(Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Do 5G wireless technologies have unique instrumentation requirements for E3 and performance testing?
DSIAC was asked by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC) about instrumentation requirements for electromagnetic environment effects (E3) testing of upcoming Fifth Generation, or 5G, vs. existing Fourth Generation, or 4G, networking infrastructure and end user devices that would eventually be integrated into the U.S. defense enterprise. DSIAC engaged internal and external subject matter experts from multiple organizations, including the Cyber Security and Information Systems Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, SURVICE Engineering, Texas Research Institute at Austin, and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy to provide general commentary and address specific questions related to developing 5G testing capabilities. Additionally, an ad hoc group was formed with the intent of adding other stakeholder organizations such as the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center Cybertropolis for continued technical interchanges with ATEC to more fully address questions and issues surrounding developing 5G testing requirements, measures of effectiveness and performance, instrumentation requirements, testbed and facility requirements, and testing procedures. Participation in the group was expanded to the ATEC enterprise level.