprecedented opportunity for many industries to meet wireless connectivity challenges,” said Sandip Mukerjee, president and CEO of Tessco. “This collaboration will focus on delivering complete CBRS solutions that provide the best outcome for our mutual customers. Speeding commercial adoption requires a technically competent ecosystem capable of operation excellence and we believe Tessco and Federated Wireless are uniquely equipped to do just that.”