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DOD authorizes GPS signal processing for 5G shared spectrum

April 13, 2022  - By
iPosi’s in-building SMART 5G measures the loss profile to protect military and commercial spectrum from interference in shared or adjacent bands. (Image: iPosi)

iPosi’s in-building SMART 5G measures the loss profile to protect military and commercial spectrum from interference in shared or adjacent bands. (Image: iPosi)

The Defense Spectrum Office (DSO) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has contracted iPosi Inc. and Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) to develop a GPS/GNSS system to measure radio frequency path loss that substantially increases shared spectrum without interference.

The contract addresses the need for increased shared spectrum between DOD and wireless providers who require expanded access because of skyrocketing demand for broadband 5G spectrum.

The iPosi loss-profile technology automates measurements of GPS/GNSS controlled satellite signal transmissions. Once compiled, these form precise intelligent arrays ultimately characterized as an intensity-based 3D loss-contour map.

As satellites move across the sky, their signals illuminate radio path obstructions precisely. The 3D map is specific to each site sharing the channel. Each loss-map determines the extent of shared channel radio isolation with a low-error loss between wireless entities, and continuously updates to maintain interference-free channels.

Though applied initially to sharing DOD ground-to-air systems with commercial wireless services, the technology has wide applications for other 5G services, iPosi said.

“This relationship is an important foundation for DoD and commercial applications of our technology across a wide range of spectrum sharing initiatives,” said Richard Lee, CEO of iPosi. “We look forward to collaborating with our partners to enable greater spectrum sharing.”

The agreement represents a collaboration among multiple academic and industry partners, one of several endeavors by the Defense Information Systems Agency and Defense Spectrum Organization under the Spectrum Sharing Test & Evaluation (SSTD) project as part of the DOD Advanced Wireless Systems–3 (AWS-3) spectrum transition program.

The iPosi/VT-ARC technology would enable a substantial increase in protected, interference-free wireless service that operates in DoD or federal government bands. Once scaled, it could also support broader civilian and federal shared spectrum operations essential to both spectrum protection and growth of 5G.

Lee cites iPosi’s three-year relationship with VT-ARC and DISA/DSO as an important foundation for commercial and government applications of iPosi’s GPS-based loss-profiling technology. The earlier collaboration led to field validation of new tomographic wireless propagation measurements that enable sharing between new 5G and DOD in common 1-10 GHz mid-band spectrum blocks.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.