The National Science Foundation announced a new program Wednesday to build wireless-technology research hubs across the country, backed by nearly $100 million in pledged funding and resources.
The initiative, called the Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) and led by the NSF’s US Ignite initiative and Northeastern University, will bridge relationships between cities, tech companies and academia so they can develop technologies like 5G wireless networks, fiber backhaul, advanced networking systems and Internet of Things applications. NSF envisions the research and development activity will assist cities in discovering solutions for next generation wireless and improved Internet connectivity.
The PAWR program will release its first RFP in a few weeks.
“Our goal is that these platforms be city-scale, so it’s a platform that would work across a wide area and the test platform involves new wireless technologies that have yet to proven in the market place,” Kochan said.