As the Democratic National Convention takes over the headlines, the Obama Administration has announced a major research initiative aimed at bolstering wireless technologies for IoT’s future.
According to the White House press release, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be spearheading the research initiative that builds off existing infrastructure developments from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
These two federal agencies are joining forces for this “Advanced Wireless Research Initiative,” which will invest $400 million in 5G broadband technologies. It will also enable the deployment of four city-scale testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next decade.
Citywide wireless broadband platforms are already an essential part of the U.S.’ digital infrastructure, but the new partnership indicates that the federal government recognizes the upcoming swarm of IoT devices in the connected home market. This latest announcement points out steps to improve connections and capabilities moving forward.
One of the main goals in testing citywide, wireless platforms is to strengthen the existing wireless spectrum, which would enable faster speeds and quicker response times for lower latency. It would also increase capacity in future networks.
Wireless Initiative Goals
- Wireless technologies that are 100 times faster than 4G and 25,000 times faster than 3G.
- Fully-autonomous vehicles that can improve safety and efficiency on the road.
- Gigabit-speed wireless broadband available in most public areas.
- Virtual reality training for entry-level workers.
This push toward advanced 5G technologies is due to an anticipated surge of IoT devices. 5G is a suitable connection method for connected devices, because it is expected to have higher bandwidth to house a lot more devices than current networks. It also, of course, improves latency.
The research partnership is poised to impact the wireless industry well after President Obama leaves office. The NSF and more than 20 tech companies and associations will invest an additional $350 million over the next seven years.
These citywide research developments will help builders looking to market fast connection speeds and response times to clients, especially buyers in congested, urban areas where a lot of people are trying to connect devices at once.
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