The National Science Foundation announced a $24 million grant to NC State University and the Wireless Research Center to establish The Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW). The WRC will lead the deployment and operation of testbed sites beginning in Raleigh and Cary, part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park region.
Research will focus on 5G wireless communications for unmanned aerial systems (drones) and ground mobility. The objective is to accelerate the integration of drones into national airspace through new advanced wireless communications and establish new strategies to deploy networks for public safety using drones.
The WRC will provide access to its unique services and capabilities including applied research, engineering and certified testing to AERPAW and its partners. The WRC’s RIoT initiative provides AERPAW users with access to one of the nation’s largest IoT communities of technology solution providers, entrepreneurs and evangelists.
- WRC founder and CEO Gerard Hayes will serve as the AERPAW business development manager and lead the engagement with commercial companies.
- WRC Senior Staff Engineer Mike Barts will serve as the AERPAW deployment and operations manager.
- WRC Senior Architect Asokan Ram will serve as the AERPAW senior deployment engineer.