AT&T and Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus Launch 5G Technology to Promote 5G Innovation, Exploration, Education and Training
Public and private sector participants are expected to explore autonomous vehicles powered by 5G, robotics, advanced manufacturing, smart grids and other uses
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – AT&T * and the Texas A&M University RELLIS campus of the system will open private 5G testbeds this fall for public and private sector organizations to develop and innovate with 5G-powered applications and solutions.
The addition of AT & T’s 5G network, with its combination of lower latency, massive connectivity and fast speeds, is expected to fuel a wide range of innovations that benefit defense, commercial enterprises and society as a whole. Commercial customers will have the ability to access testbeds to explore autonomous and connected vehicles, robotics, road and physical safety, large-scale infrastructure, autonomous agriculture, Internet of Things and cities / smart campuses among many other planned use cases.
“This new 5G test bed will be one of the most advanced university 5G test beds in the country. Bringing together the private and public sectors, RELLIS 5G test beds can test 5G technologies at scale using at both on-road and off-road terrain thanks to the 5G mmWave and frequencies below 6 “, said Brad hoover, director of information for the RELLIS campus. “These test beds are set up to test new approaches to augmented and virtual reality, autonomous vehicles or many use cases as well as those that remain to be imagined.”
With the addition of 5G, the RELLIS campus will house one of the large-scale testing and evaluation sites of five of the 11 Ministry of Defense modernization priorities: hypersonic, artificial intelligence, autonomy, cybersecurity and energy directed.
Texas A&M System State Agencies – Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will be the first organizations to use the test benches. Funding for 5G capability to equip an Innovation Proving Ground (IPG) as part of the Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) has been allocated to TEES by the Texas Legislature 2019. Some of the planned use cases include:
Autonomous vehicles and road safety – Research in this area will have direct impacts in a variety of areas, including land and air transport. Researchers will test the use of intelligent intersection grids that enable sensors and human factors to make decisions on the road; precision navigation so that a vehicle knows its surroundings for safe operations; and precision farming to help farmers determine when and how to fertilize, plant and harvest.
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) – Researchers will focus on the military and manufacturing fields. In military training environments, AR / VR should be used to deliver timely and effective information to soldiers in real-time environments and in training areas. In manufacturing, researchers will explore how a machine works with AR for effective problem learning and diagnosis.
Robotics – Robotic applications continue to grow in the consumer, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. The use cases will focus on how robots work in everyday life with physical barriers, such as doors and stairs, and in human interactions. In health, researchers will examine how to improve access to quality health care and surgery in rural areas or other countries.
Within 5G test benches, Texas A&M will also conduct proactive and reactive cybersecurity testing to identify vulnerabilities and help secure and protect data from external threats.
âBecause RELLIS will soon have 5G capabilities that will cover such a large part of this campus, RELLIS may offer opportunities to perform testing and assessment in all of these areas in a protected environment,â said Kelly templin, Director of the RELLIS Campus. “For a company looking to become a research partner, RELLIS is truly the gateway to all of this and everything the Texas A&M System has to offer.”
The RELLIS campus spans over 2,000 acres and is home to several Texas A&M System research facilities, a test and evaluation site for the George HW Bush Combat Development Complex, as well as facilities for everything from training the workforce for four-year university degrees.
“RELLIS ‘5G test beds are another opportunity for our customers to explore the potential that AT&T 5G can bring to help revolutionize the future of several industries,” said Jason porter, Chairman of AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet. “Their ability to bring innovative 5G solutions and applications to life is transformative. We expect AT&T 5G – one of the results of our investment of more than 110 billion dollars in our wireless and wireline networks from 2016 to 2020 – will help power the future of defense, government, commercial industry and society. “
For more information on the partnership with RELLIS, contact Brad hoover at [email protected] and visit https://rellis.tamus.edu/campus-management/partnerships/.
About the RELLIS Campus
Founded in 2016 by The Texas A&M University System, the RELLIS campus at Bryan, Texas, encourages cutting-edge research, technological development, workforce training, and two- and four-year university degrees using state agencies in the system and several universities, as well as partners academics, business and government outside the system.
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