Summaries - Office of Research & Innovation
Back 5G for Field Expedient C2 Centers
|Division||Research & Sponsored Programs|
|Department||NPS Naval Research Program|
Roth, John D.
Miller, Donna L.
|Sponsor||Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Navy)|
A current killer application of 5G networks is the so-called industrial internet of things (IIOT). In such a paradigm an industrial center is run where various sensors and actuators are controlled and connected via the new radio (NR) paradigm. NR makes such a scenario possible due to its ability to handle ultra-low latency (ULL) communications for time-sensitive C2 and provide enhanced data rates. Also, due to the propagation characteristics of mmWaves, an entity can maintain a private 5G network separate from the one offered outside of the walls of the factory. In other words, because mmWaves will not readily propagate through windows or walls, the factory network can exist separate from the exterior 5G network.
We note that an IIOT closely resembles a field-expedient C2 center, which could leverage the aforementioned benefits albeit to a different end. For example, ULL applications could enable centralized control of autonomous vehicles and enhanced data rates could facilitate the increased situational awareness of commanders. Additionally, mmWaves could help minimize the electromagnetic signature of such a center.
Finally, it is reasonable to assume that a field expedient C2 center may also be required to quickly change physical location, something not considered in an IIOT scenario. However, we believe that a 5G approach to connectivity may facilitate the mobility of a C2 center. For instance, consider a C2 center that links various terminals via physical wires. The deconstruction and reconstitution of such an architecture is a slow process, prone to error, and requires significant manpower. In contrast, a self-organizing 5G network would increase C2 center mobility by orders of magnitude.
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