The ACML, anchored by two six-axis industrial robot arms based on our lab’s pioneering Configurable Robotic MilliMeter-wave Antenna (CROMMA) system, fosters the development of next-generation 5G wireless and spectrum-sharing systems through dynamic measurements, flexible scan geometries, and high speeds. Between the newer, dual-robot range and CROMMA, the Antenna Metrology Project tests and characterizes multiple steered-beam and other antennas from ultra-high frequency (UHF, from 300 megahertz through 3 gigahertz) through the 500 gigahertz range.
NBIT supports studies in wireless coexistence metrology and standards, providing a flexible work environment for CTL's Trusted Spectrum Testing Program. NBIT lets researchers understand how radar, LTE, Wi-Fi and other systems interact in an integrated environment combining large anechoic and reverberation chambers. By enabling the testing of multiple independent networks in a controlled environment, NBIT sheds light on these independent, uncoordinated systems’ ability to coexist without interference – an understanding critical to developing hardware and software capable of delivering on the promise of spectrum sharing. Unique to NBIT is the integration of a live LTE network, which enables real-world testing of this complex and increasingly ubiquitous wireless-data protocol.
The Open Area Test Site (OATS)
The Open Area Test Site (OATS) is a 30m x 60m metal ground screen for EMC testing and calibration from 30 MHz to 1 GHz.
CTL’s 5G Coexistence Testbed is a carrier-grade implementation with a focus on metrology for emerging 5G spectrum sharing, coexistence, and interference testing. The infrastructure allows for side-by-side testing of critical communications systems for federal and commercial stakeholders. Accommodate a variety of test campaigns conducted, radiated, and hybrid measurements. Data classification can be accommodated up to Proprietary, CRADA, Commercially Sensitive.
The lab is focused on next-generation communication capabilities for first responders and maintains a modernized private network with high-density virtual servers that host an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and an IP Multimedia System (IMS). The EPC establishes voice and data connections between a variety of user devices, while the IMS delivers streaming media content to the network.